I haven’t been tagged specifically in this one, but I’ve seen it in a few posts and videos recently and thought it looked like lots of fun. As always, I’d love to hear what your responses would be either in a post of your own or simply in the comments below. Right – let’s get started!
Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?
I always read the synopsis as well before I buy a book but when I’m browsing I definitely am drawn to a pretty cover. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer caught my eye and better yet, it went on to become quite possibly one of my favourite books.
Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you bought because of the summary?
I bought The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey after reading the synopsis. I didn’t look into any reviews because it seemed deliberately mysterious and I want to go into it blind. I still haven’t got to it yet but I’m still very much intrigued (so no spoilers please!). It reads as follows:
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
It’s short; it’s ambiguous; it grabs your attention. Essentially, it’s everything I love in a synopsis.
Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?
I’m definitely going with The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton for this as I read it last month and adored the writing style. Some of it was so poetic it just seemed to flow off the page. Here is one of my favourite excerpts:
“To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth—deep down, I always did. I was just a girl.”
Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?
It feels redundant to pick Harry Potter because I don’t think anyone can resist the charm once they first experience Hogwarts in all its glory. I’ll opt instead for The Knife of Never Letting Go, which is the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness.
Ness’ writing is wonderful. The way he tackles some themes so powerfully and others so subtlety is sublime. Plus his characters are brilliant and the plot is electric. I laughed, I cried and I couldn’t wait to get to book two.
Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?
I remember not being able to put down Maus by Art Spiegelman. It’s a true life holocaust story told in the form of a graphic novel. The plot shifts between the past and the present, as Art interviews his father about his wartime experiences, which shows excellently the long lasting effects of his traumas. The art itself is modest in a way, but highly effective, with its most famous feature being the use of mice to represent the Jews and cats in place of the Nazis, which is genius in its simplicity.
Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?
Out by Natsuo Kirino took a long time to process. The plot is dark and twisted yet utterly gripping. Kirino is often called the Japanese Queen of crime and from this book I can see why. It cleverly examines Japanese culture and makes bold statements about gender roles, violence, sexuality, loyalty and society at large.
Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?
I have a penguin hardback classics edition of Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (one of my favourite classics of all time). It’s slightly textured with no dust jacket, has a ribbon page-marker and a simple yet pretty cover.
Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?
Well, one of my own of course! 😉 After that, I’d suggest A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (preferably the illustrated version). It’s about life and death, so is relevant to everyone, and if you aren’t moved by it at least somewhat I’d question your humanity.
Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?
I don’t re-read very often to be honest, because my TBR is constantly growing with new titles, but Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is my favourite children’s classic and I adore it. I’ve read it a few times but not for a while so I’m hoping to revisit it again soon.
Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?
Everyone! I really enjoyed this tag and would like to see lots of people getting involved.