Hey guys! Today I’m doing the Totally Should Have Book Tag created by Emma over on her YouTube channel.
Pick a book with a wintry cover
Pick a book you’re likely buy as a present
Pick a festive themed book
Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace
Pick a book you want to read over the festive period
Pick a book that’s so good it gives you chills
Pick a book going on your Christmas wishlist
This tag was originally created by Katytastic on Youtube, so you can watch the original video here:
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
The world building in this series will leave you salivating, I swear. Allison, the MC, is fierce, badass, brave. But she’s also flawed, which I loved! There are no good vampires, here friends. They are ruthless and vicious. Just as vampires should be, yeah?
Ravensong (Green Creek #2) by TJ Klune
Morally gray characters anyone? This is one of my all-time favorite series and definitely my favorite wolf series. The fact that the last two books haven’t even been release is irrelevant. This series will punch you in the heart and laugh.
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
I think zombies are lame. Sorry, but I said it. They’re not scary or interesting to me. So when I find a book with zombies in it and I actually like it?? A miracle! I had zero expectations when it came to this, but I loved it. The characters were real and flawed. The zombies managed to terrify me. This was a total win.
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake
This story was creepy. Supernatural fans should be eating this up! While this story starts off very similar to Supernatural, it keeps your attention all on its own. There’s romance, the creep factor, and humor here. You should all give it a try.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
This book was such a mind fuck. This is one of my favorite books of the year, which is saying something. The was so atmospheric, there were so many twists and turns. I couldn’t get a grasp on anything. It kept my entire attention, I deadass finished it in one sitting.
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Honestly can you even think of another author that writes Faerie stories as well as Holly Black? This story will stay with you long past you’ve finished it. Villains, court politics, enemies-to-lovers. Oh my! Where is book two?! *sobs*
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
I love this trilogy with all my heart. I love the demons (and maybe even the other paranormal creatures.) I think everyone should give this series a shot. I think it’s a lot better than Mortal Instruments. Jem, Will, and Tessa are the best trio out there.
Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand
I read this when it was first release and I still whole-heartedly love this series to this day. I recently reread these in audio form like a month ago, and my love for it lives on! There aren’t a lot of angel books I like out there, this is definitely one of the best ones though!
Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer
This book is sooooo good! I can’t wait for Archenemies next week! This was complex and entertaining. I can’t even get into the plot because we’d be here for hours. But you all need to read this!
This is a short and fun tag. It was originally created by Paperfury, who got inspiration from @book_junkee on Instagram. It’s a pretty simple tag, I’m just going to have two options and pick which one I’d rather read for the rest of my life.
This is probably one of the toughest questions. They both have their merits and my all-time favorite books is a mix of standalones and series. I think I’m going to pick… series! But just barely.
Magic earned! I think this is more rare than magic born but there’s just something about a character fighting for what they want.
Friends to lovers, oh my god. Here’s the thing, contemporary and romance novels do the enemies-to-lovers trope so dirty. Friends-to-lovers is the more wholesome and and overall better trope. Sorry not sorry.
Hilarious banter! I don’t need emotional ruin in my fiction when I can get that in real life. Lmao just kidding, this is a tough choice, but hilarious banter just makes me so happy!
This is not hard at all. Can we as a society get rid of insta love? Also, I’ve never understood the absolute hatred people have for love triangles. I’d rather have that than read about someone making eye contact with someone and knowing they’ll spend the rest of their lives together. I also fully believe you can have feelings for two people at once, love triangle for a win!
Neither option is great, but I’d rather have the keyboard smash. When everyone has a name that starts with the same letter, it makes it 100% more difficult for me to follow. Every time I read a book where all the siblings have a J-name or M-name or whatever, it’s all downhill from there.
Yikes. These are both so overly done usually not very well. I think I’d rather have… dead parents *hides* It’s just when I see “mean” parents I think abusive.
These are both awful. But it’s still kind of an easy choice. I hateeee when a character constantly thinks about how plain they are, or they don’t deserve romantic attention. *sigh* While I’m not jumping for joy at characters being physically flawless, at least I don’t have to listen to them refer to themselves as having “plain brown eyes” or “boring brown hair”.
Typography! I’m not the biggest fan of faces on the cover. Though I will say they’re getting a bit better as time passes. But there’s just something about typography!
Villain turning a little good! This is a basically an anti-hero which are my favorite. 🙂
I can’t believe we’re already half-way through 2018. Where has the time gone?! Anyway, here are some books that have stood out to me this year. 🙂
1 – Best Books You’ve Read So Far
2 – Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far
Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen
3 – New Releases You Haven’t Read But Want To
4 – Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year
5 – Biggest Disappointment
Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody
6 – Biggest Surprise
You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
7 – Favorite New-to-You Author
A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert
8 – Newest Fictional Crush
Grayson ‘Saint’ St. Claire
9 – Newest Favorite Character
Adina and Tovah
10 – Book That Made You Cry
I can’t think of any right now 😂
11 – Book That Made You Happy
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
12 – Favorite Book to Film Adaptation
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood #1) by Becky Albertalli
13 – Most Beautiful Books You’ve Bought This Year (Coverly Love)
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
14 – Books You HAVE to Read By the End of the Year
I’ve seen this tag on a few other blogs, and I love Stranger Things so I had to do it!
The Vanishing of Will Byers – The first book in a series that left you intrigued and slightly confused
I didn’t really understand what was happening most of the book, but I was interested enough to keep reading!
The Upside Down – A setting you would never want to live in
I mean… this is an obvious one. If I ever had to participate in the Hunger Games I’d die in the first minute.
Eleven – A book you own that is somewhat damaged but that you love to pieces
This is one of the first books I ever bought when I was 11 or 12. My hardcover is completely worn out and sort of falling apart, but I love it.
Dustin, Mike and Lucas – A trilogy you go to for a pick-me-up
This is my favorite Cassandra Clare series (but I haven’t read The Dark Artifices yet, and I have high hopes). I love Tessa, Will, and Jem especially, so this series makes me happy.
The Demogorgon – A monster you wouldn’t want to face
Naughty John is still one of the most terrifying villains I’d ever read about. Also, he was a ghost. How do you kill a killer ghost? Lmao
Dr. Brenner – A villain who is both dedicated and manipulative
The Regent is as ruthless as you can get.
Nancy Wheeler – A book you didn’t expect to like
First, let me start by saying I take offense to this description. Nancy is a great character and I don’t get the hate she gets. But anyway. I wasn’t expecting to like Renegades, since most of the reviews I saw before reading it were negative. But I loved it!
Hawkins, Indiana – A setting that’s just a little bit strange
Sparrow is a creepy and atmospheric town. Strange things happen in this town, so it’s very similar to Hawkins.
I tag anyone who wants to do this!