I absolutely adore doing book tags with a theme as it makes me think of lots of different types of books to talk about!
I got the idea of this tag as many people are thinking up New Years’ Resolutions and setting their reading goals for the year. Mine is always “drink more water” and I never ever succeed! So, I did a bit of a google search and found some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions and converted them into something bookish!
Please feel free to do my tag, even if I don’t tag you! Just link back to the original so I can see everyone’s amazing responses!
1. Exercise More – name a book that has made you want to leap up out of your seat (for any reason)
Deadline by Geoff Major
I read this crime novel set in West Yorkshire as part of the Damp Pebbles Blog Tour.
In this novel, journalist Adam Ferranti receives a mysterious tip off about a murder, with a deadline to solve it before another is killed. Ferranti confides in the police and DS Stephanie Walker is on the case, but she hides secrets of her own.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I had to keep getting up to run and tell my partner what was happening. I found the murders to be highly original and superbly gruesome.
You can find my review here.
2. Get Organised – a book with an exceptional plot
The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
If you haven’t heard of this book, the plot is about a man named Aiden who wakes up each day in the body of a different person with a mission to save Evelyn Hardcastle who will die at the end of the night and find her killer.
The plot of this mystery novel is so tightly woven and intricate that it constantly keeps you guessing. I listened to the audiobook and had to keep rewinding because if you lose concentration for even a second you might miss a vital clue!
3. Learn A New Skill – a book which taught you something
It’s Not About The Burqa edited by Miriam Khan
I borrowed this collection of essays from the library and it was fascinating. Muslim women from all walks of life talk about what their faith means to them. In the British media, there is a tendency to paint Muslim women as all the same, but this is most definitely not the case. Working in a diverse school in Leicester, I feel it is imperative that I educate myself as much as possible about different cultures. This book is a phenomenal read.
4. Live Life To The Fullest – a book which inspired you
Educated by Tara Westover
This memoir is simply marvellous. Tara Westover grew up in a cult in rural Idaho and never set foot in a classroom until she was 17. Her parents were survivalists with an extreme paranoia of all national institutions. Her journey from ignorance to education about the world around her is astounding. As a teacher, this book inspired me as it reminded me of the sheer power of education.
5. Save more money / spend less money – the most expensive book you’ve bought and was it worth it?
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
This wasn’t a super expensive book – I paid £14.99 for the indie bookshop edition with beautiful sprayed edges because I adored Station Eleven so much. Normally, I buy books second hand or on Kindle so I don’t spend that much on each book. I haven’t yet read The Glass Hotel but it’s on my TBR for this year.
6. Spend More Time With Family and Friends – a character you would want to be best mates with
Rosie from The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman is looking for a wife and Rosie is most definitely not the best candidate! She is educated, but unpredictable and incredibly spunky. Little does he know… I really like the character of Rosie and she is so intelligent and talented and really funny. I’d love to meet her and be friends with her!
7. Travel More – a book with a location you’d love to visit
Ireland / Dublin from Normal People by Sally Rooney
Despite the UK being so geographically close to Ireland, I have never been. I’ve heard wonderful things about Dublin and the Irish coast. Hopefully when all this dies down it will be somewhere I can finally visit. If I remember correctly, there’s also a trip to Italy – I love pizza and ice cream so I’d really like to visit there, too!
8. Read More – a book you are desperate to read this year
Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton
I absolutely love a thriller and this one has come highly recommended by so many people on Twitter. The only thing I know is it is about a school under siege and nothing else. I can’t wait to delve into it and find out if it’s worth the hype.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this book tag. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you make of them!
And, if you haven’t read their blogs, do go check them out! They’re fab!