I was born in 1989, so I am technically an 80’s kid right?!? I have always loved 80’s movies and when I saw this tag on Jenna’s blog I knew I had to do it! So much nostalgia!
A book that kept you up all night
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
I was surprised to find that I could not put down In Cold Blood. I had it in my head that ,because it is a classic, it would be difficult to read, but I thought the writing was beautiful and very readable. It is very descriptive but it allowed me to perfectly imagine the events that took place. I kept thinking “ok, ten more pages,” but then I just kept reading because I had to know what was going to happen.
A WONDERFULLY quotable book
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
I think these quotes speak for themselves:
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
“There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”
“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.”
A character who loves breaking the rules
Kady from Illuminae
What makes Kady so great is the fact that she break all the rules, and it is a good thing that she does!
A couple that took an eternity to get together
Lucy and Joshua from the Hating Game by Sally Thorne
The Hating Game has one of my favourite tropes- enemies to lovers! What I love about that trope is all the tension that it builds and that it takes forever for the characters to get together. Lucy and Joshua had such great banter, and seeing them eventually recognize their feelings for one another was delightful!
A book involving time travel
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
How to Stop Time does not have your traditional time travel. It is actually about a man who ages very, very slowly, so you follow him through the decades. It was not my favourite book, but I did find the time travel aspect really intriguing.
A character with a unique style
Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
There is so much that I love about Lara Jean, and one of those things is her style. She knows what she likes style-wise and she is not afraid to wear what she wants. That is something about her that I think is inspiring.
Favourite book involving the training/mentoring trope
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The Poppy War has this trope at the beginning of the novel, and I really enjoyed that part! The main character has a mentor who is first reluctant to help her, but begins to truly embrace and encourage her. I found their dynamic interesting!
A book with a trip that doesn’t go as planned
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
This book is the definition of a trip that does not go to planned! The entire novel is about a Grand Tour of Europe that completely derails. Such a fun read!
A book with the central character’s name in the title
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
The main character in this novel is named Genesis, and she is brilliant! I freaking love that name and her as a character. Please read this book!
A female character who comes out of her shell
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This book at its core is about Eleanor’s journey to self discover and acceptance. There are a lot of ups and downs, and I found myself relating to her in a lot of ways.
A death that took you by surprise
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
I have said this before and I will say it again- I will never forgive Patrick Ness!
An ending that left you both happy and sad
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I have always found the ending of The Outsiders to be very bittersweet. The story ends with the same lines as it begins which highlights the journey that Ponyboy has been on.