It’s time for another round of Tag Thursday! I haven’t done one of these in a while, and wow, do I have a lot of tags to catch up on. ? This lovely little tag came courtesy of Bookish Paige!
1. F L ? W E R S →
look on your bookshelves. what is the most beautiful book both inside and out?
This is such a tough call! If it was just outside, I’d say Strange the Dreamer — I was lucky enough to grab a UK hardback while they were in print and it’s stunning! — but inside, too? Proooobably my UK hardback of Nevernight.
2. G R A S S ? →
what is a book that you find others like way more than you do?
Anything by Becky Albertalli. ?
3. ☔ R A I N →
what’s a great book that lifts your spirits when you’re down?
There are a few that could fit the bill on this one, but I’ll go with A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert. It never gets old and it never fails to cheer me up when I need it!
4. D E W ? →
what’s a book that made you feel alive?
I’m going to echo Paige’s answer and go with The Raven Boys for this one. It’s such a gorgeous, surreal story and it honestly feels magical every time I read it. I just started a series reread because I’ve been missing my Cabeswater babies and I am so excited. ♥
5. S T ? R M S →
what’s a book that you found unpredictable?
I’m honestly extremely hard to surprise when it comes to books; in fact, I can’t remember the last time a plot twist genuinely shocked me. That said, I finished The Dark Game recently and there were definitely a few points where I had no idea who was going to die next (because, seriously, the body counts are HIGH AS HELL in Jonathan Janz’s books!).
6. R A I N B ? W →
what was a book that you struggled with, only to be happy that you read it in the end?
And I Darken is the first one that always comes to mind. The first 70% or so of the book is honestly pretty boring, but I loved the end and loved the second book. Unfortunately, the trilogy finale, Bright We Burn, was one of the most disappointing reads of the year for me and I regretted even bothering, so… can I really say I’m happy I didn’t DNF the first book? Hmm… ?
7. C H I L L Y ❄ W E A T H E R →
what’s a book you couldn’t finish or didn’t enjoy?
Oooh, I’m sad to say this one, but I recently DNFed Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee because I hated the main characters so much, it made me second-guess all of my desires to read anything else by Jeff Zentner. (I’m sure I’ll still try The Serpent King since I own it, but… yeah.) It sucked because it sounded so on brand for me with the horror movie themes, but I absolutely loathed it.
8. W A R M ? W E A T H E R →
what’s a book that you loved and wanted more of?
I’m going to pick a short story for this one, and it’s The Summer Palace by C.S. Pacat. It takes place a few months after the end of Kings Rising and I think about it all the time and constantly find myself wishing it was AT LEAST 300 pages longer. ?
9. G R E E N ? →
what’s a book you haven’t read yet, but really want to?
A pretty new release, Wounds by Nathan Ballingrud. It’s a collection of short stories and is his first major release since 2013, I think? I pre-ordered it but haven’t had the chance yet with all of my current reads weighing down on me. ?
10. P ? N K →
what’s a book in which you felt a strong connection to the characters?
The most recent one was That Kind of Guy (I know, another Talia Hibbert book?!). Zach, the hero of the book, is demisexual and has recently realized it. I’m not demisexual, but he talks about his history of sleeping with people just to please them and basically performing self-harm and self-neglect through sex, and without going into too many sordid details, I’ll just say that I freakin’ FELT that and it meant a lot to me to see it put into words.
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