Hello, book lovers! 💕
We’re already halfway through January (which is crazy to think about), and I feel like I haven’t gotten any reading done. That’s probably because I really haven’t. So far this month I’ve only finished a book that I started in December and gotten halfway through a book. It’s been a really stressful first few weeks, and I wasn’t in the mood to do anything.
But I figured I’d update you guys on what I’m currently in the middle of reading and what I plan on reading next. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to get read by the end of the month, but I’m going to try my best.
So without any further ado, let’s talk about about the book that I’m currently reading!
The book that I’m currently reading (and absolutely loving) is Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I feel like a lot of people have been talking about this book lately, and for good reason. It’s such an action-packed, fun story.
The following is from Goodreads:
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
A secret society that hunts demons? Yes, please.
But it’s so much more than that. It kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games, but only in the sense that there are trials for the initiates to compete in. That’s where the similarities end though. It deals with diverse and relevant topics such as racism and discrimination, which makes it so poignant and real.
I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot of the story so I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read it yet. Not only that, but I haven’t finished the book yet and this isn’t a review. I still have maybe 200 pages left, and I have been savoring every minute of it.
I feel like I say this with every book, but I’m taking my time with this one; I’ve been trying to set out more time in my days to read, but lately it’s only been right before I go to bed. And that’s when I’m the most tired, so I only am able to get through maybe 20 pages before I pass out.
But anyway, once I finish this book (or maybe before I finish it), I plan on taking a day and binge reading the last couple Avatar the Last Airbender comics that I have left. They shouldn’t take me that long to get through; it’s just a matter of sitting down and reading them.
So there you have it. Those are the books that I’m currently reading and plan on reading next. Have you read this book? What book are you currently reading? I’d love to chat in the comments below!
I decided to do this tag since I was tagged by Frappes and Fiction. So a big thanks for tagging me! Definitely check out their blog for some great content!
I haven’t actually listened to the Taylor Swift album that inspired this tag, but I’m certainly interested in doing so after I finish this. Or maybe I’ll listen to the songs while answering the questions.
But anyway, let’s get onto the tag!
1.Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
2.Tag at least 3 people.
3.Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post.
4.Thank whoever tagged you and link to their post.
the 1- a book with an ending that left you speechless
I want to say One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London. Who the main character ends up with didn’t necessarily leave me speechless but more warm and fuzzy. But the way she ended up with him was not what I expected at all. I don’t want to spoil anything since it’s the type of book that has that mysterious element to it that you need to read in order to find out.
cardigan- a book that made you feel happy and sad all at once
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall is one of my favorites that has to do with mental illness. It’s so haunting and empowering all at once because the main character deals with anxiety that is so strong that she can’t leave her house. Her fear of the outside world takes over everything she does. But with therapy and support from her mom, she is able to work through it. She’s not cured, but she finds ways to cope when everything feels too big or too dangerous.
the last great american dynasty- a book with a fascinating and extremely well-told story
My original answer would have been Harry Potter, but I’m going to switch it up and say any book from The Avatar the Last Airbender franchise. I know that the original story is a TV show, but I’m going with the continuation comic series and the prequel books. The whole world that this franchise is based in is amazing and so intriguing. It’s so complex; I love learning about the past Avatars in the prequel books as well as seeing what my favorite characters from the TV show are up to in the comics.
exile- a book you wish you hadn’t read
I really don’t have many that I wish I never read to be honest. A majority of the books I’ve read I at least enjoyed for the most part. I could go with (don’t hate me) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. But I read it at a time when I wasn’t that into Greek mythology. I think my thoughts would be different if I read it now.
my tears ricochet- a book that made you cry uncontrollably
I haven’t cried because of a book in a while. I know that The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks made me tear up at the end. But I read that book at least 10 years ago. A more recent book I teared up at is Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I actually mentioned in my review that this book (that I read three times) hit me harder this time than any other times I read it. But I didn’t cry uncontrollably.
mirrorball- a book that feels like it was written just for you
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia or The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Both of these books I related to in almost sense. They both deal with the main characters having anxiety and girls who don’t feel like they fit in. They’re books I wish I had when I was in high school, but I am so glad I found them when I did because they changed my life. And I will forever recommend them.
seven- a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic
The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne has so many books in the series, though I don’t think they’re all necessarily connected directly. But I remember that the ones that I did read, I loved as a kid. And at that point, I wasn’t as big of a reader as I am now.
august- a book that reminds you of summer
Any book by Morgan Mason since I’m pretty sure all of her books take place during the summer. But the one book that comes to mind is Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour because who wouldn’t want to road trip across the country in the summertime?
this is me trying- a book that deals with loneliness and sadness
I typically don’t read books that deal with sadness because then it makes me sad in the process of reading it. But one book that comes to mind is The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith. It reminds me of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. It’s heart-wrenching, and it was hard to read at some points because it deals with a girl who is dealing with the fact that she was sexually assaulted. She feels extremely alone and doesn’t know who to talk to about what happened.
invisible string- a book that came into your life at exactly the right time
I’ll probably have to say The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I read it at a time when I was dealing with my own anxiety, and I am so glad I found it when I did because it changed me and the types of books I read.
mad woman- a book with a female character you adore
Hermione Granger. Hands down. I love how independent and smart she is. And she doesn’t take anyone’s shit.
epiphany- a book that is haunting
Animal Farm by George Orwell. I remember reading this for a literature class in college and couldn’t help but draw some uncanny similarities in the book to world history. It was kind of scary. Even 1984 by Orwell is creepy at how some of the events/technology that’s in the book are so close to our reality. It definitely gives me chills whenever I think back to some scenes in both of those books.
betty- a book couple that fills you with yearning
Honestly, I’m not sure. The more I think about it though, I think I’m going to have to say the relationship in Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I think it was just so dang cute! Though I think yearning is kind of a strong word for what I felt after reading it the first time. I felt giddy for Simon and Blue to finally meet and get together.
peace- a book character you’d die for because you love them so much
There are so many characters that I love that I don’t think I could pick just one.
hoax- a book you thought you were going to love but didn’t
The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it. Because I really did. I just think I would have liked it more if it had been a TV show rather than a book. I had trouble following at some points because of all the different names and places that were unfamiliar to me.
So there you have it: The folklore Book Tag.
I’m not sure who has or hasn’t done this tag, so if I tagged you, and you’ve done it already, please let me know so I can read your answers!. And if you don’t want to do it, again, don’t worry about it. If I didn’t tag you, feel free to do the tag anyway.
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