It’s book tag time! 😀
I recently saw this over Kristin Kraves Books and immediately considered myself tagged and drafted up a post. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the creator of the tag, but whoever you are good idea!
3 read once and loved authors
Gyasi is a Ghanaian-American author. I fell in love with her writing as soon as I started reading Homegoing, a historical fiction novel about the experiences of 2 half-sisters who were born in 18th-century Ghana and their descendants. I love Gyasi’s prose, I love the structure of the novel, and I love how impactful the story is. I consider it a modern classic.
James is a Jamaican author. He has written 3 books and has a fourth due to be published next year. I own all 3 of his books but have only read one — The Book of Night Women. It’s a historical fiction novel set on a slave plantation in 18th-century Jamaican and it is so good! I’ve been recommending it to people ever since I read it. I read the story couple years ago while I was in college, but the story has stuck with me since then. Though details have faded over the years, I can’t forget how it made me feel as I read. It’s a story I’d love to revisit to refresh my memory.
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Makumbi is a Ugandan author. I read her novel, Kintu, earlier this year and loved it so much that I could hardly write a coherent review of it. Kintu is a historical fiction novel set in Uganda about the cursed bloodline of the Kintu Kidda clan. The story spans from the 1750s to about 2004. I love the prose, the structure of the story, the bits of magical realism woven throughout it, and that it’s a story about Uganda and its people.
It’s after writing the brief paragraphs above that I realized that I selected 3 authors whose historical fiction novels greatly impacted me and have lasted with me since I read them. Their books are ones I recommend and believe are well worth the read.
3 titles I’ve watched but haven’t read
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
I do intend to read this. The plan was to read it this year, but we’ll see if that happens. I didn’t mind the movie much, but I’ve heard the novel is loads better and the movie didn’t do it justice.
The Prestige by Christopher Priest
The movie adaptation of this novel is one of my favorite movies. It has 2 of my favorite male actors in the lead — Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman — and I loved the huge reveal close to the end because I didn’t see it coming. This is a book I need to buy and read to see if I love it as much as the movie.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
I love the movie adaptation of this book, and I need to read the novel to see if its better. I recently read and enjoyed Garden Magic by Sarah Addison Allen, which reminded me strongly of the Practical Magic movie.
3 characters you love
Pinako Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.)
Pinako seems like a crotchety old woman, but she’s a sweetheart who cares deeply for her family and friends. She’s one of many characters I love from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga/anime series, which is about 2 brothers seeking a way to restore their bodies are a fateful experiment caused one brother to lose an arm and leg and the other brother to lose his entire body.
the apple tree from Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The apple tree was a pleasant surprise and I love that it throws apples at people and finds sneaky ways to annoy its owners. The apple tree is one of many reasons why I enjoyed reading this magical realism novel about the Waverley sisters whose garden seems to bloom magical plants.
Peeves the Poltergeist from the Harry Potter series
Peeves is one of my favorite characters from the series. I love how troublesome he is and that his history is a bit of a mystery. I am convinced that he is a manifestation of Hogwarts’s psyche.
3 series binged
I’m horrible at completing series and such, but I’m pretty sure I binged on these 3:
Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
A YA paranormal quartet about a group of teens in Virginia searching for a dead Welsh king who they hope will grant them wishes. The Raven Boys is the first novel and I was immediately drawn in by the somewhat haunting nature of the story. To me, there’s a consistent spooky undertone to the story that I preferred when presented like the eeriness of Cabeswater, but not so much when one of the characters developed (or rather, became cognizant of) his magical abilities.
Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
A YA fantasy novel that the author wrote as a teen. It’s about a farm boy who learns that he’s a dragon rider who must save his world from the tyrannical rule of its king. I remember bingeing on these a couple years ago. I enjoyed the story and loved some of the characters though parts of the story bored me. I’m currently rereading the quartet and though I enjoyed the audio version of the first novel, Eragon, the second novel, Eldest, was so boring that I skimmed some parts.
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
I was so skeptical of these books the first time I heard of them. The Percy Jackson series is a middle-grade (or on the young end of YA) fantasy series about a boy who learns he’s the child of a Greek god. When I first heard of the first book, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, I thought it would be a horrible ripoff of the Harry Potter books and read it to prove myself right. I instead got hooked on the story and so enjoyed reading it that I read several other books by the author that are all inspired by classical mythology.
3 Unpopular bookish opinions
- The Lord of the Rings books are boring.
- Like Kristin, I don’t like Harry and Ginny together. (Ginny deserves better. 😉 )
- I think negative reviews are just as valuable as positive ones and people should not shy aware from posting them but be respectful when doing so.
3 Current favorite book covers
Circe by Madeline Miller
I own this edition. I need to read it. I heard it’s good and I hope I’ll love it as much as I love the cover.
Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
I own this edition. I need to read it….ditto above. The cover of this is so gorgeous!
Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan (illus.) and Eric Fan (illus.)
I…do not own this picture book, but I’d like to. It’s so pretty!
3 Bookish goals for the year
- Read 2 more books from the list of 8 books I must read this year.
- Read at least 1 classic novel.
- Read more books from my bookshelves and get rid of ones I really, really don’t like.