Monday, July 27, 2015

The 1989 Book Tag

As I've never done a book tag before and I do adore Taylor Swift and her 1989 album, I decided to join in the fun! I saw this tag over at Krystianna's awesome blog, Downright Dystopian. The 1989 Book Tag was created by Charnell at Reviews from a Bookworm, who is celebrating multiple milestones. Be sure to pop over and join the party!

Like Krystianna, I'm simply tagging anyone who sees this and thinks they'd like to give it a go! If you do, please comment with a link to your blog so I can check out your answers.

Two Boys Kissing
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, which is a gorgeous and heartfelt read. Levithan is a Master of words.

If I StayIf I Stay by Gayle Foreman. I cried and cried reading this book. It'll stay with me forever.

The Winter People
The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy. That cover is stunning. The blue and her eyes. I loved it the moment I saw it. Can't say the same for the book though. It was hardcover and I wanted to slam it against my forehead so many times while reading it.

FangirlThat'd have to be Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It was like reading about myself sometimes and she is just so sassy. Cath made Fangirl for me.

Wuthering Heights
I'm going to go with Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I loved it so much when I read it in school and it's been ages since I've reread it. But it's one that sticks with me.

Daughter of Smoke & BoneLaini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I felt like I'd been transported to Prague, Morocco and Elsewhere. I loved every moment of it.

Vanishing Girls
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. I realised what the twist was just before it was revealed, but it was still so interesting how Oliver handled it.

Red QueenOh, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. How everyone raved about you, and how it seemed you were going to be so much more...but no. I still liked you, but how it could've been love!

That would be Divergent by Veronica Roth. I can't even be bothered to finish this series. I know a lot of people hated the third book, but I'd reached that point with book two.

TickerIt's really not a case of "everyone" seems to hate it, but it's all I can think of at the moment. When I read Ticker by Lisa Mantchev, there were a lot of 1 or 2 star reviews, plus a number of DNF's. Me though, I adored this book. So much fun!

The Day After Forever
The Day After Forever by Erin Skiffington. I read this book for the first time in high school and it still impacts me just as much today. It will always be on my favourite list.

IlluminaeAmie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's Illuminae! I would do almost anything to get my hands on a copy of this book right now. Steal it. Sell my soul. Name your price!

Lux Series
This is probably one of the hardest to answer as nothing springs immediately to mind. I've decided on Katy from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series, and I feel guilty just typing it. But at the moment she's the only one that comes close. Hate is too strong a word, but I loved Katy in Obsidian, and then was so very disappointed with her in the second book, Onyx. I haven't wanted to continue the series because I'm so upset that I no longer love her.

Nicholas Sparks. That man has made me cry much too much. I always said I'd run over his toes if I ever met him...and like a dork, I told him that when I met him. He thought it was funny, but did tuck his feet away from me!!

We Were Liars
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Right from the very beginning I knew what the truth was, so this book didn't have the same effect on me. But I did love Lockhart's writing style.

Harry PotterThis one's easy! Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, of course. It saddens me that it's already been 8 years since the last book was released. I want to live in this world forever and ever.

The Agency
There's so many, but I'm going to go with The Agency series by Y.S. Lee. When James and Mary finally got together I was a swooning mess. I just adore them!

Life of PiYann Martel's Life of Pi. The truth shattered me. I was a bawling mess for ages after I finished this book.

The Masque of the Red Death
A couple sprang to mind, but I'm choosing The Masque of the Red Death by Bethanny Griffin. Starting this book I was all in. The writing was so, so good, but the story and characters just became...well, urgh, is an apt description.

I don't have a particular answer for this. Honestly, anything that has a sex scene, I guess? I read erotica here and there but get all blushy when I read it in public. I'm a big fan of slash fanfiction, and I'm not embarrassed to admit it, but anytime I'm reading in public I try to hide my screen or I look around to see who might be looking. It's a weird thing of mine and it's so silly! I know I'm not the only one though, which I guess is good...but I really just need to own it!

This has happened more than once, unfortunately, and it's my own fault. I usually read the first book in a series and then wait until the rest are released before continuing. Or at least, that's the plan, but there's heaps I still haven't got to! Like Marie Lu's Legend series. As it stands, I've forgotten a lot of Legend and will have to refresh my memory before finally finishing this series.

Shatter MeI'm sad to say it's Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I loved it so very much but I doubt I'll ever finish the series, knowing what I do about Juliet and Warner. I'm glad to have been spoiled, because if I'd put time into reading it I'd have been so much more disappointed than I am now. Books would have flown! Yeah, I am not Team Warner in any way.

Phew! That was a workout! Don't forget, if you take part in this tag, please comment with a link to your post so I can check it out. And hey, while we're chatting Taylor Swift...are you a fan? What's your favourite song? I love All To Well from her Red album, but it's probably Blank Space or I Know Places from 1989.


  1. This tag looks fun! I may just do it :D

    1. I hope you do, Carrie! I look forward to seeing your answers. :-D

  2. This was a really fun post to read. My kids love Taylor Swift, and I don't mind her either :)

    1. Thanks, Nicole. I have a lot of love for Taylor Swift! It probably helps that you like the same music as your kids, right? I know my parents weren't so lucky with the music choice of both myself and my brothers. ;-)

  3. YAY!!! Glad you liked the tag and decided to do it. I had fun reading all your answers.

    I've owned Two Boys Kissing for soooo long but still haven't got to it, something I really need to hurry up and do.

    If I Stay broke my poor little heart and I still cry every single time I reread it.

    I definitely think the cover for The Winter People is stunning, it's a shame the book wasn't anywhere near as goo.d

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a series I have heard amazing things about and really should hurry up and get to. I have no excuse as I own every single book.

    Red Queen was a book I was really disappointed by. I just felt it was quite boring and predictable and stole a lot from other books and just didn't feel very original.

    The Divergent series just got worse with each new book and the third one was just horrifically bad! So sad I wasted time on that last book.

    Life of Pi really shocked me. I like the ending because it's never said which is the real truth. It's like you have to believe and have faith in the Richard Parker story. Or you can believe the more realistic one. I am all for Richard Parker though, I believe in Richard Parker and that's the version of the story I choose to believe. Otherwise I would be far too heartbroken.

    1. Thanks, Charnell! I had a lot of fun, so thanks for creating this tag. :-D

      Two Boys Kissing, Daughter of Smoke & Bone are must reads! I hope you get the time to read them soon - there's never enough time for all these good books!! I can't even begin to tell you how many books I own but haven't read. It's so bad.

      I don't think I can ever handle rereading If I Stay. Too many tears!

      I agree about Red Queen. While I liked the idea behind the story, it just wasn't executed well enough. Much too predictable.

      I have heard many things about Allegiant. Part of me wants to read it because I did push myself though the first two, but in saying that, I didn't enjoy them, so why waste my time further? There's too many other books I need to read. ;-)

      Yes, yes, yes about Life of Pi. The 'truth' is terrible and I'm with you. As far as I'm concerned, Richard Parker is the real story. It's much too horrific otherwise, and I need to believe. :-)

      Thanks so much, Charnell. :-D

  4. Oh! I really like the idea of this book tag! I completely agree with your comment on Shatter Me. I read it, liked it, then forgot it. I guess that story wasn't powerful or intriguing enough to stay in my mind. It was good at the time though.

    1. I just cannot get behind Warner. Urgh! And it is such a shame, because you're right, at the time it was really good. Guess they can't all be winners! :-(