This tag has been going around for a while, and I finally decided to do it, after seeing Ayunda’s post on Tea & Paperbacks. And I have no energy for a better intro than that, so here we go:
Phase 1: Initial Attraction. A book that you bought because of the cover?
This is really, really embarrassing, and I was not going to tell anyone about it, but: I bought two different copies of The Bees by Laline Paull because I couldn’t decide which cover I liked better. They’re just so pretty! But I haven’t even read it yet. My book addiction has officially gone too far.
Phase 2: First Impressions. A book that you got because of the summary?
I’m actually trying to do this more, because I rely too much on online ratings and BookTube recommendations. A recent purchase for this reason was A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. It had me at the first sentence: “The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together.”
Phase 3: Sweet Talk. A book with great writing?
Great writing is pretty much a requirement for me liking a book. One I read recently that was just beautiful is The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. It’s amazing!
Phase 4: First Date. A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?
Definitely Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Come on, you didn’t think I could go an entire book tag without mentioning this one, did you? I might actually cry when the trilogy ends next month.
Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls. A book that kept you up all night?
I stayed up until like three in the morning reading Gone Girl, and then, because I was too wired to sleep, immediately rented the movie on iTunes and stayed up watching it.
Phase 6: Always on my mind. A book you could not stop thinking about?
I’m going to copy Ayunda’s answer and go with 1984 by George Orwell. I think this is going to be one of those books that says with me forever. I loved it so much!
Phase 7: Getting Physical. A book which you love the way it feels?
I adore old books! So basically, anything leather-bound and loved. I actually really like my leatherette pocket set of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien because they’re softcover leather and they’re just so simple and beautiful.
Phase 8: Meeting the parents. A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?
I tend to recommend heavier books, so my recommendations are usually books like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North, or Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
Phase 9: Thinking about the future. A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?
Again, I’m going with Ayunda’s answer, which is Harry Potter. I’ve already read the series countless times, and I will do it again!
Phase 10: Share the love. Who do you tag?
Since I wasn’t actually tagged to do this post, I’m not going to tag anyone else. But, if you want to do it, go for it!