It’s time for another one of my favorite posts: a book tag! There’s something about hunting down books to fit with all the different prompts that I just love. And this one seems like it’s going to be extra fun as it’s centered around the Percy Jackson universe! I’m gonna be honest, I’ve only read the original Percy Jackson series. I did, however, really enjoy it and have wanted to read The Heroes of Olympus for quite some time. So this should be a fun time!
Before we jump in, I want to thank Danni @ _ForBooksSake for tagging me! She’s an incredible book blogger and you all should definitely check out her answers to this tag and her blog in general ❤ Her pictures are just… *chef’s kiss*
Alright! Let’s get into the tag!
- 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. *If you care about graphics having a clear quality, make it big enough so that the dimensions are 1103 x 175!
- Match books with the given prompts.
- Tag however many people as wanted!
- Copy-paste the rules and list of prompts.
As mentioned in the rules, all of the lovely graphics I’m using in this post were created by May @ Forever and Everly!
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Like anyone who reads my blog is surprised by this 😂
Honestly, though, this book snuck into my life and absolutely blew me away. I entered a giveaway because the cover is just drop-dead gorgeous and then I read the book and my fate was sealed. I will never stop yelling about how incredible this story is and how much I love it! The world-building! The richly rendered setting! The characters! It just all flows together and creates, to me, the perfect freakin’ book.
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
I just love the twists and turns of this thriller. Ruth Ware is an author who has steadily grown on me. This book is definitely my favorite of hers, so far! It was creepy and I enjoyed the little hint of the possible paranormal. And, I will admit, I did not see the ending coming! I distinctly remember finishing this book with my mouth hanging slightly agape 😂 I’m really looking forward to reading her next book, One by One, and seeing if I love it even more!
Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
Y’all, I stumbled across this book on Goodreads and the synopsis was just like a list of all my favorite, bookish things. There’s a treasure hunt where the clues are heavily influenced by Edgar Allan Poe and the book is comped to my childhood favorite, The Westing Game. I basically had to read it! And I’m so glad that I did because I absolutely loved it. It was weird and dark and puzzling. It had me trying to fit the pieces together before the characters and the twists still got me! I don’t know many people who have read this book, though, which is honestly unfortunate. If you like a book surrounding a creepy game with a dark, gothic vibe, I think you’d love this one!
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
This one was never on my radar before this year. It’s a classic and I have a very… checkered past with classics. I’ve been hurt before (looking at you, Nathaniel Hawthorne…) and it makes me wary.
But then I read The Count of Monte Cristo, which is written by the same author, and found myself loving it! Still, I was nervous going into this one. I like a good revenge plot, so it makes sense that I enjoyed Monte Cristo. Would the same hold true for a book basically about a bunch of men doing Man Things?
Thankfully, I found this one to be really enjoyable, as well! The adventures were grandiose and over-the-top, but it was nice sinking into the display of it all. Like watching a campy action flick. It was fun and I had fun reading it!
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
I mentioned that this book is my favorite from my childhood. This is also one of the few books that I enjoy re-reading over and over again! Which is kind of weird considering the fact that it’s a mystery and I know how it ends. You’d think that would detract from subsequent re-reads. But every time I read it, I feel like that little kid reading it for the first time! There is definitely something to be said for nostalgia ❤
Also, I just love Turtle and I always enjoy following her throughout the story once again.
SLAY by Brittney Morris
The relationship between Kiera and her sister just made me soft, y’all. It reminded me so much of my relationship with my brother! I love when we get a book that has a healthy and dynamic sibling relationship and I think we get that in SLAY. Honestly, the entire family is just wonderful and good and I can’t, I love them so much 😩 This is another book that I need everyone to read. Please?
Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall
I read this book for a @The_WriteReads blog tour. It’s a fantasy that centers around magic connected to various mythical creatures, so I was definitely excited to read it! I’d also heard a lot of great things about the book from fellow tour hosts.
