The College Freshman Book Tag

Rules!
1. Give credit to the creator of the tag!
2. Answer the questions to the best of your ability! You don’t have to be in college or have gone to college to answer these!
3. Tag three people to complete the tag.

Thank you Eliza @ duskangelreads for tagging me in this fun questionnaire! Personally, I already graduated from college; I think that means I can relate to these topics even more.

THE ROOMATE:

Roommates can be a hit or miss experience freshman year, especially when you don’t get the opportunity to pick who you room with. Name a character you’d love to be roommates with and one you’d hate to be roommates with.

This is a good one because I read my way through freshman year to avoid my roommate. If I had my nose in a book, she didn’t bother me; so that’s what I did. A fictional character who I would’ve loved to have as a roommate is Serena Van Der Woodsen from Gossip Girl. I read the Gossip Girl series in high school and dreamed of a roommate like the carefree, fun, adventurous Serena. An obvious perk, she could also take me shopping.

ORIENTATION:

Before your freshman year officially begins, you typically go to an orientation to familiarize yourself with the campus. Orientation can be both exciting and scary as you’re experiencing something new. Name a book that you read to experience a new genre, or to familiarize yourself with a topic you knew nothing about. Did you like the book? What did you learn from it?

I’ve always been a bit intimidated by poetry, mostly because of the multiple connotations and depth behind the words. The last couple of years I have started to dip my toes into the poetry pool and see what it’s all about. I started with Ellen Hopkins books. Hopkins writes mostly YA fiction, but she has published a few adult books as well. Her books are mostly about drugs, sex and teenage angst; they were easy-reads and got me ready to dive deeper into poetry. So far, other than Hopkin’s novels, I’ve read:

  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • The Good Braider by Terry Farish
  • The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy

Please let me know if you have any poetry recommendations!

HOMESICK:

It is normal to experience homesickness at some point after moving away from home for the first time. Name a book from your childhood that you love so much that you sometimes miss, and may even find yourself rereading it often.

I was SO homesick freshman year of college. I missed my dogs, my mom, my car, a full fridge, everything! I reread, you guessed it, the Harry Potter series for some comfort.

CHOOSING A MAJOR:

Choosing a major is something every college student has to do at some point, but many students choose their freshman year. Hopefully your major is something you are passionate about. Name a book that you have read about a topic you are passionate about, or a character from a book that shares a similar passion as you.

Oh man, I changed my major FOUR times! I am passionate about so many things, but most of my passions didn’t directly line up with an obvious major. Doesn’t help that I tend to change my mind with the wind. #GirlProblems

Anyhow, I recently read A Seal Called Andre by Harry Goodridge and Lew Dietz. I have a huge place in my heart for animals, ALL animals. I don’t eat meat and strongly prefer dogs to humans. A Seal Called Andre is a true story about the relationship between a man and a harbor seal. It was incredibly moving! Stay tuned- my review is coming soon!

JOIN THE CLUB:

Joining different clubs and groups can often be an exciting thing to jump into as a freshman for some, and nerve-wracking for others. Name a popular book or book series that you didn’t think you’d enjoy, but ended up loving.

Easy- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I found Red Queen in a local free library; I took it home with me and let it sit on my shelf for a while. Finally, I gave it a chance. My first thoughts: ‘Shocker, another female protagonist dystopian novel.‘ No lie, I finished the book in an afternoon, only moving when my legs fell asleep. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

What do you all think of the series?

THE ALL NIGHTER:

As a college freshman and a college student in general, all-nighters are pretty common. Name one book that was so good, you stayed up all night reading it.

I lost A LOT of sleep reading the Game of Thrones series… I hardly left my room for an entire winter while I devoured the books. SO. GOOD.

THE NIGHT BEFORE ITS DUE:

Speaking of those all-nighters, they usually have something to do with that assignment you put off until the last minute. Name a popular book or book series that you put off reading for way too long.

I have been putting off reading A Gentleman in Moscow since it was released.. I don’t know why! I’m such a sucker for any NYT Best Seller and, for whatever reason, I haven’t read it yet!

Have any of you read it? What did you think?

THE HANGOVER:

You may or may not have experienced a hangover… or 10 during your freshman year in college. Name a book that left you with a book hangover after you finished it.

I’m quite familiar with hangovers: both literature and alcohol induced. I like wine, okay? The worst book hangover I’ve ever experienced was after finishing The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. The last chapter is riveting and action packed; then, JUST LIKE THAT, the story is over! I had questions! I needed to know if the characters were okay! I didn’t want the story to end.

ON A BUDGET:

Freshman year, you usually learn what it means to be a broke college student. Name a book that you remember buying even though you were tight on cash, because you just had to have it.

*Flashback to me begging my dad to let me link his credit card to my nook.* Back in college, I spent my last pennies on books countless times. I remember scraping together funds to buy The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling’s adult novel.

ENGLISH 101:

General ed courses are typically all you take freshman year, and English is usually one of them. (Depending on the prof that could be a good thing ) Name a required reading book that you loved. (it can be middle/high school or college)

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers!! He is now one of my favorite authors, thank you Sister Marta at Salve Regina University for including it on your reading list!

Also, The Brief and Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

THE TEXTBOOK:

Part of being a broke college student is trying to find the cheapest way to buy a textbook. To make it worse, some freshman gen ed courses end up having no use for the book at all. Name a book that you spent money on and ended up not liking.

I don’t even have to think about this one… The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. Waste of money and brain cells.

OFFICE HOURS:

All professors have office hours, and often times students don’t take advantage of them. Advice for freshman: go to office hours! It is a good idea to get to know your professors. Making connections with them can lead to great tips on assignments, internship opportunities, and job connections. Name a book (autobiography or biography) that you read to get to know more about someone you are interested in.

Okay, confession time. My biggest guilty pleasure is watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette… the drama is captivating! I have to admit that I bought Andi Dorfman’s book It’s Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak into Happily Never After to find out more about her relationship/break up with the hunky athlete Josh Murray. I loved the book and would honestly recommend it for anyone going through a break-up.

THE MEAN PROFESSOR:

There’s always that one professor that no one likes, especially in freshman gen ed courses. Name a villain or any character you disliked, that you would hate to have as a professor.

Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter… she irked me.

DROP THE CLASS:

Sometimes it gets to the midpoint of the semester and you can’t take any more of a particular class, and decide to drop it. Name a book or author you thought you’d enjoy reading but ended up not liking.

No exaggeration, Amy Schumer’s book is the ONLY book that I haven’t finished.

LIFE LESSON:

I learned so many life lessons my freshman year of college. The experience made me learn so much about myself that I didn’t realize. Name a book that has made you reflect on life.

I’ve read several books that have urged me to reflect and morph my perspective on different aspects of life. Off the top of my head, I recently read and reviewed When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; I was incredibly moved by the book. It’s a true story about a doctor who gets cancer. Check out my review here!

 

Please comment with any book recommendations that you have!

I am tagging:

  1. Sarah @ betweenthepages
  2. Sydney @ sydneyshelves
  3. Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd

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