Elemental Book Covers Tag

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It's time for a quick, fun post today as I work my way through the 'Elements Book Covers' tag that I originally saw on Jennie's book blog back in April. I totally agree with her that book tags (along with themed TBRs) are so much fun to do as they allow you to just destroy any order in your bookshelf whilst rediscovering things you may have forgotten you owned. The tag is simple to follow, with each element requiring a book to be found with that element on, and a book with the colour most closely related to that element on. We start off with...


Find a book with water on it: The Ice People by Maggie Gee - Cheating a bit with this one, but ice is water and I don't think I've included this book on my blog before. It was recommended to me by my dissertation tutor and is a science-fiction novel set in a 'new ice age' where issues of sexuality, racism, and the environment are brought to light. There's a lot about gang mentality in this too which seems to be a common theme in dystopian literature. I'm really looking forward to giving it a read.

Find a book with blue on it: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick - Oh look, this is actually about the sea too, which is water, so super bonus to me. This is the true story that inspired Moby Dick and I've got to admit I'm not massively eager to read this, but there is a film being released (or has already been released, who knows) based on this with a very good cast.


Find a book with fire on it - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling - We all know what this is. Emotional memories of said scene with fire the cover is based on.

Find a book with red on it - Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel - The sequel to Wolf Hall, which I loved and consequently forgot all about. The first book was such a massive tome that took me weeks to read, I'm hardly inspired right now to pick up the next. This one deals in more detail with Henry VIII's relationship with Anne Boleyn, and how Cromwell intervenes when Henry's interests wander to Jane Seymour.


Find a book with something related to earth on it - The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter - The most bizarre thing I've ever read, and probably one of my favourites too. This is the story of Evelyn, a misogynistic professor who finds himself in the middle of a desert after a string of unfortunate incidents. He is brought in by an all-female society living underground, and is reborn as Eve. The story follows his experiences adjusting to being a woman and being treated like the women he once shamed. It's a hell of a ride.

Find a book with green on it - Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith - I know very little about this book other than there is an apocalyptic plague of grasshoppers. Apparently there's a lot of LGBTQ+ themes going on in it too, which really draws me to giving it a read soon.


Find a book with air on it - The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett - The sequel to The Color of Magic and the next book of Pratchett's I need to read! All I know is that it follows the further adventures of the wizard Rincewind (babe).

Find a book with white on it - Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov - Look at that cover. It's absolutely stunning. Pale Fire is a novel in the form of a poem by a fictional poet, commentated by his academic colleague. It looks like it's going to have a very odd structure, but I really like reading more experimental or postmodern works, so I'm happy to give it a try.

***Bonus round: Spirit***

Find a book with blue, red, green, and white on it - The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon - I remember when I first saw this cover I was ultimately very distressed. It's messy and it made no sense to me, but after finishing the book, the cover was completely changed. It all makes sense in as much as something by Pynchon can make sense. The story basically covers the travels of Oedipa Mass who becomes entangled in a long, Pynchonesque (the only description that fits) plot about the postal service, murder, The Beatles, and consumerism. Of course.

I tag you all to do this as well!

M x

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