Hello fellow bookworms ✨ Today I’m back with a Book Tag, because I’m slowly catching up with all the ones I wanted to do/have been tagged in, as they are still one of my favorite things to do! I was kindly tagged by Zoie @ whiskedawaybywords a while ago for the Harry Potter Book Tag – Thank you so much for tagging me!! 💕 I love Harry Potter all year round, but there is something about the autumn/winter season that makes the nostalgia act up even more and make me crave a reread (still need to reread books 6 and 7), so now is the perfect time to do it! The Tag was originally created by Lashaan & Trang @ bookidote and I think the only rule is that you cannot use any of the Harry Potter books to fulfill the prompts.
A book where you found the theme interesting, but you’d like to
rewrite make a few changes.
This Savage Song (Victoria Schwab) ✨ I changed it from rewrite to making changes, because to be honest I would never feel confident to entirely rewrite someone else’s story in a ‘better’ way, but I can think of a book that I would suggest some changes. Despite loving Vicious so much … I was really disappointed by This Savage Song. Everyone loved it so much, but I was let down by the execution of the themes. There’s so much potential in this area: This Savage Song is all about what defines humanity, with a monster wanting to become more human and a human aspiring to become more like the monsters. I liked seeing the two different sides of the conflict and how it questioned what makes one human or a monster. Sadly, I found the atmosphere of the book off, it didn’t convey the sense of danger like I had expected and the book didn’t make as much use of the monsters as I had hoped – I wanted there to be so much more focus on the worldbuilding! The world itself is fascinating, but the execution for me sadly left a lot to be desired.
The first book in a series that got you hooked.
Ace of Shades (Amanda Foody) ✨ I did a travelling book project with my friends Sandra and Swetlana for this one, so from the beginning seeing the notes they made and the theories they had was so much fun! In general, Ace of Shades was a fantastic Series debut, because it intrigued me with a cool magic system and a dangerous, sinister world. I have like SO many theories about where the story could be going and I’m very invested in the lives of the characters (very afraid for hem all too), so I LOVE THIS!! To my shame, I still haven’t read the sequel because I keep putting it off for some reason, but I definitely should start it because the end of the Trilogy is already coming next year 😱 If you haven’t started the Series I highly recommend that you give it a go, because it pretty much hooked me in immediately and ended up becoming one of my favorites!
A book you wish you could have right now.
The Tyrant’s Tomb (Rick Riordan) ✨ The US release date is only one week away, but I need this book like right now!! As I’m getting the UK paperback I’ll have to wait one additional week for some reason 😭 I’m VERY excited to see how the second to last book of the Trials of Apollo Series will turn out, because book 3 sure destroyed me when I read it last week, so maybe things will turn even darker now. We also had to wait a bit longer, as last year’s books came out on May, but The Tyrant’s Tomb is only coming this September! I recently had all the Percy Jackson nostalgia, so I cannot wait to finally get my hands on this, as I’m now caught up on all other Series by Rick Riordan and require new content in my favorite world! I really hope there will be another Series afterwards, because I can never get enough of Camp Half-Blood!
A killer book. Both senses. Take it as you like.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Lauren James) ✨ This book might seem nice and like a cute space adventure, but it’s more than it seems. It turned out to be such a fantastic book that really managed do a lot more than you would expect from the synopsis, so I recommend going into it knowing almost nothing. It makes for a great reading experience slowly uncovering everything that is going on and especially the last 25% literally well … killed me. I definitely did not sign up to freak out that much over this book, yet that’s what exactly happened. Things go SO intense and high stakes that I couldn’t stop putting down the book even when I was going through all the emotions. The book wrecked me more than I could have predicted and yet proved that it knows what it wanted to do and executed that masterfully. I’m intentionally being vague to not spoil things, but this book could be really scary … space is exciting, but very terrifying sometimes.
A book that you found really confusing.
Giant Days Vol 1 (Allison, Treiman, Cogar) ✨ It took me a while to even find a book for this prompt, because there aren’t many books that really confuse me (more like irritate), but Giant Days definitely fits. I was hoping for a relatable graphic novel about life in college, but instead I got an incohesive storyline that was all over the place. I didn’t appreciate being thrown into the book without any setup or explanation, I felt like I had no idea where the story was headed. The narrative was more focused on a ‘day in the life’ story without any bigger plot and that didn’t work for me. The shifts between scenes were jarring and I was confused about the goals and motivations of all the characters. In essence, the book wasn’t made for me.
spirit animal soulmate book.
Geekerella (Ashley Poston) ✨ It was so hard to choose, because there are so many of my typical answers (Fangirl, Queens of Geek, Truthwitch …), so I wanted to shoutout another book dear to my heart: Geekerella! It was one of my first Arcs that I received and wonderfully portrayed fandom and fan culture!! I love books that deal with fans, because I can always relate so much to their feelings and especially what their favorite show/book etc. has gained them. Geekerella is no exception, it’s a love letter to fandom and portrays how her favorite show is what keeps the main character going – this is her passion, the thing of her heart and that was beautifully validating to read about. I also got attached to the fictional world of Starfield – the show – because it felt so very real! Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.
A dark twisted book.
White Cat (Holly Black) ✨ I could have mentioned a few other books for the prompt but wanted to give a shoutout to the Curseworker Trilogy, because I feel like it’s often one of Holly Black’s overlooked books. But the Series is SO GOOD! I could gush about it for days and definitely recommend them if you’re a fan of dark, fast-paced stories and Holly Black of course. White Cat was my first 5 Star read of the year and had everything you could wish for: dangerous abilities, forbidden love, a dysfunctional family and lots of intrigue. I loved how the magic system was built up and how the main character’s family is well acquainted with crime and betrayal. There is some backstabbing going on in the books and the danger of the more powerful Curseworker families (who are basically crime lords) definitely makes the book darker. The main character is fantastically morally grey, and the stakes are off the charts, so I breezed through all the books!
A book that surprised you in a great way, revealing more than it is.
Illuminae (Kaufman, Kristoff) ✨ I mentioned the Illuminae Files in a post about books I would never read, yet here we are. It started when I randomly picked up book 1 from the library last year, because even though I didn’t plan on reading it, the library always tempts me to just give books a try. Then I got obsessed and stayed up till 2am to read the book in one sitting, because I couldn’t put it down, that’s how good it was. I also read the next two books through my Scribd free Trial and ended up loving the entire Series, which became one of the favorites of the year! The moral of the story probably is to give things a try, because Illuminae was a great getaway book into sci-fi books and the unique format really worked as well, as I had heard everywhere. I’m glad I gave them a chance and after a recent reread (I bought all of them, as I didn’t own them already), I can confirm that there’s so much heartbreak, betrayal and danger lurking in the books, they are so addictive!
What is your favorite spell from Harry Potter? What book do you wish you could have right now? ✨