The forecast for my blog today is the April Showers Book Tag, which was created by Sabrina from Beyond the Book Reviews and Alexis, who’s Mad for Books, Luv. Both Sabrina and Alexis created the tag as part of their monthly book tag meme, where they create book tags based on a selected theme.
This is such a perfect tag for the month! In my part of the world, April has always had a hard time trying to decide what it wants to be: warm and sunny, grey and rainy, cloudy and snowy. It’s a confusing month and I never dress well for the weather. I’m always either over- or under-dressed because the weather forecasters are hardly ever helpful. But anyway, to the tag.
Share a book with water on the cover:
Dry by Augusten Burroughs
Dry is Burroughs’s memoir about battling alcoholism.
That’s what I got from reading the synopsis on Goodreads — I’ve never read this book before, but I’m familiar with the cover. I’ve never forgotten it — the cover — because it’s one of my favorite book covers. It implies so much from the title and the effect placed on the words to make it seem as if some sort of liquid has caused the ink to streak down the page. I love it. I might give this one a read one day.
What’s a classic novel you’d like to curl up on the couch with?
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
A classic novel about a reader reading a book that constantly repeats the first section of the story.
I think that’s what it’s about. I’ve never read this one either, but I’d love to do so. I’ve always wanted to try one of Calvino’s books.
Share a scary book you would read during a rain storm:
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
A YA historical, horror novel set the U.S. in the late 1800’s about a boy who’s an apprentice to a monstrumologist, a scientist that studies organisms generally considered monsters and sometimes hunts them.
I really enjoyed reading this novel and I think during a rain storm is the best time for the story. Listening to a rain storm while reading the story will help to enhance its setting and immerse me in its world.
What’s a good book rec for rainy days?
Any novel by Robin Hobb
Meaning any of her Realm of the Elderlings books — a fantasy series.
I enjoy reading thick fantasy books on rainy days. Books filled with stories that transports me to a different world and characters and adventures that are so compelling that I don’t notice the rain pelting my window panes and washing my world away.
What two characters would you like to spend a rainy day with?
Bilbo Baggins and an Ent
Bilbo because he’d tell great stories and an Ent because I think it would be cool to ride out a rain storm with one.
Share a book that has blue on the cover:
Dracula by Bram Stoker, illus. by Becky Cloonan
I chose this awesome edition of the Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale that was illustrated by Becky Cloonan. I haven’t yet read it either, but I have flipped through the pages to check out the cool illustrations. That’s why I bought the book — the illustrations.
What book has a rainy setting at some point?
The Storm King by Brendan Duffy
This is a thriller/mystery novel I read last year about a man who’s estranged from his childhood town but is drawn back to it because the body of a high-school friend is found. During his visit, his past (troubled teenage years filled with dangerous pranks) haunts him.
The Storm King has a slow build, but once it got going, I was hooked. The story’s pace almost matches the storm that rages throughout it, pulling the characters together.
What book would you not mind using as an umbrella?
Party of One: The Loners’ Manifesto by Anneli Rufus
It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned this book. I attempted to read it after completing Susan Cain’s Quiet, but was unable to do finish it because I didn’t like how it was written.
Which character would you like to share an umbrella with?
Oh yes! 🙂 I’d share my umbrella with him. I wouldn’t feel a lick a rain! It would steam right off the umbrella. Wooo!!! 😉
Share a novel with a dry beginning but AMAZING ending:
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
A sci-fi, horror novel about a girl who’s strapped to a chair and kept in a cell to prevent her from fully interacting with her teacher and peers.
I kept that description very vague to avoid giving anything away. For me, the beginning is slow and dull up until the breach at the facility. But after that, the story takes off and it was totally great. I highly recommend the audiobook. Finty Williams does a great job narrating it.