I found this tag over on PoetryNerdsUnite’s blog and thought it was perfect. Before the beginning of summer break I figured it would be a good time to do some bookish spring cleaning.
1. The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size.
The Black Prism by Brian Weeks is a book I’ve heard amazing things about. But, it’s huge. It’s a seriously daunting book and I’ve been a complete chicken. I want to read this book like crazy. Someday soon hopefully I’ll be brave enough to start it.
2. Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul.
I would love to unhaul Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. I did not enjoy this book at all. If you would like to know what made me dislike this book check out my review here.
3. Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a book that truly surprised me. I read it after reading a bunch of fantasy/sci-fi novels. This contemporary was poignant yet cute. This book was definitely a breath of fresh air for me. Check out my review here.
4. Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in.
Don’t murder me but I would have to rewrite the last scene in Empire of Storms. It just felt too convenient for me. The stakes didn’t seem as high and it felt forced. I love this series. However, I did not love the ending to this book.
5. Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary.
Sometimes adding a second book to an amazing standalone just does not work out. That’s how I felt with Where She Went by Gayle Forman. I enjoyed If I Stay but this book did not have the same effect on me. I could have done without this addition.
6. Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys wowed me in a bunch of ways. But, the ending was devastating yet perfect for this beautiful little book. Sepetys knew what the ending had to be and she followed through. It was amazing. Check out our discussion on this novel here.
7. Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.
I honestly cannot think of a book for this question. If you have any ideas leave them in the comments because I am stumped.
8. The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through.
I’m saying that this series was tiring just because of the length of the series. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is a series that I love. it is a task to get through it. There are 6 books including the novellas and the books are long. That being said it is totally worth it to read these books. I love them.