It’s ThursTag and a bank holiday here in England, so I am doing (or re-doing) Cora’s Bank Holiday Book Tag. I’ve done this a couple of times before but always love answering these prompts with new books!
Have a lie in. Which book could you lounge in bed with all morning?
Literally any of the books. Currently, I am reading a Netgalley copy of The Wilderness Cure by Mo Wilde (thanks to Cora for the recommendation), which is a non-fiction book where the author has made a pledge to only eat foraged food for a year. It’s absolutely fascinating me (not least because I’d be dead or at least seriously unwell by the end of day one). I can easily imagine losing a morning in bed to this book.
Oh my goodness, it’s actually sunny outside! A book that makes you feel optimistic.
Another book that’s not released yet, but which you should absolutely get your hands on asap, Sara Barnard’s Something Certain Maybe. The Rosie story my heart has been craving. So much is packed into this stunning book and I would definitely say I left it feeling optimistic.
Spend some time outdoors. A book that reminds you of nature.
Is it cheating to say Melinda Salsibury’s The Way Back Almanac? Because that is packed with things to remind me of nature, it’s literally the point. I love how this book has taught me new things as well as gently guiding me back to things I already knew but had forgotten. I’ve also had a read of the 2023 almanac (thank you, Netgalley) and it is an absolute delight – I cannot wait to get my hands on a finished copy and start my second year as a Way Backer.
Make some punch. A book that you find difficult to classify into one genre.
I don’t have a new answer for this. Most of the books I’ve read this year could be classified into a genre without too much difficulty. Sarah Maria Griffin’s Other Words for Smoke remains the one I can’t. Whenever asked I’m always like “well it’s a sort of family-story, a bit witchy, gay, has a creepy living house with an owl made of wallpaper and a talking cat… read it!”
Pass some food around. A book you want to share with everyone.
Not published yet, but Melinda Salisbury’s Her Dark Wings. It’s a phenomenal retelling of Persephone and I’m going to have to read it again to form coherent thoughts. It’s without doubt her best yet, and a definite favourite.
Light the BBQ. A book that took a while to get going.
I’ve just this morning finished The Grassling by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett. It took me so long to get into this one, but the later parts were really good.
Failed BBQ. A book that ultimately disappointed you.
Controversial, possibly, but House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Mass. Don’t come for me. I loved the development in Bryce and Hunt’s story, but that ending infuriated me. I’m not here for it, I didn’t like it and I don’t even know if I will continue the rest of the series given the direction it took. Whew. That was a rant I didn’t know I needed. Moving on…
It’s raining. Of course. A book to curl up with when it’s raining outside.
Again, this could be any or all of the books. I completely loved The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag. It’s a graphic novel, so not a long read, but it is delightful and set by the sea which would be perfect for reading in the rain.
Let’s just eat the chocolate. A book that’s super sweet.
Just eat the chocolate is a perpetual mood. I don’t read many super sweet books, but I did really enjoy You’re the One That I Want by Simon James Green which has a super sweet main character and an adorable romance, so that counts right?
I’m not going to tag anyone in this because it’s the Bank Holiday today so I can’t see many people wanting to schedule it in after this, but if you want to do it, please consider yourself tagged!