Angelica from The Book Cover Girl recently tagged me to do the ’90s Movies Book Tag, and it was such a fun tag that of course I had to do it here on my blog. Although I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’ve only seen maybe half of these movies…
She’s All That: A book couple that is an odd pairing but they still fit perfectly
I couldn’t think of an answer to this prompt at first because I think a lot of the differences between people is what makes them so perfect for each other, but by far one of the oddest pairings I’ve seen is Sevro and Victra from the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. If you haven’t read this sprawling, fast-paced sci-fi story inspired by ancient Rome and you really enjoy a story with tons of twists and turns that you never see coming, I can’t recommend these books enough. I did not see Sevro and Victra’s relationship coming at all, but once I saw it, I was like, they’re perfect for each other! And while I wasn’t 100 percent thrilled with Iron Gold, it was really fun seeing them together again!
10 Things I Hate About You: A book/series that you have a love-hate relationship with
I don’t want to be a broken record in talking about this series, but definitely the Weathermages of Mystral series by CL Wilson. The first book, The Winter King, was a huge, sweeping, fun fantasy romance that I just really enjoyed reading, so I was really excited to see the story continue with the heroine’s sister in The Sea King. I had a few issues with the story but was generally enjoying it until the heroine was sexually assaulted about halfway through the book. I wasn’t thrilled with that decision, but what really bothered me is that her emotional trauma was magically fixed and they all moved on with the story. I don’t think rape or assault should be treated that lightly, and it seems really harmful to portray the aftermath as something that can be fixed so easily. So while I really enjoyed the first book, I’m reluctant to recommend it after what happened in the second book, and I’m not sure if I want to continue with this series.
Clueless: A character that is totally clueless but you love them anyway
I’m not sure this is the best answer to this prompt, but I’m going to go with Lucy from The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. She’s not a clueless person in general, but she’s totally clueless when it comes to realizing how much Josh likes her, and their hate-to-love romance is one of my favorites I’ve read in a long time!
Titanic: A book that made you cry
I’ve actually had two books so far this year that have made me cry, and I want to give a shoutout to both of them. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is a wonderful story about two boys moving past their anxieties and living their lives to the fullest after getting a call from the mysterious Death Cast that tells them they will die that day, and Dear Martin by Nic Stone, which follows a boy named Justyce who finds his beliefs in the world shaken after he is arrested because of his skin color and his academic achievements and the fact that he is Ive League-bound means nothing. I highly recommend them both!!
American Pie: A book that made you laugh
I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much when reading a book as I did while reading Roomies by Christina Lauren. Seriously, my husband was so baffled as to why I kept cracking up, and then he got a good laugh when I’d read parts of it out loud to him. I rarely read so much of a book out loud to him, but it was so funny I had to share it. It’s the story of this musician who’s offered an incredibly chance to perform on Broadway, only he’s an illegal immigrant, so the woman who discovered him offered to marry him so he could get a visa. I had a number of issues with this book, which you can read more about here, but it was still super funny and a really enjoyable read.
Can’t Hardly Wait: A book with a crazy party
I don’t think a party can get much crazier than the one in And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. It’s not a wild, debauched party by any means, but all of these people think they’re going to a remote house party for a relaxing vacation, and then they start turning up dead one by one…This book is such a thrilling read, and I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t already.
Cruel Intentions: A character you can never fully trust
Because I just finished rereading this series, I think I’m going to answer with Jurian from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I won’t talk about it too much because I don’t want to spoil the last book in a trilogy, but I have a lot of questions about him and really don’t think he’s trustworthy. I’ll be interested to see what Maas does with his character in the new ACOTAR trilogy.
Drive Me Crazy: Your favorite “boy next door” or “girl next door” couple
I don’t think I’ve read any boy-next-door books in a while, and this prompt is really making me want to pick one up! I don’t think they’re technically a boy-next-door/girl-next-door couple, but I get similar sweet feelings from Lara Jean and Peter K in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. They’re just so adorable and I like them together a lot. I can’t wait for the movie to come to Netflix!
Scream: A book with a memorable villain
There are so many great books to pick from for this prompt, but a more recent one I’ve read is Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. I can’t talk about it too much because revealing this character as a villain would be a major spoiler, but let’s just say I totally didn’t see it coming. Well done, Leigh.
The Craft: A book with witches
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is definitely the first book that comes to mind for this prompt! It’s such a wonderful series full of so much historical detail, and I loved the characters and the world that Harkness created. I highly recommend checking them out! This is another book that I’m excited to see continue with another series, as I still have a lot of questions about Diana’s abilities and the future of her family, plus I’m not quite ready to be done with this story.
There you have it! This was such a fun post to put together, and thanks again to Angelica for tagging me!
Because I’m in the mood for it now, leave me your favorite boy next door/girl next door stories in comments so I can pick one up! And of course consider yourself tagged if you’d like to do this post as well.