Hey, all! Sorry for the lack of posts as of late; I’ve been on vacation for the last few days (and I will be for the next few as well), so I haven’t unfortunately had enough time to sit down and hash out a book review. I told myself I’d prep some before I left so I could just post while I was gone – but naturally, I didn’t. Alas: I did have a few book memes left in my draft folder and decided to do a few quick updates and post them!
Today, I’m posting The Book Courtship Tag, which I saw on someone else’s blog and thought was so cute! It compares books I’ve read and want to read to different “stages” in a traditional modern-day relationship. Apparently the original creator of this meme is unknown, but let me know if you know where this blog post originated – and most importantly, enjoy! 🙂
Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book I bought because of the cover
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin // I honestly didn’t buy this book, but I found a pile of books someone had left at work up for grabs and picked this one out because of the gorgeous cover… so that counts, right?? However, it helped that the promises on the inside flap also enticed me as well. The Immortalists follow four young adults throughout several decades of their lives following a visit to a psychic who told them a brief explanation of how those next decades would play out. Because they believe they know their fates, they live their lives with a certain new-found sense of confidence… and tragedies and hilarity alike ensue (or at least that’s what the reviews promise). I’m excited to hopefully pick it up soon.
Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book I got because of its summary
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie // Rushdie is a simply gorgeous writer, and his covers match his writing style perfectly. The Golden House follows the lives of a migrant family who move to the United States by less than legal methods, and find immediate success by the same revenues. It’s told mostly by the POV of their confidante and neighbor, and is overall a commentary on the soul of the “American success story” at its most macabre and ridiculous. Despite the extravagance of the material, and the tangles of the characters’ lives within the story, my friend who recommended it to me belied that the simple cover does really reflect the simple message of Rushdie’s story.
Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho // This is absolutely, without a doubt, one of my favorite books of all time. I had to read it back when I was about fourteen years old for one of my high school courses, and I fell in love with it instantly. I try to re-read it every other year, because I feel like I can find different pieces every time that speak to me in a different way as I evolve through this craziness we call adulthood.
Phase 4 – First Date: The first book of a series that made me want to pick up the rest of the series
Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown // I’ve said it once, twice, a million times, and I’ll say it again – Red Rising is one of the best series out there. From page one, Brown had pulled me into his high sci-fi world of Mars colonizations, and kept me there until there was no material left for me to read. I literally drove almost an hour to go pick up one of the books, actually – and I recommend it incessantly to anyone who will listen. Full review of the first book
Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept me up all night
Horrostör by Grady Hendrix // I just finished this book last week, and I still can’t pass an Ikea without getting a shiver down my spine. The book follows a woman named Amy (my name as well, by the way – so that adds to the creep factor) and her co-workers at a pseudo-Ikea as they stay overnight at their store to figure out why the store looks vandalized when they all arrive in the morning. It turns out that the store is actually built on the grounds of an old penitentiary – and that the native ghosts are getting a little restless. I still have a lot of unanswered questions about this book, and it is honestly so low-key creepy that it ended up sticking with me a little too long. I hope Hendrix writes a sequel or some sort of continuation, because that ending was just not enough for me. Review coming soon.
Phase 6 – Always On My Mind: A book that I could not stop thinking about
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French // In the first installment of French’s riveting Dublin Murder Squad series, we meet Detective Rob Ryan – a man trying to forget about his own mysterious past by solving the mysteries of others’. Although the plot centers around the murder of a young girl in a small Irish town, it’s the murder of Ryan’s childhood friend when they disappeared in the woods together in the same small Irish town that really steals the reader’s curiosity, and keeps it well after the book ends. Full review posted here.
Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book that I love the way it feels
Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel // The cover of this book is kind of that rubber-like matte feel, but is still very thin – which I enjoy, immensely. The diamond shape is also cut out of the front cover to reveal the pattern underneath, which extends into a larger image when you open up the book – which I also enjoy, immensely.
Phase 8 – Meeting the Parents: A book that I would recommend to my family and friends
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez // This is one of those books that is a perfectly simple depiction of a very complex issue in our country – and therefore, one that I recommend to everyone, and especially those who don’t quite seem to understand the issue. It follows the tale of a family who moves her illegally because their mentally disabled daughter cannot get the education she deserves in her country. It talks about the depression they have leaving their home behind, the difficulty they have in adjusting to a new country, and the obstacles and prejudice they face both as immigrants and with their daughter being “disabled”. It made me cry both with its beauty and sadness, but it is such an important story – and one of many like it. Full review here.
Phase 9 – Thinking About the Future: A book or series that I know I will re-read many times in the future
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling // Because, of course.
What do you all think about my choices? Any you disagree with? Anything you recommend I pick up next/not at all? Let me know down in the comments! 🙂