Time for another bookish tag! Sarah J. Higbee recently did this one at her blog, and it’s a quick questionnaire about books and reading with a “seasonal” angle. Since spring is my favorite season of the year, I couldn’t resist picking this up. 🙂 Let’s go!
The Spring Book Tag Questions
1. What’s on your Spring TBR list?
Lots of books. 😉 Right now I’m reading Renee Ahdieh’s The Rose and The Dagger, which is the sequel to last year’s The Wrath and the Dawn, which I had enjoyed a lot. Here are a few more books I’m planning to read this spring:
- The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
- The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
- A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin
- The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
- City of Light by Keri Arthur
2. If someone asked you for a spring release recommendation, what would it be?
Since The Rose and The Dagger is the only Spring 2016 release I’ve read so far, I’ll go with a February release that’s currently my favorite book of the year: The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky. It’s an addicting urban fantasy that combines Greek mythology with a crime thriller. Think Rick Riordan meets HBO’s True Detective Season 1 with a dash of Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy. It might sound weird, but it really works. Check out my review of The Immortals here.
3. Which two books coming out before summer are you eagerly awaiting?
Definitely Elizabeth May’s The Vanishing Throne, which comes out in early June. I’ve already pre-ordered it, and I’m really excited to see how things continue after The Falconer‘s cliffhanger-to-end-all-cliffhanger endings. If you like Scottish fae lore and steampunk fantasies, make sure you check out this series. (Click here to read my review of the first book.)
I don’t have anything else pre-ordered until summer, but Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis and The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi are two more Spring 2016 releases that have caught my eye recently.
4. Which character would make a great Easter bunny?
For some reason, I thought of Pantalaimon, Lyra Belacqua’s daemon from the Dark Materials Trilogy. Maybe it’s because he can change into any kind of animal, like a mouse, a mouse, or a wildcast. Why not an Easter bunny? 🙂
5. What book makes you think of spring?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Any story about nature, gardens, and rejuvenation will remind me of spring. This was an adorable story, too. It’s wonderful to see how Mary and her new friends grow as their garden gains a new life as well.
6. Name a cover with flowers on it.
Lucy Cooper’s The Element Encyclopedia of Fairies – and it features not only flowers, but greenery and a fairy! 🙂 This is also a neat resource for anyone interested in learning more about fairies, nature spirits, and other similar creatures from all over the world.
7. Which two characters would you go on an Easter egg hunt with?
I feel unimaginative by copying Sarah’s answer, but Harry Potter and Ron Weasley when they were little would be AWESOME pals to have on an Easter egg hunt. Remember the candy trolley scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? (*lol*) These boys would be all over a hunt for more candy – but they better know that we have to divide the candy evenly between all three of us! 😉
8. What is your favorite spring bookish activity?
Reading by the beach. It’s more of a summer bookish activity, to be honest. But I brought Garth Nix’s Sabriel with me on my first Cape Cod trip of the year last month, and I read a good chunk of it by Town Neck Beach in Sandwich. Ahhhhh. 🙂
(Confession: I didn’t actually sit on the beach and read. It was a chilly, windy day, so I stayed in my car and read in the parking lot. But the ocean view was gorgeous!)
9. Which book did you enjoy that has a spring-like cover?
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic! The bright colors and splatter-paint effect reminds me of Easter eggs. 😀 The book’s main topics of creativity and inspiration also fit the essence of spring beautifully.
10. Who is your favorite contemporary author?
That’s tough. I don’t think I can pick only one… In fact, the first four who come to mind are Patrick Rothfuss, Laini Taylor, N.K. Jemisin, and Leigh Bardugo. They’re all incredible world-builders and have smooth, engaging writing styles. Laini Taylor and N.K. Jemisin also have stunning imaginations that blow me away with every story.
My Nominees for the Spring Book Tag
You know how things work when I tackle a blog tag: It’s open to anyone who wants to participate! 😉 If you want to give this a try, just link back to my post so I can read your answers.
How about you? How would you answer any of these questions? What stories or book covers remind you of spring?