I absolutely love doing tag posts so thought it was about time to make one of my own! I’m a big believer in books that make you feel something – whether it’s good or bad – so thought I’d put together a little tag where we can share our favourites!
*disclaimer: I haven’t seen this tag done before on another blog but if it has, please let me know so I can change the credit!
🌸 Answer the questions below.
🌸 Tag at least five people to continue the tag.
🌸 A little credit would be lovely 😊
Name a book that makes you cry.
You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.Paul Sweeney
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
It doesn’t matter how many times I read this book (or watch the film adaption), it always makes me cry. And I don’t mean little tears, I mean real sobs. It’s from the moment in Amsterdam (I feel like you’ll know what I mean!) right until the end! 😭
Name a book that makes you smile.
Happiness. That’s what books smell like. Happiness.Sarah MacLean
I Feel Bad About my Neck by Nora Ephron.
I read this book fairly recently and it’s full of funny anecdotes and hilariously constructed wisdom that had me grinning from start to finish! Nora always wrote with a wit that I aspire to have and, despite some of the more profound moments in the book, is sure to produce a smile!
Name a book that makes you feel passionate.
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.Ray Bradbury
Once by Morris Gleitzman.
If you’ve been reading the blog for a while this book appearing somewhere will come as no surprise. This series is one of my all time favourites as it deals with WWII, the Nazi occupation of Poland and all that came after in such a tender way. Whenever I pick up one of these books I can’t help but wish everyone had some understanding of this period of history as it is one we should never forget or ignore.
Name a book that makes you feel cosy.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.C. S. Lewis
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy.
This book is everything I want in a cosy read. It pairs perfectly with a cup of tea and a blanket when you’re feeling down and need a few words of encouragement. It warms your heart on those cold days and has a unique ability to make me feel a wonderful sense of calm when flicking through the pages.
Name a book that transports you to a magical place.
Books are a uniquely portable magic.Stephen King
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.
Perhaps an obvious one! Nothing sucked me into a magical world when I was young like Harry Potter. I remember having these books read to me as bedtime stories and loving every minute – what would happen next? Would Harry and his friends make it out of this adventure unscathed? If we put aside all of the controversy that circles these books, it can’t be denied that the magic of Hogwarts is a place that so many of us love to visit!
Name a book that scared you.
One need not be a chamber to be haunted. One need not be a house. The brain has corridors surpassing material place.Emily Dickinson
The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor.
It’s rare for me to be truly scared by books but this one really did it. There were so many things about this story that gave me a chill – but the ending sealed the deal! I won’t give it away but the main character isn’t quite as innocent as we all seem to think!
Name a book that makes you feel jealous.
Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.William Shakespeare
Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot.
Now, there are lots of things that happen in this book that I wouldn’t be jealous of (evil bosses, job loss and rubbish ex-boyfriends) but Kate and Mitch really do find their happily ever after and every time I read this book I want to be Kate so badly!
Name a book with an inspiring female character.
I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.Audre Lorde
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.
The main character in this book, Vasya, is everything that I aspire to be. She’s strong, clever, brave and doesn’t care at all what she ‘should’ do or what anyone thinks of her. She’s not classically beautiful and there’s no one who thinks much of her but she shows them just how wrong they are and I LOVE IT!
Name a book with an inspiring male character.
A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.Veronica Roth
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.
This is a new read for me (and one that I haven’t finished yet) but Edward goes through so much in this book yet still finds the compassion to help others, despite his own grief and confusion. This character is such a wonderful reminder to always think of other’s feelings, not just our own.
Are you similar to me? Or is there something we’re complete opposites on? Which books would you have chosen for these prompts? I’d love to know!