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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Spring Cleaning | Book Tag


It is spring and it is Wednesday, which means is it the perfect time for the 'spring cleaning book tag'. It does actually feel like spring over where I am, as the weather is nice enough to keep the door open to let the cats in and out. This is Canadian weather though, so we can always end up getting snow tomorrow...


I found this on Zezee with Books, but it was originally created by Jen @ Book Syrup, so all credit goes to them.


Here we go!


 

THE STRUGGLE OF GETTING STARTED: A BOOK SERIES THAT YOU HAVE STRUGGLED TO BEGIN BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE



I know the answer and you know the answer - The Cosmere. I really want to read all of Sanderson's works, but this is one hell of a universe with several series. Mistborn is one thing, along with all of the standalone novels, but The Stormlight Archive is another because those books are really long. I will get to it...eventually...I hope.



CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET: A BOOK AND/OR BOOK SERIES YOU WANT TO UNHAUL



I don't own series that I want to unhaul technically, but I do have a series that I did end up putting down even though I kept trying to convince myself to keep going. The Dresden Files series sounded perfect as I liked the idea of an urban fantasy detective series, but this just ended up not really working for me.


I got through two books and had just started the third when I sat there and thought to myself, 'why am I reading this if I am not enjoying it.' I didn't want to force myself through these books with the possibility of them getting better, because I knew it probably wouldn't be worth it. So, I just put it down and don't miss it.



OPENING WINDOWS AND LETTING FRESH AIR IN: A BOOK THAT WAS REFRESHING



I am going to go with a webcomic instead a book, and that would be KURA. Webcomics are the best if you are looking for something that is light, refreshing, and heartwarming. This is a simple story about a mermaid and a crew of pirates. Simple but effective (and adorable).



WASHING OUT SHEET STAINS: A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD REWRITE A CERTAIN SCENE


In all honesty, there are probably so many scenes from books that I would change, but I can't think of a single one. From bad plot twists to bad endings and completely unnecessary scenes, the odds are very high for every book I have read to have at least one scene that I wish was done differently (or not at all).



THROWING OUT UNNECESSARY KNICK-KNACKS: A BOOK IN A SERIES THAT YOU DIDN'T FEEL WAS NECESSARY



Funnily enough, I had the same answer as Zezee, who I found this tag from. Shadowsong is the sequel to Wintersong, and I don't get why it exists. When I finished the first book, I got very confused that there was a second book considering the fact that the story was wrapped up. I just didn't think there was any need to drag out the story even more.



POLISHING THE DOORKNOBS: A BOOK THAT HAD A CLEAN FINISH



Hmm, this one is a bit difficult. It is hard to find a book that had an entirely satisfying ending, but after some deliberating, I am going to go with Kingdom of Ash, the final book in the Throne of Glass series. While this did end up being the book I liked the least in the series, it did wrap up the entire series rather cleanly (albeit maybe a bit too cleanly).


It was one of those books where I was a bit giddy afterwards because it was a long journey getting through those books and you spent a lot of time with the characters.



REACHING TO DUST THE FAN: A BOOK THAT TRIED TOO HARD TO RELAY A CERTAIN MESSAGE



There was one book that I know would fit this question...but I can't remember it, so I am going to go with Ninth House instead. This book dealt with sexual assault, specifically within a school setting and, I just didn't like how the book handled it. That's all it came down to for me, it tried to tackle a very serious and sensitive topic and it ended up fumbling it.



THE TIRING YET SATISFYING FINISH OF SPRING CLEANING: A BOOK SERIES THAT WAS TIRING YET SATISFYING TO GET THROUGH


I haven't finished many series, and the one I did finish I already mentioned here (Throne of Glass). So, instead of picking a series, I am going to pick a single book that was hard to get through but was worth it. While this isn't the longest book ever, standing at over 500 pages, this was a very dense read. There was just so much text on every single page that it took me a while to get through this. This was very well written though, so it was worth it in the end.


The same could be said for series like The Poppy War and The Green Bone Saga. Extremely well-written, but I have a very hard time getting through them.





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