Winter is still being its cold, windy and wet self, so what better way to spend this Sunday evening than by dreaming of Summer and free time. Perhaps I’m taking it a bit too extreme, but thanks to Joey and the Deserted Island Book Tag, I’m thinking about beaches, palmtrees, blue seas and great reads.
On a sidenote, I would do terrible on a deserted island. Unless the previous inhabitant left a soft bed, a hot shower and a filled library of sorts, then I would thrive.
Water — A book you simply cannot live without
Those of you who have been reading my posts for some time can just skip to the next question, cause I’m not going to surprise you with my answer. But for those who are still in doubt, I just cannot live without Harry Potter in my life. The fact that I reread the complete series every other year is proof enough, I think. It’s hard to put into words what makes this series so special to me, but it just is. If I should ever be so unlucky as to get stranded on a deserted island, I hope that I was carrying my Harry Potter box with me, for some reason.
Food — A book that is a close second on your favourites list
Even though The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is my favourite book, or at least on par with the complete Harry Potter series, I can more easily not read it anymore than I could Harry Potter. Hence why I put Harry above and Niffenegger as ‘close second’. But since food is also quite essential to survival on a deserted island, I don’t think either of them should complain for the place they got in this tag.
Shelter — A book that makes you feel at home and safe
Stating the obvious here, but I am a Fantasy-guy through and through. I do read other genres, but I always feel like a fish out of the water there. Reading a Sanderson, however, makes me feel quite at home and safe. There are a lot of great Fantasy books out there, I mean, I can easily give you ten books/authors/series within the genre that makes me feel right at home, but from what I’ve read, Brandon Sanderson just has that little extra. That added spark to the writing, to his imagination, that makes me giddy with joy to be reading a book of his.
Flare Gun — A book you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read
This is a difficult one, cause the books I really love to bits aren’t exactly books that ease you into reading – whether it’s Fantasy or books in general. The most recent book I read that I think is a good read for someone who’s only used books as doorstoppers, is Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. It’s not big at all and easy to follow, still enticing and inviting you to continue on. Continuing with this series is also a nice stepping stone into Fantasy, I think, as the scope of the series gets bigger with each book and it eases you into what the big books like Sanderson are like.
Matchsticks — A book that warms your heart
My favourites obviously warm my heart, so ask me about Harry Potter or Time Traveler’s Wife and you’ll literally see my heart melt in front of your eyes. But another heartwarming and special book is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I read it near the end of 2014 so the details have faded a bit over time, but I have a lasting impression of the cosy feel I had reading it, along with images that my imagination created to go along with it. The subtlety of the story, the lush prose, the intoxicating atmosphere, … There was no heartthrobbing love or heartbreaking pain, but it creates this dreamworld where you, as a reader, can linger for a while, escape.
Compass — A book that directed you towards your love of reading
Well, obviously there is Harry Potter. But before Harry, there was Marc. Marc De Bel is a Belgian children’s and young adult author whose books I’ve devoured when I was young. I remember going to the library every two weeks with my nieces when in my final two years of primary school and it was always a rush to the shelf where his books stood and trying to get the newest release the first. He’s still writing today, but I’ve grown out of his writing. It’s a bit like reading John Green. I can acknowledge that the books are good, but being 27 I feel that I’m past getting everything out of reading them. Still, he’s been my compass when I was young and he directed my towards J.K. Rowling, who took me by the hand becoming an adult.
So there you have it, my story of survival. Have you read any of the books? Which book would you recommend to people who aren’t that big on reading? Comment away!
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