Life's a Beach Book Tag | Book Talk
Seeing as there is snow on the ground and it's freezing outside, I decided to snag a summer time book tag to feel a little warmer. Not to mention the title did make me giggle. Ok, admit it, it made you chuckle a little.
I found this book tag over on Erin's blog The Book Nut and it was originally created by Lefty on Left Hand Book Lover. Make sure to include Lefty in your new post and tag the person who tagged you. :)
A book that stuck with you long after you finished reading:
This book....this trilogy....still lingers with me. I haven't been able to pick up another book by N. K. Jemisin since finishing it. I cannot accurately put into words how much I loved this trilogy. And because it was so good, I've been hesitant to pick up another book by this author because I don't know how it can be topped. The characters, the setting, the emotions this book made me feel. Everything came together so well and so brilliantly. Grimdark fans, dark fantasy fans, go read this trilogy. Seriously just go read it.
The Sun A book that burned you:
The first book the Serpent & Dove series had such beautiful character dynamics. The dialogue was on point and engaging. The risks the characters took kept me engaged as each one continued to build upon the founding relationships. And the way it ended left me needing more. Then I started Blood & Honey and all the chemistry was just...gone. The focus pulled away from the characters and their relationships and focused on plot development. It was also an uneven read focusing on one character more than another. I struggled so much with this one after loving Serpent & Dove.
The Waves A book that calms you down after a long day:
I've never really thought about my comfort reads. I don't reread books all that often, but I guess if I were to pick one book it would be Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. Those who know this book are probably going, wait what? I know, it's grimdark, but out of all my books I've reread this one the most.
The Bathing Suit A book with a pretty, summer-y cover:
I immediately thought of Esme's Wish by Elizabeth Foster. Not only does the cover has a gorgeous ocean, but the book is filled with ocean settings. Imagine an enchanted world set on the shore of an ocean where dragons fly and magic exists.
The Birds A book that is everywhere:
I see The Final Support Group by Grady Hendrix everywhere. And no I have not read, nor do I plan on reading it. I gave The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires a try and DNFed it. I'm not one that gravitates towards books that have more of a reality fiction vs. fantasy fiction feel to them. I'm glad there are so many people who have enjoyed it, but this one isn't for me.
The Company A book with wonderful characters:
Characters are what makes or breaks a book for me. I need to see good character dynamics and characters that are constantly evolving based on their experiences. Flat characters will earn a DNF from me. Haze by Rebecca Crunden has amazing characters. It is a relationship driven story and the way each character overcomes their boundaries was so satisfying and real.
The Ice-Cold Drinks A book you absolutely gulped down:
I'm sure folks are looking at this book cover and going, what? Supernatural was an extremely important TV show to me. It helped me through so much in my life. When they announced it would be coming to an end I bawled. Lynn S. Zubernis understands how important Supernatural is to it's fan base and created this wonderful collection of essays to help us find closure. There'll Be Peace When You Are Done will always remain close to my heart.
The Fun Memories
A book you can't wait to return to:
I started my reread of the Redwall series last year. It was one of the first fantasy series I read as a young adult and I can't wait to revisit the abbey in Mossflower. I loved trying to figure out all the puzzles and riddles Brian Jacques added to each book. And I still enjoy them now. While I might remember a few, I'm still pleasantly surprised by the results. And the setting is creative and homey feeling.