Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Summer is right around the corner, which means there is only a little time left to spring clean. I’m planning on moving in a couple months, so I’ve been trying to get rid of everything that I don’t absolutely need. I’ve been procrastinating cleaning out my bookshelf, but sometime this summer I *might* be putting up some of the books I unhaul for sale before donating the rest. Maybe… I haven’t given it much thought yet.

While taking a break from spring cleaning, I came across this tag on Mary and the Words! I wasn’t tagged by her, but I thought I’d give it a go anyways. (Apparently this tag was created by Jen @ Book Syrup on YouTube, but I can’t seem to find the original video….)

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the struggle of getting started:
a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size

Look. I’ve been a fan of Sarah J. Maas’ work for a while, but I’ve been struggling to finish her more recent releases because they are VERY long. ACOSF is 750 pages and House of Earth and Blood is 800 pages. As much as I love her books, I don’t have the attention span or the energy to commit to such long stories. I still end up reading (and enjoying) them, but it’s a battle to motivate myself to start.

cleaning out the closet:
a book and/or book series you want to unhaul

Recursion: A Novel: Crouch, Blake: 9781524759780: Amazon.com: Books

One of the books I have on my physical TBR is Recursion by Blake Crouch. I got it as a prize at my local library for participating in their summer reading program, but I’m not sure I’m interested in reading it. I hear it’s really good, but thriller books aren’t really my thing. I’ll decide eventually if I want to unhaul it or not….

opening windows and letting fresh air in:
a book that was refreshing

Amazon.com: An Ember in the Ashes (9781595148049): Tahir, Sabaa: Books

I’ve said this many times before, but what I really love about the An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir is that it’s very hard to predict what direction the story will go. None of the characters are safe for very long, and Sabaa has no shame in killing any of the characters off (especially your favorite ones).

washing out sheet stains:
a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in

I’m not done reading The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout yet, but there is a certain scene that felt a little off. Insensitive is too strong of a word, but the conversation between Poppy and her romantic partner in this particular scene had me questioning a few things. (I don’t want to get too much into the details because of spoilers, but I’ll talk about it more in my review whenever I finish this book.)

throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks:
a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary

I mention this briefly in my review, but The Brightest Night felt like a filler book before the finale. While it was nice to revisit old characters and discover things about the new ones, I didn’t feel like much happened. The book is 500 pages long, but it could’ve been 300 and I think we’d get the same amount of info and plot.

polishing the doorknobs:
a book that had a clean finish

I loved the ending of this book. While I absolutely adored the writing, the story was a little… meh in my opinion. What really saved this book was the ending. I didn’t expect that V.E. Schwab would conclude it the way she did, but I can’t imagine a better closing. It’s so well-written, and it’s just *chef’s kiss*

reaching to dust the fan:
a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message

I honestly can’t think of anything for this prompt… I don’t think I’ve read any super “preachy” books in a while….

the tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning:
a book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through

The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson was tough to get through because the books were super dense. Each book took over four months for me to read, but the overall series and world was so well-written that I found myself wanting to reread the whole series after finishing the last book.

looking forward to next spring:
tag 4 people you want to do this tag

I’m not sure who to tag, so if you want to give this one a go, consider yourself tagged by yours truly!

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Stay awkward and amazing!

4 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning Book Tag

    • Jessica 05/30/2021 / 10:45 am

      I hear it’s good, but I’m not much of a thriller reader 😅 if I decide I’m brave enough to read it I’ll probably borrow it from the library

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  1. chelsea @ your bookish friend 05/30/2021 / 6:03 pm

    i definitely agree about some of those larger books! it’s hard to motivate oneself to actually sit down and read such a beast of a book, no matter how good it is.

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    • Jessica 05/31/2021 / 2:53 pm

      For sure! Sometimes I don’t pick up a book because of the amount of pages, even if the story seems interesting.

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