It’s been a while since we’ve done a book tag at Down the Rabbit Hole! It’s definitely time to crack out another one. If the nostalgia hits you hard because you totally spent days on Animal Crossing during the pandemic, well, nostalgia is the idea, friends. Thanks to Hundreds & Thousands of Books for the tag – you can find the post here.
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I will have to go with Emma by Jane Austen. I grew up reading tons of classics as that’s what was easily accessible in my school library so there aren’t too many I haven’t read in some way, but for some reason, I haven’t read all or that many of Austen’s books (*gasp* I know, how’s that possible?). I even got a special cover edition when I worked at the bookstore so it’s on my shelf and it’s about time.
(Please keep me accountable.)
I’m notorious for loving first books and being super picky about the second one. High expectations and all, ya know? But if I had to choose, I’d go with Warriors of Wing and Flame. The first book was just okay, but the second really outdid itself. The world was already set but continually expanding, the romances were going in directions I didn’t anticipate and I WAS ALL FOR IT, and finally started connecting more to everyone. Why couldn’t this have been a trilogy at least??
There are a number of books set in large cities but for some reason my mind is blanking. I will say one of my favourites definitely includes Stalking Jack the Ripper. I love a good mystery, and with the beautiful historical setting and a protagonist who defies all the rules, I fell in love with this version of London and the people in it.
I’ve read a lot of new releases this year – have to stay on top of those ARCs somehow – but my faves most definitely are split between 2 novels I was lucky enough to receive early copies. On different sides of the spectrum, Breathless was an exhilarating adventure into the Himalayas where murder may be afoot in the loneliest place on Earth while A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting brought the fun and swoony to the Regency era where our protagonist is chasing a rich husband among the ton. Talk about some great reads!
While it hasn’t been out for that many years, Love, Life, and the List has brought me lots of joy and comfort when I needed it since I first got this ARC in my hands. I don’t even know how many times I’ve re-read it at this point. It also showed me just how much I love the friends to lovers trope, particularly with the childhood/best friends angle.
Perhaps two wildly different series, but at the core of it, they have excellent characters that really make you feel like you know them. It’s such a rarity to be able to balance plot-driven stories with character-driven elements that draw you to the people and not just the world.
Six of Crows has been on my mind lately (you’ll see why soon as we have an exciting new post series coming out in the next week!) and the Crows are just a fascinating group that really draw you into who they individually are. Likewise, Redwall was a series I grew up reading and to this day there’s nothing quite like the way Brian Jacques can masterfully piece together so many characters and their backstories that make you feel like you really know them.
I’m clearly horrible at choosing just one book, but distinctions are important? Adult historical fictions are widely popular and hands down this goes to The Rose Code which blew both Fives and my mind last year when we read it. Superb writing and wonderful look at a different side of the war effort during WWII. For YA, I’m a huge fan of The Last Magician with its magical world and intriguing crew. I’ve recommended it to so many people, including those who don’t read all that often.
Can I just say I actually tried to get rid of Dracula as a kid? I got a courtesy box set from Scholastic of a number of classics because the books I ordered from a catalog (I know, what the heck is that??) weren’t available any more. Dracula was one of them and its cover was the creepiest thing I’d ever seen, I swear. I loved books even at that age but I couldn’t bear to see it so I threw it in the trash (sorry not sorry). But somehow, years later, I found it again in some pile of stuff at my house and it FREAKED THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF ME. I’ve currently *lost* it again so I hope that’s a permanent good riddance this time.
Well, everyone! If you enjoyed reading this, I would love to see what you can come up with. No pressure or anything, but I’m always excited to see how different our answers are from one another.
Thanks for stopping by! Xx