Archive for September, 2015

The Book Courtship Tag

This tag was created by this person, and we were tagged in it by no one except my own procrastination. Also, it looked cool.

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer – usually I know something about the books that I’m buying, but I’d heard next to nothing about this book when I first found it. I was seduced by all the prettiness on this cover that I bought it.

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern has a brilliant blurb which is lifted from the first three lines of the book.

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I feel like I’ve talked this book down because I wasn’t in love with certain romantic subplots which ended up becoming the main plot but holy damn this book is worth reading for the writing alone. The book is great, I swear, it’s just personal preference when it comes to certain creepy love interests.

Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – I read this book quite a while ago but I remember reading it and planning to take the next four books out of the library immediately.

Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – technically I had to put this book down once it got super late because it was kind of terrifying to be reading it alone in the quiet and the dark, but if I wasn’t so scared, I would have kept going all the way into the morning.

Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?
Vicious by V.E. Schwab – This book has so many interesting facets to it and different interpretations and as soon as I finished it I wanted to reread it.

Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?
I… I have never thought about this before.
The Colossus by Sylvia Plath? I really like these cool paperback editions that have the flappy bits of a hardcover, are slightly more sturdy, but still are light and portable which is what I love about paperbacks. But the feel? I dunno.

Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recomend to your family and friends?
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – I recommend this book to everyone. However, maybe I was supposed to pick a novel. Trying again.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I feel like this is a really obvious choice because it works for a really wide range of ages, has sad and happy moments, only problem is it might put off some people with it’s size.

Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will reread many times in the future?
How to be Both by Ali Smith – I have not thought that far in the future yet, and I don’t reread most of my books, but this is the only book that I’ve actually planned to reread sometime in the future, because its format begs to be read again.

Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?
I tagged myself, and you can too.
Here, look, I’ll tag you right now. Go do it. 🙂

Random Book Reviews #2

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

I had to put this book down so many times to stop myself from crying. I mean the writing was gorgeous and the relationship formation was the most adorable thing I have ever read in my life and the character situations were tragic and contrasting and I loved the dual POV and the character diversity.

So yeah: 5 shuriken stars.

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

This book is like a big stinking pile of sugar. It’s like a sugar high. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but it’s just so cheesy (oh god, look at me, mixing flavours like that). Didn’t stop me from reading it, though, because it was very fun (and very frustrating – like come on Anna of course he fancies you you’re the protagonist). But I was looking for a cheesy rom com and I found a cheesy rom com so I can’t really complain.

3.5 shuriken stars.

Hollow City – Ransom Riggs

I like this series, but I’m still not in love with it. It’s all quite calm at the moment. I never feel very much tension in anything that’s happening, and I don’t feel particularly invested in any of the characters (though I do like Olive and Horace).

I still want to pick up the next book, because it’s an enjoyable series and I love the format of the photographs in the story, but I am still waiting for that emotional click.

4 shuriken stars.

Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

Where have you been all my life?

The world was clever. The dialogue was amazing. The drawing style is fantastic. The characters though… don’t even get me started on how much I love the characters and their relationships. I was also really impressed by the plotting, because I came for the humour, but I was blown away by the themes and where the story went. Oh, and I was close to tears by the end.

The best part is that you can preview it online for free right now, so go do that if you haven’t!

5 shuriken stars.

The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer

I’m wary to tell you anything about this one, but I really liked it. There’s a ‘twist’ (though quite an obvious one, hence the air quotes), and it’s good. Also another really emotional one, with an interesting unreliable narrator and I liked the use of time-jumps (though are they called flashbacks if the whole book is technically a flashback?).

4.5 shuriken stars.