It’s the first official day of spring, and to celebrate I’m borrowing this bookish tag from Tanya @ Read Run Study! Even if it doesn’t feel very much like spring yet, I’m excited – winter always makes me feel groggy and bored and “meh.” So I’m looking forward to warmer weather, more sunshine, bright flowers, et cetera.
Spring sun – the days are getting longer and the sun is starting to shine
Name a book that fills you with hope
Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted, probably? Because it’s an old favorite, so it comforts me. It’s funny and sweet, as well, which helps. I can’t reread that book without having a huge smile slowly spread across my face!
Crocuses & tulips – spring flowers are starting to sprout everywhere
Name an author or series you just discovered that you want to start or read more from
Ooh! That would have to be Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka, which I recently borrowed from the library. I still have yet to read it, but I’m excited to. I heard about it in an online article about LGBTQ+ superheroes and BASICALLY LESBIAN SUPERHEROINES KICKING BUTT AND WEARING CAPES AND MAKING OUT WITH THEIR GIRLFRIENDS IS MY AESTHETIC.
Valkyrie Cain! She’s from the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy and she’s amazing, truly amazing. Because she’s not perfect – she’s realistic. Too many heroines (especially in YA) are perfect LITERALLY ALL THE TIME, and as a result they don’t seem realistically human.
But Val? Sometimes she’s nice. Sometimes she’s selfish. She’ll hug someone and make them laugh, then act petty later on. She loves her family, but she’s definitely not the perfect daughter. She likes dresses AND getting her hands dirty. Sometimes she’s incredibly kind. Sometimes she screws up really, really badly.
She acts human.
Blossoming trees – all the trees are bursting with spring color
Some book covers that remind you of spring
T-shirts & shorts – with warmer weather comes cooler clothing
What is your favorite short book?
I quite liked Kieron Gillen’s Young Avengers trilogy of comics. Yay for smart-mouthed teenage superheroes! Yay for gloriously colorful illustrations and butt-kicking and SO MANY CANONICALLY QUEER SUPERHEROES OMG.
(LGBTQ+ superheroes are one of my fangirl passions, in case you hadn’t already noticed. #bisexualsteverogers2k15)
Spring is the time for new beginnings
What series are you hoping to start this year?
I’d really like to start reading Kristin Cashore’s books! Orphu @ A Mirror Made of Words recommended her YA fantasy Graceling Realm trilogy – Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue – to me, and Orphu’s recommendations have never let me down! (She’s the reason I read Derek Landy’s and Malinda Lo’s books. THANK YOU, YOU WONDERFUL AND LITERALLY PERFECT PERSON, YOU.)
I love pretty much all flowers, to be honest, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that I know many of their names. (My mom does, though. But as for myself? I’m clueless.) One flower whose name I do know, though, is the poppy. THEY’RE SO PRETTY AND BRIGHT. I took the picture above as part of a photography project and I’m really proud of it, if I do say so myself!
- Mawa Mahima @ All Things Wordy
- Cait @ Paper Fury
- Emily @ Loony Literate
- Taylor Lynn @ Paper Daydreams
- Orphu @ A Mirror Made of Words
And as always, feel free to participate whether or not I tagged you. Or ignore this tag, if you so choose.
Now it’s YOUR turn! Which books remind you of spring? What do you love most about this season? And what books are you reading / want to read this spring?! I’d love to know!