I found this amazing tag from Alexandra at Reading by Starlight and I thought it was such a cute tag! I wasn’t tagged by anyone, I just felt like doing a book tag today.
Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town
Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series takes place is a small Canadian town called Twin Pines. It’s a small, sleepy town where everyone has known each other for their entire lives, but their peace is shattered when Jane Neal is found dead. Inspector Gamache is sent to this idyllic town to find out if it was an accident or something more sinister.
Salt and sand: a book with a beach-side community
The beach takes on a creepy vibe in The Elementals. Three beach houses stand in an area of beach slowly being swallowed back into the sea. Two prominent Mobile families united in marriage, the Mccrays and the Savages, have visited these houses for years, and two of the houses are still in use. The third is half covered in sand and full of horrors that will come back to haunt those families.
Here there be dragons: a book with a voyage on the high seas
The second in the Gentleman Bastard series finds Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen in the middle of a new con job that takes them from the biggest casino in town to the high seas flying under the flag of piracy. There is nothing quite like the absolute insanity of the Gentleman Bastard series, and the leap from con man to pirate is such a wild ride that this book kept me enthralled the whole way through. I recommend listening to this on audio.
Tread lightly: a book set down a murky river or a jungle
I am drawing such a blank on this one – the only book I can remember involving jungles or rivers is The Lost World which takes place in the Amazon rainforest. Journalist Edward Malone finally gets up the courage to reveal his feeling for Gladys, who turns him down because he is not adventurous enough for her. So he goes to his newspaper and requests a dangerous assignment to impress her, and he is given the job of following an expedition back to the Amazon with the incredibly pompous Professor Challenger. Professor Challenger claims he has found a lost world full of dinosaurs in the Amazon, and has assembled a team to go with him to prove it.
Frozen wastes: a book with a frost-bitten atmosphere
I have the perfect book for this one!! Whiteout takes place at a remote research station in Antartica, and when a paramilitary force attacks the station in search for samples of a virus, chef Angel Smith and glaciologist Ford Cooper are forced to trek across the frozen wilderness alone and with limited provisions. The icy tension of this book keep me enthralled and I could not put this down.
The boonies: a book with rough or isolated terrain
If you think I’m not going to shoehorn one of my favorite books of all time into this, you are sadly mistaken, friends!! Captain Cordelia Naismith of Beta Colony is sent to survey an uninhabited planet, and becomes embroiled in a plot that leaves her and Captain Lord Aral Vorkosigan, the infamous Butcher of Komarr, stranded together in unfamiliar terrain. They will have to put aside their cultural differences to work together to get back to civilization.
Hinterlands and cowboys: a book with a western-esque setting
One of the most beautifully drawn comic series I have ever read has been Pretty Deadly, which takes place in the Wild West. The blurb says it best: “Death’s daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father.” The artwork is simply stunning and the story has a dreamy quality that made me want more.
Look lively: a book set across sweeping desert sands
I have wracked my brain for a book set in a desert, but I just could not think of one. This is the only one I can think of that I have read, and I DNF’d it 160 pages in because I just hated it so much.
Wild and untamed: a book set in the heart of the woods
On a brighter note, Silver in the Wood is a quiet, sweet book about a mysterious man who has lived in the woods for a very like time and has become a part of it. He befriends a man from the local community who he comes to love. This book is so soothing to read, and the prose just flows so beautifully.
Wildest dreams: a whimsical book shrouded in magic
The entire Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire probably counts, but my favorite is Down Among the Sticks and Bones, which features twins Jack and Jill. We learn a little about Jack and Jill in Every Heart a Doorway but this look into their backstory is so well-crafted, and is built on such an interesting world.
The rules say I have to tag 5 people, but I will just tag anyone who wants to do this tag. I hope your Sunday goes well, and I will see you all on Tuesday!