Hey all, Dani here.
I have several book tags coming your way in the month of August, but I’m trying to space them out a bit. Today is the first of those, and I came across this tag over at Marie’s Library so you can check out her post there if you’re interested. Anyway, this seemed like sort of a fun tag so I decided to do it. Let’s not waste any time and just jump into the questions.
1. The Awkward First Date – a book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but it lacked that spark for you.
Soundless by Richelle Mead
Normally I am a huge fan of Richelle Mead and devour her books and love them. This one just missed the mark for me. I wanted a bit more from it, to delve deeper into the characters and the world, to have that interesting spark that consumed me until I reached the end of the book, though I would inevitably think about the book for hours or days after finishing.
2. The Cheap First Date – a book that turned out less than you expected
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
After reading the summary for this book, I was expecting it to be a bit more than it was. It was an all right book, but I found myself mostly going through the motions of reading it for most of the middle. If it hadn’t been for the ending, I would have passed on ever reading the second book. And I just saw on Goodreads that there will be four books for this series. I can admit that I’m a little nervous about that; it doesn’t feel like there’s enough substance to fill four whole books. I honestly thought this was going to be a duology. Maybe book two can turn it around for me.
3. Well-Prepared First Date – a book that was better than expected
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
I don’t read a lot of science fiction books, but I read this…I wanna say it was because of the Sword and Laser Book Club, but I could be wrong. This concept and the execution of everything just drew me in and kept me captivated through the end. I probably should have continued with the series, and I don’t know why I stopped after this book, but I absolutely loved it.
4. Hot But Dumb – a pretty book, but not so hot on the inside
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
This cover was nicely attractive and the concept seemed interesting, but it didn’t quite match expectations. I wanted more character development, and to delve further into the relationships between the characters.
5. Blind Date Book – a book you picked up not knowing anything about it
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Okay, this one is such a difficult topic, because I never pick up a book knowing nothing about it. I can make assumptions on the cover or because of the author or the section of the library or bookstore it’s in. I also will at least check out the flap of the dust jacket or the back cover and read the summary. But this book was basically: there are a few girls and this is about the drama between them, because when you live so high up the only way to go is down. And normally that sort of story wouldn’t have begged me to read it, but I heard a few BookTubers keep talking about this upcoming release they were excited about, so I tried it…and I am now trash for this. I need to know what happens in the next book.
6. Speed Dating – a book you read super fast
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
I actually read most books super fast, but I could not put this book down. From the time Felicia announced that this book was being written, I knew I wanted to read it. I have been a fan of Felicia Day’s for years, and this book was just wonderful. Her life and career are such an inspiration to a geeky girl like myself.
7. The Rebound – a book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
I firmly acknowledged in my Goodreads review for this book that I read it right after finishing Red Rising by Pierce Brown, so this book fell victim to being the rebound following the epic awesomeness of that one. Perhaps someday I will read this one again and have a stronger like for it, but for right now, it just didn’t impress me.
8. Overly Enthusiastic Date – a book that felt like it was trying too hard
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Okay, so this might venture into unpopular opinion territory, but I just felt like after a certain character was introduced in the second book, that this finale to the trilogy just tried to hard to keep Alina and Mal together as a couple and to make things work out a certain way. I know there are a lot of people who like Alina and Mal together, and there are also those who ship Alina and the Darkling. For me, as soon as we met Nikolai, that was the winner in my opinion.
9. The Perfect First Date – a book that did everything right for you
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
When I picked up this book, I thought the space crew adventure would give me some Firefly vibes. Let’s be honest; I loved that show. But overall since I’m not typically a big science fiction reader, I didn’t have super high expectations for this book. And then it completely blew me away. I loved the crew. I loved the diversity. I loved the worldbuilding. And I am just super excited about reading the second book, though I’ve held off on reading it so far. It’ll happen you guys. Soon.
10. Humiliating First Date – a book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked/embarrassed t see reading in public for whatever reason.
I’ll be honest here…I’m not embarrassed to admit I like a book, nor am I really embarrassed to be seen reading a book in public. Now I will say that some of the covers for some romance novels are a bit revealing or awkward so I lean more towards getting those in e-book format so I don’t have to worry about it, but if we didn’t have access to e-books/e-readers, I wouldn’t mind reading them in public.
All right, so that’s it for my post today. If you have not yet done this tag, or you’d like to do this tag, then please consider yourself TAGGED. And let me know if you have done or will do this post. I’d love to check out your answers.