The Afternoon Tea book tag is one I saw on The Strawberry Post. It took clicking through a lot of links through various people answering the tag, but I think it was created by The Incessant Bookworm (apologies if I’ve got that wrong!) Without further ado, the tag!
A book you savoured every minute of
I loved every minute of reading THE EMBROIDERED BOOK, by Kate Heartfield. It’s the sort of book that felt like it was designed just for me to read and I was torn between wanting to take my time over reading it and dashing through because I couldn’t get enough of it.
This is a historical and political fantasy retelling of the lives of Marie-Antoinette and her sister Charlotte. For a start, those are my favourite sub-genres and this is the sort of historical fantasy that takes real events, and then adds a magical spin to them (which is my preferred sort of historical.)
A book everyone should own
I am really hesitant to give an answer here! I believe that everyone has different tastes and what I love others will hate because we’re different people. Therefore, I don’t think there’s an answer to this! (Which might be a cop out, but oh well.)
A book that can be finished in one sitting
For me, Middle Grade is usually a one sitting read – they’re too delightful not to gulp down. Instead of my usual plugging of Adventures on Trains (I love it but everyone must be sick of me talking about it!) I’m going to pick THE NIGHTSILVER PROMISE, by Anneliese Avery.
This series is set in a steampunk alternative world where clockwork runs the world and rules the tracks of stars and people’s destinies. There are dragons and floating London boroughs
A book that's light and easy to read
My general rule for reading slumps is “read something I wouldn’t usually.” It tends to work because either my brain is so ugh that it is willing to read something I wouldn’t usually go near and I really like the book, or I really don’t like it because it’s not my norm and after a few duds like that, my brain goes “fine, read the usual then.”
Earlier this year, when I was on the edge of a slump, I picked up A LADY’S GUIDE TO FORTUNE HUNTING, by Sophie Irwin. Thankfully, it fell into the first category. I think it helped that I didn’t feel like I was getting an overly romantic book, and flew through it in an afternoon.
A book that blew you away
I heard so much about KAIKEYI, by Vaishnavi Patel, in the lead up to its release earlier this year. It sounded like a female-centric exploration of a mythology that doesn’t get as much attention in Western publishing that would also explore the philosophy and evolution of ideas behind the mythology.
It did all that and more, and enthralling tale of family and trying to protect your loved ones and ideals. Not to mention an ace protagonist, which I loved so much. More rep like this please!! I really hope we get another book by the author soon!
A heart warming classic
Hmmm, another tricky one. I can count on one hand the number of classics I’ve voluntarily read (i.e. not forced to read them by school!) and I’m pretty sure I haven’t enjoyed a single one. They’re just not my cup of tea and the way we were taught them at school has left some pretty big negative mental associations that make them harder to read and enjoy because they’re fighting all that.