Hello, hello! I’ve found myself, once again, being not in the mood to read. This has already happened several times this year and I’m not sure if it is a reflection on who I am as a person or the absolutely chaotic state of the world. Either way, here we are. And what is it that I do when I’m not in the mood to read? I do a book tag!
Today’s tag is the Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag which I found over at Kristin Kraves Books. I do recommend giving her blog a glance if you haven’t already. She is one of the most reliable bloggers I follow and I enjoy her content.
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A Book From One of Your Favorite Genres
I read from several different genres but I think that my first love will always be fantasy. So, for this prompt I chose the last fantasy book that I gave five stars to which is Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier. I loved how unapologetic Lucier was in writing the lead character Cassia and how he copes with the trauma he has experienced in his life. While this is a fantasy story, it shows a great deal about personal relationships, familial relationships, how trauma effects them, and how Cas maneuvers through those situations.
A Short Book
I absolutely love the Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells. There are currently six books in this series, five of which are novellas. Murderbot, who is mostly android with some human components, is a such an interesting character. These books view humanity through the lenses of an entity that doesn’t completely understand humans and isn’t entirely sure how to cope with their, at times, very human emotions. This is a story of growth and change and learning who you are through trial and error.
A Book-to-Screen Adaptation
I am very much not much of a movie or TV watcher. I have nothing against people who are, I just find it difficult to sit still and watch something. If my mind or body is not actively engaged in an activity my focus drifts away very quickly. The only thing I can think of that I’ve watched that is book-to-screen is the Shadow and Bone series on Netflix which has been enjoyable. The episodes are an appropriate length that I can watch during dinner and it keeps my focus. Can’t wait to see how Kaz and company are incorporated in the next season.
A Book Out of Your Comfort Zone
Horror is a genre I dip my toe into on rare occasion and only with very specific parameters. The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine filled that void for me. This is a highly atmospheric novel that switches between a modern perspective of a young woman who finds the century old remains of a murder victim on her family’s crumbling Scottish estate and a past perspective from around the time of the murder. I loved this novel and think about it often.
A Book Series
One of my all time favorite series is The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, pictured here is The Mask Falling which is the fourth book in the series. This dystopian fantasy has high stakes, an interesting magic system infused into the society, and the lead character Paige is an all time favorite. She makes mistakes, makes bad choices, and goes through so many hardships but she keeps going even when things are at their worst.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson is a comfort read for me. This standalone YA fantasy is so beautifully written and I would highly recommend the audio book if you enjoy reading in that fashion. This story has good flow, interesting characters, and a quiet romance you can’t help but find yourself rooting for. I have read this book numerous times and it never fails to bring me a sense of peace and calms my mind.
A Book You Don’t Talk About Enough
I’m not really sure where to go with this one. When I like a book I tend to find myself talking about it pretty frequently. Heck, when I don’t like a book I talk about it pretty frequently. I just love putting my bookish opinions out there, okay?
Your “Staple” Book
Invictus by Ryan Graudin is another one of my all-time favorite comfort reads. This YA sci-fi includes topics such as found family (which is oddly something I’m not usually into), bonds of friendship, and the idea that young adults make decisions that are not selfish and put others first. The crew in this book have such vibrant personalities and each person is unique. I love this book and often find myself reading it when I am feeling down and need a mood boost.
Book(s) That Got You Into Reading
I’ve already mentioned The Bone Season here but that is a series that really got me back into reading as an adult. One day, on a lunch break from work, I found myself meandering through Barnes and Noble before I went to the cafe to pick myself up a coffee and head back to work. I saw the cover of this book sitting on a shelf and it was very eye catching so I picked it up without knowing anything about it and read it some time later. That was the start of my reading adventure as an adult.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring up Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles. When I was small, my mother would read this middle grade fantasy series to me as a bedtime story and I’ve loved it ever since. Dragons, magic, adventure, a delightful witch, this series really sparked my interest in fantasy from a very young age.
Some book tags I end up enjoying more than others and I thought this was a good one. I liked that it incorporated all of my interests in a broad way so I could interpret the questions as I wanted. If you like to do bookish tags, consider yourself tagged!
Happy reading! 🖤