Hello, fellow bookworms!
I am thrilled to say I’m finally free for the summer, and by free I mean free to work and study for yet another test (hello GRE prep!). I also have a lot more time to read and to finally attack some of the books on that ever growing TBR list.
To kick off my new freedom, I wanted to do a fun booktag. I found this tag about two monthm ago and though it was perfect. This tag was co-created by lovely Booktubers, Chelsea at ChelseaDolling Reads (check out her video here) and Julie at Pages and Pens (check out her video here).
🍸 1. Wine Coolers: You’re 16 and you finally managed to sneak one of your mom’s Smirnoff Ices. What is one of your most guilty pleasure reads?
Ah I don’t really have a guilty pleasure read. Maybe the Meg Cabot books I read back in high school (I don’t remember what they’re called, but they were told in email format).
🍺 2. Beer: You’ve made it to college and are hosting your first kegger! Pick your favorite new adult or college aged book.
Does Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell count? Because if so, I think that’s the only one I’ve read recently.
🍷3. Tequila: You partied too hard last night and drank a liiittle too much Jose Cuervo. What’s a book that you never want to see again (or, your least favorite book)?
I don’t really have a book that I never want to see again. But a book that wasn’t my favorite was The Great Gatsby. I read this book in high school and wasn’t a fan.
🍺4. Beer Bong: What’s a book that you read super fast?
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I flew through this books and loved every minute of it.
🍾5. SPRING BREAK!!!!: You’ve thrown your inhibitions to the wind and end up having a sexy night you’ll never forget. What is your favorite smutty read?
Sadly the only smutty read I’ve every read is the 50 Shades trilogy which is by far NOT by favorite. I find the series quite problematic and abusive.
Any recommendations for enjoyable smutty reads?
🍸6. Screwdriver: What the most twisted (HEH) book you’ve ever read?
Probably the Asylum trilogy by Madline Roux. These books were…odd. That’s really all I can say. I kept reading because I was intrigued enough to find out what was going on, but boy was it strange.
🥃7. Long Island Ice Tea: The melting pot of alcoholic beverages. What is one of your favorite diverse reads?
Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is dripping with diversity and I love it! I also want to give a shout out to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I don’t think I’ve read a book with a POC as the MC before and it was interesting reading from this point of view, espcially with regards of the themes of this book.
🍹8. Sex on the Beach: A drink that’s great in theory, but wasn’t exactly all it was cracked up to be. What is a book that just didn’t live up to the hype?
Sidenote, I love the pun between this question and title. It took me a second (because Sex on the Beach is my favorite drink) to figure out how the question related to the cocktail.
I have to go with RoseBlood by A. G. Howard for this one. I loved the Splintered series, yes the love triangle dominated the last two books and overshadowed the Wonderland retelling, but it was also the first series to get me back into reading and I’m a sucker for a good love triangle (when they’re not pointless or overdone). RoseBlood is a Phantom of the Opera retelling, which I was super excited to read. I honestly don’t know if I know of a Phantom retelling and the cover is just stunning. Sadly, this book did not meet my expectation (you can read my full review here).
🍷 9. Wine: You’ve just gone through a rough break-up, so you park yourself in bed with your favorite bottle of wine, some ice-cream, and a bucket for your tears. Name a book that made you cry out all of your feels.
Pretty much any Jodi Picoult books, but Sing You Home was the most recent one.
🥂10. Strip Club! Your favorite naked hardback.
My current favorite is Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Ah look at the black and red. It’s so pretty. Don’t get me wrong, I love the dustjacket, but it’s pretty naked too. 🙈
Tag, You’re It!
Chelsea had a great way to tag people. We’re going to be playing some (Bookish) Never have I Ever.
This is honestly my favorite game to play with friends/large groups. If you’re not familiar with the game, the rules are someone (in this case me) says something they have not done. If you have done it, you do whatever the rules of the game are. Some versions are played like musical chairs (everyone is in a circle, one person in the middle, if you did the thing you switch spots, someone becomes the new middle), a version with holding fingers, and I’ve seen this as a drinking game. In our version, we’re going to be keeping the questions bookish and if you did anything on my list, you’re tagged! As always, if you don’t want to do the tag, don’t, and if you do want to do the tag, do.
- Never have I ever: Read a book by John Green.
- Never have I ever: Returned or regifted a book someone else bought for me.
- Never have I ever: Solicited an ARC from a publisher.
- Never have I ever: Met a booktuber IRL.
I can’t wait to see your answers!