Happy Tag Tuesday, fellow readers! I found this tag on Thrice Read (originally created by A Darker Shade of Whitney on Booktube) and liked how broad the questions are. Enough preamble, into the questions!
Recently Watched – The last book you finished reading
The last book I finished was A Crown of Swords, the 7th book in The Wheel of Times epic fantasy series by Robert Jordan. I have ~feelings~ about this series, but I’ll try to wait until I finish it so I don’t end up ranting every month until then.
Top Picks – A book recommended to you based off another book you read
The book that comes to mind as the most direct recommendation to me (rather than just watching/reading reviews) would be The Lies of Locke Lamora. I had just talked for about 30 minutes straight at a friend’s house warming party (I clearly know party-friendly topics) about The Stormlight Archive series that I was just starting. He recommended I check out the Gentleman Bastards’ series. I had already been meaning to pick it up off of Thoughts on Tomes’ suggestion though.
Recently Added – The book you most recently bought
I bought both Circe and Foundryside from a local bookstore last week. (I don’t buy a lot of books full priced, but these were just too pretty to wait for secondhand!)
Popular on Netflix – One book you’ve read and one book you haven’t read that everyone talks about
One book I’ve read: I listened to City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab the week it came out (thanks to Hoopla!), which is a fun middle-grade ghost story.
One book I haven’t read: Given this tag, I’ll say To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’ve heard too many bad things about the second and third books from reviewers I trust, and I’m too much of a completist to put myself through that. Thought the movie was cute though!
Comedies – Name a funny book
The humor isn’t for everyone, but Off To Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer. A guy “hacks” his way into the Arthurian England and tries to pass himself off as a wizard. On that premise alone I was sold. But the nerdy “dude humor” delivered throughout the book.
Dramas – Name a character who is a drama king/queen
In a good way: Iskierka, a firebreathing dragon in the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (which I highly recommend by the way, especially for quick listens on audio). She takes every slight so personally in the most adorable way and just loves showering her captain in gemstones and the other spoils of her conquests. So fierce, so fantastic.
Cartoons – Name a book with cartoons on the cover
What If? By Randall Munroe (aka xkcd) I’ve only flipped through this so far, but what I have read is hilarious.
Watch Again – A book or series you really want to reread
I really want to reread The Night Circus. I listened to the audiobook on first read and was so confused half the time that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have. It has the potential to be a 5-star book on reread I think.
Documentaries – A non-fiction you’d recommend to everyone
At first I would say any Mary Roach book, because her deep-dives into her topics are so interesting and packed with funny tangents and comments. BUT the book I like most by her is bound to turn some people off (Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers).
So instead! I’ll recommend Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. It’s a memoir, which is automatically more accessible, and it’s so well told. It’s her story about becoming a geobiologist, her love of trees and so much more. Highly recommend on audio as she narrates it herself.
Action/Adventure – Name an action packed book or series
I feel like anyone who’s read the Red Rising trilogy has to pick that as an answer. There’s hardly a slow moment in the first three books (I still need to pick up the continuation Iron Gold).
New Releases – A new release you are excited about
I, like the rest of the YA world, am excited for Muse of Nightmares, the finale to the Strange the Dreamer duology. The first book wasn’t perfect to me, but that cliffhanger dude. I need to know how Laini Taylor finishes that story.
And that’s it. This tag has been going around a while, so I won’t tag anyone specific, but consider yourself tagged if you haven’t done it yet!
What would your answer be for Comedies? I need more funny books in my life!