“Addilyn, you can’t post a Fall book tag during Spring oms.” I come from the land down under, and down here it’s currently Autumn, my friends.
I got this tag from Beth at Reading Every Night
A book on your TBR that looks so great, you can’t wait to get into it.
‘Etiquette and Espionage’ by Gail Carriger
I just love the concept – a finishing school where ladies finish people too – and I really hope it doesn’t disappoint when I finally make my way around to reading it.
A book to get lost in.
‘King’s Cage’ by Victoria Aveyard.
Okay, so I haven’t actually finished this one yet, but I have completely disappeared into its pages over the last few days, which doesn’t really surprise me, considering I’m a big fan of the series so far ^^
A book that scared you.
‘A Ghost in the House’ by Betty Ren Wright.
This one was actually really hard for me to answer, because even the “scariest” books haven’t scared me since I was a little girl (that being said, I am the biggest wimp that ever did walk the planet when it comes to scary movies), so I really had to search back through my memory for this one.
I only have very vague memories of this book (which made it very hard for me to find it online, as I couldn’t remember the title/author and could just barely remember fragments of the plot), but what I do remember is how real it felt and how it genuinely scared me, which was why I loved it so much and visited it so frequently.
The latest book you picked up/purchased.
‘Wires and Nerve’ by Marissa Meyer.
Where oh where to begin.
I have been dying to read this book since the moment it was announced, and it went above and beyond even MY expectations (I all but worship the ground Marissa Meyer walks on, so I already expected amazing things from this book).
I seem to have underestimated Marissa Meyer (seemingly impossible, what with the pedestal I’ve put her on, but true) – I expected this book to just be all about Iko (which still would’ve been amazing) but the other main characters have had a real presence in the story and it has been wonderfully executed.
I love that we’ve gotten to see more of Cinder’s rule on Luna, and I love that so many of my questions about Earth’s reception of Cinder (and her relationship with Kai) have been answered, as well as countless other things I’ve wondered about.
Also, for a long time I’ve wondered about whether Thorne ever got back in touch with his parents, as he’s the only main character whose parents aren’t dead… or complete assholes. Don’t get me wrong, his parents are (pardon the frequent swearing) assholes, but they aren’t complete assholes. Anyway, it was great to see that answered. Also, I said that all of the other main character’s parents are dead (or assholes), but as it turns out, one of them’s parents (A++ English) aren’t, and that was another minor loose end that was great to see tidied up.
Minor, very minor, plot hole that I noticed was that, during a flashback, Iko was drawn in her servant android body, when she already had her escort-droid body at that point in time. Also, Tressa was drawn in the scene, and I don’t quite remember, but I don’t think she was there.
I could sing this book’s praises until the end of time, but I don’t want to bore you, so on we go.
A book that is lyrically beautiful.
‘Brody’s Ghost’ by Mark Crilley.
Okay, so this one is a bit of a stretch. Brody’s Ghost is a very serious story, so it’s not so much on the “lyrically beautiful” side, but there was one scene in the book (I’m not sure which volume, because I bought the collected edition) that I thought was just so beautiful that it deserved to be put here.
One of the main characters, Talia, died five years ago of leukemia. This was established early on in the book, though Talia said she didn’t want to talk about it. Talia is an interesting character, in that she can be very harsh, sometimes almost to the point of cruelty. There’s a lot of anger in her (which, when you’re dead at the age of sixteen, is understandable) and she’s usually impatient and snarky (I find it quite endearing, though), and I think her personality is part of the reason why it was so moving when she opened up a little to Brody, openly crying.
Anyway, I thought what she said was really moving, so I’m going to let it speak for itself (and hope that the power of the words isn’t lost by the lack of the visual aspect of the graphic novel):
“There were these flowers.
Next to my bed.
At the hospital.
I remember looking at them and thinking…
…why do people do that?
Why do they take something pretty and cut it…
…cut it off from what it needs to stay alive?
Then they stick it into a vase of water…
…just like they hook people up to machines in hospitals…
…and pretend that it’s going to work.
That it’s going to keep them from dying.”
A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind cutting up.
‘Everneath’ by Brodi Ashton.
In short, I didn’t like anything about this book (except for that cover, though). The main character was completely flat, the only reason she went to Everneath in the first place made no sense and was not believable in the slightest, and it had the most pathetic ending I’ve ever encountered. Not to mention the painfully forced, half there love triangle.
Drinking Apple Cider:
A sweet book to curl up with.
‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell.
There was definitely a dark side to this book, but the relationship between Eleanor and Park was just so pure.
Jumping in a Leaf Pile:
A book that reminds you of your childhood.
‘Possum Magic’ by Mem Fox.
It’s been years since the last time I actually read this book, but it was my absolute favourite when I was a little kid, and now even so much as seeing a poster of it, or a picture of the cover online, is enough to take me right back to my childhood.
Scary Movie Night:
Your favourite spooky read.
I genuinely can’t think of anything for this one. As I said earlier, I don’t really find any books particularly spooky so it’s hard to think of something.
A book with an eclectic cast of characters.
I don’t quite understand this one to be honest. I looked up ‘eclectic’ and it said that it means something that has been taken from a variety of sources. How can fictional characters be taken from a variety of sources?
It’s probably supposed to mean something about diversity. *shrugs* (I have GOT to stop writing these at 1am xD)