The #BookLove #booktag

Yes, this is the second booktag I’ve taken part in this week. I have lots of books I’m reading for blogtours later this month and I didn’t want you to be missing me too much (haha!), so filling in a couple of days with what I hope are interesting posts. I saw this one on A Rambling Reviewer‘s blog. She explains that this was originally a Valentine’s Day tag but we can love books all year can’t we?

What books have you been gifted that you love?

My family gave my a beautiful clothbound version of my favourite Jane Austen book, Sense & Sensibility, for my Christmas.

What book(s) would you like to give as a gift to someone else?

Do you know, this is actually a difficult question as when I’ve loved a book I’m almost frightened to gift it in case the person I give it to doesn’t like it. I almost feel protective! One book I’ve recommended to a few people recently who have liked it – and therefore I might feel safe to give as a gift – is The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne.

If you could gift a random person any bookish item, what would it be?

I love these beautiful A Novel Journal notebooks. They have the entire text of the book as the printed lines.

What do you do when a person gives you a gift you don’t like?

Isn’t that always a difficult situation? If it’s clothes, then I might see if I can exchange them. If other items, I might re-gift if I think someone else might like them or hand in to a charity shop or for a raffle.

Mention a book based around Valentine’s Day.

I’m going to cheat here slightly. Since this tag was originally about Valentine’s Day but has been changed just to be about book love, I’m going to recommend one of the most romantic books I’ve read recently. Valentine’s Day is almost bound to have featured in it somewhere anyway! Get your hankies ready for The Book of Love by Fionnuala Kearney.

The Book of Love: The emotional epic love story by the Irish Times bestseller by [Kearney, Fionnuala]

Mention any two tips for blogging as a gift to other bloggers and to those who may want to start a blog.

Do your blog your own way and try not to compare yourself to other bloggers. People will want to read your blog because it reflects you.

If you have a book blog, don’t say yes to all the books that come your way! You will quickly find yourself overwhelmed and you don’t want reading to become a chore. Choose carefully. If you want to help share the book love but don’t have time to read, many authors will be grateful for a guest post slot.

Link to some posts by other bloggers that you loved or were very helpful.

Oh this is really hard as I have so many blogging friends! I am going to list just a few blogs I definitely recommend you check out.

Being Anne

Linda’s Book Bag

Love Books Group

On the Shelf Books

The Quiet Knitter

BookLoverWorm Blog

A fairly new blog worth having a look at is Lost in the Land of Books

And if beauty is your thing: Beauty Balm

And finally a blog I am loving just now is called Dear Bill, Love Cynthia. It is the real love letters of Cynthia to her husband who is working overseas in the 1950s. Their granddaughter found the letters recently and is transcribing them. They are fascinating and just full of love which, since that is the theme of this post, seems to fit perfectly!

If you fancy giving this booktag a go yourself, I’d love to read your answers. Or you can comment below. I’d especially love to know what bookish gifts you would recommend as I’m always on the lookout for ideas.

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