This is my first book tag! I feel wholly unqualified, but here we go anyway.
I found this tag over at Dreamland Book Blog and all credit for the images go to her!
Harry Potter has always held a huge chunk of my heart, so it’s nice to think it’ll be my first tag!
This is where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
I find the psychology of school shooters very interesting and I think it’s an important subject to write and read about. This book captured the horror and the emotion of the victims and did manage to make my cry, but I feel like it fell down a little at the psychology of the shooter, which is why I’d like to rewrite that section.
The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter
This was my first book series (aside from Harry Potter, because that’s too obvious) that got me completely hooked on YA fiction. Gallagher Girls is a series about an all-girls boarding school for spies, where our main character Cammie and her friends live. The series is about their mission, their friendship, and those who desperately want them dead.
I remember the first book of this series being pretty average, but the rest were absolutely amazing. They just get better as they go, and aren’t as light and cute as they look. Seriously, the fifth book has a 4.38/5 average on Goodreads. Ratings like that aren’t given out flippantly.
I owe a lot to this book and while I haven’t carried on with Ally Carter and her new series, she’ll always be important to me.
An Amber in the Ashes #3 by Sabaa Tahir
I just finished the second book yesterday and you all know the pain I felt when I looked on Goodreads and saw that the third book isn’t due to be released until 2018.
The Fray Theory: Resonance by Nelou Keramati
This debut from the brilliant Nelou Keramati is definitely what I’d class as a ‘killer book’. It is badass, action-packed, ridiculously clever, and impossible to not pay attention to.
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
In defence of this book, I remember being very distracted when I read quite a long time ago. I was drifting in and out of reading it and I guess I just lost the story and got confused as to what was happening every time I picked it up. But look at that cover… beautiful.
Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkein
I just love these books and these movies. I was brought up on them. My brother (nine years older than me) and I would watch them over and over again together and now that we no longer live together, watching them makes me think of him and me eating a huge bowl of spaghetti hoops in our garage huddled around a tiny box TV. These books taught me so much about what bravery and friendship is, as well as a love for nature and walking. A hell of a lot of walking.
It by Stephen King
1300 pages of nightmares. That’s all I have to say. I decided to use the book cover instead of the movie because I don’t want to do that to you, especially with the clown craze that’s going around.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
I was so surprised by this book! I went into it thinking it would just be a mediocre 2.5 star with little substance but my friend kept pushing me, and I’m so glad she did. Thanks, Emily! This book tackled Stockholm Syndrome so well, and I think succeeded in not romanticising it. Turned out to be a 5-star for me!
A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir
5 stars. Review to come soon.
Anything by Terry Pratchett.
Run Rabbit, Run by Barbara Mitchelhill
I haven’t talked about many children’s books on here so I thought this would be a good one to recommend. Whether to read to a child or read yourself, you will love this book. It isn’t well known, with less than 13 reviews on Goodreads. I read this when I was in primary school and even now, I still think about it. Run Rabbit Run is set dyring WWII about siblings Lizzie and Robbie. Their father is a conscientious objector, meaning he refuses to fight in the war. When he is threatened with prison, the family go on the run to hide from the authorities.
I read hundreds of books during my time at secondary school. I read through all of the level books and then through all of the school bookshelves with my best friend, yet this one is the one that sticks with me the most. I remember huge chunks of what happens, even all of these years later.
Every spoiler in Game of Thrones. I want to read the books before watching the TV show but I haven’t yet had time to sit down and binge them all (because have you seen those books? They could each stop a bullet). Unfortunately, the rest of the world is ahead and some just love to talk very loudly about character deaths.
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
I had to read this for my English Literature class and I’m so lucky that this book was chosen because I absolutely loved it. I feel so sorry for you guys who have to study books you hate. That must be a special kind of torture.
My review for Streetcar is here!
The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I absolutely hated this book. The audiobook was the only thing I could listen to on the way to school and because it is so long, it seemed to last for years. And years. Basically, it is 500 pages of sex. I was so disappointed.
Oh, I’m sad it had to end on that one! Thanks for reading my first book tag! I haven’t made many friends on here yet so I won’t be tagging anyone but if you want to do it, go ahead!
Thanks again to Dreamland Book Blog for the spell graphics, they’re brilliant 😀
Have an awesome day,