The Perfect Book Tag || just another excuse to gush about Alexandra Bracken

Hi friends, and happy Saturday!

First and foremost, I apologize that I’ve been a bit MIA lately. Life hasn’t necessarily been kind recently, but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of blogging within these next few days. That said, over the past week or so, I’ve received some really sweet comments that have really meant the world to me. So thank you, thank you, thank you for sticking around!

All of that said, a little while ago, Malka and Chana @ Paper Procrastinators tagged me in the perfect book tag! The tag itself was created by Sofii @ A Book A Thought earlier in the year, and the questions have you discuss your favorite elements of different books, creating your 100% perfect-for-you book. I’m so beyond excited to try my hand at it, although I will say that I am absolutely HORRIBLE at making decisions. And making decisions about books?? Oh man.

Make sure you check out both posts by Malka and Chana and Sofii; they’re both so incredible!

I would also like to make the disclaimer that even though I tried to branch out and talk about books I haven’t already mentioned in posts before, there’s a reason that some of these books are my favorites, so I can’t not mention them!


  • Answer honestly, there are no wrong answers.
  • To make it just a little harder, you can’t mention the same book twice
  • Have FUN!
  • Tag me if you decide to do it, I would love to see your answers.
  • Tag at least 5 people.

The Perfect Genre

What genre would your perfect book be?

Pick a book that represents perfectly its genre.

My perfect genre almost always changes. One day, I’ll love diving into a Stephen King novel but the next, I’ll go and pick up a historical YA romance. It really see-saws. But, I will say that contemporary books have always been a long-standing favorite of mine. Even though escaping to a different world in a book can be a refreshing leave from reality, sometimes it’s nice to read about your own world and learn something new. I recently read We Are Okay, and I think that it encapsulates contemporary YA really well. Not everything in this book is happy-go-lucky, nor is it just a 300 page book about a girl trying to get her crush to notice her; instead, it’s painfully realistic.

The Perfect Setting

Because every story needs the perfect setting. 

Pick a book that takes place in a perfect place.

Recently, I’ve been reading a wide variety of books, meaning that I’ve come across a wide variety of settings—from a broken city reminiscent of an apocalyptic Russia to a small town in Maine where you can’t trust anything, not even the sewer drains. But, some of my absolute favorite settings are the ones that take place in Europe or during the 80s. What’s a better combination of the two than Call Me By Your Name? Rome in 1983? Yes, please.

The Perfect Main Character

Because every book needs that brave and amazing MC. 

Pick the perfect main character.

I love, love, LOVE a flawed main character. Having those flaws not only makes the character realistic, but it makes them complex. And there is no one else I know that is more complex than Nikolai Lantsov. From his over-confident zeal to his skill of charming the pants off anyone to his quick wit, I will probably read anything about the soldier prince.

The Perfect Best Friend

Because we always love that character who supports our MC, no matter what.

Loyal and supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever.

Um. Hello? Dylan from What If It’s Us??? Even though Dylan wasn’t a main character, he was such a brother to Ben, always supporting him in any way that he could, and his comic relief was golden. I honestly just want to be friends with Dylan myself.

The Perfect Love Interest

Although not all stories need it, we all love a bit of romance.

Pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner.

Can we please just talk about Nicholas from Passenger??? I swear, the second I met him, that boy stole my heart. He’s so kind, aware, and thoughtful, and I just. UGH.

The Perfect Villain

Because even when sometime we hate them, we always need them.

Pick a character with the most sinister mind.

I don’t know that I’ve ever loved hating a character as much as I loved hating Clancy from The Darkest Minds. It’s one thing to write about a horrible villain, listing out all the reasons why I should hate him. It’s another thing to write that same horrible villain but make them incredibly complex and more than just a villain. Yes, he’s a terrible human being that angered me every time his name came up, but I can’t say that he wasn’t intriguing.

The Perfect Family

Our book wouldn’t be the same without that unconditional support from the MC’s family.

