Mini Book Tag Week: End of Summer Recap Book Tag – 2020

I’m in a book tag mood, so I declare a BOOK TAG WEEK!! But since we’re already halfway through the week, this will be a mini book tag week.

I did this tag last year after seeing it over on Kristin Kraves and have decided to do it again after seeing a recent post Kristin did, so shout out her! 😀

The tag was created by Faith at You Are What You Read and, like Faith, I’ll only consider for this the books I read in June to August.

Which book can you not stop thinking about?

Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1 by Kamome Shirahama (illus.), transl. by Stephen Kohler

This a fantasy manga about a girl who adores magic and gets the opportunity to become a witch but, unfortunately, at a dire cost. I enjoyed the story and admired the illustrations and am looking forward to continuing with it.

Which book would you rather have not read?

Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen

It’s the fourth novel in Allen’s Steampunk Proper Romance series. The books in this series are inspired by classic novels and fairytales. I really enjoyed the first book, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, but each book after that have been hit or miss and, unfortunately, this one was a miss. I wonder if it’s because I read it instead of listened to it as I did with the other books. This one is inspired by the Cinderella fairytale, but the references to the fairytale are very minimal.

What genre did you read the most?

Fantasy, obviously.

Which book surprised you the most?

Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San, Vol. 1 by Honda (illus.), transl. by Amanda Haley

It’s a contemporary manga about a skull-face bookseller. The story is about the narrator’s experiences working in a bookstore, and it was SO relatable. I didn’t expect that. It was also funny, which I also didn’t expect. I guess it was more of an unexpected type of read than a surprising one. But I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did.

Which book disappointed you the most?

Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen

That would also be Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts because I really thought that I’d like it. But the protagonist was very annoying and not at all selfless as she and everyone else thinks her to be, and I also wasn’t feeling the romance. It developed too quickly, so it didn’t seem believable.

What was your favorite cover?

Sobek by James Stokoe (illus.)

I love the illustration on the cover and the hints of gold on it, which you have to see IRL. The drawing is so detailed, and it’s that along with the huge crocodile that drew me to it and made me buy a copy at the last Small Press Expo I attended. This is a short comic book about a crocodile god called Sobek, who his people beg to save them from an attack.

What was your favorite summer release?

Julia’s House Moves On by Ben Hatke (illus.)

It’s not a favorite, but it’s the only book I read this summer that was published this year that I liked. It’s about a girl who lives in a house that’s home to several interesting creatures, but the turtle on top of which the house is situated moves on and Julia has to figure out what to do next. It was a fun read that I enjoyed.

Which books did you plan on reading but never got around to?

Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods by Tania del Rio, illus. by Will Staehle
Afar by Leila del Duca, illus. by Kit Seaton

My plan was to read these for the NEWTs Readathon (which I haven’t wrapped up) but then I lost interest in the NEWTs and didn’t bother. This actually doesn’t make much sense since I just needed to read these two short books (an illustrated kids book and a comic book) to accomplish my goal to be a Mind Medic, but that’s when the deep part of my slump was coming on, so I just didn’t care anymore.

Which books do you plan on reading in the fall/autumn?

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

I’m thinking about Halloween here, and I’d like to read one of these in celebration of it.

That’s it for tag! 😀
If you feel like doing it too, consider yourself tagged.

Also (because I have so much time on my hands lately… kind of… anyway), I’ve listed all the tags I’ve done here. So if you’re looking for a book tag to do, check out the list.

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