Book Tag: The Seasons of Book Blogging

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I got a bit lax with my Thursday book tags, but I’m back now with this cute one, borrowed from Yvo’s blog. I’m Australian, so the seasons are all in the wrong months for me, but I’ll forgive it. 😉

March.
…is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book/series you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

seasonschaoswalking

The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. This series was incredible and left me in a shaking, crying heap, but if I could read it again for the first time, I totally would.

Honourable mention to the Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud.

April.
…is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations

illuminae

It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this (I gave it four stars in the end!), but there were definitely parts (namely the first 200 pages) where I was thinking, “Really, this is what everyone is raving about?”

May.
…is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.

golemdjinni

It took me a while to get into this book, mostly because I was reading it in very short spurts and it’s really a book that should be read in as few sittings as possible. Once I actually got to sit down with it and give it my full and undivided attention, I was hooked. It’s a beautiful book!

June.
…is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

Generally I’ll go with a light urban fantasy at this time.

July.
…is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks.

wildegirlscover

For ages, I wasn’t really sure about this book. It seemed really slow and I wasn’t sure what was going on and the characters were all a bit weird… then it all came together at the end and I was freaking out about how well it was all constructed.

August.
…is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

girlfromeverywherecover  cinnamongirlcoverI haven’t actually read too many really new, up-and-comers lately, but these authors only have one or two books out there; I don’t know if they will be the next hottest thing but I feel like they deserve to! (I just realised it’s hard to read: Heidi Heilig is the author of The Girl from Everywhere).

September.
…is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

emmacover

I actually read this myself a year or so before I had to study it, but I didn’t mind revisiting it (and I’m also having trouble calling to mind books I read for school right now). We actually did a comparative study of Emma and the movie, Clueless, and to this day, I can still quote quite a lot of Clueless by heart.

October.
…is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as.
groundedcover

Let’s be honest here, if Halloween was as big in Australia as it in the States, I would probably alternate between Doctor Who characters and Disney. So since she’s my favourite Disney Princess and this was also one of my favourite 2015 reads, let’s say Rapunzel.

November.
…is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!
winniethepooh

The Winnie-the-Pooh series, which I first read when I was about five years old, and I still have a boxed set of the hardcovers on my shelf (though it’s one I had to go out and buy myself; the ones on my shelf as I grew up were my sister’s). I never really had them recommended, they were just always there.

December.
…is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

A Gathering of Shadows FinalmonstercallscoverseraphinacoverI was tempted to name my own book here, but I refrained. 🙂 I was trying to go for some variation because this would really depend on the person, but I guess all the books I would consider giving as gifts are fantasy of one form or another.

January.
…begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

I didn’t do resolutions this year. While I’ve got goals in various forms, they have only been set fairly recently (see my 100 Days of Productivity posts).

February.
…is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!

shipscovers

In order: Todd/Viola from Chaos Walking (which is friendshippy for the majority of the series, though it gets a little bit romantic towards the end), Cress/Thorne, who were pretty much my 2015 OTP (would I have read Winter right through if not for hanging out for more Cress/Thorne? Probably not), and Chava/Ahmed in The Golem and the Djinni, which is only very mildly romantic and doesn’t even have to be read that way if you don’t want to. I was trying to find some books I’d read with familial relationships, since I’m a sucker for sister stories, but apparently I confine those to movies/TV more than the books I read.

I’m not going to tag anyone particular for this, but please do feel free to steal if you like!

~ Emily

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5 thoughts on “Book Tag: The Seasons of Book Blogging

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    I wouldn’t have read Winter straight through if I hadn’t been motivated for my desperation for more Cress&Throne!! 🙂 Still keeping everything crossed that Meyer sees the light and gives them a spin-off series…

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  2. Yvo says:

    I know the feeling about the seasons; it’s autumn here in Argentina as well right now. 😉 I can totally agree with the Chaos Walking trilogy and Illuminae as well! I mean, the layout is creative and all, but the plot itself is not that original at all. Plus, I read it on my kindle which was mostly a huge pain in the #@!%. I loved Winnie The Pooh when I was little! (Ok, I still do. 😀 )

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    • Emily Witt says:

      That was my main issue! Everyone was going on about how original Illuminae is, and I’m thinking, “Guys, you’re distracted by the pretty pictures!” (That makes me sound really patronising but you know what I mean!). I am so glad I read the paperback, I can only imagine how annoying it must have been trying to read it on the Kindle!

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      • Yvo says:

        Trust me, kindle is directly a no-go. I had to finish it on my computer because it was impossible to read some of the chapters (especially those about the computer and the space battles). I guess my ‘lack’ of distraction made me see through the original layout a lot easier. 😉

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