Saturday, November 6, 2021

The Give Thanks for Books Tag

Are you thankful for books?  I'm so thankful for them in so many ways -- for what they teach me, how they transport me, and how happy they can make me.  So I've created this blog tag to share some of the books I'm thankful for.  I'll tag a few friends at the end, and if you like it and want to do it too, go right ahead!

The Rules:
1. Thank the person who tagged you.  (Thank you, me!)
2. Fill out the tag.
3. Share the tag graphic in your post.
4. Tag four friends.
5. Provide a clean copy of the tag for easy copying.

(Note: I've linked book titles to my reviews of them.)

(Another note: All book pictures are mine from my Instagram account.)

The Tag:

G -- A book you're Grateful to a friend for recommending: The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery. So many of my friends, I think particularly Heidi of Along the Brandywine, kept telling me that I HAD to read The Blue Castle.  And they were right.  Thank you, lovely friends!

I -- A book that fires your Imagination: All of Raymond Chandler's books.  I'm so serious.  His way with words just sets my imagination on fire.  My creativity soars whenever I'm reading one of his books, and that's a huge part of why he's my favorite author.

V -- A book with a Vivid setting: These War-Torn Hands by Emily Hayse.  Oh my goodness, the breath-taking beauty of her magical-Old-West setting!  The untamed vistas, the harsh beauty of the landscapes, the hungry wilderness surrounding every character -- it's magnificent.

E -- An Encouraging book:  Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper by SARK was a great shot in my creativity a few years ago.  Lots of good encouragement and advice for how to be and remain creative, whether you're a writer or a visual artist or whatever.

T -- A book that Taught you something:  Marsalis on Music by Wynton Marsalis taught me so many things about music!  For instance, I never knew that a sonata and a symphony have the same form, the only difference is whether they're played by a few instruments or by many.  The book is geared toward kids, but I got so much out of it too!

H -- A Happy book: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome is such a happy, fun, enjoyable book!  I read it aloud to my kids a few months ago, and we all got such a kick out of it that I ordered the next two books in the series, though we haven't started them yet.

A -- An Amusing book: The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White made me laugh and laugh and laugh.  If you want a truly funny middle-grade fantasy book with good humor instead of the stupid potty humor many middle-grade books rely on, give this one a try.

N -- A New-to-you book or author you discovered this year:  I tried out Walter Mosley's hardboiled detective books for the first time this year.  I didn't care for Devil in a Blue Dress, but I really enjoyed Trouble is What I Do

K -- A fictional character you feel a Kinship with:  Anne Elliot in Persuasion by Jane Austen.  Like her, I am quiet, reserved, loyal, and determined inside even if other people don't know how strong-willed I can be.

S -- A book you want to Share with others:  On These Black Sands by Vanessa Rasanen is such a rollicking good time!  If you like pirate stories or fantasy books at all, you need to read it.

Here's a clean copy of the questions for you:

G -- A book you're Grateful to a friend for recommending
I -- A book that fires your Imagination
-- A book with a Vivid setting
E -- An Encouraging book
T -- A book that Taught you something
H -- A Happy book
A -- An Amusing book
N -- A New-to-you book or author you discovered this year
K -- A fictional character you feel a Kinship with
S -- A book you want to Share with others

I Tag:

Play if you want to!


  1. This is an awesome idea for a book tag, Rachel!! Thanks so much for including me! :D

    Anne Elliot is such a great character to relate to. <3

    1. Aww, thanks, Katie! I'm glad you like it :-)

      I love her a lot.

  2. What a wonderful tag!!! I adore the Blue Castle, but haven't read any of the others you mentioned! I shall have to remedy that!

    1. I'm glad you like it, Grace! Feel free to copy this tag yourself if you want to.

      The Blue Castle is just so wonderful, isn't it? Indescribably so. I hope you enjoy some of these others when you get to them :-)

  3. What a fun and positive tag! I haven't read Swallows and Amazons yet but I think that's one I'll enjoy too. :) Also, that's a lovely edition of Persuasion!

    1. Thanks, Marian! I'm glad you like it :-) Swallows and Amazons is the perfect summer light read. I sooooo wish I'd read it as a kid.

      That copy of Persuasion is part of a set called "Seasons Editions" or something? The dustjackets for them are fantastic! I only have that one and Jane Eyre because they're also kinda pricey, but too pretty not to get a couple of my favorites in that edition :-)

  4. Fun tag idea!

    Ah, Swallows and Amazons is SO much fun! And the other books in the series are good, too. :)

    1. Thanks, Samantha! Feel free to copy this yourself if you want to :-)

      I'm so glad to hear the rest of the Swallows & Amazons series is fun too! That first one was just the perfect sort of summer read-aloud.

  5. Done!

  6. Neat tag idea! Thanks for tagging me! I'm planning to get my answers whipped up this afternoon.

    Hmm, you've piqued my interest in "The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes". Middle-grade is hit-or-miss for me, but I'm always up for a book that will make me laugh out loud. (And I'm with you: I get tired of toilet/physical humor reallyyyyy quickly. There's a franchise I've tried to read multiple times because it has some other fantastic forms of humor, but it also has soooo many fart and belch jokes and I'm just over here like, "Could we not??" Sigh.)

    1. Thanks, Olivia!

      There are three "Adventurer's Guide" book, afaik, and my kids hoot with laughter over all three of them. I've only read the first, but I think you would get a kick out of it because it has a snarky pokes-loving-fun-at-fantasy-adventures vibe. And I know you like that vibe. Almost a Hitchhiker's Guide-meets-Terry Pratchett thing?


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