Let’s talk about books!
It feels like ages since I did a book tag and I not only enjoy doing them, but also think they’re a good way to get us all thinking and talking about everything bookish. So, here is one that has us liken books to certain social media platforms. It’s far less complicated than I made it sound, so let’s just jump in, and as always, please feel free to also do this tag or leave your responses in the comments.
Twitter: Your favourite short book (under 200 pages)
I could say one of my own… but that would be cheating, right? 😉 I’ll go with The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. One of the best examples of cleverly using an unreliable narrator, it messes with your mind and shows how less really is more.
Facebook: A book that everyone pressured you to read.
Possibly The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It wasn’t so much that people were specifically telling me to read it; it just felt like there was a lot of buzz building and so when I heard there was going to be a movie adaptation, I thought it was time I found out what the fuss was about before it hit the big screen. Fortunately, I ended up enjoying the series.
Tumblr: A book you read before it was cool.
Can I get away with saying Harry Potter by (Queen) J.K. Rowling? Technically they were always cool but I did read the first one when it was released, before there were sequels, movies, theme parks and all that jazz.
MySpace: A book that you liked when you were younger, but you probably would not like now.
I’m going to be really controversial here and say The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I’m actually currently in the ongoing process of periodically re-reading the series for the first time since childhood and it’s not that I dislike them – not at all. I still think they’re a great way to introduce young readers to fantasy and they definitely have a lot of charm. As an adult however, I am picking up on some pretty archaic underlying views that I would have been blind to as a child. Still, I’d be the first one to hotfoot it to Narnia if Mr. Tumnus showed up in my wardrobe.
Instagram: A book that has the most beautiful cover in existence.
So many to choose from – I’m a sucker for a pretty cover. Having just recently read it however, the one that’s in my mind is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. That one is gorgeous in physical form and the hardback version is slightly textured as well which makes it even more alluring. The actual story is also beautifully whimsical in spite of its darkness.
YouTube: A book that you wish was made into a movie.
The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness, definitely. I genuinely kept thinking the whole way through all three gloriously wonderful books that they would lend themselves brilliantly to the big screen. Apparently the rights have been sold and a script is potentially in the works, so this could actually happen.
Goodreads: A book that you would recommend to anyone and everyone.
A Monster Calls – Undoubtedly and forever. This book is also by the supremely talented Patrick Ness and is majestically heart-breaking. It deals with life, death and fear; things that all of us must face up to at some point, therefore there isn’t a human on this Earth who I feel will not be able to take something from it. There is also an edition with stunning illustrations by Jim Kay that add so much depth and atmosphere, so I highly recommend you pick up that one if you can.