Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my last post of January, I decided to do a book tag. It’s been a while since I’ve done one and this one is especially fun. If you couldn’t tell by my posts, I really love Ariana Grande and I’m hyped to do this tag. Thank you so much to Rachel for creating this tag and I’m so excited to get into it so without further ado, let’s go.
Shut Up: A book you couldn’t shut up about
Last year, I couldn’t shut up about You Deserve Each Other. I read this at the beginning of the year and read it two more times before the year ended. I honestly can’t wait to finally reread it in 2021 and see if it holds up. I’m also more excited to read this than read her new release lmao.
34+35: A book you stayed up to finish
The book I chose for this one was Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. As soon as I got this book, I went home and started reading it. I didn’t finish it until 1am because I was determined to finish it in one day. While I didn’t love it as much as I probably would’ve as a teen, I don’t regret reading it.
Motive: A book that left you questioning everything
For the next prompt, I went with The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. This book was truly unlike anything I’ve ever read before and that’s not a compliment. I read it and honestly felt like I wasted my life. I questioned what the point of this story was and why it even exists. I’m still confused as to what was going on a majority of the time and I still don’t understand it.
Just Like Magic: A book with all your favorite tropes
The book I chose for this prompt is Go Deep by Rilzy Adams. This book features some of my favorite tropes including friends-to-lovers, friend helps friend who is a dry spell, unlikely lovers, writer MC and smut which isn’t a trope but something I love. This book also features some public sex which is another trope I rarely see and like. Overall, I feel like this book was PERFECT for me and I’m happy I read it in 2020.
Off The Table: A book that raised your standards
For me, the book I’m going with My Brother’s Husband Volume 1. This was the first manga I’ve ever read and I honestly didn’t have any ideas if I’d like or if the format would be for me. However, this book totally proved me wrong and I can’t help but compare it to the rest of the mangas I’ve read since. This book is just so delightful that I feel like I will always be a manga I hold dear and compare others to.
Six Thirty: A problematic book you love anyway
Ellyn and I buddy-read this series last year and honestly, I enjoyed reading it?? While it wasn’t good, it was a lot of fun so I can’t really complain. I know it’s a problematic series but it’s the nostalgia and the fun of it for me.
Safety Net: A book you immediately knew was a 5-star read
I’d heard a lot of hype about this book and when I picked it up, I was immediately drawn in and knew it was going to be a 5-star read. It has so many great tropes and tells such a well-rounded story. Even though it was almost 600 pages, I feel like it read super quick and I absolutely adored the relationship in this story. Plus it’s a football book so this shouldn’t surprise anyone.
My Hair: A well-known author whose work you haven’t touched but are interested in
For me, this has to be Courtney Milan. I’ve heard SO many people rave about her books but have yet to pick them up. I have a few of her books on my Kindle and I know my library has them too so I should get to them eventually. I really need to get to her books especially since I purchased the one above.
Nasty: A new release you can’t wait to read
The book I picked for this one is The Champion’s Desire by Marie Lipscomb. This is the second book in a series but I have yet to read the first book. However, this cover is incredible and I can’t wait to finally get to it. Plus it came out just over a week ago so it was the perfect pick for this one.
West Side: Your favorite series
The series I’m going with is the Playbook series by Alexa Martin. This is a series I read and immediately fell in love with. I’m sad to say I’ve read all of the books in it and the series is supposedly concluded. Either way, this series holds a special place in my heart and it’s one of the first romance series I really fell in love with. I just love it so much ❤
Love Language: A comfort book you keep returning to
Could it be anything but this book? I absolutely adored Foolish Hearts and I always look at it on my shelves and know I can pick it up whenever the mood strikes me. I do plan on doing an annual reread of this one in 2021. Easily one of my favorite comfort reads and one I know I’ll always come back to.
Positions: A book that subverted a cliché
For this one, I’m going with Worship by Jack Harbon. For the most part, unrequited love and pining are usually from the woman’s perspective but this time, the story featured pining and longing from the man’s perspective. I thought this was such a unique way to talk about unrequited love and this book was so steamy and fun which goes along great with this song to boot.
Obvious: A book you loved from a genre you normally don’t read
For me, the genre I’m going with is children’s books which I normally don’t read. Last year, I read Matilda for the first time and I LOVED it. This was such a pleasant surprise for me and I’m so happy I decided to pick this one up.
POV: A book you’d love to see told from a different point of view
The book I chose for this one was My Dad’s Best Friend by Katee Robert. This book follows Blake who ends up hooking up with her dad’s best friend but the entire book is her POV. I’d like to see Katee Robert branch out a little bit and not focus so much on the woman’s perspective but rather, focus on the man’s perspective and how he feels about the situation.
I’m not going to tag anyone but if you love Ariana Grande, then consider yourself tagged. I know she’s not everyone’s favorite but I absolutely adore her. It was also fun to talk about these books and relate them to the songs. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.