A new book tag up today! I was tagged by the very lovely Charlotte @ Ink Slippers Reads for this book tag and I’m so glad because it looks like so much fun!
I actually love spring cleaning — I do it at least four times a year. I just get into one of those moves and then I can just go. I actually recently did this for a whole bunch of books and I was ruthless!
THE STRUGGLE OF GETTING STARTED: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU STRUGGLE TO BEGIN BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE
Definitely It by Stephen King! My copy of this novel is 1,116 pages long and it took a month to read. I was definitely intimidated by the book but it was on my classics book list and I was determined to read it!
It did put me in a bit of a slump but I eventually got through it. I’m sure you know what it’s about but if you don’t, It follows six kids in the 50s, and then them as adults in the 80s, as they try to kill a murderous shapeshifting monster that wants to eat them.
CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU WANT TO UNHAUL
This question was a hard one to answer because, like I mentioned earlier, I have actually spring cleaned my bookshelf and so I unhauled a whole bunch of books I don’t want. So I had to go to my Kindle to find a series to unhaul and I found one! King of Hell series by K.A. Merikan. I originally really liked this series — especially book one and two — but as it developed, I’m starting to hate on it. Each book follows a different couple and what I specifically hate is how, with each new book, the main character hates on a different character and you begin to hate that character too. That’s not good writing if you begin to hate another character because of a new one. Like, it’s ok for one character to hate another, but if it gets to the point where the reader hates them too, that’s shit writing.
OPENING THE WINDOW AND LETTING FRESH AIR IN: A BOOK THAT WAS REFRESHING
The Weight of the Stars was absolutely beautiful and refreshing. It was just such a soft and lovely novel, and even though I was on the verge of tears for a lot of it. The book follows a young woman named Ryann Bird who has a group of ride or die friends, and who then meets a girl called Alexandria who’s mother is on board a rocket to the furtherest reaches of space. Ryann and Alexandria spent each night together trying to contact Alexandria’s mother, and slowly they develop feelings for one another. It’s such a beautiful novel and I want more people to read it!
WASHING OUT THE SHEETS: A SCENE THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD REWRITE
Instead of a single scene, I want to rewrite the whole last novel of the A Series of Unfortunate Events series because I was so upset with the ending!
Imagine writing a 13-book series and then not closing any plot points and leaving everything open and then just being like “Stories are bigger than you know and not everyone will have the understanding of every story.” LIKE FUCK OFF! That’s such lazy writing! The author, instead of coming up with a proper ending, was basically like “figure it out yourself.” Piss off.
THROWING OUT UNNECESSARY KNICK-KNACKS: A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU DIDN’T THINK WAS NECESSARY
The first book that immediately came to mind was Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. It’s the sixth book in the seven book series , Throne of Glass, and was so freaking unnecessary. Originally the book was supposed to be a 100-and-something page novella and then SJM turned it into an almost 700 page book? Like fucking whhyyyyyyyy? The only important thing in that whole book, that relates to the rest of the series, comes in at like page 600-and-something. So why did I read 500 unnecessary pages to get to that plot point? Idk.
POLISHING DOORKNOBS: A BOOK THAT HAD A CLEAN FINISH
Definitely The Priory of the Orange Tree! It’s an 800-page novel and everything comes together so perfectly and wonderfully! Seriously, I’m so impressed by how Samantha Shannon plotted this book and how amazing her writing was. It follows four main characters, from the East and the West, as they all try to prevent an ancient dragon from rising and destroying the world. And the ending was so amazing! I cried, but I was ultimately happy with the ending. Very clean!
REACHING TO DUST THE FAN: A BOOK THAT TRIED TOO HARD TO RELAY A CERTAIN MESSAGE
Ugh. I just finished Gone with the Wind and that book tries so fucking hard to relay a message. Its set in the American South during the American Civil War and then during Reconstruction and it does not have a good message: it basically states — like a million times — that black people are happier under slavery, and what’s more, black people want to be slaves. Yeah, I wish I were kidding. It tries so ridiculously hard and brings this up all the damn time — it was actually really hard to read.
THE TIRING YET SATISFYING FINISH: A SERIES THAT WAS TIRING BUT SATISFYING TO GET THROUGH
I’m going to say the Bear, Otter and the Kid series for this one, but it’s definitely not in a bad way! I absolutely adore this series and even though I just read it this month, I want to reread it already again! It’s by one of my favourite authors, TJ Klune, and follows a young man named Bear (real name Derrick but his little brother pronounced it Berrick which turned into Bear) as his mother abandons him and his five-year-old brother and he becomes a single parent. Five years later, Bear’s best friend’s older brother, Otter (real name Oliver because Bear misread his name and thought it said Otter), comes home and Bear has to deal with the feelings that simmer between them.
Anyway, it’s definitely an angsty story and sometimes it can get a bit tiring dealing with the sadness and distress, but at the end of the day, I’m glad I read this series. It was definitely a satisfying series, and a loving one at that. Highly recommend!