I love tags. I especially love tags that come with nice graphics. Naturally, I’m delighted by the Greek Gods book tag created by Zuky @ BookBum, which comes with its own set of themed graphics she’s allowing everyone to use. For lazy bloggers like me, it’s actually a lifesaver not to have to edit any graphics for once. 😉
A huge thanks to Beth @ Reading Every Night for tagging me! If you’re reading this be sure to give her blog some love–it’s well deserved.
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Circe by Madeline Miller | Well, this tag is certainly getting straight to it. I don’t really have a favourite for most categories, and books aren’t an exception, but if you told me point blank I had to choose one book I’d go with Circe at the moment. It’s just a fantastic emotional powerhouse of a story on so many levels.
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen | Sarah is a manipulative, cunning, take-no-prisoners kind of Jewish fifteen-year-old–and she uses all her abilities to destroy Nazis from the inside. Sure, there are a lot of female characters who can claim badassery out there, but how many of them can also claim the (totally deceptive, by the way) face of an angel?
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang | Not only is The Poppy War R.F. Kuang’s debut, it was also written when she was 19. You could be forgiven for thinking it must be a mess if your only experience with university students’ novels comes from Divergent, but no, The Poppy War is actually really good. I’ve already said basically everything there is to say about this book, and if I praised it again I would probably just get a well deserved eye roll.
Butterfly by Yusra Mardini | Real talk, this is to date one of the best eARCs I’ve received from NetGalley. A stunning beat-all-odds story narrated with great flair, what more could you ask for?
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd | I don’t think there are books that everyone should read per se, but this one has wide cross-genre appeal from SF&F to literary fiction readers. It’s not my favourite book exactly, but thanks to compelling and uncontroversial content it’s one I’d feel comfortable recommending to anyone with the patience to sit through 500 pages.
Bad by Chloé Esposito | I ranted loads about this book in my review. It came to mind when I read ‘evil book’ because the main character is flat-out evil, and not the cool kind either. Like, I get that maybe the author was going for a black comedy vibe, but it wasn’t very funny, you know? The only reason I can think of for reading the last book in this trilogy (Bad is the second) is to see if the protagonist gets hit with life in prison. But knowing the story, she’ll probably get off scot-free with millions in dirty money.
The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White | Beautiful? Just look at the covers. Groundbreaking? Before And I Darken, I’m not sure there were any female YA characters like Lada. A cross of Daenerys Targaryen and Katniss Everdeen, she’s allowed to be ambitious and nasty. She gets away with it, and in fact in many cases it helps her achieve her goals. And does this series need a sappy, conventional romance? Hell no.
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna | I finished this book yesterday, and I AM NOT OK. There’s something about a space setting that makes stories so much more epic and crazy, and this one just does it for me. The stars, the crown, the zooming spaceship…this is simply cover perfection.
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas | Going to echo Beth’s pick here, because wow, could a book get any more pointless? I kept waiting for something, anything to happen, and in the end something did happen–SJM laughed her way to the bank on the back of YA’s most profitable cash cow. Don’t worry if you didn’t want to pay the price of a novel for a novella half the length, boys and girls; you’re not missing out on anything.
Legendary by Stephanie Garber | Legendary has the distinction of being amongst a handful of books I’ve finished in one calendar day. Of course that’s thanks in large part to a quieter schedule, but even on days when I’m mostly free I don’t speed through a complete book unless it really hooked me good. Legendary really hooked me good. (And now I’m trash for Dante.)
What do you think of the idea of a ‘favourite book’? Would you say that you have one, or does your opinion change all the time? If you have thoughts on favourite books or anything else related to this tag, I’d love to hear it in the comments!
As usual, no pressure to do the tag. On the other hand, if you haven’t been nominated but think a tag based on Greek mythology sounds fun, feel free to go for it and link me back so I can see your picks!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my responses. ❤