How I Choose My Books Tag

How I Choose My Books Book Tag

I was tagged by Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf to take part in this tag! I am not going to lie I am pretty excited about this tag! So, let’s see how I choose my books.

(This post could also be called: “Lauren is Waxing Poetic About a Bunch Of Books She’s Read!)

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


I am pretty sure it was the cover that made me pick up The Light Between Oceans. I think it was a combination of the lighthouse, the title, and the font. (Yes, I really love fonts!)  Then I remember picking it up and seeing that it was historical fiction, which is my genre and just being really intrigued by the blurb.

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

I will be honest here and say that I didn’t expect to enjoy Twilight and New Moon by Stephanie Meyer like I did. It was shortly after the books came out, and at the time I just didn’t think vampires were my thing. I read the book in a couple days in my junior or senior year, because my friend wanted me to attend the Breaking Dawn release party with her, and she thought I would enjoy the series.

Slight tangent here, I did end up going to the Breaking Dawn release party at Borders despite having only read the first two books. (I just couldn’t finish Eclipse!) I remember ruling at trivia, especially since no one could remember the order in which the Cullens were turned into vampires.  (And some of these people said they read the books a dozen times!)

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?


I first found Look At Me by Jennifer Egan in high school when it was on the shelves of our Library Media Center. I didn’t check it out because it was a 500-page book that I was not going to read because I had a paper coming.

Years later, my mother and I were at City Lights Bookshop in San Francisco and she actually bought it, intending to read it on our flight that night. She never did, but now the book lives with me for when I get the gumption to tackle the tome.

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


I got a personal recommendation for Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. I really liked the book. It’s a precocious kid with a reclusive writer mom and the editorial assistant who has to make sure the writer produces the work. It’s heartfelt and entertaining, and I loved the book. Definitely the kind of book that I gravitate towards.

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

Book Cover - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I think I discovered The Fault in Our Stars by John Green because of a Booktube video a long time ago. When I finally got around to reading it, I liked it, but I really didn’t see what made it so special.

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


I have Euphoria by Lily King on my shelf. It was a book recommended at my local independent bookstore. At first, I liked the title, because the word euphoria made me think of a sense of happiness and maybe a state of intoxication.

Then I liked that it was about anthropologists and loosely based on Margaret Meade. I didn’t know anything about Margaret Meade, or her work, and it intrigued me. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but the premise still interests me.

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


So, funny story, I first found out about The Handmaid’s Tale by watching the 1990 adaptation with Natasha Richardson and Faye Dunaway. Not unusual, except I was twelve-years-old and the movie was on Lifetime. I didn’t realize it was a book until about eighteen months later and didn’t read it until about thirteen years after that.

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

I came so close to wanting to pursue a career in criminal psychology around the time that we did a Greek Literature unit in my sophomore English class. One of the plays we read was Medea, and I recall it being the first book where I made a connection to our present day world. To this day, I still recall writing a class paper that compared her to Andrea Yates.

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is another book that I discovered in high school. I spent a lot of time in the library and one day I happened upon this book in the fiction section, and I picked it up and I just started reading. It kind of opened up an interest in Latin America and the history there.

One of my all-time favorite books is Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. I read this the summer of my junior year of college. I picked it up because I had just finished The Time Traveler’s Wife and I wasn’t happy with that book at all. It was a case where hype got in the way. Her Fearful Symmetry was a much better fit and had themes that were more my speed, plus a little more a supernatural element that I loved. I think I’ve bought three copies since it came out in paperback.

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin I read back when Borders was still in business. It was on display and I liked the blurb on the back. Then, I started reading it, and I liked this odd depiction of an afterlife that I hadn’t really considered before. Ironically enough, this is another book that makes me ugly cry like no one’s business.

Then there is City of Thieves which I read last year. It’s another book that I loved. I think that it’s just a well-written page-turner. I bought it on a recommendation from my independent bookstore a few years ago. The book just stayed with me.

That’s it for the How I Choose My Books Book Tag! If you made it through all of that, you are an amazing person! I am going to tag a few bloggers to keep this going. 

Amber @ The Literary Phoenix
Sam @ Spines in a Line
Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads
Amanda @ Literary Weaponry
Shruti @ This is Lit






Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

25 thoughts on “How I Choose My Books Tag

    1. It’s a good book! The thing is most people who love the Time Traveler’s Wife don’t love Her Fearful Symmetry. I wasn’t that enthused by Time Traveler’s Wife, but I loved Her Fearful Symmetry and I recommend it every chance I get. To me, it had more to offer the reader.

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  1. Great answers!! I loved Elsewhere, too! I cannot wait to read Young Jane Young. The Light Between Oceans has such a gorgeous cover! I keep hearing good things about it, I might just add it to my TBR…


    1. I am so happy to hear someone else has read Elsewhere! I honestly love it! I saw Young Jane Young on NetGalley and I had to blink because I didn’t realize it was the same author. The Light Between the Oceans has been on my TBR forever, and I hear nothing but good things, so I should probably move it up soon.

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      1. Yes, I didn’t know anyone else who’d read Elsewhere either! And I had the same reaction as you – specially because Young Jane Young is so different from Elsewhere!


  2. Thanks for the tag… although I did this one a few weeks ago! XD Nonetheless, I really enjoyed reading your answers. I love the fact that you had more trivia knowledge than the repeat readers on Twilight series! That’s always a fun feeling… and one that makes you wonder if they read the books or where there for the hype haha. 😛


    1. Thank you! I think I actually wrote this post a few weeks ago so I am sorry I didn’t remove the tag. Thanks for reading though, and that Breaking Dawn party really bothered me. I was thinking: how do you read twilight a dozen times and not pick that up?

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      1. Lol, no worries, I had fun reading all your answers anyway! I like that people think of me. 😀 Kudos for you being so well planned… I’ve only got a couple days scheduled ahead!


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