As we all know, this holiday season is shaping up to be MUCH different than any other, but that does not mean that community is far away. This seemed like a perfect opportunity (read: excuse) to craft a Thanksgiving Book Tag! The rules, as always, are very simple: tag me in your post answering the questions, and either share the same questions or make your own and tag three other bloggers!
Even if you’re not in the U.S., I invite you to join in if you feel so inclined; everyone is welcome (in spirit — please socially distance and/or celebrate safely in life) at my Thanksgiving!
Turkey: the heartiest, longest book you’ve read this year?
Clocking in at 678 pages, the longest book I’ve read this year is This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. It is, of course, entirely possible that this was my longest book because I could only get the large print edition from the library! That said, it was certainly hearty as well, and it took me quite some time to read but I found it so engrossing and certainly very deep. Highly recommend.
Potatoes: your most comforting read this year?
My most comforting read this year would definitely have to be Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin. This was an ARC I received from NetGalley that’ll be published in February of 2021, and, while I’m not usually a big romance reader, I really enjoyed this! Another strong recommendation.
Stuffing: the last book you had a second helping of?
I actually…. don’t think I’ve reread anything in 2020, so I’ll have to dip back into 2019! My last reread was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, concluding what used to be an annual reread, but has become a little more intermittent due to the mass amounts of new books in the world that I could be reading!
Gravy: the juiciest book you’ve read this year?
Well I personally am interpreting “juiciest” to mean the one that hooked me the most, so for this one I’ll have to say Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore. This was such a quirky story with the most innovative and original plot I’d come across in a long time and honestly, it lived up to — possibly even surpassed — my expectations. Loved this one!
Cranberry Sauce: the last book you loved but no one else seemed to like?
I’m having difficulty remembering the last thing it seemed like people weren’t loving, but I will say I did see a lot of mixed reviews for The Guest List by Lucy Foley. I remember some rumblings around bookstagram that it was kind of predictable or disjointed, but for me it served its perfect purpose of just being a quick and easy thriller with a killer setting, and I had a great time reading it!
Green Bean Casserole: the last book everyone else loved but you didn’t?
Oof. I am so, so sorry if I make any enemies right now, but I really did not love Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia. I did really enjoy some of the setting elements and all, but this one just didn’t live up to the hype for me. I think I expected a little more given alllllll the hype that was going around.
Pumpkin Pie: your favorite read so far this year?
ANXIOUS PEOPLE! I am coming to completely adore Fredrik Backman, even when he makes me feel and think about things that are uncomfortable to feel and think about (or perhaps especially then?). He’s got such a crazy skill for articulating the really important things in life, and I genuinely believe people become more emotionally intelligent and socially aware by reading his books. (Pssst: I discuss this quite a bit in my review of Beartown, too!