I was tagged for this by the lovely Ann @ Ann’s Reading Corner. Definitely check out her site! And a shoutout to Jordyn @J. Bookish who came up with this tag back in November 2015. The rules are as follows:
- Thank the creator and the person who tagged you.
- Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
- For your birthday month, state the best gift you’ve ever been given.
- Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.
- Have fun, of course!
1. October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.
This one’s really hard. While there’s a lot of characters I really love, I feel like a lot of them don’t have a super recognizable look. I’d probably end up choosing between Annabeth—with a camp half-blood shirt and Yankees cap—or Katniss with her braid and mockingjay suit.
2. November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!
I’m super grateful to have read milk and honey by Rupi Kaur. I don’t think anyone specific recommended this book to me, I had just been seeing pictures of the poems around online. It’s just such an influential, soul-jerking, and relatable collection of poems. It’s the book I turn to after a rough day.
3. December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.
This is so hard. I think gifts depend on the person. I’d definitely give someone milk and honey or the princess saves herself in this one. Or maybe Outlander. I haven’t read the whole series yet, but I did read the first book and have been trying to get everyone I know to watch the television show.
4. January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!
I don’t usually make resolutions. I guess if I had to pick one—at least one I remember—it’d be my reading challenge goal of a hundred books. I’m pretty close so I think I’ve kept it.
5. February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!
I’m a sucker for romance. That’s not to say I want sole a romance book. I love when books have friendships or family relationships in addition to a romance. February is also my birthday! I honestly can’t pick a best gift. Maybe my Kindle? I don’t use it a ton now—I bought an iPad—but just having that as an option for vacations and commutes to school is a lot easier. I also just like getting clothes and books as presents. That’s always great.
6. March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.
I think I’d like to re-expereince The Remnant Chronicles series. In the first book, you don’t know which character is the prince and which one is the assassin. The first time I read it, I spent a lot of time flipping back and forth and changing my mind. Now, I’d probably want to read it more organically and less focused on that aspect. Maybe I’d actually get it right this time too!
7. April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.
I think I over-hyped A Song of Ice and Fire myself. I love the television series and just really hyped the books up—because books are always better than the show, right? And it’s not that the books aren’t as good if not better than the show. George R.R. Martin is a genius—a slow writing genius. The books are just so dense and huge that they weren’t as binge-worthy as I expected them to be.
8. May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.
I think my most recent and pleasant surprise was The Conspiracy of Us. I knew nothing about the book, it was just something I’d found on BookOutlet, but I quickly became enthralled in the story and world. Literally, the moment I finished it I ordered the second book in the series.
9. June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.
I read contemporary pretty regularly. That being said, if I’m stressed or feel myself slipping into a slump it’s the genre I typically turn to instead of fantasy or dystopian. I also have been recently reading a lot of new adult to kind of just veg or check out.
10. July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks.
I’m going to say Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Fireworks remind me of summer, and this book is just so summer. I loved it so much that I immediately wanted to read more of her work.
11. August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.
I don’t know if she really counts, but Roshani Chokshi. I loved her first book The Star-Touched Queen, and she already has a companion novel in the works. She’s gained a lot of attention for the book and she’s totally deserved it.
12. September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.
I have two favorite books I’ve read for school. First, The Great Gatsby in high school. I fell head over heels for this story. I highlighted and annotated the crap out of it. I was so ready to write my essay. And then I got a c. Then, for college I read Evelina and just really enjoyed it. It’s very similar to Jane Austen who is one of my favorites.
Don’t feel like you have to do this if I tag you, and I’m sorry if you’ve already done this and I re-tagged you. I’m also opening this to ANYONE who’s read it and wants to do it.
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