1- The book you’ve read ages ago but can’t remember
Everyone has this problem. EVERYONE.
You have read a book ages ago. You vaguely remember it. Hey! This is quite normal, you read a LOT of books. You have some details in your mind, and the name of it should be something like.. errk! You can’t recall it. It’s like a curse..
For me this is luckily only a few books. I am quite good at remembering what I’ve read. But there is one I still cannot remember. It was a library loan so I don’t have it. A very poor muslim dad, sells his teenage son to a white man, hoping for a better future for him. This wasn’t the book’s story but I cried my eyes out in the mention of this part so that’s the only thing I remember. I hate sad books!
I probably have one or two I can’t remember, they’re deep in my brain ready when something stimulates the memory..
2- The book you delay reading because you know it’s gonna make you cry
I hate crying during reading and I am such an easy crier. I literally shat myself
crying in Harry Potter, Deathly Hollows. During reading last chapters of The Blind Assassin my nose became so red from crying I thought it will be mistaken with a tomato. Even scary Woman in Black I cried my eyes out … I avoid reading sad books in public as I can’t hold my tears and last thing you need on a train for example is sobbing and trembling lips. Crying passengers: Can British public transport get worse?
So I am quite shy about some books on my TBR… Such as : The Book Thief, Atonement, The Painted Veil, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Poisonwood Bible, God of Flies,
The Bluest Eye, The Book of Strange New Things; suspecting they can make me cry. (Let me know if they’re not sad, hey!)
3- The book scared you so much you won’t forget it
I get scared quite easily. Well. Aren’t I like a 3 year old? Feel free to roll your eyes, I cry, I got scared easily. And you know I have tantrums when I don’t like books. Yeah I am a toddler at heart. Can’t help it…
I can think of a lot of scary books but none of them scared the shit out of me like John Fowles’s The Collector. It’s a story of a captivity, and there is a psychopath in it. Fowles paints him so realistically that you kind of lost faith in humanity and imagining yourself as the victim there makes you want to evaporate from the world.
Also Stephen’s King The Shining and It deserves mentioning.
4- The book you gave to a friend and didn’t come back
Oh, that book. Or should I say books? God, I have had some terrible friends who never returned my books. I must be daft, I still see them. Well, maybe I still like them.
Last book I’ve said enough is enough, I am adopting the principle of NO LENDING was Perfume, The Story of a Murderer. I think it was 2010 or 11. I am quite a Gollum when it comes to my books people. They are my precious. Sick, I know, but it’s my obsession!
5- The Book you and Your Book Bestie absolutely enjoyed and became die hard fans
MERMAID AND MRS HANCOCK!!!!!!
My bestie and I may have very different tastes sometimes, but there are a few books we quite loved and became fans and this year this honour went the Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. It was a fabulous read and everytime we see it in a bookshop we stroke it sadly and say:I know, I know sweetie, you should have been on the Booker Longlist at least.
6- The Book with the lines you memorised and will never forget.
Ah, for me this is absolutely 2 books. (both of them on my top 5 )
First comes from Time’s Arrow
“Probably human cruelty is fixed and eternal. Only styles change.”
And of course, Slaughterhouse 5
“But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned to a pillar of salt. So it goes. People aren’t supposed to look back. I’m certainly not going to do it anymore.”
Oh, those two books. You need to read them if you haven’t already.
7- The Book You Hated So Much That You Wanted to Throw it to the Wall
Oh I am very catty when it comes to books I don’t like. If you’re a frequent visitor of this blog you’ll see! I particularly feel angry when I’ve been fooled by the blurb, one example was The Luckiest Girl Alive, it said ‘For fans of Gone Girl’ and I was so naive to believe it. Or if the book is too upsetting, I get furious. If I want to read gross details of rape and abuse, I’ll go pick up a tabloid newspaper guys. Literature should be more elegant, it shouldn’t be cheap. A recent example was ‘Cross Her Heart’ as the amount of upset content and abuse in that book caused my brain cells to burn. I wanted to finish the book as I was in 80% but I wasn’t able to stand it. Here I explained why I didn’t like it if you fancy reading a tantrum.
Now there’s my 7 types of books…Do you have any memorable types of books? Or can you recall any books in these categories yourself?
P.S- I miss Alan Rickman…