I was tagged by Dana at Dana Square to do the Taylor Swift Book Tag! You all know I can’t turn down a good tag and this came at just the right time – I needed something fun. The original tag was created by Sarah at Book Life – you can see the video here. Let’s get to it!
1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
pick a book or series you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with
The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater
I just loved the first two books in this series. Shiver and Linger were great, in my not-so-popular opinion. I loved Sam and Grace. But Forever was just the worst “ending” possible. Stiefvater could have gone to darker places or pressed deeper with her characters. None of it felt genuine. (And I think I read somewhere she was actually unhappy with the ending herself.) Obviously, I did not read Sinner.
a book with a red cover
17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma
It’s no secret that I am IN LOVE with Nova Ren Suma’s writing. Her prose is exquisite. And 17 & Gone is no exception to this rule. This book is haunting and creepy and twisted and beautiful and you should all read it – it’s perfect for Halloween!
3. Best Day
a book that makes you feel nostalgic
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
This is one of those books that really shaped me into a reader. I read it for a class in middle school and I just loved it so much. I read ahead, finishing it the first night it was assigned. It also helped that I had a fantastic teacher who was great teacher who taught us to break down what we were reading, but in a way that was accessible to 12 year old kids. I’d love to reread this someday soon.
4. Love Story
a book with forbidden love
Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters
This is the very first book I ever read with a lesbian protagonist and it was such an amazing experience getting to see someone who was sort of like me (I mean, I’m not a lesbian but I am a girl who is attracted to girls). I can’t attest to the quality or anything since it was like 13 years ago, but it was such a monumental reading moment for me, I couldn’t leave this off, especially when I see “forbidden love” as a topic here.
5. I Knew You Were Trouble
a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
I’m not 100% convinced that Holland is actually bad, but he definitely counts for now. I love him so much – I felt more connected to him, a “villain,” than either of the protagonists. He’s easily my favorite character, followed up by the true villains of the story. I just had a soft spot for abused, broken souls, I guess.
a book that someone spoiled you for
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Not even gonna get into it because I don’t want you guys potentially spoiled too, but someone failed to tag their spoilers on a blog post. Reasons I Don’t Read Reviews, Exhibit A.
7. Everything Has Changed
a book with a character that goes through extensive character development
The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
Oh, Celaena. You have come so far. I’m hard-pressed to find a character who I love more, who has changed so much, and so much for the better, than Celaena Sardothien. I know a lot of people hate her, but she’s seriously one of my favorite characters of all time, and it’s the way she continues to grow that makes me love her so much.
8. You Belong With Me
your most anticipated release
Winter by Marissa Meyer
I have a lot of anticipated releases for the coming months, but I think Winter has to be at the top of that list. I’ve been following this series for the three years that it’s been out and it’s one of my favorites. I love the diversity, especially for SFF, and I love that each book is headed by a heroine who is so strong, but in such different ways from the previous girl. I can’t wait to see Winter, who sounded AMAZING at the end of Cress and I especially can’t wait to see all these characters come together.
9. Forever and Always
a book with your favorite book couple
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
TAYLOR MARKHAM AND JONAH “NOT DRIVING ANYMORE” GRIGGS.
10. Begin Again
a series that deserves a second chance
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I’ve only read the first book so far, and it was actually a book I gave a second chance to. And it will be a series I give a second chance to. I honestly didn’t love Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I want to reread it one day and I hope to fall for it the way other readers have – and then move on to books 2 and 3.
a book with your favorite fantasy world
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
So this is actually historical fantasy, but it’s still one of my favorite worlds due to two factors. 1) Renee’s writing is just so imaginative and brings to mind perfect pictures of exactly what she’s describing. Because of her writing, the world is fleshed out and real and whole as if you were sitting there right next to Shazi. And 2) this is not a setting that we see at all in YA and that’s a damn shame because this part of the world (Iran) is full of colorful and beautiful history.
12. Last Kiss
a series you aren’t ready to let go, even though it’s ended
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Confession: I haven’t actually read Bitterblue. I’m simply not at all okay with living in a world with no more Cashore books left for me to read, so I’m leaving the final book in the Graceling Realm series sitting on my shelf. I just can’t do it.
a series that you’re glad is over
The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
Not that I’ve actually finished this or anything, but I’m gad this series (and the television series) is finally freaking over. I read up to book 5ish and just… it was being stretched thin and dragged out for far too long. Eventually I may go ahead and read the rest but I have no idea if it’s worth it. Is it?
14. Wildest Dreams
your favorite fictional guy
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
BEAAST. I love Beast so much. From the moment he walked onto the page in book one, I was in love. I was sooooo happy to see he was the love interest in book 2. There’s no one quite like Beast, starting with the fact that, according to the books, he’s supposed to be quite physically unattractive. But he’s courageous, valiant, honorable, witty, loving – just, gah, he is everything.
a book you found by chance and ended up loving
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
I was at my grandparents’ house one afternoon and I was bored, so I was perusing their enormous bookshelves. This stuck out to me because of the title – the “other” in the title called to me. So I picked it up and blazed through the first few chapters. This isn’t the best – or most accurate – book in the world, but it opened my world to the Tudors and Tudor romance and all the magic therein.
16. All You Had to Do Was Stay
a book you didn’t finish, but wish you had given another chance
The Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carey
I blame this on knowing too much about it before going in. I definitely recommend going in as blind as you can. If I had followed that advice I probably would have pushed forward more. But when I got to a really gross scene – and I don’t mean gory, I mean pervy – I just put it down. But I wish I hadn’t because so many seem to love this crazy book.
17. Come Back, Be Here
pick a book you would least like to lend out
Wasteland by Francesca Lia Block
FLB is one of my all-time favorite writers, and Wasteland is my favorite book written by her. When I found the opportunity to get a personalized first edition of this, I SLAMMED the buy now button as hard as I could. I don’t know anyone in real life that would want to borrow this, but luckily if that situation ever comes up, I actually have multiple copies. But I’d never lend out my signed copy.
18. Teardrops On My Guitar
a book that made you cry a lot
If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
Oh my gooooodddddd. I mean, the prologue tells you exactly how this ends and yet you spend every page mentally fighting against the inevitable. I was a sobbing, blubbering puddle of a person by the time this book was through.
19. Shake if Off
a book you love so much you just shake off the haters
The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
A lot of people were disappointed here, after reading Tiger Lily but I was in love with The Vanishing Season. I read it in a single night and sobbed my way through the last half of the book. I thought it was beautiful and smart and different and so, so heartbreaking. Maybe it’s because I didn’t read Tiger Lily first but I found this book to be flawless.
20. Blank Space
favorite autographed book
Black Iris by Leah Raeder
This is my favorite read of 2015 – I’ve been saying so since April and this still hasn’t changed. Even though I had the eARC, the ebook, and the finished paperback, Leah was so nice and sent me a signed copy of Black Iris as well. Not creepy at all but every once in a while I pull it from my shelves and flip through it (stopping for a while on the title page, not gonna lie.)
20. Today Was a Fairy Tale
a favorite retelling
The Scarlet Series by AC Gaughen
Is Robin Hood a fairy tale? I don’t care, this series is my favorite retelling of anything. I love Scarlet so much; I love Rob, too. I love Much and John. I love everyone in this series and it is seriously SO PAINFUL. This series hurts so much, it’s unreal. But it’s also imaginative and action-packed and fun and funny and adorable and asdhdkfhsdfh.