Hi! I haven’t done a tag in forever (edit later on: I have done last month), so I decided to do one today. Credit to Princess of Paperback for creating this tag, and let’s just get into the questions because intros are difficult and boring and who cares.
Laying in Bed – book you could/have read in a day
The most recent one I’ve read in one day is Northline by Willy Vlautin, for which I have a review here, if you want to check it out. It’s just under 200 pages, so I don’t think it’s much of an accomplishment, but it’s been a while since I read a full book in one day (not counting graphic novels). It’s a short and easy read, following a girl in her twenties, who after finding out she’s pregnant, moves to a different city to get away from her abusive boyfriend. I enjoyed it a lot.
Snacking – guilty pleasure book
I’m not sure if this fits the category, but I’m going to go with the first 3 books in the Mortal Instruments series. Looking back on it, especially the first 2, they are preeeeetty bad. The writing isn’t great and there’s the whole incest but not really plot in it I don’t think I could get on board with if I read it now. But I have a soft spot for those books and love them, even though objectively I kinda realise they’re trash, you know? (I use trash in the best way possible, don’t at me).
Netflix – series you want to start
The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things and I have the first book, for some reason I’m just scared to start it. Don’t ask me why, I have a feeling I will really enjoy it, and yet… Also, Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, but I think that might happen soon because I just got the first book.
Deep clean – been on your TBR for ages
I’m going to go with The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. It’s been on my TBR since 2016, and I’ve owned it for at least 3 years (if not 4), yet I still haven’t gotten to it. I’m not much for historical fiction, but I make an exception when it’s paranormal and set in Victorian London. The longer I wait, the less inclined I am to pick it up, though, so I should probably give it a go soon…
Animal Crossing – book you recently bought
I bought a ton… oops. So, not to reuse Skyward, I’m going to go with Retribution Rails and a novella Kate & Jesse, both by Erin Bowman. They’re companions to Vengeance Road, a book I adore with all my heart. They’re westerns, an unpopular and unlikely genre I discovered I really enjoy. I wish more people gave them a go.
Productivity – book you learnt (from) or had an impact on you
I don’t really read non-fiction (obviously it’s not the only kind of book you can learn from but ya get me), so I’m going to talk a book that had the biggest impact on me and continues to have one and that it… you guessed it, The Catcher in the Rye, aka my favourite book of all time. It’s quite a polarising book, and I understand why, but it has shaped me a lot as a human being, and I keep coming back to it every year.
Facetime – a book you were gifted
I think my favourite book I was gifted is this really really old copy of Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, published as Dean Swift. My sister gave it to me. It’s extra special because she painted the cover herself.
Self care – what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself
Other than buying books, which I tend to do when I feel bad and need a pick me up, I let myself have a couple of lazy days and really listened to what my body and mind wanted. If I didn’t feel like doing work, or reading, or leaving my bed, I didn’t beat myself up about it and just let myself rest. We’re under enough stress as it is right now, and there is absolutely no point in adding more.
Bonus – name a book coming out soon
Shout out to Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, coming out on May 5th!
If you got all the way to this paragraph, thank you for reading, and you are now tagged! Of course, if tags are not your thing or you just don’t want to do it, no pressure. But if you do decide to do it, let me know in the comments down below so I can check out your post.
I’ll chat to you soon!