No I’m not suddenly Australian, and I haven’t moved halfway across the world since my last blog post either, but I was deemed an “honorary” Australian when I was tagged so for this one day consider me a citizen of Australia. I was tagged by Lauren at Wonderless Reviews. Thanks so much for the tag Lauren, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.
A character you want to cuddle all day long
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
I’ll admit I felt for Holland in the previous two books of the trilogy. Although we didn’t get much of his back story you could tell he hadn’t had an easy life. In A Conjuring of Light we finally learn his more about his past, and seeing what he’s been through just breaks my heart. He is a character that definitely needs a hug.
A book you love that everyone else hates
Honestly I don’t think there is one. There are a far few books I love that have mixed reviews, but I know there are plenty of other people out there who love them as well so I don’t think they quite count when it comes to this question.
Favourite fictional squad
Blue and the Raven Boys
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Did anyone expect to see anything different for this question? Blue and the Raven Boys are the ultimate squad in my opinion. All of them are so different from each other but they are tied together by a common goal. I loved the dynamic between Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah, and could honestly read another series all about their adventures.
Most recent five star read
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
There is so much hype surrounding this book. Before I picked it up I thought I knew what would happen and where the story would go, but I was completely wrong. The Hate U Give took me to places I never thought it would; it is an emotional, powerful, moving and important story, and one I can’t recommend enough.
Favourite book by an author from your country
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
When it comes to favourite series The Bone Season isn’t just one of my favourites by an English author but one of my all-time favourites in general. I can’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about these books and with another four still to be released I can’t wait to see where the series goes next.
However as this is the Aussie book tag and not the British book tag I’m guessing this question was supposed to feature an author from Australia.
The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This is a series that reminds me what I love about the sci-fi genre. Both Illuminae and Gemina are extremely beautiful books; everything from the cover design, to the format the story is told in, to the story itself is breathtaking.
A book you like to look at, but it physically hurts to read
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
I had high hopes for The Crown’s Game when I first read the blurb, and hearing it compared to The Night Circus didn’t lower my expectations at all. However reading this book I was really let down. Despite the gorgeous cover and the exciting concept The Crown’s Game wasn’t what I thought it would be at all.
A book that is really grim, but an iconic must-read
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
For books that tell a heartbreaking story set during World War II everyone talks about The Book Thief, but not many people seem to know about this one. All the Light We Cannot See is just as moving, just as heartbreaking, just as devastating. It shows us two different sides to World War II, following a French refugee and a German soldier through the years.
Great Barrier Reef:
A book that had you gaping in awe
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
There are never going to be enough words to fully describe how amazing I found this book. The first time I picked it up and started reading I immediately fell in love with the story, the characters, and even the circus itself. Now, no matter how many times I re-read The Night Circus, I still fall in love with all those aspects all over again.
A light and fluffy book that you can’t help but love
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
As the very first book by Kasie West I picked up P.S. I Like You introduced me to a new favourite author, and to this day it remains my favourite of all her releases. Light and fluffy is the perfect way to describe this one, the romance between the main characters is so sweet and unforgettable, and it’s a story that can easily be read in one sitting.
A genre/author you reach for to get you out of a reading slump
I wouldn’t say I have one genre or author I use to pull myself out of reading slumps, simply because it all depends on what put me in that slump in the first place.
I am actually currently in a little bit of a contemporary slump after reading two heartbreaking Adam Silvera books back to back, so I’m binge reading fantasy and sci-fi releases. However there have been times when I’ve done the same with contemporary releases after a fantasy book has left me in a reading slump.
I’m not going to tag anyone in this as, well, I’m not Australian so I’m not sure who I’d actually tag. However if anyone else wants to complete this tag then go for it, just send me a link to your post in the comments so I can see what your answers are.