books as first dates tag

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I saw that Leyanis @ The Blogger and the Geek do this, and I couldn’t help but want to try it myself too!


✦ Link back to the original tag.
✦ Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
✦ Tag 5+ bloggers.
✦ Have fun!

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first and last: a book/series you’ve read and enjoyed, but can’t bring yourself to read again

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

This might come to a shock to some, but I have to choose the ToG series. As much as it holds a special place in my heart, I don’t think I’ll ever reread the whole thing. It’s a huge commitment (especially since the later books are beefy), and there are a lot of books to get through. Sure, once in a while I flip through my favorite scenes, but I probably won’t read the series from start to finish again.

with a friend of my friend: a book/series someone recommended to you that turned out to be different from what you had expected

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

I saw Bookstagram going crazy for this book a few months ago, so I thought I’d give into the hype and read it. I had high expectations, and it did not deliver.

double date: a book whose sequel you immediately had to read

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The ending of this book is BRUTAL. I thought the end of the first book hurt, but Amie and Jay said no, THIS is how to rip a reader’s heart out with this second book. I need to know what happens next, stat!

let’s go to the movies: a book/series that should be adapted to the screen

The Blood of Stars series by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn would be so cool as a movie. I can already imagine the vibrant fabrics, mystical creatures, and the shimmer of magic surround the castle. It’s a great series that I think would make a fantastic story on screens.

dreamy stargazing: a book that made you go ahhhh and ohhhh

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The writing in this book is ✨immaculate✨. It’s so lyrical and beautiful that I couldn’t help but marvel over it.

fun at the fair: a book full of colors Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey (Check, Please!, 1)  (9781250177964): Ukazu, Ngozi: Books

Check, Please! series by Ngozi Ukazu

This may seem like an obvious answer since it’s a graphic novel about a gay hockey boy. However, I wanted to highlight this book because the way that Bitty (the main character) goes about life with a positive attitude when around his friends and family that I couldn’t help but think he makes life a little bit brighter for those around him.

amusement park adventure: a book that was a rollercoaster

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I swear Sabaa Tahir is going to give me a heart attack by the time I finish this, because this series is INTENSE. No character is safe from getting The Chop (a.k.a. when a character is killed off). One moment you think they’re safe, and them BAM! Your favorite character is dead.

picnic with cherries: a book whose food descriptions made you feel all *heart eyes* With the Fire on High (9780062662835): Acevedo, Elizabeth: Books

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

The food descriptions in this book made me literally drool. With the Fire on High centralizes around food and how Emoni navigates her life taking care of her daughter and abuela through the magic of cooking.

trip to the museum: a book that taught you valuable stuff

I’m about to get a little sappy. Please bear with me for two seconds. Reading has taught me so many things. It encouraged me to exercise my imagination. It has motivated me to get creative. Most importantly, books have taught me to hope. While there isn’t one particular book I can highlight, reading as a whole has made my world much more vibrant. As someone who grew up in an unstable home, books were like an escape. Those stories have showed me to be strong, to persevere, and to hope for a better future.

Ok, I’ll stop being cheesy. You can come back now. XD

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I tag…

Mary Drover @ Mary and the Words
Sarah @ Bateau Reads
Caro @ CJR The Brit
…and you! If you want to give this a go, consider yourself tagged!

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Stay awkward and amazing!

11 thoughts on “books as first dates tag

  1. magicalmaeve 06/12/2021 / 12:33 pm

    Aaah I adored reading your answers!!

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  2. theorangutanlibrarian 06/13/2021 / 12:50 pm

    Ah really agree about aurora burning. And Addie larue was so beautiful. Agree about with the fire on high too!! Shane about kingdom of the wicked

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    • Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger 06/13/2021 / 5:50 pm

      Yeah I thought I was going to like Kingdom of the Wicked, but I’m sad I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I *might* continue the series if the reviews for the sequel are good.


  3. Marta @ of waves and pages 06/19/2021 / 6:58 am

    I’ve read so many amazing things about With the Fire on High, I reeeally need to get to it!! And the last part, while a liiiittle sappy, was really cute, and that’s how you feel, and that’s the most important thing, ofc! ❤

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    • Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger 06/20/2021 / 3:53 pm

      Yes! With the Fire on High is an underrated book that isn’t talked about enough imo. Hope you enjoy it if you decide to pick it up!

      I must’ve been feeling really sappy the day I wrote this post LOL! Thanks for stopping by, Marta! ❤

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