I’ve been tagged in a book post tag – yay! This is my first tag, and it’s a brilliant one! The aim is to compare books to different ice lollies, which just makes me want to eat some as I’m blogging. Thank you so much to Amy for tagging me!
1- Mini Milk (Short but sweet): Let’s throw in a graphic novel, because I read tons of those! Nimona is a brilliant read; there’s tons of girl power, a shape-shifting main character, and tons of sad backstory with a sweet and hopeful ending!
2- Magnum (Best Classic): My all-time favourite classic has to be The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. I loved immersing myself into the realm of Middle Earth, and forever longed to be an elf in Rivendell. The battered copy still lives on my shelf all these years later!
3- Cornetto (Hidden surprise at the end): The Tale of Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood definitely took me by surprise at the end. The whole book is told from the perspective of a bard, who is telling us the story and stopping every now and then to have refreshments and answer questions. The revelation of who the bard is had me so excited for the next one; I didn’t see it coming!
4- Rocket Lolly (More exciting from the outside): Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Don’t get me wrong, I adored Everything, Everything, and love Nicola Yoon’s writing. This just seemed a little predictable for me, and paired with the pretty colours on the cover, it was a tiny bit disappointing when I worked out the twist quite early in.
5- Ben & Jerry’s (Most versatile author): Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors, and each of his books has been so different from the next! It’s amazing to see an author write books and have them have completely different voices and feels to each of them. Patrick Ness is amazing.
6- FAB (Weak ending): It has to be Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. The rest of the books in the Hunger Games series were brilliant, but there was something about the ending of Mockingjay that made me feel a bit irritated and then sad; everything wrapped up almost too perfectly!
7- Calippo (Work hard to get the good stuff out): It took me a while to get into but once I did, All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven ended up being one of my favourite reads (and yes I cried, of course I did!).
8- Rainbow Lollies (Favourite LGBTQ reads): This definitely has to be Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli! I love this book, and I love Simon – he’s a brilliant fun main character.
9- Nobbly Bobbly (Gritty subject, sweet message): Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. This book had me bawling like a baby at parts, and then laughing and thinking fondly in others. Goodbye Days deals with the subject of death and remembrance, and leaves you wanting to hug your friends and families close.
10- Boss Strawberry Double (Best book by an international author): The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Bloody hell, this book was one that I raced through and still cannot get over. It’s one of the best debuts I’ve read this year. Powerful, current, and sadly reminiscent of recent events in America, if you haven’t read this yet then add it to your TBR and read away!
11- Magnum Ice Cream (Weird but good): Saga is an absolute genius graphic novel, with beautiful illustrations. It’s also one of the strangest things I’ve read – there are some very unusual aliens within the pages, not to mention some of the things the characters do can be…odd…
12- Crunchie Blast (Best retelling): This has gotta be one I’ve read this year, and oh my god. If you want a gritty, dark retelling of Peter Pan, then Lost Boy by Christina Henry is the one for you! Don’t trust Peter in this book, he’s a liar, he plays dirty, and doesn’t like it when you don’t follow his rules…
13- Solero (Light and fluffy): When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon has been my light and fluffy read this year; it’s summery, features some romance without being a ‘love-at-first-sight’ stereotype, and there’s plenty of iced coffee. Not that I drink iced coffee, but it made me feel summery!
14- Choc Ice (A book you don’t want to admit you love): Yikes, this is bringing me back to my teenage love; it has to be the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, Eclipse to be more specific. I adored these books as a vampire-loving, emo 15 year old, and thought that I’d left the love for it behind, but it’s still got a little fond spot in my heart.
15- Fruit Lolly (Left on the shelf): I hate leaving books on the shelf, and I always try to read the ones that I get. Unfortunately, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman has ended up being sat on the shelf for quite a long time. I will eventually read it, I just don’t know when…
16- Mint Choc Chip (A book you either love or hate): It has to be If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I just didn’t get on with this book, and found myself dragging through it. The end was also so disappointing and didn’t fit right with me.
That’s my ice lolly book tag! I wonder if you found any new books to read from this? Let me know what you thought about my answers down below!