I was recently tagged by Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts for the candy book tag! I think this one was actually a Halloween tag but I have zero cares about that and I’m doing it anyway. Thanks Jenna, this one was fun!
Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.
Sadly, I’ve had a bit of a run of these recently. I’m doing the Around the World in 80 Books challenge, which (you guessed it) involves reading a book representing the 80 most populated countries in the world. Unfortunately, a few of my most recent picks have been a little bit heavy and too difficult for me! Many have great concepts but disappoint me in the execution. Namely: The Dinner by Herman Koch and My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk. I can definitely see the merit in both books but they just weren’t for me!
This is a book you’d recommend to absolutely EVERYONE.
I have a few of these. It really depends on what genre of recommendation you’re looking for. If you like dystopian, it’s Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. For historical fiction with an original twist, it’s The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. And for something more contemporary with an endearing narrator, I recommend The Universe vs Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. But honestly, please just read them all.
Why do these exist??
I’m all for lyrical prose and weird imagery but I need a little plot to balance it out. Books where NOTHING happens? Please don’t waste my time. One such book was Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. I kept waiting for the magical moment where it would all make sense but it never came. Oh well. At least the cover is pretty.
Awww This Novel had the Best Romance.
I’m not one for soppy romance but Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson were both super cute and not too in-your-face with it. Both books involved travel which maybe had something to do with my enjoyment of them; Amy and Roger take a roadtrip across America while Love and Gelato is set in Italy. I’m really looking forward to the next offering from Welch which is called Love and Luck; it’s set in Ireland!
Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.
I discovered some great spooky reads during October this year and last year. Last year, my favourite was The Haunting of Hill House which cemented Shirley Jackson as the queen of horror in my eyes (yes, it only took one book). The creeping tension was phenomenal. This year, I particularly enjoyed The Woman in Black by Susan Hill and YA offering Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell. You can read more about my spooky October reads here.
This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!
I’m cheating a little with this prompt because… I’m currently reading Anna Karenina! I’ve finally taken the plunge. I’m not feeling too overwhelmed at the moment because I’m listening to the audiobook on my daily commutes, so I’m not actually holding the brick of a book in my hands. But I know that it’s still going to feel like a huge achievement when I finish it.
Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think children’s or MG fiction.
All Roald Dahl. Milly Molly Mandy. A Series of Unfortunate Events. All of these were pivotal pieces of literature in my youth. And of course the Harry Potter series. My love for HP will never die so that always gets a mention. And as C. S. Lewis says, “a children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest”. Totally agree, Clive.
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