I found this meme meme on Bookertalk blog in December 2018 and because I enjoyed it I offered my own version the following month. I altered it slightly from the original (my comments were getting too repetitive), and now here is an updated version.
- The last book I gave up on
This was The Story of my Teeth by Valeria Luiselli, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney. I had greatly enjoyed Lost Children Archive, which I read because it was the Book Group choice for March last year. Although the manner in which The Story of my Teeth was written, almost cooperatively, was interesting, the novel didn’t quite grab me enough to review on this blog. I did finish reading it however.
- The last book I reread
That would be Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (1906). I had two specific reasons for wanting to reread this children’s classic. You can find out what they were by reading the post “Better than Whitewashing.” The Wind in the Willows and Covid.
- The last book I bought
I’m currently awaiting delivery of the following books:
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Tension by EM Delafield
Look out for comments on these on the blog.
- The last book I said I’d read but hadn’t
I don’t do this. What’s the point?
- The last book I wrote in the margins of
Expiation by Elizabeth von Arnim, in which I made a few marks against some paragraphs to consider for quotations in the review on this blog.
- The last book I had signed
I don’t do this either. But people often ask me to sign my books, and I do it, although I don’t know why they want me to.
- The last book I gave away
Refugee Tales IV Edited by David Herd & Anna Pincus
My local writing group doesn’t charge a subscription, so we raise funds in other ways. One way is a monthly raffle in which people are invited to provide writing-related prizes. As I had two copies of Refugee Tales IV, when it was my turn to find a prize in August I put one copy in the raffle. It was much appreciated.
You can find a post on this blog about this excellent collection here.
- The last book I had to replace
Wave Me Goodbye: stories of the Second World War, Ed Anne Boston. I wanted to read these short stories and I had forgotten that I had a copy on my shelves. I bought another. After that I found the original. This is not an unusual event for me, buying duplicates. I loved this collection and wrote about it on the blog which you can read here.
- The last book I argued over
Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers. This was another choice for the book group and they were more enthusiastic than I was. We didn’t really argue, and we all got something out of reading it.
- The last book I couldn’t find
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall. I remember reading it and I thought I had a copy. But I couldn’t find a it so I acquired a second hand one. I could find it now. A theme is building up here.
That earlier post
Over to you
Do any of my answers resonate with you? Try this for yourself.