I don’t know if an Irish person made this tag. I’m not Irish, I’m not even a little bit Irish. Do you think that would make a difference to this blog post? Well, the title would mean something, but ‘Kiss Me, I’m Northern’ isn’t as catchy, is it?
I was tagged by the wonderful @jadedeverafter, and you should all check out her blog because BOOKS and LOVELINESS.
Green: A book with a green cover;
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas The third installment in the Throne of Glass series. I enjoyed this one much more than the others. But I’m being super slow about reading Queen of Shadows. It’s massive. It’s intimidating.
Blarney: A book that deceived you into either liking it or was overhyped and you ended up disliking it;
Soundless by Richelle Mead This is the second book I’ve read of Mead’s and honestly, it wasn’t spectacular. Which is a shame, because the plot sounded so interesting. It was hyped over on booktube because of who it was written by, but I talk about why I was disappointed a bit more in my review over on Goodreads.
Brogue: A book where one of the characters has an accent;
Tomasz in More Than This by Patrick Ness I mean, don’t all people have accents? I’m gunna ignore that thought, because this book was excellent, and Tomasz was a little cutie pie, and a hero!
I wrote a review on this book here, and I loved it! It was trippy, with twists and turns like you won’t believe!
Leprechaun: A book you enjoyed when you where a little person;
What I Saw And How I Lied by Judy Blundell Ok, so this book is so special to me. I have no idea how I found out about it, how I got it. But I still own it, and I think I was on the cusp of teenager-dom when I read it. And it was the first book I’d read with a twist. It blew me the fuck away.
I know for a fact that this book isn’t popular on social media, so here’s the summary on Goodreads: Murder and intrigue surround a girl in this mystery set in American in the aftermath of WWII
When Evie’s father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe’s company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.
Pot of Gold: A book that cost you a lot or is of great value to you;
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald I had a copy of this book for A Level, where I scribbled and highlighted all over it. It cost me a penny on Amazon and was just this thin, green paperback that I didn’t really care about.
And then, for my birthday, my brother got me this bad boy. A beautiful hardback gold edition, and I bet this started my love affair with hardbacks!
Four-leaf clover or Shamrock: More than one book. Pick your current or old favourite series;
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo I mean, how could I not pick Queen Bardugo? Everything she writes is gold to me. The Grisha Trilogy I ate up so quickly, a beautiful fantasy setting with Russian influences and magic. Perfect series is perfect.
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free.
Magic: A book that you found magical or a book where you enjoyed a magic element that was found in the storyline;
Landline by Rainbow Rowell The magic is fairly subtle (and debateable) in this book. But a woman finds and old landline at her mother’s house that calls her husband in the past. It’s beautiful and you’ll cry. It’s more magical realism than actual magic. But it’s an element, a lovely element.
If you like contemporary novels with a hint of magic, instead of a fantastical epic with fairies and warlocks, then this is definitely the book for you. Also, if you’re a big fan of romance then read ALL Rainbow Rowell up!
Kiss: Your current favourite book pairing or your all time favourite book pairing;
Achilles and Patroclus in Song of Achilles Madeline Miller Sometimes I don’t really get into pairings. It’s an ‘aww that’s cute’ moment, and then I move on.
AND THEN, I get pairings that make me spontaneously cry in the middle of my shift at work.
Achilles and Patroclus were this. A doomed love, but with so much romance and squishyness before. You should ALL read this book!
Luck: A book on your shelf that you will luckily get to…someday;
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor Why I haven’t read this book yet, I don’t know. I read the first two books SO long ago and I really enjoyed them (though a little confused by them). I’ve had it on my shelf for ages. It’s gathering dust. I’m a bit concerned.
Jig: A book that you don’t currently own but if you could get a hold of it, it would make you dance with joy;
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Of course, I was going to put this book. I love The Raven Cycle, and while I liked The Dream Thieves more than Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I know that The Raven Kings will be fantastic. I know I’m going to cry, and I’m not looking forward to it but also I am, know what I mean?