It’s tag time again! I’m not sure who originally created this tag, but I found it over on Use Your Words and thought that I would give it a try. If you know who created this tag, please let me know so I can credit them. I love how this tag is short and sweet. I actually ended up writing a lot more for each prompt than I normally do. That really surprised me! Anyway, on to the prompts and answers…
Sunshine: A book that made you smile
Over the past year or so I’ve discovered the romance genre and I seriously don’t know what took me so long. I absolutely love it! So, if you have any recommendations for me I’m so open to them.
I recently read Damaged Goods, a novella by Talia Hibbert. The story is all about second chances and rediscovering love. It features a white heroine and a Moroccan-Italian hero. The main characters and their interactions just made my heart explode with happiness. And….there’s a guaranteed happy ending. *sigh* I need to read more of Talia Hibbert’s books in the near future.
Rain: A book that you couldn’t put down
After years of people recommending the trilogy to me, I finally picked up To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Once I started I just couldn’t stop reading it. I loved how it was so character driven, an intimate look into the life of Lara Jean and what it’s like to be a teenager. I could identify with a lot of things that happen in the book. Growing up is hard! People say that high school doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but it’s where a lot of young people experience the ups and downs that prepare them for later in life. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that this book was so addictive that as soon as I finished I downloaded the other two books in the trilogy and started reading them right away. This never happens! I’m now eagerly waiting for movie based on the books to be released on Netflix.
Wind: A book that blew you away
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed blew me away because I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. The novel is aimed at middle grade readers, but I truly believe that people of all ages can enjoy and learn from it. The story was terribly sad but beautifully and powerfully written. The book focuses on Amal, a young girl who is forced to become an indentured servant after a run-in with a wealthy family in her village. I really like how middle grade novels are pushing boundaries and bringing a variety of social issues to the forefront. Besides slavery, the book also tackles topics such as the treatment of women and girls, education for all and corruption. I can’t recommend this book enough!
Hurricane: A tragic book
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness completely destroyed me. I haven’t cried so hard while reading a book in ages. I didn’t expect it to hit me as hard as it did. If you haven’t read it than you really should. It tells the story of a young boy who is struggling alone through some very difficult experiences. On top of this, he is visited by a monster who tells the boy stories in an effort to help him work through his emotions. This book was simple but absolutely beautifully written. Plus, the mixture of reality and fantasy really added depth and kept the reader on edge. The ending is what really got me. It packs an emotional punch that really stayed with me long after I finished reading. I haven’t read any of the author’s other books, but feel like I really should. I just don’t know if my heart can take it.
Blizzard: A book you had high expectations for
I really wanted to love From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon for a variety of reasons. I really enjoyed her previous book When Dimple Met Rishi…it was super adorable with swoon worthy moments and laugh out loud dialogue. However, this book ended up being the opposite of what I was expecting. I found the lead character, Twinkle, too self-centred and irritating. It was really difficult to like her and when the book is told from her POV that’s really a problem. Also, there was an unnecessary love square, which is totally worse than a love triangle. One romantic interest would have been enough. The “extras” created silly amounts of drama that had me rolling my eyes…A LOT!
Tornado: A book that you didn’t like at first but ended up loving
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman was one of my most anticipated reads in 2016. As soon as a I heard about it I added it to my TBR. What wasn’t to love? It’s set in Regency England and features a mix of historical fiction and fantasy with magic and demons. So, when I began reading it everything felt so…so flat. The first 40-50% of the book was very slow. Actually, it was quite boring! It was a just lot of promenading around the park, descriptions of clothing, etc. However, the second half more than made up for the slow start. It’s full of demon slaying, mystery and slow burning romance. It was what I was wanting and so much more! And the sequel….oh my gosh was it so good. I guess this is why you should always give a book a chance and not set it aside right away. Sometimes you have to push through to get to the good stuff.
And of course anyone else who would like to give this tag a try! Remember to link back so I can check out your answers. ❤