Hi, my absolute favorite people on the internet! ✨
It’s been literal ages since I’ve done a tag.
Trust May (thanks for tagging me!!) to be the only person in the world who’d be able to get me to do one again.
You’ve probably seen the news already, but just in case you haven’t—Percy Jackson & the Olympians is finally getting the on-screen adaption it deserves, and I’ve been (re-)reading the series ever since the news broke four days ago. (I’m on book four so far … don’t ask me how.)
The title of my blog post promised book-related screaming on my part, so here we go~
- Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
- Link to the original creator: May @ Forever and Everly! Please note that she made the artwork/graphics, if using them.
- Match books with the given prompts.
- Tag however many people as wanted!
- Copy-paste the rules and list of prompts.
This is a really hard prompt for me to find a book to match, because as you are all well aware, I’m the worst™ at making decisions, and deciding on which book I consider to be my favorite this year?? Way harder than deciding on whether Gale or Peeta is Katniss’ soulmate.
But there is only one book I gave five stars to so far this year, and it’s Know My Name by Chanel Miller. No words needed.
No one will be surprised about my choice for this prompt, but it’s a simple fact—much like the fact that the earth is round, and that eating chocolate makes you happy—that you haven’t experienced true ingenuity until you’ve read Madeline Miller’s Circe.
I’m just … speechless, and forever in awe of the beauty that is her writing, and the sheer magnitude of a masterpiece that she created.
I will never stop screaming about Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta; it’s not merely under-hyped, it is criminally under-hyped. 99.9% of the time, people tell me that they have never heard of this book before, when I recommend it to them—and besides the fact that that makes me want to cry, it is simply unacceptable.
Not only does it have the most amazing, wholesome family vibes, something that is pretty rare in YA contemporaries, the depression rep is pure gold.
[inserts my rebel self]: “I’ll just sneakily replace “book” with “book series”
When I started reading the All for the Game series, I may have almost lost my mind wondering about the cult following that it was able to amass—reading book one really had me going “???“.
But by the end of book two, I got it. Because while it might not be the most well-written book series (I almost gave up on it during book one, and struggled a little in book two), nor have a realistic/believable plot, nor be entirely … unproblematic … the characters and the spin on the found family trope is everything.
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. I haven’t read this book in years, but it had a huge impact on me during my childhood years, and I love both the book and its movie adaption. I have such dear memories tied to it, and I used to reread bits and pieces every night before going to sleep.
It’s just so fun, and heartwarming, and magical, and on top of everything, it pretty much invented the found family trope. (Also, Scipio was one of my first book crushes.)
I just [clenches fist] really love Tori and Charlie’s relationship, and its portrayal in This Winter by Alice Oseman. On top of that, this novella is just all-around heartwarming.
Tori and Charlie both have their own problems, issues they’re working through, relationships they’re working on, but they’re always there for each other where and when it counts, and I love how they both know that they have each other’s back.
Normal People by Sally Rooney. I read it in one single sitting (both times), and I was in a daze when I finished the last page, and looked up from it to find that time had passed and the world hadn’t stopped turning while my heart was being ripped into shreds.
(And the on-screen adaption is just as heart-breaking.)
This novel really doesn’t need my endorsement, but I’m going to say it anyway: read it. 🤍
I was incredibly lucky and honored to have been sent an ARC of Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston last year, and I immediately felt deep inside my soul that it would be so, so incredibly loved by readers—and I turned out to be right. :’)
I don’t have a whole lot of luck when it comes to books that are universally “well-loved”, but I really adore this one with my entire heart and soul. (And I think I’m ready for another re-read … again.)
If I was marooned on an island, I’d definitely need something uplifting, heartwarming, and magical, but still dramatic, exciting and action-packed, and Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer series fits all these criteria perfectly.
(I’m so sorry, but I will make no such prediction, because these things never work out for me.)
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong.
I really can’t wait to fall in love with the Shakespeare retelling of Romeo and Juliet that the world deserves … I mean, if there was one book I’d bet my money on being a future five-star read of mine (which there isn’t, because as I said above, these things never work out for me), it’s this one.
(@ Simon Teen, please mail out your physical ARCs soon?)
“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.” & “When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him.” & “We were like gods at the dawning of the world, & our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”
Going with Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston again, because books rarely make me laugh, but this one did, and I really, really love it.
(What did I say about wanting to reread it again-again …)
I only read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern two years ago, in 2018, but it’s definitely a book I see myself loving forever. It’s not a book for everyone, but it put me under its spell with its magical, lush, and lyrical writing, and it’s absolutely mesmerizing setting right away.
I’ve rarely felt as absolutely heartbroken as I did when I finished the book and had to live with the depressing knowledge of this story being set in a fictitious world.
Saying that The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang was a book I was afraid of reaching the end of would be a lie—a lie by omission, to be exact. Because I was quite honestly afraid of reaching the end of almost every single chapter??
It’s the first adult fantasy I pretty much inhaled, and I can’t wait to read the conclusion of this series. Also, I’m in complete and utter awe of R.F. Kuang, in every imaginable way.
I’m notorious for disliking books everyone loves (😔), but the inverse has never happened??
(I plead the fifth on this one, because I’d feel way too judgmental, since I know that a lot of you love these books … anyway, I wrote this post to spread positivity, and that’s what I’ll do!!!)
I have a very special, very precious place in my heart for Magiano and Adelina from The Rose Society. And I shall not elaborate further on it, because this is one of those instances where talking about something would feel like reducing what it is to … mere words. I sincerely hope this makes sense. Anyway.
They own my soul.
I TAG …
Emma @ Emma Reads 🔱 Olivia @ Purely Olivia 🔱 Tiffany @ Read By Tiffany 🔱 Kate @ Your Tita Kate 🔱 Rain @ Bookdragonism 🔱 Aentee @ Read at Midnight 🔱 Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books 🔱 Kat @ Novels & Waffles 🔱 Annie @ Blossoms and Bullet Journals 🔱 May @ My 1st Chapter 🔱 Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink 🔱 Xandra @ Starry Sky Books 🔱 Caro @ Bookcheshire Cat 🔱 Tiffany @ String of Pages 🔱 Taasia @ Librae Paints Pages 🔱 Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea 🔱 Shri @ Sun and Chai …
AND YOU! 💗
If you see this tag, please do it & tag me so that we can gush about our favorite books together