We are in the midst of spring and since I am in the process of organizing my seasonal reading I thought I would do the Spring Book Tag I came across with a few days ago.
I found this book tag over at ZeeZee with Books, where she writes that the tag was created “by Sabrina from Beyond the Book Reviews and Alexis, who’s Mad for Books, Luv“. I invite anyone who feels like adding the Spring Book Tag to their blog to feel free to do so; this way we can all continue to spread the love of reading and keep discovering new titles.
WHAT’S ON YOUR SPRING TBR?
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
I am also currently reading the Ivy League series by Diana Peterfreund, which is all about college life, secret societies and intrigues; I am almost finished with the second book in the series and it’s pretty good so far.
IF SOMEONE ASKED YOU FOR A SPRING RELEASE RECOMMENDATION, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I haven’t yet read any books that are currently being released but I highly recommend Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See, which was released in the spring of 2014 and is currently being adapted into a Netflix series. I think Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is the perfect book to read in spring. I am also looking forward to reading An American in Provence by Jamie Beck because she’s a very talented photographer and from the preview I have seen of her coffee table book she perfectly captures the beauty of Provence in the warm season.
WHICH TWO BOOKS COMING OUT BEFORE SUMMER ARE YOU EAGERLY AWAITING?
The Spectacular by Fiona Davis because I usually enjoy novels set in New York City. Yellowface by R.F. Kuang because it has a very interesting plot that deals with important topics like diversity and cultural appropriation; it is one of the most anticipated books of 2023.
There are also many thriller novels coming out that I would like to pick up in the next months.
WHICH CHARACTER WOULD MAKE A GREAT EASTER BUNNY?
Probably the White Rabbit from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol; he’s such a quirky, iconic character!
WHAT BOOK MAKES YOU THINK OF SPRING?
Spring by Ali Smith, which is part of the author’s Seasonal Quartet. I still have to read it though (I have only read the Autumn one).
NAME A COVER WITH FLOWERS ON IT.
My beautiful Penguin Classics Deluxe edition of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Published by Penguin and translated into English by acclaimed translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (who have won many awards for their brilliant translations) it’s one of the best works in Russian literature. I read it a few years ago and fell in love with it from the very first page.
WHICH TWO CHARACTERS WOULD YOU GO ON AN EASTER EGG HUNT WITH?
I believe in girl power so I would probably go on an Easter Hunt with Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series because she’s incredibly clever. Also, I am currently reading the Ivy League series and Amy Haskel, the main character, would be a good ally as well. She’s smart, funny and also quite good at solving tasks and uncovering schemes (a Yale Alumni Magazine review described her as a cross between Nancy Drew and Bridget Jones), so she would probably succeed in finding the eggs.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPRING BOOKISH ACTIVITY?
Reorganizing and cataloging my books on the Libib.
WHICH BOOK DID YOU ENJOY THAT HAS A SPRING-LIKE COVER?
The coffee table book titled Places To Go, People To See by Kate Spade. It makes me think of spring because of the green cover. It is very stylish and inspiring, with plenty of of suggestions and lists. It also includes a series of wonderful images.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY AUTHOR?
I have read many contemporary novels over the years and I think hers are definitely the best. The Secret History is probably my all-time favorite book and she also won the Pulitzer Prize for her 2013 novel The Goldfinch, which is amazing as well. I just love the fact that her characters are not entirely good or bad, they’re always quite complex and the storylines are very well developed.
Also, I really appreciate Tartt’s writing style; her prose is elegant and you can clearly see that her work is the result of a great deal of research.
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