Like pretty much everyone else, I binge-watched and loved Stranger Things on Netflix. It was just SO GOOD. If you haven’t seen it already, you should probably go check it out. Just make sure you have a day or two to sit and watch it, because you won’t be able to stop.
I haven’t done a book tag in AGES, and when I saw this one, I knew it had to happen. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t actually tagged, but I got this one from Annamarie the Book Lover – she’s a relatively new blogger and I’ve really been enjoying her posts, so you should check her out. I’m not sure who has done this already, so if you haven’t and you want to, then consider yourself tagged. Just make sure you go watch Stranger Things first.
THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES THAT LEFT YOU INTRIGUED AND SLIGHTLY CONFUSED
This one took me a while, but I’m going with A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J. Maas. It left me intrigued because of the ending (which I won’t give away), and confused because I really wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did, since I didn’t really enjoy Throne of Glass. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of issues with it, but, in my opinion, it’s worlds above ToG, and I’m still not really sure what I think of Maas’s writing.
A BOOK WITH A SETTING YOU WOULD NEVER WANT TO LIVE IN
I would definitely never want to live in The Hunger Games. Even as an adult, I think it would be pretty miserable – either I’d have to live a life where I was constantly struggling, or be stuck in the Capitol, surrounded by shallow people. There is no winning.
A BOOK YOU OWN THAT IS SOMEWHAT DAMAGED, BUT LOVED TO PIECES
I actually have an early-nineteenth century copy of the complete works of Shakespeare. It’s pretty worn, but it’s definitely my most treasured book. It was passed down through the generations of a Scottish family, until one of them, who had no children, gave it to my uncle, who gave it to me.
A TRILOGY YOU ALWAYS GO TO WHENEVER YOU NEED A PICK-ME-UP
This one definitely goes to Red Rising by Pierce Brown. The number of times I’ve reread this is second only to Harry Potter. I love it! I am really looking forward to the sequel trilogy, Iron Gold, which comes out next year. And I will definitely be rereading the Red Rising trilogy again before then!
A BOOK WITH A TERRIFYING BEAST YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO FACE IN A DARK ALLEY
I don’t think I’ve read that many books with scary beasts. So I guess I’ll go with the OG book monster: Grendel from Beowulf. (Although he might actually tie with his mother.) Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky is a close second. Just don’t go off of the movie versions of either one of them.
A BOOK WITH A VILLAIN WHO IS BOTH MANIPULATIVE AND DEDICATED
For this one, I’m going to choose A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab, because it went in such a good direction, villain-wise. I won’t say who, because it’s a bit of a spoiler, but it is so good! When is the next book coming out again?
A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT TO LOVE
I recently read Felicia Day’s memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) an absolutely loved it! I was expecting to like it, because I’m a huge fan of Felicia Day, but it totally blew me away. It’s one of the best memoirs I’ve read in a while, and was the perfect blend of funny and poignant.
A BOOK WITH A SETTING THAT’S JUST A LITTLE BIT STRANGE
One of my favorite books fits perfectly in this category. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is set in London Below, which is basically exactly what it sounds like. Except there are angels living in abandoned underground stations, talking rats, creepy hunters, and a monster that doesn’t like it when you don’t “mind the gap.”
Have you seen Stranger Things yet? And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?