I think I’ve forgotten how to write a blog post.
I have some ideas (by which i mean only-titled-drafts of course) but putting them into words is another matter entirely. It used to come naturally, but then I give it a break and that spark is just… gone? Like hello didn’t anybody teach you it’s rude to just get up and leave like that? I sifted through at least 4 different intros before deciding I’ll just inform you guys about my latest existential crisis and declare that my eloquent introduction to this post. A round of applause for my amazing critical thinking skills please.
Ok so. I found this tag over at Georgia’s blog and since my coping mechanism includes blasting taylor swift on the speakers, it seems perfect for my life situation really.
State Of Grace – Best Opening Book In A Series
We are alone with our changing minds
We fall in love ’til it hurts or bleeds, or fades in time
Fable by Adrienne Young
This is literally the first question and I’m already cheating but we don’t talk about
bruno my nefarious habits loudly ok? So this isn’t actually a series (um. i haven’t completed any series in a year. so.) but a duology and I found the first book better than the second. Anyway I don’t know how anyone of you can pass up this HOOKing (get it??) pirate adventure.
Red – a book that makes you feel a whole spectrum of emotion
Forgetting him was like tryin’ know somebody you never met
But loving him was red
Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong
See when I said this book was an emo rollercoaster I really meant it. It made me feel emotions I did not even know existed. I was giggling one moment, shocked-with-my-jaw-hanging-open the next, tearing up and then laughing through my tears. Quite the ~experience~
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Yeah like there was the all consuming pity for Elle, then anger on her behalf (and *ahem* possibly murderous feelings towards her stopmom and stepsister), then the nail biting tension and of course the happily ever after.
Treacherous – a slow book that you ended up loving
And I’d be smart to walk away
But you’re quicksand
We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal
This was loooong and sloooow. And the sequence went like desert desert desert bang fighting desert desert. A very tempting DNF for sure. Yet I loved it for some reason? (the reason being: plenty of banter, moral greyness, knife to throat, enemies to lovers slow burn)
I Knew You Were Trouble – a book you knew would be bad and ended up being bad
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Barnes
After the overhyped jumble The Inheritance Games was (oh how i wish it had been a standalone), I did not have high hopes for the sequel. But somehow it managed to be even worse than I had thought? The romance had me gagging and the plot was weakly tied up.
All Too Well – the book that has stayed with you the most
Is this a sign from the universe? I am not able to pick a book for the signature song of the album?? What sorcery is this?
22 – coming of age book
It feels like a perfect night
For breakfast at midnight
To fall in love with strangers
In Deeper Waters by FT Lukens
I felt like most people would choose a contemporary for this prompt, so I went with a fantasy instead (away from the crowd am i right?). Anyway. This one is a sea adventure with mermen and royalty and court politics – highly recommend!
I Almost Do – the one you keep almost reading and don’t
That I can’t say “Hello” to you
And risk another goodbye
The Red Palace by June Hur
Does it make sense that even though it’s been only three months since this book got published, it seems like I have had it on my tbr forever? Like everytime I see a glowing review, I promise people that I am going to read it real soon PLUS its sitting ready on my kindle but I still haven’t got to it? Oops.
Stay Stay Stay – a book everyone dislikes but you love
Stay, stay, stay
I’ve been loving you for quite some time, time, time
Portrait Of A Thief by Grace D Li
It’d be a bit of a stretch to say EVERYONE dislikes this, and also a stretch to say I LOVE it, buut yeah pretty close I guess? I’ve been seeing negative reviews upon negative reviews and while I 100% agree with some of the flaws pointed out, there was a lot of good too.
The Last Time – what was the last book you read?
Find myself at your door
Just like all those times before
I’m not sure how I got there
All roads, they lead me here
The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
This was definitely much darker and grittier than I was expecting, and it ended up being a bit of a disappointment. There were no sub-plots at all, and the entire focus was on one and one character only- not saying that’s necessarily bad, but it didn’t feel right to me.
Holy Ground – a fan-favorite book
Back to a first glance feeling on New York time
Back when you fit my poems like a perfect rhyme
A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft
I randomly went through my goodreads shelves looking for hyped up books and this one was the first I found. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a review of this book that is not some starry eyed fan gushing about the wonder this story is. So. My expectations are sky high.
Sad, Beautiful, Tragic – a book with any of these words in the title
Long handwritten note
Deep in your pocket
Words, how little they mean
When you’re a little too late
Beautiful People Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Oof well I haven’t read this one either but I’ve heard loads about it! Someday maybe *fingers crossed*
The Lucky One – a book about fame
Now it’s big black cars and Riviera views
And your lover in the foyer doesn’t even know you
And your secrets end up splashed on the news front page
If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
Everyone knows fame and boy bands go hand in hand. If this gets out deals with all the things that come in a package with being a teenage heartthrob – and not all of them are autographs and selfies.
Everything Has Changed – a book that changed how you view something
All I know is you held the door
You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours
All I know since yesterday
Is everything has changed
The Wave by Morton Rhue
It’s a short read, but so much learning is stuffed between those pages like?? It’s eerie that I used to be as skeptical about nazis as the students in the book (because how could someone with an ounce of common sense support that man?) but this book showed me how very possible and realistic it was to “brainwash” people.
Starlight – a book that makes you feel warm and cozy and magical
Don’t you see the starlight, starlight
Don’t you dream impossible things
The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
To those of you who thought I’d finally gotten over rambling about this book in every other post, the joke’s on you ha! Yeah no I very much have not forgotten what a delight this gem of a book was. Puppy eyes emoji in book form.
The Moment I Knew – a book that looks happier than it actually is
But there was one thing missing
And that was the moment I knew
Heartstopper Volumes 1-4 by Alice Oseman
I was taken by surprise when what appeared like a cute fluffy contemporary delved into several heavy topics BUT that doesn’t mean I love my boys any less.
Come Back, Be Here – a book series you want to make a resurgence OR a book series you want to be finished/the author to come back to
Taxi cabs and busy streets
That never bring you back to me
I can’t help but wish you took me with you
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Choksi
Series are intimidating. Ok yeah I know I enjoyed the first book, but something about actually continuing the series and maybe finishing it makes me want to run in the opposite direction. And that wouldn’t do at all right?? Who would write this lovely blog right here?
With that we’re done! I skipped some of the prompts, so if you’re interested in doing the tag you can find the entire prompt list over on Georgia’s blog (linked above). I’m not tagging anyone but feel free to do this on your blog, I’d love to read your answers!!
What’s your favourite song from Red? Have you read any of these books? Which is a book that made you feel a whole spectrum of emotions? (And can someone yell at me to read The Red Palace?) Let’s chat in the comments!