Bookish confessions tag

Hello dear bookworms ! It is the first tag I’m doing on this blog, and I would not even be doing it without the wonderful Estelle from The Bookish Garden, so thank you love for tagging me and let’s begin !

Which book, most recently, didn’t you finish?

The last book I did not finish is The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. I loved the Heroes of Olympus series and I think that I am not ready for the end of these adventures right now. Moreover, I know that as soon I have finished this series, I will want to begin The Trials of Apollo, and I am not really in the mood for a series right now ! 

Which book is your guilty pleasure?

Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series is my guilty pleasure. Unlike the most of bookbloggers/bookstagrammers, Percy Jackson is not a series which kept me company during my teenagehood. In fact, as a child, I did not really have a favorite series since I already preferred standalones. I was nineteen when I discovered Percy Jackson and when I started reading them for the first time, and it brought me to childhood. Not because it reminded me some moments of mine ; but because it allowed me to read a book with my child’s eyes, even though I never had the opportunity to follow a character with such assiduity. 

Which book do you love to hate?

I’m not very much of a book hater, for I think every book could find its public and could be pleasant for someone. However, I really have difficulty reading old classics, especially when written by a white man. For instance, not so long ago, I tried reading one of Poe’s short stories, and since I had very much appreciated The Tell Tale’s Heart in High School, I didn’t think the author’s other stories would not be for me. However, I realized that the racism, and sometimes the sexism, present in old (and recent) books really bother me. Therefore it is even more frustrating when the book in question is considered a classic. 

Which book would you throw into the sea?

I love this question for I think it can be answered in two ways ! Throwing a bottle into the sea usually means that you want to convey a message across the ocean, and I really love this idea of sending a book across the sea, in the hope that someone might find it and love it as much as I did. Taking the question under this angle, I would say Nina Lacour’s We Are Okay. This novel is among my favorites, and if you want to know more about my emotional opinion : click here. However, this question can also mean that I disliked a book so much that I want it to drown in the sea, and to answer that, I would say Hamlet. Now, mark my words, I have this play more than four times. I have watched so many documentaries about it, and so many interviews ; and I read so many critical essays about it that… I just can not anymore. I still did not understand what happened in that play ; and I think that my mind just decided to wipe out all the memories I had of it. Never talk to me about Hamlet again, I am begging you.

Which book have you read the most?

I rarely re-read books, and so this question is not so difficult to answer ! When I re-read books, it is usually that I want to understand them fully for my literature classes. However, in middle-school, I had to read Antigone by Jean Anouilh and I read it more than ten times. It was the first time that a play would strike me that much, and unfortunately, it was also the first time I related that much to a main character. 

Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

I really would not like to receive any Sarah J. Maas’ novel as a present. At first, I was really hopeful concerning her novels but many of my poc friends told me about the bad representation in her books, and so I decided that I would rather read fantasy novels with better representation (and less toxic relationships)

Which book coudn’t you live without?

At the moment, I can not live without any of Woolf’s or Mansfield’s work, since I’m writing a master paper about these two, haha. Joke aside, I think Circe will always be my favorite novel and the reason why I read it only once is because I know I will need some time after my re-read before reading something else, and for universitary reasons, I can not afford a reading slump right now

Which book made you the angriest?

I honestly do not know how to respond to this question. Though I get angry very easily in my daily life, reading is not a time during which I let myself have bad feelings or resentment. 

Which book had made you cry the most?

The Song of Achilles made me literally sob. When I dived into the novel, I did not really know about Patroclus’ story and absolutely did not expect an ending this sad. 

Which book cover do you hate the most?

I really do not like Percy Jackson’s or any Rick Riordan’s novel cover. I think they are very childish and I don’t enjoy the aesthetic of the covers. It makes me sad of course, since Percy Jackson is my favorite middle-grade series ; but eh, that’s life ! 

9 Replies to “Bookish confessions tag”

  1. I love a good mythology book. I’ve read a few of the Percy Jackson series and liked them. I also have Circe and Song of Achilles on my reading list (they’ve been there for a while), so I hope to get to them before the year is up.

    I had to laugh when you mentioned throwing Hamlet into the sea. That’s my favorite Shakespeare play! To each his own. 😉

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on books!


  2. Love this! I loved your take on throwing a book in the sea, I’ve never seen anyone answer that in a positive way before. I haven’t yet read Sarah J Maas but have also heard some mixed reports. Maybe I will one day, but I’ve got other things coming first. Great tag!


  3. So many interesting books here! I don’t think I’ve read any of the books you’ve covered here, but The Song of Achilles sounds amazing! I’ve also promptly added We Are Okay to my cart. Can’t wait to dig in. 🙂


  4. I loved reading a little bit about you as a reader! I too do not like books that could have much better covers, especially when the writing is so good it deserves more.

    Percy Jackson was one of my book binges too! I know what you mean about holding onto the story, though, and not letting it end. 🙂


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