Hi everyone! Sorry for my (unannounced) hiatus of approx three weeks. I’ve missed you all lots, and hope your days since we last spoke have been filled with good books, snuggly blankets, and gigantic tubs of ice-cream. You deserve those things! ❤
I’m struggling to keep up with blogging (and reading) at the moment due to good old anxiety, so I’m not going to make any promises about posting more regularly this month… But for now, I thought I’d do a book tag, because book tags are fun, and I haven’t done a single one so far in 2017.
I was tagged for this one by The Orangutan Librarian, and I’m ashamed to say this was actually over a year ago! Better late than never, I guess 😊 Please go check out her fantastic blog immediately – she’s one of my favourite book bloggers, and if you’re not already following her, you are very silly 😝
VANILLA CARAMEL FUDGE: PICK A LIGHT, FLUFFY CONTEMPORARY
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I’ve loved all of Stephanie’s books, but Anna was by far my favourite. I loved the Paris setting (Paris being one of my favourite places on this planet we call Earth), I loved Anna (because she was dorky and funny and relatable), and I loved Etienne (because I couldn’t help but make swoony eyes whenever he appeared on the page).
MINT CHOCOLATE COOKIE: A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU WISH EVERYBODY WOULD READ
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney. I just finished reading this book, and I could NOT put it down. I have been getting a bit bored with psych thrillers recently because they’re all so samey and predictable, but this one surprised me, and had some very interesting, very screwed up, characters. It’s narrated by a woman in a coma, so it also has a creepy, claustrophobic feel, which made the reading experience unbearably tense, in the best possible way. And, most importantly, I DID NOT PREDICT THE ENDING.
CHERRY GARCIA: AN ENDING THAT WAS BITTERSWEET
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. There’s an overwhelming feeling of triumph, but an undercurrent of loss. I knew not everyone would make it out alive, but some of those deaths still SLAY me today.
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: A BOOK CONTAINING YOUR OTP OF OTPS
It’s a toss up between City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (because I just can’t with all my fluffy Malec feels) and Carry On (because I also have pretty intense Simon and Baz feels). #dilemma
MILK AND COOKIES: TWO AUTHORS THAT IF THEY COLLABORATED, THEY WOULD GO PERFECTLY TOGETHER
Sara Barnard and Holly Bourne. These ladies are two of my favourite UKYA authors, and both prioritise female friendship over romance in their books, which I think is just FABULOUS. Both have also written about characters with anxiety issues, which is something I relate to, too hard, and both did so in realistic, poignant, yet often humorous ways. I think these two authors would write a wonderful collaboration, filled with smart, funny, and extremely relatable young women.
BOSTON CREAM PIE: A BOOK THAT HAD YOU TURNING YOUR PAGES LATE INTO THE NIGHT
The Magpies by Mark Edwards. This was the first thriller I ever read, and I remember finishing it in a single sitting. It’s about a couple who move into a new flat, and start getting harassed by their next-door neighbours. The harassment gets worse and worse, creepier and creepier, and, let’s just say, there’s a scene involving spiders mid-way through the book that legit gave me nightmares. So many thrillers fail to be SCARY, but this one nailed it. I highly recommend all of Mark Edwards’ books. He always has such original concepts, which stand out in the overcrowded thriller market.
CHOCOLATE THERAPY: A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER AFTER A LONG DAY OF LIFE
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book only came out in 2015, but I’ve already read it several times. It’s my go-to book when I’ve had a rubbish day because Simon and Blue’s adorable romance never fails to make me feel all happy and fluffy inside.
COFFEE, COFFEE, BUZZBUZZBUZZ!: A BOOK NOT YET RELEASED THAT YOU CAN’T WAIT TO GET YOUR HANDS ON
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I absolutely adore all of Cassandra Clare’s books, and Lady Midnight last year was no exception. I’m so excited to read the sequel – I picked up a free sample of the first chapter in Waterstones the other day, and I may or may not have squealed. I’m planning on re-reading Lady Midnight over the next month in preparation. I’m so excited for more Emma and Julian, more cameos from Malec (pretty please?), but mainly more Mark Blackthorn. #swoon
I’m not going to tag anybody, because, as I mentioned, this tag has been floating around in my shameful list of tags-I-haven’t-done-because-I-suck for over a year. However, if you feel so inclined, feel free to give this tag a go, and link me to your answers, so I can find bookish inspiration, and spend further time fantasizing about ice-cream. ❤
10 thoughts on “The Ben & Jerry’s Book Tag”
Ah glad you did this- and don’t worry- I also do tags a year after the fact 😉 (not sure I should be boasting about that though 😉 ) And I *love* Simon and Baz!! 🙂 I really need to read Sometimes I Lie too!!
Haha, I’m glad I’m not the only one! I have a big backlog of them, and most of them are at least 8 months old. Ooh yes, Sometimes I Lie was great, definitely recommend! Ohhh Simon and Baz ❤ I feel like we are owed a Simon and Baz sequel sometime soon 😉
Haha you are definitely not alone in that 😉 it’s gotten to the point when I’m just not looking at the date I was tagged out of shame!! Awesome!! Yes!!!! I would *happily* read that!! 😀
Hahaha, yes I’m pretty much at that stage too… I have more than 20 tags on my to-do list. I’ll probably still be working through these in 2020.
I hope you’re feeling a bit better, sending you lots of love and take care of yourself ❤
I love all of your answers, and Simon is such a feel-good book 🙂
Thanks Marie, sending you lots of love tooo ❤ Last week was tough, but this week has been a lot more positive 🙂 Hope it stays that way! Ahh I'm glad you love Simon too – it's one of those books you just read with a big smile on your face the whole way through 🙂 I need more books like that in my life!
CARRY ON, OMG ❤ ❤ ❤ Simon and Baz are still one of my faves OTPs ever too!!! Loved your answers and reasoning for this tag, Jess!!! Also, love you ❤
Thank youuu m’dear! Me toooo. Omg I really should re-read Carry On at some point. Have you read the Waterstones edition yet? Maybe we can read at the same time, and fangirl over Simon and Baz ❤ ❤
I haven’t!! I just hug it a loooot, haha! ❤ I think we totally should re-read the story together, just name the terms and chapters, hahaha *–* ❤
Yessss, ok let’s do it in June, and read a quarter of the book each week? xxx