The Plan With Me Book Tag

This tag was created by What’s My Page Again on Youtube. I love planning and I love books so this tag seemed right up my alley. The prompts are based on things you would track in your planner. There are 10 questions.

1.) Pay day! -A book you would buy right now. Cost doesn’t matter!

This is a hard one. Money has mattered to a significant extent for so long at this point that it’s nearly impossible to even imagine an unlimited budget for a book. I checked my Amazon wishlists and my Thriftbooks wishlist and I finally came up with an answer. And it’s not even a book for me! The book I chose for this question is Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef by Massimo Bottura. I read another book with some quotes from this book in it and they were hysterical. I immediately set out to find this book for my hubby, but the current price for it is $46.47. I think my husband would absolutely love to read this book, but I can’t justify that cost at this time in our financial journey.

2.) Pay a bill -A book you would get rid of right now

I can’t think of a book I own that I would want to get rid of, because when I read a book I don’t like I get rid of it. The last book I can remember vehemently wanted to be rid of was Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. I read this book back in April of 2017 so the details are fuzzy now, but I only gave this book a 1 star rating. I thought it was going to be a funny book about yarn and silly things related to yarn crafts like when we buy more yarn than we can ever use or when you buy amazing yarn and never end up using it because you want to save it for a perfect project. There were some of those things. But there was also a story about how she tried to trick a friend in to wearing wool socks even though she knew her friend was allergic. And then there was a chapter that I remember being very anti-crochet. Crochet was my yarn hobby of choice and I was offended by the whole chapter of calling us stupid.

3.) Doctor appointment -a book that makes you feel better when you are down

For this I’ll pick On Writing by Stephen King. This is an all time favorite book of mine. I’ve read it more times than I can remember and always leave it feeling inspired to write.

4.) Meeting -a book or series you felt obligated to read because of the hype

For this I choose The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman an Jay Kristoff. I had read book one and loved it! I waited until book two came out and then reread book one and started book two but just could not make myself be okay with following new characters. So I DNFed it. When the final book was due to come out all three books were everywhere on Booktube and I gave in and read book one again, then book two, and book three all back to back. It’s now my favorite series.

5.) Lunch date -a book or series that you fell in love with because a friend recommended it to you.

Years ago my husband and I each chose five books for the other person to read. I ended up reading three of them and he read one of mine. Total fail, but we did really enjoy the the books we ended up reading. He’s ten and a half years older than I am so our random knowledge and things we grew up with don’t often overlap. The books he picked for me I had never heard of. The one I enjoyed the most was The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison. My husband expected me not to like this book, but hoped I would. I loved it and read a few more in the series. I keep meaning to go back and read some others at some point.

6.) Work/school week -a book that was hard to get through

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J K Rowling. I love the first Harry Potter book. The rest I can do without. I’ve read the first one four times, I think, in an effort to read the full series, but I always fail. I get stuck on book 5 every time and just can’t force my way through this book to get to the rest of the series.

7.) Gym day -a book that gets your heart pumping because it was such an exciting page turner.

I wanted to say The Illuminae Files again, but I made myself choose something else. The last book I could not put down was On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves. I read the whole thing in less than 24 hours. It was amazing!

8.) Date night -a book with your favorite romantic couple

This is 100% The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. This is my favorite book ever. I love Monty and Percy. I love their flirtations and their romantic interactions with each other make me smile (and sometimes giggle like a schoolgirl).

9.) Vacation -a book or series you would want to binge on if you had all the time in the world.

A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R R Martin. I’m not sure when else I would read this series. I think I might like it, but without unlimited time I’m not sure I’ll ever be up for tackling so many massive books.

10.) To Do List – A book that you keep meaning to get to but don’t have the time for

Astounding: John W. Campbell, Issac Asimov, Robert A Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction by Alec Nevala-Lee. I won this in a good reads giveaway in August 2018 and wanted to start it as soon as it arrived, but it’s a hefty book, by my standards anyway, at 544 pages, and it got set aside and never picked up. Soon maybe.

What book did you fall in love with at the recommendation of a friend?

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