The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I’m not even entirely sure why?! Maybe the colors. Maybe the fact that it has summer in the title. I DON’T KNOW. It’s the first thing that came to mind.
What book has brightened your day?
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. It was just so sweet and cute, and I was squealing the whole way through.
Find a book cover with yellow on it
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
What is your favorite summer beach read?
I don’t know if I have a favorite, but this year I chose to take Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty along on my lake trip! It was great boat reading–light but interesting.
What action book had you running for the ice cream man?
Running for the ice cream man because I had to cool off? Ha, not sure I completely understand this. But the battles and action scenes in the first two books of the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson were intense to read. I’m so invested in that series and those characters, and Sanderson isn’t afraid to kill his darlings! Makes me a very anxious reader.
(Sunburn) What book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending?
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. I’ve talked about this one a lot, but basically it was just a big disappointment for me.
(Sunset) What book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended?
A lot of Brandon Sanderson’s books do, because he manages to write such satisfying endings. In particular, his two (current) standalones, Warbreaker and Elantris made me feel so happy and fulfilled when they ended. Especially when I read his sweet novella for Elantris afterward.
What book cover reminds you of a sunset?
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. This book is quite creepy, but I have always ADORED this cover. Possibly the only movie cover EVER that isn’t cringe-worthy and is actually very beautiful! It doesn’t even look too much like a sunset, but it’s the first one that came to my mind.
What is one book or series you hope to read this summer?
Right now I’m in the midst of Robin Hobb’s series The Realm of the Elderlings. I’m hoping to knock out a few more before August is finished!
This past weekend, I finally got to see Hamilton on stage. I was thrilled! My sisters and I bought our tickets in December, and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for even longer, so I’d been anticipating the show for a while.
The verdict?! IT WAS AMAZING. WHEN CAN I SEE IT AGAIN?
In order to continue the wonder and excitement of my Hamilton weekend, I thought I’d do the Hamilton book tag. This tag is super old; it was created by maureenkeavy on Youtube nearly two years ago. But who cares? (Not me, obviously.)
Here we go!
*warning: there are some spoilers ahead for the Mistborn series, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Darker Shade of Magic, but they are marked!*
The Room Where It Happens: A book world you would put yourself in
There are SO many possible answers for this, but I’m going to go with the world from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. There’s something so magical, whimsical, eerie, and intriguing about that world–and let’s be real, who WOULDN’T love to go hang out in Cabeswater?! (Also, I want to be part of the Gangsy, but I shouldn’t get ahead of myself.)
The Schuyler Sisters: An underrated female character
I’m going with Luna Lovegood on this one. I know she has a decently large fanbase, but others–and I’m among them–take her for granted sometimes! She’s so wonderfully quirky and refreshing, and she actually does play an important role in the series. Perhaps abstractly, but it’s there. I need to appreciate her more.
My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anyone stop them
Kate Harker in The Mosnters of Verity duology. She’s unafraid, bold, and determined. She doesn’t give up, even when she has to sneak her way out of a few tight spots (and sometimes fails).
Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive (spoilers!)
I’m going to cheat a little and list two: Elend and Vin from the Mistborn series. I was crushed–CRUSHED–when I realized they were dead, for good, at the end of the series. (At least, dead for good for now anyway–dare I say I have the tiniest bit of hope we might see them again someday?!.) I totally understood why it happened, but I was still truly devastated.
Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read (spoilers!)
Another Mistborn mention: Sazed and Tindwyl. They JUST got together, and then she dies. Um, NO!? Possibly the rudest thing Sanderson has ever written. I can’t imagine a more heartbreaking end to a relationship than that.
You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain
Was the Darkling sassy? (Featured in the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.) I can’t quite remember, but I do remember that I enjoyed him and found him a really interesting, different villain. So sure, he can be my answer.
The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Basically, everything goes wrong. And it goes really wrong. Like wronger than you’d ever expect. Lynch really took it there, and I was not expecting any of it. Also, it made me depressed.
Non-Stop: A series you marathoned
I have been so lucky to marathon a TON of series this year! Since I was not reading really at all from 2014-2016, a bunch of series have finished and are ready for my consumption. So far I’ve marathoned the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown, the Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, the Six of Crows duology and the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo, the Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat, the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater…and probably more.
Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs
For this I’ll go with the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. He has LOTS of POVs going on in this series, with a few main POVs in each book and then also “interludes” and prologues and epilogues in other POVs. It sounds overwhelming, but he handles it with finesse. It’s so cool to see how stories end up weaving together–or imagining how they will in future books. Plus, Sanderson manages to write interesting stories and characters from each POV, so even when they don’t intersect, it’s still highly enjoyable to read.
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history
Harry Potter. Enough said.
Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start
I’m going with Monty and Percy from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I just finished this book, and let me tell you, Monty and Percy are THE SWEETEST. And of course, the romance is a slow burn–maybe even more of a questionable burn. But seriously I loved them from the very first page until the very last.
Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene (spoilers!)
The very first thing that came to my mind was the scene in A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas when Velaris is attacked and Feyre draws on her water powers to fight back. She creates water wolves and it’s just SO COOL. I remember getting goosebumps when I first read it.
Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read
The Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat. This series is SO controversial, and I admit I wasn’t entirely comfy with all the content in the first book. However, I devoured the series and guiltily loved it despite its problems and controversy.
What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books
The Grisha world from Leigh Bardugo! I’m just really hoping for more on Nina or Nikolai (or BOTH!?) because I would love a little more satisfaction at their endings. Basically, I want more for them because they are my beloved snowflakes.
Right Hand Man: Favorite BROTP (spoilers!)
Kell and Rhy from the Darker Shades of Magic series. Their lives are literally TIED together and they still love each other. They want the best for each other, they have great banter, and GOSH I just love them.
What’d I Miss: A book or series you were/still are late to reading
Lately I’ve been thinking about the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Haven’t even picked up one yet! I’m not sure I’ll like them, but I’ve heard so many good things that I do want to give them a try soonish.
Since I’m so late to the party, I’m not going to tag anyone for this. But if you’d like to complete this awesome Hamilton tag, consider yourself tagged!