Hi! Tomorrow is Valentine’s day! Any of you doing anything special? If not, be my valentine! 😉 I don’t have many plans tomorrow… I may be baking some chocolate chip cookies since I haven’t done that in years. I’m still going strong with the Decembers sweets ban overall… but my dad loves cookies, so yeah, tomorrow’s batch is for him probably, haha.
Anyway, this Saturday (Saturdays have become my tackling the old tag/awards day) I thought it’d be fitting to complete The Book Courtship Tag. I was tagged by my lovely blogger buddy, Erika at Erika at Bookventureland in early October 2015. Thank you!
Note: This is a 2015 tag, meaning I was first tagged in 2015. I’m just trying to go through all the awards and tags from my 2015 queue. But I am an tag/award free blog in that I won’t be doing any more tags/awards after I go through the 2015 drafts. Sorry for the confusion!
Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?
This was a total book cover buy because I already own it electronically. But the embossing and typography is so beautiful. And the spine is so gorgeous (it looks like one of those vintage classics you see at old bookstores). ❤ Plus, I found this in the bargain section of my local bookstore. It was like $5 for hardcover so I couldn’t resist.
Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?
This may be sort of dumb but I try not to read the summaries most of the time. I like the element of surprise when you start a book not really knowing what it’s about. However, for some more well known ones that I’ve skimmed reviews before on the blogosphere, of course, I know the gist of what they are about. But to answer this question, it has to be The Wrath and the Dawn! I bought a copy at full price, which I hardly do unless it’s a release from a favorite author such as Cassandra Clare or Richelle Mead, because I was going to Yallfest to meet Renee Ahdieh. But even before purchasing for that occasion, I knew I wanted it when I read the synopsis.
Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?
I really fell in love with Sarah Ockler’s writing in The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. You can read my review here if you’d like. I seldom borrow books from the library because I like to own most of I read, but this was one I did got to library for. I really want to buy a physical copy of this though!
Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?
Well it’s been a while since I’ve read the Heroes of Olympus series. I really want to reread the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series and perhaps the first two installments that I did read in HoO before I return to them though. The Bloodlines series is another one.
Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?
The last one that was like that for me was A Little Life. I actually just finished it this morning before I went to bed (meaning I stayed up really late). The writing in this tome was simply so breathtaking. There’s so many quotable lines and words of wisdom woven through this heartbreaking story. I seriously cried myself to sleep when I finished. Trigger warnings galore, for sure. So it’s not a book I recommend to everyone in that respect. I hope to find the words to compose a review and share my thoughts on this one with you guys soon though.
However, a total runner-up that I have been advocating for most readers to read lately has been Wolf by Wolf. You can read my review of that one here if you’d like.
Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?
In terms of ya literature, I can never go without comparing something or thinking about any of Cassandra Clare books. It should be no surprised that I’m a big fan of TMI and TID. But now that I think about it, Harry Potter as well!
Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?
I seriously could hug this book in my sleep because I love how the raised typography feels. And it’s one of those matte covers that feels kind of sticky to touch. I don’t know I really like those though.
Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?
The Glass Castle is the easiest bet for readers and non readers of all ages. It’s just easier because there something for everyone and it’s one of the few nonfiction books in which it reads as fiction with the short chapters and vignettes.
Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?
Hmm, I believe that would be A Little Princess, a classic I rarely talk about because I often forget I’ve read it. But it was my very first classic I read as I kid (I was ten, I think). I adored the story.
Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?
- Aentee at Read at Midnight
- Analee at Book Snacks
- Ashley at Dreamingthroughliterature
- Carolyn at A Hundred Thousand Stories
- Cassandra at Read All About It
- Chooi at Read, Think, Ponder
- Cristina at My Tiny Obsessions
- Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts
- Jenna at Reading with Jenna
- Kelly at Dancing through the Pages
- Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books
- Poulami at Daydreaming Books
- Raven at Dreamy Addictions
- Shotobhisha at Confessions of a Bibliophile
- Thuong at I Read Therefore I Am
- Trey at Trey Schnarr Books
- Trisha at The Bookgasm
- Wesaun at Oreo & Books
5 Bloggers I want to get to know more:
- Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks
- Jess at Princessica of Books
- Jordyn at J Bookish
- Paige at Page by Paige
- Tasha at Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books
Ahh, I really loved the way how this tag transitioned. Hope you guys found it as amusing as I did. As always, hope you all have a lovely day! 🙂 And happy Valentine’s Day! ❤