Hello everybody! I’d originally planned to have a review post ready for today, but unfortunately I’ve not been able to read all the books necessary for it, so instead I’m going to be doing the Opposites tag, which I found on Charlotte’s blog. Onto the post!
First book in your collection | Last book you bought
The first book I remember having bought for me is Second Best, which is a picture book. I still have it! The last thing I preordered that’s arrived is Rumaysa: A Fairytale, but I can’t think what the last book I preordered is.
A book with a male protagonist | A book with a female protagonist
I think the last book I read with a male main character was Hal in Kidnap on the California Comet at the beginning of the month maybe? And my current read at time of writing, the House at the Edge of Magic has a female main character called Nine.
A cheap book | An expensive book
I think the cheapest books I’ve ever bought are probably from my beloved Barter Books, and one of my fave things I discovered there was Life at the Shallow End, by Helen Bailey. I’m not sure about most expensive- I wouldn’t really pay more than £15 on a book as a general rule, and I haven’t that I can remember.
A book you read fast | A book that took you a long time to read
How quickly I read a book has very little to do with how much I like it, and everything to do with what’s going on in my life at the time. I took forever to read Frostheart because I was really stressed at that point, even though I enjoyed it, but something I read very quickly that I didn’t actually like all that much was I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk.
A pretty cover | An ugly cover
My favourite ever cover is In Darkling Wood. It’s been almost 6 years and I don’t think anything’s ever going to beat it at this point. I don’t like calling a book ugly, but I DESPISE those neon covers of the Hunger Games. I don’t even like the Hunger Games that much, but those just were the antithesis of what the books are and are about.
A national book | An international book
So, for national I’m going to go super specific and pick a book set in Scotland, and I’m going to give Lightning Chase Me Home a shout out. Amber Lee Dodd is so underrated as a writer, and it’s such a lovely story (and it features seals!! What more could you want?). As for an international book, the Summer of Us is a recent read I enjoyed that fits this pretty well!
A thin book | A thick book
The shortest book I’ve read this year is Kill Joy I think (it’s a World Book Day book!), and the longest is definitely the Fountains of Silence. A romantic book | An action book I think the most recent full on romance I read was Take a Hint, Dani Brown, which was absolutely great. Action is a bit harder to answer, but I guess Trouble in New York has a fair bit of action in it?
A fiction book | A nonfiction book
I mostly read fiction, so it’s quite hard to narrow it down to just one! My most recent 5 star at time of writing is Amari and the Night Brothers, which was just an incredible start to a new fantasy series about the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, which a girl called Amari wishes to join so she can track down her missing brother. I recently bought the nonfiction A Half Baked Idea, and I’m so excited to get to it!
What would your answers to some of these questions be?Do you have any thoughts on the books I’ve chosen? I’d love to hear in the comments!