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The Courtship Book Tag
I was tagged by Justin @ Just Harping on Libros to talk about the phases of…a relationship? I know you’ve missed these tags of mine flooding your feeds, so onward we go!
Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover
Uhhh…most purchases go through this instalust phase (I’m sure of it). Let’s be honest: a questionable cover doesn’t immediately bring me to read the blurb; which is where my final decision is based upon. So I don’t really know how to answer this question as I don’t solely haul books based on cover alone. I can tell you what I TBR’d because of the cover: Claudia Gray’s A Thousand Pieces of You and Andrew Smith’s 100 Miles Sideways. From bedazzling eye candy to nonsensical hilarity. I don’t really care that much for people on covers (let alone actors) to be honest.
Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary
David Levithan’s Every day (though it’s still on my shelf LOL)
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing
Guess it’s time for Ness to make his appearance. A Monster Calls is a tiny book bursting with resilience. No, really, it’s completely accessible for all ages even if the takeaway might be something nuanced depending on your age. The thing is that I awarded it a lesser-4 out of 5 because I don’t necessarily empathize with what’s happening in the story; but I did understand all of it. This is why I think it’s powerful—and why I’ll always promote this book whenever I get the chance to. (Not to mention he’s an awesome dude himself. *flails*)
Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pursue the rest of the series
Probably Alex London’s Proxy for the sole reason that the ending to the first book was kind of blergh. I knew it had a sequel but I didn’t expect the ending to elicit a “wtf was that?” kind of finality to the generally solid narrative up until that point. It was maddening. I mean, I guess I “could” see why it happened but the cliffhanger just hurt me so. That being said, I still haven’t read the second instalment in the duology even though I have it…in autographed form (hello, Lumi).
Phase 5 – Late night phone calls: A book that kept you up all night long
I think I’m pretty good with not staying up too late even if there are a few chapters left. (I love my sleep after all.) There were moments of “must finish this chapter” while I was reading most of Brandon Sanderson’s stuff. It’s just that his pacing is so well done that you can’t help but to keep reading.
Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book that you could not stop thinking about
To tangent on the previous question, when I was reading Sanderson’s Firefight, the world building in that was a step above the meticulous setting in Steelheart and his imagined Chicago. It was bananas and engrossing that I essentially hyped that sequel to some friends (and, hey, if you’re interested in reading into a solid superhero novel with a quirky male protagonist, plenty of bad puns, epic world-building, and stellar pacing—then this might fit your bill. (Or, rather, Steelheart is the first installment.)
Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book in which you love the way it feels
I have this habit of taking the dust jacket off all book covers after I haul them to inspect their hardcover binding. I’m weird like that but sometimes the design on the cover transitions into the hardbacks themselves. That being said, I don’t know if I have a particular book that I like the way it feels. I think any book that has grooves and definitions in it on the dust jacket is a winner in my book. I’m a pretty simple guy.
Phase 8 – Meeting the Parents: A book in which you would recommend to your friends and family
The rents don’t read anything besides Chinese texts and the Bible and my brother is way more well-read than I am (his library is much more expansive than mine) so family recommendations is a no go. I’ve already convinced some friends to read Ness—so that’s like a goal achieved. With differing tastes, it’s difficult to pick a title that might work for everyone. So I don’t really have an answer for this haha. I think I’d rather be like the person who redirects the question to someone else haha.
Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series that you know you’ll re-read many times in the future
I don’t really do re-reads because it eats too much of my limited reading time. Which is funny because I’ll gladly spend hours re-watching adaptation movie clips. #nojudgment. For example, I’ve watched the entirety of the Hunger Games arena too many times to count; not any of the pre-or-post context. Then there’s Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, to which the scene I re-watch often is “…I am so much happier now that i’m dead” (with the music of “Technically, Missing” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) playing in the background. Ugh, the soundtrack. Too legit.
Phase 10 – Share the love!!! Who would you like to tag?
I tag these individuals:
Brandie @ Brandies a Book Junkie (this tag basically calls to your swoony romance)
Josephine @ Josie’s Book Corner (onward to Booktube!)
…And you, if you so choose to do the fun that are tags :D!
Ahhhh, the blogging month has gotten to a slow start. Gotta pick this shiz up.