I knew I HAD to do this tag the moment I saw it.
Okay, okay. Yes, I say that about almost every book tag I see, but this one is different because it’s named after my favorite fruit and the questions and such are based on mangoes! 😀 🥭
PLUS!! I ate a sweet, juicy mango a few days ago, and… Oh man! The mango was so good! My mouth is watering thinking about it right now. It had been so long since I’d eaten a mango. I miss it so much.
So, yea, I had to do a mango tag. 🥭
The tag was created by Nandini at Novels and Nebulas. She loves mangoes (of course!) and was inspired to create this tag after reading the Tiger at Midnight series by Swati Teerdhala. One of the characters, Esha, loves mangoes too, which I think is pretty cool. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a character who loves mangoes. 🥭
Nandini uses names she’s familiar with for the types of mangoes and mango dishes mentioned in the tag, and I’ll copy her because it’s her tag, but we also have several types of mangoes in Jamaica too.
There’s Julie mango, which is very juicy and everyone loves it. That’s the type I often see in the U.S. supermarkets. They are usually quite round with green and red skin. There’s stringy or hairy mango, which is the most common type in Jamaica. I love these ones, although you have to pick the fibers out of your teeth after eating them. There’s also blackie mango, which often has black spots on it when it’s ripe. It’s smaller than the other mangoes, but it’s the one I ate the most and I really liked it. I won’t detail all the others, but other popular ones are the East Indian mango and the Bombay mango.
I could go on and on about mangoes, but let’s get back to the tag. (Kinda regretting not eating a mango while doing this tag. Probably not a bad thing since my keyboard would have gotten messy.)
ANYWAY… to the tag!! 🥭
Raw Mango: Your most anticipated release
Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend
The third novel in the middle-grade fantasy series Nevermoor, which is about a girl believed to be unlucky who gets whisked off to a new land where she learns she’s quite special. I enjoyed the previous two books and am really looking forward to Hollowpox. The story has some similarities to the Harry Potter books, which is another big reason why I like it so much.
Banganapalli: Longest book on your TBR
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
I can’t tell off the top of my head and I don’t feel like looking, but I assume it’s either Tom Jones or Don Quixote or some other door-stopper-looking book I own.
Alphonso: A hyped book you love
Monstress series by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda
I love this comic book fantasy series that’s about a young woman who has a monster trapped inside her and is trying to learn about her past and her mom. I love both the story and the art. The next volume will be out soon, I think.
Totapuri: A book with a green or yellow cover
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
I still need to read this book. It’s historical fiction about the assassination attempt on Bob Marley’s life. Marlon James is a Jamaican author and one of my favorite authors. As you can see, this cover incorporates colors from the Jamaican flag: yellow for the sunshine, black for the people, green for the land. The bird in the middle, the humming bird (which we sometimes call the doctor bird), is the national bird for the island.
Neelam: A rainy day book recommendation
Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb
This is the first novel in Hobb’s Soldier Son trilogy that Emily at Embuhleelist and I are buddy-reading. I chose it for this category because it was raining quite a bit while I was reading it. It’s about a boy who believes his destiny is to serve as the soldier son for his family but others have chosen a different destiny for him… Okay, okay. Yea, it’s very hard to describe this one in a few words. I’m currently procrastinating on reviewing it.
Mango Pickle: A book that makes you feel nostalgic
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
A middle-grade fantasy novel about an orphaned boy whose pick-pocketing skills lands him an apprenticeship with a wizard, whom he helps to discover why the town’s reservoir of magic is depleting. Reading it made me nostalgic for days long past when I’d spend all day reading middle-grade novels. Those were fun, uncomplicated days free of corona.
Mango Kulfi: A feel-good book recommendation
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
It’s the second novel in the Waverley Family duology. It’s about the eccentric members of the Waverley family as they prepare for their apple tree, which bear fruit that foretells the future when eaten, to bloom and how the anxiety leading up to this event affects them: booming business, yearning for a child, unrequited love.