The ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag (ORIGINAL).

Hi everyone! I was thinking that it’s interesting how we choose which books we want to read. I always like to say how I discovered certain books, like if I had to study it at school or uni or if it was a favourite of one of my friends, so I can find similar books in the future. So I thought I’d make a tag!

1. Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?


Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

I discovered this through the Waterstones website, as they have a ‘Books of the Month‘ section in which they usually include a children’s book. I was intrigued by the premise and thought I would really enjoy it, but was somewhat disappointed.

(I realise I do talk about Waterstones a lot on this blog, but I am just a big fan and they are also the only large bookshop in Notts, so I go there a lot. I’m not affiliated with them in any way and I’m not making money by mentioning them on here!)

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

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.

As this is a classic, I was a bit unsure if I was going to enjoy it and expected it to be a bit boring, but I was drawn in straight away.

I read it for the same reason I pick up most classics – I wanted to read a new book at the time but didn’t want to spend any money, and you can get this for free as an ebook. I had re-read Jane Eyre, one of my favourites, not long before that and I wanted to try more Bronte novels, so I went for this one. I also just want to read as many classics as possible because I’m a bit of show-off.

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. (As I’m lazy, I used the random option on Goodreads instead.) How did you discover this book?

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar.

I’ve never read Holes by the same author,  but it’s a well-respected children’s book, so when I saw that this was cheap on Amazon, I decided to give it a go. I wasn’t a big fan at all, but I would still like to read Holes. 

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


Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.

I looked through my Goodreads and realised I don’t often read books that people actually recommend to me – I just kind of wander to the bookshop / Booktube / Kindle store and make my own mind up.

However, I have read a few books that my friend Matilda has recommended to me, and this was one of them. I borrowed it from her years ago and really enjoyed it, but couldn’t get into the sequels for some reason. I reread Uglies this year, tried the sequels again and really enjoyed them the second time around.

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

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I Was Here by Gayle Forman.

I watched the film of If I Stay a couple of years ago and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. When I got into Booktube, I found out that it was based on a book, and then I received I Was Here in a subscription box that I used to get so was really excited to finally get to read a book by the same author as the film I enjoyed so much.

However, it did not live up to the hype! I thought it was well-written and liked the idea behind it, but it focused far too much on the love story, which I just didn’t care about. (The guy was a tosser from the start.)

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

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

One year when I was doing NaNoWriMo, Rainbow Rowell wrote a pep talk and I was really interested that Fangirl was written and published as a result of NaNo. I decided to give it a go and have never regretted it! Tying with Attachments, Fangirl is one of my all-time favourite Rowell books. It’s so unique: I’ve never read a book about a writer like Cath, whom I really related to because at one point in my life I felt like I could only write fanfiction too.

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

So many! If I enjoy a film and then find that it’s based on a book, I always have to go and find that book. (Some people say this is weird because you already know how it ends,  but this is irrelevant to me: there’s usually lots going on in the book that they missed out in the film version.)

A few books I’ve discovered this way:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and by proxy her other books Dark Places and The Grown-Up
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – discovered through the Muppets’ version of course!

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

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling – I was around my friend’s house for a sleepover and wanted something to read, so she gave me Prisoner of Azkaban. So I ended up reading the HP books out of order, but I wasn’t any less hooked!

I read this and the others the same year that Goblet of Fire was published, in 2000, so I would have been 9 years old when I first discovered this amazing, life-changing series.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – I had to read this for school and am forever grateful to the curriculum. We read it for GCSE so I would have been about 14 or 15.


One Day by David Nicholls – A few of my friends were reading this for pleasure at uni. I saw the movie trailer and figured it was a sappy romance that I’d hate, but then I started reading it over my friend Alys’ shoulder. I downloaded it on to my Kindle later and read into the night, laughing and crying.


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Thanks for stopping by!

27 thoughts on “The ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag (ORIGINAL).

  1. I’m super grateful to the GCSE syllabus for putting to kill a mockingbird on there- such a shame they took it off :/ And I also discovered gone girl through the movie! Love this tag- it’s an awesome idea!! Thanks for tagging me!!


  2. I’m late to the party. Thanks for tagging me. And great questions too.
    Waterstones is on my bookish bucket list because since tuning into booktube, I’ve heard it mentioned many, many times so I’d love to visit there whenever I make it to that side of the world.
    I remember Holes! I was so hooked on that book when I read it way back when. I didn’t know Louis Sachar wrote other books though.


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