I’m going to let you in on a little secret: when I do book tags, it’s almost always because I had noting planned or my planned book post just didn’t work out. Today, it is the latter (I haven’t finished the book I was hoping to write about today), so here we are! I saw this tag over at The Orangutan Librarian – which is one of my go-to book blogs – and thought it might be fun. Because who doesn’t like Taylor Swift?
- Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
- Tag at least 3 people.
- Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
- Thank whoever who tagged you and link to their post
Now, onto the tag!
the 1 – a book with an ending that left you speechless
I had to think about this one for a bit, but a book that has a totally WTF ending is Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. I as absolutely not expecting the twist in this book! I’m pretty good ad predicting twists, but trust me when I saw this one is impossible to see coming. It really blew my mind, and I still feel kind of speechless when I think about it.
cardigan – a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once
The first book I thought of is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. This book absolutely blew me away, on so many levels. It’s long and brutal, but the ending was so satisfying. Reading it made me feel so much anxiety because I cared about the characters so much and just wanted them to be happy.
the last great american dynasty – a book with a fascinating and extremely well-told story
I think I have to go with a bit of a wild-card and share some nonfiction here: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie. Catherine’s story is kind of insane, and Massie does a great job of telling it here. This is one of the rare nonfiction books that I could not put down, and I couldn’t stop talking about Catherine for months afterwards. Just ask any of my friends. I love her, and it’s all because of this book.
exile – a book you wish you hadn’t read
There aren’t many books I wish I hadn’t read, because there’s always something to learn, even from bad books (I wrote a whole post about it, actually). But one book that I absolutely hated is Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. This took one of my favorite Shakespearean plays – The Taming of the Shrew – and ruined it. You would think modernizing a feminist-leaning play would make it more feminist. But no. This did the opposite. I’m still salty about it.
my tears ricochet – a book that made you cry uncontrollably
Easy answer: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This book is eight-hundred pages long. I cried through most of it. But the last three-hundred pages or so had me sobbing uncontrollably. The kind fo sobbing that hurts your eyes for like a full day afterwards and gives you hiccups. Like crazy, tragic, sobbing. But it is so good. I keep having the urge to read it again, but I don’t think I’m ready for more sad at this point in my life.
mirror ball – a book that feels like it was written just for you
This is a difficult question. But I think I have to go with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It has so many elements of things I really love reading – history and magic and romance and drama. It’s just an all-around great book. I don’t reread too many books anymore (because how would I have time to read all the other books?), but I’ve reread this one about three times. And I will keep rereading it. It’s just a perfect book.
seven – a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic
One of my all-time favorite series is The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. And I’m counting it because I had the bind-up, so it’s technically one book. But this was easily one of the books that made me fall in love with reading. I didn’t have a lot of friends growing up, and I also hated going outside, so I spent an entire summer in middle school just devouring this entire series. It’s just a really nice memory, and something that makes me feel really nostalgic (for a time when I had the whole summer to do nothing but read).
august – a book that reminds you of summer
This is kind of a weird one, but the one that immediately came to mind is Less by Andrew Sean Greer. The book itself isn’t really a summer-y book. But I read it during a time that has somehow cemented itself in my brain as quintessential summer. I was listening to a lot of Florence and the Machine and reading this book and growing as a person. And it just reminds me of that summer.
this is me trying – a book that deals with loneliness & sadness
I weirdly have a lot of favorite books that can fit into this category. I feel like that says something about me. Anyway, one of my all-time favorite book that also happens to deal with loneliness and sadness is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. This book is so bittersweet, but also lovely. I also really enjoyed the Swedish adaptation, and can’t wait to see the upcoming Tom Hanks adaptation. It’s such a great book!
illicit affairs – a book that gave you a book hangover
I don’t think I’ve really had a book hangover recently, so I had to look a little farther back in my Goodreads to find one. But a book that definitely gave me a massive book hangover is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I loved this book so much. It’s one of those books that feels like such a masterpiece that its almost impossible to pick up another book for a while afterwards. Because nothing else can live up to this one in your mind.
invisible string – a book that came into your life at the exact right time
The more I think about it, the more one book keeps popping into my head: My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. I will be the first to admit that I have not always been a good feminist (or really a feminist at all). I was brought up in a very conservative family with more “traditional” (read: sexist) values. This book came into my life at a time when I was starting to really question those teachings and prejudices, and it made a huge impact on my perspective. For me, this book was really a turning point to becoming a better feminist and a better woman.
mad woman- a book with a female character you adore
I’m going with Kindred by Octavia Butler, because Dana is a total badass. Honestly, that character just blew me away with her strength. She is facing insane circumstances, but somehow still stays levelheaded enough to keep moving forward. That, and she continually fights to make a difference and help other people. If I don’t have to go through what she goes through in this book, I would like to be Dana when I grow up.
epiphany – a book that is haunting
This book might be haunting in an unconventional way, but it is haunting nonetheless. And that book is The Bone People by Keri Hulme. It is a subtle mystery, and it’s told in such a beautiful and heartbreaking way that the book itself will haunt you. I read this almost a year ago, and I still feel like it left a shadow. Like I can see it out of the corner of my eye, metaphorically. I don’t consciously think about it all that much, but when I do, it feels like it’s been there the entire time.
betty – a couple that fills you with yearning
You know me… I always go with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I love them. I always have, and I always will. And I love revisiting their story, because it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. And yes, I am one of those girls waiting for my Mr. Darcy. No Mr. Collins for me!
peace – a book character you’d die for because you love them so much
There are so many from books I’ve already mentioned! Jack and Aliena from The Pillars of the Earth, Ove from A Man Called Ove, Celia and Marco from The Night Circus. But also Door from Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, John Coffey from The Green Mile…. there are too many. Also, now that I’m seeing this list, I think I just want to save all the tragic characters.
hoax – a book you thought you were going to love but didn’t
This one is a bit controversial, but I didn’t love The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. The hype got to me. And the fact that this is a standalone, adult, LGBT fantasy. It should have been a homer, but I just felt kind of meh. Which isn’t something you want to feel for nearly nine-hundred pages. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t really have any especially positive feelings about it.
That’s it for this book tag! I am way too tired to tag anyone (because, yet again, I’m writing this at eleven PM the night before), so if you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged.
I hope you’re all having a great week! Happy reading!