The Wine Book Tag!

I found this tag over at The Daydreaming Bookworm and I thought this would be fun. Shall we get started?

Warning! I may have had a little too much fun finding GIFs for each prompt!

Also, you don’t have to be 21 to read this post, but you do need to be 21 to enjoy a glass of wine while reading this post! (Or the legal drinking age for your country!) That being said! Onto my picks!

A Book that People Will Judge You For Liking But You Like it Anyway

I am going to point out the obvious here: nowhere in this prompt does it say that I must pick a book that someone will negatively judge me for liking! So, I am picking Harry Potter!

Sure some people, like that guy who apparently banned fans from buying wands in his wand shop or friends who just haven’t read it, but I think that overall the experience when you tell someone you’re a fan of this book is generally positive.

A Book That Doesn’t Have Any Added Crap in it and Is Just Written Perfectly

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal is a great book for this. It’s actually funny because this book isn’t so much about one character as it is many characters. I was a little confused by that concept for the first few chapters, but as I started reading I found myself really enjoying the “six degrees of separation” that each chapter played.

Stradal also doesn’t overexplain things. There are threads that you can put together yourself, but he doesn’t feel the need to lay out everything from Point A to Point B which I really liked.

The book is only about three hundred pages and it’s a really great read that has both substance and a unique plot.

A Really Spicy Wintery Read

City of Thieves by David Benioff is a really spicy wintery read. Not only because it takes place during a winter in Russia, but it really balances humor and grit really well.

There isn’t a section where something crucial isn’t happening and yet I am still connected to the main characters. Lev and Koyla were as real to me as any friend I might meet on the street. I admire that kind of writing.

A Really Sharp and Aggressive Read That You Couldn’t Put Down

I think I have to say Midair by Kodi Scheer for this one. It’s odd because you wouldn’t think it was aggressive from the first several chapters, but as you start seeing the disdain that goes through the main character’s head.

She has a lot of venom, and while the book isn’t the best book I’ve ever read, I found her story captivating, particularly in audio format. Brittany Pressley, the narrator is really good at creating the apathy in Vanessa’s voice without sounding hollow. She isn’t particularly overdramatic either and I think that works really well for the narrative voice of the book.

A Book You Didn’t Expect Much From But Ended Up Getting Blown Away

I wouldn’t say that this book is so much something that I didn’t expect much from .It sounded interested, but I went into Relativity by Antonia Hayes pretty blind.

I knew a bit from the blurb, but since this was Antonia’s debut, I didn’t know anything about her work. I also didn’t know anything about physics and since the book is about a boy who can see physics this worried me a little.

Fortunately, all those fears were put to rest the second I started reading about Ethan and his family.

I got into the book and Hayes’ characters are so well constructed and she explains what Ethan is seeing so beautifully that I was immediately taken in by his character and I walked away really loving the portrait she painted of this family.

A Good Summer Read That Was Super Zesty

For this, I have to say Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I struggled with where to place this book on this tag. I was going to put it under a wintery read, but that didn’t seem to fit.

The book does take place around Christmas and does deal with very morose and mature subject matter, but there were bits of biting humor that led me to decide to put it here instead.

If you have any doubt that Rainbow Rowell can write some great bits of humor, this is the first line from Chapter 7:

Georgie’s mom had spectacular cleavage. Tan, freckled, ten miles deep.

A book that has a little bit of everything in it.

I wouldn’t say that Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson is a wintery read, but it definitely has a cozy feel to it. Some of the scenes make me think of old movies, the kind I like to watch when its sweater weather here in New England and I want am dreaming of far off places.

A full-bodied book that is dark and juicy.

For this one, I have to say Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. It doesn’t seem like it would be from the description, but it is a really dark and very violent book.

I think that the book has a lot to say about our culture and the way we treat young girls. Although Ani might be an artificial construct the narrator has created for herself, the darkness underneath is what makes this book really juicy.

A smooth easy read with a soft finish.

Paperweight by Meg Haston was a really smooth read. It’s not the nicest material to read about and some of the descriptions of the eating disorder treatment is really heart-wrenching.

The way it progresses is really easy though. I finished this audiobook in two days because the character was so engaging and the narrator so perfect for the role. The story was strong and although I liken it to a Lifetime movie at times it was a smooth and easy listen.

Your Favorite Book

This is like asking me to pick a favorite child! Why do these tags do this to me? If you really want me to pick, I would say that my favorite book is Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley.

It’s not often a book makes me sob months after reading it and every time I think of this book and then I look at my dog I start crying.I want to reread it, but I know I am going to need a tissue. Or maybe a big glass of wine.

I laugh and cry with this book honestly, and really love the Octopus as a villain. It’s quite interesting.

So that’s it for The Wine Book Tag! Anyone else notice how a bunch of the characters drinking wine were wearing red in these GIFs? 

I am going to tag a few people to keep this going. Without further ado. I tag: 

Lucy @ Tea Stained
Monique @ Land of Literature
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Jemma @ My Literary Wonderland
Jaed @ Bibliophile Wanderlust Blog
Chesca @ I Adore Paper
Laura @ Reading Lust

If you have already done this, it isn’t your thing, or you just don’t don’t like wine, please ignore the message. Likewise, if you want to complete this tag, please do so and link back to this post so that I can see your answers! 

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

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