Updated: Nov 7, 2019
Hello everyone! Today I'm here to take part in a a book tag started by WhatVickyRead.
Anyone who knows me knows about my eternal love for all things Taylor Swift. She has been an idol to me since I was a child and her latest album has further cemented my admiration. I've annoyed everyone around me, both in real life and online, with my never ending playing of these songs. My current favorites on the album are Paper Rings, Daylight, and Cornelia Street which all are beyond amazing - though the whole thing is a masterpiece.
The Rules as Stated on the source of the tag are:
Give Credit to the Creator (Linked Above)
Tag 5 Friends (I'm tagging anyone who wants to do this)
Without further ado, onto the tag...
I Forgot That You Existed – A book on your TBR that you’d completely forgotten about
This was one I had to take a second to ponder. I mean I remember every book on my TBR...oh wait! That's right I've still never read ACOTAR by S.J. Maas. I always forget about it when I go to pick up another book. Plus I think I get overwhelmed by trying to jump into such an established series. Maybe one day.
Cruel Summer – A Perfect Summer Read
Personally for summer I enjoy a good light read. One of the first ones that came to my mind was Belly Up by Eva Darrows. I reviewed it this year on my blog and ended up giving it 5/5 stars. It's such an easy read to breeze through with its rom-com approach to teen pregnancy and hints of intersectional feminism. It was everything I hoped it would be and more.
Lover – Your Favourite Book/Series
Okay so perpetually my favorite book is Daddy's Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clarke. I'm always so nostalgic about it and have a sentimental attachment. I definitely suggest it to anyone who loves murder mysteries. I've taken my well worn copy that my grandma gave me everywhere from vacations to hospital stays over the years and I never get sick of it.
The Man – An Amazing Female Character
Nastya from the book Romanov by Nadine Brandes is one I have flooded my bookstagram with since I read it a few months ago. Her impish nature and small acts of rebellion against those who are keeping her captive is a highlight of the book. She is so strong and determined to keep her family intact. With a willingness to sacrifice anything for those she loves, she ranks high on my list of amazing female characters.
The Archer – A book from your childhood because you never grew up
So I'm obviously old and back in the last century my mother would read to me these children's book called monster pops. They contained three short books titled Dinnertime, Oh My A Fly, and Small Talk. I always loved listening to the stories as my mom would read them to me before bed. Later on they would be what I practiced reading with when I was in school. For all of that they are still some of my favorites and I continue to hold onto my own collection.
I Think He Knows – A book everyone knows you love!
I think everyone on the planet knows about my new found love of the After series by Anna Todd. More details on this below...
Paper Rings – Your favourite OTP
I know I only recently read the book 5 Years Later by Jaxson Kidman but that couple was everything I wanted in life. They had angst, tragic backstories, crippling mistakes, and complete love in the best combination. Everything I ever wanted for a couple was perfectly delivered in this series and I couldn't have enjoyed it more. Even if it was simply a standalone the author really made every moment count so that the reader became invested in the main relationship.
Cornelia Street – A book that lived up to the hype
As stated above, my favorite book is by Mary Higgins Clarke. I've loved the author since I first started reading novels and that has stuck with me. Recently I decided to take the plunge into another book by the same author. This one was titled I've Got My Eyes on You. I was honestly worried about it not living up to the idolization I'd placed on the author, totally unfair ones but still. However as I read I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book hit it out the park on all fronts. Mary Higgins Clarke only further cemented her position as the queen of suspense, a title she wears with grace.
Death by a Thousand Cuts – A book that saying goodbye to is death by a thousand cuts so you just have to re-read it again
I have reread the Fallen Too Far series by Abbi Glines at least 10 times in my life and it never gets old. It's my comfort romance at all times. The story is one I've matured with - and it has become a part of me in that time. I purchased it when I was, admittedly, probably too young to read it and have loved it ever since.
London Boy – A book based in London
I have literally never read a book set in London so on we go...
Soon You’ll Get Better – A book that brightens up your sky
Not really a specific book but a genre that never fails to perk up my spirits is romance. It is my go-to for all things comfort. Romance never feels to brighten my mood if I've had a bad day or just simply need a pick-me-up. I will forever have a soft spot for the genre and all the giddy feelings it surfaces.
False God – A book that you could reread over again because it still does it for you, babe
Now let me start by saying that the After series was one I couldn't wait to write about because it is one of my favorites. I originally read the books on Wattpad back in the day and then went on to read the published version later on. It may be an unpopular opinion but I also adored the movie and can't wait for the next one to come out. Basically I'm here for any adaptions made and I will consume them all.
You Need to Calm Down – An LGBTQ+ book you’d GLAADly recommend
As a bi person, it is surprising to me that I don't read more LGBTQ+ books. I honestly don't know if it's my fault, the publishing business for lacking rep, or a mix of both. But either way I don't get to the genre nearly as much as I'd like.
Moving on from that, the character that comes to mind first is Ezra from Two Can Keep A Secret. The representation in that book was done really well and surprisingly not a caricuture of the worst stereotypes that can be regurgitated in media. I definitely recommend this book for the mystery aspect along with the characters, the LGBTQ+ ones included.
Afterglow – It’s Not the Book, It’s Me (A book that wasn’t for you)
This book for me would be Fortuna Sworn by K.J. Sutton. I stated in my review that the book wasn't bad it just wasn't living up to its full potential for me. I definitely do think it's one that others should give a try and evaluate on its own merits - that being said it wasn't my thing. I ended up giving it 2 stars, a fact that I was so disappointed about because I truly wanted to like it.
ME! – A Character You Relate To
One character that immediately comes to mind when I'm asked who I relate to is Aza Holmes from Turtles All The Way Down. Aza is a character with OCD who is struggling to remain afloat in her own life. As someone who also has OCD that has had a similar effect I saw myself in Aza. Our personalities are very similar along with the thought spirals that ensue from our mental illness.
It’s Nice to Have a Friend – A Character You’d Love to be Friends With
Alice Cullen from Twilight is a character I have always wanted to be friends with. I saw the movies before I read the books and I thought she was the coolest person in them. When I read the books this only further proved my love of her. Her relationship with Bella was something I always aspired to have.
Daylight – A book that you weren’t sure of at first but turned out to be amazing!
I went into A Danger To Herself and Others by Alyssa B. Sheinmel with minimal expectations. I didn't know much about it or the author but it is now one of my favorites. I received it as a net galley arc and ended up loving it so much that I bought my own physical copy.
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