There I was, freshly out of a blogging slump but short on time to do any of the posts I had in mind. And then I remembered: “When in doubt, do a book tag!” So I pulled up one I saw recently —
The “Count to 10 With Me” Book Tag! I found it over on Kristin Kraves Books yesterday as I tried and failed to catch up on blog hopping. It was created by booktuber the Bumbling Blogger’s partner, Sean.
First book in a series
The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan
I know I’ve heard of this book before, but seeing the third book mentioned in Lashaan’s post yesterday really sparked my interest in the series (because I saw gods and dragons mentioned in the book description), so now I REALLY want to read it… like now, right now. (Gonna check if my library’s Libby app has a copy.)
Two or more copies of the same book
Jinx by Sage Blackwood
It’s the first novel in a middle grade fantasy trilogy about a boy who becomes a wizard’s apprentice after he’s abandoned in the woods by his family (or adopted family… I read it a long time ago). I recall enjoying this, and I would like to reread it since I’ve forgotten much of the details.
These are the U.S. and U.K. covers. Of the two, I much prefer the U.K. cover. It’s more impressive.
Three colours on the cover
Oddity by Eli Brown
The cover of this book is so gorgeous that I had to buy it. Back then, I’d never before tried one of the author’s books. Now that I have (I read his Cinnamon and Gunpowder), I can’t wait to give this one a try too.
Four or more perspectives
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
I’m currently rereading this by audiobook, which is narrated by Roy Dotrice, and am enjoying it. I missed the story since it’s been some time since I last read one of the books. But, more importantly, it seems that I’m in a strong high-fantasy mood, which is probably why Gutter Prayer looks so appealing to me right now. I intend to start it soon, if I can get my hands on a copy.
A five-star read
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Of course, I have to mention the Eli Brown book that’s been on my mind since I mentioned the one above. Cinnamon and Gunpowder blew me away. I certainly didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. It’s historical fiction set in the early 1800s about a female pirate who kidnaps a noted chef so that he can make exquisite dishes for her. I love the writing and love that the story touches on the British pumping opium into China back then. I hardly ever come across books that mention that.
Six (or more) short stories
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez, transl. by Megan McDowell
I really enjoyed this book of short stories. They are all set in Argentina, which is where the author is from, and are dark, macabre, and sometimes spooky yet riveting and insightful. I could hardly put it down and kept hoping the stories were longer.
A seven on the cover or spine
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Can you believe I’ve yet to read this? Smh. As usually, I wish I’d gotten the paperback.
Eight letters in the title
True Grit by Charles Portis
Yo, this was hard although I used the app I use to record all the books I own. It took me a while to find one with only 8 letters in its title.
Another one I’ve had for years but have yet to read.
Book ends on a page ending in a 9
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
The good thing is that I used my book record app to help me find a book for this category so I wouldn’t be pulling books from my shelves and making a mess at midnight. The bad thing is it still took FOREVER to find a book for this category. Jeez! A 6 in the ending number seems to be most popular.
Anyway, I haven’t yet read this book, but I liked the movie. At this point, I suspect that I probably won’t read this book. I may need to unhaul it.
Ten books in the series
So… this category defeated me. I found/thought of series that are either too long or too short. If you know of any series that are 10 books long, please let me know below.