This book tag was created by Lauren over at Northern Plunder and Sarah at Book Hooked Nook and will hopefully become a more regular thing on our blog. This time we will be swapping bookshelves with Ash over at ashleighbekkah. The rules are as follows –
We’ll share photographs of our (main) bookshelves with each other so the other person can “browse” them and pick out books they’d recommend, books they suggest to avoid, or books they’d love to read.
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Although my eyes were immediately drawn to well-known favourites such as The Hate U Give (but do still read this and On the Come Up!) I’m gonna pick some underrated books I’d recommend. First up I’ve picked Mythos by Stephen Fry. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Greek Mythology and this non-fiction collection tells all the best loved tales plus some new ones – including the origins of the stories themselves.
Secondly, although I know Ash wasn’t a fan of this book herself, I choose The Familiars by Stacey Halls. It’s a fictional retelling of the Pendle Hill Witch Trials in the 17th century in which innocent women were accused of using witchcraft. This book follows the story of some women who have to rely on each other to exist in a scary and accusative world.
My first pick here probably wouldn’t be one people would expect of me, but it’s The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. I flew through this book in a few hours last year – I’m not always a fan of thrillers, but this one really gripped me!
Next I have to choose Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This’ll forever be one of my favourite books, I think a re-read is definitely needed soon.
As much as I hate to say this I’d have to choose How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne. I have loved every book by Holly and will probably still continue to but unfortunately this one fell flat for me. I didn’t enjoy the story, I didn’t connect with the main character, Tori and certain scenes made me a bit uncomfortable. However, this is still a well loved book and may be a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me.’
My second choice is another hard one to admit but I have to go for Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Once again, I’m a huge fan of Leigh and I’d protect the Six of Crows duology with my life. However, I just couldn’t get into this book despite trying to read it three separate times. I bought it after seeing the new Wonder Woman movie and compared to that, it just didn’t hook me and I was gutted.
My first choice is Girlhood by Cat Clarke. I can’t remember fully why I disliked this book, but I remember it not making that much of an impact on me and certain aspects of it did niggle at me a bit.
My second choice is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Now, years ago, I loved this book, I cried over it with everyone else. Looking back though, I do feel as though I don’t like John’s writing style and his books are quite overhyped?
My first pick would have to be Scythe by Neal Shusterman. This book has come up on my radar a few times from fellow bloggers and when it was first released, I was interested. However, it just never happened. Now that the third book in the series is being published in November, I think it would be a perfect time to finally pick it up.
My second choice is Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist. If I’m being honest, this book caught my eye on Ash’s shelf so I went to Goodreads to read the synopsis and immediately hit ‘Want To Read.’ Not only is this a young adult paranormal book but it also features a queer romance. I mean? Why haven’t I heard about this?
First I’m going to say The Familiars by Stacey Halls. I love witchy books and as Angharad also loved this book, I’m certain I’ll enjoy it!
Next, I’d choose The Antidote by Shelley Sackier. This is a book that’s been on my TBR for a long time so I definitely should get around to reading it soon.
Can you see any favourites on Ash’s shelves? Let us know in the comments!
Lots of love,
Angharad & Becky @