Summer Bucket List Book Tag

3:15 PM

Hey y'all!

I begin again by apologizing to my fellow bloggers for disappearing off the face of the earth again, both posting and commenting wise. August proved to be a hectic month, and so I'm just now getting back into the swing of things.

Anyway, I come today with a rather overdue tag - I had planned on publishing this last month, but time got away from me....again.

This particular gem is from MK @ Sarcastic Scribblings, and it's the Summer Bucket List Book tag! She tagged me not too long ago - just after I completed my two book tags from last year that she had gifted me.

Best friends, I tell you. tsk tsk tsk

I kid, I kid. You can view her responses HERE.

I admit, book tags just don't seem to be my thing? I mean, I tend to recycle a lot of my answers, because I end up perusing my Goodreads library to answer them, and not the actual mental library. Because really, my memory for books can be like a goldfish sometimes.

But we'll give it the old college try!

Hit the Beach: A book set by the water

At Bluebonnet Lake (Texas Crossroads, #1)

As the title implies, this book takes place right by a scenic lake in Texas. I'm pretty sure I've talked about this book before, but it's such a good book that I have to bring it up again, LOL. Pity that my Kindle died, because I really want to reread this now...

Watch Fireworks: A book that had a fiery romance

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2)

The romance between Cammie and Zach can only be described as "fiery". And I think MK can agree with me on the one. I mean, what isn't fiery about spies coming up in the middle of nowhere, crashing train rides, and oh yeah, let's not forget all the drama.

Go For A Roadtrip: A book that involves a journey

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)

I mean, the whole book is basically a journey to the end of the world. It's not a roadtrip necessarily, but it will do, right?

Camp Under The Stars: A book that left you starstruck

Becoming Me (The Imagination #1)

I'm pretty sure that I left a fangirly review of this on Goodreads, so there is no point in repeating it here. I was just so shooketh with the wonderful story and characters in this one. The only thing I can say is that you need to go read it. Now. *shoves readers over*

Marathon Some Movies: A book you couldn't put down

Mossflower (Redwall, #2)

I had a six hour car ride recently, and this book had just been bought...and so I had a delightfully long while to read this riveting adventure book. I loved it ever so much - it kept me intrigued the whole time. The personification of all the animal characters was really cool - down to the dialects. And the story, even though it's a classic fantasy trope, was really gripping to me. I will definitely look for the rest of this series.

And to think that I almost didn't buy this book....

Go Out For Ice Cream: A book with a sweet romance

Palace of Stone
The Forgotten Sisters

Palace of Stone and The Forgotten Sisters, Princess Academy #2 & 3 by Shannon Hale

Peder and Miri's relationship is one of the sweetest romances that I've come across in a long time. There is no real drama, just loving trust between two young persons. One that is built on trust. I long for a romance like that.

Or maybe one like Charlie and Sophie in Letters to Juliet.

And yes, this is totally what I thought of when I read that question.

Picnic In The Park: A book that was a fresh breath of fresh air

Paint Everything Blue

I haven't read that much Catholic fiction, and so to actually read a book that had the Faith at the center was SUCH a relief! It was super compelling and a great joy to read.

Oh by the way, Lena Donellan has recently published her second book, West of Yesterday, and I totally recommend that you go put it on your To-Read list :).

Go For A Hike: A character that overcame an obstacle

Emily's Quest (Emily, #3)

There were a lot of obstacles for Emily to climb over in this book - a not-so-good engagement, her struggles with her feelings, and the inability to write. The latter being the worst nightmare for any writer. But she's got grit and determination and she wins them all over.

Grill Some BBQ: A book featuring delicious food

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)

This is a hallmark of The Ranger's Apprentice series, apparently. And I can totally see why.

*stomach growls*

Watch The Sunrise: A book that inspires you

The Restorer (The Sword of Lyric, #1)

This book actually helped inspire one of my stories, so I will always count it as an inspiration to me. But even if it hadn't done that, I would count it. It's such a great Christian allegorical fantasy story! I mean, it's just an ordinary mom going to save the world!

Welp, that's it! Since summer is pretty much over, I'll be leaving this tag open for any passerbys to snag. Hope you enjoy it!

Scribblingly yours,


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  1. Great choice for the "Go for a Roadtrip" question! That's the only one of these that I've read. XD I didn't realize that Princess Academy was a series! Paint Everything Blue sounds really nice! So many books, so little time...

  2. Okay, I need to read Paint Everything Blue - my Catholic fiction selection has been lacking. XD Great post!

  3. *stifled happy sob* I just reread Paint Everything Blue. It's so beautiful. I can't wait to read West of Yesterday.

    I can't remember if I read Mossflower during my venture into Redwall or not? I must have. Anywho. They're such fun books, and I'm glad you've discovered them. :)

    And I really, reeeeally need to read the Emily books.

    Lovely post, Catherine!

  4. J+M+J
    Redwall??! *gasps* That series completely flew my mind till you mentioned it.... Those books are all hard to put down. Though, I must confess, it gets old after a bit since they all seem to have the "one of the main characters you love dies and saves the world by killing the antagonist". Now that I think of it though, they do have some great characters! I'll warn you though, in my experience, the story of the world is a bit mixed up, since the first book "Redwall" is like mid-time in the world, and the books written after fall both in front and behind it chronalogically, sometimes the story of certain historical figures (Martin the Warrior for example) is a bit contradictory.
    That is one series though that I believe I stuck through, which is a surprising for me, because it's not a small series. (And even then I may've missed a few)
    Sorry... t'was a bit of a rant.... Besides that and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I don't think I've read any of the others.

    The Doorman.


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