Pick a perfect bookish family.

I am a sucker for found families. There’s just something so brutally honest about not fitting into your own family and having to find your own that really gets to my heart. I think one of the best examples of a found family, even though they probably would have difficulty in admitting it, are the kids from Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Also, because of who I am as a human being, I can’t bring up this series and not mention my love for Millard (again).

Perfect Animal or Pet

Because we all need a good loyal companion.

Pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see on a book.

So. I’ve somehow managed to mention 3 Alexandra Bracken books for a 12 question tag. I’m sorry, but are any of us really surprised here? But there’s absolutely no way that I would answer this question in any way that doesn’t end with Toad from The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding. Toad is a cat with bat wings, and he always seems to show up at the most perfect time. What more could you want?

The Perfect Plot Twist

“OMG, how I didn’t see that coming!”

Pick a book with the best plot twist.

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned The Silent Patient before but, after staring at my bookshelf for an alarming amount of time trying to answer this question, I was drawn back to it again and again because of its plot twist. I’m fairly certain that I fell off my bed when I read it.

Perfect Trope

Pick that trope you would add to your own book without thinking.

YA books are tricky. They can get repetitive and become stereotypical. Take for instance your unique main love interest that is quirky, doesn’t dress like the rest of their peers, doesn’t try to fit in, listens to The Beatles, and *really* listens and understands you. And truth to be told, if I have to read about another character letting out a breath they didn’t know they were holding, I think that I will go mad. But I will always, always love reading friends to lovers or enemies to lovers. My first experience with this wonderful trope was Carry On, and I think that it’s just one of the best examples of enemies to lovers. Also, waiting for Wayward Son has me dying over here.

Perfect Cover

Because we all love a good, beautiful and artistic cover. 

Pick that cover that you would easily put in your own book.

On a scale from 1 to 10, how bad is it to include a book on this list that I have yet to read? But seriously, every time I see The Librarian of Auschwitz in the bookstore, I’m pretty sure I just gawk over the colors and the illustration.

Perfect Ending

Because every great adventure has an ending. 

Pick a book that has the perfect ending.

In total honesty, the ending of Wonder made me feel like a friend had just wrapped me in a warm blanket and gave me a fresh mug of homemade hot chocolate while I sat in front of a fire place. It made me feel ALL THE FEELS, and my heart felt like it was being hugged. Weird, I know, but the way the story wrapped up and the way the characters developed left me so satisfied. And, let’s be real here, a satisfying book ending is the best kind of book ending.

Whew. I am an atrocious decision-maker and that was truly so difficult. It was so much fun though to revisit old stories I’ve loved for years and new stories I’ve discovered recently. I have seen this tag make itself around quite a bit, so I apologize if I tag you and you have already done it!

I tag:

Lois @ My Midnight Musing // Nia @ Shades of Paper // Xandra @ Starry Sky Books // Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca // Tiffany @ Read By Tiffany

And, if you’re seeing this tag but I haven’t mentioned you, please feel free to do it! I would love to read your answers!

Thank you all again for visiting my blog even when I couldn’t over these past few weeks. It means the absolute world to me. 💜

So, what does your perfect book look like? Have you met a villain you love to hate? What’s your favorite trope? Is your perfect bookish family blood related or are they a found family? Let’s chat!

17 thoughts on “The Perfect Book Tag || just another excuse to gush about Alexandra Bracken

  1. Great post (: I still really need to read all of Alexandra Bracken’s books but I’m looking forward to them all! Especially if it has the perfect villain in it because I always find them fascinating.

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      1. Don’t worry about it (: Thank you, I’ll hopefully get to at least one of her series soon as I have parts of all three of them on my Kindle :L I’ll let you know what I think when I’ve read one (: Although I really am hoping that I’ll love The Darkest Minds as I’ve wanted to read it for ages.

