While I’m not sure when this tag began or who it was created by, props to them for creating such a creative tag! I was inspired to do this tag when I saw it done on thebookutopia’s YouTube channel and then read some other pretty awesome ones done (life and total disasters & Book Snacks just to name a couple!) SO, I decided to hop on the tag wagon and take a crack at this one 🙂
Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?
Of Triton by Anna Banks ~ Even though it’s a relatively simple cover, I loved everything about it when I saw it in the bookstore. This is the second book in a series of three but all of them are so well done! From the fancy and modern font, the endearing looking couple and even the detail of the bubbles and water drew me to this book in a heartbeat. The book is about a mermaid-like breed (but way cooler!) and I can never pass up a good mer-tale!
Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?
Dearly Departed by Lia Habel ~ A zombie apocalypse, a spunky young girl and the allure of beautiful Victorian ballgowns and parasols? And you’re telling me that this is all one book? Yes please! My creative writing teacher always encouraged us to mix that didn’t seem like they’d go well together because in the end they’d make for the most unique sort of stories. In this case, he was totally right! Lia Habel writes a interesting and wondrous story about a sassy girl and zombie boy who fall in love despite the odds.
Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout & The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan ~ Demons and zombies (seeing a bit of a pattern here? Yes, I am a little obsessed, bare with me!) I chose White Hot Kiss after hearing about it from abookutopia, who insisted that the book totally defied the cheesy cover and it was a need-to-read. So, I picked it up randomly one day and was not disappointed! Layla is a hilarious, relatable, beautiful and powerful woman with a deadly gift (or is it a curse?). It’s a series about self-discovery and a irresistible love triangle between Layla, a demon named Roth and her childhood friend who is also a Warden, Zayne. The whole Forest of Hands & Teeth series was really well written to me honestly. But the second book was by far my favorite. I already got myself really hyped for it when the book trailer came out and reading the novel was just as great. It was a perfect addition to the series, bringing old and favorite characters back while describing a brave adventure through fresh eyes. I loved the introduction of a civilization of survivors living by a lighthouse and the ocean (especially after Mary’s obsession with it in the first book!) and a dystopian take on New York. Both of these books are so well done!
Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?
Unwind by Neil Shusterman ~ I had to pick Unwind for this one! I was interested in giving this a read after seeing the chilling short film done by Mainstay Pro, which was based on the book. My first impression after reading the summary was skeptical since science fiction isn’t usually my thing but I really loved this story! While the world that Conner, Risa and Levi live in is terrifying they’re such inspiring and tough characters that never give up no matter the situations that are thrown at them and the dire situations they go through. After finishing the first book, I was more than ready to move on to the next one.
Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you couldn’t stop thinking about?
Where She Went by Gayle Forman ~ I know that the first book is the one with all the love at the moment due to a movie having been released but out of the two novels dedicated to characters Mia and Adam, Where She Went has always been my favorite. (Spoilers, kinda!) I loved the struggle to reconnect that the characters face in the wake of tragedy, loss and separation. I found more love for Adam, who had a much harder time being away from Mia than I had ever expected and was cheering them on the whole night through that they shared in New York. The themes and topics that Mia and Adam face in If I Stay and Where She Went are heavy and jarring but they’ll forever be stuck in my mind.
Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?
Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy Mcnamara ~ While the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous, it’s also a little 2-d. I love how shiny the title is and beautifully somber the tree is with the snow which perfectly describes this read about overcoming depression, loss and a debilitating illness.
Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book you would recommend to your family and friends?
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher ~ The answer to a question like this will always and forever be Thirteen Reasons Why! It’s such an engaging and educative read while not being preachy or nagging either. Whether you’ve experienced Hannah’s side of the fence as a victim of bullying, a bystander like Clay or identify with any of the other characters, it’s hard not to connect with this book in some way shape or form.
Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?
Hush, Hush by Becca Fiztpatrick ~ At the end of the day, I’m a total sucker for books that are heavy on the witty banter and romance. Which is why I loved the story of Patch and Nora so much! Add in a ton of mystery, fallen angels and the perfect setting of a dreary/rainy Portland, Maine and my love for this book (the entire series honestly!) was set in stone!
Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?
Instead of tagging people in particular, I’d love to tag you, the reader, to try out this fun tag! Even if you don’t have a blog, give it a shot and tell me your picks in the comments because I’d love to hear them!
Hope you enjoyed my first book tag here on The Bookish Wanderer and recommend some more you want to see on here – I know I’d be love to do them! As always, don’t forget to follow/subscribe to get more posts like this one. I post every Monday and Wednesday 🙂
See you next time fellow wanderer!