The Quintessential Summer Book Tag


I know I just did a book tag last week, but since it’s super hot where I am, I felt in the need to do a summer book tag to ignore the heat sweltering outside my window. Also, I’m rather busy getting ready for going back to college in about a month. Thus, here’s another book tag.

This one was created by The Bookish Kat over on Youtube.

1. Iced Drink – a refreshing book


I’m not super into horror books, but this one was one of the most refreshing books I read last year. In many ways, it combines horror and comedy perfectly, and defied expectations for an average horror novel.

2. Cotton Candy – a book that was fluffy and sweet

Murder & Marble Cake (Comfort Cakes Cozy Mysteries, #1)

What is more fluffy and sweet then cake and murder? Plus, the cover is so pink it hurts my eyes! And cotton candy is usually pink, so this cover just reminded me of it. I actually don’t read many fluffy and sweet books, so this is the closest you’re going to get.

3. Sunglasses – a dark book

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook

I had mixed feelings about this book, but for how usually light Peter Pan is, this book is dark! I thought it perfect for this tag, because Neverland seems to be an eternally summer island.

4. Picnic on a Rainy Day – a sad book

Comfort Woman

This is an extremely sad, but beautiful book. It documents the lives of comfort woman in Korea, those women forced into prostitution to please Japanese soldiers. I almost didn’t finish this book, because it was so depressing.

5. Sand – a book that irritated you

If We Were Villains

I think the reason this book irritated me so much is because it took advantage of Shakespeare for it’s own benefits. The plot is mediocre and I hated the characters, so it bothered me that Shakespeare is even associated with this book.

6. Summer Blockbuster – favorite book-to-screen adaptation

The Help

It’s one of those rare book-to-screen adaptations where I can’t decide which I prefer more: the book or the movie. Both are so beautiful. The movie definitely cuts out some of the scenes from the book, but it keeps all the important messages and character arches.

7. Dropped Ice Cream – a book you were anticipating, but it wasn’t good

The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate, #1)

I was so excited to read this book when it first came out, and it was so horrible. The world’s rules made no sense, I didn’t care about the characters, and the writing style was so…off-putting. Before I read it, I hadn’t heard a single negative review of it, so it surprised me how bad it was.

8. Palm Tree – a tall book you loved

Castles of the World

This book is over a foot tall and filled with pictures of castles from around the world. I got this book as a present when I was eleven or so, and I still love it! I couldn’t find a good picture of the cover, however. Sorry.

9. Bonfire – a book you want to burn

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to burn a book…I’m rather protective of books, even bad ones.

10. Fireworks – a book that exploded onto the scene

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

This book got so popular, so quickly! Don’t get me wrong, it is a good book and I enjoyed it, but it seemed like it got too popular. It was like everyone was talking about it, and if anyone said anything in critique of it, they got attacked. I mean, let people have different opinions! Though I still think it’s an enjoyable book.

Have you read any of these books? What are your answers to these questions? What is summer like where you are? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

7 thoughts on “The Quintessential Summer Book Tag

  1. Great responses. I absolutely loved the movie “The Help” too. It was a perfect movie for me. I agree on the characters in “If We Were Villains” too. I found all of them unmemorable and unsympathetic. I just did not care what happens to them. In Donna Tartt’s The Secret History at least we kind of mentally “attach” ourselves to Richard. There was nothing like that in “If We Were Villains”.

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  2. Oh! A perfect tag for this time of year.
    I agree that Horrorstor was refreshing. It wasn’t what I was expecting either, but the story is entertaining.
    I anticipated Black Tides of Heaven as well but didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. For me, it was okay but needed more world building.

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    1. Horrorstor was totally not what I expected either! And yes, I agree that Black Tides of Heaven had very little world-building. But then it was a very short book in general.


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