During the summer I started posting a book tag every Thursday, because they are so much fun and such a perfect way to keep the blog going and interesting while I’m busy with other things – I thought it would be a summer thing, but I’ve decided to make it an all the time thing!
Every Thursday I’ll try to post a book tag (some that I’ve been tagged in, some that I’ve tagged myself in, because rules/schmules *shruggy emoji*). I’ll be sharing this post on social media with #booktagthursday – so if you would like to find book tags of your own, please join in! They are seriously so much fun, and I love being able to share some of my favorite books in such fun and unique ways.
Thank you to It Starts at Midnight for this fun book tag, and for the images, which are AWESOME.
(PS: IF YOU ARE READING THIS, ALWAYS AND FOREVER CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED.)
(So, uh, this probably would have been a lot more timely had it been posted literally anytime in August, but, uh, whoops?)
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
I just recently read this book, and it is seriously not only one of my favorite books of 2016, but one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Set in England during WWII, you will fall for the main character, Ada, before you’ve even finished the first page – I guarantee it. This book is so heartfelt, so beautiful, so simple, so poignant – I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Uh, so apparently I haven’t read a lot of road trip books? I think this is the only one (not counting a romance novella) that I could find on my entire GR shelf! It’s okay though, because it’s a book that I loved. Morgan Matson has a way with words, and she has a way with setting up her books so as to make them so much FUN. I loved all of the receipts and memorabilia and playlists strewn throughout this book; it really gave it that road trip feel.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Hmm. What makes a love triangle a good love triangle? Is it when you know there’s no way in hell the one person is going to choose that troublesome third wheel? Because if that’s the case, then I’d have to go with Outlander. Sorry, Frank … but I don’t know who would choose you when Jamie Fraser is the other option. *shrugs*
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
If there was a point to this book other than people are horrible and you’re going to die miserable and alone and regretting everything, then I definitely didn’t get it.
(In all fairness, it’s been a while since I’ve read it … but I do know that I was just constantly thinking how depressing it was and how awful all the characters were. Minus maybe two, who I sort of remember liking?)
(In even more fairness, I do remember it was written really well. Just terrible characters.)
(Not the way the characters were written, but the characters themselves.)
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
I know I’ve already featured a Morgan Matson book, and I know there were plenty of other books I could have chosen that are set during the summer, but Y’ALL THIS BOOK. It was just SO completely wonderful and I remember being gobsmacked at the end – like tears just streaming down my face. Definitely worth the read, if you’ve got the tissues handy!
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
So, uh, don’t really read a lot of books with fighting/bloodshed. So this isn’t exactly the best answer for this prompt, but I think it works because it was definitely a very graphic and real representation of the horrors of World War II, and I remember facing a bit of emotional exhaustion when it was all said and done. It’s definitely not the faint of heart, but it’s worth it if you want to read a really well written book that unflinchingly portrays the graphic horrors people faced during that time.
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Not a lot of twists in this one, per se, but it DOES HAVE ONE OF THE BEST TWISTS I HAVE EVER READ, EVER, so I thought it would work. Y’all, I am not kidding here … my jaw literally dropped when I got to twist. And the best thing is, it’s not even this earth shattering chapter long thing; it’s one line. It is one. damn. line. that changes the entire scope of what you’ve been reading and will make you rethink everything you’ve read up to that point.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
All the tears. Tears for days. (Ok, to be fair it was more like hours, but if I really start thinking about this book I could really tear up again so we’ll just go ahead and say tears for days.)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Slow paced, but beautiful. I loved the descriptions in this book, and even if I didn’t really jive with the romance throughout, I did really enjoy the book. I remember it took me quite a long time to read because of the pacing, but I also remember that I never felt like it was a chore to read. It was all just so beautiful.
Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One by Kate Duke
I would be amazed and delighted if anyone else had ever heard of this book – it’s such a diamond in the rough! I don’t even know how my family came across it, but it was a particular favorite of not only me, but my brothers. I used to love reading it to them before bed (they were 7 and 8 years younger than me, so I got to bedtime stories pretty often, a task I loved!). Aunt Isabel is telling her niece a story and it’s just so much fun – there’s a prince (!) in distress and a little ragamuffin mouse that comes to the rescue and there’s evil bats and maybe moles? Definitely one to add to your library!
Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
I LOVE THIS SERIES SO HARD and if it’s the last thing I do I will get someone else to read it. Yes, I realize it’s MG. Yes, I realize it’s about tribes of cats living in the forest. No, I don’t care. It’s SO GOOD. I hope to post a series review of this sometime later this month, and you should definitely check it out!😉
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
I’m actually currently reading this one, and while it’s getting a little bit easier the more I go, the magical realism is so so so so heavy handed it’s a bit tedious at times. (Think Big Fish in book form – sometimes it works, sometimes it needs to be a movie. And yes, I do know that Big Fish was a book first, and no, I haven’t read it. But I do know that I love the movie and the magical realism works really well in the movie.) I’m hoping that as I continue to plow on it will get better, but we’ll see.
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Oh my goodness, y’all. The #friendshipgoals of Hannah and Gabby are very real and very beautiful. Take this quote, for instance:
And I think to myself that if, by being here, I have taken away one-hundredth of the pain that Gabby feels, then maybe I have more of a life’s purpose than I ever thought. “Divide the pain in two,” I tell her. “And give half of it to me.”
There is so much more where that came from, but suffice it say that these girls are there for each other through thick and thin, good and bad, ups and downs, rights and wrongs, years and years, and it’s all I could ever hope to have in my life.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Oof! This one was pretty difficult, and I’m not sure if this is exactly what the prompt meant, but it definitely features the Olympics (albeit in a small way), and it’s definitely a book I want to read some day! (And I’m also very interested in the movie, has anyone seen it??)
So I’m not going to tag anyone in this because it seriously outdated by now, BUT if you want to do it, please please go ahead! The prompts are really unique and it was super fun trying to find books that fit them🙂
Ah, screw it. Tagging the usuals.😉
Morgan @ Gone With the Words
Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust
Ashley @ Must Love Books