A HUGE thank you to Kim at Kimberly Faye Reads for creating this awesome book tag, and these amazing graphics! Kim tagged me, and let’s just say I had too much fun with it.
So I want to preface this by saying that I have a couple options for a few of them, mainly because I picked a YA title and a NA/Adult title (yes, I cheated).
AN UPCOMING RELEASE YOU WISH YOU COULD GET YOUR HANDS ON RIGHT NOW.
Kings Rising is the third book in the Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat. I binge-read the first two books earlier this month, and I just GOTTA know what happens next! This is an incredibly addictive M/M high fantasy series.
FAVORITE SERIES STARTER
This could’ve also applied to Sarah’s YA series Throne of Glass. But I love love loved this one. I’ve already reread it 6 times this year. I need book #2 right meow.
A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU ALL THE WARM & FUZZIES.
I’m not fond of this cover, but I’m quite fond of this series. This book is the second of the Neighbor From Hell (standalone) series, and it’s my absolute favorite. I listen to the audiobook at least once a month, or whenever I need a fluffy read. It’s got tons of humor, romance and feels, but it’s well-balanced, with a satisfying HEA.
Can I please live a life where I have emergency dance parties with Levi and read Simon & Baz fanfic?
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU UGLY CRY.
Ugly doesn’t even cover the cry that came upon reading this book. It was an utterly atrocious cry. This was sort of a cathartic, soul-cleansing cry that only comes from reading a book written by an author who ‘gets it’. (The ‘it’ meaning she really captured what it was like to experience the ____ that happens in this book.) Needless to say, I wish everyone could read it. I’ll be here with the hugs.
BOOKISH HERO OR HEROINE YOU WANT AROUND TO PROTECT YOU IN REAL LIFE.
JERICHO ZIGOR BARRONS.
He’s a beast of a man who kills first, and ask questions later.
Cause who doesn’t want a gorgeous Fae warrior to keep them safe, amirite?
Though I NEVER do this, there was only the one exception:
YEAH YEAH YEAH. I know that I said that I didn’t love The Bronze Horseman (book 1) that much, but the framework to a great story was there, so naturally, I was curious about the other two books in the series. I needed to know if I wanted to continue with the story. And guess what, I do! So…there.
This book: SPELLBINDING.
This book has a believable quality to the magical elements; very Harry Potteresque.
A MUST READ.
A BOOK SERIES YOU WISH NEVER ENDED.
I think my forever answer will always be the Harry Potter Series.
But another one of my favorite series ends next month with the release of the final book:
I can’t can’t let these characters go. I just can’t! I’ve had this ARC for MONTHS now, and I just can’t bear to read it cause I know when I do, I have to come to terms with the fact that it’s over.
A BOOK WITH AN UPLIFTING MESSAGE.
I loved this book for so many reasons. Even though the movie took a bit of a departure from the book, both had the same message: Embrace who you are. Regardless of your size, weight, appearance, or personality, this book tackles the importance of self-worth and acceptance. I loved the romance too; I’d recommend that this to YA readers of all ages.
A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD FORGET YOU EVER READ.
I’m sure this comes as no surprise to anyone who read my review of this book. I consider this “the book that should’ve never came to pass”. Seriously. This is a classic example of a series that has been spread too thin. It’s pretty evident that this series had originally been intended as a trilogy; Captivated by You was riddled with dare I say, gratuitous sex scenes with mere dregs of a plot. I wish I had stopped after book 2.
AN AUTHOR WHOSE BOOKS ALWAYS GET YOU OUT OF A READING SLUMP.
I just love her books so hard. She can pretty much do no wrong in my eyes. One of my faves written by her:
The dialogue was spot on with this one, and HOT HOCKEY PLAYERS, thank you very much.
SARAH J. MAAS!
I’m obsessed with all her books, but ACOTAR in particular has gotten me out of a few slumps this year. Sometimes I just go back and re-read some of my favorite scenes/dialogue, cause I can’t get enough.
A SWOON-WORTHY HERO OR HEROINE.
This will not be a shocker to anyone, but my fave is without a doubt, James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser. Or, JAMMF if you’re nasty.
Most of you will know him as JAMIE (mutha-effin’) FRASER.
(He could also be a great option for the Expecto Patronum too. ^)
I loved him throughout all 8 books of the Outlander series, but the book that had me swooning out of control would have to be in book 6, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
Here are a few JAMMF quotes from this book that had me <3:
“If I die,” he whispered in the dark, “dinna follow me. The bairns will need ye. Stay for them. I can wait.”
“There is an oath upon her,” he said to Arch, and I realized dimly that he was still speaking in Gaelic, though I understood him clearly. “She may not kill, save it is for mercy or her life. It is myself who kills for her.”
