I read somewhere that each year of your life seems to happen faster because each year of your life is an increase in the total fraction of how long you’ve been alive. This summer was no different – it blurred by! I’m ready for pumpkin spice lattes and sweaters, but I have yet to make it to the beach this summer and that has bummed me out. In the meantime, I have been tagged for The Summertime Madness Book Tag by Travelling in My Bookcase to hold on to the waning summer feeling!
- Show a book with a summery cover.
Breaking Me by Sarah Tork is a novella which acts as a prequel for the author’s series. Annabelle spends the summer before her senior year of high school trying – and failing – to be perfect for her family. She tries to find a way to be herself, which includes eating more food than her mom would like her to. This story was good for setting up the series as a quaint slice of life.
- Pick a fictional place that would be the perfect destination for a summer holiday.
The ancient halls of Lunarose Abbey wind through the story of Isabella Fox, mediocre witch for hire, and her girlfriend, Emily Deer, as Isabella returns to the Abbey on winter holiday in Elora Bishop’s novella One Imbolc Gloaming. Lunarose Abbey is a place for witches to learn about their magic, and is home to centuries-old stone hallways and stained glass windows. Although this book took place in the winter, I would love to see the magical landscape during the summer.
- You’re about to go on a flight for your summer holidays but you want to read a book that lasts the whole flight. What novella do you choose?
Pocket Forest by Kimberly Karalius is a story about Harriet and Stig and how they find each other under oppressive circumstances involving a forest, a train, and a porcelain figurine of a deer. At 58 pages, this novella was a quick read with an abundant amount of emotion packed into it. Perfect summer-holiday-flight length.
- You have a case of summertime sadness – what book do you pick to shine a smile on your face?
The last volume of the Fruits Basket manga by Natsuki Takaya is one that will always make me smile. The plot and all of its subplots are interwoven together beautifully, and it ends on the happiest note I can imagine. Tohru Honda finds love, family, and friendship in the Chinese Zodiac.
- You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?
My beach babe is Hades from Sarah Diemer’s lesbian retelling of the Persephone mythology. Hades is actually the goddess of the dead, and Zeus calls her “Lord of the Dead” as a homophobic joke – but, despite all odds, Hades and Persephone find true love. (Plus, if Hades is my beach babe, then my beach is the shore of Styx!)
- To match your ice cream, you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?
The sidekick that makes me laugh the most is Iko from The Lunar Chronicles, one of my favorite series. Iko is an android who was considered to be malfunctioning since she developed a glitch that caused her to have a personality. She is Cinder’s most trusted friend and tags along on all the adventures.
& here are the blogging lovelies I am tagging:
Happy summertime nostalgia!
All pictures from Goodreads.