Good afternoon! I was tagged Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (go check out her amazing blog!) to do this tag. There were originally nine questions, but since Nandini did this tag as her Top 10 Tuesday post, she added an extra question, and I decided to keep it. This looked like a fun, simple good time, so I decided to go ahead and partake now instead of waiting until I am finished with my hiatus.
If you get a chance, please do check out her blog. She is an amazing and intelligent person who has a lot to offer. Alrighty, let’s get this going.
1. The first book you ever read.
This probably wasn’t my first read, but it’s the one that I have the earliest memory of: Monkey See, Monkey Do by Marc Gave. It’s a children’s book that I read over and over and over again when I was a wee one.
2. The first book you ever bought with your own money.
Okay, so technically the first book I ever bought was after I won my first race when I was 14-15. A friend and I were walking through an old used bookstore that specialised in Japanese books (untranslated) and I found a first edition of Bōtchan by Natsume Sōseki. So, I got it for my brother, almost used up all of my winnings for it too. For my first book bought with a normal job, it would have to be Darkwalker on Moonshae (Moonshae Trilogy #1) by Douglas Niles. It’s part of the Forgotten Realms universe. I bought it using my first paycheque at my first job ever (Borders Books).
3. A book you stayed up all night reading.
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami. It was my very first novel by him, and it completely revolutionised my bookish persona.
4. A book/series you will never forget.
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine. It was my first book series experience, as well as the first set of scary books that I ever read; it made me fall in love with the horror genre.
5. A book your frequently think about.
Battle Royale by Kōshun Takami. This books comes up in a lot of biblio-related conversations that I have, and I always leave the conversation either realising something new about the book or recognising a theme that’s an allegory for something currently going on in the real world, even though it was written almost 20 years ago.
6. A scene that haunted you for years after reading it.
When I was a kid, I had this anthology of horror stories (can’t remember the title, I’m sorry) and one of the stories was about a guy who went around making a bet with people that involved the loser to cut off their thumbs and hand them over to him. It was my first time reading something so graphic and that image always stuck with me.
7. An unforgettable character.
Erasmus from The Legends of Dune Trilogy by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. This dude… he’s so beyond belief, whoa.
8. A book that changed your opinion about something.
I have two because I read them either back-to-back, or fairly close together and they both led to the same impact. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and The Geisha with the Green Eyes by India Miller. These two books—read after my passion and respect for Japanese literature took off and became cemented within me—taught me what disrespectful cultural appropriation looks like, and (the latter mostly with this point) how offensive it is to romanticise and fetishize a race of people. I honestly didn’t really understand what those things meant in their entirety until I read these, and that was when I began to devote myself to reading #OwnVoices literature more often than not (95% of the time), and to stop reading books about POC authored by non-POC, at least not until I knew more about the author and the research conducted. Exceptions to the rule so far: Rick Riordan.
9. A random bookish memory.
Shortly after his death, I found an old, beaten copy of Dragonflight, which is the first book in the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, in my brother’s desk drawer. I sat in his super comfy, leather chair and opened it up to find a letter that he had written to me inside of it. It was mostly in regard to an inside joke we shared, and another significant memory we made. But, I was so emotional that I sat there in his chair and read the book from start to finish in one-sitting. When I finished, I was still crying, but I hugged the book to my chest and knew that my life would never be the same without him in it.
10. A book that got better after a re-read.
Dune by Frank Herbert. There is always something new to learn and realise with every single re-read.