The Sick Book Tag

Time for March’s book tag. I found this one whilst scouring the internet for older tags, on The Book Nut, and it seemed appropriate given my current illness.

1. Diabetes: name a book that’s too sweet
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Pure YA fluff, featuring a spoilt brat of a protagonist and a too perfect romance.

2. Chicken Pox: name a book you only picked up once and never will again
Dusklands by J.M. Coetzee
Whilst I largely believe in second chances, considering this was on my reading list for my Masters and I never actually got past the first chapter, it’s unlikely that I’ll ever attempt it again in the future.

3. The Flu: name a popular book that spreads like a virus
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Everyone and their mother was reading this (myself included) during the summer of 2012. Whatever your opinions on it, it was certainly a phenomenon.

4. The Cycle: name a book that you reread yearly, at least often
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
It’s probably the most read book on my bookshelf, and every time I read it I glean something new, whilst simultaneously remembering how I felt the very first time I read it (sixteen years ago).

5. Insomnia: name a book that kept you up all night
Marley & Me by John Grogan
I distinctly remember finishing this book one evening and crying all night. I don’t think any book has ever made me more of an emotional wreck.

6. Amnesia: name a book that you’ve forgotten or failed to leave an impact on your memory
Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
I’m usually very good at remembering finer details of novels, but I can scarcely even remember the story-arc of this book.

7. Asthma: name a book that took your breath away
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The conclusion literally made me gasp: what an incredible ending to an immensely addictive novel.

8. Malnutrition: name a book that lacks food for thought
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
Whilst I did enjoy this play (particularly on stage), it is certainly controversial amongst the Potter fandom: it is canon, isn’t it canon, who knows.

9. Travel sickness: name a book that you took on a journey
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I took the first two books on holiday to Majorca in 2012, just weeks before the first movie hit cinemas, and I have great memories of devouring them by the pool prior to watching the film.

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