Before it gets really busy here, I thought it would be fun to do a book tag I have been meaning to do for a while. Many thank yous to Cielo from Belle Rose Reads for tagging me and to Rachel from Let Me In the Library for creating this tag!
I have known Ariana since her days on Victorious and have always loved her music but I did fall out of touch with her latest releases, so I thought listening to her newest album whilst answering the questions to this book tag would be something fun to do.
Let us look at my answers to the prompts!
SHUT UP — a book you couldn’t shut up about.
I read this book a few years ago but I remember telling everyone to read Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It was a book that exploded in the book community and with good reason.
34+35 — a book that you stayed up to finish.
If I remember correctly, I stayed up until two or three in the morning to finish House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. It was just so good and I had to keep myself from sobbing out loud at the ending.
MOTIVE — a book that left you questioning everything.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. Trust me, this book left me questioning everything but in a good way. The ending (!) left me reeling for days and I could not stop wondering about what was going to happen next, how it was all going to go, etc.
JUST LIKE MAGIC — a book with all your favourite tropes.
I honestly do not know as I am still trying to figure it out but anything enemies to lovers, I think.
OFF THE TABLE — a book that raised your standards.
I definitely have to agree with Cielo on this one. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas was so well written and everything about them raised my standards, especially for the fantasy genre.
SIX THIRTY — a problematic book you love anyway.
I do not know if this counts but Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I read this book last year, after wanting to for so long, and I honestly did not expect to love it as much as I did. It is quite a creepy and dark book but I just love the story and the messages behind it. It has definitely turned into one of my all time favourite books.
SAFETY NET — a book you immediately knew was a 5 star read.
How can I not talk about this book? The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab was definitely a book I knew I would love from the very beginning. When I read the synopsis, I just had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. It is one of my all time favourite reads and I relate to it so much. The book came into my life at the perfect moment and for that I will always be grateful.
MY HAIR — a well-known author whose work you haven’t touched but are interested in.
I have been dying to binge read all Brandon Sanderson’s books for years but as there are so many of them, you can imagine how intimidated I feel.
NASTY — a new release you can’t wait to read.
There are quite a few but the first that comes to mind is Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim. I read the Blood of Stars duology in last year and fell in love with her writing, so I am buzzing with excitement to get a copy of her newest book in my hands!
WEST SIDE — your favourite series.
I know many people will disagree but it’s a guilty pleasure of mine, so… A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas is a series close to my heart. These books were the first ones to get my into the fantasy genre and I remember being so obsessed with them that I could not stop thinking about the world and characters. They just brought/bring me so much happiness.
LOVE LANGUAGE — a comfort book you keep returning to.
Oh, I do not think I have one at the moment as I rarely reread.
POSITIONS — a book that subverted a cliché.
I do not know if this really fits the prompt but Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim. Maia, the heroine of the story, disguises herself as a boy so that she can work as a tailor for the Emperor. She fought for what she wanted and did what was needed to achieve her dreams and I think she is just so different from any other female character I have read about.
OBVIOUS — a book you loved from a genre you don’t normally read.
I very rarely read biographies but Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah was one I really enjoyed reading. It was so well written, entertaining and educational, and it is one I will definitely be rereading in the future.
POV — a book you’d love to see told from a different point of view.
I actually cannot think of one right now as the books I really wanted in a different point of view was The Folk of the Air books, which we got in Cardan’s perspective. How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black was one of my most anticipated releases last year and it did not disappoint.
shut up – a book you couldn’t shut up about
34+35 – a book that you stayed up to finish
motive – a book that left you questioning everything
ust like magic – a book with all your favorite tropes
off the table – a book that raised your standards
six thirty – a problematic book you love anyway
safety net – a book you immediately knew was a 5 star read
my hair – a well-known author whose work you haven’t touched but are interested in
nasty – a new release you can’t wait to read
west side – your favorite series
love language – a comfort book you keep returning to
positions – a book that subverted a cliché
obvious – a book you loved from a genre you don’t normally read
pov – a book you loved to see told from a different point of view
Keep reading and never stop telling stories.