Another day, another book tag because it’s BOOK TAG WEEK!!!…
Today’s tag is the Book Courtship Tag for which I was tagged forever ago by a blogger who has retired their blog (yes, this master procrastinator’s procrastination extends over years). The tag was created by booktuber Leah of Hi I Love Books.
Phase 1 — Initial Attraction: A book you bought because of the cover
Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield
Oh, there are SO many of these. I’d say about 90% of the books I buy are because of their cover, lol. Hurricane Summer is a YA contemporary novel, I believe, about a girl visiting Jamaica when a hurricane passes through. I hardly ever try contemporary YA novels, so this was certainly a cover buy. The cover looks like a painting to me. Also, the end pages are a painting of Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica. It’s gorgeous. I couldn’t pass that up.
Phase 2 — First Impressions: A book you got because of the summary
We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
I think it’s sci-fi about a father trying to turn his biracial son white… something like that, but I may be wrong since I haven’t read it yet. But ever since hearing of it, it’s made me think of the classic Black No More by George S. Schuyler, which is about a Black man who undergoes a science experiment that turns him White.
Phase 3 — Sweet Talk: A book with great writing
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Most recently, that was Cinnamon and Gunpowder, which is one of my favorite books of the year. I had such a wonderful time reading it. It’s historical fiction set in 1819 about a talented chef who’s kidnapped by a female pirate, who’s a terror to the British trading companies that are pumping opium into China. The writing is amazing and I love it. The entire story is from the chef’s POV and some of my favorite parts are when he talks about food and preparing food and our relationship with food. Oh my gosh! So good. The characters are entertaining as well, and I love the growth we see in them. SUCH a good read this one.
Phase 4 — First Date: The first book of a series that made you want to pursue the rest of the series
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I went with this Greek mythology-inspired middle grade fantasy novel because I had no idea that I would get hooked on the story in this book. I was in college the first time I read it and picked it up out of curiosity and because I needed something light between writing papers. I was pleasantly surprised to be so entertained and hooked on the story that I quickly devoured the other books in the series and will even now return to them for rereads. There are lots of silly moments in them, but they are fun, will appeal to their intended audience, and I like how Riordan incorporates events and characters from Greek and Roman mythology into the stories.
Phase 5 — Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night long
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I think it’s once Noemí gets to the creepy house that I got so hooked and interested that I could hardly put the book down. I even snuck peeks at it while working. I just had to know how the events would unfold. This one is historical horror set in 1950s Mexico City about a young woman who’s sent to check on her newly-wed cousin at a creepy manor after receiving a letter from her. I enjoyed the story and was strongly reminded of Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s “The Yellow Wall-Paper” as I read.
Phase 6 — Always on My Mind: A book you could not stop thinking about
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
It’s nonfiction that’s basically an exposé of the Theranos company that was headed by Elizabeth Holmes (who’s currently undergoing trial for her crimes). Basically, the company didn’t deliver on what it promised and placed many people’s lives in jeopardy due to their mismanagement. Also, the company culture was weird. It’s nonfiction but it’s gripping and reads like a thriller. I highly recommend it.
Oh yea, I couldn’t stop thinking about it because I was so surprised at all that took place. It’s another one that kept me up all night.
Phase 7 — Getting Physical: A book that you love the way it feels
The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith (illus.)
Apart from buying books because I love the cover, sometimes the deciding factor comes down to if I like how it feels. I love covers that have a matte finish to them. It makes me think of rubber, and I can’t stop touching them. I also love the texture of cloth-bound covers, which The Fox and the Star has.
Phase 8 — Meeting the Parents: A book that you would recommend to your friends and family
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
It’s become my go-to recommendation and is one I know my family and most friends would appreciate. It’s historical fiction that follows the descendants of two African women, one who was sold into slavery and one who married a White overseer-type dude (I forgot what he does). It’s a great read, well written, and a favorite.
Phase 9 — Thinking About the Future: A book or series you know you’ll re-read many times in the future
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
Apart from the Harry Potter books, I think the World of Five Gods series will become comfort reads for me. I can see myself returning to them again and again, especially when I need something that I’m sure I’ll love. Curse of Chalion is the first novel and is about a man returning home from war seeking peace but gets cause up in political and spiritual intrigues. A great read and a favorite.