Summer Vibes Book Tag

Hello and happy Friday!

I’m back with another bookish tag that I got from KristinKravesBooks (you can find her post here). She didn’t tag me herself, but I found it on her long and helpful list of book tags, (look here if you’re interested)!

This is another fun tag, where I’m going to be scouring my shelves for books that fit in each summer-esque (definitely a word) category! I enjoy these tags, both as a way to share good book recommendations, but also to revisit some great elements in my favorite books.

And I also love to receive great book recommendations, so I’d love for you to hop on in and share which of your favorite (or not so favorite) books would be in each category!

Let’s get started!

The Rules:
– Mention the creator and link back to the original post! (Deanna @ The Comfy Reader)
– Thank the blogger who tagged you (Kristin, if you see this, thank you for the fun tag!)
– Answer all the prompts below however you see fit
– Tag some friends!
– Feel free to use the graphics

And now onto the categories!

I haven’t read The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss in years, but I do remember that it was a tropical setting! Centered around a family that are shipwrecked on an island and need to work together to survive, it’s a fun classic story. I do remember thinking it was too easy for them, but since I haven’t read it in so long, I can’t remember many specifics.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine has a large focus on singing, and the main character’s ability to do something special and impressive with her voice. Books centered around music, singing, and those types of things that we can’t actually hear while we’re reading are hard to pull off, but I’ve always greatly enjoyed this one! It’s a fun and unique fairytale read.

Blank Mastermind by Rosey Mucklestone is the first one I think of for this! I don’t expect to ever stop recommending this book – it’s that good! There are so many great things about it – humor, lovable and nuanced characters, action, superheroes, a dystopian setting, powerful themes – but the big secret woven throughout the entire story is one of the best parts.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite water-focused books. It’s not entirely set on a ship, but the primary setting is on the Dawn Treader, the ship they use to travel through the land of Narnia, searching for the lost lords. I’m a sucker for any stories set on ships, with pirates, or around the ocean, so this is one of my favorite Narnia stories.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is one of my ‘guilty pleasure’ books, and in general, dystopian is my indulgent genre. I’m not sure why, but I do find it interesting to see how different authors envision our changed world, as well as the action and intrigue being interesting. Do they have plenty of clichés and tropes? Yes. Do I mind? Not enough.

Don’t hate me! Say what you will about this book, but The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is first and foremost a story about friendship, at least in my opinion. It’s dark, nuanced, and set in one of the worst periods of history, but one of the central themes is friendship, no matter how difficult external factors may make that relationship. It’s sad, but sweet.

I just read Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano, and man, does it take you on an adventure! Centered around a group of ancient ‘teens’ that were offered the choice to eternally embody seasons instead of die and their consequent fight to overthrow the same organization that gave them their second chances, it’s a nonstop flow of action and adventure. I knew nothing about the story when I started reading, and it was hard to stop!

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik is one I got from my local thrift store purely because the cover looked cool (sometimes we really do judge a book by its cover, haha). However, I didn’t do enough research into its content and the author. It ended up frustrating me in many ways, and I wish I hadn’t filled my head with the expletives and distasteful scenes.

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald is such a delightful read! It’s cute in the writing style, and light in the sense that it’s an easy read with charming characters and settings, but the themes are anything but. I was pleasantly surprised by the nuance and depth of the lessons within the story, and am very glad I gave this one a try!

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is the first one I think of. Although I feel like there are a lot of books out there with annoying characters, the main character Jess’ older sisters always irritated me. Ellie and Brenda get a little better by the end of the book, but I still can’t help but cringe at how shallow and greedy they are for the majority of the story.

Now this is where I’m supposed to tag others, but I’m going to continue my bending of blog tag rules and tag everyone! If you’d like to hop in on this fun tag, please feel free to – either on your own blog, or in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

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