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Today, I’m bringing you the I Should Have Read That Book tag, which I saw over on Aria @ Snow White Hates Apples, and it looks like so much fun! Everyone please go check out Aria’s amazing blog and follow her!
- Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
- Link to the creator’s blog in your post
- Answer the questions below
- Tag 10 others to take part in the tag
- Enjoy the tag!
A Book That A Certain Friend is Always Telling You To Read
Silvia has been on me for ages to read The Afterward by E.K. Johnson. I know this is one of Silvia’s favourite f/f books and I’m really excited to see why she loves it so much.
It has been a year since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadrium’s king and ushered in what promised to be a new golden age. The heroes who brought the gem home are renowned in story and song, but for two fellows on the quest, peace and prosperity do not come easily.
Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart wasn’t meant for heroism this early in life, and while she has no intention of giving up the notoriety she has earned, her reputation does not pay her bills. With time running out, Kalanthe may be forced to betray not her kingdom or her friends, but her own heart as she seeks a stable future for herself and those she loves.
Olsa Rhetsdaughter was never meant for heroism at all. Beggar, pick pocket, thief, she lived hand to mouth on the city streets until fortune–or fate–pulled her into Kalanthe’s orbit. And now she’s quite reluctant to leave it. Even more alarmingly, her fame has made her recognizable, which makes her profession difficult, and a choice between poverty and the noose isn’t much of a choice at all.
Both girls think their paths are laid out, but the godsgem isn’t quite done with them and that new golden age isn’t a sure thing yet.
A Book That’s Been on Your TBR Forever and Yet You Still Haven’t Picked It Up
The Princess Bride has been on my TBR since 2010 — that’s TEN YEARS!! How have I not read it yet? 😬
Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. When she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts – who never leaves survivors – her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humberdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairy tale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passions and miracles.
A Book in a Series You’ve Started, but Haven’t Gotten Round to Finishing Yet
Oh gosh, I read Timekeeper back in 2017 and I have still yet to read the sequel Chainbreaker even though I really want to. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I just haven’t gotten around to doing it.
Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He’d hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he’d have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.
After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path–one from which they may never return.
A Classic You’ve Always Liked the Sound of, but Never Actually Read
I really want to read Wuthering Heights as I loved Jane Eyre, which is by Emily Bronte’s sister, Charlotte. Even though the books are by sisters, everyone reads them together because they’re almost like a matched pair. Anyway, I’ve heard it’s great and one of my best friends just read it recently and adored it.
Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before; of the intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw; and how Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff’s bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.
A Popular Book that It Seems Everyone but You Has Read
Red Rising is one of the most popular sci-fi novels that I still haven’t gotten around to reading, even though I’ve borrowed it from the library twice! It’s also one of my friend’s favourite books ever and I promised her I will read it, so some day!
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
A Book that Inspired a Film/TV Adaptation that You Really Love, but You Just Haven’t Read it Yet
I absolutely love the BBC adaptation of North and South and I still haven’t gotten around to reading the book yet! This is one of the most beautiful romances I’ve ever watched, almost on the same level of Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I just know I’m going to love the book when I finally read it.
When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction.
A Book You See All Over Instagram but Haven’t Picked Up Yet
I quickly went on Instagram and the first book photo that popped up was of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, which I always see on there and still haven’t read! This is so disappointing because Nikolai was my favourite character from the original Grisha series.
Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
Have fun doing the tag, but please don’t feel obliged if you don’t want to!