If you follow me on social media you probably know that I’m really into The X Files right now. So when I stumbled upon this X Files inspired book tag by Rajathon on Youtube, I knew I had to take part. It does also come with an equally inspired book challenge but I’m drowning in books right now so unfortunately I’ll be skipping that. Without further ado, I give you – the I Want to Believe book tag!
Now I should be clear upfront that this might not focus on sci-fi all that much. It’s a genre that I really want to get into so throw all the recommendations at me please!
I Want To Believe Book Tag
A great beginning to a series/trilogy
Ooh, a tough question to start with. I’m going to go with Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. It has incredible world building, enemies to lovers, a tyrannical leader and of course a war between magic and non-magic folk. What’s not to love?
I only recently read COBAB so I haven’t picked up my copy of Children of Vengeance and Virtue yet but hopefully next week. *fingers crossed*
Favourite monster in a book
I have a preference towards “human monsters” over paranormal ones. It’s that little reminder that as a species, we can’t really trust each other nor will we ever truly know each other and so on. So with that in mind, I’m going to pick The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.
Coriolanus Snow is one of the most monster-like humans in fiction. But he always does things in a way so that his hands are never dirty. It’s kind of fascinating really. I loved that this Hunger Games prequel is essentially his ‘Origins’ story and that we get to see him become that monster.
3. The Erlenmeyer Flask
Best sci-fi you’ve ever read
I mean I haven’t finished it yet but I’m loving Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis. This is the book I’m currently reading and it’s really cool. It’s set in an alternate 2007 and is full of the good stuff: government conspiracies, extraterrestrials… I’m just really enjoying it so far.
4.Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
Ah, a book lover’s least favourite book related question. I’m going to cheat and pick a series – sorry, not sorry.
So I’m going to choose the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. (Pictured is the first book in the series, The Shadow of the Wind.) It’s hard to truly define the series by genre because it’s historical in setting, pacy like a good thriller, full of magical realism and supernatural/gothic elements but it’s also very literary. I mean it’s about a mysterious underground library full of books long forgotten but deemed worth remembering by the person who chose it. It’s just a great series. Carlos Ruiz Zafon was a wonderful writer and his recent death was a huge loss to the book world.
5. Jose Chungs from Outer Space
Funniest book you’ve read
Keeping this one short and sweet. Giant Days by John Allison is so funny, so relatable and just an all-round fun read. I’ve only read the first volume in this comic book series so far but I’m very excited to read volume 2!
Most disturbing thing you’ve ever read?
Okay so this book literally gave me a panic attack. The Book of You by Claire Kendal is a thriller about a woman who’s being stalked. It’s graphic and violent and intense and personally I couldn’t recommend it to anyone. Some of the scenes made me feel physically sick to my stomach.
7. Post Modern Prometheus
Favourite classic book?
My answer to this is always the same: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It’s full of things that I love like Christmas and goodwill and ghosts and reminding people that they’re not being as kind and considerate to others as they should be.
8. Bad Blood
Favourite book that used flashbacks to tell a story?
Okay so I’m not 100% sure this meets the prompt but I’m going to run with it. I’ve chosen All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. There are several timelines that jump around a bit which I loved but know a lot of other readers absolutely hated.
One of these timelines is ten years in the past and basically pieces together what was happening around the time that a local girl went missing.
Book that is a non stop ride?
This one is easy for me to choose. It has to be Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Every chapter ends with something huge and exciting happening so you feel compelled to keep reading.
A book setting you would never want to go to?
Panem! It’s just… yeah. As far as dystopian settings go that I’ve read, it’s the one that strikes me as the most dangerous. There is no freedom or truth or equality. You’re either Capitol or you’re district. It surprises me that so many adults willingly had children knowing that every year two children from their district would be sent off to the Hunger Games to their deaths basically while you’re forced to watch from afar.
Bonus – I hope the Smoking Man is in this one.
Favourite side character in a book?
Now I probably would’ve chosen Sejanus Plinth from ABOSAS but I feel like I’ve already overdone the Hunger Games series. So I’m going to choose Evan Walker from The Fifth Wave series by Rick Yancey. It’s been years since I read (more like devoured) the series and I still think Evan is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time.
Well, those are my answers for the I Want to Believe book tag. (It seems that I underestimated how much sci-fi I’d be including!) As always, I won’t be tagging anyone specifically – this is a free for all tag. If you want to take part, please do and drop your links in the comments below so I can check them out!
Do you like reading science fiction? If so, I’d love some recommendations!
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