Hello Friends (geddit) and welcome to another book tag. I think we all love Friends, and those who say they don’t love Friends are just lying a little bit, so this couldn’t be more perfect: a book tag based on Friends (created by Roxanne over at An Average Life). I saw this tag over on my friends Emma’s Blog The Terror of Knowing, which is where I get most of the tags I like if I am honest, and thought it was too good to miss. If you fancy a go and want to answer, please consider yourself tagged and have fun, it’s a good’un!
MONICA – Organisation queen
A book based on a game or competition:
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
This was one of the first dystopian books I ever read and was probably the novel that made me realise that I really like the genre. I think there is something terrifyingly brilliant about the construction of the society and acceptance of the districts and the concept of fighting to the death for your family and the people within your district. It was, is, a book I really like.
How do you organise your books?
Firstly, I split them by genre: I have children’s book, fantasy, YA that’s not my favourite or collectors editions, contemporary, thriller, classics (separate for modern and older) and the hardbacks. I then will collect any similar editions (e.g. Word Cloud Classics, Vintage editions), but from there, it’s pretty much arranged alphabetically by author’s last name. What can I say? I have a lot of books and like to have a system.
RACHEL – Shopping addict
A book you read for the hype:
Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo
I saw this book all over social media and fellow book lovers blogs. I heard amazing things and never took the plunge. Then, my friend/housemate Emma read it and was talking about it and I thought I couldn’t miss out any longer. It was so hyped and so recommended that I just couldn’t not read it. It didn’t disappoint.
What makes you buy a book?
I mean, there’s not a single thing. If it has a pretty cover, or a feely cover (something raised or foiled or something). I like collector’s editions of my favourite books, and have recently had a bit of a thing for naked hardbacks. I also really like sprayed edges, if a book has them it will probably catch my eye.
ROSS – On a break
A science fiction book:
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Becky Chambers
I haven’t read too much science fiction and went into this with a little trepidation. I really liked the character developments and relationships, and really liked diving into a completely alien world (literally). I love a good adventure and I’m glad I dived into reading about spaceships and alien races and new planets.
Which books have you put down to pick back up later?
I am not particularly big on doing this, I mean, I don’t really DNF for later. I don’t really DNF at all. But rexently, I have tried to do this a little bit if I am not in the mood to read something in particular, like Seven Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Helicopter Heist. I really want to read both of these novels, but wasn’t in the right place or in the right mood to read that type of story, so I put them down for later. The Tsar of Love and Techno is a bit different because it’s a collection of short stories that I have put down for now but will inevitably pick back up at some point.
CHANDLER – That time at Space Mountain
A book that made you laugh out loud:
Born a Crime Trevor Noah
This is a hilarious yet harrowing memoir that recounts Trevor Noah’s childhood growing up as a child of one white and one black parent during Apartheid in South Africa. I’ve never read anything like it, the stories he tells are often emotional, sad, and traumatic, but his storytelling ability and humorous tone that comes from being a comedian had me laughing out loud regularly.
Are there any books you’re embarrassed to admit you’ve read?
Absolutely not. I am someone who thinks reading should be celebrated, no matter what it is you’re reading. The world is richer for reading and the experiences that are had when exploring the written word, so I wouldn’t say I am embarrassed to say I have read anything I’ve finished.
JOEY – V is for Encyclopedia
A scary book you’d keep in the freezer:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Ian Fleming
You’re probably wondering why I have this on here, well, it’s because I have a paralysing, crippling, horrific fear of the Child Catcher from this story and just feel like I would have to have this hidden deeply if there was an edition in the house.
As an adult, have you read any books with words you had to look up to understand?
I recently read three different memoirs/non-fiction books, all three of which had strong scientific basis. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and David Attenborough’s memoir Life on Air definitely required looking terms, words, and principles up to better understand the text and understandings, and there were whole areas of engineering and space exploration that I needed to look up (or wanted to) to have a greater understanding of Col. Hadfield’s achievements in An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.
