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How I Choose My Books Tag

The wonderful and kind Kelly from Another Book in The Wall tagged for the how I choose my books tag! Kelly has an amazing blog – not only does she write thoughtful reviews, but she also creates many thought provoking discussion posts as well as features inspiring book quotes. If you don’t know her blog, please go over to say Hi. I sincerely hope you will enjoy is as much as I do. Thanks Kelly for thinking of me. 

My attempt to catch up on all those lovely tags and awards continues. Let’s have a look how I choose my books, shall we? 🙂

  1. Find a Book on Your Shelves or E-Reader With a Blue Cover | What Made You Want to Pick Up This Book?

the witch of portobello

The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

I love Coelho’s The Alchemist and because of that, I read a few of his other books as well. This one spoke to me via its blurb “How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of whom we are?” I thought to myself: ‘that’s an interesting question, I wonder how it will get answered’ and gave this book a chance. 😊

  1. Think of a Book You Didn’t Expect To Enjoy, But Did | Why Did You Read It in the First Place?


Heartless by Marissa Meyer (my review)

I am a big Alice in Wonderland fan. That was the reason behind choosing this book. I started reading it thinking ‘I sincerely hope that Lewis Carroll’s non-sensical world will not get ruined’… I had many arrogant and cynical assumptions at the back of my mind and they were proven completely wrong. I absolutely adored this book.

  1. Stand In Front Of Your Bookshelf With Your Eyes Closed And Pick a Book At Random | How Did You Discover This Book


Underland by Chanda Hahn

I read everything Chanda Hahn has written… I enjoy her re-tellings and especially loved her An Unfortunate Fairy Tale series.

When I found out Chanda wrote a book featuring Greek myths, well, it was a no-brainer for me to pick it up… and it did not disappoint by the way, I recommend this book.

  1. Pick a Book That Someone Personally Recommended To You | What Did You Think Of It?

what alice forgot

Norrie recommended me a while back What Alice Forgot from Liane Moriarty (my review). I loved this book because of its characters as well as the concept of ‘time travel thanks to amnesia’… and because of Norrie’s recommendation, I discovered another great author. 😊 With Big Little Lies (my review) being one of my favourite books of 2018 so far.

  1. Pick A Book You Discovered Through Booktube/Book Blogs


Educated by Tara Westover (my review)

I picked this book up after I read this Umut’s review. It is still my book of 2018… despite being massively impressed with Circe

  1. Find A Book On Your Shelves With A One Word Title | What Drew You To This Book?


Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Oh, Gladwell and his impressive writing. No unnecessary words, everything well-thought-out and to the point. I adore his thought provoking books.

I was drawn to this book both because of its author as well as its description: “Gladwell asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  1. What Book Did You Discover Through a Film/TV Adaptation?

The Lighting Thief

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I read Percy Jackson’s adventures a while back, shortly after I watched Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie. I really wish I read those as a child, I enjoyed them as an adult but I know I would have loved them even more as a kid. 😊

  1. Think of Your All Time Favourite Book(s) | When Did You Read Them and Why Did You Pick Them Up In The First Place?

My All Time Favourite book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

little princeI was given this book by my dad and we read it together for the first time when I was a child. Dad would always pause and let me think about what we just read. We would analyse it together and he would ask for my opinions page after page. 🙂 I read it again a few times as a teenager after that. My sister and I share the same love for this book. We used to talk about its quotes for hours in our local tea room, which is built in our Gothic’s town’s old town walls.

tearoomPhoto of that lovely tearoom

I still remember those discussions and cherish them very dearly.

I read it again many times as an adult and every time I read this bittersweet book, I discover something new in it.  It’s full of possibilities, dreams and love. 😊

Some of my favourite quotes from this book are:

  • “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”.
  • “What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…” 
  • “Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.” 
  • “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” 


If you haven’t done this tag and are reading this post, I am tagging you. 🙂 

Tag, you are It! 🙂

Now over to you:

  • Have you read some of the books I mentioned? 
  • What Book Did You Discover Through a Film/TV Adaptation?

20 thoughts on “How I Choose My Books Tag”

    1. Thank you Kelly. ❤️ And thanks for thinking of me in all of those tags, I really appreciate it. I’m catching up…. 😊💕

      I really hope you will enjoy it. It’s such a little book that has a lot packed in. 😍🍀

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  1. First of all, thank you for another wonderful post full of new author and books. I’m never going to live long enough to read all these new titles/authors I’m adding to my wish list! I might need to give up washing dishes and cleaning altogether. Ha! Ha!

    And secondly, thank you for introducing me to another fab blogger. And guess who just added those Little Prince quotes to her notebook? 😀

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    1. Thank you Alex for your kind and thoughtful comments. They make my day! 🙂

      For what it’s worth: I have resigned on being able to read all those books I want to read. They are just so many of them…. I keep on convincing myself that going to work rather than staying at home reading them has its merits… I even believe it sometimes…. 🙂

      I’m so happy you enjoy those Little Prince quotes as well. 🙂

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      1. You are more than welcome! And I had quite forgotten the Little Prince had so many great quotes.

        Oh, I know. If only we could all retire at say, 30, and then read for the rest of our lives. Or if only publishing companies paid us to read for them! Ha! Ha! Well, there was a time they kind of did that. It was called being an editorial assistant, and every weekend you read a handful of titles from the slush pile. 😉

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  2. The Witch of Portobello is gorgeous. Might be a good one to finally try one of his books 🙂 I get so many book recs from their adaptations. For some reason I find it hard to follow publishing news- so much it gets lost in the void a lot but the film rights have been sold for… comes right through for me.

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    1. I would go for the Alchemist. I don’t think this book was terrible but I could not remember it either.. which probably says a lot about me rather than that book tbh. 🙈 The Alchemy is my favourite of his books. Full of possibilities for those who dare to dream. 🌟🌟🌟


    1. It’s so wonderful when we have books associated with people we love. ❤️

      Yep, it’s been a tea room for more than 2 decades now. Sometimes, electricity would not work and we would drink some eclectic tea surrounded by candles whilst imagining what life must have been like back in those medieval days. Even then my imagination would run wild. 😂

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  3. I love The Alchemist, and I enjoyed Outliers too! (the anecdotes are quite interesting). And I agree, the PJ series are best for when one is a child (like, I unhauled them in high school) so it’s a bit of a shame that you’re discovering them now. Oh, and it’s so cool to hear that Little Prince is a favorite of yours! I’ve had it on my TBR forever (it’s my mom’s favorite too) and the world will probably end by the time I finally get that ticked off my TBR. 😂

    Great tag! Loved all your answers!! ❤

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    1. I’m so happy you have read Outliers as well., And that you enjoyed it. 😍

      Ha ha, re. Little Prince. I know that feeling a little too well! Glad to hear you mum enjoyed this book too though. 😊❤️

      Thank you. It was a great fun. I know I tagged you in a few posts and don’t want to ‘overtag’ you – but if you do fancy this tag, you are definitely ‘tagged’. 😊❤️

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