Thank you to DellyBird for including me on Twitter for my first ever book blogger tag. I’ve never played before, and feel a bit like a kid on the playground ready to play a new game. I’ve missed seeing posts like the one DellyBird shared, so I’m gonna jump in and not be scared of somehow getting it ‘wrong’, which is forever my weakness. So here we go!
- Laying in bed – A book you read in one day
One Of Us Is Lying is as close as I’ve got to reading in one day since home schooling started. I absolutely devoured it, and honestly having followed it up with the other two books Karen M. McManus has written, I didn’t take much longer to read those than I did this one. I always wanted to home school, but maybe not stuck in one room. So it’s been a bit of a miss with reading in one day, but I read this one swiftly and with plenty of bribery. You can read my review here.
2. Snacking – A book that is a guilty pleasure read
Guilty pleasure reads are those books, in my opinion, that you know people will roll their eyes at and say, “again?”, if you tell them that’s what you’re currently reading. It’s always good to have a book or series you can fall back on for this, and as much as this year I think I’ve found several more to fulfill this brief, the Harry Potter books are my immediate thought. I’m not reading them at the moment, but it might be time for a reread sometime in the summer…
3. Netflix – A series you want to start
Immediate answer here! I’ve been wanting to start A Court of Thorns and Roses for a long while, and I even have the first box sitting on my book shelf that I am determined to work into one of the two readathons I’m doing next month (another post on that before the end of the month!). I fell in love with Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood as many people may now be sick of hearing. It was also my first time reading anything by Sarah J. Maas, and I’m looking forward to giving it another shot.
4. Deep Clean – A book that has been on your TBR for ages
I’ve had Three Women by the wonderful Lisa Taddeo ready to be read for far too long, it’s a bit embarrassing. And it’s not for lack of wanting to read it! I just have the attention span of a magpie, and new books are like shiny things. However, having given myself a decent kick up the arse over the last few weeks, I think I may well actually get around to completing this fairly soon. This question was slightly humiliating.
5. Animal Crossing – A book you recently bought because of the hype
The last book I bought because of hype was The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart. Honestly, I know very little about it, and I’ve decided to trust past me and not look it up to surprise myself with a good read that had been doing enough of the rounds of Book Twitter that I don’t think I could have got it wrong by buying it. I do love Kindle Daily Deals (but also need this in physical form because it is just so beautiful).
6. Productivity – A book you learned from or had an impact on you
I reviewed The Lost Lights of St Kilda earlier this year, and it touched my heart in ways I hadn’t expected. I didn’t know much about St Kilda as a place or society going into it, and I’m glad I didn’t; this kind of break into the beautiful island I lost myself in for a novel – and a while after – was just what I needed. There’s so much to take from reading this book, and it has left a mark.
7. FaceTime – A book you were gifted
I’ve been so lucky to be a part of the gifting wave that has exploded over Twitter recently, and this is just one of the books that I can say I’ve received. Honestly, the whole thing has made me cry with how beautiful the movement has been. Sending and receiving has brought some light in these difficult times, and someone who has now become a friend sent me A Curse So Dark and Lonely recently and I can’t wait to read it.
8. Self Care – What is one thing you’ve done recently to take care of yourself?
I’ve mentioned a lot of times that I crochet, and I’ve making sure that my crochet has a place in my life right now. I have probably been crocheting less, but it has been more mindful, and deliberately. I’ve made a crochet horse so far (yes, a horse, two shades of brown, and a cream mane along with a braided tail), and I’m now halfway through a giraffe. I promise I do make sensible things as well, but amigurumi does have a place in my heart. Along side that, really make sure that I’m having a good quality cup of tea from a teapot, or a coffee from my coffee drip machine… Right now, it’s all about the little things being the big things.
BONUS – An upcoming release you are looking forward to
I was very very excited for Good Girl, Bad Blood that came out on 30th April (it did NOT let me down, AT ALL. Read it!) but for the rest of the year, the book that first springs to mind is the next Cormoran Strike book, due out in September. Troubled Blood is book five in the Strike series, and after where book four left off, I need September to come along quicker. I’d very much like an ARC if anyone happens to be listening! <hopeful> But regardless, that book will be the most magnificent autumnal read.
Well, that’s it. I’ve loved my first book tag and will be taking part in the next one I possibly can, once I’ve cleared out all the images I’ve had to save for this post. Thank you for DellyBird for giving me the oomph of confidence to do this.
I tag absolutely anyone who has read this post as I need to share the happiness!