I got tagged by the lovely Kwante in Wonderland for this school book tag recently and I’ve had a lot of fun doing this tag. For a lot of school classes there are matching bookish questions I’ve had to answer. A book I’d like to dissect, modern classics and much more will be talked about in this school book tag. Happy reading!
I hope they’re talking about dissecting in a non-literate sense, instead of tearing a book up literally haha. But there are definitely a lot of really good books to chose from if I think about it. Book(series) you could rant on and on about. I especially love to plot/theorize about fantasy series, like Throne of Glass or the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy for example. Or the a Court of Thorns and Roses books or the books Cassandra Clare writes.
These worlds, story-lines, and characters are all so well written and developed and complex and there’s just so much to talk about. Especially Sarah J. Maas and Cassandra Clare are geniuses when it comes to combining books throughout a series. I love how well-thought-out their books are, how everything comes together in the end. And how they plant little pieces of important details in the first books, that will be important later on. But really, every single aspect of these books are so interesting to talk about, to theorize about and I could go on and on about them – which I already did of course buwhaha and will continue doing so.
Do you have time? Because there’s a looooong list of books I bonded to haha. I lose myself emotionally incredibly fast when it comes to a book I like.
I’ve recently finished reading If there’s no tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout and that book hit me hard, right from the start. It’s tragic, heartbreaking and so beautifully written! And the ‘thing’ happening in this book is something that happens a lot in real-life as well and I love that Jen wrote a book about it. Even if she could get 1 reader more aware of drunk driving and fighting against people doing this, it’s a goal accomplished I think. Because of the hard reality check this book gives you, you can connect/bond with the book on an intense emotional level. It could happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere – whether you’re a passenger in the car, the one driving, the victim. No matter how you’re involved, it could happen to anyone..- and that makes it a bit terrifying as well. This book gets you thinking about life and makes you more appreciative for every day you’re given on this world. Jen’s got an amazing talent when it comes to ‘book character-reader bonding’ I think. She always knows how to make me emotionally connect with the characters. And Lena.. Yeah, it’s hard reading her story but it’s so real and tragically beautiful at the same time. I feel for her and with her – her mind is an interesting place to be – and I feel connected to her, bonded. And not only her, but every other party involved in this tragic happening in this book.
Hmm.. Well, I guess I’ll go with the Harry Potter books. And I know, they’re fantasy books and such, but still.. I really think these books deserve to be called a modern classic because they have already impacted sooo many readers out there ever since the first book was published and I think it’s important to get young people – well, young and/or old… everyone out there really who hasn’t read them or hasn’t read books in general – acquainted with books like Harry Potter. To let them see how beautiful books can be. I want readers to be able to keep falling in love with these books, no matter how far along in the future we are. Harry Potter has become an Icon in the book society and beyond and it should continue being an icon.
When we think of classics now, authors like Jane Austen and the Brönte Sisters come to mind. I’d love it if, from now on and in the future, people would think about the Harry Potter books when thinking about classics – books that are Always good to read and will be good to reader forevermore. Just like Austen’s books and much more succeeded in opening up new things in the literary world, Harry Potter has done the same for many readers out there ever since the first book was published. Ever since the 1st book came out, these books have remained popular and never lost their favoritism among the crowd and almost every new reader out there keeps falling in love with the world J.K. Rowling created back then. Yep, for me, this series definitely counts as a modern classic even though it’s fantasy/magic stuff hihi!
Jeez, that’s a tough one. Characters are a really important element in a book for me. One of the most important elements to be honest. And all of my favorite books – and trust me, there are a lot of favorites haha – has characters that equal perfection for me. It depends on how you define ‘perfection’. Often it’s just because of their imperfections that I think they’re perfect, especially in the romance books I read but often it’s also because they’re just a bit too perfect you know? And that’s mostly for the characters I come across in fantasy novels like bad-ass archangels who are literally perfection in the flesh haha.
