Many thanks to Leelyn from Sometimes Leelyn Reads for tagging me in this post, her original blog post for this tag is here. Please do visit her post for more fun answers to these questions, info on the #BEAutumn2019 tag, and further information about the origin of these lovely graphics and the creators of this tag. 🙂
The theme is bookish choices for Autumn. I’ll mainly be covering books finished and enjoyed throughout September and October that also happen to fit these criteria, along with little thoughts on them. Hoping you find some interesting new books to consider.
I like drama, intensity, and harrowing situations that has a reader screaming at the main character or other characters in an impassioned plea for them to do this or that. It does get exhausting after a while though? So once in a while I like winding down with a comfort read. For this option I’m choosing To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.
Lara Jean is just a happy character who has her head on (mostly) straight and has a wonderful, nurturing family. The bond between she and her sisters is really cute. And this book’s ultra quick chapters are full of pep and happy energy. Plus there’s a Kitty in it!
Definitely picking Life of Pi by Yann Martel for this one. And it pretty much has all three colors blended.
Loved the energy and variety of the survival aspects and deep effect of the descriptions. It’s not all wonderful to read about but really got to me, especially reading late at night and being fully immersed. Also, Richard Parker is my precious.
I think I mentioned in my review for Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky that it had some very scary moments.
But hindsight is 20/20 and I can say for sure now.. yup, it definitely had some scary moments that were pumping with tension. Even though a part of my brain knew the protagonist probably wouldn’t die yet (they rarely do) the direction in these sequences were top notch at making me forget sense and surrender to the moment.
For this category I’m picking Prince Ceren from Crown of Coral and Pearl.
He’s just… a handful. I like when villains aren’t one note or some far away entity that has the author basically saying ‘trust me, he’s bad.’ I prefer them being front and center, causing a lot of trouble and have a major role in the lives of all the characters. Even better when they have notable weaknesses. He is abominable but I was often (perhaps inappropriately) amused by his hijinks and seeming complex thoughts toward the protagonist. Without getting into spoiler territory I’d just like to say I wish some lattermost parts of the book were handled a bit differently.
Of course, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.
After hearing/reading perhaps hundreds of accounts of people saying this book made them ugly cry, one would think a sort of mental preparation would go underway in my head, an expectation that lessens the effect. But nope, I wasn’t prepared and it totally made me cry.
Hm, maybe cute is not the right word? But it was cute to me. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.
Enemies-to-lovers with a good dose of comedic timing and characters that have comical, fun banter. Also, it’s really satisfying to finally see these two adversaries finally warm up to each other.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, which I’ve probably already mentioned a bazillion times by now.
While reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo I’d been thinking how nice it would be if she wrote an adult novel. This was far before ever knowing Ninth House would exist. I’d pondered what would be nice to see, perhaps a non-fantasy novel with a more contemporary setting but still containing some fantastical element to it. My thoughts weren’t easy to make sense of– yet match pretty well with what Ninth House ended up being. If lightning can strike twice I’d like to ask the bookish powers that be to have her write an angsty dark gothic romance, Rebecca-esque but with more lore. I promise to camp outside of my nearest bookstore and preorder multiple special edition copies of it.
Thanks for checking out this book tag, I have more planned but it’s been a while since I’ve done one. Thank you to all who have tagged me for these types of posts though, I do check and enjoy doing them. Hope everyone has a fun and fulfilling rest of this week. ~ Kitty