It’s time for another Book Tag. I’ve seen this one around on various blogs recently and thought it looked fun, so here goes…
Phase 1: Initial Attraction (A book you bought because of the cover)
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower is a lovely looking book, and based on the summary it’s one I would have picked up regardless of the cover design, so being so pretty is an added bonus.
Phase 2: First Impressions (A book you got because of the summary)
The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin. I found out about this book online a while before it was published and I knew it would be one I’d have to check out:
The year is 1831
Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and no one is willing to speak out on behalf of the city’s vulnerable poor as they disappear from the streets.
Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible.
When Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent and mysterious Rebekah Brock. But whispers from her past slowly begin to poison her new life and both she and Rebekah are lured into the most sinister of investigations.
Hester and Rebekah find themselves crossing every boundary they’ve ever known in pursuit of truth, redemption and passion. But their trust in each other will be tested as a web of deceit begins to unspool, dragging them into the blackest heart of a city where something more depraved than either of them could ever imagine is lurking . . .
Phase 3: Sweet Talk (A book with great writing)
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. I really enjoyed the descriptive writing in this book, the locations, the seasons changing, the mysterious air surrounding the serpent.
I also really liked Cora and Will, and the way their friendship developed throughout the novel.
Phase 4: First Date (A first book of a series which made you want to pursue the rest of the series)
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire. They’re such massive books but once I’d started I was hooked.
Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls (A book that kept you up all night long)
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. All at sea with killer mermaids on the loose, I couldn’t put this one down because I needed to know whether the crew would escape and who would survive.
Phase 6: Always On My Mind (A book you couldn’t stop thinking about)
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. So spooky, so atmospheric, and I’m still thinking about the ending…
Phase 7: Getting Physical (A book you love the feel of)
I love any paperback book. Just the perfect size to be comfortable and portable for on-the-go reading. Give me a paperback and I’m a happy reader.
Phase 8: Meeting the Parents (A book you would recommend to your friends and family)
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I read this recently because I’d watched and enjoyed the new movie. I had a great time reading it, even knowing the outcome, and I’m now going to read more Poirot books. I had no idea I’d been missing out, somehow Christie had always passed me by, so I’d recommend this hoping someone else may get as much out of reading it as I did.
Phase 9: Thinking About the Future (A book or series that you know you’ll re-read many times in the future)
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m currently enjoying my first ever series re-read. I don’t often re-read books as I have so many new books to try and fit in, but there’s definitely something comforting about revisiting a favourite series.
Phase 10: Share the Love (Here’s who I’m tagging)
Anyone who’s seen this and fancies a go at the tag themselves. Enjoy!