In my mission to do more book tags, I did some searching and found a rather fun book tag based on days of the week (I know… who thought of these?) Well, this one is from Adventures Between Pages which I found through with ZeeZee with books.
Want to know how it works? Well, each day has its own “theme” with a related question which I answer. These are all book-related too, making it super easy for me to answer them. If you’re reading this, feel free to consider yourself tagged!
Anyway, let’s begin this Days of the Week Book Tag.
FAVORITE MURDER/CRIME BOOK
The Appeal by Janice Hallett
I actually finished and reviewed The Appeal really recently and it has really left a lasting effect on me. It’s a brilliant book that is very intelligently written. The whole book is written in the form of emails, messages and other paraphernalia which relate to the event. If it wasn’t enough that the author Janice Hallett is trying this unique method of narrating the event but she also incorporates a really incredible set of characters, a fantastic twist and makes you really believe that all of these people and the events that unfold are real.
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman or the Skyward series by Brandon Sanderson
I don’t tend to laugh out loud at books as I’m often out and about listening to them as audiobooks, however, there are a few books that have caught me by surprise with their humour. I like to think that cheap humour isn’t something I go for, I tend to like there to be multiple layers to the humour. Or I find characters funny who are blunt or unnecessarily rude.
Ove from A Man Called Ove is blunt, he’s grumpy and he’s utterly loveable. His bluntness and rudeness will have many people laughing and smiling during this book when they realise just how kind and nice he is when he finds a reason to be.
M-Bot from the Skyward series is one of my guilty pleasure characters. He is the comedic element in the novel and Sanderson clearly has a good sense of humour himself as he’s written M-Bot, a highly intelligent AI to be very funny. His jokes during serious moments and his slight misunderstanding of when the situation requires him to be more serious often had me chuckling.
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU WEEPY/CRY
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
I think if you’ve read A Splendid Thousand Suns you know exactly the moment at which I choked whilst reading it. I’m not a crier in general – let alone with books. However, there’s a moment towards the end of this utterly incredible novel where there’s an emotional nod to something that happens earlier in the novel and I had to turn my eyes from the page to stop myself from shedding a tear. Truly a harrowing book!
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU REALLY THINK/REEVALUATE THE WORLD/YOUR LIFE
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
This is a tricky one as I feel I’m quite difficult to actually affect emotionally. However, To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that will actually make you feel warm and profound. It makes you think about the rights and wrongs of life.
Shuggie Bain is one of those books that makes you feel lucky to have the life you have. Shuggie Bain describes the life of a boy and his mother and the family and people affected by her addiction to drinking. Shuggie grows up with an alcoholic mother and so sees and experiences things no one should ever have to, let alone at such a young age. This made me appreciate how comfortable my upbringing was and how even now, I have no family worries.
FAVOURITE FANTASY BOOK/SERIES
Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson
There is only one book series where each book is around 1,000 pages and yet I never feel like they’re dragging. Brandon Sanderson has a wonderful writing talent to a point where I will happily pick up and read anything by him. He has a way of writing genuinely interesting characters, utterly enthralling storylines and constantly dropping great plot moments that keep you hooked. I’ve loved every book I’ve read by him so far but the Stormlight Archive is his main series, his “magnum opus” if you will. It’s phenomenal.
A BOOK YOU JUST COULD NOT GET INTO OR FINISH
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
A book that I still have on my Goodreads as “Currently Reading” is Wolf Hall. I think my problem was partly down to the fact that I was listening to it rather than reading it and, with it being a longer book and one that you really need to concrete on due to its historic nature, it left me feeling very bored. I have heard from other people that the first in the series isn’t the best and is a bit of a slog but the other books in the series get much better. Maybe I’ll pick it up again one day when I’m having another historical fiction day.
A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU THINK OF SUMMER
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
So during the first lockdown we experienced here in England, the only saving grace was for anybody who was blessed to have a garden because the weather was absolutely stunning. I very specifically remember sitting out around April time reading The Silent Patient on my kindle and audible gasping when the twist hits.
So there you have it – the Days of the Week Book Tag! It was quite interesting to just think about these sorts of ways that looks have affected me. It’s also always interesting to think which books spring to mind first when I’m faced with different questions.
If you’re reading this and want to take part – please consider yourself tagged! I’ll be posting this to my social channels below, so if you find yourself wanting to take part, feel free to tag me. And don’t forget to give credit to Adventures Between Pages too.