I’d like to officially announce a new part of my blog, Book Tag Friday! With this little segment, each week, on Friday, I will post a new Book Tag that I have participated in. I will list the rules, however, I may not follow them. Rules are made to be broken. I say this because, I won’t be tagging a single person in any tag. If you read this post then, you have been tagged and you may, if you choose, to participate yourself in this tag, be it on your social media, your own blog or just in the comments below! Your choice!
I will also attach a photo of each of the books mentioned with a link to their Goodreads pages.
The book tag I’ve chosen this week is ‘The College Freshman’, created by Little Blind Book Finds. By clicking on the link you can find their answers for ‘The College Freshman Book Tag’!
- Give credit to the creator of the tag!
- Answer the questions to the best of your ability! You don’t have to be in college or have gone to college to answer these!
Tag three people to complete the tag.
The Roommate: Name a character you’d love to be roommates with and one you’d hate to be roommates with.
Oh! What a start! I think a character I would love to share a room with would have to be Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy. Why? You may ask. Well, the answer is simple. She’s a low maintenance, kick-ass character with strong loyalty to all of her friends. Why wouldn’t I want her as my roommate? All I have to do is make sure I don’t piss her off.
Now, who would I hate to share a room with? I think for this one, villians will have to be crossed out, only because no one would want to share a room with Voldemort or President Snow. So the person I choose, although I would love them as a friend but would never be able to live with them, would have to be Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass. Why? She’s kick-ass, yes. She’s loyal, yes. But she’s so freaking high maintenance, I think I would get annoyed, and the last thing I would want to do is annoy Celaena. I’m good, thanks though.
Vampire Academy Review | Throne of Glass Review
Orientation: Name a book that you read to experience a new genre, or to familiarize yourself with a topic you knew nothing about. Did you like the book? What did you learn from it?
This one is actually Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Now, before I get my head chopped off, I want to start with yes, I did enjoy some of it. Just not all of it. I found there to be a little too many sex scenes. It came to the point where they could have just skimmed over the details. It didn’t add anything to the story besides learning how the pair liked to groove. I did enjoy the story, and I did gain a better understanding and appreciation for historical fiction. I’ve read many historical fiction books since then and loved each one of them. So, thank you Diana Gabaldon.
Homesick: Name a book from your childhood that you love so much that you sometimes miss, and may even find yourself rereading it often.
I love Twilight, from the bottom of my heart, I do, but I can’t seem to stomach the writing style of that book anymore. This was the book that got me back into reading when I was twelve, and it’s a series I wish I could reread but I can’t seem to anymore. A pity seeming I had such an enormous love for the series. It’s a book that will just sit proudly on my shelf instead.
Choosing a Major: Name a book that you have read about a topic you are passionate about, or a character from a book that shares a similar passion as you.
I only read this one recently actually! Stalking Jack the Ripper, is about a girl in the 1800s that’s pursuing a life in Forensic Science, a blasphemous thing for a woman to do in those times. I may not be persuing forensic science, I’m simply not smart enough, but I do however have a massive fascination for the morbid. In particular, serial killers. I also have a growing respect for science and a passion for learning new and exciting things, like Audrey Rose! I’m just missing the handsome sidekick.
Honestly, it was an exceptional novel, putting a twist on the mysterious and very intriguing Jack the Ripper events. Definitely worth the read.
Stalking Jack the Ripper Review
Join the Club: Name a popular book or book series that you didn’t think you’d enjoy, but ended up loving.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I can’t lie, I judged this book very harshly on its cover. I thought it was going to be an awful book, but everyone was raving about it, so I gave it a go and I was more than pleased. This rapidly became one of my all-time favourite novels. An absolutely exceptional book about two very different boys and a strong-headed girl. I beg everyone and anyone to give this book a go, especially with the exciting sequel looming around the corner!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Review.
The All-Nighter: Name one book that was so good, you stayed up all night reading it.
