Hey guys! Holly (The Writing Finch) tagged me in the Stay at Home Book Tag! This super fun tag was created by Princess of Paperback on Youtube and I can’t wait to answer the questions 🥰 If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!
1. Laying in bed – a book you read in one day
The Selection series! I read the whole series in 5 days: one book a day! I enjoyed them tremendously. They are short, easy reads with good world building. The Selection is like The Bachelor with a kick-ass heroine (who is awful at making choices, but that’s my opinion). I think I read the series about three times now, just because the books are so much fun and easy to read.
2. Snacking – a book that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ read
Okay. Let me just check my ‘guilty-pleasure’ shelf on Goodreads!
Even though I do really have that shelf, I don’t feel guilty for enjoying specific books and you shouldn’t either. Books are for pleasure (and pain and tears and anger) so everybody should be able to read the books they want without having to feel guilty!
But, to answer the question: the only book that comes close to being a guilty pleasure is After by Anna Todd. It receives a lot of low ratings on Goodreads because people think it glorifies abusive relationships. While I agree that it certainly can have that influence on readers, I personally don’t experience it that way. I know that the relationship of Hardin and Tessa is incredibly abusive, but that’s the fun about books: it isn’t real! I read books to experience things I never would in my real life, to feel with the characters, feel their pain and joy and frustration. That’s why I don’t feel guilty for enjoying After.
3. Netflix – a series that you want to start
Oh God, there are a lot of series that I want to start. I’d say the Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Shusterman. I’ve heard SO many good things about it and I bought the first book about a month ago, so I can’t wait to start!
4. Deep clean – a book that has been on your TBR for ages
Too many. I don’t think you want to see the list. I still have quite a few ARC’s to review, so my physical TBR has to wait a little longer. I think Bloodlines by Richelle Mead will have the most priority as soon as I finish my ARC’s. I enjoyed Vampire Academy a LOT and was so so excited when I heard Adrian Ivashkov will have a bigger role in Bloodlines, but I haven’t gotten around to read it yet.😭
5. Animal Crossing – a book you recently bought because of the hype
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I haven’t read a lot of SF, and I don’t really feel a pull towards the genre either. But I thought I’d give it a try and bought it. Unfortunately it has been waiting on my TBR shelf along with bloodlines…
6. Productivity – a book you learned from or had an impact on you
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. My wonderful boyfriend gifted it to me because he thinks I give too many f*cks about everything in my life. And it’s true, I actually do. That’s one of the reasons I read so much: to escape reality. Mark Manson really helped me see that it’s okay to not care and choose for myself sometimes.
7. Facetime – a book you were gifted
I think the most recent one is the Waterstones exclusive of House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas, with red sprayed edges.🥰I currently possess three editions of that book! I’m a HUGE fan of Sarah’s books, so I’m completely in love with the Waterstones exclusive.
8. Self care – what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself
I saw this question and had to think for a few moments. What have I done to look after myself? Not much actually, I’ve been too caught up in all my work for uni. I did start making an Aelin Galathynius funko, so I guess that counts? (I’m still looking for the Bella Swan Wedding Dress funko for Aelins body, so if anyone sells it or knows anything please let me know!).
The question reminded me that I have to look after myself more often. I think I’m going to start with studying in the garden instead of my room more often.
BONUS – An upcoming release you are looking forward to
I think most of the new releases that I was looking forward to, just came out! They are House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas, The Betrothed by Kiera Cass and Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’m mostly looking forward to A Vow so Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer, I can’t wait to read more about Grey!😍
I hope you enjoyed reading my answers to the questions, let me know in the comments what you think!