I first saw this book tag on Brandie’s blog, and well, I was powerless against it. I had to do it because I just love these things. (And Taylor Swift, no matter how much I try to say I don’t.)
WELCOME TO NEW YORK
YOU CAN WANT WHO YOU WANT, BOYS AND BOYS AND GIRLS AND GIRLS.
1. A book with LGBT themes
I’ve read some fantastic M/M books, but this one is leading the pack right now. The characters were amazing, I loved their journeys and it was HOTT. Yes, that’s right… two Ts.
YOU CAN TELL ME WHEN IT’S OVER, IF THE HIGH WAS WORTH THE PAIN.
2. A book that hit you right in the feels, but was totally worth it.
I’m not entirely sure there’s EVER been a book that made me feel as much as this one did. Or, cry as much, for that matter.
I’M A NIGHTMARE DRESSED LIKE A DAYDREAM.
3. A book that you hated but you loved the cover.
Hate’s a strong word and I wouldn’t use it here. What I will say is this was, sadly, one of the most disappointing endings to a series I LOVED.
I’VE GOT A BLANK SPACE BABY AND I’LL WRITE YOUR NAME.
4. Your latest book boyfriend/girlfriend.
Sebastian St. Vincent totally won my heart in this one. No small feat given his actions in the previous book in the series.
WE NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE.
5. A timeless classic you love.
If I’m being totally honest, I’m not big into the classics. Too many advanced lit classes. But, if I have to pick, I guess I’ll go with this one.
OUT OF THE WOODS
THE REST OF THE WORLD IS BLACK AND WHITE, BUT WE WERE SCREAMING COLOR.
6. A book that had vivid world building.
I loved the world building in this book. I felt like I was right there with Tarver and Lilac the entire time.
THE MONSTERS TURNED OUT TO BE JUST TREES.
7. A book where things weren’t exactly how they seemed.
Nocte was a totally different kind of read for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I knew to expect the unexpected but I still couldn’t help but be shocked by the ending. Also this reminds me I really need to read the sequel! (I suck at series… unless I’m bingeing them.)
ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS STAY
YOU WERE ALL I WANTED… BUT NOT LIKE THIS.
8. A book you were eagerly anticipating, but ended up being disappointed by.
I was so let down by this series-ender. It’s a shame, too, because I really enjoyed the Stage Dive series up until this point. I just couldn’t get behind Ben. He was an unpleasant character.
SHAKE IT OFF
THE HATERS GONNA HATE…
9. A book/series that everyone seems to love but you can’t help but hate.
I don’t hate this series. In truth, I’ve never read it… because I just can’t get into it. I think it goes back to that whole thing where I suck at series. It’s definitely on my “one of these days” list, I’ve just never been particularly compelled to dive in fully.
10. A book/series you love but everyone else seems to hate.
I think I’m in the minority – at least when it comes to my friends – but I loved the way this series ended. At least with regards to the relationship. There were some messy bits that annoyed me with the rest of the story, but it still made me really happy.
I WISH YOU WOULD
I WISH YOU KNEW I’LL NEVER FORGET YOU AS LONG AS I LIVE.
11. A book/series you know you will always love.
This needs no explanation, right?
I WISH YOU WERE RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.
12. An upcoming release you wish you could have right now!
I’m going with the ridiculously obvious choice right here.
NOW WE’VE GOT BAD BLOOD, YOU KNOW IT USED TO BE MAD LOVE.
13. A character you once loved but grew to hate.
So, yeah. Hate is probably over-stating it, but not by much. This book infuriated me. I could go on forever about my feels about it, but I won’t. I’ll simply say I lost all respect for Abby in this book. I understood her motivation but I (spoiler alert) hated how her actions invalidated the love she and Travis had. While I have several reasons for not reading this author any longer, this book is one of the biggest ones.
14. An author you haven’t forgiven for the things they did to your favorite characters/books.
No additional commentary needed. You know what you did, Veronica Roth. Because of it I’ll never read another one of your books.
I CAN SEE THE END AS IT BEGINS.
15. A book that was far too predictable.
I don’t really judge books for being predictable because there are only so many stories to tell and ways to do it, particularly when it comes to romance, which is what I read mostly. If the author finds a way to make it their own, I’m good. I’m gonna pass here.
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER BUT THIS IS GETTING GOOD NOW.
16. A book/series that you wish could have gone on forever.
With the end of this series (+ spinoff) looming, I find myself increasingly depressed about the thought of giving up these characters. It’s not a series that’s for everyone, but it’s my favorite since Harry Potter. Not since then have I been THIS connected to a group of characters.
HOW YOU GET THE GIRL
THAT’S HOW IT WORKS, THAT’S HOW YOU GET THE GIRL.
17. One of your favorite books where they ‘got the girl’.
I won’t say anything because, you know, spoilers. But *sigh*. Jason. <3
IN DARKEST SCREAMS, IN WILDEST DREAMS, I NEVER DREAMED ON THIS.
18. A book that completely shocked you.
File this one under DEFINITELY not for everyone, but my word I loved this book. I read more than one scene of this one with my jaw on the floor because of how dirty it was. While that alone was shocking, more so was how much I connected with a book told primarily from the male POV and the number of emotions I went through while reading.
I KNOW PLACES
LOVE’S A FRAGILE LITTLE FLAME IT COULD BURN OUT.
19. A book you thought you loved but quickly came to hate.
Again, hate is a strong word. I didn’t HATE this book. I was, however, *extremely* disappointed by the direction it took in the last 10%ish percent. (And I really hate saying that because I love Cora and this series so much.) It’d been a long time since I was this angry after reading a book.
SOMETHING HAPPENS WHEN EVERYBODY FINDS OUT. SEE THE VULTURES CIRCLING DARK CLOUDS.
20. A book you didn’t want to be seen reading.
I read this book so very long ago, before I blogged, and I was a little embarrassed to be reading it. Thankfully I read it on my Kindle, so it wasn’t like anyone could really see what I was reading. I’ve come a long way now and I have zero shits to give about what a stranger thinks about the things I choose to read. 🙂
THE DROUGHT WAS THE VERY WORST, WHEN THE FLOWERS THAT WE’D GROWN TOGETHER DIED OFF FIRST.
21. Does the wait between books made you forget everything that happened?
I mentioned above that I suck at series. I really do. I’ve not even finished this one, despite it being one of my favorites, because of the excruciatingly long wait for this book. I feel like I need to do a reread before finally reading this one so I can fully appreciate everything, but I’ve just not found time.
BY MORNING, GONE WAS ANY TRACE OF YOU, I THINK I AM FINALLY CLEAN.
22. A book/series you wiped from your memory.
I truly had forgotten all about reading this book until my non-reader friend mentioned last night that he watched the movie and kind of enjoyed it. I didn’t necessarily *dislike* the book. It just wasn’t really for me. I never continued the series (and probably won’t) so I’d really blocked most of it out of my mind.
I just love a good book tag. 🙂 I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you’d like to do it, go for it. Comment with your link and I’ll check out your post. 🙂