Summer isn’t over yet, even if it feels like it with a few rainy days and ‘back to school’ getting ever closer…
I have really enjoyed getting caught up on my reading this summer, as well as spending time in my garden and enjoying the weather! Despite it being my first year growing vegetables and fruit in our new garden, I have managed to grow quite a few tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries and a few others.
I spotted this book tag over on Karis’s blog and thought it looked like fun!
If you would like to give it a go, I would love to see your answers in the comments or link your post back to this one and I will give it a read and a comment.
1. What book cover makes you think of summer?
Anything with a blue and yellow colour scheme, or featuring beaches or the sun.
2. What book has brightened your day?
Anything by Jo Cotteril. I can’t remember who first recommended A Season of Strawberries to me when I was feeling a bit bruised by life, but I read it, then A Library of Lemons, then Jelly and they have all been such uplifting, life-affirming reads.
A recent, uplifting and fun read was When Dimple met Rishi which was just adorable!
3. Find a book cover with yellow on it?
The Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen which, incidentally, everyone should read because it is fantastic and completely underrated!
A few other yellow books that I love: The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey, The Apprentice Witch by Jame Nicol, One by Sarah Crossan, Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton, Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, My Mum’s Growing Down by Laura Dockrill and Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley.
A few yellow books which I am looking forward to reading: The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso, The Last Dog in the World by Adrian J. Walker, Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman, The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee and Warrior Boy by Virginia Clay.
Yellow books are just perfect for the summer holidays!
4. What is your favourite summer beach read?
I like to read a mixture of books over the summer, s with any otehr time in my life. To give you an example, in the last week I have read everything from a light rom-com set in Florence (Love and Gelato) to a book looking at two sisters separated when one is captured as a ‘comfort woman’ during the Japanese occupation of Korea (White Chrysanthemum). They are miles apart in terms of content, but both great reads.
Generally, I tend to like stories with a bit more romance and humour during the summer holidays!
5. What action book had you running for the ice cream man?
I don’t tend to read a lot of ‘action’ books, but I recently read The Girl the Sea Gave Back, which was full of fast-paced fighting scenes and Where the River Runs Gold, which is a dystopian adventure where three children are trying to escape from a farm where they are forced to pollinate the crops by hand.
6. What book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending?
Any of those books where you turn over the last page expecting there to be more…and it’s just over! Just like that! Those always leave me feeling a bit cheated!
Some books have certainly ended unexpectedly, but even those I finish reading sobbing can still be favourite books.
7. Sunset: What book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended?
I, Cosmo had me finish the book simultaneously laughing and crying. I wish that it could have kept going because I loved it, but I am so glad that it ended in such a perfect way!
8. What book cover reminds you of a sunset?
The Girl Who Came Out of the Woods is a book that I have yet to read, but the cover looks like the sun going down in a forest somewhere.
9. What is one book or series you hope to read this summer?
Oh I am planning to read lots of books and series this summer! One series that I have yet to start, but have heard great things about is the Ink series by Alice Broadway. I am also hoping to start the An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir and The Great Library series by Rachel Caine.
I am also hoping to continue The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman and *finally* deal with my commitment issues by finishing several unfinished trilogies (I have problems with reading the third book because I don’t want it to be over!)
Looking back at this ambitious list a few weeks after I first read it…and with a week of the holidays still t go I have yet to pick up any of these series, although I have started several others, lol.
I hope you all have/ have had a wonderful summer however you’re spending it!
What are you planning to do and which books are you planning to read?
What has been your favourite book of the summer so far?
Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!