I survived a two-week heat wave.
I’m now ready for fall.
I found the Ice Lolly Book Tag (created by Louise @ Book Murmuration) over at AceReader. I had to google each of the sweets mentioned but they look and sound delicious.
King cones with the chocolate bit at the end are still my favorite.
Mini Milk: Short and Sweet?
The audiobook for I’m Afraid of Men was just under two hours.
I listened to it on my lunch break.
A large section of the essay is written in second-person. It’s neat.
Magnum: Best Classic?
My mom bought all of Beatrix Potter’s books for me and my brothers.
I’m familiar with Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and all the rest.
These books were my childhood.
Cornetto: Book with a surprise ending?
House of Sky and Breath raised the bar for surprise endings.
I would like Crescent City 3 out yesterday.
Rocket Ice Lolly: a book which looks more exciting from the Outside?
I bought Weather Girl for the cover.
I thought about keeping it for the cover, too.
For some reason, Rachel Lynn Solomon’s books don’t quite hit for me.
I liked the concept and the romance in theory. Execution-wise, it was just…fine.
Ben and Jerry’s – Most Versatile Author
Katee Robert is not only PROLIFIC, her books run the gamut.
She’s written about Disney villains! Greek mythology! Monsters! Regency! The mafia! And more!
I haven’t even read 10% of her bibliography.
FAB – Weak Ending
It’s been months and I’m still frustrated by The Angel of the Crows.
I would have preferred it if the book had stuck to an episodic structure.
The overarching Jack the Ripper plot was there, I guess, but the way it ended was so unsatisfying.
I feel like the advertising for this book promised something that never happened.
Calippo – Reader has to Work to Get the Good Stuff Out
Once you get through the worldbuilding, politics, and magic system, The Councillor gifts you with the ship to beat all ships.
It’s like a sexy surprise.
Rainbow Lollies – Favorite LGBTQIA+ fiction
I bought Queerly Beloved purely for the cover.
Look at this! The yellow! The rainbow cake!
I have high hopes for this book.
Nobbly Bobbly – Gritty Subject, Sweet Message
Piranesi covers a lot of rough topics toward the climax.
The ultimate message, though, is that survival is worth it.
I needed to hear that.
Boss Strawberry Double – Book by an International Author (nb. Country other than your own.)
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by British author Talia Hibbert is one of my favorite reads of the year.
I rarely enjoy romcoms as I find most of them neither romantic nor comedic.
Hibbert’s Brown Sisters trilogy (and this book in particular) lands every joke and romantic moment. I adore it.
Magnum Ice Cream Tubs – Weird but Good
Can You Ever Forgive Me? is an odd book.
Lee Israel probably sucked as a person. She was a good writer, though.
I’m just…surprised she got away with this for so long.
Crunchie Blast – Great Spin-off/Retelling
I looove a Greek mythology retelling.
Neon Gods remains my favorite.
Honestly, it’s hard to beat.
Solero – Light and Fluffy
The Lighthouse Family books made my year.
I like living in an urban area (kind of), but these books made want to live in a lighthouse.
I get Anne of Green Gables vibes from this series.
This series turned me into a Preston McDaniels superfan.
Choc-ice – Book you don’t want to admit you love
There are a lot of elements in Dangerous Angels that I can’t defend.
The writing and storytelling are, at times, off-putting.
This book, though, was there for me when I needed it.
I’ve owned multiple copies over the years.
Fruit Lolly – Left on Shelf
I started To Say Nothing of the Dog and really loved the humor.
I also wasn’t in a good spot for intricate sci-fi, so I put it aside for later.
Mint Choc Chip – Love it or Hate it
I am well aware that Ninth House is love it or hate it.
I love it.
Other people hate it.
It’s one of my favorites. I don’t know what else to tell you.
My ice cream budget has increased.
The chocolate shakes MUST be purchased.
This was a fun tag! It’s got ice cream! Summery vibes! The juice!
Stay cool, have some ice cream, and do this tag if it calls to you.