|[credit | karen @ i-doll]|
(I have a bit of a backlog, so I'm going to try and spread out tags and do them one at a time! They're also going to be super out of order.)
Presenting the Bedtime Book Tag
That said, here is the tag in all its sleepy and not-so-sleepy glory.
1. A book that kept you up all night.
|this series has the best covers. no one can convince me otherwise|
Siege and Storm pretty much wrecked me, which made for an enormous letdown when I finally read Ruin and Rising (the book is fairly controversial, so if you'd like to discuss, feel free—just make sure you indicate in your comment that you're being spoilery so that you don't inadvertently reveal the third book's plot to other readers).
2. A book that made you scared to sleep.
|what is up with this design tbh|
So it follows that Joseph Delaney's Revenge of the Witch scared me out of my mind when I read it a few years ago. It's actually not too bad of a book if you're into atmosphere and action (although I can't be sure because it's been a while), and I'm pretty sure I read at least two books of this series, but that much dark-and-creepy? No thanks. I'll take a sweeping, bloody high fantasy any day.
(PS: Also this seriously reminds me of John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series for a few reasons—title parallels, of course, and then the grumpy but amazing mentor—but we all know which I prefer.)
3. A book that made you go to sleep.
|*mourns the unfulfilled potential*|
When the book came out, book bloggers' reviews were all over the board. Some loved it and others loathed it. Still others could only react with a solid "meh." "Mixed reactions" is putting it lightly. But I pushed past my misgivings and borrowed Red Queen from the library.
...and was roundly disappointed. Of course, I know there are many who would disagree, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was reading a mashup of The Selection and The Hunger Games. The parallels were too blatant to ignore. The characters didn't appeal to me, and the prose felt more concerned with being quotable than actually telling the story in an interesting, effective way.
|on the bright side, miyazaki gifs make literally every situation better|
4. A book that left you tossing and turning all night in anticipation of its release.
|it's been over two years since this brilliance entered the world! how time flies|
(Psst. Since it is a finished series and all... I think I've just picked out your next series binge read for you. I mean, no pressure. But.)
5. A book that has your dream ship.
|IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD TIME TO SPRING STIEFVATER RECS ON MY UNSUSPECTING BLOG READERS|
|tfw you find no face scary but also identify with him? oops|
6. A book that would be your worst nightmare to live in.
|what a mind-blowing, gorgeous, important, terrifying book|
7. A book that reminds you of nighttime.
|the cover and interior are almost as beautiful as the actual words|
8. A book that had a nightmarish cliffhanger.
|forever confused about the color of kestrel's dress|
Basically, I'M CONSTANTLY LOWKEY SCREAMING BECAUSE I NEED THE WINNER'S KISS.
|what did i tell you about miyazaki gifs|
9. A book you actually dreamt about.
|deliberately looked for an image of the new american editions because i personally loathe the old ones|
(This is the same brain that my writing comes from! Come to think of it, that explains a lot.)
10. A book monster you wouldn't want to find under your bed.
|i love how literally none of the cover illustrations actually look like aelin and yet literally no one cares|
TL;DR if you find a ToG monster under your bed, you're about to be sliced into very tiny pieces and probably eaten. Run.
|bless whoever made this gif tbh. also, more miyazaki|
So, my grand return. Let's talk books + odd sleeping habits in the comments!
I'm not tagging anyone in particular—I feel like I've been doing a lot of tagging—but if any reader would like to steal this for their blog, go right ahead!