June is my birthday month, so I always try to keep my tags birthday themed. What could be more birthday themed than birthday cake?
I’ve seen this tag in the Bookternet so often it’s surprising I haven’t taken it yet. I most recently found it on Paper Fury, one of the queens of the book community.
It took me such a long time to get into Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I struggled with the first 50 or so pages, but after that I was hooked by the story, and the beautifully descriptive writing.
BUTTER: A book that had a rich, great plot
I’m not a hugely plot-driven reader, but I do enjoy when a book has a wonderful plot. I really enjoyed the plot development in Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern. In the book you follow Alex and Rosie throughout their lives, from when they’re 10 years old and in school to adulthood, marriage, children, and the development of their friendship. It’s also told in epistolary form, which beautifullly brings them together even when an ocean apart.
EGGS: A book you thought was going to be bad, but turned out to be quite enjoyable
I didn’t go into Candy by Kevin Brooks with a lot of high hopes. A book about a teenage prostitute and the boy who fell in love with her didn’t sound like it would be my thing.
It’s still one my favourites to this day.
SUGAR: A sugary/sweet book
If you want sweet, you want romance. I always recommend the I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk if you’re looking for something to make your heart sing.
ICING: A book covering every element you enjoy
I didn’t expect a lot from The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, but it had two tropes I love; fake dating and “there was only one bed”. Those are just two reasons it was one of my highlights from my 2020 reading.
Every time I struggle, either with a book or in my life, I go for The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M Martin. The lives of seven pre-teens in a fictional Connecticut town always bring a smile to my face.
CHERRY ON TOP: Favourite book of the year so far
I was completely blown away by Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends. It made me so mad I waited 29 years to try a book of hers for the first time.