Summer is almost over, but here I am at last with the Ice Lolly Book Tag! Thank you to Louise from Book Murmation for tagging me (you can check out her answers here!), I had so much fun thinking of these answers and writing them! This wonderfully summery tag was created by Louise, Amy and Charlotte, so thank you to them as well.
Mini Milk: Short and Sweet?
This is easy – Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt (review here!). This book is less than 200 pages long, but there is so much emotion squeezed in between the pages. I loved it, and although I was mildly heartbroken by the end, I thought it was truly beautiful and the story really stuck with me.
Magnum: Best Classic?
I have three favourite classics, but as two of them are modern classics, I’m going to go with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book – it was adorable and entertaining, and it felt like I was reading the original rom-com (which, I guess I was)! If you are looking for a book to get you into classics, Pride and Prejudice is perfect.
Cornetto: Book with a surprise ending?
That would definitely be The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James – I don’t want to give anything away, as this hasn’t actually been released yet, but this book went in a direction I completely wasn’t expecting!
Rocket Ice Lolly: a book which looks more exciting from the outside?
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard – I adored the first book in this series, Red Queen, however by the time I reached this third book, I was slightly disappointed. I did enjoy this book quite a bit, but I was expecting to love it as much as I had the previous two. So yes, this definitely was more exciting on the outside.
Ben and Jerry’s – Most Versatile Author
The most versatile author I’ve read has to be Malorie Blackman: she’s written so many different genres, and my two favourite books from her are Noughts and Crosses and Boys Don’t Cry, and despite both of these being YA, they are hugely different!
FAB – Weak Ending
This has to be Allegiant by Veronica Roth; I haven’t met anyone who was happy with how that ended (I mean, they even cancelled the final movie, it was so weak). When I first read Allegiant, I cried my eyes out at the ending, but once I’d recovered, I was just filled with disappointment.
Calippo – Reader has to Work to Get the Good Stuff Out
For this, I have chosen All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, as although I enjoyed this book, it took me two attempts. The first time I read it, I gave up about a third of the way through; when I tried again a few months later, I found that I enjoyed it a lot better!
Rainbow Lollies – Favourite LGBQTA fiction
I’m sure I’ve talked about this book a lot, but my answer is definitely Simon vs The Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book is absolutely wondeful – the story is beautiful, the characters are awesome and it’s fantastically written.
Nobbly Bobbly – Gritty Subject, Sweet Message
I wasn’t sure what to put for this one, but maybe Wing Jones by Katherine Webber (review here)? This book tackles issues really important subjects, such as race and morality. However, the book ends on a positive note, and I found it so heartwarming.
Boss Strawberry Double – Book by an International Author (nb. Country other than your own.)
I’m sorry to say that most of the books I read are either by British or American authors (so if anyone has any book recommendations by other international authors, please let me know!). The first book that comes to mind here, however, is definitely The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (review here); this book is absolutely stunning, and was both a riveting story and hugely educational.
Magnum Ice Cream Tubs – Weird but Good
This has got to be Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, as anybody who has read this book, or even heard of it, knows that at a surface level, it is very weird. Upon reading any sort of analysis on this book, you receive a lot of insight into the story, and personally I find it extremely interesting!
Cruchie Blast – Great Spin-off/Retelling
I hardly even need to think about this answer – Heartless by Marissa Meyer (review here). I adore this book, and it was one of the best books I read last year. This is in fact a retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and it is so clever, as Marissa Meyer weaves together her own wonderful story and the original so expertly. I would really urge everybody to read both AAIW and Heartless, as they go amazingly together!
Solero – Light and Fluffy
I think that Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt is a great choice for this! This book was the very definition of light and fluffy, and was also absolutely perfect for getting me in the mood for the summer, and for YALC. Of course, like any book, it had it’s moments of angst, but in general this was just a cute, enjoyable romance!
Choc-ice – Book you don’t want to admit you love
I’m not really sure of my answer for this one, as I don’t think I should be ashamed of the books I read – the closest is probably Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, although I don’t love this book anymore. I used to be obsessed with this series, and now I kind of look back in disbelief, and wonder how I didn’t realise how problematic the whole story is.
Fruit Lolly – Left on Shelf
Sadly, The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski (the second book in The Winner’s trilogy) has remained on my shelf untouched. I read the first book a few months ago, and although there were lots of parts I enjoyed, I just found the characters and the story too cliché to bother continuing. Maybe one day I’ll come back to it, but for now, there are many other things I’d rather read.
Mint Choc Chip – Love it or Hate it
I think my choice for this has to be Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, and unfortunately, I really did not like this book. I know it is a hugely popular series, but I just thought it was badly written and cliché. However, I have not been put off Sarah J. Maas entirely, as I still want to have a go at reading the A Court of Thorns and Roses series at some point.
- Liv from Liv’s Wondeful Escape
- Jess from Bookends and Endings
- Annike and Zoe from Twin Tales
- Bex from Books With Bex
- Emily from A Cup of Wittea