This tag and the amazing scroll images were created by Kim @ Kimberly Faye Reads. I saw it at Mom’s Radius recently and even though it’s massively long, the Harry Potter allure and fun scrolls were so unique, I couldn’t resist. So let’s dive off the deep end, shall we?
An Upcoming Release You Wish You Could Get Your Hands On Right Now
I’m quite eager to read Heartless, an upcoming standalone release by Marissa Meyer (I know, right?), which is all about The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. I’ll have a long wait though because it doesn’t come out until November. Like all of her books, this story sounds as though it’s going to take a story we think we know well and then absolutely turn it on it’s head. Unlike The Lunar Chronicles though, it sounds like she’s going to tell the whole story in one book – for better or for worse.
Favorite Series Starter
I don’t know how I could possibly choose just one – but let’s dig a bit deeper and talk about a book I haven’t mentioned 18 times in the last two months. For instance, my son just started reading The Bad Beginning, Book One in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket which made me comment to my husband, “Is it weird that I’m jealous that he gets to experience this book and this series for the first time?” This was a series that gave me major book withdrawal when I finished and the first book was excellent.
A Book That Gave You All The Warm And Fuzzies
I just finished reading Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle and it was everything you want a Christmas themed collection of young adult short story romances to be. I’d read a half dozen John Green novels before reading this collection but the other two authors were new to me. I particularly loved the first story by Maureen Johnson but all three were great and warm and fuzzy like sitting by a fireplace with a wool blanket and a hot boy.
A Book That Made You Ugly Cry
I related to the main character in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell like a lot a lot so when stuff was going bad for her, I felt it deep in my bones, you know? Also Rainbow Rowell has a magical way of owning your heart with just a handful of words. This is my favorite Rowell book and you should read it right now. Like don’t even keep reading this post, go read that instead.
Bookish Hero Or Heroine You Want Around To Protect You In Real Life
I’ll gladly have Thursday Next from The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (and the rest of the series) serve as my personal body guard. It’s comforting to know that even if I cease to exist or she ceases to exist or I find myself in another universe or time line or my personal motive or backstory gets rewritten, I can still always count on Thursday to fight for me if I’m important to her. I’m important to her, right?
A Book You Intentionally Spoiled For Yourself
I’m not sure if intentionally spoiled is how I would phrase it, but I knowingly watched the movie before reading The Martian by Andy Weir even though I know I have a history of being unable to get into a book if I’ve already seen the movie adaptation. And even though it’s tremendously well written and engaging and utterly readable, I can’t seem to get past it long enough to finish reading it.
A Book You Wish You Could Make Everyone Read Because You Loved It So
You guys know I pretty much walk around in a permanent state of “Have you read The Lunar Chronicles yet?” There are a lot of books that I recommend highly but lately this is the first one I mention if a person expresses any interest in reading something new. If Cinder by Marissa Meyer were a drug, I’d be a dealer. This series is amazing but it can take a tiny amount of coaxing when you mention to someone for the first time that this young adult dystopian Cyborg Cinderella story is really, really, really good I swear. But it’s sooooo good.
A Book Series You Wish Never Ended
I have to agree with Kate, I frequently wish the Harry Potter series hadn’t ended. Despite knowing that there is definitely such thing as too much of a good thing, the end of the series just left me wanting more and I know I’m not alone. We’ve all been kind of sitting her wondering, “What do you think Harry and Ginny are up to right now?” And with only watching the movies and rereading the books and taking the Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore to keep us busy… Luckily, it looks like our prayers are going to be answered.
A Book With An Uplifting Message
This might sound strange but one of my favorite things about The Selection series by Kiera Cass was the feeling of hope that radiated in the last book especially, but the series as a whole. It rarely felt like a wallowing in despair thing and when the series was over, the main characters weren’t broken and bitter by everything that had happened – they were excited for the future. In this kind of story, that is rare.
