It’s Book Tag time!
The first tag of 2022 is a brand new one created by Lynn over at Lynn’s Books and is based on ten popular resolutions/best intentions. Here goes my attempt at the Good Intentions Book Tag
Exercise more : This is a book that is a real chunkster, in fact you will need help to even pick this book up:
I could go for any of the remaining books in The Dark Tower series by Stephen King for this. I’m halfway through my series re-read and from what I remember the remaining books were fairly long, but I’m going to go for another option and say The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was pretty massive when I saw the hardback copy, and it was one I was very very glad to buy as an ebook. I’ve read the rest of the books in this series (quite a while ago) and I would like to give this one a try at some point.
Lose weight : A book that is not a chunkster; a short story or novella. A book you could probably read in one sitting:
Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan. I loved the Powder Mage trilogy by the same author, and this sounds really different.
Eat healthy : A book that is good for you. This is a book that made you feel so happy that you wanted to give it a big hug:
I thought of The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison at first, but I’d like to use that title for another prompt so I’ll mention instead two books I borrowed first but ending up buying once I’d returned the loans – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Both are books I enjoyed at the time of reading and I would love to revisit them both and see if the reading experience was just as good second time around.
Fulfill your ambitions : A book that has a lot going on. Plenty of different threads, points of views and action but everything eventually comes together in a very satisfactory fashion:
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone was like nothing I’ve ever read before. Two agents on opposing sides of a war that spans all of time engage in a correspondence across many times and mediums from the past to the future. So much going on in a short number of pages but it all came together wonderfully in the end.
Spend more time with the family : A series of books that you love and that has developed more than you ever anticipated:
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. This series goes to so many weird and wonderful places and puts the main group through so much, and it draws you in as it goes. You can’t wait to read more, but don’t want to get to the end. Or, you do what I’ve done – get to the end and found that reading it once just wasn’t enough. Yes, my series re-read will continue this year.
Tick off an item from your bucket list : Reduce the tbr. Choose a book from Mount TBR that you would like to read this year:
Where to even begin? I have so many books on my TBR list that I’m doing a reading challenge based around them, Beat the Backlist, so just a couple of mentions:
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King is the next on my Dark Tower re-read list and after that The Wolves of the Calla.
Save money : A book that was an absolute bargain – you would have to be crazy in fact not to have bought this book:
I bought the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie e-book for 99p. Three whole books for less than £1. Can’t think of anything else that was quite such a bargain as that. I haven’t read it yet (of course) but hopefully I’ll get around to at least starting it sometime.
Get Organised : A book with a glossary, maps, useful words, lists of people – this book is one helpful book, it wants you to know ALL the things and it’s not afraid to use footnotes and other devices to help you do so:
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison is a mass of complex names and titles and pronunciations, many of which are described and detailed in the Handbook for Travelers in the Elflands and the cast list. I thought at first I might not get on with all these names and titles but in the end I was so immersed in the story that it really didn’t take anything away from it at all. In fact, it added a little something extra, with all the courtly etiquette and rituals.
Start a new hobby : A book that is outside your comfort zone. Perhaps everyone was raving about this book, maybe it was over-hyped, you hesitated to pick it up in fact, but when you did – you loved it:
The Noise by James Patterson was one of my last reads of last year. It was a book I hadn’t come across or anticipated at all, and I didn’t really know what to expect, but I ended up really enjoying it. It was very mysterious and fast-paced and I couldn’t put it down.
That’s my top ten Good Intentions Book Tag.
If you’d like to have a go at the tag yourself then please do and I’d love to know what books you chose.