Hi friends, and happy Sunday!
I mentioned it in my last post, but Percy Jackson has recently taken over my life. PJO was a series that has been, for lack of a better word, haunting me. After taking the jump a few years back and reading Harry Potter for the first time ever as a 21-year-old, I was more than ready to take on another beloved childhood series. That mixed with the booming conversation surrounding the story since Disney+ announced a new adaptation, I knew I had to jump on board. And boy am I happy I did.
And after seeing some of my favorite bloggers complete this tag—Margaret, Xandra, Clara, Lais, and Olivia (read their posts if you haven’t yet!)—I felt the absolute need to tackle it and to fill the void in my heart after finishing the original PJO series. And a big thank you to May for creating this tag and its wonderful graphics!
Now, this definitely does feeling like cheating because I haven’t read Heroes of Olympus yet, but we’ll just ignore that for now. Okay? Okay.
- Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
- Link to the original creator: May @ Forever and Everly! Please note that she made the artwork/graphics, if using them. *If you care about graphics having a clear quality, make it big enough so that the dimensions are 1103 x 175!
- Match books with the given prompts.
- Tag however many people as wanted!
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Renegades by Marissa Meyer
The fact that I’m having trouble answering this question is a fantastic, fantastic problem to have. I’ve loved so many books so far this year, but Renegades has to be my top. Adrian Everhart and Nova Artino immediately stole my heart, and their story was nothing short of wonderful and the-best-kind-of-chaotic-you-can-imagine.
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Can we talk about plot twists? Honestly though, as someone newer into the thriller/suspense genre world, I was amazed by the thought process that was so obviously behind this book. From the creepy elements to the fact that this book has a book inside of it (!!!), it was pulled off so well. And I’ll tell you one thing: I didn’t see it coming.
It actually hurts my heart that Grover is not talked about very often???
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
This isn’t new. We all know I will probably scream about Alexandra Bracken books until the day I die. The thing is though, I feel as if the Passenger duology doesn’t get the kind of love it deserves. The writing is lyrical at times and sassy in others, and the characters are beyond wonderful. There’s violins, time traveling, pirates, and a love that stretches over different centuries; I mean, what more could you want?
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Hate is definitely a strong word but as far as high-school-assigned books are concerned, I never expected to actually like them because I wasn’t a big reader yet. Whether it be the potential of a character being a witch or the fantastic teacher I had for this book, The Crucible was really enjoyable for me!
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by Val Emmich
I’ve got to admit, this question had me going back and forth between a handful of books. Ultimately though, it almost feels wrong to pick anything other than Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel. I was (briefly) living in New York; I met an incredible group of people who I now consider to be some of my best friends; and I finally discovered my love for musicals. It’s hard to not feel like I’m going somewhere happy and comforting during each reread.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Holy. Moly. The Shades of Magic series 100% has one of the best sibling relationships I’ve ever read. The banter between Rhy and Kell is realistically snarky, but the amount of respect and adoration they feel for each other is *chef’s kiss.*
(it’s okay to hate me for typing out a chef’s kiss; I also hate me for doing that.)
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
I’m going to go ahead and steal Margaret’s answer here, but I genuinely wasn’t aware of the concept of time when I was first reading this book. I was busy spending more time with characters I already knew and loved and characters that I didn’t; I wasn’t worried about minuscule things like what time it was.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Not including a PJO book within this lovely PJO tag felt absolutely criminal; also, picking a book in which Percy is the center of the attention feels absolutely perfect for Nico’s category because we all know how much Nico loves Percy.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Assuming that this island is deserted, a book filled with misfits and witty banter certainly seems like a great way to keep my mind occupied and to keep me company. I also feel like I’d at least learn something about surviving against all odds?
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
I’m so, SO excited to get my hands on this book. I’ve really been enjoying middle grade perspectives recently, and I’ve heard wonderful things from equally wonderful book friends that I trust whole heartedly. I’m pretty pumped.
Lore by Alexandra Bracken
I haven’t even read the synopsis for Lore because I want it to be a surprise. It doesn’t even have a final cover yet. All I know it that it includes Greek mythology, and I will gladly be hit be a brick if it meant I could have this in my hands a second later. I’d probably even offer to throw the brick myself.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The amount of times I got yelled at to read this book before I actually did is pretty shameful. And the reasoning behind me not picking up is probably even more so: I didn’t like the paperback cover, and it was the only version available near me at the time. BUT, putting all of that aside, what matters is that I’ve read the whole series, fell for it, and I have adopted the Gangsey as my own.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
I feel like I always call out this book for the being the funniest I’ve ever read, but I can’t help it! Monty’s sharp tongue and sarcasm will always get to me, and I will always remember trying not to laugh while listening to this audiobook at work.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird will probably forever be categorized in my head as a book that I’ll always love. I read it about 10 years ago now when I was a freshman in high school
(and oh my LANTA, that makes me feel like I’m quite literally older than dust), and the story and characters have stayed in my mind every year since.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Perhaps it’s pretty obviously why I was afraid to reach the end of this book. But I somehow still managed to fall in love with characters that I knew were going to die. I still found it acceptable to become attached to them. Adam Silvera is a magician.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
So I’m definitely cheating here because I genuinely don’t think I’ve loved a book everyone else hated? And I’m 100% certain that no one outwardly hates The Polar Express book. BUT, the animated movie is pretty much hated by every single person I know, but it will forever be one of my favorite Christmas classics.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
With the amount of love and praise this book receives, I feel like this is definitely an unpopular opinion. I’m not sure if it was the characters or the story itself, but I didn’t enjoy reading this book one bit.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Yes, I’m recycling my answer. No, I don’t regret it. I could scream from the rooftops how perfect the main romance is in this series; it’s built on mutual respect, the need to protect others, and the will to survive. but I think you all should discover it for yourself. So, no spoilers.
I defini tely need to catch up on reading and read some new books so I don’t mention the same five books in every single tag I do. It’s becoming a problem to not talk about the same books always.
This tag has definitely been making its way around the book blogging community, and for good reason. But if you’re seeing this and haven’t quite gotten around to doing this tag yet, please consider yourself tagged!