I was tagged into the Harry Potter Book Tag by the lovely Not-so-modern girl, and I thought that it sounded like quite good fun!! I’ve not to think too much about any of these, and have gone with my first thought.
A book whose theme you found interesting but would like to re-write:
The Life of Elves by Murial Barbery
I loved The Elegance of the Hedgehog so I was really excited about this novel, but it just didn’t work for me. The theme was great – two foundlings with unusual talents who don’t know each other, yet will soon be connected by a war that they don’t fully understand.
Whilst I liked the idea, I found this to be too disjointed, and it had some unnecessarily long paragraphs.
The first book in a series that got you hooked:
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
There were a couple fo novels that sprang to mind for this one, but I absolutely loved The Lies of Locke Lamora – the first in the Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch.
Not your typical fantasy novels, this is an amazing series about a group of confidence tricksters.
A book you wish you could have right now:
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
I loved Sleeping Giants, and so I’m absolutely desperate to read the next novel in this series – Waking Gods. Only 3 more months to wait…
A killer book:
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
I wasn’t entirely sure how to interpret this one, but I decided to interpret this as a book that I absolutely loved. In that case, it has to be Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, which is probably my favourite book.
A book that was really confusing:
This Census-Taker by China Mieville
I’ll be honest, I’ve still got absolutely no idea what this was about. I don’t know if I was distracted at the time of reading it, but I just didn’t get it.
A dark and twisted book:
Alex by Pierre Lemaitre
This is another category that I thought of a few options for, but Alex by Pierre Lemaitre definitely fits the bill. I loved how it played with the reader’s sympathies and how everything you thought you knew was turned on it’s head without warning. A brilliant book.
A book that surprised you in a great way:
Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
This turned out to be my (possibly joint) favourite book of 2016. I didn’t expect this to be anywhere near as enjoyable as it was, and I was surprised and delighted by it.
I’m not going to tag anyone into doing this, but do have a go if you feel like it – I think it’s quite a lot of fun 🙂