Hi everyone, it’s Lois from Lois Reads Books and I am here today on The Little Contemporary Corner with a book tag! Sophie and I both love the podcast My Favorite Murder and recently read the memior that the creators of the podcast wrote together and we loved it. So, we thought what better way to show our love for the podcast and the book by creating a My Favorite Murder book tag! Sophie and I spent a long time thinking of questions and then designing little headers for the question. I did the designing and Sophie did the thinking that’s really how it went down. If you love the podcast, are completely new to the podcast or just want a book tag to join in with, please feel free! Just tag us so that we can see your answers, we’d love to see other people doing this! Sophie will be doing this tag over on Lois Reads Books, so be sure to head over there and check it out!
So, without further ado, here is the My Favorite Murder Book Tag!
This one has to be Diary of a Confused Feminist by Kate Weston. It is an empowering and thought provoking YA novel that was only released a couple of months ago. It got me thinking and I finished reading it feeling incredibly empowered and self-confident. Not only does it openly discuss feminism but it also has incredible mental health representation and is very accessible to everyone. I wrote a full review of this book over on my blog if you want to check it out, just click here.
This one is quite difficult because I don’t exactly live in a well known area, so I’m going to go with a book set closest to me. It was only recently that I finished a book set just outside of Manchester and that was And the Stars were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando. It is a YA story that covers some incredibly heavy topics. I can’t disguise that but it is wonderful and had me hooked. This is another one that I have a full review of over on my blog if you want to check it out, just click here.
I know it isn’t a classic in a lot of people’s eyes but to me The Fault in Our Stars is a classic. I think of it as a book that so many people have read over the years and it is one that I’ve read a few times. It feels like one that will be viewed as a classic in the future by certain people, one of them being me.
Very recently I read The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven and that had me laughing out on multiple occasions. Laura Steven has a way of writing books that you cannot help yourself from laughing out loud at when reading. If you have not yet read The Love Hypothesis or any of Laura’s other books, then I cannot recommend them enough if you are in need of a laugh.
It was only a couple of days ago when I finished this but Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury is full of red flags. The red flags are sometimes hidden in plain sight and sometimes they are obvious but let me tell you this book is full of red flags and it is incredible! I highly recommend it!
One of my favourite books from when I was younger was Matilda by Roald Dahl. It is still a book I adore and think about a lot but as a child I would read it over and over again. It got me into reading and brought me to the wonderful world of Roald Dahl books. I vividly remember the first time I read Matilda I asked my Mum if I could immediately go to the library and take books out all on my own and I did!
I’m going to be cheeky and pick a couple for this one because I want to highlight a couple of my favourite books that I feel need a little bit more love because of how amazing they are. One being, Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt, which is adorable and set in a theatre. It is beautifully written and I wish it had more love than it has at the minute. The other one is My Heart Goes Bang by Keris Stainton which deserves all the love in the world. It is amazing and wonderfully written. I flew through it and it is just wonderful!
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard has a story of friendship that I adore and still remember years after reading. They have their ups and their downs but at the end of it all they are best friends and they are all incredible in their own ways. If you like audiobooks, I highly recommend this book as an audiobook.
It wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t mention my favourite book of all time The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. This book scared the wit out of me whilst reading it and still does whenever I reread it. It is so atmospheric and it feels like you are right in the book with Romy the main character. There are parts of this book I remember screaming at the first time I read it and I was reading it into the early hours of the morning. It is definitely one that has scared me and continues to.
The entire Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman makes me incredibly incredibly happy. Every single time I read it I have a smile from ear to ear. It is adorable, it is sweet and the art in it is stunning. If you are looking for a book to bring a smile to your face I highly recommend the Heartstopper series, there are 3 books in the series so far and you can easily read them all in a matter of hours!
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. If I could wipe this book from my mind I would do and I would do it immediately. It made me so mad and I just couldn’t stand it. It got a lot of hype and so many people loved it and I have nothing against them for that. It just really isn’t a book for me.
I didn’t notice it at the time the book was originally released but now that the prequel is on the way I am seeing a kind of cult following for The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I would even say I am a part of the cult following for this series too. I loved it as a teen and still love it now years down the line and I cannot wait to read the prequel!
I am writing and talking about this one because it is one I have wanted to read ever since it was mentioned on the My Favorite Murder podcast and this is a reminder to myself to buy a copy and read it. That book is, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. This book is all about Michelle McNamara’s obsessive search to find out who the Golden State Killer is and now that we know who he is, I really want to get round to reading this.
Now, I know that Turtles All the Way Down by John Green isn’t about turtles and only mentions turtles but that book made me want a pet turtle so badly. Every time I picked that book up whilst reading it I remember thinking I wonder what it would be like to have a pet turtle. Maybe one day I will have a pet turtle but for now I just link any books with an animal in the title to wanting that animal as a pet.
There you have it: the My Favorite Murder Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed this tag. I know I loved creating this with Sophie and answering the questions! Feel free to take part in this tag and be sure to tag us so we can see your answers! Make sure you check out Sophie’s answers to this tag over on my blog! Thank you and happy reading!