When I think of TWO characters who equal perfection I’m automatically thinking about favorite Ships of mine, favorite couples. I’ll put down a small – as small as possible – list of some my favorite couples… Characters who, especially together, equal perfection in my eyes for various reasons;
- Raffe & Penryn from Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee
- Akiva & Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
- every couple of the Flight & Glory series and the Renegades series by Rebecca Yarros
- Ben & Fallon from November 9 by Colleen Hoover
- every couple of the Ten Tiny Breaths series by K.A. Tucker
- every (still forming) couple from the Throne of Glass series and the ACOTAR books by Sarah J. Maas
- and so on…
Ieeeeeks there’s so much to go with here. I haven’t written an article in a while but I got a Saturday meme called ‘Story Sound Saturday’, in which I connect songs to books I loved to read. Every one of those songs reminded me of the books I’ve read. I love listening to songs that connect me on an emotional level with a book I’ve read. So yeah, there’s really a lot to go with here. I LOVE the songs that were written for some of the Colleen Hoover books by Griffin Peterson – they are PERFECTION. These songs were specifically written for some of her books and so the lyrics are perfectly in line with the story. But there are so much already existing songs out there who connect to a lot of books I’ve read. Some songs that had a particularly intense impact on me were among others;
- Broken by Lifehouse – This song reminds me of Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices and a specific happening at the end of book 2, but also a lot of things from the romance story in general in this trilogy. When I heard first this song, I got instant goosebumps and tears in my eyes. It threw me right back into Victorian London, right in the middle of Will/Tessa and Jem’s adventures and love lives.
- Could this be love by the Wanted – This song resembles REBEL(#3 the Renegades) by Rebecca Yarros for me. The song has power, so it fits perfectly with the power couple in this book. And despite the fact that the lyrics arent 100% compatible with the story it just gave me ALL THE FEELS when hearing this song for the first time, after just finishing the book because a lot of it is and
- Somebody to Die for by Hurts – This song was mentioned in my first Story Sound Saturday article. This song screams VAMPIRE ACADEMY SERIES by Richelle Mead to me, more specific; Rose/Dimitri. And thanks to the playlist I someday made up for these books, the idea for the Story Sound Saturday article came to life. But this song.. damn, those lyrics. So beautiful and heartbreaking and it hits me right in the feels, every single time.
To read more about my choice of songs for specific books I’ve read, I’d recommend you go see my Story Sound Saturday page, where you can find all my so far published articles. I’ve got more in a draft at the moment, so there’s definitely more to come in the future! You can find my SSS articles by clicking on the SSS Header Image below;
O boy, here we go. Do you have a minute, hour, day, week? buwhaha. Because, really, there have been a lot of books that passed my hands, which I raced to the finish. For example; I’ve read the complete Vampire Academy series within 7 days. That’s 6 books in 7 days.. inhuman, right? I know buwhaha. The last three books of the series were read in 3 days and each book counts 500+ pages, so yeah… Got very little sleep that week ;). And aside from that series, there’s sooo much more that I just couldn’t put down, once I’ve started reading. This always happens when I read a Sarah J. Maas book, a Cassandra Clare book, a Rebecca Yarros book and much more. So I just can’t limit it down to just one book, because if I start a book and if I love it, there’s just no stopping me – most of the time then, lol. There’s this little boy who counts on me to take care of him, my hubs and my dog so they get attention and care from me though, but minimalized at such time, lol.
Again, I could write down a list here that is quite enormous, to be honest. I’m always scared when I start a book I’ve got high expectations of beforehand, but thankfully a lot of the time it turns out to be a fantastic read. Every time a new book publishes from a favorite author I automatically expect a lot of it, and that’s really scary at the same time because you never want a book to disappoint and especially not if it’s from a favorite author. But I just can’t help myself to get high expectations sometime.
At the moment, one book that comes to mind immediately is STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor. Because really… Laini is A-MA-ZINGGGG, phenomenal, original and just one of my all-time favorites because of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy she wrote. And now there’s Strange the Dreamer… I’ve got the book when it released and I still haven’t read it – shame on me! Several reasons; I always have to be in a specific ‘mood’ when I start a new book and Laini’s writing is ‘heavy’ so there just has to be a ‘right time’ to pick this one up, you know? And secondly… I’m so scared I already think too highly of the book, even though I haven’t read much about it. The reviews on this book are quite contradictory; either someone loves the book or they don’t. But since I lovedddd – understatement of the year – Daughter of Smoke and Bone so much, I’m already assuming I’ll love this book as well. I thought the synopsis was amazing and just had Laini feels all over it… But I’m still scared to start the book, yikes. But yeah, I really think this book has a lot of potentials and I’m praying it will live up to my expectations – fingers crossed.
Now it’s my turn to pass this tag on to some fellow bloggers.
I hope you enjoy answering these questions, ladies. Have fun!