It’s been a while since I last posted a tag, so today it’s time for one. I was nominated by Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner and I’m excited to try to come up with answers for these prompts. So without further ado, let’s jump straight in!
- Mention the creator of the tag and pingback to the original post (Ash @inkwordsandash)
- Tag 3+ people
- Lastly, enjoy!!
1) Enemies to Lovers: A book you formerly hated/disliked but now love
I will be honest, I’ve thought about this prompt long and hard and I can’t come up with anything for it. The only book that comes close to this is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I first read it on a plane back from Germany when I was around 16. But I was so tired that I kept dozing off and because of it I didn’t have the best reading experience. Years later I reread it as part of my Gothic Fiction course at university and I liked it way more.
2) Second Chance: A book you previously did-not-finish but now adore
The Darkest Minds by Alexadra Bracken is the only book I can think about that fulfils this criteria. When I first started it I couldn’t get into it for some reason, but the second time around I devoured it and it became a beloved series. I think the beginning was perhaps a bit slow and I simply couldn’t get into it at first, but I ended up adoring this book and its sequels.
3) Love Triangle: A duology where you love both the books
I really wish I could say something other that the stereotypical Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo answer, but alas… It’s just a great duology that I’ve loved both times I’ve read it. I read this right after finishing the Shadow and Bone trilogy—which I hated—and I was nervous going into it because of how high my expectations were, but I needn’t had worried because they were met. I even loved it more the second time around because I could really get so many of the details.
4) Friends to Lovers: A book recommended to you that you enjoyed
I will admit that I’m the worst at reading—or watching—what I’m recommended. It’s not that I don’t want to or don’t trust people’s recommendations but rather that I’m an extremely picky mood reader and although I’ll keep your recommendation in mind, I might not actually get around to it until the mood strikes, and that might be days or it might be years. However, I was recommended The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss all the way back in 2013, and I read it not long after when I bought it at a local market for one single euro. As of now I’ve been waiting for the last book in the series for almost ten years, so I’m not sure if my friend did me a disservice.
5) Insta-Love: A book you knew you would love (at first sight)
This is, hands down, Boy Parts by Eliza Clark. As soon as I saw this cover and title—prior to knowing what the book was actually about—I was convinced I was going to love this book, and I wasn’t wrong. I ended up listening to the audiobook twice in less than a week because I enjoyed this book so much. I would like to know I’ve become quite good at knowing what books I’ll enjoy with very little information about them, and this proved me absolutely right.
6) The Chosen One: Your all-time favourite (of the year/month/…)
Although if I were to pull a full list of favourites it’d be much longer, these two books are the reigning ones for me. The effect both The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid had on me when reading them was something and whenever I’ve reread them I’ve enjoyed them the same if not more. The mere fact that I’ve read them three and two times respectively is testament enough that they’re favourites, as I’m not big on rereading.
7) Forbidden Love: A loved book you don’t talk about often
I really feel like I barely ever talk about Percy Jackson and the Olympians or Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan on this blog, but I love them with a burning passion. These were some of my favourite books growing up and they hold a very special place in my heart. I also cannot wait for the Disney+ adaptation to the point that every time there’s news about it I get progressively more excited because I know it’s going to be fantastic.
8) Secret Billionaire: A book you read and enjoyed before you knew it was popular
It must have been the Shadowhunter Chronicles and specifically City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I was recommended this when I was a kid by my local librarian’s daughter and I was immediately obsessed with it. I was barely online back then so I had no real grasp of just how popular this series was quickly becoming. I was aware that people were definitely enjoying it simply because it was put on the bestseller tables at the bookshops, but I didn’t know it was as internationally adored as it was.
9) Found Family: Your most cherished book
Realistically any of my Pre-Raphaelite books (The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites by Elizabeth Prettejohn and Essential Pre-Raphaelites by Lucinda Hawksley) but especially my J. W. Waterhouse by Peter Trippi one. They were all hard to find but that one in particular was a nightmare to find in good condition for a reasonable price—it’s actually missing a page which is not ideal but I got a discount because of it so I’m not complaining, it does add some charm.
10) Forced Proximity: A required-reading book you read and enjoyed
I could actually choose quite a few books for this because, like I mentioned in my post about all my compulsory university reading, there are quite a few I enjoyed. However, I’m going to go with Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This book was fantastic and unexpectedly sad that I simply couldn’t put it down. That second section made me feel utterly heartbroken in the best possible way.
As always, you don’t have to do this if you don’t feel like it, but I’d love to read your answers.