One of my favorite types of videos to watch when I was first introduced to the Booktube community were tags- themed question and answers involving books. I thought they were a great way to learn about new books to immediately jump on, or worth skipping. So without further ado, the fabulous Book Courtship Tag!
1.Initial Attraction- A book you bought because of the cover.
Normally I’m the kind of reader who plans out her TBR months in advance, refuses to buy a book without first consulting Goodreads, and generally sticks to only tried and trued authors. There is a rare occasion though where I throw caution to the wind and buy a book purely on cover lust. The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder was the latest of that phenomenon. I read it on a whim because, well, that cover! It’s whimsical, dreamy, and quite frankly it makes my artsy hipster sense tingle. Too bad though that the part that really counts, the pages of words, was a hot mess.
2. First Impression- A book you bought because of the summary.
Though it does have a beautiful cover, the summary of Going Over by Beth Kephart is what really caused me to push all other reading plans to the wayside and pick it up immediately. Promising starcrossed love between our main characters I was hooked before I even read the setting. That’s right, the height of communism in Cold War era Berlin is the backdrop of Going Over. A meticulously detailed must read for historical fiction connoisseurs, that doesn’t get nearly enough love in my opinion. There’s a reason everyone who’s picked it up has fallen in love.
3.Sweet Talk- A book with great writing.
While everyone else finds deep meaning in poetry, I usually just sit there completely alienated. The words simply do not resonate and connect with me the way they seem to for other people. Crank by Ellen Hopkins though was the book that changed all that for me. Hopkins harrowing novel told in free verse was a spider web of emotions for me, proving that for even the biggest poetry-phobe the right kind of writing expression really can do the trick. Lover of e.e. cummings or not, because of the way Hopkins pulls back the bones of real life stories I believe everyone should take at least one foray into her stories.
4.First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series.
As anyone who’s closely studied my reading habits knows (so nobody), historically I have a habit of picking up the first book in a series but never feeling compelled to continue on with the subsequent books, despite otherwise enjoying the first installment. Not the case though with The Archived duology by Victoria Schwab. I sped through the first book like it was nothing and then without coming up for air I immediately dove into The Unbound because I just couldn’t wait to see how everything went down. With a rich story, multidimensional characters, and fabulous writing it will check off every box on your reading wishlist.
5. Late Night Phone Calls- A book that kept you up all night.
I’m obviously not going to be introducing anyone to a new favorite here, but The Hunger Games trilogy are really the only books I’ve ever devoured in one sitting (or in this case three days of dedicated reading). When I picked them up almost four years ago in anticipation for the movie adaptation little did I know that I might as well have just marked three days off on my calendar to devote to Katniss Everdeen. It wouldn’t have mattered if it was two in the morning on a work night, nobody was going to pry those books out of my hands as I greedily lapped up every savory bit of the story. It was also the first and only time I’ve ever experienced a book hangover. Mockingjay just left me so emotionally drained that for the next few weeks every book I read could barely hold a candle to Panem. Lofty goals, but as an aspiring writer that’s the reaction I someday hope to garner for my books!
6.Always On My Mind- A book you could not stop thinking about.
I love the rush of reading; meeting the characters you come to know as friends, the vibrancy of worlds with just as many intricacies as our own, the thrill of words as they come washing over me. Suffice to say, the storylines of my favorite books continue long past the time I’ve read the final line, making this question particularly difficult to answer. More Than This by Patrick Ness was, well, more than that experience I described above. Not only did it totally engulf me in it’s pages I came out of the book with a better understanding of what it is to be a writer and the lessons their works can teach us. I’ve always known Patrick Ness could tell as story but in More Than This he becomes a mentor, intending to guide and aid readers through the minefield of real life, more so than any recognized classic I’ve ever read. One of my top five favorites of all times and a must read for anyone and everyone.
7.Getting Physical- A book you love the way it feels.
I read a lot of books on an e-reader, a format you can’t exactly feel, but very recently I received an ARC for review that I just could not stop holding. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez (review coming up on September 21, so stay tuned!), besides being an amazing book, has a fabulous feeling dust jacket. It’s one of those really thick, blocky, slightly inconvenient hardcovers that adult books are famous for having, despite this book being young adult, and I loved it! It just felt very crisp and substancial as I held it, and hopefully it convinced some other people that I was reading some very mature, adult literature. Out of Darkness Review
8. Meeting the Parents- A book which you would recommend to your family and friends.
If you look up book pusher in the urban dictionary (that’s right, readers have street cred) you’d see a picture of me and all the people I’ve convinced, or peer pressured, into reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Not only is it my all time favorite book AND movie, I think that despite being a female targeted book, there’s such a powerful story behind it that everyone can take something away from and be inspired to promote change by. Even my father, a frequent naysayer of my reading selections, thoroughly enjoyed it and its representation of history. For people intimidated by the size of the book, though they should know it reads very quickly, I give the movie two thumbs up as anything with Viola Davis and Emma Stone can hardly be anything less than stellar.
9. Thinking About the Future- A book or series you know you will read many times in the future.
To that statement all I can say is; Ain’t nobody got time for that. I’ve got new books to be reading!
So what are your guy’s favorite books (so I can add them to my ever growing mountain of a TBR) and which of these questions do you think it fits under? Let me know in the comments!
-Keep Calm and Read On
P.S.- Check out the wondeful original creator of the tag while you’re at it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXySthAdcBo