Phase 1: Initial Attraction
A book you bought because of the cover
I bought Kimberly Karalius’ Love Fortunes and other Disasters for its cover. I thought it was a cute and quirky cover, and the story does fit that cover illustration.
Fun fact. I tend to not read books that have people on the cover when it comes to YA novels, but there are a few exceptions which I will mention later on. The reason being is that usually, the books I have come across and read with real people on it tend to not be interesting.
Phase 2: First Impressions
A book you bought because of the summary
Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park. I knew from the back of the book’s description that I would instantly love it.
Phase 3: Sweet Talk
A book with great writing
Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book. I would consider her writing quirky and clever. It’s the book that got me interested in Japanese literature.
Phase 4: First Date
A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the entire series
Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. It’s one of those rare cases where I actually like a book with a real person on the front cover.
Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls
A book that kept you up all night
Ramesh Menon’s The Mahabharata in English translation. I’m currently reading this for a class, and that’s why it is keeping me up all night.
Phase 6: Always on My Mind
A book you could not stop thinking about
Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji. One of the best books of all time. Genji is the man, and I can honestly say that I want to go on a date with him.
Phase 7: Getting Physical
A book you love because of the way it feels
Any Japanese book. If you have never felt the pages of a book that’s in Japanese, you should because they have the best smooth pages.
Phase 8: Meeting the Parents
A book you would recommend to family or friends
Thomas C. Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between The Lines. This book is something I would recommend college/university students because it literally teaches you how to read books as literature.
Phase 9: Thinking About the Future
A book series you know you will reread many times in the future
The book I would read many times in the future would be Alida Nugent’s Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood. Since I’m in my twenties and I have no idea what I’m doing with my life, I can easily relate to this book.