I was tagged for this by _giovannard at bookcomablog and I like these things. So here’s mine.
- Initial attraction: a book you bought because of its cover
This is annoying, but I bought The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell entirely because of its cover and currently that book lies abandoned in a cupboard at about 150 pages because I just couldn’t bear it. I really want to go back and actually finish it.
- First impressions: a book you got because of the summary
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney: I’ve gone on about this book so much (like here) but the summary was so good and the book completely lived up to it.
- Sweet talk: a book with great writing
Recently, I have been blown away by Carrie Brownstein’s book Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl; her writing style is absolutely amazing and, frankly, more literary than that of many novelists. Which is all the more impressive when you think that this is a rock memoir (Brownstein sings and plays guitar in the wonderful band Sleater-Kinney). It’s really worth looking up.
- First date: a book/series which made you pick up the rest
I read Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation last year and it was so weird and intriguing that I had to read the second and third books immediately. I still didn’t understand what was going on but I think that’s the point, so it’s okay.
- Late night phone calls: a book that kept you up all night
Mockingjay had me up till 2am reading and then until about 3am hyperventilating. Recently, I had a very difficult time keeping my eyes open at school the day after staying up to finish Six of Crows.
- Always on my mind: a book you couldn’t stop thinking about
If you’ve ever read my blog before you’ll know that I am obsessed with The Handmaid’s Tale and haven’t stopped thinking about it since 1998. In the interests of variety, then, I’ll say Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It. Two months after reading it, I am still upset and angry about the events it describes.
- Getting physical: a book that feels nice
Something else I’ve discussed a lot here is my love of the Penguin English Library series and my favourite is Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The cover is so beautiful and it’s made of the nice soft stuff they used for the first few rounds of publications. Now they’re all just card and a bit less lovely.
- Meeting the parents: a book which you’d recommend to family and friends
I am constantly recommending books to people (sometimes because people have asked and sometimes just because I’m a really aggressive person) and the ones I suggest most are Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller, Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel and Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. People get bonus friendship points if they read these and answer all my discussion questions correctly.
- Thinking about the future: a book/series you will reread many times
Aside from books like Fever Pitch and The Handmaid’s Tale (yes, again. I know; I need help) which I’ve already read a thousand times, I see myself returning to Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli a lot in the future. I reviewed it for Fourth and Sycamore and when I say “reviewed,” I mean “drooled over it and made cupcakes in its honour*.”
*This is not even an exaggeration. They were awesome.
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I think maybe everyone has done this tag now except me. I’ve always been late with trends. If you think it sounds fun, do it. Consider yourself tagged.