PHOEBE – The boycott
A book with a spiritual or supernatural theme:
City of Ghosts V E Schwab
As the title suggests, this books is set in a City full of Ghosts (Edinburgh to be exact) and details a young girl’s exploration of a new town with her best friend, who is also a ghost. It features ‘our world’, but also the ghostly world beyond the veil and was spectacular.
Are there any authors, booksellers or publishers you refuse to support?
I will pretty much give anything a go and give anything/anyone the benefit of the doubt, but if I don’t like their stuff or something they do once I have committed to them then I wouldn’t go back. Nothing is jumping out at me immediately to be honest though.
A book with an OH MY GOD twist:
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Lauren James
I received this as a present from the lovely Jenn who created my TBTB Secret Santa box last year, and WOW it had one hell of a twist that I didn’t see coming. I ended up writing a whole review about it, like, the ending really got me!
A British classic:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I love Sherlock Holmes, and as good as the longer novels are, the short stories are absolutely where it is at for me. I absolutely love the shorter narratives, the varying situations he finds himself in, and the ingenious methods he uses to get out of them. This is probably my favourite collection of his short stories.
A book nobody seems to be talking about:
Hangman/Ragdoll Daniel Cole
I read and reviewed Hangman and Ragdoll earlier this year, largely because I received an ARC of the second from the published. D’you know what, it’s an outrage that these books aren’t more widely talked about. They feature refreshing characters, brutal murders and incredible detective work. They are a brilliant example of the genre whilst breaking the boundaries of what’s expected within the story.
CAROL AND SUSAN
An LGBTQ+ book or author:
A Gathering of Shadows V E Schwab
I struggled a little with this because I don’t really seek out stories about LGBTQ+ characters. I want to point out that I don’t seek out books without them either, it’s just something that doesn’t bother me either way and more books are written without them. I also don’t actively try to read books by LGBTQ+ authors especially, again because I will read anything by anyone and their sexuality is of no consequence. That said, V E Schwab is one of my favourite authors, well, ever, and this Shades of Magic instalment features gay couple Rhy and Alucard who are on one my favourite OTPs in literature ever, AND the author herself identifies as LGBTQ+.
A book or character with intense/stalker vibes:
Stalker Lars Kepler
I mean the name itself gives this away as a creepy stalker novel, but this really got me thanks to the unique storytelling perspectives. The author utilises different character perspectives, switching between the stalker, the stalked, and the police to create a scary, terrifying story, and sets scenes by building tension from the point of view of the stalker creeping up on the victim, and then the victim once they realised they’re being herded/attacked, and then the police finding the body. Intense and creepy doesn’t cover it.
A slow burning book OR romance novel:
Wallbanger Alice Clayton
For a book with a title and a cover such as this, the story is refreshing, funny, and the romance within slowly builds throughout the book. I actually really like the way the protagonists connected and their romance built and developed, and that there was no explicit scenes until the very end. I thought it was going to be purely smut and little story, and in fact is ebbed and flowed and built really well.
A book that left you feeling accomplished or better educated:
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth Col. Chris Hadfield
Col. Hadfield has a great way of telling you about science, engineering, space, life, perspective in such an educative yet non patronising way, that I really walked away feeling different about life. I wanted to write a review that tried to explain how enriched I felt after reading it, but I’m not quite sure anything can explain how accomplished and motivated I felt after reading it.
Which F.R.I.E.N.D.S character do you most identify with?
I used to think that I didn’t identify as any of the characters, but now as I am in my twenties, a lot of their experiences and traits have begun to make a lot more sense to me. I really admire Phoebe’s to hell with it I am who I am attitude to life and really feel like I try to follow that as much as I can. I really feel Chandler’s attitude to work is somewhat similar to mine – I also very much go to work and come home leaving it there, using it to earn if money to live rather than doing it because it was a dream job. OK, I like my job and it affords me brilliant opportunities to travel, but it’s not a dream occupation. Most concerningly, I identify peronsally with some of Rachel’s struggles, most notably to growing older and seemingly being stuck in a personal life that isn’t progressing at the same rate as friends or society expects.
Wow that got deep quick.
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