BOOK TAG WEEK!! continues with the Summer Sweatalong Book Tag, which is perfect for this time of year and, more specifically, Tuesday, August 12, 2019 because it’s supposed to be hot as shit on that day in my part of the world. Jeez!
Apparently it’s gonna go up to the 90s, at which point the humidity will peak and stuff will happen to cause really bad thunderstorms. So in addition to sweating my ass off, I’ll be treated to lots of clashing and banging in the heavens as the weather sorts its self out.
Well, can’t do anything about that so… here’s the —
Summer Sweatalong Book Tag
The Summer Sweatalong Book Tag was created by Jo, the Bookworm Dreamer.
My favorite season and why I like it:
One of the rules of the tag is to state what your favorite season is and why you like it. Well, my favorite season is fall. It used to be summer, but the longer I reside in the U.S., the more I grow to love autumn and all its colors. I even like the slight chill in the air although I hate anything cold.
Autumn is a beautiful season. I love watching the leaves change and hear them crunch underfoot; I love the scents of autumn and taste of the foods — apple pies and pumpkin lattes; and I love dressing for the season. I get to wear layers, but not as much needed for winter, and I can mix and match colors and clothing types. I can even sneak in a few summer and winter pieces. It’s such a great season!
My favorite season used to be summer. It’s now my second favorite. It’s the most laid back season with no cold months (on my side of the world), so I love it for that.
A book you couldn’t stop reading
Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar
I was so hooked on this story when I listened to it. It’s an Audible Original that is a short thriller story about a young woman named Pallavi whose mother wants her to settle down and find a good Indian husband. But when Pallavi finds a guy she likes, her mother gets a bad feeling about him.
This was such a good listen. I was hooked the entire time and was surprised by the supernatural turn it later took. It was quick, so I completed it all in a day at work.
You’re a cheetah
A book you read in just ONE DAY
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
A romance novel about the Waverley sisters who reunite after several years estranged from each other. The Waverleys live in a quirky southern town and are known for their garden in which grows an apple tree that supposedly has prophetic powers.
This is another book I couldn’t stop reading once I started. I was totally sucked in. I was caught up in the story and the setting and the beautiful writing. It was a good read.
Couldn’t let go
A book you reread straight away
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
A fantasy novel about a veteran who returns home seeking peace but is instead thrown in the midst of political intrigue when he’s appointed a princess’s secretary-tutor.
I love this story. It’s one of my favorite fantasy novels. I hardly ever reread a book as soon as I complete it, but I reread The Curse of Chalion a couple months after completing because I loved the story that much. I’ve reread it once more since then and still have yet to read the second book. Smh.
Calm it down!
A book that got your heart racing
‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
This is basically a vampire novel set in a small town in Maine. I enjoyed it but it was creepy and, yea, it had my heart racing because I doubted anyone would make it out the town alive.
A sequel you read faster than the first
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
I have no idea if I read this faster than Nevermoor, but I enjoyed it more. Wundersmith is the second novel in the Nevermoor series, a middle-grade fantasy story about a girl who everyone believes is cursed but is taken away to a different land where she learns she might possess a great but terrible ability.
Books on fire!
A series you read straight through
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
The last novel in Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, which are middle-grade fantasy books about a boy who learns he’s the son of the Greek god Poseidon. I hardly ever complete series but Riordan’s books are such fun that I read through the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus ones. I recently reread the Percy Jackson books and was glad to find it’s just as fun as the first time I read it.
A book that kept you up late
To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Woltizer
I so enjoyed reading this book that I didn’t want to put it down. It’s a hilarious contemporary middle-grade novel about two girls whose single dads are dating each other. The dads want the girls to get along so they send the girls to the same summer camp, but the girls vow never to be friends.
This was fun, and it’s a great read for summer. It’s told in email and text correspondences, but it’s a quick read that had me chuckling throughout.