If you ever saw book-related videos on YouTube, you probably know that sometimes they do tag videos in which they answer a set of questions. Since I’m not into filming myself (I’ve tried. Meh. I’m working on it. Things like Book Chat or tags or hauls are so much more exciting in video form.) and I really wanted to do this tag because it is really original and fun! It’s the Time Capsule tag by MathomBooks! Chek them out, they are awesome. Maybe some of you bloggers out there want to do the tag? Do it! Just refer to the original video and do it! It’s fun 🙂
So in this tag, imagine you want to stock a time capsule. What would you want to put in there?
The Rules: You can choose five books. One to entertain, one to evoke emotions, one to enlighten, one to teach the beauty of reading and one to explain our modern culture.
So, here are my picks! In this wonderful read color, you get the answers of my boyfriend! Bonus!
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams – Wouldn’t it be fun to read this in the future as an alien race who just built an interstellar highway through Earth? I think so. But I will not put this book in the capsule until I finished it, because I actually just read the first book.
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – It’s the best book in the most entertaining series.
To Evoke Emotions
Through a Glass, Darkly by Jostein Gaarder – A sad and beautiful book about a little girl who is really sick. It’s a really sweet and deep children’s book.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – You really feel for Nobody, you are sad with him, happy, angry.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Okay. A cliché answer. But, this book had a huge influence on me! I read it first when I was about 11 and it really had an impact. It teaches so much about friendship, love, life… This is why I chose it.
1984 by George Orwell – To show how a society should not be like.
To Teach the Beauty of Reading
The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers – This book is probably my favorite book of all time. I read it in German, so I don’t know if the translation is any good, but I hope so. If you like fantastical storys at all, and if you like really creative world-building, witty and intelligent writing styles, check out the Zamonia books by Walter Moers. This one, Rumo and The 13 1/2 Lifes of Captain Bluebear are the best.
So why The City of Dreaming Books to teach the beauty of reading? Because it describes how magical reading is, it is a book full of love for books, of how they smell, feel and make you cry, laugh and how they can change your life.
Fahrenheit 451 by Rad Bradbury – To show how dangerous it can be not to read books
To Explain Our Modern Culture
You can’t possibly explain everything about modern culture in one book. You can give a little bit about what people believe in, how our political system works or doesn’t work, something that explains this in detail, something that gives metaphors. So this is a really hard question.
Lautlos by Frank Schätzing (author of The Swarm. This book was unfortunaly not translated) – This thriller shows what is important to modern culture and the conflict between western and eastern societies.
I hope you had fun with our answers! What would you put in a time capsule? Answer in the comments or post it on your blog!