Hey everyone! Today, I’m going to be doing another tag post. This seems like such a fun tag! Not only do I live for the stuff at Bath & Body Works, the tone of the tag totally fits the summer atmosphere. I was tagged by Summer over at xingsings, who also created the above graphic. Thanks for letting me use it! I was being super lazy, and the graphic is gorgeous, so…
So let’s get into the tag. I’ll try not to cheat. xD Also, I’ll try my best to pick summery reads for this, but that might not go too well, mainly because my favorite books tend to be wintery reads. And this is going to be a very colorful post. I like colors, don’t judge me.
1. Pure Paradise: a book that was simply perfection
There goes my summery reads thing. This book is one of my favorite books of all-time. I’m always thinking about it. I’m always ready to pick it up and give it another read. I remember when I first picked it up, I had very low expectations, but I was completely blown away by the story, the characters, the atmosphere and the writing. Even though this book was a cult classic during its time, it’s since been overshadowed by Donna Tartt’s other novel: The Goldfinch. But The Secret History surpasses the Goldfinch on every level there is.
2. Sweet Pea: A romance/contemporary novel you really enjoyed
This was my favorite out of all the Anna and the French Kiss companion novels. I liked Anna, I really did, but Lola was so much better. I really enjoyed Lola’s character; she was quirky and fun and unique. Also, I really enjoy the falling-in-love-with-your-neighbor trope, so that was an added bonus. This can be read as a standalone, so if you’re hesitant to pick this up because you haven’t yet read Anna, you’re fine so GO READ IT.
3. Fresh Strawberries: a book you really enjoyed that came out this year.
I could have chosen multiple books for this, but I went with the one that deserves much more love than it gets. The Winner’s trilogy is fast becoming one of my favorite trilogies of all time. Marie Rutkoski has crafted such a vivid, beautiful world that you can’t help but get lost in it. Her characters are wonderful. Kestrel (our main heroine) is one of the best characters I have ever read; she’s feminine but she’s sharp as a knife. She’s the smartest heroine I’ve ever read. And the romance is delicious– slow, passionate, angsty but perfect. I need the last book NOW.
4. Warm Vanilla Sugar: A character and/or book that made you feel all warm and smiley.
Yeah, because I’m original. Pfft. But I honestly couldn’t think of a better answer for this question. Fangirl is such a lovely read. It has everything you could possibly need. I read it at a crucial point in my life, a few months before I was headed off to college. I fell in love with the characters, the story and the writing. Every time I think about this book, I want to curl up in my bed with hot chocolate and read it.
5. Paris Amour: A couple you majorly ship together.
Okay, so, I really tried to choose but I couldn’t. Sarah J. Maas is the queen of my OTPs, and since I chose The Winner’s trilogy for another question, I couldn’t put Kestrel and Arin as my OTP. Also, I’m trying to avoid Harry Potter in future tags (but if I wasn’t, Romione would win this hands down). So for the Throne of Glass series, Chaol and Celaena are ultimate baes. They NEED to end up together, and it looks tough right now, but it needs to happen. If it doesn’t, I’ll rewrite the ending, I’m telling you.
For A Court of Thorns and Roses, it’s Feyre and Tamlin. And I know there’s a love triangle brewing, and again, I’m uncertain about the outcome but Feylin NEED to end up together. I will wear full body armor and stand in front of my ship day and night if it means they end up together, kay?! COME FIGHT ME. I DARE YOU.
6. Dancing Waters: A book that takes place on a beach/perfect beach read
Okay, so I didn’t know what to choose for this. I don’t like the beach, and I haven’t read a lot of books that are good beach reads. We Were Liars takes place around a beach, so…?
7. I <3
Cake Books: Favorite book
You know how I said I was avoiding Harry Potter? Haha, haha, haha, don’t look at me, let’s move on now, okay.
8. Winter Candy Apple: A book set around Christmas or during winter.
I could pick Harry Potter for this too, BUT I’M NOT GUNNA! Can I pick a book that’s set AROUND winter? Or a little BEFORE winter, because y’know… winter is coming? A Storm of Swords is, by far, my favorite book in the A Song of Ice & Fire series. It’s fast-paced, brutal, full of twists (and feels), and it’s perfect.
9. Beautiful Day: A book with an unusual/interesting/appealing setting.
An alternate universe version of England? One with oxygen bars and stuff? It’s very weird, but delightfully so. If you haven’t yet read this series, you need to do so immediately. It is a little confusing, but wow, it’s genius and a fantastic ride.
10. Dazzling Diamonds: Gorgeous cover(s).
This is actually a terrible book. Don’t read it.
I’m going to tag some of my newest followers. Thank you for thinking my blog worthy of a follow, I love you all. 🙂
~ The girls @ thewildbookworms
~ Caroline @ Beuler Book Review
~ A.M. Bradley @ Hungover Fiction Lover
~ Charis @ Bookmarked Ponderings
~ Shannon @ For the Love of Words