Hello Readers! I hope you had a lovely time during Easter – that is, if you celebrate it. If not, I still hope you had a fantastic weekend. I was tagged by the lovely Lea @ Leaf Pages in this new book tag, which actually made me realise that this is the first time I was actually mentioned in one of those. Lol! Be sure to check out Lea’s blog, as she recently got back to reading and is doing an amazing job blogging about her book adventures.
- Tag Ally @ Ally Writes Things
- Give at least one recommendation for each of the prompts below
- If you don’t have a recommendation, talk about a book you want to read
- Tag your friends
A book about friendship
Though it’s been a while since I read it, I suppose I could recommend Summerlost by Ally Condie. It’s a Middle Grade book, but still extremely sweet, with a story about grief, family, and a summer Shakespeare festival. And there’s a mystery to be solved as well!
A translated book
Now that’s a tough question! It’s a shame, because I don’t really read translated books. As a native Polish speaker, I could definitely recommend the Witcher saga by Andrzej Sapkowski. It’s a must-read if you’re into the games and Netflix series, or if you’re just looking for something inspired by Slavic folklore.
A diverse romance
It’s not a book that specifically fits into the romance genre – I only occassionally dabble in such novels – but I’d go with Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas for this one, which I’m sure you’ve already heard of. While mostly dealing with the supernatural, it also includes a romance between a trans character and another boy, all the while his Latinx family struggles to accept his identity.
A fast-paced book
Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell is an exciting read if you’re into high fantasy. Full of friendly bickering and all kinds of twists and turns, it’s nearly impossible to book this book down. Just when you think you’ll have a moment to catch your breath after a thrilling chapter, another surprising thing happens! You can read more about it in my review.
A nonfiction other than a memoir
I just have to recommend Fangirls by Hannah Ewens, especially if you’re interested in music and fan culture. Ewens describes different behaviours typically associated with fangirls and even provides interviews with girls taken at various concerts. The opposite of condescending, she challenges the notion that fangirls are “insane”. I definitely could see myself in some of those accounts; reading about the experienes at concerts put a huge smile on my face.
An underrated memoir
I think The Lonely City by Olivia Laing counts as a memoir…? Laing describes her experience of moving to a big city and being overwhelmed by the feeling of loneliness. She mixes this with the biographies of a couple of well-known artists – all of whom found themselves in similar circumstances at some point in their lives. As a person who has lived in the second largest city in the country for most of their life, I was touched by how relatable this book was.
A book with fewer than 10,000 ratings on Goodreads
The Visitors by Simon Sylvester, which I talked about here. I can’t believe how underrated this book is! If you love selkies and a story with a spooky, small-town mood – this is the perfect choice!
A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
Recently I became obsessed with The Wicker King by K. Ancrum, for which I wrote a mini review. It’s a slow-burn friends-to-lovers story about two boys, one of which suffers from a hallucinatory discorder. There’s bisexual and… polyamorous representation! What makes this book even more unique is its intermedial nature – it’s a book that you need to read a physical copy of, as there are mixtapes, pictures, recipes, and notes written by the characters. Fantastic and criminally underrated.
A book by a trans or non-binary author
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver is my pick for this. It’s a book about a nonbinary character written by a nonbinary author! I was over the moon when I discovered there’s actually a novel with a nonbinary protagonist. I think these type of characters are heavily underrepresented; if they appear at all, it’s usually as someone in the background. More reads like this, please!
A book with more than 500 pages
It’s probably a sort of classic in the book community, but The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I’d even dare to recommend the entire Mistborn series, though I’m only at book #3 of the main trilogy myself. If you’re not scared of long reads and love insanely good worldbuilding with a complex magic system, this will be the perfect choice for you.
A short story collection
I rarely read short story collections, though there are a couple on my to-read list. The last one that I read was Vampires Never Get Old by Zoraida Córdova, which, as you might have guessed, is a collection of stories about vampires. There is a twist, though – they focus on types of characters that have never been associated with the vampire myth. The diversity is incredible: there’s LGBT representation, disability representation, POC representation… and more! Certainly a very unique collection.
Book you want everyone to read
Has everyone read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo yet? No? Well, what are you waiting for?!
Thanks so much to Lea for tagging me in this fun bookish tag!
Of course, no pressure! Also, please do this even if you’re not tagged. I’ll be happy to see your recommendations!