Welcome one, welcome all – we all know the drill here, it’s Thursday which means it’s time for Tag Thursday. This week’s tag was found, as always, at Thrice Read but it was originally created by The Book Loving Pharmacist – check out both of their wonderful blogs! And now, let’s jump right on it with the tag which is called the Time Bubble Book Tag.
Picture this, you’ve encountered a bubble or portal which, if you step through, can manipulate the time inside. With this, you can read all the books you want and when you step out of the bubble, no time has passed in the real world. You can finally make time for all those books you’ve been ignoring. So, now that you’ve stepped through the time bubble, answer the following questions:
WHAT BOOK (OR AUDIOBOOK) HAVE YOU BEEN MEANING TO READ FOR A LONG TIME BUT HAVEN’T GOTTEN AROUND TO READING:
Book – Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. I will apparently really enjoy it, but I’m scared if I don’t and it turns out to be a disappointment. But I’ll never know if I never try so it’s silly of me to keep putting it off! Also The Raven King, the fourth/last book in the Raven Cycle series, by Maggie Stiefvater. I don’t want to read it because I don’t want it to be over but I had it on pre-order as soon as I could and got it on release day.
Audiobook – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, as read by Simon Prebble. I love audiobooks read by Prebble and he has a great voice for this kind of historical period. However the book (and therefore the audiobook) is very long so it’s somewhat daunting.
A BOOK YOU’VE BEEN MEANING TO REREAD BUT HAVEN’T:
I seem to be forever re-reading so many books could fit this bill but I’m going to go with Persuasion by Jane Austen which I ADORED the first time I read it but I’m anxious to read it again in case I don’t like it quite as much.
A BOOK FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T NORMALLY READ BUT HAVE BEEN MEANING TO TRY AND GIVE IT A CHANCE:
My genre of choice as of late is confined to fantasy, or at least a story with fantastical elements. Aside from that, I read classics occasionally, sometimes historical fiction, and sometimes contemporaries if I want something easier/more fun, but that’s it really. So I’d perhaps say something like Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi is probably as far away from my usual metier as possible – it’s a murder mystery so would be a rare dip of my toes into the waters of the crime/thriller genre.
A SERIES YOU’VE BEEN WANTING TO READ BUT HAVEN’T BECAUSE OF HOW LONG IT IS:
Possibly Naomi Novak’s Temeraire series? It’s alternative history/fantasy set during the Napoleonic Wars about a captain in the British Navy who becomes part of the Aerial Corps and rides into battle on (wait for it) A DRAGON. Why wouldn’t I want to read it?! However there are 9 books in the series, only 1 of which I actually own, so it’s something of a commitment to make.
A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME AND READ FOR THE FIRST TIME:
I don’t remember life before I read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and I’d like to re-experience the magic and wonder of reading those tales for the first time. However, as I suspect that’s nearly everyone’s answer, I’ll also say Pride and Prejudice because I can’t remember what I first thought when I read it (or even when I first read it) and I don’t recall if I’d seen an adaptation of it beforehand so I knew the story or not.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION YOU’VE BEEN PUTTING OFF:
Liz’s dad keeps recommending Austen’s Mansfield Park to me but I saw half of an adaptation of it once on TV and I didn’t like it and found it SO dull that I’m really worried I would struggle through the book and not enjoy it at all. Likewise I’ve heard the heroine, Fanny Price, is unlike Austen’s other witty and proactive heroines, and instead is pretty much just ‘there’ and let’s things happen around her and that’s how she ends up with her (presumably happy) ending. I’m not sure I’ll enjoy it so I’m nervous to properly try it out, especially as it comes highly recommended.
Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Would you recommend them?
Or are any of them on your TBRs too? Let me know in the comments if so!
In the meantime, if you’d like to do this tag, please consider yourself tagged by myself – and, if you do join in with the tag, please link me to it in the comments below as I’d love to take a look at your responses.