Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m back with another Tag Tuesday! Today I’m doing the Spring Cleaning Book tag, even though it’s essentially summer. I was tagged by Autumn @ Autumn Books. Thank you so much for the tag, Autumn! I’m not sure who created this tag, but if you know, please tell me so I can give credit where credit is due!
The struggle of getting started: a book or series you struggle to begin because of its size
I’m very intimidated by the size of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. My friend Madison got me a gorgeous copy for Christmas, and she was like “honestly I don’t care if you read it, it’s just pretty”. But I do want to read it at some point!
Cleaning of the closet: a book or series you want to unhaul
I definitely have some books lying around that can be unhauled. I can’t think of any specific ones at the moment, though. I think my family just needs to do a full-shelf clean through.
Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing
Recently, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It was everything I wanted and more, and was my first 5-star read of 2019 (finally!). I’m so happy I finally read it, and I can definitely see why the hype is there.
Washing out the sheets: a book with a scene you wish you could rewrite
I wish I could rewrite the entire Essen Tasch from A Gathering of Shadows (ADSOM #2) by V. E. Schwab. I just,,,,, hated how Lila could win, despite having no training and going against the best magicians in the world. It seemed kind of insulting to the others, you know? Like yeah, you’ve worked your whole life on this and have had the best training, but this random girl with innate talent can beat you. Gah it was so annoying. I would rewrite it so that she loses to Kell, and then he loses to whoever he goes against because he’s distracted by Lila. Doesn’t that sound better?
(the answer is yes, infinitely better)
Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series you didn’t think was necessary
Dark Sun by Robert Muchamore, which is book like 9.5 or something in the CHERUB series. Don’t get me wrong, I love half books and love reading more about the characters. But this one didn’t need to be there and didn’t add anything to the plot. It was also weird because, while the other half books were released after the series wrapped up, this one was released between books. So it seemed like part of the plot, but it wasn’t, which was just confusing.
Polishing doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne had a great finish, honestly. I thought all the loose ends were tied up, and all the relationships got to where they should’ve been. My only complaint was that I wish something had happened sooner.
Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message
I think I’ll go with The Power by Naomi Alderman. I knew going in that it would try to shove a message down my throat, so I actually didn’t mind it and thought it did so in a great way. But this book is 100% about the message, and just uses the plot and characters to do that, so just be aware of it going in.
The trying yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book series that was tiring but satisfying to get through
The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I’m a fan of Tartt’s writing, but it can be a slog sometimes. Around the middle of this book, I just wanted to get a move on. Luckily, I enjoyed the ending and thought it got a lot better towards the end.
So that’s all for this tag! I’m not going to tag anyone because it’s almost summer, but if you want to do this tag, please let me know so I can read your answers!
Thanks for reading xx