I spotted this over at Book Bastion. It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag, and while I DO have other content brewing, the posts are still undercooked, so here goes:
1. Find a book for each of your initials.
Abhorsen by Garth Nix – I go on and on about Sabriel, but I do love the other books in the series, too. I think I actually read ‘Abhorsen’ first (I drew the short straw sharing the trilogy with my siblings), which naturally left me a little confused but I was still hooked on the Old Kingdom and on Nix’s fantasy.
Verdigris Deep by Frances Hardinge – I haven’t read this one yet, but I most assuredly will. There’s a witch, a wishing well, and a curse. Give it to me.
2. Count your age along your bookshelf: what book is it?
Which book shelf?
If we’re looking at my first bookshelf, it’s The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Morgenstern’s writing, like Laini Taylor’s, is very beautiful. The plot features Victoriana, magic, and starcrossed love. What more could I want?
If we’re looking at my second bookshelf, it’s Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I was content with this one. It wasn’t the strongest in book in the series (that title goes to ‘Gemina’, surely), yet I felt was more intimate; its monsters were all too human.
3. Pick a book set in your city/country.
Nick Earls writes books set in my city, and Trent Jamieson, and Angela Slatter, but I’m not very familar with their works (my Mum does like Nick Earls, though). For an Australian book, I nominate Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle. It’s a story of loss, of first love, and the sea. I find that a lot of contemporary #OzYA has a dark emotional resonance – this one’s a good example.
4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab – Red London I think would be incredible.
5. Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley – IT’S IN THE TITLE, TOO.
6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
Tough question. Today I’ll pick Jonathan Stroud’s The Amulet of Samarkhand. I borrowed it from the library over Christmas the year I started high school (I was thirteen; it was a significant time). I laughed so very hard – in public, too. The series was also formative: I think Nathaniel was one of my first proper anti-heroes, and the final act was unlikely anything I’d read up until that point.
7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
I read for work, often books that I wouldn’t pick up otherwise: thrillers, crime novels, and adult contemporary dramas. Sometimes I am able to enjoy them. Other times I can’t. The book I struggled most with was Colombiano by Rusty Young. A revenge thriller set in South America, it fell too far outside my comfort zone, and was huge besides. I DNFed about a third of the way in.
8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – I bought this way back in 2013, after it won the Man Booker Prize. I’m pretty sure I’ll like it, but it’s one of the biggest books on my bookcase (I have it in the trade format), and it doesn’t travel well. I’ll get through it one day…
And that’s me for now. Until next time.