It’s been a while since I last wrote a book tag post on my blog, and I saw this post on Beth’s (from Books Nest) Youtube Channel, which you can watch here. She has ALSO written a blog post with the same questions, so all of us in the blogging world can take part too! Since this is an original tag by Beth, you should absolutely go and check out her video, and her blog, which is linked here.
So, without further ado, let’s get into the questions!
- Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
- Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
- Answer the questions below
- Tag 5 bloggers to take part
- ENJOY THE TAG!
Pre-drinks | A prequel/novella you’ve read
My most recent prequel/novella was The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon. I downloaded it onto my Kindle last week, and what made it even better was that it was free! I love Samantha Shannon’s books, namely The Bone Season series (as I still haven’t got onto The Priory of the Orange Tree yet) and the Pale Dreamer is the prequel to this series. I really enjoyed it, and it’s only 100 pages or so long, so it’s not difficult to get through at all.
The taxi to town | A book about travel
I’m going to take this one up a notch, and make it about time travel. That counts, right? Either way, I’m going to use two books to answer this question; the first is Alex Scarrow’s The Time Riders series for this one, as pretty much every single book involves travelling back or forward in time which to me, sounds super exciting! Especially the travelling back in time part… man I wish that could be a thing!
The second book I want to include which also involves time travel is the classic love story, The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger. I think it’s such an interesting look at love, and life, and the way the book is written is so so clever! It’s one where you learn so much about the characters at different points in their lives, which did sometimes get confusing at the beginning, but by the end of it it all makes so much sense.
Trying to find a table | A book you didn’t like to start with, but then ended up loving
This may be controversial, but for this one I’m going to go for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it to start with, but it didn’t really do anything for me until I was about 100 pages in, and then I was really hooked. I love this book now, and I can’t wait to read it again some time.
First round of drinks | A first book in a series
I’m going to go for The Maze Runner by James Dashner for this one, because it was another one that really surprised me. It is middle grade, but it’s really exciting, it keeps you on the edge of your seat, and although it’s a relatively dystopian-esque genre, there are elements that feel very realistic sometimes; namely the friendships and bonds between the group of boys in the maze.
The dance floor | A book that makes you want to jump up and down with excitment
This is a hard one, but I’m going to go for one of my favourite classics of all time, which is The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Some might say it’s a bit of a marathon read, and I won’t blame you for saying that, as it is near enough 800 pages long… but I adore this book, and anyone who knows me will know how passionate I become when I start talking about this book!
The toilets | A book you wouldn’t touch with a barge pole
AKA, a book you wouldn’t go anywhere near. Again, this is a really tough one because for the most part, I’m pretty open when it comes to books. However, I think there are some obvious choices, but none that particularly come to mind…
The first to bail | The last book you DNF’d
The last book I DNF’d, and the first DNF of 2020, was Schindler’s List by Thomas Kenneally. I did only get 56 pages into it, but I just knew after reading the first chapter that I wasn’t going to enjoy it. I found the writing style to be really boring, and in all honesty, I think it might be a case where the movie is better than the book so I should probably give that one a go instead…
The journey home | A book you can’t really remember the plot of anymore
I know this sounds bad, but I’m going to have to go with The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. It’s the second book in the Bone Season series, and the only reason I can’t really remember the plot is because I read it so long ago. Another book which I can’t really remember the plot of is The Tiger’s Egg by Jon Berkeley, for the same reasons. It’s always books in the middle of a series that I can never really remember!
The morning after | A comfort read
And the last question, a comfort read. Part of me wants to say the Harry Potter books, which is a fair enough answer because I know so many people adore the books… even if J.K. Rowling is being far too problematic for her own good. But I think I’m going to go with A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It might be a bit of a weird one to go for, but it’s one of my all-time favourite books, and I just adore Hosseini’s writing style. I’ve read it a couple of times in the past, and I know it’s one I’m going to keep going back to in the future.
Rosie – @RosieAbigail
Jess – @jessnipper
Holly – @NutFreeNerd
Bethany – @booksandbethany
Of course, if you haven’t been tagged but still feel like taking part, then definitely do so! I loved answering these questions, so don’t forget to check out Beth’s original post, linked above!