Books

The Ice Lolly Book Tag

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'm Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya

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.

The Beatrix Potter Collection box set

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.

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas

Hot damn.

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.

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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.

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison

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.

The Councillor by E. J. Beaton

It’s like a sexy surprise.

Rainbow Lollies – Favorite LGBTQIA+ fiction

I bought Queerly Beloved purely for the cover.

Queerly Beloved by Susie Dumond

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.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

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.

Act Your Age, Even Brown by Talia Hibbert

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.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? by Lee Israel

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.

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

Honestly, it’s hard to beat.

Solero – Light and Fluffy

The Lighthouse Family books made my year.

The Lighthouse Family by Cynthia Rylant and Preston McDaniels

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.

Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block

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.

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

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.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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.

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