I saw the Birthday Book Tag a couple of weeks ago, and, seeing as I turn 19 today, I thought I would give it a go! And thank you to Jess@beaucoupbooks for last-minute tagging me, to give me some kind of validation! Go check out her blog now, it’s fantastic 🙂 This tag was originally created by Antonia, so why not check her blog out too!
A book with a plot that seems cliché, but you adore it anyway
A couple of years ago I read the book ‘The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café’ by Mary Simses. I think this was one of the most ‘cliché’ books I read, with the romance, plotline and conclusion all aimed at providing an easy-to-read novel. But this is exactly the kind of book I like to pick up off the library shelf during the summer holidays, and so I would say this was a book I really enjoyed reading, despite it having a perhaps quite cliché plotline.
Your most anticipated book release this year
I can’t wait for the final book in ‘The Thousandth Floor’ trilogy, by Katharine McGee. I’m currently reading the second in the trilogy, and, although I’m not a massive fan of series’ normally, this is one of those few exceptions.
A book that surprised you with how much you loved it
I recently read Yoko Ogawa’s ‘Hotel Iris,’ and this book definitely surprised me. Although the descriptions in the book often made me feel uncomfortable, the prose style was so interesting, and I definitely enjoyed the book more than I thought I would when I originally picked it up!
The Happy Birthday Song
A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got
‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell. This book was funny, cute and heart-breaking. Definitely lives up to the hype if you ask me.
A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes
I think I’ll have to go for a classic- perhaps ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier. Or Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar.’ Both these offer fantastic quotations, and both authors have a fantastic writing style that I go back to again and again.
A book that you read a long time ago, but you think that you would appreciate it more if you read it as a more mature reader
‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ by Jay Asher. I realise this book is now really well-known because of the harmful TV series. But when I was about twelve, I read this book, and I think that it was a book that I probably should have read when I was a bit older, as most of it went over my head.
Sweet birthday memories
A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life
I read ‘Women and Power’ by Mary Beard before my University exams, and it was definitely an interesting and inspiring read which kept me going throughout some of my revision. I have been lucky enough to live a fairly sheltered life, but I think reading books has always helped when dealing with stress or worry in the past.
Are you a summer baby like me? What’s your favourite thing about birthdays? Let me know in the comments below!
And if it’s your birthday soon, feel free to do this post!