Am I late to this? Yeah… Probably. But Im still going to do it because I think it’s a FABULOUS book tag and shows a lot about a blogger’s reading preferences!
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I wasn’t tagged by anyone but that’s the beauty of this community–you can just slowly slip into things and no one seems to mind!
So here we go!
I have read soooo many great books so far this year and I so badly wanted to include a bunch of them here, but I forced myself to pick just one book. And that book has to be A Darker Shade of Magic. The magic, the world building, the atmosphere, the characters… Hnnnng. So good.
I will forever be in love with Stiefvater’s genius. The way she weaves magical realism and spookilicious yet familiar atmosphere into ink and paper absolutely amazes me. Her characters are all precious little nuggets and I love them all.
Why is no one still talking about this book?? It was SO GOOD. It solidified itself as my favorite book of 2019. It was a fun, spooky, atmospheric book with dangerous forests, caves, zombie soldiers, a zombie goat… What’s not to love??
I was so convinced that I would hate this book. I had no love for Alice in Wonderland and I am not the biggest fan of retellings in general, much less a retelling of the Queen of Hearts. Who likes the Queen of Hearts?? But heck if Meyer didn’t make me absolutely Fall. In. Love. with these characters. I literally cried over this book.
I talk about this book a lot so I won’t say much here, but this is such a familiar, comforting story for me. It was everything I ever wanted as a pre-teen and Pierce’s writing style plus a heavy dose of nostalgia help this book stand the test of time for me.
I actually had a really difficult time picking a book out for this one. I guess I don’t read books with great sibling relationships?? (Besides Ronan/Matthew in The Raven Cycle but I’m trying reaaally hard not to choose that series for every prompt…) But I did genuinely love Alec’s and Isabelle’s sibling dynamic in The Mortal Instruments.
I am taking this book to mean the classic “the world fell away” moniker, and a lot of books fit that bill for me, but these are 3 of the most impactful ones for me in that regard. I became completely absorbed in these stories and let myself forget about real life for a while.
A Court of Mist and Fury is arguably Maas’s best work. The atmosphere, world-building, and character development/romance is just SPECTACULAR and this is the book that made me wish I could visit Velaris.
Under the Never Sky was kind of my first exposure to YA scifi romance and I loved it. It was fast paced and had great characters that I will protect at all costs.
Red, White, & Royal Blue was a much-needed balm of relief from the USA politics and presidential choice right now. I would much rather live in that alternate reality than our actual one…
*chunks book at you all*
I LOVE INEJ GHAFA AND I WILL FIGHT EVERYONE FOR HER.
I’m not a fan of this question because I never know what to say. If you’re exposed to anything for an overextended amount of time, you’re going to get tired of it… BUT if I had to choose, it would be good ol’ HP. The first book is so comforting and familiar, and I imagine that’s what I would want if I were stranded on an island.
DUH. Literally my favorite series of all time and I haven’t even finished it yet… But I have no doubt it’s going to make me feel all the feels.
I am so freaking excited by this book and I really truly think a lot of my hype is because I keep hearing about it but I can’t read it yet. Because it hasn’t been released yet. AND I AM UPSET. I NEED IT. It has ghosts, spookilicious atmosphere, Latinx rep and lgbtq+ rep… GAH. I NEED IT.
Sam from Thoughts on Tomes absolutely loves this book and convinced me via her videos and chatter on Discord to read this book. And it was great. Don’t be fooled–this is a heavy book. But I absolutely loved the main characters and the romance and the magic woven into this story.
Oh man. So, in attempting to find a book for this prompt I realized that I don’t actually read funny books… I’m going to go with Aurora Rising, because even though it’s not necessarily a haha-laugh-out-loud kind of book, the dynamic between our cast (especially Finian) is absolutely divine. They are so sassy and bicker all the time in the best way possible.
I could easily choose anything by Tamora Pierce, or I could choose Percy Jackson or Harry Potter, but I’m going to go with Holes! Talk about a throwback. I read this when I was tiny-Heather and loved it. The movie was fabulous too!
Confession time: I have yet to actually finish Kingdom of Ash. I’m 33% of the way through and I just can’t do it you guys. Bad things are going to happen, I just know it. BAD THINGS. I CAN’T DO IT.
I wouldn’t say I read a lot of books that are hated, per say? I’m going with Winterwood for this one; people didn’t hate this necessarily (it has a 3.82 rating on Goodreads), but it wasn’t as well received by the masses compared to how I felt about it. This was a solid 5 star book for me when I read it last November and it was almost my favorite book of the year! I adored the atmosphere, the dark forest, and the characters.
How did this book go so wrong, so quickly? It’s such a clusterf***. The writing is sloppy, the characters are uninspiring and uninteresting, and the author tries waaaay to hard to be clever and mysterious that she fails spectacularly at it. I was so disappointed in Owlcrate for sending this out as their December book.
SPOILERS AHEAD – YE HAVE BEEN WARNED
There are so many??? Seriously. So many. There is absolutely no way I can pick just one. So here’s 8! 😂
Song of the Lioness Quartet: The romance in the later books of this series isn’t the main focus, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t great. George and Alanna have such a beautiful relationship from the very beginning as mentor/apprentice, and eventually evolves into a true, soulful romantic love.
Red, White, & Royal Blue: How could I not mention this book? Alex and Henry are adorable and I will fight for them.
These Broken Stars: This trilogy focuses on 3 different romances but I stand by the original couple. Lilac and Tarver are very clearly on opposite sides of the proverbial tracks, but the love-to-hate romance they have as they are trying to survive a spooky, hostile planet develops organically and doesn’t feel forced at all. I need mooooore.
Under the Never Sky: Aria and Perry aren’t quite as squeal-worthy for me as Lilac and Tarver, but they came dang close. I don’t know what it is about these two, honestly. They were just so adorable.
ACOMAF: I would be truly amiss not to mention Feyre and Rhysand. These two, man… They broke me. ❤️
The Raven Cycle: Blue and Gansey are adorable, but Ronan and Adam are truly where it’s at. These two have so much chemistry together in the earlier books and develop a relationship naturally, while still evolving as individuals on their own.
Dance With the Devil: This one is sort of our of left field, but Kenyon’s earlier works in the Dark-Hunter series were fabulous for me. I read them in late high school and fell in love. This one in particular is very nostalgic for me for some reason, and I still love the dynamic between Zarek and Astrid to this day. The book is a little kitschy and cliche, but still cute.
The Princess Bride: This is a classic but fun romance that truly stands the test of time for me. Westley and Buttercup are just… *chef’s kiss*
So there you have it! What a fun tag. I tag anyone who’d like to do this! And if you’ve already done it, send me a link! I love reading detailed tags like this. 😁