Hey everyone! Today, I’m coming to you with yet another book tag because whenever I’m bored and I have nothing to post on my blog, I go through my tags list, pick one at random and do it. This is how random my blog is. Anyhow, I was tagged by the lovely, fantabulous, brilliant Nicolette over at A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly, so thank you very much for thinking of me and tagging me in this delicious tag! I can’t wait to get into it! x
CROISSANT: NAME A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES THAT EVERYONE (INCLUDING YOU) LOVES
I feel like my answers to these tag questions are getting super repetitive. I need to read more books… I have read a total of zero negative reviews for this series. Note how I said series, and not the individuals books. Someone people tend to hate the first book but love the rest. Some people love the first book, aren’t big on the rest. But almost everyone I know and interact with who has given this series a chance loves it. And so do I. It’s very well-done, it’s fast-paced, the characters are brilliant and the finale was crazy amazing.
MACARONS: NAME A BOOK THAT WAS HARD TO GET THROUGH BUT WORTH IT IN THE END
I think the reason a lot of people don’t pick up the A Song of Ice & Fire series is because of its ginormousness. And I totally get that. 5 books (so far), all over 800 pages; it’s pretty insane. I was hesitant too, and it took me an entire month to get through the first book but it was definitely worth it. This series is a literary masterpiece, and it’s a must-read for any fantasy fan. It’s not high on the fantasy initially, but it gets crazier as it goes along. It’s denser than the show, the characters are more twisted, and the story is richer and more complex.
VOL-AU-VENT: NAME A BOOK THAT YOU THOUGHT WILL BE AMAZING BUT FELL FLAT
I wouldn’t say this book fell flat, per se, but it was definitely quite underwhelming. I thought it was a little too similar to Harry Potter, for my liking. I’m a big Rowell fan, and I’ve come to expect a lot from her stories and her characters, but I don’t think fantasy is her forté. The world-building in Carry On was virtually non-existent. The characters were realistic, but I felt some of the relationships were rushed and underdeveloped. I did love the protagonists and their budding romance though, even though I thought it was a little rushed.
PAIN-AU-CHOCOLAT: NAME A BOOK THAT YOU THOUGH WOULD BE ONE THING BUT TURNED OUT TO BE SOMETHING ELSE
For this, I thought I’d pick the Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. I went into this book with super high expectations because I’d heard nothing but brilliant things. I expected it to be a heart-warming, whimsical story about Ava Lavender – a girl born with wings. I hadn’t realized that it was actually a generational story following Ava’s grandmother, mother and Ava herself. In the end, it read too much like a series of biographies for me, and I wish the book had focused on just one character in a more cohesive way than it actually did.
PROFITEROLE: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT DOESN’T GET ENOUGH ATTENTION
Like I said, I need new answers for these tags. It seems like I repeat the same books over and over again. I don’t think the Bone Season series gets the love it deserves. I know a lot of people know about it, but not a lot of people have read it. It’s a unique twist on dystopia – some of the events that took place in our history happened in a different way in the book’s universe so it’s almost a sci-fi but less modern, more Victorian. The characters are great, it’s action-packed and I, personally, really adore the romance. It needs more love, and it needs more attention than it gets.
CROQUEMBOUCHE: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT’S COMPLETELY COMPLEX
I could have used two or three series I mentioned above for this answer, including The Bone Season and A Song of Ice & Fire, but to avoid repeating, I chose the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. I’m almost done with the final book in this series, and I’m a big fan. There’s a lot going on and Chima balances it all perfectly. Queendom politics, romances, rivalries, complicated heritages, an unlikely protagonist (an ex-criminal/murderer on the path of redemption) and a kick-ass queen. It’s all pretty insane, but in the best way possible.
NAPOLEON: NAME A MOVIE OR TV SHOW BASED OFF A BOOK THAT YOU LIKED BETTER THAN THE BOOK ITSELF.
I know a lot of people with agree with me for this one. Despite being one of the few people who actually enjoyed Mockingjay (the book), I did feel a little too rushed for an ending. The movies did a brilliant job of setting up the atmosphere for the ongoing rebellion. I thought the bittersweet ending was done justice. The action scenes were brilliant, and some of the things the movie altered from the book just made more sense in the movie than it did in the book. So, yes, Part I and II were both absolutely brilliant and way ahead of the book.
EMPANADA: NAME A BOOK THAT WAS BITTERSWEET
I think the ending of the Infernal Devices trilogy is the very definition of ‘bittersweet.’ I think Clare did a great job of doing something that was realistic while also pleasing most fans. She took some risks that I was surprised with, but ultimately satisfied with too.I can’t say much without spoiling the end, but let me tell you this: I smiled, I laughed and I also sobbed like a complete baby. It was very well-done, and in my opinion, one of the very best endings to a series I have ever had the pleasure to read. And I KNOW a lot of people agree with me on this.
KOLOMPEH: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT TAKES PLACE SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN YOUR OWN COUNTRY
Um. Every book ever. -.- Despite currently residing in the United States, I’m still technically a Pakistani and I don’t remember ever having read a book that actually takes place in Pakistan. But for the sake of this question, let’s say the US is my country. I’ll have to go with a great book that takes place in twentieth-century Barcelona. The Shadow of the Wind is a stunning book. It’s brilliantly written, it’s atmospheric, it will give you all the feels. I wish I knew how to read Spanish so I could read the original, but the translation was also pretty great.
PATE-A-CHOUX: NAME A FOOD FROM A BOOK OR SERIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY
Because I’ve already admitted that it is possible that I will never do a tag that doesn’t contain Harry Potter, in one way or another. But yeah. Butterbeer? Yes, please. Can I have some of those Honeydukes’ candies, please, because those sound freaking amazing. I might get cavities, but who gives a shit, right? The original Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavor beans (not the knock-offs they make in the Muggle world, huh)? Mhmm. Chocolate frogs that run away? Treacle tarts? Anything made by the legendary Molly Weasley. Just… all the food, please.
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If you didn’t know, I usually tag my most recent bookish followers because I love reading their answers and getting to know them a little better. Also as a thank you to them for clicking the follow button on my blog. Of course, if you’ve already done this tag or don’t want to do it, that’s totally fine and no pressure! <3
If you haven’t been specifically tagged by me and you would still like to do this, consider yourself officially tagged. 🙂