The lovely gang from The Write Reads bloggers have been reading their way through the Lord of the Rings series, and while I haven’t been joining in, I’ve been following their journey, and also the fact they’ve all been doing a themed book tag! I read the series a while ago but still remember the mark it left on my teenage brain, so I still feel able to jump in to this tag. This book tag was originally created by Unputdownable Books and I took the tag points from Fiona.
Gandalf – A book that taught you something
From all the books I could have picked – and there are many of them! – I decided on Ariadne. Although I already knew about Greek myths and studied Classics at A-Level until I got ill, I didn’t know much about this particular story, and I really took a lot away from this, both on an educational level, but also emotionally.
Frodo – A book that left a mark on you
The first book that comes to mind in answer to this question is Malice. I absolutely fell in love with Alyce, and with her with Aroura, and watching her get put down time and time again by everyone around her genuinely reduced me to tears at points. The book made me feel so much, and it’s one I’ve been recommending to everyone now it’s out, finally able to rave about it freely!
Legolas – A book you finished in one sitting
I read a lot of young adult thrillers and they tend to be ones I’ll just devour if I have the time – and health – to do so, but the answer I absolutely have to give for this book is Good Girls Die First. This fast paced take on a locked room mystery really did have me only moving to get more coffee!
Gimli – A book that features an unlikely friendship
I’m going to say the Cassidy Blake series by Victoria Schwab. This trio of books (so far) features a teen girl who is best friends with the ghost who saved her life. They’re classed as Middle Grade but with, in my opinion, a lot of Young Adult-worthy moments, and are a great way of talking about death with tweens, when they start asking painful questions. You can find my review of book one, City of Ghosts, here.
Merry – A book that plesantly surprised you
The Infinity Files. I don’t read much sci-fi but when I was asked to take part in this blog tour, I was intruiged by the concept and said yes. I’m so glad I did. I think it’s very easy to get into the habit of dismissing a genre based on tendancies and what you usually read, so this one pushed me out of my comfort zone in a really healthy way.
Pippin – A book that made you laugh
Going right back to the beginning of the year, Glimpsed was a magical romcom I read for a blog tour and was genuinely hilarious. It was so much more everything than I thought it would be, but especially funnier. Sometimes I find romcoms a bit too try hard but this was just easy to laugh at and a genuine pleasure to read.
Boromir – A book / series that you think ended too soon
I honestly don’t have an answer for this question. There’s books I could have read far much more of, but that’s because I loved them so much, rather than there being an issue of pacing!
Sam – A book with a memorable side character who stole the show
Any of the Shadowhunters books with Magnus Bane in them! I was so pleased when he got his own book in The Red Scrolls of Magic but he features in pretty much every book in the series (that I’ve read so far), and I’m so pleased that he does. I’ll never forget some of his lines, because he’s so sharp and funny, as well as being fiercely protective and loving. He wins me over every single time.
Aragorn – A book with a bad / average cover
I can’t think of any covers that I’ve actively disliked because I do tend to be cover-motivated. Not all the time, but if I don’t like the look of a cover, I am generally a lot less likely to read the book. I do know that there are sometimes US versions of covers that I prefer, and the other way around. Also, bonus mention to any series that changes the cover design half way through a series…. Really??
Gollum – A book that had great potential but disappointed you in the end
I think my answer for this has to be The Island. It was described as “Lost meets The Hunger Games” but really was a poorly written thriller that used mental health as a plot device, which is a big no.
So there we are! Because most of my friends have already done this tag, consider this a free pass to tag yourself in should you wish to.