A Book You Wish You Could Forget You Ever Read
I’m pretty sure that by the time I finished reading The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, I wanted to throw it in a fire and cancel my nonexistant newspaper subscription out of spite. Everything about the premise of this book sounded right up my alley but the execution, characters and ending all left something to be desired. It was impossible to get attached to anyone and nobody got a happy ending as far as I could tell. And if I don’t move on, I’ll start ranting again, so…
An Author Whose Books Always Get You Out Of A Reading Slump
Jen Lancaster is one of my go to book slump authors. I like pretty much every book I’ve ever read of hers and try to make sure that I’m never at a shortage of new material for when books disappoint me in the future. Such a Pretty FatSuch a Pretty Fat was the first book of hers that I read and it pretty much sealed the deal for me. She’s funny and witty and says everything the way you wish you had said it.
A Swoon-Worthy Hero Or Heroine
I’m pretty sure every girl is in love with Westley from The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Or was it Carey Elewes we’re in love with? Hmmm… Even if you have seen the movie, this book is worth reading. Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.
A Book That Caused You To Stop Doing All Other Things Until You Finished It
I’ve already mentioned a couple but To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is also definitely worth mentioning. This was one of those books that had me parked on the couch all day, only moving to let the dog use the bathroom or feed my children because apparently they won’t survive without food. The jerks.
A Book That Was Painful To Read (For Whatever Reason) Or Broke You
I’ve heard that Little Bee by Chris Cleave is ah-mazing but I read one chapter and then backed away slowly. I’m a little bit of a baby when it comes to books about parents or children or spouses dying and though I’m sometimes able to get past it, this one stopped me in my tracks. I think I also had a VERY young child at the time and was probably chock full of extra hormones but I’m still avoiding this one indefinitely. A book can be amazing even if I don’t read it.
A Book That Had You Laughing Out Loud
I don’t think it’s physically possible to read something written by Amy Poehler and not laugh out loud. These comedic celeb memoirs are all the rage right now, some better than others. Yes Please was outstanding and all the things. Sometimes it was also insightful and moving but mostly it was hilarious from beginning to end.
A Book That Made You Want To Send It (Or Your E-Reader) Flying
I read Radioactive by Lauren Redniss with my book club four years ago and I still turn into a petulant child if it’s mentioned now. Mostly I just take offense to it being called a book. A coffee table picture book perhaps. If you have extremely low standards for the word picture. There were parts of this book that were interesting, but those were the parts that the author gave absolutely no time to fleshing out because she was busy scribbling another dumb sketch that added nothing to the story. Unless Lauren Redniss happens to be six years old. Then I suppose it’s impressive. Sorry, that was mean.
A Bookish World You Wish You Could Visit
I mean there are several, but at the end of the day – yeah I want to go to Hogwarts. Just like every other muggle with a dream. I’m hoping to take my kids to Universal Studios someday or even better, go to London and visit Kings Cross. Actually, that’s not really better so much as an “in addition to, can we also” sort of request. For now we’ll have to settle for this cheesy display hanging out in one of my husband’s employer’s buildings because when you work for a company of giant nerds, this is bound to happen eventually.
A Book With A Shocking Twist Or Ending
I guess not everyone in my book club was surprised by the ending of Bellweather Raphsody by Kate Racculia, but it sure took me by surprise. This was a book full of twists that kept on getting twistier where nothing was quite what it seemed which is a great description for a murder mystery. This book is kind of like Girl on the Train meets Glee meets Pretty Little Liars.
A Character Death That Destroyed You
I’m still not entirely over certain events that went down in Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins aka the woman who broke my heart into a million pieces. I’ve put off seeing everal of the movies in this series because they put me uncomfortably close to the end of this book. I’m only one movie behind now but that’s still a bit too close for comfort.
Best Series Conclusion
Reached by Ally Condie was so good it was actually better than the other books in the series which to that point had been kind of a solid B series. Then Condie pulled out plot details that just blew everything into a new orbit and took my breath away and me going, “What the what now?” I still think about this book often. I’d say more but I don’t want to give anything away.
So what would your answers be? Let me know if you are playing along in the comments section.