Hello, folks! What better way to round the festive season off than with a book tag about wine, I ask? There probably isn’t one. Grab your favourite tipple and join me as I attempt to pair my favourite books with a glass of the good stuff.
Oh, and thanks to the always-lovely Beth at Reading Every Night for tagging me. Head over and check out her blog if you haven’t already, she’s a little wonder.
A book that people will judge you for liking but you like it anyway.
It upsets me that people still judge other people for the books that they like to read. If you have constructive criticism, that’s great. Chuck it in a comment at the end of a review and we can have an interesting, respectful discussion about it, but otherwise, just no. Hear me? No.
Sorry, had to get that one out of my system. ANYWAY. Despite the popularity of these books, I still think there’s a lot of judging in the bookish community about the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, especially in regards to how it has progressed and the choices the author has made with where to take her characters. I’m big enough to admit there are problems with aspects of the characterisation and lack of diversity, but I can’t deny that Maas is a storyteller of the highest order and I bloody love her deliciously devious plotting.
A book that doesn’t have any added crap in it and is just written perfectly.
The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness is everything a good dystopia series could ever wish to be and more. The writing is achingly beautiful in its simplicity, the plotting sublime, the world-building engaging and the development of the characters is achingly poignant. You won’t find much better, trust me.
A really spicy, wintry read.
Maybe it’s something to do with the Eastern European-inspired setting, or maybe it’s just the Darkling, but the Grisha trilogy makes me think of wintry landscapes, dark magic and even darker intentions. Plus, it’s got plenty to recommend it as juicy. If you fancy injecting some romance, elemental magic and battles between morality and power into your reading in 2017, then this is the fantasy YA series for you.
A really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down.
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
I’m not sure exactly what constitutes an aggressive read, but if anything book could be described as aggressive it’s Queen of Shadows. The fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, things start to take a really dark and dangerous turn for Celaena and her friends. It’s enthralling, seductive, at times very violent and darkly compelling.
A book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away.
It wasn’t that I didn’t expect anything from this book, but more that I didn’t know what to expect. I’d never read a C.J. Skuse book prior to requesting this ARC, but I know for sure that I’ll be seeking out the rest of her books in the future. This was one of the very best books I read in 2017.
A good summer read that was super-zesty.
I’ll Give You The Sun is a perfect summer read, featuring tingly romance, beautifully realised characters, wonderfully emotive writing and just the right amount of angst. Take it on holiday and absorb it on a gorgeously sandy beach, escape from the real world on a summer afternoon in the park or devour it in the garden with a chilled glass of wine in hand. It’ll be glorious. You’ll cry. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
A book that has a little bit of everything in it.
You want vampires? Sweet, we have them. Mortal peril and an epic battle between good versus evil? Sure, there’s plenty of that. Forbidden romance and more couples to ship than you can shake a Stele at? Absolutely. Paranormal elements, full-throttle action scenes, magic and mystery? Check, check, check. I know not everyone is a fan of the Cassie Clare empire, but it has to be said that Mortal is pretty all-encompassing and DAMN if it isn’t one of the most fun book series around.
A full-bodied book that is dark and juicy.
This book is literally everything I look for in a YA thriller and ‘dark and juicy’ is the perfect description of both the characters and the plotting. If you’re looking for a thriller for the young adult market that more than holds its own in the adult market, this is the one.
A smooth easy read with a soft finish.
I wouldn’t say that this is an ‘easy read’, but it was one with a satisfyigly cute ending. It made me laugh out loud with wonderfully witty writing, expertly judged Harry Potter references and utterly realistic dialogue. It’s no secret that I love Holly Bourne and out of all of the Spinster Club books, this was probably the most easily digestible and fluffy read, perfectly balancing the other two books in the series.
Your favourite book.
Is there anything on earth that I hate with as much venom as I hate this bloody question? No. No there is not. I am taking a stand and refusing to answer it, because it’s like choosing between all of my perfect (admittedly unborn) children. *pokes tongue out*
- Kayla at Kdrewthebookworm
- Amber at Escape Life in Pages
- Kirstie at Upside-Down Books
- Anushka at Going Through Books
- Niraja at Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them
Have fun and Happy New Year!
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