Well, I ended up reading this book in one day and downloading the rest of the books on my Kindle as soon as I turned the last page. So… you could say I liked it, lol. I honestly had no concept of time passing because I was completely sucked in to this story! It was incredible and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Imma be honest… I tend to like well-loved/hyped books. Probably because I’m fairly easy to please when it comes to books. Give me some compelling characters and interesting setting, and I’ll find something to enjoy about it, if not outright love it. So I had a lot to choose from for this prompt, lol. I settled on The Night Circus because it’s such a darling of the bookish community that I absolutely adored, as well. This book introduced me to one of my favorite authors! It will always hold a special place in my heart.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Speaking of one of my favorite authors, lol! If I were to be marooned on an island with only one book, it was most definitely be The Starless Sea. Why? Because this is the type of book that reveals new secrets and new depths with every re-read. I know for a certainty that there are nuances that I probably missed when I first read it. Things that I would pick up on sooner now that I know the conclusion to the story. And this beautiful story has my all time favorite trope: a book(s) within a book! I feel like I would never get tired of reading it as I set up rocks on the beach to spell out H E L P and tried to survive on possibly poisonous vegetation.
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
First of all, look at the cover.
Just… LOOK AT IT! I can’t 😍😍😍
But this story promises intrigue and finding a place in the world and possible Training Montages! It sounds like it’s going to be rich and incredible and I can’t wait to read it. I’m sad we have to wait til 2021, but, hey, at least 2020 will be over then, right? Cause maaaan am I ready for 2020 to be over 🙃
Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
Look. I don’t like pain (unless it’s in a book…), but I would take a brick to the face the read the next book in the Wayward Children series!
Well… maybe not to the face cause it might hit my eyes and then I wouldn’t be able to read! That would be some Twilight Zone shit.
Annnnnyways, I adore this series and I’m excited to get to the next installment. It’s a standalone, a fresh jumping-off point, and it sounds like it’s going to be incredible. There will be centaurs! Bring it on!
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
This is less a “someone” that convinced me to finally read The Poet X and more “the entire bookish community” 😂 I always avoided it because I wasn’t sure how I would like a book written in verse. I’m not a lover of poetry, typically, so I was nervous. Everyone kept saying how incredible it was, though, so I decided to give it a chance.
I was blown away by the power and the beauty of this book! It tugs at the feelings and burrows into your brain. It’s just so damn good! And now I have a new favorite/insta-buy author, so it was an all-around great experience!
The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips
I don’t know if this is necessarily the funniest book I’ve ever read, but it’s certainly the funniest I’ve read in a long time! I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much in just the first few pages of a book 😂 I think the fact that it was kind of dark, wry humor definitely helped. That’s right up my alley! And it certainly helps that the author is pretty hilarious, as well. I’m looking forward to the sequel!
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
This will always be one of my all-time favorite books/series. I was gifted this book in the fourth grade by my teacher because she knew I loved animals and was interested in veterinary medicine. I was always an avid reader as a kid, but I credit this book with really sparking my love of reading. I was absolutely entranced by the story of a real life vet building his business and living his life in the Yorkshire Dales. It doesn’t sound like it would be all that compelling but it manages to completely grip you as you read. I really need to re-read this series… it’s been awhile since I finished it and I thinks it time to pick them back up.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I literally just finished this book and…
Dear Lord, I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so simultaneously enraptured and grossed out by a book! The last 100 pages was… a trip, let me tell you.
This is not to say this was a bad book. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I was just peeking through my hands, wondering what fresh horror was going to pop out next 😅😂
The Dark Volume by Gordon Dahlquist
Of all my five star reads on Goodreads, this is the one that has the lowest average rating (3.61). I don’t tend to put much stock in the average rating on Goodreads, but no one really talks about this book or this series, so I have to assume it’s not well-loved. I stumble across The Glass Books series randomly and ended up absolutely loving it. It’s not really my usual read, either… it’s steampunk historical fiction/fantasy which is not a genre I gravitate towards. It was such a fun read, though, and I found myself tearing through the books rather quickly!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
On. F*cking. SIGHT.
I don’t like to use the word “hate” all that much. It’s such a strong word and there’s typically something I can find to like in even the most torturous book.
I hate this book. I hate it with every fiber of my being! I “lost” this book as soon as I finished, I hated it that much. Didn’t give it away. Just put it somewhere to rot, as it deserves.
A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Listen. Even while reading the first book in this series, I thought that Grey was a more compelling character than Rhen. Sorry not sorry. So when I discovered this book was focusing more on Grey, I knew I had to read it.
Then, we got a new character named Lia Mara who I immediately loved. So when those two are thrown together and sparks start to fly, I was 100% behind it! I really enjoyed the romance in this one and I’m super excited to see what happens in the next installment in this series.
And that’s all the prompts for this tag! If you had fun reading my post and would like to answer these questions yourself, consider yourself tagged. And, if you do your own post, drop me a link in the comments! I would love to read your answers 😊 Thanks for stopping by!
And, as always, happy reading!