Sunday, May 17, 2020

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Hey all! It's been a while since I've done a book tag and I thought it was well overdue. As it's spring  where I am and a lot of us are stuck inside our homes, I figured this book tag was quite fitting. There's a total of 8 questions (but I was unable to find the original creator's video for it). Let's just dive in! 

1. The Struggle to Get Started
a book or series you struggle to begin because of its size

The Priory of the Orange Tree

There are a ton of books and series that I could choose for this prompt, but I'm going to go with The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. I love Samantha's Bone Season series and I've heard nothing but amazing things about this other fantasy of hers, but I'm so scared. On one hand, I love big books. On the other hand, they terrify me. I'm just so intimidated by the sheer mass of this book even though it actually has less pages than some books I've read before. One day I will get to it (maybe via ebook though).

2. Cleaning Out the Closet
a book or series you want to unhaul

Crave (Crave, #1)

I actually want to do a big unhaul because I like to do one at least once a year, but with most of my books in storage I can't do that at the moment. However, Crave by Tracy Wolff is one that I am ready to get rid of. I both received and read this book in April and...I hated it. I could rant for at least an hour about all the things I thought weren't done well in this book (or you could read my review here). Overall, it was a disappointing book that I'm going to be donating or selling very soon.

3. Opening the Window and Letting Fresh Air In
a book that was refreshing

She's With Me (She's With Me, #1)

This pick can actually be very cliche and contains a lot of YA contemporary tropes in it, but I'm still going to choose She's With Me by Jessica Cunsolo. The reason I chose it is because, when I read it this year, I had been reading a lot of high fantasy or slave narratives or other denser reads. A light-hearted contemporary that still dealt with difficult issues and real-life problems was quite a breath of fresh air.

4. Washing out the Sheets
a scene you wish you could rewrite

I honestly couldn't think of a specific scene for this prompt, so I'll go with the broad answer of "any scene where one of my favorite characters dies." There are definitely a few books I can think of where I would like to go back and change a death just for my own person love.

5. Throwing out Unnecessary Knick-Knacks
a book in a series you didn’t think was necessary

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

My pick for this one is The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. I do want to say, though, that I can't actually remember anything that happened in this book. All I remember is being thoroughly bored. I want to do a reread of the first book and this one so that I can finally finish out the trilogy, but as for right now all my experiences with this book have been of boredom.

6. Polishing Doorknobs
a book that had a clean finish

Red, White & Royal Blue

There are definitely a lot that I could have picked for this one but I'm going to go with Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. There were a lot of different subplots and different storylines so the fact that it all was resolved neatly at the end makes me very happy. I also just love the ending, so that could be a reason why I think it qualifies for this prompt.

7. Reaching to Dust the Fan
a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message

Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed

I'm going to go with Forgiven are the Starry-Eyed by Christine DorĂ© Miller for this one. I read this last year and it just wasn't good. I will say that I appreciate the fact that the author tried to tackle a difficult topic and I wouldn't say that they tried "too hard" in relaying a message about it. However, I do think that the topic wasn't handled as well as it could have been. I have an entire review here if you'd like to know more of my thoughts. It was quite disappointing to have a book tackle dating abuse in a way that fell short.

8. The Tiring Yet Satisfying Finish
a series that was tiring but satisfying to get through

I had to pick The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare for this one. I love the story and the characters but I really struggled to finish this trilogy. The first book was amazing--I fell in love and I was so excited for what was going to come next. And then the second book happened and I was so incredibly disappointed. I was bored, I was rolling my eyes, and I wasn't connecting with the main storyline. The third book brought it back a little bit but still felt very long at times. Overall, it was very satisfying when I finally finished the last chapters because I did like the ending but my experience with this trilogy was mostly just me being bored.

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1 comment:

  1. Hey Lauren! I've been follwing your blog for a while and I love it. I also did the spring cleaning book tag on my blog, Booked with Abby. Here's the link if you want to check it out: