It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, so when I discovered the timely and oh-so-adorable Easter Time Book Tag over at Kristin Kraves Books, I decided it was too good to pass up. The original tag was created by Theresa at The Calico Books with these simple rules:
- Answer the prompts.
- Tag some friends.
- Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Theresa @ The Calico Books)
- Have fun!
A Book That Feels Like a Hidden Gem
Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton definitely feels like a brilliant, luminous, and slightly odd hidden gem. I wish more people knew about this lyrical and experimental re-imagining of the life of Margaret Cavendish—a seventeenth-century duchess, poet, philosopher, and playwright. It’s a truly unique work that does justice to its one-of-a-kind protagonist.
A Debut Novel You Loved
I couldn’t put the phenomenal Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi down. I still have trouble believing it was a debut novel and can’t wait to see what Gyasi writes next.
A Book So Good You Didn’t Want It To End
Without a doubt, the one book I’ve read so far this year that I hated to see end, is Normal People by Sally Rooney. It’s worthy of all the praise, all the hype, and all the accolades. I read this in a day and am still suffering a slight book hangover from it.
A Book You Bought For Super Cheap
I found a hardback copy of the massive tome Rise Up Women: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes by Diane Atkinson during one of Book Outlet’s excellent sales. It’s one of my best, recent book bargains for sure. I’m excited to dive into this thoroughly researched account of the suffragettes in the near future.
A Book You Thought Was Just So Sweet
The Lark by E. Nesbit is super sweet and charming. It’s a gentle story about two cousins who are making their way in the world after the end of WWI. As young women with only a small legacy, the pair are forced to become resourceful in regards to the ways they earn their living. From selling flowers, to running a guest house, there are plenty of humorous scrapes, witty conversations, and even a bit of a love story to keep things interesting.
A Book That Changed Your Life
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood are probably two of the books that have had the most profound impact on the way I view the world. Reading them as a pre-teen and teenager undoubtedly helped shape my political beliefs and helped determine the causes and social justice issues I feel most strongly about.
A Book Filled With So Many Surprises
I can’t even think of a book that has more surprising twists and turns than Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. This Dickensian novel is a gasp-inducing, entertaining thrill ride. Just when you think you have the big picture figured out, the pieces shift and reform into an entirely different image. The end result is nothing short of a masterpiece.
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