The Book Courtship Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Kathy of katiescottagebooks to participate in The Book Courtship Tag.


27213208Phase 1: Initial Attraction (A book you bought because of the cover)

The Muse by Jessie Burton

I certainly would’ve read this book eventually, but I bought it soon after its release because of this exquisite cover.

 Phase 2: First Impressions (A book you got because of the summary)32075861

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

I knew this book would be right up my alley from the Goodreads summary:

Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way.

They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners’ agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.

Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.

32234Phase 3: Sweet Talk (A book with great writing)

White Oleander by Janet Finch

I was captivated by Janet Finch’s beautiful and lyrical prose from the first sentence to the last.

Phase 4: First Date (A first book of a series which made you want to pursue the rest of the series)77773

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis 

Technically, this is the second book in Connie Willis’ Oxford Time Travel series, but it was the first one I read. I loved the blend of history, science fiction, humor, and rich characters so much that I knew I would be pursuing the remaining three books in the series.

34369803Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls (A book that kept you up all night long)

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

I couldn’t wait to discover who was murdered, by whom, and for what reason, in this campus novel a bit reminiscent of The Secret History.


Phase 6: Always On My Mind (A book you couldn’t stop thinking about)

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I still sometimes find myself thinking about the Lee family and their tragic circumstances.


 7: Getting Physical (A book you love the feel of)

Any Persephone Book

From the smooth grey dust jackets, to the glossy endpapers, and the crisp, thick pages, Persephone Books are a joy to hold and to read.

Phase 8: Meeting the Parents (A book you would recommend to your friends and family)31409135

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

I want everyone to read the heartbreaking, infuriating, and inspirational account of The Radium Girls. It’s a slice of history we should all be more familiar with, and one of the best nonfiction books I’ve ever read. (You can check out my review here)


Phase 9: Thinking About the Future (A book or series that you know you’ll re-read many times in the future)

The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

I know I will be re-reading this sweet, charming, and cozy classic in the future. I really loved Valancy and can’t wait to spend more time with her again soon.

Phase 10: Share the Love (Here’s who I’m tagging)

(Sorry if you’ve already been tagged, and there’s no pressure to participate if you don’t feel like it)

and anyone else who would like to join in, consider yourself tagged!


14 thoughts on “The Book Courtship Tag

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  1. Fab post! Thanks for tagging me! will get my thinking cap on! Will search out some of your choices too as I’ve not heard of The Blue Castle or The Radium Girls and it sounds like I need to read them both! The Muse and The Essex Serpent are wonderful choices!

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  2. Great choices! The cover of The Essex Serpent is nearly as gorgeous as the cover of The Muse. Seems to me that covers have improved a lot over the last couple of years. Thanks for tagging me – this one looks like fun to do. 😀

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  3. I love White Oleander so much, it’s so gorgeously written 🙂 And I’m really embarrassed that I haven’t gotten around to Radium Girls yet, and hearing it’s one of the best nonfiction books you’ve ever read is definitely a serious recommendation!

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    1. White Oleander really is gorgeously written isn’t it?! I wish I had read it years ago.

      Don’t be embarrassed! The Radium Girls isn’t an easy read (it definitely made me equal parts furious and devastated) but it is a very rewarding one. I hope Kate Moore releases more nonfiction soon.

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