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<!– wp:embed {“url”:”https://elnadesbookchat.com/2018/11/28/my-life-in-books-a-book-tag/&#8221;,”type”:”rich”,”providerNameSlug”:””,”className”:””} –><figure class=”wp-block-embed is-type-rich”></figure><p>With all the reading I enjoyed last year, I thought it would be fun to participate in a book tag. I found this particular tag on a blog called <a href=”https://elnadesbookchat.com/2018/11/28/my-life-in-books-a-book-tag/&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Confessions of a Serial Reader</a>. I love this blogger’s title, I can totally relate.</p><h2 style=”text-align: left;”><strong>1. Find a book for each of your initials.</strong></h2><p>For this book, I chose <em><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6969.Emma?from_search=true&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Emma</a></em> by Jane Austen since it was the first one that popped up starting with the letter E in my TBR list. It’s a classic. It was published in 1815 and tells the story about perilous youth and romance. It has been on my list for classic novels that I’ve been wanting to reread and I’m looking forward to picking it up again. <img class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-3052″ src=”https://ericarobbin.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/emma-book-2000.jpg&#8221; alt=”emma book 2000″ width=”2000″ height=”1336″ /></p><p>And next, I did a search for books beginning with the letter “R” and it came up with <em><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17899948-rebecca&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Rebecca</a></em> <span class=”by”>by </span>Daphne du Maurier. I’m looking forward to this one and it is the read for <a href=”https://www.sunbeamsjess.com&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>SunBeamsJess Book Club</a>.</p><p><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/293585.Bellocq_s_Ophelia?from_search=true&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=” size-full wp-image-2885 aligncenter” src=”https://ericarobbin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screen-Shot-2018-12-23-at-9.52.51-AM.png&#8221; alt=”Screen Shot 2018-12-23 at 9.52.51 AM” width=”264″ height=”399″ /></a></p><h2 style=”text-align: left;”><strong>2. Count your age along your book shelf – what is the book?</strong></h2><p>This one came up with <em><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/293585.Bellocq_s_Ophelia?from_search=true&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Bellocq’s Ophelia</a></em> <span class=”by”>by </span>Natasha Trethewey. The style is written as ekphrastic poetry which I think will be interesting.</p><p><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/293585.Bellocq_s_Ophelia?from_search=true&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=” size-full wp-image-2886 aligncenter” src=”https://ericarobbin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screen-Shot-2018-12-23-at-9.54.57-AM.png&#8221; alt=”Bellocq’s Ophelia by Natasha Trethewey book, photo courtesy of Goodreads” width=”312″ height=”472″ /></a></p><h2 style=”text-align: left;”><strong>3. Pick a book set in your city/country.</strong></h2><p id=”bookTitle” class=”gr-h1 gr-h1–serif”>How about <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12658.Hawaii?from_search=true&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Hawaii</a> <span class=”by”>by </span>James A. Michener. This one was recommended to me over the summer by a friend of mine and I am looking forward to reading it.</p><p><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12658.Hawaii?from_search=true&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=” size-full wp-image-2888 aligncenter” src=”https://ericarobbin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screen-Shot-2018-12-23-at-10.02.00-AM.png&#8221; alt=”Hawaii by James A. Michener book, photo courtesy of Goodreads” width=”266″ height=”399″ /></a></p><h2 style=”text-align: left;”><strong>4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.</strong></h2><p>I really want to visit New Zealand. It’s been on my travel list for quite sometime. <em><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/460635.The_Bone_People?from_search=true&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>The Bone People</a></em> <span class=”by”>by </span>Keri Hulme is described as “At once a mystery, a love story, and an ambitious exploration of the zone where Maori and European New Zealand meet, Booker Prize-winning novel <i>The Bone People</i> is a powerful and unsettling tale saturated with violence and Maori spirituality.” Definitely sounds like an interesting one!</p><div><p><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/460635.The_Bone_People?from_search=true&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=” size-full wp-image-2889 aligncenter” src=”https://ericarobbin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screen-Shot-2018-12-23-at-10.03.39-AM.png&#8221; alt=”The Bone People by Keri Hulme book, photo courtesy of Goodreads” width=”252″ height=”399″ /></a></p></div><h2 style=”text-align: left;”><strong>5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color.</strong></h2><p id=”bookTitle” class=”gr-h1 gr-h1–serif” style=”text-align: left;”>I absolutely adore bright, clear yellow, I enjoy pink, but I really love cerulean blue. In fact I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to it. As a side note, while preparing for this tag, I found a post titled <a href=”http://www.davidwier.com/ceruleanblue.asp&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><em>The History of Cerulean Blue</em> by David Wier</a> which I found insightful. The book that came up for this pick is <em><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/series/154598-the-rail-legacy&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Cerulean Rust: Book Two of the Rail Legacy</a></em> by William J. Jackson and I’m excited for this one.</p><p><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/series/154598-the-rail-legacy&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=” size-full wp-image-2775 aligncenter” src=”https://ericarobbin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/screen-shot-2018-12-02-at-3-39-40-pm.png&#8221; alt=”Cerulean Rust: Book Two of the Rail Legacy (The Rail Legacy #2) book by William J. Jackson, photo courtesy of Goodreads” width=”267″ height=”405″ /></a></p><h2 style=”text-align: left;”><strong>6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?</strong></h2><p><em>Tell Me What Time It Is (My Tiny 3-D Book Series)</em> by Playmore Publishing was one of my most memorable and favorite books growing up. Unfortunately it is out of print. I still have my childhood copy though!</p><p><img class=” size-full wp-image-2890 aligncenter” src=”https://ericarobbin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Screen-Shot-2018-12-23-at-10.10.00-AM.png&#8221; alt=”Tell Me What Time It Is! My Tiny 3-D Book Series, photo courtesy of Playmore Publishing” width=”385″ height=”549″ /></p><h2 style=”text-align: left;”><strong>7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?</strong></h2><p><em><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3836.Don_Quixote?from_search=true&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Don Quixote de la Mancha</a></em> by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It’s one of my most favorite books of all-time and was a classic reread for me this year.  I attempted to read most of it in Spanish which was quite challenging. It took me several months. I followed along with the SPAN 300 <a href=”https://oyc.yale.edu/courses&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Open Yale Course</a> which was excellent. And how beautiful is that embossing with gold foil stamping?</p><p><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3836.Don_Quixote?from_search=true&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=” size-full wp-image-2895 aligncenter” src=”https://ericarobbin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/DSC01893.jpg&#8221; alt=”Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes book © 2018 ericarobbin.com” width=”4371″ height=”4000″ /></a></p><h2 style=”text-align: left;”><strong>8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?</strong></h2><p><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/96471.Earth&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><em>Earth</em></a> by David Brin. I’m still reading this one from this summer’s <a href=”https://www.booktubeathon.com&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>2018 BookTube-A-Thon</a> where we did a coin toss to decide our first read. Science fiction is one of my favorite genres.</p><p><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/96471.Earth&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=” size-full wp-image-2891 aligncenter” src=”https://ericarobbin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/IMG_3201.jpg&#8221; alt=”Earth by David Brin book © 2018 ericarobbin.com” width=”4032″ height=”3024″ /></a></p><p>I hope you enjoyed this <em>My Life in Books – Book Tag</em>. Let me know if you participated in this one or if you plan to so I can check it out and if you have read or plan to read any of these books in the comments below! </p><p>And as always, happy reading!</p>

