Thank you to Alice for creating this fun little tag and tagging me! Confession: I have never been on a date, or in an actual relationship. My last “relationship” was in high school and it lasted a week because I was fickle and didn’t know what I wanted. Over the years, however, I’ve realized… y’know, I’m really content with fictional characters. I don’t have to share my space, cater to anyone’s interests, or sacrifice the freedom to be myself. *points rifle* Now get off my lawn.
I know, I know. Not every relationship is mostly work and little play. I’m just the type of person who believes in mostly play and little to no work. 😎
Without further ado, let’s go on some dates with some books.
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First & Last
A book/series you’ve read and enjoyed, but can’t bring yourself to read again.
Oh, dear… that would be any book. It takes me a long time (like, years) to want to read the same story again. I don’t want to miss out on other books that I could be reading instead of rereading. I’m a slow reader as it is. I’m also a writer of original and fan fiction. So much to do and not enough time or energy.
With a Friend of My Friend
A book/series someone recommended to you that turned out to be different from what you had expected.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin: I don’t understand all of the good ratings for this book, but hey, different strokes. I just expected a serious enemies-to-lovers story, but instead it followed an incredibly obnoxious, “I’m not like other girls” protagonist and her zero-chemistry relationship with some dude who was staler than stale bread. It was just too ridiculous and also too problematic for me, as if the author were checking off the worst ideas in books while writing or something.
A book whose sequel you immediately had to read.
The Diviners by Libba Bray: This story really drew me in. I wasn’t fond of the multiple POVs because a couple tended to drag (and I don’t recall them actually contributing to the plot much?), but it had the Roaring Twenties and the paranormal and a spooky villain. Despite the cliffhanger and unnecessary death of a cat, I was looking forward to the next book… that I never got around to reading. Whoops.
Let’s Go to the Movies
A book/series that should be adapted to the screen.
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy: I read this book in late 2014 and remember how much fun it was. I always wondered why it hasn’t been made into a movie. I’d prefer a TV series, though, because there’s obviously more than one book and it’s just pure awesome. I love the skeleton man and the magic and the action and yes, I need to reread these books someday.
A book that made you go ahhhh and ohhhh.
Wizardology by Master Merlin (Dugald A. Steer): Do interactive books count, or is that cheating? Oh well, I love them. One of my aunts gifted me this book for my sixteenth birthday. Although I’m not a fan of high/epic fantasy, wizards are awesome and these pages were simply magical. A couple of things included were a miniature “yes or no” fortune-telling book and eight tarot-like cards.
Fun at the Fair
A book full of colors.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Okay, yeah, I agree with Alice—this is a very colorful book and I can’t recall any other with more colors. It’s been so long since I last read it, though, that I’ve forgotten why I didn’t quite enjoy it. I just know that the world was pure magic and really stood out.
Amusement Park Adventure
A book that was a rollercoaster.
Boring Girls by Sara Taylor: I don’t care how awful the protagonist is, or how unrealistic some things in the book might be, this was a wild ride and I enjoyed it. Two girls become best friends and start a metal band and eventually meet their favorite group, which does not go as planned. Very bad stuff (rape) happens and the girls seek vengeance. I loved the ’90s/early 2000s setting as well. Also, the author is the lead singer for The Birthday Massacre, one of my favorite bands.
Picnic with Cherries
A book whose food descriptions made you feel all *heart eyes*
Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg: I didn’t get to finish this book because my ADHD brain just be like that, but I remember how much baking there was. Magical baking. So much cake. Magic. Caaaaake. Okay, yes, I’m going to reread it and finish.
Trip to the Museum
A book that taught you valuable stuff.
Can Biotechnology Abolish Suffering? by David Pearce: I’ve probably mentioned the fact that I’m a transhumanist a million times already, so I’ll plug this book again because I’ve never read anything more enlightening as well as relevant. David Pearce is a hero (and should be leading the transhumanist movement) and I wish his ideas would be taken more seriously.