And we’re back with another Book Tag for Tiggity Tag Friday, where I get to indulge myself in bookish games and you’re forced to watch. (Or read?) You’re welcome!
Now let’s get to the ✨questions✨:
THE 1: A book with an ending that left you speechless
I was really trying to think of a book that left me gobsmacked and completely unawares of every little thing I missed when I was reading. All those moments of foreshadowing, readying for the end punch in the face. There’s two authors that can do the twisty-twist really well, and one of those authors is Lynette Noni. An australian author with a remarkable talent for writing. I highly recommend picking up any book of hers but Whisper and Weapon are definitely my favourite of hers so far.
CARDIGAN: A book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once
This one really took me by surprise. It’s definitely not a book I would’ve picked up if it hadn’t been chosen for a book club. This one clutched at my heart and threw me for a ride. I absolutely LOVED this one, you have no idea.
Invisible Boys is so raw and real, filled with the truths and pains of what it means to be gay and the tough hurdles that can be throw in your way. It’s incredibly written and such a powerful novel. It makes me happy because of what an incredible read this one is, but sad because of the reality it brings forward.
THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN DYNASTY: A book with a fascinating and extremely well-told story
I already knew about the brilliance that is Amie Kaufman when I started reading this one. I’ve been a big fan of both her and Jay Kristoff since I’ve read Illuminae, another absolutely incredible novel. When I read Unearthed, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I hadn’t been a big fan of These Broken Stars, a book also by both Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, but I had faith.
I absolutely loved the story-telling, the humour and the adventure — not to mention the twist at the end! Oh golly! What a fun ride. I highly recommend picking this bad boy up if you ever get the chance.
EXILE: A book you wish you hadn’t read
I had every expectation to enjoy this book. I’m a big fan of horror and I love myster, thrillers and crime. I couldn’t see what would go wrong when I picked up Wilder Girls. I’d heard so many good reviews talking about it. It looked and sounded really good, but it left me plain confused.
There’s a lot to unpack when I read this book. So many things that were mentioned, so many things that happened, so many things that never were explained or answered. I have a lot of beef with this book, to the point where I wish I never picked it up.
MY TEARS RICOCHET: A book that made you cry uncontrollably
If you want a book to rip out your heart and leave it beating on the floor, pick this one.
This books covers depression. It covers it in the simplest, yet most complex form. It’s just a Young Adult novel, but the themese are perfect. How It Feels to Float had me sobbing. I couldn’t put it down, I couldn’t help but understand the struggles and I couldn’t help the desire to want to help the characters with their pain. A truly incredible novel!
MIRROR BALL: A book that feels like it was written just for you
Eliza and Her Monsters is a book that I’d heard so much about before I read it. I remember the abundance of praise it recieved on YouTube when it first came out, everyone was talking about this phenomenal book. I knew I had to have it, I had to read it. Yet it took me forever to buy it, and then it proceeded to sit on my bookshelf for a year or two longer.
When I finally picked up this book, when I finally read it. I was slapping myself. Why didn’t I pick it up earlier? Was I really that silly in leaving it so long? I love the characters, the plot, the hobbies, the themes, everything. This book sung to me in a way that only certain, special books do. It’s one of those books that’s stapled itself to my heart and will remain with me forever.
SEVEN: A childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic
I was going to pick Vampire Academy or Twilight for this one. Ultimately, Twilight was the book that got me back into reading, and it’s the book that started my lifelong passion for the literary industry, but it’s not the book that has the most nostalgic connotations.
Christopher Pike is an author my brother and I grew up with. He’s a household name brought home by my mother and gifted to us wee ones. We were little, younger than ten, and we absolutely adored The Last Vampire series. It’s ruthless, vicious, and nasty. It’s a Young Adult book that existed before Young Adult had the term. It’s a phenomenal read that reminds me of reading with my brother.
AUGUST: A book that reminds you of Summer
Morgan Matson always has summery reads. They’re fun little contemporaries that will bring a smile to your face and dream of the perfect relationships that are utterly fictional. They’re funny and just light and breezy.
