The Book Courtship Tag was originally created by LovelyLikeLaura. I love the idea of this tag, as my love of books is bordering on romantic. ❤
Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?
The Three by Sarah Lotz
I don’t feel particularly romantically towards this book, but I was initially drawn to it because of its striking cover! It’s a psychological thriller about the conspiracy theories which emerge when 4 planes crash at the same time in different parts of the world, and 3 children (who all start acting rather creepily in the aftermath) are the sole survivors. I really enjoyed it, however I was hoping for more answers than the ending gave me.
Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?
I bought One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis based on this blurb:
“An apparently happy marriage. A beautiful son. A lovely home.
So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life? How will she survive? And what is the date that looms, threatening to force her to confront her past?
No-one has ever guessed her secret. Will you?”
I was so determined to defeat this book and guess the secret! However, I didn’t work it out, and I’m glad; a good twist is an un-guessable twist, and this one completely floored me (breaking my heart in the process).
Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The way Manderley and its grounds are described is so vivid and atmospheric, you feel like you’ve spent time at the house, rather than simply read about it. I love Daphne du Maurier’s short stories too – a lot of them are dark and creepy, but in a subtle way; her writing makes the most ordinary things (for example an apple tree in the garden) seem sinister, and it’s just so good!
Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I read the trilogy during my final year exams at uni, as a break from the more heavy literature I was revising. I finished all three within the space of a week (even though it wasn’t what I was supposed to be reading!) Dystopian YA is so addictive, it’s not hard to see why it’s basically taken over the world.
Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?
I stayed up all night reading Mockingjay. I desperately needed to know how the series ended! It’s not my favourite of the three (is it anyone’s?), but I think the amount of criticism it gets is unwarranted; I couldn’t stop reading (even though, as I’ve mentioned, I was totally meant to be revising at the time…)
Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (one of my favourite books of all time) affected me deeply (as I think it does everyone who reads it). This is a love story, but the overarching themes of racism and intolerance make this a powerful and devastating read. I remember reading this aged 13; it was the first book to make me think, and the first book to make me cry.
Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?
I got this gorgeous cloth-bound edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens a few Christmasses ago! It looks and feels beautiful… (ugh, I’m not normally someone who gets all touchy-feely about her books, and now I feel a bit creepy!)
Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend.
The Adrian Mole books are brilliant comfort reading – they’re light and funny, but still manage to be poignant and truthful in what they say about life and growing up. I think everyone will find something they relate to in these books.
Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?
I completely agree with Erika’s answer for this one; I will be re-reading the Harry Potter books for the rest of my life! I grew up with them, and hope to read them to my own children one day. I don’t think they’ll ever lose their magic.
Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?
I’ve got some award tags coming up in the next few weeks, and I’ll of course be nominating some lovely people for those, but today, I am feeling lazy, so I’m just sending lots of bookish love and hugs to you all… I’m tagging… everyone! xxx