I’ve been wanting to do book tags for a while, but since I don’t really have any blogger friends :(, I haven’t been able to. Then along came Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews! She recently did the Bookish Baking Tag from Hammock of Books and tagged whoever wanted to do it…well, that’s me! So I couldn’t wait to do this. Let’s get cracking 🙂
- Thank whoever tagged you
- Link back to them and the original creator (Kay @ Hammock of Books)
- Answer the 12 prompts, and feel free to use these graphics
- Tag 5+ friends to share the sweetness
I’m going to go with Julie Berry’s Lovely War. Opening up with one of the most adorable meet-cutes I’ve ever read and an intriguing introduction to our narrators – who just happen to be members of the Greek pantheon, meddling in mortal affairs – Lovely War had me swooning, and completely hooked, from page one.
I’m assuming this is a hyped-up book that I enjoy? So my pick would have to be The Illuminae Files trilogy! Everyone has heard of Kaufman & Kristof’s first space opera series, but there’s a good reason for that. Its unusual narrative style and fast-paced plot are absolutely gripping, and it’s easy to fall for the characters. This one is a tour de force and there’s a reason it’s surrounded by hype!
She’s the Worst by Lauren Speiller has a wonderful message about cherishing your siblings. I happened to read this book right before my older brother went off to college and I was really struggling with regrets about my relationship with him; this book helped me step back and realize that it’s never too late to rekindle your bond with your family and get closer to a sibling you drifted away from.
The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner is my all-time favorite YA series, and one of the first ones I ever read. Ever since I read “The Thief” in 7th grade, I’ve been in love with the world and characters, and revisiting the series always makes me feel like a carefree middle schooler again.
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord! This is probably my favorite rom-com of 2020 so far because it’s incredibly sweet but also hilarious (a LOT of so-called “rom-coms” are severely lacking in the “com” department…not this one!) and just completely delightful. This book just made me happy, and it’s a perfect light, happy read when you’re having a rough time. 🙂
Oscar Bell from Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne! He’s a piano/composition prodigy who knows how special he is and isn’t afraid to let you know, but who can somehow make you love him all the more for it. He’s also quirky, sweet, attentive, and self-assured but has his struggles, too – so basically, PROTECT HIM.
Hmm…Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura. This is the only figure skating-themed YA that’s ever gotten a seal of approval for its portrayal of skating from this insanely picky ex-skater, and for that alone it deserves this spot. But it’s also a wonderful story about the crossroads that teenagers have to face as they grow up, which resonated with me and which I think might be just as familiar to other high school students.
Embarrassingly, I kind of have nothing for this one! I’ve never really read a holiday book.
Uhh…honestly, If I’m Being Honest. I was expecting reading this book to be an experience somewhat akin to being punched in the face, not because of its length (once you’ve read “Gone with the Wind,” no YA book will ever seem long again…) but because it seemed like a very angry book and I don’t have a good track record with anger. Turns out that while, yeah, there was a little bit of that, it was also about personal growth, kindness, forgiveness, and open-mindedness – all things I can get behind!
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch is my go-to summer read. It’s sweet but poignant, fun but substantial, and both the setting and the romance are all-around, utterly swoonworthy. It’s been over a year since I’ve read this, and I still smile when I think about the dress-shopping scene.
For some reason, I read a TON of books with Asian representation. (I cannot explain this, as I am, unfortunately, white.) So, since that’s kind of my norm, I’m going to pick something with a different kind of representation and go with This Train is Being Held, which has Dominican and Cuban protagonists and deals a lot with Latin-American culture. I go to a Latino-majority high school (half of the student body actually commutes over the Mexican border to come to school every day!), so a lot of what it talked about was familiar to me through my Mexican-American friends, but there’s a definite difference between Southern California Mexican-American culture vs. NYC Dominican/Cuban-American culture, so I also learned a lot.
I’ve been challenging myself to read a classic novel every month since January 2018 and have yet to fail, so I have a couple of favorite classics I’ve compiled in that time. But the one that probably has the most appeal to YA fans would be Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. It’s my favorite of her books by far and I love that it has a bookish protagonist! Catherine Morland is an incredibly relatable character for all of us readers out there and its slightly campy plot is super fun. (Other favorites that I also recommend: This Side of Paradise, Much Ado About Nothing, The Count Of Monte Cristo, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Great Gatsby.)
That was really fun! I don’t know any of y’all but I follow your blogs and like them a lot, so to spread the love, I’m tagging:
1. Caitlin at Caitlin Althea
2. Alexia at Right Writing Words
4. Jenniely at Jenniely Books Writing Lifestyle