I haven’t done a book tag for a while and thought this one seemed like fun, so why not? Let’s just jump straight into it.
1. A book that kept you up all night reading.
I remember expecting it to take me a while to get through Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden because of its decent length and slower pace but something just gripped me about the fascinating world and captivating characters.
2. A book that made you scared to go to sleep.
The Hannibal series by Thomas Harris really gets under your skin, because, you know… Psychotic cannibals and all that.
3. A book that made you go to sleep.
Her by Harriet Lane. I hate to be mean but the pace was so slow, the character’s motivation laughable and the final pay off pretty much non-existent.
4. A book that left you tossing and turning all night in anticipation of its release.
Along with the rest of the world, I couldn’t wait for the final instalment of the Harry Potter series. It was one of those bittersweet moments of being excited to reach the end but not wanting to say goodbye to the world and characters I’d come to love.
5. A book that has your dream boyfriend.
I’ve never really been one for crushes on fictional characters but in the spirit of answering all the questions, I’ll choose Todd from the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. (Given that he’s very young, I’m obviously speaking strictly about personality attributes here, of course.) He’s far from perfect but he’s funny, loyal, brave and just a genuinely good person who tries so hard to do the right thing.
6. A book that would be your worst nightmare to live in.
I read a lot of dystopian so there’s plenty to choose from, but let’s just say The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. No one wants to have to kill or be killed.
7. A book that reminds you of the night time.
The first thing that came to mind was Out by Natsuo Kirino. When a factory worker kills her husband for reasons I won’t spoil, several of her female co-workers become drawn into the plot to cover it up. It explores various themes, like gender roles, the view of women within Japanese society, the limits of friendship and various other social issues. Not only do several important scenes take place at night but the overall tone is very dark and bleak, hence why I’m choosing it.
8. A book that had a nightmarish cliffhanger.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James is deliberately ambiguous, with an unreliable narrator whose mental stability is called into question. The horrifying ending is left open to two clear yet very different interpretations. This is undoubtedly one of its strengths, being a prime example of how less is more in making the reader think, though without any sequel to clear things up once and for all, it is bound to delightfully infuriate those who crave closure.
9. A book that you actually dreamed about.
I did once actually dream that I was sent a Hogwarts invitation. Then I woke up. Life’s cruel.
10. A book monster that you would not want to find under your bed.
Taking this quite literally, I’ll go with the title character in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Firstly, Jim Kay’s illustrations make him pretty darn intimidating (see above) but also if you’ve read the book and know why the monster visits Conor, you’d agree that it’s not something anyone would want to be dealing with.
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