Happy mid-summer month! This month I saw this tag on Miss Elizabeth‘s blog and decided to make it June’s book tag. Wishing you all a great summer, before you know it, it’ll be winter!
First book in your collection/Last book you bought
Faraway Tree Stories by Enid Blyton/How To Find Love In A Bookshop by Veronica Henry
The Faraway Tree was the first chapter book I can remember reading as a child that I know I still own, whilst I just purchased How To Find Love In A Bookshop just yesterday.
A cheap book/An expensive book
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (£1)/The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (£180)
Kindred Spirits was a World Book day 2016 publication (and was an absolute bargain). Meanwhile I bought a 1/1 copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling on eBay for a smidge more (there are only 1,500 in existence).
A book with a male protagonist/A book with a female protagonist
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes/The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I love crime novels with male protagonists (they just feel more believable), but dystopians featuring strong female leads are the best.
A book you read fast/One that took you a long time to read
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl/A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
I love Charlie and I always blaze through it in one sitting, but A Clash of Kings took me 18 months to plough through (and I’ve not yet picked up another George R.R. Martin book).
Pretty cover/Ugly cover
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas/Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
ACOTAR has one of the most beautiful covers (USA version), but Bridget Jones’s Diary (UK edition) is terrible.
National book/International book
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins/This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
It was surprisingly difficult to pick a UK based novel (other than Harry Potter) but The Girl On The Train is set in North London, whilst This Is Where It Ends is set in a USA high school.
Thin book/Thick book
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn/Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
The Grownup is a fantastic short story, whilst Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is well known for being the longest Potter book, yet the shortest film!
Fiction book/Non-fiction book
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger/How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
As one of my two favourite novels of all time, The Time Traveler’s Wife had to be my fiction pick, whilst How To Be A Woman was one of my more recent non-fiction reads.
Romantic book/Action book
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks/Killing Floor by Lee Child
I cried whilst reading The Notebook (what a brilliant story of true love). I definitely did not cry during Killing Floor, but it is one of the most intense thrillers I’ve read.
A book that made you happy/A book that made you sad
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion/Blue Is The Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
I love how beautifully funny and sweet The Rosie Project is, but Blue Is The Warmest Color depresses me for all the wrong reasons: #gayisok #lovewins
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