Another day, another tag! I may slow down with these soon, as I don’t think I have enough of a backlog to keep it going beyond the next couple weeks. I may search out a few book tags I haven’t done (but wasn’t tagged in, haha), and if so, we’ll get a few more! Maybe I can even make my own!? Ahhh, the possibilities!
I was tagged in this awesome productivity themed one by the lovely Destiny of Howling Libraries, whom I adore more than I can fit into a single little blog post. Go follow her & read all her opinions on books and things, because she’s great!
R U L E S :
- Answer the prompts.
- Tag some friends.
- Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
- Have fun!
1. P L A N N I N G :
a book that is completely thought out →
So for a single book, I can think of a couple I’d maybe use here, but I’m going to break the rules and focus on a series instead. The entire Harry Potter series does so well with its planning. I know there are some small things that either remain unfinished, or get tied up a bit “too nicely” at the end of the 7th book, but overall, damn. I’ve been rereading the series for my personal readalong, and it’s my first time reading them in my 30s (okay, I am like 6 months into 30, that counts as “in my 30s”). Hearing things get mentioned that I know will play out later (HELLO, the Horcrux in the Black House!), or learning little things that JK Rowling popped into the series several books later after already touching on it (Sirius providing Hagrid with the motorcycle that he delivered Harry in as a baby) – I’m just blown away by how thought out it is, and how great the foreshadowing is.
I’ll be a HP fangirl ’til the day I die, y’all.
2. F O C U S :
a book that kept your undivided attention →
Definitely The Forgotten Island by David Sodergren! I’ll have a review for it on my blog soon, but if you don’t want to wait, grab the book! It stole my complete attention for the entire time I read it. Originally, I was just going to read the first few pages to get a ‘feel for the writing’, since this is my first book by the author (and I discovered him on Instagram!). I quickly forgot what my goal was, and ended up reading over half the book in a sitting – and only stopped for a break ’cause I had to eat dinner! It’s a fun, gory, perfect-for-summer horror book, and I loved it.
3. D E L E G A T I N G :
a book that should have been a series →
It took me forever to think of an answer for this one, ’cause I wasn’t sure if it meant a book I wish had had more (so, a series made from it), or a book that was “too long” and could’ve been broken up into a series. Since I couldn’t think of anything for the latter, I went with the former interpretation – and my choice for this one is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I just love magic and beautiful writing, and wish I could read about circuses forever. They’re my favorite!
4. S M A L L _ G O A L S :
name a book below 150pg that you loved →
This was so hard to narrow down, ’cause I really love SO MANY different novellas / short books, and want to recommend them all. I’ll go with In The River by Jeremy Robert Johnson, ’cause it had a HUGE impact for such a small little book (130 pages). It’s about a father and son, and I won’t say more or give anything away, but I can’t recommend it enough. Please read it!
5. P E A K _ H O U R S :
a series you could only read at a certain time →
I can’t think of an answer any better than that I’ll never be able to read the Game of Thrones books without a ton of dedicated privacy, ’cause SO MUCH happens, and there are so many characters to keep track of! So maybe my ‘certain time’ is only when I’m alone? Haha.
6. L I S T S :
a book that you finally crossed off your TBR →
Ooh! Definitely The Thief of Always, or anything really, by Clive Barker. I’ve always wanted to read something of his, and this year I’ve already read both this and The Hellbound Heart (which is what 1987’s Hellraiser was based off!). I loved both, but Thief really stole my heart forever. It’s magical and scary and such a good, descriptive story!
7. P R O A C T I V E :
a book that is/was ahead of its time →
Can we just go with anything that predicted how shitty politically things would be for us now, or where we’re headed if things keep up? The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, 1984 by George Orwell, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury… What a nightmare! All so relevant, and I’m kinda really glad that public schools in Florida made me read these so I recognize the similarities.
8. D E C L U T T E R :
a series you wish you could unread →
I don’t actually have one of these? I thankfully haven’t put much time recently into things I haven’t enjoyed recently (knock on wood). I could suggest a bunch of series I loved? Haha.
9. M U L T I – T A S K I N G :
books that you read at the same time →
I usually read 4 – 5 books at the same time since I’m kind of a mood reader and like having options, so most of them? 😛
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