I know I owe heaps of tags and other posts, but this one felt like it was dependent on time, being an Easter tag and all, so I figured I’d jump right into it! Thank you to the gorgeous Becca who tagged me, and to Theresa for coming up with the tag in the first place!
- Answer the prompts.
- Tag some friends.
- Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Theresa @ Calico Books).
- Have fun!
name a book that feels like a hidden gem;
Peter Darling by Austin Chant. My darling friend Jenny recommended this to me and, besides a few of our own close friends, I don’t think I’ve ever heard people talking about this book – or any of Chant’s other stuff, to be perfectly honest. I think he’s such a wonderful writer, and independently published authors often fly under the radar, especially when they’re writing inclusive, LGBT+ content.
a debut novel you loved;
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book is honestly phenomenal and such a powerful read. Both as a debut novel and because of the content and the topic that it addresses, the conversation that it starts, and the impact that its already had with both the novel and the movie adaptation. THUG is genuinely one of my favourite books that I have ever read, and to think that it’s Thomas’ debut is amazing! I’m so excited to eventually get stuck into her latest book, as I have the highest hopes that she’ll deliver once again.
a book so good you didn’t want it to end;
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I loved this book so much, more than I could ever have anticipated and, despite the twists in my tummy and the secondhand embarrassment and anxiety I felt from time to time, I really just wanted it to last forever.
a book that you bought for super cheap;
Oh, so many! I love a good discount, and Esme in particular is amazing at charity shop book hauls and finding a good deal, so I can always trust her when it comes to bookish days and bargain! One of my favourite shops for deals is The Works, because you can always nab yourself a gem or two in there, and usually for something as silly as £2, and all brand new! While I can’t think of anything in particular off of the top of my head, having been lucky enough to find countless books on good deals over the years, I do remember wandering into a shop the day that the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone House Editions were released, and managing to get all four paperbacks for just £2 each! That felt like a pretty significant purchase, and I was overly chuffed with myself for that one.
a book that you thought was just so sweet;
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, for sure! Don’t get me wrong, it certainly featured a far share of drama, and it certainly had some sad moments too, but I thought this was such an absolutely darling book all around. Even when there were plots and details that left you feeling raw, or characters that you didn’t like, the varying degrees of perspectives that this book offers you allows you an escape from each individual’s state of mind, their frets and their worries, and allows you to jump right into a new person and view things from an entirely different lens for another short while. It was very sweet, and a lovely story.
a book that changed your life;
Is it a cliché, and an ever tiresome one, to constantly bring up Harry Potter when it comes to these types of questions? Listen, I get it. It’s not a personality trait to like Harry Potter, and it’s certainly not all that impressive in this day and age to be a fan or to have grown up on these books – they’re very famous, after all. And I know, I know, there are so many problematic aspects to these characters and these books and JKR herself – all of which you can hear me loudly ranting and raving about over on twitter at, quite honestly, any given moment – but I’d be a liar if I said they hadn’t changed my life, or that they weren’t still an enormous part of my life now. These books shaped me growing up, for better and for worse, and while I am happy to criticise both book and author in this instance, where completely necessary, I can never deny the impact they continue to have on me, and they will forever hold an unimaginably special place in my heart!
a book filled with so many surprises;
I think, honestly, the Chaos Walking series as a whole? Blimey. All three of those books left me reeling from start to finish, for a whole bunch of different reasons, with twists and turns and an abundance of emotions from the get-go. There’s really never a boring moment in any of these books, and I don’t think I could have fully anticipated the outcome of any of the plot twists no matter how hard I tried!
- Esme (esmooglereads)
- Destiny (howlinglibraries)
- Delly (dellybird)
- Cait Marie (functionallyfictional)
- Amy (bookishheights)
Happy Easter to those of you that celebrate, and Happy Friday to those of you that don’t! Have an absolutely fantastic day, everybody.