It’s my birthday today, so I thought it would to do this aptly named book tag to be in theme! But also because book tags are generally a fun time (and I haven’t done many lately). Speaking of book tags, I found this one over on Kristin Kraves Books.
Side Note: All of these prompts ask for singular books. I definitely picked more than a few series as answers. Sorry, not sorry? Anyways, on to the tag!
BIRTHDAY CAKE – a book with a plot that seems cliché but you adore it anyway
The Selection series by Kiera Cass
Okay, I know this series is talked about as hot garbage, but I LOVE AMERICA & MAXON, and the whole thing just works for me. This series is an important part of my reading journey and just so nostalgic for me. I’ve read it 3 times and writing this has me considering adding on another reread.
PARTY GUESTS – your most anticipated book release this year
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!!!! I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR QUAN’S BOOK FOR SO LONG!! I felt personally attacked the day I realized this has a late August release date, not a Spring date like her previous books. Also, that was after the terrible realization that it was a 2021 publication, not 2020. *cries*
BIRTHDAY PRESENTS – a book that surprised you with how much you loved it
Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
I went into this book with expectations of like a cute, queer rom-com, but it was so much better than that! I totally fell head first into the story and the characters. Honestly, everything about this book ticked my reader preferences. Do you ever find a book that is perfectly balanced and exactly what you want to read? That was Something to Talk About for me. Anyways, check out my lengthy review for it here.
THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG – a book that certainly deserved all the hype it got
Unsurprisingly, I am once again here to mention how many times I’ve read The Folk of the Air series (currently finishing up my 5th read). If that is not a testament to how much I love this story and these characters, I don’t know what else is. I think this series has actually replaced my long-time favorite series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. So, all hype deserved!
HAPPY MUSIC – a book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes
I don’t know about “very beautiful” or “truly memorable” quotes really working with Katie Henry’s whole vibe, but I will say her writing handles all things/topics with comprehensive care and insight. All of the quotes of hers I’ve highlighted have made big impacts on my own personal lifeview.
GETTING OLDER – a book that you read a long time ago, but you think that you would appreciate it more if you read it as a more mature reader
So, I actually reread book two when the third book released in 2019, but I think a full reread now would be a whole new experience. Mostly due to me following the author, Rin Chupeco, on twitter for a while now and hearing all the little things that have gone into their writing and whatnot.
SWEET BIRTHDAY MEMORIES – a book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life
The Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine
I remember mainlining this series in high school and doing a (mostly) full reread of the series in college, so I guess you could say it’s gotten me through some stressful periods of my life. Also it is like the perfect trash genre binge (in the best way). The story follows a super smart girl who unwittingly moves to a Texan University town secretly ruled by the creatures of the night, and somehow she gets pulled into the town’s vampiric political scene. So fun times all around. Also, fifteen books, so a lot of content.
This book tag has left me with the desire to start rereads of each of these books/series, so I hope you’ve at least found something new for your TBR!