I got tagged by Lydia over at SilverWolfReads who worked with Alexandra Christo on creating this book tag! If you follow me on social media you know how much I ADORE To Kill A Kingdom and it is one of my favourite books I've read this year so, I was really excited to be tagged in this. Check out the original post by Lydia here!
You’re going on a vacation on a cruise boat for a week. Which book(s) would you pack to keep you entertained as you explore the seven seas?
I've never been on a cruise but, I feel I would take about 10 books and only read 2 because, I always do that on holiday. I feel I would take Mirage by Somaiya Daud and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan as these are two books I have been dying to read and I think just chilling on the ship with these books would be amazing and probably some of my old favourites like Poison Study and ofc To Kill a Kingdom just because.
You’re on the boat, and you start to hear your favourite song being played out from a nearby island. Which song would this be? What book do you associate with this song?
My favourite songs always change but one song I always love is I'm Still Here from the movie Treasure Planet (which is fitting since it's a movie about a ship in space!) It is a song about trying to move on, being who you want to be and feeling like you belong. A book I would put with this song is A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. A book about a girl who doesn't speak and a boy who can't hear. I feel this song fits in perfectly as these characters go through a lot and they just want to belong and it is just amazing.
You go to the side of the boat and notice a mermaid sat on the rocks. She seems pretty bored. And you know of loads of awesome books. Which one book do you always recommend to people without fail?
Anything by Holly Bourne. Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes is her recent book and it is amazing and has the topic of mental health and Holly does it amazingly. For an amazing fantasy read I would recommend Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! And some other recommendations include, Fangirl, When Dimple Met Rishi and S.T.A.G.S.
The mermaid seems pretty happy with your suggestion, and swims off. You hear the song from a moment a go has stopped. And there doesn’t seem to many people about. Creepy, huh? What book gave you the chills whilst you were reading it?
The Call by Peadar O'Guilin. It is super creepy, gave me chills when reading it and I just adored it so much.
The song picks up again. But this time, it doesn’t sound like the normal version you’re used to. It sounds eery, and you can feel yourself walking towards the sound. You’re in a trance. Which book hooked you in from the very first page?
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. The writing is beautiful, the story is wonderful and you are just instantly compelled. Filled with amazing characters and the first page takes you of on an amazing adventure.
You’re climbing over the rails of the ocean, moving towards the sound of the singing. You jump into the ocean and a rush of cold hits you. What book has the biggest plot twist that you weren’t expecting?
I recently read The Silent Patient, which isn't out till next year but, had a really good plot twist! I was reading it when I was on holiday and I remember gasping really loudly around the pool when it happened. It was just so unexpected!
You begin swimming on instinct, nothing has come to get you yet. You feel like you’ve been swimming for hours. What’s the biggest book you’ve ever read? (Or the one that’s taken you the longest time to read).
Big books some times scare me but, I currently have Kingdom of Ash to read which is a massive book! And, I'm probably cheating with this one as it was 3 books in 1 but the first 3 books in the Order of Darkness series. I don't mind big books as long as they are gripping and have something that keeps them going as sometimes I just can't keep reading it aha.
Something grabs your leg. You start kicking. Which book deals with heavy/underdiscussed that always makes you want to put up a fight for righteousness?
I am Thunder and Love, Hate & Other Filters. It tackles themes such as Islamophobia and religion. It is a book that is perfect for people who may not understand what other people go through daily and how everyone can do something to stop it. These books pull at the heartstrings of the readers and hopefully these books get the readers to talk more about it and use their voices to make a difference. Just like these characters do and another book is Moxie. A fab story about fighting for your rights. Fighting against the sexism in the world.
They’re pulling you under the water. Which book had you on the edge of your seat, unable to breathe as you turned to the next page?
Final Girls! One of my all time favourite thrillers that just had me so gripped I was almost in the book.
You notice a glimpse of red. You notice a fish-like tail. It’s a siren. Which book would you recommend for people who love the ocean’s mythical creatures?
Well first, To Kill A Kingdom and another book that needs to be talked about more is The Wicked Deep. It kind is centred around the ocean/lake and has a mythical story. Each year 3 witches that died hundreds of years ago take the bodies of young girls and lure men to their deaths in the sea. It is amazing.
There is an enormous screeching sound. The siren lets go. You float to the top of the ocean surface, gasping for air. You’re alive. You get onboard the boat, dry off and clutch your books to your chest.
Which bookish-friends would you call to share your experience with? Who would you believe you? Who should do this tag?