Thursday, 7 October 2021

10 Year Challenge Book Tag

I was not tagged but saw this challenge on Deanna's page A Novel Glimpse through Bea @ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic. It was created by Rincey Reads. It’s a fun tag that takes a look back at my reading 10 years ago versus today. Please check out Deanna's, Bea’s and Rincey's posts.

What was your favourite book in 2011?

Pamuk, Orhan "Istanbul - Memories of a City" (Turkish: İstanbul - Hatıralar ve Şehir) - 2003
Orhan Pamuk is one of my favourite authors and Istanbul is a wonderful city. He grew up and lived there all his life, so what better than a book about his city by this fantastic writer.

What is your favourite book of 2021 (so far)?
Harris, Kamala "The Truths We Hold. An American Journey" - 2019
I love reading about strong women and I admire Kamala Harris a lot, especially after reading her book.

What was your least favourite book in 2011?
I try to read a book by the latest Nobel Prize winner every year (and some from the previous ones). This was one that really disappointed me.
Jelinek, Elfriede "The Piano Teacher" (German: Die Klavierspielerin) - 1988

What is a book published in 2011 that you still want to read?

Lodge, David "A Man of Parts" - 2011
A story about H.G. Wells. I have read "The Time Machine" and several book by Felix J. Palma that are based on his stories (The Map of Time, The Map of the Sky, The Map of Chaos) that mention him and his life, so I really want to read this one soon.

What is the book published (to be published) in 2021 you want to get before 2022?

Lawson, Mary "A Town Called Solace" (Goodreads)
I loved her other books so far (Crow Lake, The Other Side of the Bridge and Road Ends), so I've been waiting for another one by her since 2013.

What is a genre you used to read a lot of that you don’t read as much of anymore?
Forest, Jim "Praying with Icons" - 1997/2008
Spiritual Books. I used to be in a church group and we read a lot of books together. Now that I try to reduce my TBR pile, I don't read as many anymore. I still want to read more by Jim Forest who I was lucky to meet during one of our get-togethers.

What is a new genre you’ve discovered since 2011?

Stroyar, J.N. "The Children’s War" - 2001
This is a tough one. I've been reading for so long and I've always been reading almost anything at least once. And those genres that I didn't tend to didn't increase after 2011. What I probably started reading more since 2010 are dystopian novels, starting with my favourite book ever, The Children's War.

What is a reading or book habit you are hoping to leave behind in this decade?
Buying too many books. Though, who am I kidding …?

What is a new reading goal or habit you want to create in the upcoming decade?
I started to add only books from my TBR pile to any challenges I wanted to do this year and have been following that diligently so far. I'd like to keep that up.

I'm not tagging anyone but invite you all to do this, if you like to participate. If you decide to do this, leave a link in the comments so I can check out your post. Thanks!


  1. great post!
    Jim Forest is a great man. Pray for him, he seems very week - I have seen something on him on Facebook.
    By the way, did you get the email I sent you 3 days ago re:our upcoming readalong?

    1. Thanks, Emma. Another thing we have in common then, when you also admire Jim Forest. Thanks also for the info on Jim, I knew. His son mentioned the other day that he is improving, so let's hope for the best.

      I did mention in another comment to you that I received your e-mail. Will answer soon.

  2. Fun book tag! I keep telling myself I'm going to buy fewer books, but I already have my next Amazon order planned...and it's all books. ;D

    1. Thanks, Lark. It definitely was fun, will have to keep this up for next year.

      I think we all have the same illness: buying too many books. LOL

  3. I haven't read that Kamala Harris book. You have me curious about it now since it is a favorite so far. I will have to check my library for it.
    Thanks for doing this tag! It was fun to read your answers.

    1. I really liked it, Deanna. I got the feeling that I got to know Kamala Harris better. Not being American, I didn't really know much about her. But the USA having such a huge influence on other countries, I always wish to know much more. And that's where I always contradict Americans who say we should stay away from their politics. No, we should all be much more interested in other politics.

      Anyway, I hope you enjoy this book just as much as I did. And I absolutely loved the tag, so thanks for introducing me to it.