After a morning playing the Stalk Market, what better way to take a break than an Animal Crossing book tag? 😅 I played a lot of Animal Crossing on the DS, not so much the GameCube. The bug has bitten me with New Horizons, though, and I am loving it. 😁
I wasn’t tagged, but I saw Pauliina @ Bookaholic Dreamer do this tag today and thought I’d do it as well.
- Please link back to the original creator of the tag, Bookish Things and Tea.
- Answer the following Animal Crossing themed book questions.
- Feel free to use graphics, but be sure to credit Bookish Things and Tea.
- Tag some friends to spread the love!
I’m using the graphics created by McKenzie @ The Bookish Things and Tea. Full credit to her for these terrific images.
I haven’t read as many classics as I’d like, so among those on my list I chose The Color Purple by Alice Walker for this answer. A multiple award winner, adapted to the silver screen, it’s a modern classic I’m looking forward to engaging with in multiple formats.
A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance and silence. Through a series of letters spanning twenty years, first from Celie to God, then the sisters to each other despite the unknown, the novel draws readers into its rich and memorable portrayals of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery and Sofia and their experience. The Color Purple broke the silence around domestic and sexual abuse, narrating the lives of women through their pain and struggle, companionship and growth, resilience and bravery. Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, Alice Walker’s epic carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey towards redemption and love.
When picking this answer, I didn’t realize how few second books I’d read. I could have sworn there would be a lot more to pick, but I apparently need to actually get to those second books. 😂 Anyway, my answer is A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber. It still has one of the main characters from the first novel and we see other recurring characters, but the new main characters are more refreshing and allow the story to move at a better pace.
You might have heard about a wonderful little yarn shop in downtown Seattle. Debbie Macomber can take you there!
In the year since it opened, ‘A Good Yarn’ has thrived and so has Lydia Hoffman, the owner. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad’s ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness.
Elise Beaumont joins one of Lydia’s popular knitting classes. Living with her daughter, Aurora, Elise learns that her onetime husband plans to visit and that Aurora wants a relationship with her father, regardless of how Elise feels about him.
Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a divorce and joins the knitting class as the first step in her effort to recover a sense of dignity and hope.
Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager. She’s staying with her grandmother, who’s trying to help by taking her to the knitting class at ‘A Good Yarn.’
Four women, brought together by the craft of knitting, find companionship and comfort in each other. Who would’ve thought that knitting socks could change your life?
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo takes place in Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania and the sixth largest in the U.S. (something I didn’t realize until this post). It was one of my favorite books last year; I read it twice in different formats and recommend it every chance I get. Acevedo’s writing is exquisite and experiencing her books is even better in audio when she reads them herself.
With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.
Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin came out in February. A retelling of Macbeth, it is one of the best, one of the most intense books I’ve read in recent memory. Jade, the main character, experiences a trauma and goes about getting revenge on those that have wronged her. Witnessing the path of destruction that she carves through the book is a sight to behold & experience.
Elle and her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target.
They picked the wrong girl.
Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s Prep. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.
Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.
When I first read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, I didn’t actually like it all that much because it was a summer reading assignment and I had to read it. There were other books I wanted to read at the time, so of course I had some bad feelings about it. When I came back to it, though, years later I found a favorite. I’ve seen read it several times, occasionally multiple times a year. Whether text or listening to the audiobook (Kate Burton is an amazing narrator), it’s an easy book to sink into no matter the outside circumstances.
The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness — in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.
The cast of Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant is very rich. Whether we’re connecting with Tory, whose sister was on the original Atargatis mission that mysteriously vanished near the Mariana Trench; Olivia, a reporter on the new ship out to find what happened to it; or one of the rest of the myriad crew, learning about the why they’re on the ship is about as interesting as worrying about their journey and their fate as they travel further out to sea. 👀
This book also has autism rep (Olivia, a main character, is autistic, so if you’re looking for a read for Autism Acceptance Month this is a great choice).
Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.
Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.
There are a lot more books that would fall under this than I thought. One stars, DNFs, that sort of thing. 😅 The first answer that came to mind, though, is any book by M*ck*ie L**. She is so problematic and I am very, very done.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a character driven historical fantasy that revolves around a challenge between two young magicians. Their skills pitted against one another within the Cirque des Reves, many lives are touched by the contest: some for the better, some for the worse. 😥
I’m reading it again this year so I can annotate a copy for a friend and I’m looking forward to returning to all the places the circus travels in the early 19th & 20th century.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
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