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The Book Courtship Tag

I was tagged all the way back in April by Hopeless Book Addict (thank you!) and I am finally getting to it! If you’ve tagged me in the past few months, I promise I’ll get to it soon. I will be playing catch up from now until Christmas!

Anyway’s, let’s get to it!


Phase 1: Initial Attraction. A book that you bought because of the cover?

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A Passage to Shambhala (The Explorer’s Guild, #1) by Jon Baird and Kevin Costner

This photo doesn’t do justice to the actual cover. It was just so shiny and intriguing when I first saw it at the bookstore that I had to pick it up. If it reminds you of old Victorian classics, then good, it should! This is such a uniquely written story, as it is written in 19th century language and all speaking parts are in graphic novel format! And yes, it is written by THAT Kevin Costner.

Phase 2: First Impressions. A book that you got because of the summary?

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

This was the first book I’d ever read by Maas and the only reason that I picked it up was because it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. But oh damn, did this book completely become something else entirely! Now I’m completely obsessed and have since moved on to Maas’ first series, Throne of Glass. Also, Rhysand is life and let it be known that I thought  so even in the first book!

Phase 3: Sweet Talk. A book with great writing?

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Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Mafi tends to get really polarizing views when it comes to her writing. But for me, personally, I think it’s amazing and beautiful. And this trilogy is just all kinds of awesome really. Now that I have Furthermore on my bookshelf, I’m really excited to dive back into Mafi’s whimsical styled writing!

Phase 4: First Date. A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

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Red Rising (Red Rising, #1) by Pierce Brown

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ll know just how much I am obsessed with this series. It very much might be sharing the number 1 spot in my heart with Harry Potter – yes, yes you did read that right. I cannot say enough great things about this book. And if the first book doesn’t completely hook you (which I don’t know how that’s even possible), then just continue to Golden Son and watch your mind be blown. Simply amazing.

Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls. A book that kept you up all night?

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The Rose Society (The Young Elites, #2) by Marie Lu

This series is just really great all-around, but the second book left me reeling. I couldn’t put it down and I had to know what was going to happen next. This series took a turn in this book that I just wasn’t expecting. Then that ending!!!!! I have barely been able to contain my excitement for The Midnight Star to be released, but I was finally able to snag the last copy of it yesterday at the bookstore. Now it is just staring at me from my bookshelf as I try to hurry up and finish Heir of Fire.

Phase 6: Always on my mind. A book you could not stop thinking about?

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

You could make the case that almost every WWII book will stick with you, but none has affected me more than this one. Everything about this story is just absolutely beautiful and that ending completely wrecked me. I still tear up when I think about it. All of the feels!

Phase 7: Getting Physical. A book which you love the way it feels?

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

My copy is one of those floppy paperbacks and I just love those kind of paperbacks. Me and Regan at Peruse Project share a love for them. They’re just comfortable to hold and easy on your hands. Because if you’re like me, then you know all about how holding books open can lead to hand cramps haha!

Phase 8: Meeting the parents. A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

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Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon

Now, this one was a little hard to think of. You have to take into account the other person’s age/gender/tastes before you just go around recommending books to them. I’m obviously not going to recommend my brother, who reads pretty much only science fiction, Pride and Prejudice. However, if I was meeting a guy’s mother for the first time and she was asking for a book, I’d almost definitely recommend Outlander. I mean, what woman in her right mind wouldn’t fall in love with James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser?

Phase 9: Thinking about the future. A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?

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Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Yeah, that’s right, I did go with the cliché answer and I don’t regret it one bit.

Phase 10: Share the love. Who do you tag?

If you’ve already done this tag or just don’t want to, then please don’t feel like you need to! Also, if anyone else wants to do this tag then I tag you as well! 🙂


What do you think of my list? See any books that you agree with? What books would you choose for these questions?

16 thoughts on “The Book Courtship Tag

    1. Yeah, the hype kind of turned me off at first but then I saw what it was about and I just had to read it! I was also a little unsure because everyone is just so obsessed with Maas and I hadn’t read any of her books yet.

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  1. I didn’t realize ACOTAR was a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Shows how much I pay attention. lol That’s the one that’s NA and not YA, right? I’d much rather read a book that has more cursing and sex than what’s usually allowed in YA. That makes me sound bad or dirty but whatever. 😂 I love my sexy novels that don’t hold back. Haha! Red Rising was the best book. I’m so glad you convinced me to read it. I still need to finish the series. I prioritized all my ARCs and haven’t read hardly any of the books I own. 😂 Awesome answers and thanks for the tag!

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    1. Haha yeah it is, but it’s easy to not notice that because it definitely has its own feel. As for it being NA, I don’t really know about that. It definitely is a little more mature than a lot of YA but I’d say it’s still pretty in line with the ToG series, except a bit more since Maas wrote it later on. Honestly, I don’t really see much difference between NA and YA in terms of books but rather in the authors, and Maas is one of the more mature ones in that aspect. I think you’ll enjoy it!
      And I’m so glad that I got you to read Red Rising too. I NEED you to hurry up and get to Golden Son because that book seriously makes RR look like amateur hour 😂.
      Have fun with the tag!

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      1. Sounds good. A little more mature than ToG and no love triangle would be much better. Haha! I’m planning to read Golden Son next month. Red Rising was such a time commitment because of the world building and when I opened Golden Son and saw all the pictures mapping out the world I was like oh no and I think that’s why I haven’t read it yet. 😂 Thanks! 🙂

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      2. Does she know how to write a book without a love triangle? Even after all these years you’d think she’d improve as a writer. That’s such a rookie thing to do. 😂 I don’t know about this series now. Love triangles are not my fave.

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      3. I enjoy love triangles if they’re written well, but that’s mostly because I get a kick outta trying to guess who the girl ends up with. But in ACOTAR it’s not really a love triangle in the typical sense, it develops much more realistically I think.

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      4. Yeah, I think the romance in ACOTAR is just more fun than the romance in ToG. At least I’ve found it more entertaining but I’m still only in the middle of Heir of Fire and still have 2 more huge ass books to go to see if that changes any.

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