It’s been so long since I last did a book tag. But thanks to Mikaela Reads – I’m doing one today! Let’s get right into it…
1. Exercise More – name a book that has made you want to leap up out of your seat (for any reason)
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
If you haven’t read this feast of witchy goodness, then you definitely should. I’ve already done a full review of this book here. Let me tell you, there were several times when I was ready to jump out of my seat to go and save Ezra. He was so selfless and his pure love for Imanuelle made me teary-eyed. As soon as someone laid a finger on him, I had my pitchfork out and I was ready to go. So, I suppose you could say he was my 2020 book crush.
2. Get Organised – a book with an exceptional plot
Circe by Madeline Miller
I have just finished reading this, like two days ago – a review is incoming but I loved it! It’s based around Greek mythology which I’ve always had some interest in. The only issue I have with this book is the formatting, the text is smaller than I usually read in the paperback and my eyes get tired so quickly. Even if I’m not ready to stop reading it, I don’t have a choice because my eyes cannot take it.
3. Learn A New Skill – a book which taught you something
The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen R. Covey
I believe this one was written in the 80s and I’m yet to read it. My boyfriend got me it for Christmas as he wants me to start worrying less about things I can’t control, and apparently this book helps with that. I’m hoping there are life lessons to be learned from this one.
4. Live Life To The Fullest – a book which inspired you
Becoming by Michelle Obama
This audiobook took my life over for an entire month. If you saw my tweets while I was reading it, I kept saying about how soothing Michelle’s voice is which makes it so easy to listen to. I found it inspiring because she was FLOTUS and the insight she gives into her time in the White House was fascinating. It also delved deeper into her background from childhood and how hard she worked to achieve her goals. Hearing about the most horrific times they faced as a family in the White House when having to deal with mass shootings in other states and other social issues were harrowing. I feel like she made sure the people knew she was there for them, even if she couldn’t literally be in a certain place at a certain time due to security risks, etc.
5. Save more money / spend less money – the most expensive book you’ve bought and was it worth it?
Threadneedle – Cari Thomas (Waterstone’s Signed Exclusive Edition)
Look everyone is obsessed with this book, including me. I mean for starters have you seen that cover? Uh, be still my beating heart. Take a look at the Waterstone’s edition here as well. Unfortunately, I can’t 100 percent say it was worth it until I read it so you’ll have to wait until May to find out!
6. Spend More Time With Family and Friends – a character you would want to be best mates with
This Time Next Year by Sophies Cousens – Minnie’s best friend Leila.
Watch out Minnie, I’m coming to steal your friend. On a more serious note, I chose Leila because she’s fun, quirky and she’s so loyal to her friends. She stood by Minnie and the business even when it was in jeopardy. She wanted Minnie to live her best life always and supported her with everything. Who wouldn’t want a friend like that?
7. Travel More – a book with a location you’d love to visit
Finding Love at the Christmas Market – Jo Thomas
This book was a magical, festive treat. Connie and her elderly companions, spend some time in Germany and explore the Christmas Markets of both the old and new towns. The way Thomas described them made it feel as though I was mentally stepping into a winter wonderland. I could almost smell the delicious hot chocolates, and feel the cold air nipping at my skin. I’ve never been more desperate to go a Christmas market since finishing that book!
8. Read More – a book you are desperate to read this year
Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
This one caught my attention on one of Goodreads lists – which one specifically, I can’t remember. Whilst it’s fictional, it is based on one of America’s real-life scandals in which children were kidnapped and sold to rich families all over the country. It comes across with an element of ‘true crime’ which is an interest of mine but also sheds a light on the importance of family. I hope to read it soon as it is sure to be a harrowing read, but also likely inspirational from the children’s point of view as they cling to each other and fight for their family unit to stay together.
For this one, I tag:
The Shaggy Shepard Book Reviews
I’d love to know what all of your are reading this year though, tag away!