I have lots of tags to get caught up on, but I saw this awhile back on My Tiny Obsessions (from whom I’ve also borrowed the cute header!) and have really wanted to try it. I love playing The Sims, and it’s very easy to lose myself in it for hours, so I thought marrying my two loves of books & The Sims was just about perfect. The tag was originated by Hailey in Bookland.
The Original Sims – The Best Author Debut
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
I simply loved Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. It’s not an easy read–but it’s a very necessary one. It follows two half-sisters from Africa & their descendants. One sister stays in Africa, and the other is sold into slavery and goes to America. I’m also a huge fan of multigenerational epics–and I liked how each chapter shifted viewpoint & generations. I can’t wait to see what Yaa Gyasi comes up with next!
The Grim Reaper – The Saddest Character Death
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Talk about spoilers. This one is also very hard for me, because a lot of character deaths hit me really hard. I suppose one that isn’t a spoiler & still gives me the feels when I think about it is Theo from History is All You Left Us. You know from the beginning (and the synopsis) that he’s dead, but you get to know him through flashbacks–and there’s just not really a chance for any sort of happy resolution. All. The. Feels. (picture courtesy of gameranx.com)
Sims Getting Stuck – A Character That Just Got in the Way
Estora from the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain
I don’t like to admit that I dislike characters, but I have to admit that I feel like Estora from the Green Rider series has become extremely annoying–and that her current main purpose is simply to keep Karigan & the king apart. This makes me sad, because she was super kick ass awesome in the first book or two, and then she just becomes someone I super dislike (which is probably good writing–but still makes me sad).
Simlish – A Book with Amazing Writing
All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan
There are so many to choose from, but as I was browsing my books read, I came across All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan & I choose it. The writing style was lyrical and beautiful, though admittedly I did read a translation. The story is also very well told, and I loved the book so much. You can find my review here. (simlish graphic courtesy of sims.wikia.com)
Expansion Packs – A Series Where the Books Keep Getting Better
Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab
I don’t read a lot of series that are longer than trilogies. However, I really felt like the Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab got better as it went–and all of them were amazing. I can’t wait to see what Schwab does with her three book deal to expand the universe! So excited! (graphic again courtesy of sims.wikia.com).
Sim Romance – The Worst Case of Insta-Love
Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
See, I don’t mind insta-love. Usually, if I’m reading a book that has it, I’m already aware going in & that’s just what I need in my life at that moment. That being said, I’m probably going to go with the Fifty Shades series. Yes, I read them. I kind of even have a place in my heart for them (don’t hate me–guilty pleasure), but Christian & Ana’s relationship is completely unrealistic from the start.
Cheats – A Book that was Entirely Unrealistic
Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
I don’t read a lot of books that are supposed to be realistic, so this one was interesting to think about. I choose Death at Pemberley by P. D. James because even though it’s based in the world of Pride & Prejudice, I just don’t buy that all my favorite characters are solving murders at their dinner parties–and I felt like the book was just also poorly written. Definitely not my favorite Austen universe addition.
Needs Fulfillment – A Character That Made All the Wrong Decisions
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
Love her as I do, I really feel like this title goes to Isabel Spellman of Lisa Lutz’s Spellman Files series. If you haven’t read this series, it is definitely a must read. It’s so funny & interesting and has some mystery to it. My biggest gripe is that Izzy, while likable and relatable, continuously makes super poor choices (not that the rest of her family is much better). So, Izzy is a mess & makes bad decisions…but I still love her dearly.
Error Code 12 – A Series that Started Off Well but Went Downhill From There
The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard
For me, this series is the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. I’ll likely finish it, but I feel like the second and third books just weren’t as good as the first book–and part of that is because I really dislike the arcs some of the characters are in the middle of at the moment. I’m still interested to see where it’s going, but I do wish the rest of the series were as good as the first book.
The Sims Vortex – A Series that Completely Engrossed You
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Recently, I started Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I’ve only read the first book, but it was so hard to put down. I’m sure I’ll be equally as engrossed in the next two books (which I’m planning to maybe tackle at least one during Dewey’s Readathon next weekend!).
So…I’m not going to tag anyone–but if you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged. What do you think of my answers?? How would you answer some of these? Let me know in the comments!