Book Tag Week continues with the Sailor Moon Book Tag, which was created by booktuber Alexa Loves Books.
A book that makes you hungry
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
A contemporary novel about a young woman who moves to New York City to work at a food magazine. I read this one last year and though I liked it at first, I was annoyed by the time it ended. The only thing I consistently loved was the food mentioned. I still would like to try making the cake the protagonist is great at baking. A recipe for it is included in the book.
A book that features science and technology
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
I mentioned this in yesterday’s book tag and will probably include it in tomorrow’s too. Expect me to mention this book many times before the year ends because I HIGHLY recommend you all read it. It’s a nonfiction book about the Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos scandal.
Basically, Holmes created a company called Theranos to build blood-testing machines that she purported will revolutionize the health-care industry. She raised millions of dollars for it and had notable investors in her company but her machines never worked, though people were led to believe they did. The book is well-written and fast-paced and sure to immediately suck you in.
A book that makes you want to play video games
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young (illus.)
I don’t really have an answer for this, but I think I Hate Fairyland would make a fun video game. It’s a comic book series about a 40-year-old woman stuck in fairyland in a 6-year-old’s body. I didn’t like it much, but many think it a fun read. The artwork is bright and very cartoony.
A book inspired by mythology or folklore
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
I’m so excited for this book! Marlon James is one of my favorite authors and is so far known for writing literary, historical fiction novels set in Jamaica. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is his debut fantasy novel inspired by African mythologies and folklores. Can’t wait to read it!
A book that gave you strong feelings
Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher
Hornbacher’s memoir about her struggle with bipolar disorder. This was a difficult read for me because Hornbacher was very descriptive about her emotions, thoughts, and experiences. I had to take breaks when I read it. It’s a good read and I HIGHLY recommend it, but trigger-warnings for eating disorders and self-harm.
A post-apocalyptic book you love
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Good ol’ Hunger Games. If I have to choose a post-apocalyptic novel (not a huge fan), I gotta go with The Hunger Games. Umm, I think everyone’s already familiar with the story: girl joins a tournament thing that she must win in order to live… Oh! And America has been divided into districts from which kids are selected to join the tournament.
A time travel book
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
I’m not a fan of time travel, so I didn’t have much to choose from. I read Kindred years ago, before I started a blog. I didn’t like it much. It’s about a young African-American woman who’s transported to antebellum Maryland, where she has to rescue a White man in order to save her family. Something like that, if I remember it right.
A book featuring elemental magic
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search by Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gene Luen Yang, illus. by Gurihiru
The TV series is still one of my all-time favorites. It’s about a boy learning what it means to serve as the Avatar of his world. It’s a fantasy story in which certain characters can harness and manipulate all or one of the elements: air, water, fire, earth. It’s a cartoon/comic series for kids but one that adults can enjoy as well.
A book featuring music
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
I haven’t read many books about or that focuses on music, but in Wintersong the protagonist’s passion is music. It’s a YA fantasy novel about a girl trying to save her sister who has been abducted by the Goblin King. It’s beautifully written, but I didn’t like it. There was too much emphasis on the romance and not enough on the fantasy.
A book with masquerades or hidden identities
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
A YA fantasy novel about a girl trying to save her sister. The story is set at an elaborate carnival-esque event in which participants become involved in a mystery. I didn’t like this one either mostly because it was promoted as being like Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus, which it’s not. The book has some shortcomings, but most YA readers like it so maybe I’m just the odd one out.
A favorite middle-grade book
Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly
This is the first in a middle-grade fantasy duology about a girl who can manipulate shadows. It’s a fun, enjoyable read that’s about friendship, found family, and forgiveness. I recommend you give it a try.
Luna, Artemis, & Diana
A book for animal lovers
Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce
The second novel in Pierce’s Immortals series, which is about a girl who can communicate with animals. The series is a fun one and one of my favorite fantasy series. I’m currently rereading the books. In Wolf-Speaker, the protagonist, Daine, must work with wolves and other friends to save the animals’ home.