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The Book Blogger Confessions Tag

I found this tag on Bluechickenninja’s blog and as you know, I do so love a good viral tag post. So I’m giving it a go! 😀
Here we go, then 🙂
Which book, most recently, did you not finish?
Is it really bad that I actually can’t I can’t remember the last time I abandoned a book because I just didn’t want to read it. I’m a mood-reader and I have books lying around for months before I get into them. And then I often gobble them up in a day. I have to REALLY want to read a book, or I just can’t.
The last book I’m almost sure I won’t read is Midnight’s Children by Rushdie. It was just… weird.
The last book that I haven’t read but will, is The Circle by Dave Eggers, because I’m just not in the mood for it right now. 🙂 I abandoned it in April.

Which book is your guilty pleasure?
I have written a post about why I abhor the idea of a guilty pleasure book.
I stand by that, but the book I’ve been turning to when I’m in a bad mood is Bridget Jones’s Diary, which I’ve been able to read without embarrassing myself because I have it on Kindle. 😀 :p

Which book do you love to hate?
I don’t like any over-serious romance books but none spring to mind because I don’t read many of those.
I also strongly dislike God of Small Things by Arundathi Roy.
I don’t love to hate any books although I do confess to twitching when I see someone read Nicholas Sparks.

Which book would you throw into the sea?
Oh yes. The answer to this popped up into my head the minute I read the question, so strong is my dislike of this book.
Story time: I read this book more than 4 years ago, and I was typing out a review of it for an erstwhile blog of mine.
I didn’t mention the name or write a synopsis because I wanted to vent out (my rather strong) feelings first.
While it was still being edited, a friend read the review, sans any particulars, and she honest to god recognised what book I meant just by reading how much it pissed me off. True story.
This book is Almost Single by Advaita Kala and it is absurd and full of clichés and cringeworthy and I would gladly throw every last copy of it in to the sea.

Which book have you read the most?
I used to reread books a lot as a kid, but I don’t want to talk about those. It’s more interesting to think of what book I’ve read the most as an adult, and I don’t mean my ‘guilty pleasure’ books.
I think the book I’ve read most often as an adult is Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. This is such a funny, kind book. It feels like a hug in book form. And it always inspires me to write, at least for a little while. This is one book I just can’t live without and that I’ve read so often it’s looking a bit tattered now even though I only got it a couple of years ago.

Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
This is an odd question. I have never thought of what free books I would hate to get before!
Honestly, and this has happened to me once or twice, I would hate to receive any self-help book, especially if it were a self-help book that the person who is gifting it has read or has heard great things about because there is always a horrifying chance that they’ll keep asking if I read it and what I thought of it. -shudder- Yup that’s my nightmare scenario.
Guys, if you must gift books because you know a reader, gift books that the person would actually enjoy. Please!

Which book could you not live without?
I mentioned as an answer to an earlier question that I could not live without Bird by Bird. I stand by that.
I also can’t ever see my life without Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (Yes, I am one of those rare people that can pick their favourite Harry Potter book.)
One of my recent loves is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
I also need The Small Bachelor and Full Moon and Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen by Wodehouse.
And finally, I think I will always want Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett.
Did the question say one book? Whoops…? 😛
Which book made you the angriest?
The book that that made me the angriest recently because it revealed the various discriminations and atrocities that have become internalised in India is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. It is a story of 4 people who lived during Indira Gandhi’s emergency in the 1970’s and it is the kind of book that is gut-wrenching and thought-provoking and indescribably beautiful. Everyone ever should read it. No joke.

Which book made you cry the most?
I’m not sure actually. Most of the books that I read make me cry at least a little. This is also true of most of the things that I do. In general. I’m a crier. Did I tell you guys that one of my (meaner) friends called me H(owl)er because everything makes me howl? Yeah…

The book that made me cry most recently was Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie, and I think that a book that had me sob heart-rending sobs, so much so that I had to put the book away, is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Which book cover do you hate the most?
I like a lot of book covers but I don’t have strong negative feelings towards covers. A cover that I dislike on a book that I love is the original hardcover edition of A Casual Vacancy. 


I like the new paperback edition sooo much more and I’ve been eyeing it for a while, but I haven’t bought it because there are a lot of new books that I have also been additionally eyeing.The book lover life, I tell you. Uff.

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Well, there you have it. My confessions/another excuse to talk about more books!

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