I found this tag on Siobhan’s Novelties and decided to give it a go because of the good questions!
The struggle of getting started | a book or series you struggle to begin because of its size
It’s on my shelf and I’m excited for it as I’ve loved most of Sanderson’s other books, but Elantris is just so much thicker than other books I currently have, at over 600 pages. If it’s as good as I think I won’t be able to put it down either, and I’ve just not had large enough chunks of time to be distracted yet.
Cleaning out the closet | a book or series you want to unhaul
I just unhauled a lot of books by giving them to a friend. I think “All the crooked saints” is the only one left as I missed it. I really like Maggie Stiefvater as an author, but this book just wasn’t for me.
Opening windows and letting fresh air in | a book that was refreshing
The ones who walk away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin is the first thing I read from her, and a 32 page story at that. It really inspires reflection, but also was so (good kind of) simple in how it was told.
Washing out the sheets | a scene you wish you could rewrite
I just recently read The wicked deep by Shea Ernshaw and it started out so good and then the ending just didn’t live up in how it was rushed and characters suddenly changing, it would be so nice to be able rewrite the ending, perhaps give it longer time to play out, and just get that small annoyance out of my head.
Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks | a book in a series you didn’t think was necessary
I’ve mostly blocked out the plot of this one. And its existance. Divergent had only one sequel, right?
Polishing doorknobs | a book that had a clean finish
The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid was this old movie-star from the 1950s giving interviews to a writer and her life was such a roller coaster and I absolutely loved the story, but also the ending. When you didn’t expect it, this book came with real comments and reflections on life in between the glam and fame.
Reaching to dust the fan | a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell might be a weird choice, but I just felt (when I read it years ago) that the author was trying to hard. I don’t quite remember at what. Just that when I read I was born for this by Alice Oseman, I had the immediate feeling that Oseman’s book was suceeding in what Fangirl thought it was doing? Like giving a real alternative to how a fandom can work, in the context of a story and not in the obnoxious way the Fangirl’s main character felt to me
The tiring yet satisfying finish | a series that was tiring but satisfying to get through
Here’s a sad story. I read all the books in the Gone series by Michael Grant besides the last one not too long after they came out. It took me years to read the final one, the sixth book, before I finally did in 2016. I applauded myself for being finished, it was a relief. And then he published the seventh book in the series in 2017 and he’s still going. I’m never going to be able to finish this series. All the ones who read the original part of the YA series are grown up, making it a bit strange.
Anyone who wants to do the tag can consider themselves tagged by me, haha.