Hey all, Dani here.
Today I’m bringing you a book tag that I simply could not resist doing. I first saw it over on Rachael’s blog (rachaelrexds) so you can check out her post here, but it was created by Arkon and Annie so you can find the original post here.
Basically this tag was created in honor of V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy, which I think is an awesome trilogy and I definitely recommend it to my fellow fantasy lovers, particularly if you like alternate reality type books, because these ones allow you to travel between four different versions of London and they are just so interesting.
Anyway, let’s just jump into the tag.
Grey London: A Book That You Keep Going Back to Despite Trying to Quit It
– Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
So I read the first one and it was pretty good, not anything where I found myself begging for the next book or anything, but I liked it. The second book definitely suffered through the sophomore slump in my opinion and I wanted to say goodbye to the series, but with the way book two ended I knew I would probably end up going back to pick up the next one. I bought book three shortly after its release and read half…and then put it aside. Again, the book is just okay to me. I mean, I like it, but it isn’t begging me to keep reading. I know I need to finish King’s Cage because I don’t like leaving books half read but it isn’t exactly a priority for me at the moment.
Grey London: A Book/Series That You’ve Left Behind Forever
– Night World by L.J. Smith
I’ll be completely honest…I absolutely devoured the first nine books in this series. Were many of them fairly formulaic? Well, yes, but most paranormal romance tends to be that way and nevertheless I enjoyed the books. However, the series was first published in like 1996-1998…and we are still waiting on book 10, the final book in the series. Come on! I can’t just keep the books on my shelves and wait for a finale that may never come. It was time for me to walk away and give up.
Grey London: A Majorly Bad Book/Series With Just One Beautiful Spark
– Beautiful series/Maddox Brothers series by Jamie McGuire
I don’t know if these count as having a beautiful spark in them…mainly they are just an intriguing guilty pleasure read. I haven’t finished the series, but there are so many issues in these books that just aggravate me. I find some of the character naming conventions to be pretty lazy, and some of the stories seem a bit far-fetched, and typically the characters make so many bad decisions that I wonder how they have managed to still be okay, but I sometimes still find myself thinking that I need to read the last couple books.
Red London: A Book/Series That You Feel Blessed to Have Read. Aven
– The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
This was one of my top reads of 2016. I just can’t say enough about the awesome adventure and widely diverse cast of characters in this book. I still need to read the second book, especially since there should be a third one coming, but I want to savor the experience so for now I’m waiting. Plus, the covers are gorgeous…well, for the UK editions; I am wholly unimpressed with the US covers. And yes, technically the official cover for the third book hasn’t been revealed yet, but I bet it will be stunning.
Red London: A Book That Changes Every Time You Read It
-Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares
There is just something about this series. I grew up with it, and when the fifth book was released years after the original four concluded, I had aged right along with the Sisterhood. And every time I read these books–because I still own them and like to reread them every now and again–I spy something else in the pages, or I connect with a different character or a different plot in a way I hadn’t before.
Red London: A Fictional World That Makes You Feel Love and Fear. Antari
-Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Although really, I guess this one is only partly a fictional world as it takes place in the UK. Anyway, these books, these characters…you love them and you hate them. When I originally read the series I certainly was afraid of what would happen to everyone as the books got darker and more dangerous. But they just stick with you as well; Harry Potter is not a series that is easily forgotten.
White London: Book/Series That Started Off Meh But Ended Up Being Great
-Vampire Academy/Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
Don’t get me wrong, I love all of these books, but if I look at Vampire Academy objectively, it was pretty similar to a lot of other vampire literature of the time, but then the world developed more, as did the mythos of these particular vampires (Moroi and Strigoi) and the dhampirs, and I got more and more obsessed with it. That was even more apparent when the Bloodlines series came around and Sydney became the main character, because I related to her so much more than I did Rose.
White London: The World is Dying. Save One Book
-The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
This is such a hard question. Honestly I would try to save as many books as possible; no way would I settle for just one. But for the purposes of this tag, I guess I’ll go with a piece of classic literature that contains quite a bit of material. With this large collection of plays and poems, this is a great choice with lots of reading options.
White London: A Book/Series That You Would Kill For
-Guardians of Time Book #4 by Marianne Curley
I don’t know the title of this book or the release date or anything except for the fact that Marianne Curley announced that there would be a fourth book coming. I absolutely adored the first three books and devoured them when I was in high school. They stuck with me since then…and I just really REALLY want this next book, like right now.
Black London: Name a Book/Series That Has Utterly Consumed You
-Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting by Matthew Mercer
I feel like this one is cheating just a tiny bit, but the world of Exandria and the stories that take place therein have completely consumed me. I have watched over 100 episodes of this live streamed show where a bunch of nerdy professional voice actors sit around and play Dungeons & Dragons. Each episode is typically 3-5 hours long, so you can see that I’ve invested quite a bit of time in the world. And the campaign setting book is coming out very soon (I was able to immediately download the PDF when I preordered the hardcover) and I read through the book so fast. Now I have the ability to explore the continent of Tal’Dorei on my own and I am so happy about that.
Black London: A Book/Series That You Refuse to Open
-Cthulurotica anthology, edited by Carrie Cuinn
This was a monthly book pick for Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy Book Club basically five years ago. Tentacle porn was how it was tentatively described. I wasn’t interested in it then. I’m not interested in it now.
Black London: An Author Who Controls Your Purse Strings a la Osaron
-Rachel E. Kelly, author of the Colorworld series
It wouldn’t be a book tag or a best of/favorites list or anything similar if I didn’t have at least one mention of the Colorworld series, which I am absolutely obsessed with. I have read the whole series (most of the books several times) and I have the privilege of knowing the author and getting to be a part of her creative journey. I have purchased three copies of each book (paperback, e-book, and illustrated editions), pledged to the Kickstarter for a monthly comic book series, and just in general donated money to help Team Colorworld with their book tour. Oh, and I don’t even know how many art prints and/or metal bookmarks I’ve purchased from them in the past couple years. It’s quite a few though.
Well, I suppose that’s all for today’s post. If you would like to do this tag, then by all means, consider yourself TAGGED! I’d love to see your answers if you do decided to do this.
Biannual Bibliothon Update
Okay, so I actually didn’t get much reading done yesterday. I read all of 70 pages in Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, so I have some catching up to do if I want to complete my TBR before the end of the readathon. My plan is to finish this book today and hopefully get through a decent chunk of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.
# books completed: 4
# reading challenges completed: 1.5