I recently saw where Books in the Skye did the A-Z Book Tag and as I was reading their post, I thought it’d be fun to do myself!
A: Author You’ve Read the Most Books From
I’m pretty sure in elementary school I read most (if not all) of the Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin, but I honestly can’t recall the exact number of books.
B: Best Sequel Ever
I’ve been thinking about this one for a while longer than probably necessary because (childhood self set aside) I feel like I haven’t read that many sequels.
However, a sequel that I have read that stood out to me after I decided that I’m not going with books I read growing up (because honestly, I don’t remember them to the greatest of detail and that just doesn’t seem fair!) is Vicious by V.E. Schwab.
C: Currently Reading
The Voice in my Head by Dana L. Davis. I was recently approved for this arc on NetGalley and I haven’t read much of the story yet, but I’m enjoying it so far. (This book will be released on May 28th of this year, just in case you were curious!)
D: Drink of Choice while Reading
Sweet tea or water.
E: E-Reader or Physical Book?
I really enjoy both for a variety of reasons, but because I’ve had more time with reading physical books, that’s the one I’d pick if I could only have one.
F: Fictional Character You Would’ve Dated in High School
I didn’t really read that much in high school so I don’t feel like it’d be accurate to pick a character I would’ve dated in that time in my life.
G: Glad You Gave this Book a Chance
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy which was edited by Ameriie. This was the first anthology I believe I’ve read and getting the perspective from multiple authors surrounding one core subject matter was really interesting.
H: Hidden Gem Book
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. This book in particular I found to be incredibly well written and I loved how the author was able to depict stillness, the importance in quiet moments, and how friendships are capable of changing when you don’t necessarily mean for them to.
I: Important Moment in Your Reading Life
Honestly, starting my bookstagram as well as this blog. I was in a place where I was just getting back into reading and having the sense of community from both of these social media platforms has meant the absolute world to me.
J: Just Finished
Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver. The characters in this book are so well written (especially with how much they appreciate and care for one another!) and complex it honestly kind of blew me away. If you’re on the look out for a story with queer as well as anxiety representation, I can’t recommend this book enough!
K: Kind of Books You Won’t Read
Erotica and heavy focused romance books. It’s just not something I’m interested in picking up.
L: Longest Book You’ve Read
From what I can recall, I believe the longest book I’ve read is The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (which has 557 pages).
M: Major Book Hangover because of…
Tyler Johnson was Here by Jay Coles. I remember clearly how I had to give myself a few days to gather my thoughts together about the story to just write a Goodreads review because this was such an impactful read for me. I didn’t finish my next book until ten days after I did write my review and I still think about this book today (and it’s been months since I read it).
N: Number of Bookcases you Own
O: One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. I enjoyed this book so much; seeing Xiomara express herself and what she’s going through in her poetry (the format of this book is through poems in case you were unaware!) was honestly breathtaking. I couldn’t recommend picking this book up enough!
P: Preferred Place to Read
Q: Quote that Inspires You/Gave You Major Feels
From Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone: “Last night, you said you didn’t want me to see your flaws…your broken places. Well, I didn’t want to let you see mine either…”
Just in case you haven’t read this book yourself, I’m not going to go into spoilers as to how this quote is quite impactful in terms of the story as a whole. I just think (even without context!) that this speaks a lot on its own. Reading this back for the sake of including it in this tag made me think of how hard it can be to open up to someone (no matter how close you are with a person!) and it was a nice reminder that this is something everyone can relate to in some way.
R: Reading Regret
I don’t know if I have any if I’m being honest. Sure, there have been books I’ve read that weren’t necessarily my favorite, but I think those stories helped me recognize what I do and what I don’t find the most enjoyable to read.
S: Series You’ve Started that You Need to Finish (and all of the books are currently out!)
The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. I read A Darker Shade of Magic sometime last year and I really did enjoy the story, I just got caught up in reading other books rather than picking the next book in the series up. I would probably have to reread the first book before getting the next one, but it’s something I’m trying my best to keep in mind the next time I get the opportunity to go book shopping so I can get the other two books!
T: Three of your All Time Favorite Books
(In no particular order)
• Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
• Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
• Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon
U: Unapologetic Fangirl for…
Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner. I’ve talked about this book in multiple posts because I just really appreciate the story as a whole.
V: Very Excited for This Release
There’s so many books in excited yet to be released, but there’s one in particular that I discovered recently that I’m really stoked to read once it’s out in 2020. We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding (which has an awesome cover by the way!) will focus on a childhood friendship that (as the title suggests) ends up falling apart. I’m interested to see this subject be explored in YA because I feel like it’s something that’s not often discussed.
W: Worst Bookish Habit
Maybe reading more than one book at a time? Sometimes I can get overwhelmed when I’m in the middle of more than one book, so that’s why this comes to mind in particular.
X: X Marks the Spot! Start at the Top Left of your Bookshelf and Pick the 27th Book
Paper Towns by John Green.
Y: Your Latest Book Purchase
I recently bought Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore and The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn.
Z: Zzz Snatcher – Last Book that Kept You Up Way too Late
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan. I can’t remember the exact time I finished reading it, but just know I was teary eyed by the end of the story and as much as I wanted to go to give my parents a hug, they were kind of asleep so that didn’t happen.
Alright, I think that’s all of the prompts accounted for. I’m going to tag a few people to answer these as well (but by all means don’t feel obligated to!) because I’m curious to see what their responses would be:
A Cosy Reader
Thank you all so much for reading!!