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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Opposite | Book Tag


This week we have a bit of a longer post for 'Tag Time'. I feel like there is a lot to unpack in this tag since there are quick a few questions. I tried my best to pick books that I haven't talked about before, and I was mostly successful.


I found this on Zezee with Books, and I don't know who the original creator is, but credit goes to them.


Here we go!


 

FIRST BOOK IN YOUR COLLECTION | LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT


Oh, boy, I do not remember the first or last book I bought. I vaguely remember buying books at the Scholastics day at school, but there is no way my brain is pulling out any names. Instead, I am going to list the first book I added to my TBR, and the most recent.


The Summoning I think is the first book that I have read, and do actually own, that I have recorded on Goodreads at least. I remember reading this in 8th Grade because I ended up doing my speech on schizophrenia. The most recent book I have added to my TBR is Yakuza Moon: The True Story of a Gangster's Daughter, which is a manga about, well, a Yakuza boss.



A CHEAP BOOK | AN EXPENSIVE BOOK


I got I think the entire Cradle series for free because it was on sale on Amazon and I managed to catch it. An expensive buy, and I am cheating here a bit, is the box set of Demon Slayer, which comes in at a whopping $360.



A BOOK WITH A MALE PROTAGONIST | ONE WITH A FEMALE PROTAGONIST


I don't read a lot of books with male protagonists, but do read a lot with female ones, and I tend to hate most of them... One character I do love though, even though she is a side character, is Mereoleona from Black Clover. She is one hell of an unstoppable force.


As for male protagonists, all I can really think of are manga characters as well. I am going to go with a character from a series I have only read one volume of, but have watched the anime. That would be William James Moriarty from Moriarty the Patriot. He is an absolutely captivating character to both read and watch.


A BOOK YOU READ FAST | ONE THAT TOOK YOU A LONG TIME TO READ


Considering how big of a book House of Earth and Blood is, I would say I got through this pretty fast. I finished this 800-page book in four days, but I can't say the same for Jade City. It was one of those books that I knew presented a well-built and well-written story, but I really struggled with it. It took me the majority of a month to finish that book.


PRETTY COVER | UGLY COVER


I am guilty of being a cover buyer. If the cover is pretty, I am way more likely to read the synopsis. One book with an absolutely stunning cover is one that has yet to be released - A Magic Steeped in Poison. It's just...so pretty. As for one that doesn't speak to me at all would be Far from the Light of Heaven. It's too simple for my taste.


A NATIONAL BOOK | AN INTERNATIONAL BOOK


Don't really know what this question is referring to, but I am going to talk about one book from a Canadian author, and one from an international author. I haven't read a lot of books by Canadians, but one I did enjoy was the first books in The Themis Files series. I have yet to continue the series, but I was surprised I liked this because I don't usually gravitate towards meca.


As for an international book, I am going to go with The Silence of Bones. I read this when it came out, and thought it was a great story that is still underrated.


A THIN BOOK | A THICK BOOK


Sour Candy is a horror novel coming it at under 100 pages, but it packs a mighty punch. This is the kind of book that grips you with the very first line and holds you all the way through. The biggest book I have read even if I didn't particularly enjoy myself, was It. I am just proud that I managed to actually read this considering how long it was and considering the fact that Stephen King doesn't really work for me.


A FICTION BOOK | A NONFICTION BOOK


I really, really, need to re-read House of Leaves. I read it long enough ago that I don't really remember too much of it, so it is time for a refresher. One that I read more recently would be I'll Be Gone in the Dark, one of the few books I have given 5-stars.


ROMANTIC BOOK | ACTION BOOK


I don't read a lot of straight-up romance books since I would prefer for the books I read to focus on something else instead. One exception to that would be Heartstopper, because that series is simply phenomenal. I am here for Nick and Charlie and am with them every step of the way.


Compared to romance, I would prefer to read books with action, but don't know how many straight-up action books I have read. The only thing I can think of is the Robert Langdon series, and similar series, because there is a lot of moving around in it.



A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY | A BOOK THAT MADE YOU SAD



Any book that made me happy I have already gushed about...a lot, so I am going to go with something I have gushed about a bit less. The Boy & The Wolf is a webcomic that has kind of become a comfort read for me. It is released slowly, so every time a new chapter comes out I re-read the whole thing because it is that good.


As for something that made me cry a bit, Sorcery of Thorns did just that. Yes, I have indeed talked about this book a lot...but I don't care because I loved this book.



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