Let’s get into the jams and the books. Each song is linked so you can listen while you read my answers 😇. I have also linked each book so you can read blurbs that are more in depth.
shut up – a book you couldn’t shut up about
Educated by Tara Westover
Ok I know that this book is big and buzzy, but it’s for a good reason! This memoir is so outrageous and unbelievable and yet so beautifully written. There is nothing else like this book and I have told everyone I know to read this memoir. If you’re not usually a nonfiction reader, this is the book to pick up because it feels like a novel.
34+35 – a book you stayed up all night to finish
My fav song off this album in case anyone was wondering. 🤷♀️Also lol about that prompt with this song.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
This story had me crying, laughing, and stressing. These characters are so vivid and so special that I couldn’t put this down. I think I may have even read this in one sitting. If you like YA contemporaries with some hard hitting topics, this is the book for you. I have a feeling I will be rereading this book in the future.
motive – a book that left you questioning everything
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
This book is honestly so weird. Dorian Gray is so unlikeable but so is every other character which is definitely not in my normal wheelhouse. I read this book because it was on my bookshelf and my boyfriend liked it so I didn’t know much going in other than the fact that the picture was haunted. And wow! Cursed! I went the entire book wondering how it was going to wrap up and the ending shocked me so much that I wanted to immediately read it again.
just like magic – a book with all of your favorite tropes
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
This book has it all! Enemies to lovers? Check ☑️. Young woman that is succeeding in a professional setting? Check ☑️. Mutual pining? Check ☑️. This romance is so fluffy and sweet while still giving me enough plot to really anchor these characters. I also love that the third act conflict doesn’t completely revolve around a small miscommunication but instead revolves around Lucy’s career evolution.
off the table – a book that raised your standards
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
I would say this book raised the standard for me because it was the first book that really helped rekindle my love for reading. I picked up this book after having read a few serious flops and it really raised the standard for books that I would pick up in the future. It also helped me ease into reading adult books as I had previously been pigeonholing myself in strictly YA. This book really showed me that adult novels could be accessible and interesting without being boring.
six thirty – a problematic book that you love anyway
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
While I wouldn’t say I loved this book just because Wade’s problematic sad boy antics were very distracting, I would say that I liked this book despite his problematic commentary. This book has just the most intricate and enjoyable setting that viewing it through Wade’s eyes was only slightly annoying. I do think that this is a very accessible sci-fi for someone who wants to start out in the genre. The audio book also helped with the enjoyment of this novel. Wil Wheaton’s narration does a great job at making Wade as likeable as possible. But Ready Player Two? I’ll pass.
safety net – a book you immediately knew was a 5 star read
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I knew the moment I picked this up that I was going to love it. I am here for any celebrity gossip and this novel delivered. It also gave me not one, but two powerful female leads and I couldn’t have been happier. This book has so many shocking twists that kept me on my toes the entire time. Evelyn’s character was so unlikeable and yet I felt like I fully understood why she did everything that she did, no matter how deplorable.
my hair – a well known author you haven’t touched but are interested in
It seems like everyone and their mother has read a Stephen King book. I have held off for so long because not only are there so many Stephen King books to choose from, a lot of his books are super long! I also know that since some of his novels are older, that there can be some problematic language surrounding Native Americans, women, and diversity in general. I am torn! Do I read King because he has so many novels that are important in the literary space? Or do I avoid supporting him because of his problematic language? Let me know!
nasty – a new release you can’t wait to read
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
I love the Brown Sisters series. I think that Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown are what I would consider my perfect romances. They have the right amount of plot balanced with characters that are realistic and likeable. These books also have some steam without it taking over the entire book. I can’t wait for the final installment of the series and I know that I will be rereading these books for years to come.
west side – your favorite series
A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (the Carls #2) by Hank Green
Ok so I am admittedly not someone who reads series (the Brown Sisters books work as stand alone novels). I typically will read the first book in a series, and I will almost never be compelled to continue on regardless of how much I like the book. This series however, I think will be the exception. I read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing last year and it was one of my favorite books of 2020. While I haven’t read the sequel yet, it is on my shelf (thank you to my friend Mandy for gifting it to me) and I will undoubtedly finish the Carls series this year. I do also think that I am significantly less intimidated by a duology as opposed to a full blown Game of Thrones-style series.
love language – a comfort book you keep returning to
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
I have read this book to death. I read this for the first time in high school and I used to reread it every summer. This isn’t exclusive to this specific book, but I had a rotation of about 8 Sarah Dessen novels that I would reread constantly. These books to me just represent my teenage years and hold a lot of nostalgia. I think Just Listen was the first Sarah Dessen book that really resonated with me. I am grateful that these books handle serious topics while still being geared toward teenagers. I still pick up these books from time to time and just revel in the teenage feels.
positions – a book that subverted a cliché
Bunny by Mona Awad
This book defied all expectations. I went in to this book expecting a dark academia style, girl gang type of book and I got it? But not really? Our main character wants to be accepted by who she assumes is the popular crowd and oh man, is she up for a rude awakening! These popular girls could not be more opposite to the cliché popular girls that we see in books and movies. Mainly because they are practicing witchcraft and brainwashing their fellow students. You know, just girly things! But seriously this book is so strange and written in such a way that I couldn’t tell what was real and what was a dream.
obvious – a book you loved from a genre you don’t normally read
Outlawed by Anna North
Westerns just remind me of my least favorite lit class in college. We read endless stories about cowboys who didn’t have any redeeming traits and only interacted with women to take advantage of them. Not exactly my favorite type of book. But Outlawed took the western genre and really turned it on its head. It follows a gang of women who have been exiled from society because they cannot have children. This was such a moving story about found family and women reclaiming their identities. I loved the way that this story handled sexuality and gender identity as well. This makes me want to explore more westerns!
pov – a book you would love to see told from a different point of view
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
This book left me wondering what the hell one of the main characters was thinking. Throughout this novel, we follow Lillian when she is hired by her estranged childhood friend, Madison, and becomes a nanny for Madison’s step children. Madison’s motives through the whole novel seemed so selfish and misguided through Lillian’s perspective and I think it would have given the reader a better understanding if we were able to hear Madison’s side of the story. This novel handles the subject of anxiety in such a unique and thoughtful way and I would recommend to anyone who wants a quick read.
This was so fun! I loved looking back through my Goodreads to find books that would fit each prompt. I would be interested to see what your favorite match up was. Let me know in the comments!
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