I was tagged for this by the lovely Meg at Meg’s Magical Musings, so today you’re getting a tag I didn’t steal from Steph! Go me!
First book in your collection | Last book you bought
I actually have a picture book in my collection that my grandparents used to read to me when I was little called Catch That Hat! by Emma Chichester Clark, so that’s almost certainly the first book from my collection. The last book I bought was a copy of What’s the T? by Juno Dawson that I donated to a school. The last book I bought myself (as in physically the last one ordered – I have a lot of pre-orders coming this year) was The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon.
A book with a male protagonist | A book with a female protagonist
My most recently read book with a male protagonist is Life of Riley by Simon James Green. S and I absolutely loved this one and you can read our joint review here. A recently read book with a female protagonist is Melt my Heart by Bethany Rutter, which has the most lovely main character. My review for this one is here.
A cheap book | An expensive book
The cheapest book I’ve bought is probably one of the many Kindle offers I’ve taken advantage of. Most recently Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo which happened to be on a special offer right when I had birthday money to spend! The most expensive books on my shelves are the two special editions of Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage and The Secret Commonwealth.
A book you read fast | A book that took you a long time to read
This is a really tough question for me, because I am a fast reader. I recently read All This Time by Rachael Lippincott and Mikki Daughtry in one sitting. Whereas Life of Riley took me about a month because I was reading roughly one chapter a day with my son.
A pretty cover | An ugly cover
I have so many answers for pretty covers, including this absolute beauty, Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn. I don’t know of any books of the top of my head that have ugly covers. There are definitely things on covers I don’t personally love (bright / neon colours, printed on stickers, most movie covers) but nothing that I would consider ugly, just things that aren’t t0 my personal taste.
A national book | An international book
I think this is meant to be a book from my own country and a book from another? Most recently I read A Sprinkle of Sorcery by Michelle Harrison which is a UK middle grade book (the second in a brilliant series). I also recently read Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (a US YA author).
A thin book | A thick book
The thinnest book currently on my TBR is This Winter by Alice Osman, which is a novella in the Heartstopper series. The thickest book currently on my TBR is A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, though there’s a good chance the new Cassandra Clare which is due to arrive any day now will become the new thickest book on the shelf!
A romantic book | An action book
Romance isn’t really my thing, but the most recent “romantic” book I’ve read is All This Time by Rachael Lippincott and Mikki Daughtry. I say “romantic” because a romance is central to the story but there was a chunk of it I thought was a bit creepy and not romantic at all. I don’t know that I read many pure action books, but a recent read with a lot of action scenes was The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon.
A fiction book | A nonfiction book
Most of the books I read are fiction. One I read this year and haven’t yet mentioned is The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna, which is absolutely amazing a definitely a new favourite for me. I’ve read three non-fiction books this year, and my favourite of those was The Gender Games by Juno Dawson.
A book that made you happy | A book that made you sad
This year, the book that made me most happy to read was definitely Melt my Heart by Bethany Rutter – it’s summery, it’s a great storyline and the ending warmed my heart. I haven’t read any truly sad books so far this year, but parts of Challenger Deep by Neal Schusterman definitely made me sad.
Thanks to Meg for tagging me in this one – I really enjoyed thinking of opposite books. As always, I won’t be tagging anyone specific, but do let me know if you do this tag. I’d love to see what opposites you come up with!