“When in doubt, do a book tag.”
— That’s my motto, lol. I haven’t had a chance to draft a post, so I decided to do something quick, i.e. a book tag. 😀
Amy’s Tea Book Tag was created by Amy, a booktuber at From the Dusty Bookshelf. And since it’s now cold, this tag is fitting for this time of year.
Double Bergamot Earl Grey: A robust, deep, intellectual, and flavourful book
I had a very hard time thinking of an answer for this one. I kept thinking that I haven’t read a book that fits all those adjectives at once, but I was overthinking (…I think). Though this is a YA novel, I think it fits this category well:
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
It’s a YA horror novel that’s more gruesome than scary. It’s about a boy who’s an apprentice to a monstrumologist, a scientist who studies creatures commonly considered monsters. I’d describe this story as robust, deep, intellectual, and flavorful. The writing is great, the story is gripping, though slow paced, and it contains several allusions to other texts. But what I love the most about it is its exploration of what is considered a monster and what is described as monstrous and what is considered humane.
Tim Horton’s Steeped: A book you read on the go that you come back to again and again
Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (illus.)
I don’t think I read this on the go, but I did read a couple volumes of it recently and enjoyed them. Amulet is a middle-grade fantasy comic books series about a girl and a boy who visit a alternate world when their mother is kidnapped by a monster and learn that they have inherited a magical amulet. These comic books are fun, quick reads that are accompanied by great illustrations.
Meyer Lemon: A tangy, fast-paced read; gone before you’ve fully savoured the flavour
The Red Threads of Fortune by J.Y. Yang
A silkpunk fantasy novella that’s the second in the Tensorate series. It’s about a pair of powerful twins who are trying to combat the influence of their mother, who is the Protector (like a queen) of their kingdom. I preferred the first novella — The Black Tides of Heaven — to this one because it wasn’t so fast paced. Things occurred and developed so quickly in The Red Threads of Fortune that I found it hard to believe the strength of certain relationships.
Chamomile Lavender: A relaxing, calming late night read
Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin (illus.)
I read this adorable children’s board book a couple days ago when I bought it for my friend’s daughter. The book encourages children to go to sleep so that they can discover interesting animals in their dreams. It’s sweet, it’s calming, and it works well as a bedtime story. I bought it because I love the illustrations and the rhythm of the poem inside.
Lady Grey: A smooth, subtle, classic book; perfect for a serene winter morning
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
It’s not exactly the perfect read for a serene winter morning, but I think Wells’ classic sci-fi novel is best read in the winter, considering that the story begins in winter. I think reading it in winter will help to enhance the story’s setting. The Invisible Man is about an invisible man who ends up terrorizing a town.
Orange Pekoe: A popular novel that everyone’s read
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Diviners was very popular among booktubers a couple years ago. I became intrigued and placed the book on my TBR. I’ve since forgotten what it’s about, but me and Rachel from Life of a Female Bibliophile are buddy-reading it this December. We’re calling our buddy-read “Diviners in December” 🙂 . It has a nice ring to it. I’ve started the book and so far it’s a bit spooky, which I didn’t expect.
English Breakfast: A British classic
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
For some reason, this classic has never appealed to me when I read it. I always get bored or something, but I enjoy works that are inspired by or are remakes of it, especially the movies.
Canadian Breakfast: A title that tastes a little like English Breakfast but reads like the New World (an early Canadian or American work)
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
I believe this was first published in the 1960s, which isn’t early American lit., but whatever. Alexander is an American author and it’s obvious in these books how much he was inspired by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. The Book of Three is a middle-grade fantasy novel about a boy who yearns for excitement and adventure but is instead assigned the task as assistant pig-keeper for an oracular pig.
Green: A healthy book that feeds your mind
Everything I read.
Just about all I read feeds my mind in some way. The information or stories I read or listen to teases and engages my mind and keeps it whirring.
Iced Tea: A sweet summer treat, brewed for the lazy brief days of summer
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
A romance novel about the Waverley sisters, who reunite after several years apart. The story includes some magical realism and is a fun, quick read. I think it’s perfect for summer.
Consider yourself tagged!
Have a sip of tea and do this tag too. 🙂