The Spring Cleaning Book Tag

April 26, 2018

I was tagged by Heather at The Sassy Book Geek, and this seemed like such a fun spring tag that I wanted to do it right away!

1. The struggle of getting started:

a book or series you struggle to begin because of its size

Definitely Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss! I got this one as a birthday gift last October, and I know I’m gonna love it, but it intimidates the hell out of me for some reason!

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

2. Cleaning out the closet:

a book or series you want to unhaul

I’m soooort of cheating, because I’m actually going to name some books I recently unhauled (as in, this past weekend): Goosebumps! I grew up on the series and loved the books as a kid, and wanted to pass them on to my son, too, but all of my copies were so old and tattered that, a few days ago, I finally decided to let them go and I’ll get new copies later on.


3. Opening windows and letting fresh air in:

a book that was refreshing

This one is perfect for a very recent read of mine: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. I just read this last week, and I loved it so much. I’ll have a full review going up on May 2nd for a blog tour spot, but let me just say that it is hilarious, clever, and full of girls supporting girls and subverting tropes, and I loved it so much!

Undead Girl Gang

4. Washing out the sheets:

a scene you wish you could rewrite

I know I’ve mentioned this before on my blog, and if you’ve read the book, you might already know what I’m talking about, so no spoilers… but there’s a scene at the end of A Court of Wings and Ruin that I felt like ended a little too happily, to be honest, and I would’ve rewritten it just for more emotional “kick”. (No, it’s not about page 666!)

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

5. Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks:

a book in a series you didn’t think was necessary

Definitely books 4 and 5 of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein series. It was originally written as a trilogy, and I love the ending of book 3. The author himself went on the record saying that, if you liked how book 3 ended, you should not read books 4 and 5 because they took it in a totally different direction, and I wish I had listened, because I ended up DNFing book 4! Now I just pretend 4 & 5 don’t exist. 😉


6. Polishing doorknobs:

a book that had a clean finish

I had to think about this one for a minute, but went with The Raven King. I would’ve been content to read 100-200 more pages, but let’s be real: the ending was exactly what it needed to be, and left me feeling satisfied and pleased with everything. ♥

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

7. Reaching to dust the fan:

a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message

I thought about this question for way too long before finally deciding to just shrug and leave it alone. I can think of books that tried too hard in general, but not for the purpose of relaying a certain message.

8. The tiring yet satisfying finish:

a series that was tiring but satisfying to get through

Okay, we all know that I’m horrible at finishing series, right? Like… awful. I have so many ongoing series right now that it isn’t even funny. It’s just sad. That said, I have to go with Harry Potter for this one. I was so sad by the end, and so sad to see it go, but so satisfied with the ending. (Until the epilogue. I hate the epilogue.)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)


It’s nearly 2am at the time that I’m writing this, and I’m tired, so… I’m going to be lazy and just let you guys tag yourselves in this one. 😉



More about Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

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    1. i’m suuuuper relieved to hear the raven king has a satisfying ending

        1. i read the first three books in one month and now it’s seven months later and nooooo progress.

    1. The Name of the Wind scares the crud outta me too! It does sound amazing, but it’s also really scary? Probably the 662 pages……

      1. Right! And you know what’s funny is I have read books with longer page counts, and I have read lots and lots of books with page counts that are very CLOSE to it, but for some reason, it looks so much bigger than those do! Maybe it’s because most of those were YA or NA fantasy instead of adult fantasy lol.

        1. I’ve read YA books that were pretty close in page count too! Maybe it’s because the font is kinda small???

    1. “I recently unhauled (as in, this past weekend)… I finally decided to let them go and I’ll get new copies later on.” I think you’d missed the point of unhauling Destiny 😉 <3 <3

      1. Nahhh. They were copies that needed to be recycled, and I got them off of my shelves, and won’t be replacing them until my son is old enough to read them – so, probably not for a good 6-8 years! That counts as an unhaul if you ask me! 🙂

    1. I think I know what scene you’re talking about in ACOWAR,and I’m pretty sure I feel the same way lol. I’m also intimidated by The Name of the Wind because it’s long and because if I love it I will be salty about it just like I am with A Song of Ice and Fire and my fantasy loving heart can only take so much! lol…

      1. Haha yeeeeah girl, you know which one I’m talking about! 😛 I don’t HATE it, but it kind of… I dunno, took away the “meaningful” aspect a little bit, if you ask me? 🙁 It was bittersweet. And I’m so glad I’m not alone on NotW, lmao. That’s another big reason I haven’t started it yet! Knowing that everyone has waited SO LONG for book 3… geez. And did you hear about Pat saying recently that it’s just the PROLOGUE to ANOTHER series?! *dies*

        1. Yes, exactly to the ACOWAR thing lol. And are you kidding me??? I’m going to be dead before the actual series is over and I’m only 27…

    1. Nice answers. For the first question, my answer would ACOTAR series 😀 No matter how much I want, I can’t just get myself to read it 🙁

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