Book Blogger Confession Tag

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I was tagged by the wonderful Melanie @ meltotheany. This was so fun to do!

1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?

26892110[1]The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

I wanted to like this one, I really did! It ended up just being a little too out there for me. It could have been a right-book-wrong-time situation, so who knows. Maybe I’ll return to it someday.

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?

15858248[1]Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

There are so many New Adult romances I’ve read that would easily fall into the “guilty pleasure” category. Like, there are so many trashy romances out there that I’ve enjoyed reading, but aren’t objectively good, if that makes sense. I picked this one because it’s lighthearted and funny, and other people seem to enjoy it just as much as I did.

3. Which book do you love to hate?

41865[1]Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

If you weren’t obsessed with these books in 2007, then you’re lying. It’s funny to look back on how much I loved these books at the height of their popularity, whereas I now realize how poorly written and insanely problematic this series was. Still, Twilight got me back into reading, so I can’t hate these books too much.

4. Which book would you like to throw into the sea?

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Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L.James

I’m not one to judge a trashy book for being trashy, but this was just way too dark and emotional to ever be enjoyable for me. I see it everywhere, but I have no interest in ever finishing this series.

5. Which book have you read the most?

3[2]Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I was a huge nerd for these books back in the day (*Istillmightbe*) and must have read this series from start to finish at least four times.

6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

656[1]War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I feel guilty if I receive books as gifts and don’t read them, but War and Peace is so intimidating that it would sit untouched until the end of time. The classic status would never be enough to get me interested in this 1300 page monster.

7. Which book could you not live without?

25489134[1]The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This question is a little dramatic, but it would be unfortunate if I never got to read The Bear and the Nightingale. This book is so lovely and different than anything I’ve ever read before. It raised the bar for my standards and changed the way I approach new books.

8. Which book made you the angriest?

27774758[1]An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

It may seem like a negative, but the fact that this book made me so angry is a testament to how good it actually is. The world portrayed in this book is brutal. The characters go through hell, and are made to do terrible things to survive. The tension is unreal, only because there doesn’t seem to be a limit to how far the antagonists will go.

9. Which book made you cry the most?

35604686The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

I’ve never cried reading a book, but this one did melt my icy heart just a fraction. This book deals with suicide, grief, and acceptance. It’s a wonderful story, and I think everyone should read it.

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?

22544764[2]Uprooted by Naomi Novik

This may be an unpopular opinion, but I really don’t like this cover. I thought the foreign editions were much better (in fact, I bought the UK paperback from The Book Depository). But to each their own! The story inside is amazing, and that’s all that really matters.

 

I Tag:

Norrie @ Reading Under the Blankie
Kayla @ Books and Blends
Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd

Coffee Book Tag

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I came across this book tag from Peaks and Pages, and it was originally created by BangadyBangz. I love coffee almost more than I love reading (what can I say, I’m useless without it!) so I absolutely had to do this.

1. Black coffee: a book that was hard to get into but has a lot of diehard fans

I’m sort of dealing with this right now with Strange the Dreamer. People absolutely adore this book, but I’m sort of finding it to be (don’t throw rocks!) boring. The writing is beautiful, but I don’t have that compulsive need to read like I do with most books that capture my interest from the get-go. But I’m only 37% of the way through, so maybe I just need to give it some more time before the story pulls me in.

2. Peppermint mocha: a book that gets popular around the holiday season

When you read during the holiday season, you want to read wintery books! A few that I can think of are The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (the wintery-est of all winter books, bar none) and All the Light We Cannot See. I would include The Snow Child too, although I haven’t read it yet (it’s on my TBR and I’m hoping to get to it sometime soon). I’m actually always looking for recommendations for cozy winter reading!

Check out my reviews for The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower!

Side note: Peppermint mochas are my favorite.

3. Hot chocolate: your favorite children’s book

Harry Potter definitely takes the cake on this one, though I personally think of them as having an ageless demographic.

4. Double espresso: a book that kept you on the edge of your seat

Most recently, The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, which was my Book of the Month pick for January. While it wasn’t anything groundbreaking in the thriller genre, it was the right kind of fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat read that I was in the mood for.

You can read my full review for this book here.

5. Starbucks: a book that you see everywhere

I’m still seeing all those hype-y books everywhere, like Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, 50 Shades of Grey, etc. I don’t think they’ll be going away anytime soon.

6. Hipster coffee shop: a book by an indie author that you love

I haven’t really read anything by an indie author lately. Does Angelfall by Susan Ee count? I loved that book when it came out a few years ago for the unique and quirky dystopian fantasy that it was. The last book went a little off the deep end and left me completely underwhelmed, but I still enjoyed the series as a whole.

7. Oops, accidentally got decaf: a book you expected more from

I definitely expected more from Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, since it is roughly based off The Labyrinth and the premise sounded right up my alley (I’m using a lot of clichés in this post, I’m so sorry). The first half was phenomenal, in my opinion. I fully expected it to be a five-star read until the mid-way point, when it became an entirely different book. Angsty, confusing romances aren’t really my thing. I had a hard time believing that the two main characters even liked each other.

I received an ARC of the sequel and read it, hoping that it would contain the elements of Wintersong that I enjoyed. You can read my review for Shadowsong here.

8. The perfect blend – a book with the perfect combination of bitter and sweet

I thought the ending to A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab was intensely bittersweet. The entire series was a rollercoaster of emotions, and it concluded in such a satisfying but heartwrenching way. If you haven’t read these books already, do it. Seriously. V.E. (Victoria) Schwab is such a master storyteller, and all her books are phenomenal, but the Shades of Magic series is just amazing. The characterization, worldbuilding, everything.

You can read my review here.

9. Green tea – a book that is quietly beautiful

Maybe The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman? I’m not sure if this book counts as quiet, but there is a melancholic, nostalgic, dream-like quality to it and the writing is beautiful.

10. Chai tea – a book that makes you dream of far off places

I already mentioned Shades of Magic, right? So Harry Potter, the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, Caraval, Strange the Dreamer, An Enchantment of Ravens, The Cruel Prince, and The Night Circus.