3 Bookish Things Tag

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
Yaa Gyasi

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.

Marlon James

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
  1. The Lord of the Rings books are boring.
  2. Like Kristin, I don’t like Harry and Ginny together. (Ginny deserves better. 😉 )
  3. 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
  1. Read 2 more books from the list of 8 books I must read this year.
  2. Read at least 1 classic novel.
  3. Read more books from my bookshelves and get rid of ones I really, really don’t like.
And that’s all folks!
If you’d like to do this tag too, consider yourself TAGGED! 😀

28 thoughts on “3 Bookish Things Tag

  1. Book of Night Women was amazing. I read Brief History of Seven Killings first and absolutely LOVED it. I then read his first novel and it was just too much for me – too grim and violent. But he is an author who I will automatically read anything he writes in the future. Also I very much look forward to anything Yaa Gyasi writes also!


    1. I think he was working out some things in that first book. He spoke about what inspired in a LitHub podcast (I think) interview that I listened to a while back, but I can’t remember the details.
      Same here. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

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  2. Good luck on reading all the books you want to read this year, Zeezee!
    I love how you chose a non-main character from Harry Potter, I disliked Peeves because he’s so so so annoying, but I do agree that he’s a fun character 🙂


  3. Great tag! Loved the three characters you picked. Full metal is one of my favorite manga and anime. The apple tree was wonderful from Garden Spells. I just recently read The Girl who Chased the Moon and it’s very much like Garden Spells. Don’t you just love mischievous characters like Peeves? ❤️❤️❤️


    1. Fullmetal Alchemist is so great. I found when looking for something similar to Avatar the Last Airbender and it didn’t disappoint.
      Oh I love that tree. If given a chance, would you eat one of it’s apples? I think I would.
      I gotta read her other books too.


  4. This is a fun tag! Marlon James is such an incredible author. A Brief History of 7 Killings is one of my favorite books of all time. I must admit I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t even know about his other books. I need to read them now. I’m glad I learned of them in your blog! Thank you! Also, the Lord of the Rings are boring…that made me laugh. 🙂


    1. I’m glad you liked A Brief History of 7 Killings. I need to read it too. Book of Night Women is great as well and if you are a fan of his work, then I highly recommend it to you.

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    1. Yes! 😀 Do it too.
      Lol! That’s a good problem to have. I just read Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen and it strongly reminded me of Practical Magic movie. Have you ever read Garden Spells?

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  5. Peeves is such an interesting character, I loved reading about the troubles he caused😂 plus he was really great at messing up with Umbridge and I appreciate that😂 ans I agreee that Harry and ginny don’t belong together, the chemistry just wasn’t there.


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