Happy Saturday, book friends! I was tagged by Jess and Teagan at Fiction No Chaser . Go check out their blog if you haven’t yet because it’s fantastic!
- Link back to me so I can see everyone’s answers! (Delightful Narratives)
- Also link back to the person who tagged you!
- Name one book for each category; try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
- Tag at least 5 people
A LIBRARY BOOK
I went to the library this week and came home with a nice, little bookstack. I picked up The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Beartown (my current read), The Burned Page, Dear Mrs. Bird, I Am I Am I Am, and Fruit of the Drunken Tree
A BOOK I GOT AS A GIFT
A CHILDHOOD BOOK
Dear American Series
A MAGICAL BOOK
Throne of Glass – I’m just obsessed with Sarah J. Maas!!!
A ROMANTIC BOOK
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – A love that defies societal norms. A little Shakespearean with a hate that spans the ages (Romeo and Juliet)
A STEAMY BOOK
A Court of Mist and Fury – Oh definitely! This entire series really!
AN OLD BOOK
A 1950’s set of Sherlock Holmes books that were my husband’s grandmother’s.
A BOOK THAT MAKES ME HAPPY/LAUGH
Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? – I just love Mindy Kaling!
A BOOK THAT MADE ME EMOTIONAL
A BOOK WITH AN ENDING I DISLIKE
Allegiant, for sure. I stopped reading and didn’t even finish the last little bit. I was so mad.
A BOOK I WISH HAD ILLUSTRATIONS
The Hush, Hush Series.
A BOOK OR GENRE I LOVE TO READ WHEN IT’S RAINING
I don’t really have a preference. It’s just nice to be stuck inside reading sometimes. Sitting on the sofa with a warm blanket and drinking some hot chocolate.
As always, no obligation on tags EVER! Just have fun.
Book: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Delia Owens created a beautiful, breathtaking debut novel. This is one of the most wonderfully crafted mysteries I’ve ever read. Meet Kya, also referred to as the Marsh Girl. You are brought alongside Kya as she grows from a young, timid, little girl into a woman shadowed by prejudice and hardship. This book flashes back and forth from past to present time setting. In this small North Carolina town, one of its other well known residents, Chase Andrews is found dead. Delia developed magnificent character foils. Where Kya is known for being the poor outcast; Chase is the star quarterback whose family is well off and has a prominent business within the community.
This book explores prejudice, racism, love, loss, and the human condition. Reading this story was an extremely visceral experience. I could feel the magnitude of Kya’s isolation. These characters are very well developed and the plot flows expertly.
Still Life by Louise Penny takes place in a charming, little town in the middle of nowhere called Three Pines. In this small town, everyone knows everyone and no one feels compelled to lock their doors. That is until one of the residents is found dead under suspicious circumstances. We follow along as Detective Gamache unravels the mystery and reveals various secrets throughout this idyllic community. Everyone has secrets and through this investigation we get to know the townspeople.
This was the perfect, cozy mystery to transition into fall reading. Detective Gamache is likable and doesn’t come off as overly arrogant. His tactics allowed for the citizens of Three Pines to feel like they were apart of his investigations and allowed for them to be a bit more forthcoming with information. Penny’s writing creates some great imagery. How can you not enjoy her writing with lines like, “Gamache enjoyed watching Beauvoir indulge his flamboyant side, and this was about as flamboyant as Beauvoir got. A dramatic pause.” I don’t know, but something about that dramatic pause really had me visualizing their conversation. It added depth to that character. Her verbiage had me laughing at times. It was extremely descriptive. One of my other favorite lines being, “She consulted the yellowing rolodex in her head.” I love the way she describes this characters age to her readers without outright mentioning her age. I adored her writing style.
Is it just me or does anyone else bite hard on the red herrings? They get me every time. Hook, line, and sinker. I one hundred percent have myself convinced that I know what the ending will be and I am always wrong. Flat-out wrong. Oh well, even though I was wrong I love the surprise I get when the big reveal takes place. If you enjoy this genre you will adore this book. It was a delightful read and I can’t wait to continue the series.