Hello gorgeous 🙂 About a month (give or take a little) ago, sweaterfeather from the Sweaters and Raindrops blog tagged me for this book tag. My life has been a little crazy between the school year ending, working on my book, and spending time with family, so I am only now getting around to it. Thank you so much sweaterfeather for the tag! I always have fun doing them 🙂
1) Mention the creator and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
2) Thank the blogger who tagged you
3) Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
4) Tag 5+ friends
5) Feel free to copy the heading graphics
Here we go!
Okay I’m super indecisive so I’ve picked two books for most of these. I think there might even be a few repeats.
Because of the genre of books I gravitate towards, I don’t read many river stories. These books both prominently feature rivers in their main locations, though, so I guess they’re close enough. Library of Souls has a waste river in the punishment loop where the majority of the book takes place, and The Forgotten Book is set in a castle next to the Rhine.
When I saw this prompt, I realized that, while I absolutely love pirate stories and the swashbuckling genre in general, I don’t think I’ve actually read that many books where it features prominently. These stories both involved adventures on the high seas, and I loved both of them for entirely different reasons. Coincidentally, they are also both Peter Pan related. They’re lovely stories, and I highly recommend both books. The seafaring aspect is captured wonderfully and really gives one a sense of the wanderlust spirit.
This book is a mystery on the moors. It has magic, castles, books, and unknown villains. I highly recommend it. The writing style is fairly light and easy to read, and I enjoyed the plot immensely. Mysterious happenings occur almost every chapter, and the moor setting really contributes to the whole eerie vibe.
I had a hard time picking for this prompt, and eventually decided on this one because my other pick will be a separate answer. Renegades was full of action, and while the ending of the trilogy was a bit predictable, had several surprising plot twists throughout the series. I constantly found myself on the edge of my seat, and I love the superhero aspect of the story. It was a fairly unique read, and I recommend it for anyone in search of an easy-to-read action tale.
Is it sad that, despite being a truly Southern girl, I have very few Deep South stories on my shelf? I don’t see the South as a setting very frequently, but it suits this summer tale of friendship and raw emotion very well. The story takes place in Atlanta, Georgia. I desperately wanted to love this book, especially with the beautiful cover and title, and I did enjoy a lot of it. However, I felt like the author kept it from being a truly impactful, timeless tale by the inclusion of too many average scenes and plot points. I recommend the book, but it did not strike as strong of a chord with me as some of the others on this list for some reason.
Told you there’d be a repeat. Both of these tales feature lovely, mysterious castles. The Forgotten Book has a castle-turned-school full of mysterious passages, hidden laboratories, and a dark secret. The Secret of Castle Cant tells of two girls living in a castle during political upheaval. These are wonderful stories and I highly recommend both. The first is perfect for a rainy day, and the second is full of laughter and is excellent for cheering oneself up.
I think I said previously that my indecision was limited to two choices. I lied.
Turns out there are THREE books on my shelves that are perfect for this prompt, and all in different ways.
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is a magical, fairytale-esque, beautiful story about an ordinary girl in the modern world who is called to save an ancient boy from an equally ancient villain. So much of this tale is shrouded in mystery, and I connected really well with the characters and their stories. I recommend this one with all my heart; I could not put it down and even cried a little when it ended.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is whimsical in a different way. While Ophelia somehow captures the essence of a magic-filled autumn evening and night in my mind (I have no idea why this analogy makes sense to me but it does so yeah), Nevermoor holds the magic of a summer day filled with the unknown and wondrous. New discoveries are made in every chapter, and the world Morrigan enters is unlike any other that I’ve read about. This is another that I will recommend until the day I die.
Finally, The Spiderwick Chronicles centers around the whimsy of fairies and mythical creatures. It has more of an action-adventure element than the other two, but does not lose any of its sense of wonder in the process. Sweet strawberries I love these books so much it hurts. The idea of a field guide to the world of faerie creatures excites me beyond belief, and reading about it through the eyes of a child makes it that much better.
The Hobbit is a classic when it comes to high fantasy journeys and mountain adventures. J.R.R. Tolkien does a wonderful job telling Bilbo’s tale as he attempts to reach the ancient dwarven kingdom under the mountain. It has been a while since I read this epic adventure, but it has left a lasting impact on me and my perception of high fantasy.
Kingdom of Ash and Briars is a fairytale retelling unlike any other. It weaves together many fairytales from a fresh perspective and has amazing descriptions of the mountains and kingdoms the protagonist travels through. I plan to re-read it soon.
So technically this book, and its countries, are inspired by many different cultures, but I decided it worked best anyway. I really want to read more books based on foreign cultures, particularly those centered around African myths. This book has excellent characters and worldbuilding, and I recommend it for anyone interested in YA heist stories.
I have not read many books that fit this description. Cress is in the Lunar Chronicles series, and if I remember correctly, it features the most space travel of the books (except maybe Winter). I’m definitely interested in reading more in this genre, especially since this series is about the extent of my experience with it. I liked Cress fairly well, but felt the series as a whole was a little basic and trope-y for my taste.
The Little Book Garden
Writer Girls Book Reviews
The Paper Trail
I hope you all decide to participate 🙂 Also, if you’re reading this and think the tag looks fun, consider yourself tagged too.
That’s the end of this book tag! Again, thank you so much sweaterfeather for tagging me!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Do you have any recommendations that fit these genres?
Have an adventurous day!