Summer Reader Book Tag

Summer Reader Book Tag

I found this over at Thrice Read and I thought that I would give it a try. Summer is now in full swing, so this feels like the perfect time to this tag along with a summer-themed song:

Also, a lot of puppy GIFs! Because nothing says summer like puppy gifts.

Pick a book that started off bitter but got better.

The one book that I keep coming back to with questions like this is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Only because, I ended up really disliking the book the first time around. I actually thought: “Why am I reading a book that is about a couple that clearly hates each other.”

Then I picked it up again, and actually read it through. Man was I wrong. I didn’t realize how much they disliked each other, and how toxic their relationship was. So, overall, I ended up really liking Gone Girl, but the first time, the struggle was so real.

Golden Sun
Pick a book that made you smile beyond compare.

Oh, this one is tough, I think I have to say Landline by Rainbow Rowell. It’s not a happy soapy romance, but it has elements that made me smile, and I thought the ending was just so perfect for the story.

Tropical Flowers
Pick a book set in a foreign country.

Since its summer, and we’re talking about beach reads, I am going to say: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. It takes place in Southwest England along a beach, and it’s a mystery! So, it checks off a summer reading, and an anglophile box.

Tree Shade
Pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character was first introduced.

Definitely have to go with Ani from Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. I’m not sure she’s “shady” but it’s very clear that Ani is hiding something, but you aren’t quite sure how to categorize it until you’re a good ways through the book.

Beach Sand
Pick a book that was grainy, and the plot barely developed.

The novella, Prom and Other Hazards by Jamie Sullivan was that book for me. I had some very high hopes for the plot, and it felt like it was going along fine, but then it just fizzled out.  And I feel so bad, because I really liked the concept.

Green Grass
Pick a character(s) that were full of life, making you smile.

I think Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell was definitely one of those books. The ending was a little bittersweet, but I don’t think I ever stopped smiling as their YA romance unfolded.

Pick a book that had some juicy secrets.

I’m only about halfway through it, but Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia is getting really juicy. I won’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil it, but I should have a review up early next week, if it keeps up this pace.

Sun Hat
Pick a book that had a vast, big universe/setting.

This is just a feeling right now, because I’ve only read the first book in the series, but I think that Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has a very big universe. I think I spent about fifteen minutes trying to figure out who all the nations were in the first book.

Pick a book in which a character was portrayed as a hunk.

Oh, hunky characters! I am going to choose to go with a more rugged interpretation of hunk and say Connor Duffield from A Sudden Crush by Camila Isley.

So, that’s it for The Summer Reader Book Tag! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself officially tagged, and then come back and link me to your post so that I can check out your answers. 

Happy reading! 


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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