It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag and, considering I took flex from work this afternoon before realising that I have absolutely nothing to do, I’m going to have a go at this very timely Stay At Home book tag.
Created by Princess of Paperback on YouTube.
1) Laying in Bed – What is one book that you read (or could have read) in a day?
Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
I can’t remember if I did read this in a day, but if not, I could have.
It’s a fun, charming, light read about Colette’s school trip to Paris – there’s a serial killer on the loose, she has a bit of a thing for their tour guide and oh, she’s seeing Marie Antoinette’s ghost. Contemporary YA isn’t usually my thing, but I really, really loved this and I just flew through it.
2) Snacking – What is a guilty pleasure book?
Love Beyond Time (#1 Morna’s Legacy series) by Bethany Claire
Oh god. This is the guiltiest of guilty pleasures. I usually believe that there’s no such thing, and you should read whatever you damn well please. But then I stumbled across the Morna’s Legacy series on Amazon, and they had the first four books for 99p…
And now I’m hooked. It’s basically a less complex, faster-paced Outlander, without the detail. It’s a toss up which I like more, to be honest. Modern day woman accidentally goes back to 1700s Scotland and falls in love with a handsome, manly bloke.
It’s light and fun, and really enjoyable. The books are short, but a lot happens. And they’re actually not badly written at all.
I’ve read the first two already and can’t wait for the third!
3) Netflix – What is a series you want to start?
Alice by Christina Henry
I’m not sure it’s a good idea to be starting any more series – I have far too many on the go as it is!
Oh, actually, I do want to start Christina Henry’s fairytale retellings. I’m not usually a massive fan of retellings – why would I want to read the same story I’ve read 900 times before? But my friend absolutely loves them and gave me the first one when she ended up with a duplicate. She’s adamant I will enjoy it, and she rarely leads me astray…
4) Deep Clean – A book that has been on your TBR for ages?
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
I was pretty much pressured into buying this book in a charity shop by my partner, then a year later I realised what it was actually about and decided to read it… and now I’ve lost it.
I know it’s in one of the many boxes of books from when we moved, but I’m certainly not rooting through all of those just to find one book.
Guess it’s just going to live on my TBR a bit longer. Hey ho.
5) Animal Crossing – A book you bought recently because of hype?
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
This book was purchased almost solely because of hype, and it didn’t really pay off.
I loved the idea of it – the necromancy, the space aspect, etc. But there’s absolutely zero world-building or explanation or character developlment and I found it really overwhelming.
I can confirm that Animal Crossing is definitely worth the hype, however 🙂
6) Productivity – A book you learned from, or had an impact on you?
The To-Do List and Other Debacles by Amy Jones
This is a memoir about the author’s attempts to stabilise her life by making ineffectual to-do lists, but it’s also about her struggles with anxiety and depression.
I cried, because there were parts of this book that I related to so damn much. At times it was like she could see directly into my head and it prompted me into contacting my doctor to discuss my medication.
I also laughed so hard I choked on my tea. It’s a pretty good combination, actually.
7) FaceTime – A book you were gifted?
The Fever by Megan Abbott
When this dropped onto my doormat as a present from EmmyLouLah91, via a Twitter wishlist link, I did have to laugh at the timeliness of it. Everyone comes down with an infectious disease from the people with whom they have come into contact? Can’t think why that sounds familiar…
It was on my wishlist anyway, but then I bumped it up with the current circumstances. It’s yet to be seen whether it will make me feel better or worse, but one way to find out!
Have you read any of these books? How are you looking after yourself during lockdown?