I was tagged in The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag by Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliofiles. We are both currently in a group buddy reading LotR so this booktag was really quite perfect! BookNerds – be sure to check out Fiona’s blog, it is brilliant and her reviews are always amazing, not to mention she is a fantastic blogger too! Okay so let’s dive in.
The Fellowship …
Gandalf – A book that taught you something
Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman – a non-fiction book exploring a dual process theory of thinking. This book is educational by nature so of course it taught me something! This book dives into the details behind Kahneman and his colleagues research that looks at the human thought process – from decision making to biases and heuristics this book teaches you a lot about rationality and why it is not so rational!
Frodo – A book that left a mark on you
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. Yes this was also Fi’s answer but I am also stealing this because it is one of those books that stick with you. This book is just so mesmerising and atmospheric that once you read it you immediately wish you could do so again for the first time. It leaves you with a lingering feeling that is nostalgic and wistful – I wish I could visit the circus.
Legolas – A book you finished in one sitting
The Mask Of Mirrors, by M.A. Carrick. This book is almost 700 pages but I flew through it because the prose is so easy to fly through and the story is so engaging. This was an incredibly fun read, full of twists and turns, interesting magic and secrets upon secrets. From elaborate cons to masked vigilante’s, this book has everything, not to mention the gorgeous wardrobe that belongs to the cast of characters.
Gimli – A book that features an unlikely friendship
The Wolf Of Oren-Yaro, by K.S Villoso. Usually I would choose LotR for this because of Legolas and Gimli, but being the LotR tag I don’t think that will fly here. I struggled with this question becuase I love unlikely friendships but more books focus on unlikely romances. However, The Wolf Of Oren-Yaro does sort-of fit the bill, with Queen Talyien befriending a very charming conman – and honestly it is such a great dynamic.
Merry – A book that pleasantly surprised you
You Should See Me In A Crown, by Leah Johnson. I am not big on YA contemporary fiction, mainly becuase school drama bores me (I do love YA fantasy though). However, this book did pleasently surprise me becuase it was incredibly sweet and cute. A little cringey at times, but a quick sweet read that I enjoyed nonetheless.
Pippin – A book that made you laugh
What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. This is going to make me sound boring but I don’t read many funny books… I’m a big fantasy lover (which has it’s own kind of humour), and when I do read literary fiction/contemporary fiction it is usually on the sad side or some form of social commentary. However, this book was cute and had it’s funny moments that did make me chuckle.
Boromir – A book/series that you think ended too soon
The Priory Of The Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon. Yes yes, I know this is a chunky monster of a book and I loved it as a standalone. However, part of me would kind of love if it had been a duology – only because the ending makes me incredibly curious as to how everyone adjusts to their new roles and the truth that came about.
Sam – A book with memorable side characters who stole the show
House Of Earth And Blood, by Sarah J Maas. So I have very mixed feelings about this book, especially because one of the most interesting characters was technically a side character who dies off the bat (This is not a spoiler, please don’t come for me – it literally says it in the synopsis!). They aren’t the only interesting side character either! I could have chosen a lot of books for this prompt but i’m sticking with this one simply because it irritated me that this particlar character was so interesting (arguably more so than the mc) only to die.
Aragorn – A good book with a bad/average cover
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley I hate the covers for a lot of classics that I love so many could have been used for this prompt (modern covers are far better). But I particularly dislike this one, because this book is so good and the cover is… just not.
Gollum – A book that had great potential but disappointed you in the end
The Betrayals, by Bridget Collins. *sigh* This book had so much going for it from the abstract beauty of the gand jeu, to the creepy and elusive chapters, to the mysterious secrets and tragedy that binds the two main characters. And Yet, the male mc had to ruin it all – I couldn’t stand him and I didn’t like his relationship with the other main character either and as this was a pretty crucial element of the plot it left me disappointed.