How I Chose My Books Tag

Back in my own apartment! This is wonderful! And this means I have time for blogging (and probably more energy). So I got tagged by Jay @ This Is My Truth Now a month ago for this fun tag. Thank you! I loved reading your answers! Hopefully I’ll do as good 🙂 So let’s take a look at how I chose my books.

Find a Book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover.
What made you want to pick up this book?

The Novice

The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu

I really like the cover of this book, and then I read the synopsis and my hopes were so high! The story is about a demon summoner and his journey. I was imagining gory necromancy and a beautifully crafted tale on the questionable line of good. It wasn’t exactly that. To be honest it wasn’t anything close to that. But well, that was why I picked this book up and I did like it when reading it. I needed some unoriginal stuff in between the Wheel of Time books.

You can read my review here.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did.
Why did you read it in the first  place?

NomadplanetenNomadplaneten by Emanuel Blume

I was a bit unsure about this, but it was the first (and so far the only) physical book offer I’ve gotten so it basically was impossible to say no. It’s a sci-fi, which is a genre I never really reach for, but I am so glad I did accept this one! It does a great job of covering very relevant subjects today in a futuristic world. Hopefully it will be translated into English. Sometimes it does pay off picking up something you normally wouldn’t pick up.

You can read my review here and an author interview here.

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random.
How did you discover this book?

brisingr eragonBrisingr (Inheritance Cycle #3) by Christopher Paolini

This is the third book following Eragon, so basically I had read the previous books and needed to read this! I do remember the seeing the “Eragon” and loving the cover (have to say I like the Swedish covers much more than the English ones), then the synopsis sold me on the book and after that I needed the books on the release date.

I should reread the whole series, it’s been a while.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you.
What did you think of it?

The Eye of the WorldThe Eye of The World (The Wheel of Time #1) by Robert Jordan

It was okay. Very Tolkien like. There are parts that drag on so it is a commitment to read The Wheel of Time books. I’ve been halfway through the fourth book now for a few months, it just doesn’t grip me. However, I can see why people love this series. It’s huge, it’s epic and the world is well crafted. These are things I often love as well, but Jordan’s writing style just isn’t up my alley. Anyway, I will finish the fourth book. It just might take some time.

You can read my review here.

Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / Book blogs.
Did it live up to the hype?

Of Fire and StarsOf Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

I heard so much about this book when it came out! Always a bit scared to pick up hyped books, but this one was beautiful. The characters are wonderful and the concept of “betrothed to the prince but falling for his sister” makes for such an interesting plot. A sweet story with elements of fantasy. I do not often read things falling under that description… Audrey Coulthurst has created something I hope a lot more people will pick up. It definitely lived up to the hype.

You can read my review here.

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title.
What drew you to this book?

OdinsbarnOdinsbarn (Ravneringene #1) by Siri Pettersen

This is a Nordic fantasy tale that I still need to read! I love Nordic folk lore and a fantasy tale set in that universe cannot be anything but good. Sadly it isn’t translated into English (yet), but there are quite a few different language editions.

So it tells about a girl who finds out she’s an Odin’s child, a tailless beast from another world. This turns her world upside down. But she’s not the only thing that has come to our world…

What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?

The fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I cried my eyes out watching the movie. The book, not a single tear. This was the first John Green book I’ve read, and it probably was the last. It just didn’t do it for me.

Think of your all-time favorite book/s.
When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

Harry Potter och De Vises Sten

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

All time favourite, can I choose anything else? The first Harry Potter book, I’ve listened to it twice this summer and it has shaped me since childhood.

The Swedish edition came out in 1999, and my dad bought me the book and read it out loud to me (then he continued with CoS, PoA and GoF). I fell in love. Then my mum realised I was really bad at reading, so she told me I would get a lego set for every HP book I read, and during the summer of 2003 I read all the first four books. And that’s how I learned to read.

You can read my review here.


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