The Spring Cleaning Book TAG

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog and to another Book TAG! This is a TAG I’ve seen floating around the blogsphere lately, and since we are embracing Spring here in Spain, I thought I’d join in with my answers!

The creator of this Tag is Amanda from BetweentheShelves so make sure to click on her username to check out her blog!

1. The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size.

Jade City by Fonda Lee is the first book in an Asian inspired fantasy that I’ve heard nothing but glowing things about.

It’s one I’m genuinelly super excited to start, I own the ebook version and everything about its premise sounds appealing to me. However, the book is 560 pages long and considering this year I’ve been mainly reading romance novellas and stories with 300 pages max, this seems huge to me! But I am confident I’ll get to it eventually. Maybe next month actually, since I’m going to participate in the Asian Readathon and I feel like this is a great pick for it!

2. Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul.

I’m currently reading Shiver, the first book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. I’m 50% into it and I would have already DNF’d it if it weren’t for the fact that I’m buddy reading this with my girl. I know this was a super popular YA-paranormal fantasy back in the day. It’s a reread for her and she has very fond memories of enjoying the series back in high school. Unfortunately, it’s my first time reading it and I find it so mediocre and boring. I’m not interested in any of the characters nor the plot. I’m 100% confident I’ll unhaul my copy as soon as I finish it, and it’s going to take a lot of convincing for me to continue with the rest of the books in the series.

The more I read this author, the more I think her writing might just not be for me. I still haven’t read The Raven Cycle yet, but that will be my last chance.

3. Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing.

Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe came instantly to mind when I read this question. This isn’t technically a book, it’s a webcomic but I cannot express to you how in love I am with the story, the characters, the plot and the art style. It’s a Hades & Persephone retelling, the best one I’ve ever read in my life. It has a more modern take to the story, which makes for some incredibly relatable and funny moments, even thought we are following Gods and Goddesses from Olympus. There are universities to attend, zoom meetings and night clubs. But we also have very hard and difficult issues discussed such as rape or domestic abuse.

It’s the best thing I’ve read so far in 2021 and I doubt I’ll find something to top it.

4. Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in

I’ve just finished my reread of Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I hadn’t read this book in over 4 years and this second time I definitely noticed some things I didn’t love as much. Alina and Mal’s relationship and interactions could benefit from some banter or dialogue that shows the reader how they are feeling instead of relying on Alina’s thoughts after the conversations are over. There are no hints, no touching moments or longing between the characters that makes us believe they are in love, we’re just told from the beginning that Alina loves Mal, we just never see why or how she falls in love. So I’d like to rewrite their interactions to make them a bit more believable to me.

5. Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary.

Although I haven’t read A Ballad of Songirds And Snakes by Suzanne Collins yet, I really can’t shake the feeling that this book doesn’t bring anything necessary to the table. There are so many interesting characters whose backstories could haven been explored from this world, Finnik, Haymitch to name a few, President Snow simply isn’t one I have given a second thought since putting the book down.

I do own this book, it was a gift, so I am planning on reading it and giving a chance. Hopefully I’ll end up enjoying it!

6. Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish.

While I was thinking of an answer for this prompt, I’ve realized that I love messy and open endings a lot. I love when authors give you enough direction so that you can guess what might happen after the book is done, but not everything is delivered to you in a silver platter if that make sense.

So to come with a book that had a clean finish was rather difficult. In the end I decided to go with The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I am not 100% sure I’m answering the prompt correctly, but I did really love this ending a lot and I do think it’s pretty clean and as wrapped up as it could be. Also, this is such a fantastic book that I wanted to take the opportunity to rave about it.

7. Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.

I’ve been thinking long and hard about what book I could pair with this prompt but I have absolutely no idea.

8. The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through.

The Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid is an adult romance series that I absolutely love. It’s one of my all time favorites and I have reread the first three books in the series multiple times each. The story follows the Winston family, each book focusing on one of the siblings and their romance story (there are 6 brothers and one sister). However, it has seven books total, eight if you count the book that is following the sister’s story which is technically the final book from a different book series but I’m counting it towards this since she is part of the Winston family.

I started reading the series three years ago, I read the first three books and absolutely fell head over heels in love with the romances and the heroes and heroines we follow. I even have a mini review for each of those books here if you’re interesting in knowing my in depth thoughts on those. However, books four, five and zero (the sister’s prequel) I didn’t love as much, still enjoyed them a lot and found them entertaining but to me, they weren’t as good as the first ones. So I kept putting off the final two books until finally last month I decided to buckle down and get to them. And I looooved the sixth one! It is up there with the first ones and I’m so glad I finally read it, the last one was good but not my favorite, but definitely a solid installment. So even though it has taken me three years and I don’t love every book the same, I am really happy to have read this and I do recommend you give it a try if you’re interested in small-town romances.

HAVE YOU GUYS DONE THIS TAG? DO YOU AGREE WITH MY ANWSERS! LET ME KNOW!

Until next time,

Leyre

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