This tag was making its way around YouTube a few years ago, but unfortunately I don’t know who made the original and I can’t find the original video anywhere, and I thought it looked really fun and couldn’t resist having a go myself. On YouTube, booktubers would do their makeup on camera which I’m not going to do because, other than lipstick and mascara from time to time, I rarely wear makeup so I don’t even own concealer or blush or highlighter or powder or yada yada yada. I wish I did, though, because makeup is so fun – I’m just lazy and not very good at applying it.
Anyhoo, on with the tag!
I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to come up with something for this one because there are so many books I adore and so many that have stayed with me, but weirdly a book did pop into my head immediately and that’s Witch Child by Celia Rees. I have this book to thank for my love of historical fiction, as well as for igniting my interest in the history of witchcraft and witch trials in Europe and North America.
I think that would have to be a book I read this year, Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. It’s now on my list of my favourite books of all time, I adored it an awful lot, and since I finished it all I’ve been thinking about is how much I want to re-read it.
Definitely Rowley from Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of the Art of Death series. Sadly he’s the love interest in this series, and even though the books are sold as historical crime novels the romance takes over way too much for my liking. While I could tolerate Rowley in the first book, by the third book he’s such a prick. I think Adelia actually has more chemistry with Franklin’s depiction of Henry II – at least he respects her mind!
I try not to use Harry Potter for book tags because it’s a series that’s talked about all the time, but I’m very bad at finishing series and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the first time I read a longer series all the way through and was satisfied with the ending. I’m also currently reading N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky, which is the third book in the Broken Earth trilogy, and it’s fantastic so far.
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman. This was the first book to ever make me cry my heart out and it looks at race and racism in such a unique way – it really opened my eyes at a time when they needed to be opened and I think it’s a future classic.
My favourite colour is yellow, so because it’s on the cover and my edition has bright yellow sprayed edges, I’m going to go with Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀. It’s a wonderful debut novel and I can’t wait to see what she does next.
I’m going to go with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, which is another book I think everyone should read because it’s one of those books that, once you’ve read it the first time, you’ll never be able to experience it like that again. Du Maurier’s one of my favourite authors and Rebecca is a true masterpiece.
For me a long book is anything longer than 500 pages, and I’ve been trying to stop myself from being intimidated by some of the really long books on my TBR. One of the longer books I’d like to read this year is Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman – my edition is just over 800 pages long.
Honestly I don’t remember much about the book in general because I didn’t enjoy it that much, but I can remember rolling my eyes at whatever the relationship was between Tana and Gavriel in Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.
I remember smiling so much when I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, that book was full of the feel-good warm fuzzies and I loved it.
I didn’t want to bring it up twice in one tag, but I think I have to go back to Harry Potter because I’ve always remembered Harry and Ginny’s kiss in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I wish the films had done Ginny justice, she was so much fun in the books.
I don’t know if anyone’s done this tag already or not, so if you’re reading it and want to give it a go I’d love to see your answers! I am going to do a bit of tagging, though, so:
consider yourselves tagged!