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      2. Thanks. It definitely sounds like the sort of novel that I’d love and it’s actually been a while since I read a dystopian too so it’ll make a nice change once I get around to it. Isn’t everyone a little bit biased about their favourite series? :L

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  2. I’m quite impressed with how you managed to fit in all of Alexandra Bracken’s books into this tag! I also totally agree with you about Carry On! The progression of Simon and Baz’s relationship is the cutest! And it’s been a while since I’ve seen Wonder around! I loved that book! I really want to watch the movie, since I heard it’s super cute!

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    1. Haha, thanks Malka! It wasn’t even intentional—all of her books just fit into this tag for me so well! And I love Simon and Baz’s progression as well. I also read Carry On entirely blind, not having read the description of the book or Fangirl, so it was so exciting when they did start changing roles. The Wonder movie is incredible! It’s definitely one of my favorite book-to-film adaptations, so I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!


  3. Lauren!, makes me so happy that you’ve made the tag, I LOVE your answers!! You explain so well what the tag is about, even better than myself and I created it 😂
    I love We Are Okay, is one of my favorite books, made me cry my eyes out but I think it is, as you say, painfully real and I love that & Nicolai is SO amazing, I love him 😍
    Now I need to read The Silent Patient!, I’m adding it to my TBR just for you 😊
    I hope you have an incredible month and enjoy all your readings, sweetie ❤️

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    1. Sofii, you are such a sweetheart! Thank you for checking out my post!! ❤️

      And yes!! Thats exactly why I love We Are Okay. It’s probably one of the most realistic contemporaries I’ve come across, so I’m glad that you feel the same way!

      UGH love me some Nikolai. Even when he’s being incredibly cunning and persuasive, he still steals my heart.

      I can’t even begin to tell you how much it means to me that you added a book to your TBR just for me!! I really hope you enjoy The Silent Patient when you get to it, and I would love to hear all of your thoughts!!

      Thank you again for checking out my post and taking out the time to write a comment. You’re so, so kind, and it makes my day. ❤️

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  4. Ahh.. I love this tag and reading all your answers 💕
    I mean of course I love Nikolai, who doesn’t?!?! He is so charming but he has different layers which I enjoy getting to see more of. He is great– I will read anything about him too 😂
    I haven’t read the dreadful tale of prosper redding but a cat with bat wings does sound incredible!! 😍
    And I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding in… (only joking) whenever I see this it always makes me laugh now 😂 but yes friends/enemies to lovers it a great trope– I love seeing all the small details and the slow burn– ahh it is just perfect!! 😍
    And I agree a satisfying ending is the best type of ending!!
    Great post!!! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for being so kind, Sophie!!

      And yes! I 100% agree on all things you mentioned about Nikolai, and I too would probably read anything about him. 😂 He’s just so lovable in a conniving, cunning, and charming way!

      Yes! The friends/enemies to lovers creates such a wonderful slow burn. And, despite the fact that I’m sometimes too impatient for two people to get together, it’s almost always worth it.

      Thank you again for checking out my post!! ❤❤

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      1. Yes to all the Nikolai really!! Can’t wait for the sequel to King of Scars!!
        I know– slow burns are so fun to read about but I definitely get being impatient– I’m like just kiss already but also I like the slow burn so just wait!! haha!!
        You’ve welcome– it was a great post!!! ❤

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  5. This was such a great tag!! I loved reading all of your answers ahh. even though i read the darkest minds series a while ago, gosh, i still remember clancy and I agree that he is so fun to hate. also, same, the enemies to lovers in Carry On was beautiful and I’m excited for Wayward Son! Leigh Bardugo is also a master at writing characters 💚

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    1. Thank you so much, Caitlin! That’s so sweet of you to say!

      And Clancy was SO fun to hate. He’s wonderfully complex, and you know you’re supposed to hate him; you don’t just hate him because you’re told that he’s the villain.

      I am unbelievably excited for Wayward Son! I’m really not sure that I’ll be able to wait until it comes out!!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and to comment! ❤️

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