My brain had decided when I was seventeen through to eighteen, that reading wasn’t for me. Maybe it decided that since I was a free spirit, with no high school or other obligations besides work, that reading was a forgettable past time. Like hell I would let that stupidity stop me, so I bought Fangirl and did not regret a thing. I didn’t stay up all night reading it, but I was up until one in the morning. Through some parts I was pacing the house, crying. I must admit, I think my Mum was a little concerned. Fortunately, however, she never said anything. This book was another exceptional novel that everyone has to read. It’s beautiful and sweet and ultimately, realistic and something anyone could be able to relate to. Especially college or university students 😀
The Night Before It’s Due: Name a popular book or book series that you put off reading for way too long
As any of my frequent viewers would know, I love Sarah J. Maas. She’s my absolute favourite author, and if there was anyone I could meet, it would be her. I read the first Throne of Glass book in 2012 and fell in love with the series. I read every single book in that series, actively keeping up with it but never touched A Court of Thorns and Roses. I only ever heard good things about ACOTAR, so of course I wanted to read it, but I didn’t want to run out of Sarah J. Maas books, so my solution was to not read them at all. Stupid, I know. But one day I was flooded in. (I live on a hill, if it rains too much we can’t leave our property). So I decided to pick up the first book in that series, aware that the third book would be released the next day.
I read that entire series in the span of two days, purchasing the ebook for the third book, as I couldn’t leave home. It was a marvellous series and hold it to the same extroadinary level as Throne of Glass.
The Hangover: Name a book that left you with a book hangover after you finished it.
This gem was an incredible series. I have a love for fairy tales, especially the Disney twist on them, so it was incredible to seem all of these characters be moulded into something new and exciting. The Cinderella in this story is a Cinderella I wish had been around in the Disney version. Such amazing characters, such an amazing plot. Please, please, pretty please read this series! I was completely lost when it finished.
On a Budget: Name a book that you remember buying even though you were tight on cash, because you just had to have it.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue has won another one! I had, had, had to purchase the OwlCrate edition of the wonderful novel, inside including a letter from the author and a signed book plate, not to mention that the cover is beautiful!
In case you missed my self-promo above, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue review.
English 101: Name a required reading book that you loved. (it can be middle/high school or college).
I was a brat in high school when it came to books. I only wanted to read the books that I chose for myself, so I purposely refused to read all and any books from high school. I guess, that means I don’t really have a proper answer for this question. Instead, I’m going to ask: What book do you want to read that was a required reading in high school? And that book would probably be 1984 by George Orwell. I really wish to pick up a version of this novel, I’ve only heard wonderful things.
The Textbook: Name a book that you spent money on and ended up not liking.
This book was beautiful, and I purchased it purely on it’s visual beauty. I know, not the way buying books should be, but it happened. So, we should move on. This book is A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston and although I don’t claim that I don’t like it, I can claim that I started it but never finished it. I do hope that I give it another crack, but at the moment, I feel as if it’s the only one that could belong to this question.
Office Hours: Name a book (autobiography or biography) that you read to get to know more about someone you are interested in.
I haven’t read any. So, I’m just gonna move on.
The Mean Professor: Name a villain or any character you disliked, that you would hate to have as a professor.
Umbridge. I would forever hate my life if Umbridge ever became my professor. That would be the worst possible outcome.
I don’t think I need to offically introduce the book, so I’m going to leave it 😛
Drop the Class: Name a book or author you thought you’d enjoy reading but ended up not liking.
‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by Benjamin Alire Sáenz definitely wasn’t a favourite of mine. I thought I was really going to enjoy it. I love a good contemporary, especially one that’s so inclusive of ethnicity when it comes to sexuality. Most LGBT+ books that I’ve read are based on Caucasian people and it’s nice to see it from a different view. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t appeal to me. 😦
Life Lessons: Name a book that has made you reflect on life.
This one is hard to choose. I had to sit down and really think about the impacts the books I’ve read have had on me. The book that made me stop and really consider life is one I read a long while a go. It’s sad and hit me in all the feels, but it deserves to be the answer of this question. The Fault in Our Stars had a huge impact on the concept of life. How short it can be and how sometimes, it just isn’t possible to achieve what you want. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
And that’s all folks!