Rather than pick the one that makes me think of summer the most, I’ve picked one that’s just my favourite by her. Unexpected Everything is a fun and unexpected read that will take you on a nerdy, whirlwind adventure. Especially if you’re a booklover and writer, this one will really sing at your harp strings. (get it, like heart strings?)
Read it! It’s good!
THIS IS ME TRYING: A book that deals with loneliness and sadness
This book broke me. This book left me so grateful for my family and my friends. It made me understand a different level of sibling love and understand how much others can be there for you without you and them needing to say that they’re there. This book broke me and rebuilt me.
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel is a beautiful and incredibly sad book about the loss of Juniper’s sister and best friend. It’s a book that I’d recommend to anyone and everyone.
ILLICIT AFFAIRS: A book that gave you a book hangover
There’s no hiding that I absolutely adore Sarah J Maas and her work. I’ve been a fan since her first novel, Throne of Glass. She’s been my favourite author since I picked up that book and was forced to wait so god-damn long for her next one.
Maas’s writing has only improved over the years and every book I pick up is that little bit better, little bit more shocking than the last. A Court of Wings and Ruin, RUINED me. It was incredible, and left me shattered. It’s a series I will always recommend. It’s a series I will always push. I don’t care how popular and incredible and amazing she gets, I will always try to get others to read her work like no one knows who she is. Pick up one of her books. You won’t regret it!
INVISIBLE STRING: A book that came into your life at the exact right time
During the end of high school and the beginning of university, I went through a dip in my love for reading. I wasn’t reading much, I couldn’t seem to find the energy to pick back up the love of my life. I couldn’t look at my colleciton, I couldn’t read anything without immediantly losing my attention. Then this book came along.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was the perfect book to pick up, about a girl starting college majoring in creative writing (just like me!). It was truly perfect timing.
MAD WOMAN: A book with a female character that you adore
It actually took me a moment to think of an answer I was really happy with for this one. There are so many incredible and badass female characters these days. So many women to root for and support until the end. I didn’t want to pick a main character. I didn’t want to pick a kickass leading lady, I wanted a character that’s incredible and amazing, even from the background. So I picked D.C from Akarnae by Lynette Noni. I know I’ve already picked a book by Lynette Noni, but when I tell you that D.C is a kickass character, you have to believe me. Or even better, read Akarnae and find out for yourself.
EPIPHANY: A book that was haunting
Another tough one. I haven’t been reading a lot of crime, horror or thrillers lately. So I really had to wrack my brain for an answer. I turned up with one of my favourite historical fiction/YA/thriller/crime novels. It’s a series, and pretty well talked about on Insta. It’s of course, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
An incredibly well-written and well-researched book (and series!). It brims on the edge of magical realism without really diving too deep into those depths. It’s mostly historical fiction, giving answers to the infamous tales you’ve always wanted answers. Just like, who really was Jack the Ripper?
BETTY: A book couple that fills you with yearning
SO, SO, SO, SO CUTE!!
It’s a must-read. Duh.
A very funny and adorable and fun novel about two sons of leaders of different countries. It’s just so much fun and the characters are absolutely to die for. Please read this one. Red, White and Royal Blue will knock your socks off!
PEACE: A book character you’d die for because you love them so much!
If you don’t love both Charlie and Nick, I need you to promptly leave this blog. (Just kidding, please don’t go).
I love them both, and if you think I wouldn’t protect both of them with everything I have to offer, you’d be so wrong. They’re both my adorable and sweet and innocent little beans that fill my heart with an abundance of cute and funny moments.
I devoured the first three Heartstopper graphic novels in one night. In one sitting. They’re just so cute and sweet, focusing on two very different boys from a high school. They make my heart sing and melt all at once. JUST SO CUTE!
HOAX: A book you thought you were going to love but didn’t
I’m not going to talk about Six of Crows too much on this one. I hate slamming books because I don’t like them. Reading, much like many strokes of art, is subjective. Just because I don’t like it, doesn’t make it bad. It doesn’t mean I’m willing to slander it. It just wasn’t for me. I (personally) need a book to move at a faster pace, and it just didn’t do it for me.