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Thank You, Next // Book Tag

Oh hey look at me posting so soon again!

Me being irregular at blogging is kinda a joke I make at this point, but I do think I’m putting my time away from blogging to good use (mostly). Especially recently, so I’m not too disappointed.

One of the ways to easily get back into blogging is to do blogging tags. I’ve noticed this from my blogging slump times. Tags are always really fun. I’ve had quite a few tags bookmarked from a while so I thought this is the perfect time to do some of them.

I saw this tag at Bookmark Your Thoughts and immediately bookmarked it. Okay, let’s get to it!

[1] NAME A BOOK THAT YOU SAID THANK YOU, NEXT TO (I.E. DNF’D – DID NOT FINISH)

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More Than Words by Mia Sheridan.

I really liked Mia Sheridan at one point. And I mean, REALLY liked. Her books broke my heart and I kept going back because I like books that break me completely. She captures sadness, grief and loneliness so well in words.

But no matter what, the plot does matter. More Than Words is about two kids who fell in love and got separated. Years later, the male lead is a singer/rockstar/celebrity who has been all over and done tons of stupid things. He meets the girl again at a low point and her “freshness” and “innocence” rekindles his music.

I am so done with these brooding, sad male leads who are seen as man-whores, do drugs and are reckless who chase the fresh, almost naive, innocent female leads who don’t care about money but aren’t at a very happy place and aren’t confident in themselves.

Honestly, so done with that plotline. So I just had to stop reading it. Thank you, next.

[2] NAME A BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU LOVE (I.E. YOU LOVED)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden!

I absolutely LOVED the Winternight trilogy! It has been so long since I read such a good fantasy book who’s plot, characters AND the world drew me in completely. I DROWNED into the first book and berated myself for not reading it sooner.

[3] NAME A BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU PATIENCE

A Court of WIngs and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas.

I’ll confess, I didn’t like A Court of Thorns and Roses (book 1). I was totally into Throne of Glass then but I just couldn’t like ACOTAR. But when there was SO MUCH HYPE in the online book community about A Court of Mist and Fury (book 2), I decided to give it a chance.

ACOMAF became by favourite book. It was THAT GOOD. I was so surprised that I would like it so much when I disliked ACOTAR. I was looking forward to A Court of Wings and Ruin (book 3) so much. I even pre-ordered the book, and the cover is super pretty. But the story? Ugh. It was truly a test of my patience.

I hated ACOWAR, y’all. All my characters were acting so different. The reason I loved ACOMAF was because of the characters and all of them were acting so stupid in book 3! It was horrendous. The only reason I read it all was because of my love for ACOMAF and in hope that it would redeem itself. No such luck, though.

[4] NAME A BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU PAIN

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews.

I was looking forward to Cait’s, aka PaperFury‘s, debut novel so much. I had been following her for over a year by then and loved her writing snippets and blogging style.

Her debut exceeded all my expectations. It also absolutely B R O K E me. Remember when I said I love books that break me? It’s true. I almost felt physical pain in my heart while reading this book. I also almost sobbed multiple times. I had to work hard to hold myself back from outright crying in public once.

[5] NAME A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED AT THE TIME OF READING BUT IN HINDSIGHT YOU DO NOT LIKE AS MUCH ANYMORE BUT WHICH YOU STILL LEARNED SOME OTHER QUALITY FROM

Until Lilly cover

Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds.

I have no clue why but I really got into the secret-baby romance trope after reading a book that had it and was looking for other books with the trope. Until Lilly was the first one that I found.

I know why I loved it the first time I read it. I was concentrating on the playout of the secret-baby trope romance. It was done really well, in my opinion. I still think that. It had a villain, misunderstandings, two adorable kids, and even some danger. It seemed perfect. I liked it even more after my second read, when I came back after reading a few more books having the same trope.

The third time I read it was after reading a few more romance novels, and especially after finding out what unhealthy relationships are. I learnt what “problematic” stuff in stories, and real life, are. And that was when I realized that Until Lilly actually has a problematic relationship in the forefront. The male lead orders the female lead around, and she goes along with it after a small fight because she’s so in love with him. It was kinda disturbing, especially since I liked the book.

I actually have two blog posts on this. One is my review after reading it the second time, and another is me explaining in-depth on why I changed my rating from 5 to 3.

So what did I learn from this book? Just because something is done well doesn’t mean the book is all-good.

[6] NAME A BOOK THAT YOU’RE CURRENTLY TALKING TO (I.E. HAVE THE HOTS FOR)

Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen.

I feel like all I’ve been doing recently is talking about this book haha. I just love it so much!

It’s such an adorable book. It has really nice characters, adorable relationship development, and the fake dating trope in the forefront! Indirectly, it also has hate-to-love and best-friends-to-lovers trope.

I wrote a whole detailed review so click here to know more!

[7] NAME A BOOK THAT GON’ LAST – THE BOOK OF YOU – THE BOOK THAT HELPED YOU LOVE YOURSELF A LITTLE MORE

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

I know that I don’t talk much about WDMR but it actually made a lot of impact on me. That was the first time that I saw many people in the online book community LOVE Indian characters. Indirectly, I felt loved because Dimple is literally me with very few changes in personality. I related to her so much. If she is loved so much, I can be too, right?

It was after WDMR that I changed my online alias name to my real name. I used to go by Iridescence. I’m so glad WDMR helped me start going by Sumedha, though. It helped me become confident with my true identity online.

I TAG..

Kristi @ Confessions of a YA Reader | AJ @ A Petite Slice of Life
Mel @ Cotton Candy Book Witch | and anyone else who wants to do this tag!


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What is a book that taught you pain? Do you like books that make you happy or books that break your heart? Or do you like thought-provoking books?

11 thoughts on “Thank You, Next // Book Tag”

  1. I actually liked more than words probably because I’ve not read any book of that genre
    But after that I started exploring her other works.. and ALL of them were thank you nexts!

    Book that I loved is the tinman

    Book that taught me patience is probably GOT 1?

    Book that taught me pain – there was a few but now I can only think of a man called Ove and call me by your name

    Book that helped like myself a little is a very large expanse of the sea

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    1. Mia Sheridan is just… old news now. I used to wait for her books but I don’t even care anymore.

      Omg GOT 1 ugh. Why did we read that??

      Did you like A Man Called Ove? I keep hearing good things but you put it in same category as call me by your name and now I’m confused.

      yess to all the AVLEOS love!

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      1. No no.. man called Ove is a very sweet book.. you should read it
        It’s not the same genre exactly
        Now I don’t know why I added cmbyn to that list..! πŸ˜…

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