“If ye were no longer there—or somewhere—” he said very softly, “then the sun would no longer come up or go down.” He lifted my hand and kissed it, very gently.
Exhibit D (see what I did there?):
“Aye, verra good. Now then, if ye’ll just put your hands above your head and seize the bedstead—”
I rest my case, your Honor.
A BOOK THAT CAUSED YOU TO STOP DOING ALL OTHER THINGS UNTIL YOU FINISHED IT
(This is the UK cover that I can’t stop drooling over.)
I started this book on my plane ride to Italy last year, and I finished it while we had our layover in Paris. I have distinct memories of walking around finishing up the last 15% of it while walking around the airport, instead of taking in the sights. No regrets. This book was totally worth it. Considering it is Kingsley’s book (who is French), it was totally appropriate that I finished it while in France. <3
As many of you know, I was ridiculously lucky to have had an opportunity to read Queen of Shadows almost a month before it was released. Needless to say, when this arrived on my doorstep, I immediately cracked it open and started reading.
— No BS Book Reviews (@noBSbrBlog) August 9, 2015
A BOOK THAT WAS PAINFUL TO READ (FOR WHATEVER REASON) OR BROKE YOU.
This was painful to read, but not for the reasons you think.
The story is narrated from Tatiana’s POV, and she goes through some SERIOUS hardships throughout most of this book. Death, starvation, betrayal, heartache, and heartbreak–she goes through it all. FOR OVER 800 EFFIN PAGES. Couple that with the fact that it takes place in Russia during the war (in the 1940’s), and you’re in for a world of hurt.
And the ANGST.
Don’t even get me started on the ANGST.
Did I mention ANGST?
A BOOK THAT HAD YOU LAUGHING OUT LOUD.
OMG. DREW EVANS.
This book had me in stitches. First off, I’m a sucker for a Male POV, so being inside of Drew’s head gave me a constant case of the giggs. He’s vulgar and hilarious, a perfect combo for an entertaining read.
This book was VERY hilarious. Once again, male POV, but I had many laugh-out-loud, spit-out-your-drink moments while reading it. You can check out my review here with some quotes from the book, and for an audiobook clip of my beloved MacLeod Andrews narrating it. (Totally worth a listen, IMO.)
This book was hands down one of my fave reads last year. If you can’t tell from the cover, it’s also told from Male POV (Ryan Dean West, FTW!) and I lovvvvvved it. This book has some graphics/comics thrown in as well, which intensifies the funny. I loved it from beginning to end. Check out my review post here to see some of the screenshots of the visual aides I am referring to.
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU WANT TO SEND IT (OR YOUR E-READER) FLYING.
IF EVER THERE WAS A BOOK THAT MADE ME WANT TO BREAK UP WITH AN AUTHOR, THIS ONE IS IT.
I used to LOVE this series. I was so ridiculously excited for this book; when I got my hands on it, I devoured the first few chapters. But then, it took a turn for the WORST. It seemed like the theme shifted; I felt as though the entire book was all about who she was going to end up with instead of resolving more important matters. WHO CARES ABOUT WHO SHES GOING TO BE WITH!?!
Love triangles will be the death of me!
It’s not that hard, pick one, or the other. Do we need to spend 3 entire books making a decision?
A BOOKSISH WORLD YOU WISH YOU COULD VISIT.
AGAIN, MY GO-TO ANSWER WILL BE: HARRY POTTER.
But let’s get serious for a second.
The one world I really wish to visit:
Who wouldn’t want to be all up in Willy Wonka’s bizness? Amirite?
Give me that Golden Ticket.
I WANT IN.
Chocolates, sweets, and crazy shenanigans?
Someone call Ariel cause…
A BOOK WITH A SHOCKING TWIST OR ENDING
GUYS. THIS ENDING KILLED ME WHILST I HUNG PRECARIOUSLY OFF THE CLIFF.
Talk about shocking!
Legit, this book ended almost like the movie SAW.
This is one of the best YA psychological thriller series I’ve ever read.
A CHARACTER DEATH THAT DESTROYED YOU.
AGAIN: HARRY POTTER, BOOKS 5-7.
BEST SERIES CONCLUSION
AGAIN, HARRY POTTER.
BUT ALSO THIS:
I just love this series so much. Very satisfying end to a trilogy.
PHEW! That was so much fun, and now it’s time to tag mah friends!
Steph at Cuddlebuggery
Andye at ReadingTeen
Megan at Reading Books Like A Boss
Kelly at Belle of the Literati
2 N Jenn at BookShelfery
Rachel at A Perfection Called Books
Debbie & Ali at Black Heart Reviews
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