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Today marks the day kicking off the 2018 BookTube-A-Thon!

BookTube-A-Thon is a week-long read-a-thon hosted by Ariel Bissett and takes place from July 30th – August 5th. It’s an event that celebrates reading by creating bookish content and reading a lot of books. There are seven main challenges and various mini-challenges that YouTubers and BookTubers alike have created on their social media platforms. Anyone can join. This is my first year participating. I don’t know how far I’ll get with each one, but I think it will be fun nonetheless.

Here are the main challenges and my reads for the week:

1. Let a coin toss decide your first read. Heads was Old Man’s War by John Scalzi and tails, Earth by David Brin. Heads won and I’ll be listening via audiobook which is narrated by William Dufris.

2. Read a book about something you want to do. I am learning French, so I’ll be listening to French Short Stories for Beginners, authored and narrated by Frederic Bibard and Mariem Nouni.

3. Read and watch a book-to-film adaptation. I love maritime reads. My pick is Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.

4. Read a book with green on the cover. Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer. The cover is so very cute.

5. Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time. I’ll be wearing one of my favorite black caps by A. Kurtz. Maybe you’ll recognize it, here’s a hint: Bailando. And because the challenge says to read seven books, I’ll be reading One What Grounds by Cleo Coyle.

6. Read a book with a beautiful spine. I feel like reading a classic or a reread from my childhood so I’m going to continue with my reread of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes which is one of my absolute favorite books of all-time. It has that classic literary spine. It’s on the 100 list of America’s 100 most-loved books from The Great American Read that PBS has put together. I have to admit, it’s taking me forever and a day to finish because I’m reading as much as I can in Spanish and following along with one of the Open Yale Courses. The course I’m taking is SPAN 300 and it has been excellent so far. It’s taught by professor Roberto González Echevarría. You’ll have to check it out along with the other courses they offer, for free.

7. Read seven books. I’ll be reading Earth by David Brin from the coin toss.

Have you participated in the past and are you planning on joining this year’s read-a-thon? What books have you chosen? If you have any children’s or beginning French language books you’d recommend, let me know! P.S. the voting for your favorite read from America’s 100 most-loved books is still open as well. I hope you can join along with me!

Did I mention how much I love book photography?

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