It’s Monday, it’s a Bank Holiday and my lovely friend and blogger Cora from Tea Party Princess had just the tag for me to do for today: The Bank Holiday Book Tag! All credit goes to Cora for the super-cute graphic too!
Have a lie in. Which book could you lounge in bed with all morning?
I could pretty much lounge in bed with any book on any of the mornings, but one I’ve read recently that I would happily have stayed in bed all day reading was Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber. This book is just wonderful. It’s beautifully written, the descriptions of the nature in the desert, the story line, the fact I had to keep reading on to see what Reiko was going to do next… It was just the perfect book to curl up with.
Oh my goodness, it’s actually sunny outside! A book that makes you feel optimistic.
Sunny, on a bank holiday? You remember I live in the UK, right? Optimistic is not one of my regular human emotions. For this one, I’m saying Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. You have no doubt heard me going on (and on and on and on and on) about this book, but it was a really important read for me and one that gave me many feelings, including a little optimism.
Spend some time outdoors. A book that reminds you of nature.
I read a lot of books with nature themes in them, but from this year, one that stands out to me is When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth. Ruby loves nature, she is always out photographing it and her care and kindness for animals and the environment really come across. This book also makes some really important points about conservationism and the impact of humans on the world.
Make some punch. A book that you find difficult to classify into one genre.
For this question I always have to answer Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series. I can’t even describe what they’re about, never mind classify them. Just read them. You won’t be disappointed.
Pass some food around. A book you want to share with everyone.
There are a lot of books I want to share with everyone, but one I feel most compelled to push on everyone is The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven. Everyone needs to read this book. It’s important, it’s very relevant, it’s hilarious, and your life will be all the better for reading it.
Light the BBQ. A book that took a while to get going.
Most recently Evolution by Teri Terry. Considering where the second book in the trilogy ended, I was expecting a more actiony start. It’s not a bad thing, I enjoyed the book in the end, but it took a little while for me to get into.
Failed BBQ. A book that ultimately disappointed you.
I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell. I finished it, and I gave it 3 stars. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It very much felt like it was just set-up for the next in the series, and I didn’t feel the compulsion to pick up the next in the series when I finished it.
It’s raining. Of course. A book to curl up with when it’s raining outside.
I guess most people will choose something cosy to read when it’s raining outside. Me? I choose darkness. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo or The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill would be my picks. Cuddled up under a blanket, listening to the rain, reading a story about dark and twisty sea creatures sounds perfect.
Let’s just eat the chocolate. A book that’s super sweet.
Super-sweet books are not a thing I read often, but I do love the Noah books by Simon James Green. I think Noah and Harry are just two of the sweetest characters ever and I adore them.
Have you done this tag? What books would make it into your ideal bank holiday? Let me know in the comments!