Hello, my bookish friends! How are you all? This week I’m scheduling all these posts because the final frenzy is about to hit full force. I can’t believe I’m almost done with the first year of my university career — and to be honest, finally! I only have three more weeks of school and then two weeks of exams. After that, I’ll make myself work my ass off during the summer and read my weight in books.
Today I decided to bring you guys this book tag! It created by the blogging queen (aka Cait @ Paper Fury) and I’m excited to do it!
Gena/Finn made me sad in two ways: 1) I was sad that it didn’t end like I wanted it to end, and 2) I was sad that my expectations for this one were not met. I had heard so much about it and I absolutely loved it during the first 3/4. I was ready to give it 5 stars and make it one of my top 10 books of the year. Instead, the book took a turn I wasn’t expecting (or wanting) and I bumped it down to 2.5 stars. That last quarter ruined the whole book — and I’m still hurt.
This had so much promise! It’s a book about two girls who meet online through a blog and become friends. They’re in such different stages of their lives, yet they have something in common — a fictional TV show. I felt that I could relate to them, which is why it made me even sadder.
I am one that always has something to say and bitch about. Being a bookworm means that I’ll have stuff to complain about too. Here are some of the things I hate with a fiery passion.
- new releases are so expensive (I know, authors have to eat and I totally agree! But I still get salty about how unaffordable new releases are).
- the fact that my library never has any recent books or YA books! I live in a huge city (a capital!) and still my library doesn’t have any of the books I hear about on the blogosphere.
- my library has an awful schedule and is closed 50% of the time. I mean, come on!!! I swear they’re closed 3 days a week and only open from 10 am to 5 pm. With a lunch break in between!
- people don’t understand how much reading is interesting and keep asking me to go do other things (aka “watch TV”). This one drives me insane and happens mostly around my family. Why is it that people think reading is not a valid hobby? No, I would not like to go watch TV or go on a walk. I’m busy living a fictional life here.
- people shitting on YA books saying they’re not worth reading. This infuriates me. There’s not much you can say to these arrogant a-holes, so I’ll say this: pick up your Dickens again in public and pretend to read it, even though the most Dickensian thing you’ve done was watch “A Christmas Carol” on TV during Christmas.
- constantly being declined for reviews on Edelweiss. It makes me bawl. There are so many books I want to read and review but I never get the chance to. I don’t even know what I’m doing wrong, but Edelweiss seems to think I’m not worthy of free ARCs…
I hope to read all of these, or most of these in the summer, so cross your fingers for me!
Ayiti — by Roxane Gay
Dead Girls — by Alice Bolin
Zenobia — by Lars Hornman and Morten Dürr
The Hawkman — by Jane Rosenberg LaForge
The 7 1/2 Death of Evelyn Hardcastle — by Stuart Turton
The Bear and the Pavingstone — by Toshiyuki Horie
Sheets — by Brenna Thummler
What If It’s Us — by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
So Done — by Paula Chase
Our Homesick Songs — by Emma Hooper
A Literary Tea Party — by Alison Walsh
Tin Man — by Sarah Winman
Cath and Reagan are my favorite unlikely friends. They’re from the young-adult novel Fangirl (which is my favorite —
totally a coincidence). Cath is a very closed person who likes to stay in her bubble and comfort zone. Meanwhile, Reagan is very outgoing and outspoken. Their personalities do not match one bit. But because they’re roommates and have to be around each other for good portions of the day, they become friends.
Cath is too shy to ask for anything — even about where the cafeteria is! Reagan is there to push Cath out of her bubble and to try new things. Sometimes that’s the best thing a friend can do.
I love these two gals together. They have some of the funniest conversations ever.
The Sellout — by Pault Beatty
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future — by A. S. King
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares — by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Brooklyn — by Colm Tóibín
Ask the Passengers — by A. S. King
Afterworlds — by Scott Westerfeld
Emergency Contact — by Mary H. K. Choi (read my review here!)
The Upside of Unrequired — by Becky Albertalli
I absolutely love the ending to Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It’s a classic — and for good reason. It’s fast-paced, full of witty world-building, and a clever plot. What makes it even better is that bitter-sweet ending. In my opinion, there could never be a better ending to this book than the one Orwell came up with. It fits perfectly into the mood of the story.
Also — not a spoiler but I think it’s super ironic how this book matches pink. Totally not a pink ending!
Maybe I was too young to try to get into Murakami, but Kafka on the Shore really turned me off from reading more books by this author. I was so confused about the point of the whole book, I DNFed it 3/4 into it. The characters were interesting, but I could not understand why they did anything. The action was confusing and the alternating chapters threw me off.
I’m not done with Murakami, at least not yet. I’ll give him another chance in the future, maybe when I’m older…
Surprise! — I don’t have an answer for this prompt. Because I don’t tend to read books that have a lot of action (it makes me dizzy) my characters don’t tend to die. It’s been a while since a favorite character of mine died. I wonder if this means I should start reading fantasy again…
Woops I think I picked too many…
The Arrival — by Shaun Tan
Eating Animals — by Jonathan Safran Foer
Persepolis (volumes 1 and 2) — by Marjane Satrapi
Slaughterhouse 5 — by Kurt Vonnegut
To Kill a Mockingbird — by Harper Lee
You Can’t Touch My Hair (and other things I still have to explain) — by Phoebe Robinson
Animal Farm — by George Orwell
The Handmaid’s Tale — by Margaret Atwood
The Best We Could Do — by Thi Bui
I’m picking my girl Lara Jean from the P.S. I Love You trilogy, written by Jenny Han. She’s a
literal cookie. I love how warm and nice and thoughtful she is of her sisters and parents. I love characters that are introverted and have a strong personality — and Lara Jean is definitely that! If you imagine a rainbow covered in chocolate and then sprinkled with crushed candy, you’d have Lara Jean.
I tag all of you to do this tag! It was fun to do and I would love to read your answers 🐼