This tag was created by Bookidote (I’ve used their lovely graphics for this tag), and I was tagged by Ravenclaw Book Club! The only rule is that you can’t use Harry Potter for any of your answers, which is such a cool idea. This looks so much fun, so here we go!
A BOOK YOU FOUND THE THEME INTERESTING, BUT YOU’D LIKE TO REWRITE IT.
The only one I can really think of for this is Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. It’s been a long time since I read it, but I just remember thinking that this had a really cool premise, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing, and I didn’t feel like picking up any of the other books in the series. Perhaps I’m being a little harsh, though!
THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES THAT GOT YOU HOOKED.
The Knife of Never Letting Go is the book that got me into Patrick Ness. I bought it as a little birthday present to myself on my Kindle, absolutely devoured it and bought the next two books immediately after finishing. In other words, I bought them while I was still crying at the events in the latter part of the book.
A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE RIGHT NOW.
I have two for this, the first being The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin. This comes out in June and is the concluding book in his vampire trilogy, which remains one of my favourite series of all time. I read The Passage in 2011, and the second book, The Twelve, in 2013, so it has been one hell of a wait. My second is super obvious, and it’s The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin. This is the longest I’ve ever had to wait for a book, since I read the whole series right at the start of 2012.
A KILLER BOOK. BOTH SENSES. TAKE IT AS YOU LIKE.
Let’s go for books about killers, shall we? Out by Natsuo Kirino is one of my favourite books, and it’s partly about a woman who murders her awful husband and then gets her co-workers to help her dispose of the body and cover up the crime. I read this when I was 16, so 6 years ago, and I remember how they dispose of the body very, very vividly. I also read American Psycho a year later, which begs the question: what the fuck, 16/17 year old me?
A BOOK YOU FOUND REALLY CONFUSING.
Dubliners by James Joyce. To tell the truth, I only read The Dead from this short story collection for a class I had back in my second year of university. The only thing I can tell you about it is that there’s snow, at some point. I couldn’t even tell you if it’s for the duration, or just a small part. You win, James Joyce.
YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL BOOK.
I actually found this kinda hard! I’m picking Howl’s Moving Castle, though, purely because Howl is a total drama queen and I can definitely relate to that.
A DARK, TWISTED BOOK.
Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite is a great book about really, really terrible vampires. By which I mean the good old-fashioned murdering kind of vampires. There are some really graphic scenes in here that I genuinely wasn’t expecting. This is one of those books that you’re either going to love, or you’re going to hate, but I really love it.
A BOOK THAT SURPRISED YOU IN A GREAT WAY, REVEALS TO BE MORE THAN IT IS.
I’m going to go with Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill for this, even though everyone knows it’s a thought provoking book, I genuinely didn’t when I bought it. I thought this was going to be another YA dystopia that I could passively enjoy and not really think about, but nope! I did a presentation on this book for a module on my MA, and while I was going over it again I noticed all sorts of things that I didn’t notice the first time around. Do you ever just really want to write an essay on a book? No? Okay.
and The Orang-utan Librarian if any of you guys fancy doing it! 🙂
I feel like I’m forgetting people, so if you want to do the tag, just do it and say I tagged you 😉