Way back in October of 2016 Liesbet from Zwartraafje had the splendid idea to create a book tag based on the game tag. In this tag you tag someone else who you give book recommendations to. Then it is their turn to give you a book reccomendation and to tag someone else who they also have to recommend books too. This all based on their book preferences of course.
It is a very great and fun idea, to see what someone else will recommend you but also to think of what you can recommend someone else. Last year this tag kind of fell silent. She summed up the first round of tags in this post (in Dutch). And then at the start of the new year she started the tag up again by tagging me which I was secretly hoping already. You can find that post here.
The official title for this tag is Tikkertje! Maar dan met Boeken. But that didn’t sound so great in English or didn’t stand out as nicely as I liked, so we (Liesbet and I) came up with this title for English. Tig is apparently how the game of tag is also called in the UK and that just would not leave me alone.
What Liesbet Recommended Me
Lets start of this tag by mentioning what Liesbet recommending to me. She half jokingly said that there was a chance of these being on my large to be read shelf. And she was right because two out of three certainly are.
Those two are The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. Both are on my shelf. I am actually hoping to read The Bear and the Nightingale in the next few months and are super excited for it. I’ve had some doubts about reading Nevernight since I bought it a year and a half ago but with all the positive reviews I might pick it up regardless. Especially if Liesbet thinks this might be up my alley.
The third recommendation she gave me was the Kate Daniels serie by Ilona Andrews. While I do not own any book of this series, I do own another book by this author duo. So Liesbet is certainly on to something here too.
Thank you for the recommendations! I hope I will love these.
What Am I Recommending Liesbet?
Now it is my turn to recommend Liesbet a few books. I thought hard about how I was going to go about this and I decided to try and recommend books in three categories. Adult, Young Adult and Middle Grade. I know that Liesbet reads all three target groups as long as the story appeals to her. The next three books are three that jumped at me immediately to recommend.
The first book I would like to recommend to you is Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. It might not have escaped your notice that this was my favorite read of 2017. It is just a fantastic historical fantasy with endearing characters that I think will be able to capture your heart.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is another book that I think can capture your attention. I know you quite enjoyed Uprooted and writing wise this duology has a similar style. But then with other kind of dragons and an amazing world building.
Lastly I would like to recommend you the middle grade Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton. It takes place amongst books in Oxford and focuses the plot around one book. Enough books to satisfy us as bookworms. As such I think you would be able to appreciate this underrated book. Also it game a similar feel that Dragon’s Green (Drakendal) did.
Tig-Tag! You Are It!
Annabel from Het Leven van een Boekenworm.
A little raven told me you would like to be tagged. 😉
What Am I Recommending Annabel?
Like with Liesbet I am attempting to recommend you an adult, a young adult and a middle grade. Starting off with The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle. While this book was not for me I think it might be one you would like. The ones who did like this book have similar taste in books to you I’ve seen so this was one I instantly thought of.
For young adult I was having a hard time picking between two books but in the end I went with the Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud. I know you have been liking his last series Lockwood & Co. But the Bartimaeus series is even better. A bit darker and with demons but so so good!
And lastly I would like to recommend you The Zanna Function by Daniel Wheatley. This is not out yet but will be in March. It is a great science fantasy middle grade that I think could capcture your attention. Zanna is a smart girl that I think you will like.