We were tagged by Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca! Check out her post here!
- Answer the prompts
- Tag some friends
- Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
- Have fun!
Planning: A book that is completely thought out
Bree: I never really think this about books, but I guess I’d pick Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I really love how detailed the myths and the magic of the world were. Also, the plot of the book was pretty intricate.
Tree: I’m going to cheat and say they Harry Potter series. To this day I am in awe of how JKR was able to tell seven different stories that had their own plots while still contributing to the main overarching story of the series.
Focus: A book that kept your undivided attention
Bree: Um, definitely The Cruel Prince by Holly Back. So, I read it for the first time last month and absolutely binged it. So much so that I checked it out from my library again 3 weeks later and binged it again. (Also, last night I binged The Wicked King audiobook, and just checked out the hardcover out from the library today to re-read it. Color me obsessed.)
Tree: Most recently, The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. I have already read it twice this year and both times I did not want to put it down.
Delegating: A book that should have been a series
Bree: How about series that should have been standalones? Because I can name way more of those.
Tree: I tend to prefer standalones and am so unlikely to commit to series at this point in my life. But, I would have liked to see The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo as a series rather than a standalone. There are three sisters in this book who all have different plot lines (although I think only two have POVs…). I just think by spreading the story over a few books we could have formed deeper connections with the characters. I also probably would have liked the book(s) more.
Small Goals: Name a book below 150 pages that you loved
Bree: I really enjoyed Alicia Cook’s poetry collection, Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately. The cover motif is that of a cassette tape and the book is broken into two parts, Side A: the poems and Side B: the remixes. So, my favorite thing is the remixes, and that’s because they are the same poems from the first half of the book, except that things have been redacted to create new, shorter poems within the original set, which is a really intriguing and cool twist.
Tree: I’m picking another poetry collection because I don’t tend to read really short books. I have enjoyed many of Jennae Cecelia’s poetry collections and I am More Than My Nightmares is under 150 pages.
Peak hours: A series you can only read at a certain time
Bree: I don’t know about series, but I always tend to read Morgan Matson’s books during the summer. None this year though.
Tree: I am reading a bunch of thrillers right now to get into ~spooky~ season.
Lists: A book that you finally crossed off your TBR
Bree: According to Goodreads, I marked Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare as to-read on February 24, 2013 and finally read it in June 2019. To be fair, it was only published May 23, 2017. So I must have marked it as to-read as soon as it was announced (like I do with most Cassie Clare books).
Tree: I finally read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.
Proactive: A book that is/was ahead of its time
Bree: Um, I guess I would pick Ender’s Game by Scott Orson Card. I had no idea that it was originally published in 1985.
Tree: The Gallagher Girls series. This series is very feminist and empowering for girls. It is also so much fun and a great time. This series totally could be released today and tbh I would like another series like this.
Declutter: A series you wish you could unread
Bree: Definitely the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, but only so I could read them for the first time again.
Tree: None come to mind? Now a few standalones on the other hand…
Multitasking: Books that you read at the same time
Bree: I usually have a rotation of a physical book, an ebook, and an audiobook going at the same time. I can’t remember the last time I had just one book on my currently reading shelf.
Tree: Uh I rarely am reading one book at a time so all books? But, to do this well, I read a nonfiction, fiction (physical), and fiction or nonfiction (audiobook) all at once. Otherwise I get a bit overwhelmed.
Thanks for reading!
xoxo, Bree & Tree