Splendid Spring 🌷 Book Tag

“Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘let’s party’!” – Robin Williams~

Spring is upon us and with it comes cute lambs, chubby bees and growing allergies as I age. And if you live in England, weather that doesn’t quite make sense. I found the YouTube channel Victoria Mann recently, she’s funny and has a bright personality, and has been making a tag for the seasons. Her most recent is, of course, all about spring~

I didn’t answer all the questions, but definitely check the original video to see those and Victoria’s answers ♥

Everywhere you look flowers are blooming! Choose a book you love or think you will love with flowers on the cover.

In England you know spring is coming/here because daffodils are everywhere! Most of my books don’t have flowers on, the ones I could find were Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (I love my chaotic Adrian Ivashkov) and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Vasya is treasure~). The only book I could see on my shelves that has flowers on is Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. It’s not a spring type read, but it does sound intense and I love me some fantasy. I could also cheat and say Gumiho by Kat Cho. I really want to read this – it’s about a nine tailed fox and it seems like it has kdrama vibes ♥ There are trees on the cover and they’re like cousins to flowers, right? 😂

Spring is the perfect time for a fun trip! Choose a book you’ve read or would like to read while traveling from one place to another.

I try to read audiobooks on my commute – I’m currently using that time to read City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. When I did my year abroad, I listened to Pride and Prejudice on the drive to the airport and on the plane because it’s my ultimate comfort read ♥

Who doesn’t love a good Spring Fling? Choose a book you were obsessed with for a short period of time, but then you swiftly cast it aside.

I’m someone who gets obsessed in the moment of reading the books, but a few days after I’ve finished them I move on. My memory is bad, so honestly I forget most of the things I read and only certain scenes, characters of feelings remain. I have friends who remember intricate details of books they read years ago and I’m here struggling to remember the names of characters in the book I’m currently reading 😂

A surprise rain shower might spoil your outdoor fun, but don’t worry the sun will be back! Choose a book that made you really sad, but the sun still shines in the end.

This is a hard one. When I read a book like this it’s normally the end that breaks me. I was perusing my shelves and realised that Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte fits this question really well. Her life is depressing and several parts of the novel are really sad, however, it does have a happy and hopeful ending for Jane.

It’s that time of year when all the animals stretch their limbs and come out of hibernation. Choose a book that pulled you out of a reading slump.

Most recently, it was Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. It’s a fast paced cyberpunk (?) children’s book about cities becoming huge machines that wander the land trying to eat smaller towns to fuel their engines. For a long time London has been prowling in the shadows, but it’s finally ready to spring into action. And while it wasn’t the best it pulled me out of my nearly month long slump.

Students all over exhale a sigh of relief knowing they get a break from school. Choose a book whose friend group you’d like to spend Spring Break with.

For this I’d have to be in the past, because a 26yr old woman hanging out with teenagers is weird, but I think the friendship group in the Heartstopper graphic novels by Alice Oseman would be a lot of fun to be around. They’re fun, accepting and some members have a chaotic streak that remind me of my friends from my Secondary school days.

At my age now, the characters and friend groups are ones I like in the books, but I wouldn’t want to spend time with them haha~

Spring is all about rebirth and blooming. Choose a book that made you grow as a person.

Personally, I think most books help me grow, either through seeing characters that I would like to be or learning what I like and being more sympathetic to certain characters etc. But, there are definitely non-fiction books that have been super important in helping my understanding grow and challenge my thinking. The ones that stand out are Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge and Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig.

A picnic at the park is the perfect springtime activity! Choose a book with a character who you think would pack the best picnic basket.

The boys from Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori. These idiots go all out and their picnics and their spreads would be epic! Yes, Honey’s would be all sweets and cakes, and I’m here for it. I’ll go to the others for real food once I’ve eaten my weight in pastries 😂

For many Spring is the first break from the bitterness of Winter! Choose a book that is the embodiment of sunshine.

“Embodiment of sunshine” isn’t really something you’d find on my bookshelves… This term makes me think that the book is happy all the time and I can only really think of several volumes of the previously mentioned Ouran High School Host Club. They really do bring me a lot of joy and I can’t recommend them enough! The other option I guess would be The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune. It’s uplifting and while it takes on some heavy topics it does so in a soft way.

Springtime may be lovely, but the allergies it brings are not! Choose a book with a side character/second pov character whose presence is unwanted.

I’ve had this rant before, but Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy is my favourite series, which is written in 3rd person and follows several characters’ actions which is why I’m counting it. I read it throughout my adolescence and it brought a genuine comfort and something to look forward to while going through hard times. And then it ended and I was sad, but ultimately I came to terms with the ending. And then phase 2 was announced and I was ready to go back into the world of Skulduggery Pleasant and it’s bad. I don’t care about most of the characters or plots… Omen is a child and a boring one at that, plus the American president is too on the nose and cringey. I’m tired of Val at this point and only care about Skulduggery who isn’t in it enough.

What are some of your answers?

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe ♥

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