eeek! It's getting even closer until the wonderful Harley in the Sky is released and I cannot wait for you all to get your hands on it!
You may remember back in October I did a tag over on booktube, well this time the lovely Jemma over at Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them has created one for right here on a blog! The original post can be found here but read on below to see my answers!
RingMaster – What book introduced you to your favourite genre?
This is a tough sort of question for me as I don't really remember things like this which frustrates me. I don't know when I first found booktube. I don't remember who I watched first. I definitely couldn't tell you what book introduced me to my favourite genre despite the fact my favourite is quite niche... actually.. wait. Maybe I do know.
So my favourite "standard" genre is mystery, and that I don't know. Next would be fabulism and again I don't know what book introduced me to it, it was more a slow discovery after reading a bunch of different books and realising I enjoyed it a lot... but, my absolute favourite genre is one I've kind of made up myself, I guess, and that's Dark Contemporary. These are often mysteries, or at least mysterious, but not always. They're not fantastical and almost never contain any magical/fabulist element but they can. Mostly, they are just a contemporary. But there's a twist. They're dark. Almost horror, I suppose.
Typically it's things like our main character lives in a cult, or has been kidnapped. Maybe they're the kidnapper. It's not always a thriller or a "how do I escape this awful situation". It's just "I live this dark life and that's how it is". It's definitely a genre that crosses over into others but I know for sure what book got me into them:
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
I've talked about this book before. I was vehemently warned against reading it. Essentially told it would fuck me up. I avoided it at all costs. And then one day I said "fuck it". I wanted to know what was so disturbing, especially being someone who's got a dark, sick, twisted, morbid etc etc sense of humour. I couldn't be disturbed so easily by a YA novel (spoiler: I wasn't, but can see why some would be).
I want to give NOTHING away to you so I will tell you nothing except that it's not going to leave you feeling happy inside. It's dark. It's twisted.. It definitely leaves you wondering "why?" why was it written. why did it happen. Just why? But god it was good and I love this book for introducing me to this type of story.
Acrobatics – A fast-paced read.
Ooooh. Again, I could say The Bunker Diary as you really do just want to find out what's going on but I won't use the same answer... Another tough question because again I don't really retain this sort of information. I also find if I'm flying through a book it's because I'm enjoying it so I'll deliberately slow my reading down to counteract the fast pacing of the book so I can enjoy it longer... I think I'm going to go with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
For a classic, I couldn't believe how quickly I read it. Sure it's short but I could probably read it in one sitting (I can't remember if I did and do you really think I'm the type to go check?). I just remember being so shocked at just how much I was enjoying it, at how I wasn't finding the writing "difficult" do to being older. I definitely found it fast paced compared to other classics I've read.
Clowns – A book that made you laugh.
It takes a lot to bring out any sort of emotion in me in books - or in general, really. So this isn't really going to be an answer for me, because nothing is coming to mind, but rather a book I remember everyone fighting over in the school library and breaking the silence of quiet reading time with snorts of laughter and that's Henry Tumour by Anthony McGowan.
All I can really remember is this kid has a brain tumour that talks to him. And it made everyone laugh. I actually bought a copy for myself a few years ago but am still yet to read it. I'm scared it won't live up to the 13 year old hype.
Knife thrower – A book that had you on the edge of your seat.
Why do I do these things. I never have an answer... I suppose Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson would be a good answer. I definitely kept turning the page toward the end desperate to get answers. Not really "Edge of my seat" but again, I'm not one to get super emotionally invested when reading.
Tightrope Walker – A book you just couldn’t put down.
Okay THIS I can answer. On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher. There's definitely others but this was the first book in my adult life that kept me up until the wee hours of the morning reading "just one more chapter".
Ventriloquist – A book with a great twist.
I suck at enjoying a good plot twist because I always see them coming or in thrillers I figure it out - too many detective dramas and true crime documentaries lol. But A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson definitely had some shocks in there.
OH AND We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Didn't see that AT ALL.
Magician – A book with a magic system you love.
Nevermoor. The Starless Sea... I mean any magic is good magic.
Static Trapeze – Best or Worst Cliffhanger.
Luckily I haven't been left on many of these but the last one for sure was Truly Devious. GET ME THE SEQUEL ASAP (I mean, I have it, I just need to read it!!)
This tag was so fun and I hope you guys will take part and pick up the book when it's released!!