• Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

I’ve found over the past year or so of participating in book tags that this is actually one of the harder things to post on your blog mainly because it takes so much time. Somehow I always manage to spend far too much effort on finding the perfect book to fit the category. I’m still waiting for that learning curve to hit me so that I can start actually doing these sort of posts as quickly as I do a reading update. Though, realistically, I wonder if that will ever happen. Anyway, here goes:

A Magical Character or Book.

I initially thought…you know…Harry Potter would probably be the obvious choice for this one for a lot of people for some very obvious reasons. Then again, I think that almost makes it kind of cliche to put a book like that here. For me, I’m going to go with A College of Magics, a little known book that I only happened upon because my Aunt was just as into reading books as I was when I was a kid and she introduced me to so many amazing novels. I wouldn’t ever have read Eragon (or at least not as soon as I did) had it not been for her and that is one of my all time favorite books. A College of Magics isn’t one that really leaves you feeling breathless or with an urgent need to reread it. But it broke my heart and was one of the few books I read as I child that really just stuck with me. It’s worth reading, I promise.

The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

I’m going to be my typical, obsessed self when I comment here because this is obviously Cinder. I mean, let’s be real. I’ve been in love with this book for years and I don’t see that changing any time soon. So, of course it’s the best book I could possibly be reading at night. It’s the perfect wind down and if I happen to be exceptionally tired, it’s not that big of a deal if I fall asleep while reading it. I already know the rest of the story so I can dream about it later.

A Book that Truly Shocked You.

I wish this one weren’t painfully difficult for me to determine. I’m pretty good at figuring out a book’s plot or what’s going to be happening, an unfortunate or fortunate result of having read so many, and so I don’t really get shocked easily. I am shocked…negatively somewhat often, which I don’t like and don’t think really fits this category well enough since I’d rather choose a book that shocked me in a positive way. And now that I’ve spent about ten minutes going through my books, I have it. It’s Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth. Now, I’ve spoken at length on this before, but this is the first book I’ve read in my entire life that uses ze/zer/zim pronouns. And it was shocking in the sense that I couldn’t believe I’d gone a full twenty-five years without being exposed to that. And I think this is important to note and exceptionally important to change. I’d like to see more books with those pronouns in the future.

The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

If you haven’t read A Danger to Herself and Others, oh my goodness, you need to. I don’t know if this entirely qualifies as a dark and evil character, and yet it’s what immediately came to mind. You’ll see what I mean once you’ve read the book, but I can’t really say much more than that because massive spoilers. Seriously, pick it up. I don’t think you’ll regret it (though keep in mind that the sensitive nature of mental illness in this novel may be something that some won’t feel comfortable reading and definitely take that into account when grabbing this one).

Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

Wow, spoilers much? Lol. I had to think about this one and I very nearly pulled a character from Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight, because I just about died when this character did (no spoilers though!) but I’ve changed my mind last minute that this character is Max Lightwood. I’ve little respect left for Cassie Clare after learning all about her bullying tendencies (again, I really do think she’s a shitty person despite having some books that I’ve enjoyed reading and as such I cannot condone supporting her work anymore—which sucks, cause I wanted to read her new series and now can’t unless I’m borrowing it—) but honestly, it was really messed up that she killed Max.

A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver!! To date, this is still my favorite book by her. It had such a wonderful premise and there was just far too much to deeply appreciate about the entire series. And naturally I was practically frothing at the mouth from my need for more. Okay, I was never that bad…but still!

A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

GAH. Okay, that’s hard. Cause there’s two. But, I’m going to say that since I genuinely feel that I am Crescet Darnell, I’ll protect Carswell Thorne because frankly that really makes the most sense in the long run.

A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

Ender’s Game somehow left me exhausted by the time I finished reading it. I cannot even begin to express how strange a feeling that was and I have never once experienced it with a singular book before that. I’ve experienced it with a series, but that hardly seems like the same thing. And Ender’s Game wasn’t even that exceptionally long of a novel.

A Book that Still Haunts You.

The disgusting and abuse romanticizing Shatter Me series. It had such a fantastic start with a brilliantly amazing first novel. And then the author had to go and make abuse apologizing and ignoring okay. I don’t care if you “like” that trash Warner. He’s an abusive character who was given pathetic and convenient excuses for his despicable behavior and treatment of the girl he supposedly “loves” as if that all suddenly made how he was okay and it perfectly acceptable for this idiot girl to forgive him. I’m sorry, I don’t condone romanticizing abusive relationships. I just don’t. And every time someone mentions this stupid book series, I immediately become infuriated by the blatant ignorance and abuse forgiving that people who like this disgusting character do. It makes me want to scream. I feel awful for every poor girl who reads this book and gets into an abusive relationship later in her life but can’t recognize the abject toxicity of it because some author put a book into the world to mislead her.

A Book that Really Scared You.

The Bible, lol. Let’s just say…I can’t believe people still follow and believe it’s real. And it scares me that they do.

A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Oh, gosh. I don’t know. I have bigger problems with authors writing dumb things than characters doing dumb things. One can be respected within the context of it being a really good story while the other is sort of unforgivable, almost? Mm, maybe Rysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses? Like…I just have to say…he really needs to back off. I still haven’t read the second book because the implications of him as a romantic interest pissed me off so much.

A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

If you know me, you know the answer comes down to all the books in The Lunar Chronicles series. Though, I guess, if I’m leaving my own personal opinions out of it, I’d reasonably say The Hate U Give does trump The Lunar Chronicles. I’m just a bit attached, though.

Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At

4BD5C68D-B0D8-48E0-9A96-DA1068CF9ADDI wouldn’t go as far as to say that it’s too scary to look at, but I do find it pretty creepy. I frankly wish I had the UK cover instead of the US one because the bird is so much cooler and sketches me out less when I look at it.

And that’s it for me with the first Blogoween post. If you’re not doing Blogoween but you wanna do this book tag, consider yourself tagged. I really hate tagging people just on the off chance they don’t wanna be tagged so I prefer to leave it as a voluntary choice on the part of my readers. Have at it! I hope you have fun.

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