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Book Tag: What’s On My Bookshelf?

Passed by this tag on Bookish Wisp.  I wasn’t tagged by Justine but I liked the game and her answers so I want to play too 😀

1. Link back to the original creator, Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf
2. Also link back to the person who tagged you!
3. Name one book for each category. Try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
4. Tag at least 5 people.

*Click on the cover to read my review, though a couple lack reviews from me if I read them long time before I started blogging*

A Book You Got as a Gift

I won this book on Goodreads and I enjoyed this chick-lit since I am iffy about office romances. But the characters grew and learned to take risks in their lives.

A Childhood Book

Best Friends (Sweet Valley Twins #1) by Francine Pascal
Anastasia Krupnik (Anastasia Krupnik #1) by Lois Lowry

I couldn’t choose between these two. Sweet Valley Twins was my first real series that I stayed with for years even moving onto Sweet Valley High.
Anastasia Krupnik was a series that cracked me up the more than Ramona Beezus. It even fueled by desire to visit Russia which we eventually did in High School.I can’t wait for my daughter to get to these two series.

A Magical Book

Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstriker #1) by Rachel Aaron

A couple of goodreads friends kept recommending this book but I wasn’t interested because I have a bias against ugly book covers. Plus, the blurb didn’t really stir interest. Then I entered Bingo reading challenge where I needed a Dragon book and this particular book was the audible deal of the day for $4.95. I decided what the heck! Let’s just say I finished all four audiobooks that same month. It wasn’t my usual style but I found the plot creative, different and the interpersonal relationships intriguing. So while this book was magical in the sense that it was a complete surprise and delight. Oh yeah, it does have magic in it too.

A Romantic Book

Then Came You (Gamblers #1) by Lisa Kleypas

According to Goodreads, This is the most read author on my bookshelf. Historical romance is my go-to genre and this book was one of the first audiobooks that I listened to. It not only introduced me to Lisa Kleypas but to the narrator Rosalyn Landor. Both are now at the top of my favorites list. But this story was everything I love in Historical Romances.

A Steamy Book

Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) by J.R. Ward
Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1) by Larissa Ione

Books with vampires are almost always going to be steamy. The plot, character development and steamy factor were all 5-stars. Top notch writing makes these two some of my favorite series.

An Old Book

Blues Dancing by Diane McKinney-Whetstone

When I read this book in high school, it was one of the first narratives that implied that women needed to stand on their own two feet or risk always falling down. The heroine was always depending on the men in her life to take care of her, tell her what to do and rescue her. She was only able to really take control and go after what she really wanted when she took time to figure out what SHE wanted. She was a weak woman and she had to grow. I loved that message.

A Book That Makes You Happy and/or Laugh

The Gravity of Us by Brittainy Cherry

This story pushed all of my mommy buttons and just made me smile, shed a tear, chuckle etc. I love stories where babies force people to grow up and become better men/women. Brittainy Cherry is among my list of angst writers like Mia Sheridan, Colleen Hoover etc. She is an auto-buy author now.

A Book That Makes You Emotional

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

I have lost family members to cancer and this insidious disease is devastating. I loved this story and read it right after my aunt lost her battle. I cried a lot and thinking about Gus and Hazel makes me emotional because of the innocence at that age. The movie wasn’t done well in my opinion. Plus I couldn’t get over the fact that the actors played siblings in the Divergent movie that came out RIGHT BEFORE this one. So when they were interacting romantically, it grossed me out. I kept thinking “why is Tris kissing her brother Caleb?” It ruined it for me.

A Book Whose Ending You Dislike

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver

I read these books back in 2013 and I am still seething about them. You can read my reviews to truly see what I mean. But the author let me down with the ending. I don’t think I have read another book by Lauren Oliver. I did try book 1 in Veronica Roth’s new series but I don’t trust her enough to follow the series.

A Book You Wish Had Illustrations

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I could visualize this one in my head and it was raw. I would have loved to see faces and the anguish etc that went along with this story that left visceral reactions in those who read it.

A Book or Genre That You Love Reading When It’s Raining

Destiny’s Embrace (Destiny #1) by Beverly Jenkins


I wish to tag any and all who want to join in and have fun, but especially the following bloggers:
Susan at Susanlovesbooks
Jennifer at jennifertarheelreader
Lady B at Literary Everything
Justine at Bookish Wisps
Carla at Carla loves to Read
Sophie at Beware of the Reader

What books are on your bookshelf? Have you read any books from my list? If not I totally recommend them.

17 thoughts on “Book Tag: What’s On My Bookshelf?”

  1. Ha ha ha, I’ve never read a “tag post” and I’ve also never been tagged so first time for both. Yayyy. Just catching up on reader and saw your post. For some reason, I don’t get email notifications when you post. I shall take part in my first tag. Thank you for tagging me.

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  2. Great tag Ezi-Chi. Thanks for the nomination. Because I am so much older than you, your childhood favourite was what my daughter read. I will have to think about these questions as I do not keep books once I read them, so will have to ponder a bit.

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  3. Yes to Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High! I read as many of them as I could get my hands on. And when my daughter was old enough, I hunted them down at a used book store. She never got into them quite as much as I did…it was a years long obsession for me (like you), for her it was a month or two and then she moved on.

    It looks like you enjoy urban fantasy. Have you read anything by Laurell K. Hamilton? Or Patricia Briggs Mercedes Thompson series?

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    1. I love Mercy Thompson but I’m in the minority as I wanted her to connect with Stefan…and Adam (😂). I don’t care for the fae storyline. I also love Kate Daniels, Anita Blake, Sookie Stackhouse and Gin Blanco. I didn’t like Fever by Karen Marie Moning. What are your favorites?

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      1. I actually like the fae storyline, so many different directions to go. I also like the spin off Alpha & Omega series. I’m behind on Anita Blake (I think I took a break at #11 and haven’t gotten back to it yet), haven’t read Kate Daniels or Karen Marie Moning yet, LOVED Sookie Stackhouse, and I haven’t heard of Gin Blanco. 😀 I recently fell in love with Anne Bishop’s “The Others” series.

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      2. I stopped at book 12 of Anita Blake. Love Anne Bishops series as well as Anna & Charles. You have to try Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews . It’s an amazing shapeshifter series. Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep features Gin Blanco is much lighter than all those other series but i love the audio.

        If you love Fae, you will like Fever by Karen Marie Moning.

        Have you read Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost? Demonica by Larissa Ione? BLack Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward?
        These are some of the top PNR series in my opinion.

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