That’s right, this is our very own (and very first) book tag! Since we love booktags here at The Sassologist, we decided to share our joy. So, we’ve created a brand new book tag. The Summertime Book Tag has ten questions all about this sunny season. From beach to icecream, from sunburn to blue skies: all topics are covered. And we would LOVE for you to join in. Consider yourself tagged right now! Copy our images (or create your own of course) and questions and re-create the Summertime Book Tag on your own (book)blog. You can interpret the prompts any way you want. But first, here are our answers.
The beach – the ultimate summer read
For me, a summer read is easy, fast paced and it doesn’t have a particularly hard plot. I recently read The Man Who Didn’t Call and if you’re into those kinds of books, it might be the perfect beach read for you. For me though, chicklit/feelgood just isn’t my genre. So for me, the ultimate summer read are the books by Rainbow Rowell. Especially Fangirl and Carry On are great books to breeze through. They are happy books you’ll finish in no time. Pack up these books for a trip and you’re good to go!
Ice cream – a book that gave you goosebumps
Well, I read The Burning Maze and that certainly gave me goosebumps, though I’m not sure they were the good kind. It’s the third book in the Trials of Apollo series so I can’t give away too much. But, Rick Riordan totally pulled a George R.R. Martin and killed off somebody. For good. The way he handled it though, was great. It was well written and executed (pun no intended), especially if you consider these books are written for middle school kids who don’t know what a Red Wedding is. So, I’ll stick with The Burning Maze for this one, also because the title is hot, like summer, which fits the summertime book tag well.
The Sun – a book with a summery cover
I could pick The Girl in the Ice for a bit of a cool down, but I want a big summer vibe for this answer. So, here’s the book cover I’ve picked:
The Girls by Emma Cline isn’t one of my favorite books, but the red on the cover and especially the sunglasses just make this a very summery book cover.
Theme park – a very thrilling book
One of the best and certainly one of the most original thrillers I’ve read in a while, is Final Girls by Riley Sager. Summer holiday is a time when a lot of people pick up thrillers and this is the one I would recommend. I loved that this thriller wasn’t about a detective/cop who has to solve a mysterious case. This is about a group of three ‘final girls’, girls who all survived a mass murder. The main character survived a Friday the 13th-like summer get away with her friends. And she doesn’t remember exactly what happened…
Sunburn – a fun book with a nasty ending
There are two kinds of nasty endings for me: cliffhangers and badly written endings. Cliffhangers, I can forgive. I understand why they’re there. If they’re written well, I certainly want to keep reading that particular book series. BTW George R.R. Martin, I am still on that ‘did Jon Snow die’ cliffhanger, just so you know…
But the worst kind of endings are endings to a series which are just badly written. I’ve read two of these series: the Darren Shan chronicles (by Darren Shan) and the Sword of Truth series (by Terry Goodkind). Both men completely butchered their own series with an appalling ending. I don’t recommend reading these, ever.
Blue Skies – a book with a summery title
Although the topic and setting of this book aren’t really light and summer-like, the only possible answer to this question is I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. Even though it’s not a light read, I do recommend reading it because it’s a great and emotional book.
Picnic – a book that left you craving for more
This would have to be Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I desperately want to read more about these six characters. Two books just wasn’t enough. I know that Bardugo has said that someday, she’ll bring us back to Ketterdam, so that’s reason for much rejoicing. Also, Nina will be back for King of Scars next year. Sadly though, she was never my favorite character so this feels like a consolation prize. I want Kaz, Inez, Jesper and Wylon! Oh, and if you haven’t read the Crows duology yet, I strongly recommend doing so this summer.
Holiday – a book with a perfect setting
For a recent Top Ten Tuesday, I visited ten fictional worlds I would love to live in/visit. So it would have to be a book out of those ten for me. And since I already mentioned Ketterdam I’ll pick Harry Potter for my answer to this question. Harry Potter equals perfection and the Wizarding World and Hogwarts are the perfect setting.
Sunflower – a book that made you smile
Flowers always make me smile. And what better flower to represent summer than the sunflower, right? That’s why I picked this summer bloomer for this next-to-last prompt. I already named so many books that make me smile: the Crows duology, Fangirl, Carry On and the Harry Potter books. But I want an original answer to each of these ten questions. So, I’m picking A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen. This is such a heartfelt,moving story filled with so much love it made me smile a lot. And I even own a signed edition!
Autumn – a book you’re looking forward to
I could name a lot of books here, but I’ll end the Summertime Booki Tag with my personal top 3 books on my wishlist. Don’t forget: you are tagged in this book tag. Feel free to use our images, and interpret the questions as you wish. Leave us a comment with your link once you’re done. And here are the three books I am looking forward to the most:
- King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
- Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
- What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera