Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today I’m bringing you another book tag, this time the Three Bookish Things Book Tag. I took the prompts from the lovely Jenny over here, and decided I’d jump on in because it seemed like such a fun one to do.
Three read once and loved authors
- Malice by Heather Walter is an absolutely breathtaking book, and the sheer skill of this debut is unbelievable.
- Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson made me totally fall in love, both with the book, and with the author’s writing.
- Mina and the Undead by Amy McCaw has been one of my favourite releases this year. I was lucky enough to interview Amy a little while ago, and you can find that post here.
Three titles I’ve watched but haven’t read
This is a really tricky one! I don’t tend to watch much TV at all, and when I watch a film it’s normally because I’ve read the book but:
- Misery by Stephen King is one of my husband’s favourite books and films, so I’ve been put through the pressure of watching it more than once. I drove him up the wall a bit asking what things were different in the book.
- The Hobbit. I’ve read The Lord of the Rings, back when I was a teenager and enjoying working my way through classics (read more about this here), but I could never get in to The Hobbit in the same way. Maybe that’s one to try again now I’m older!
- The First Wives Club might be a slightly obscure pick! However, I watched this film with my mum so many times when I was a teenager, and when I left my abusive ex, every time I had a wobble I was put You Don’t Own Me on and sing along as loudly as I could to keep me strong. It was my ringtone for a while. So that one will always have a special piece of me even if i never read the book.
Three characters you love
- Magnus Bane from the Shadowhunters universe has to come in to this top three. I could link to a dozen books he’s in, but he takes a lead role with Alec in The Red Scrolls of Magic. He’s funny, kind, and a bit tortured. A want to get very drunk with him, frankly.
- Poppy is the protagonist in From Blood and Ash, and I absolutely love her. She’s hilarious without meaning to be, and her absolute indignation at just about everything feels…. familiar.
- Pippa Fitz-Amobi from A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder to stubborn, realistic and very bright. I think she’d make a brilliant friend, and I’m so excited (and terrified!) for the final installment in the trilogy out soon.
Three series binged
- A Court of Thorns and Roses was last year’s discovery book wise, and I just couldn’t put them down. I read them in cycles for a while! I’m still angry about the latest book, but the phrase “only you can decide what breaks you” essentially got me through the first year of the pandemic, so I’ll never not be grateful to those books.
- Truly Devious hooked me in from the very first page and kept my attention until the very last! I recently read and reviewed the latest book, The Box In The Woods, set after the original mystery has been wrapped up in the trilogy, and loved it just as much, so I’m really hoping we’ll see more from these characters.
- If ACOTAR was last year’s obsessive reading, this year’s is From Blood and Ash. I’m on countdown for the release of the first in the spin off series, A Shadow in the Ember, and then the fourth book in the main series, The War of Two Queens next year.
Three favorite book covers
The original cover for Spin the Dawn is one of my favourite covers ever. Although the alternate cover is pretty too, I love this one.
Among the Beasts and Briars is utterly stunning and has the wonderful embroidery design that always takes me aback in how well it translates to paper. Beautiful.
Another of this year’s reads, Ariadne is really gorgeous inside and out. It captures so much of the contents on the cover, and every time you look there’s more detail.
Three goals for this year
- So far this year I’ve met my 100 streak for blog posts, but I want to post every day and keep going with that streak.
- My GoodReads challenge for myself was 100 books, but it looks like I’m going to easily bypass that. I’d like to reach 150 but I’m not going to say it too loudly or it won’t happen.
- It’s also really important to me that I make a considered effort to work through my TBR, as well as the secondary reading habits of buying more books. I’ve done pretty well this year in that I’ve crossed off a few long term TBR books, but there’s a lot still to get through!