Thank You, Next Book Tag || Tags & Awards

Hello beautiful people!

Thank you Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca for tagging me in the Thank You, Next book tag. She’s a sweetheart with a lovely blog, so please make sure to visit her site!

The tag was originally created by thisstoryaintover, a Book Tuber I just recently discovered. The tag represents Ariana Grande’s song Thank You, Next and a number of memes people have created from the lyrics of this song. Similarly, each prompt below is from/close to a lyric from Thank You, Next. You don’t have to like Ariana to have fun with this, so give it a go if you want!

The Questions

  1. Name a book that you said “thank u, next” to, i.e. DNF’d (did not finish).
  2. Name a book that taught you love (i.e. a book you loved).
  3. Name a book that taught you patience.
  4. Name a book that taught you pain.
  5. Name a book that you loved at the time of reading but in hindsight you do not like as much anymore but which you still learned some other quality from.
  6. Name a book you’re currently talking to, i.e. have the hots for.
  7. Name the book that gon’ last – the book of you – the book that helped you love yourself a little bit more.

One. Name a book that you said “thank u, next” to (i.e. DNF’d – did not finish)

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From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon — I received this book in an OwlCrate box last year and was so excited to give it ago … but was so disappointed!!! There are quite a number of people who enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. From the writing to the characters, I just couldn’t enjoy it.

Two. Name a book that taught you love (i.e. a book you loved)

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren — This book … GAH! I loved this novel … to the point that I plan to re-read it again this summer. The characters, the story, the beautiful messages and moments … it’s just the whole package. And it even taught me a little bit about love in general.

Three. Name a book that taught you patience

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo — Firstly, don’t mistake this as me disliking this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. But it took me about a week or two to finish it. The multiple person narrative didn’t help, since I’m not really a fan of that. And as much as it can be fast paced, I found parts just really slow to get into. I’m glad I stuck with it though, because I really enjoyed it in the end!

Four. Name a book that taught you pain

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Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills — This isn’t BAD pain as in, hating the book. I LOVED Mills’ recent novel, but it was PAINFUL due all the sad things that the characters go through … I cried so much and got SO MAD … MY BABIES ARE BEING TORMENTED AND IT’S NOT FAIR! Still recommend this, by the way.

Five. Name a book that you loved at the time of reading but in hindsight you do not like as much anymore but which you still learned some other quality from

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Twilight by Stephanie Meyer — I’m not gonna lie, I did find joy in this novel when I first read it. I think I was entering Grade 10 when it released and ALL my friends were recommending it to me. About half a year later and an unfortunate break up, I read and devoured this book. But looking back … HOW DID I LIKE THIS?! The relationship between Edward and Bella alone goes against everything I believe. The one thing I’ll say is that it taught me the things I don’t care to see in novels, especially YA — it’s a tender age when we’re discovering ourselves and I don’t like what this book teaches about relationships … BUT this is ONE WOMAN’S opinion.

Six. Name a book you’re currently talking to (i.e. have the hots for)

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If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka — I was NOT expecting to love this as much as I did. A “bully type” main character and a novel based loosely off of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (my LEAST favourite Shakespeare play)? Not really my thing. But this was just MIND-BLOWINGLY amazing! I ended up falling in love with Cameron’s character … and I totally LOVED a certain love interest in the novel.

Seven. Name the book that gon’ last – the book of you – the book that helped you love yourself a little bit more

I’m copying the creator and placing three books here because … well, why not? Also … didn’t realize how much I rambled here until afterwards … so it’s a little long ha-ha.

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Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen — ALL my friends were telling me I HAD to read this since it was basically a book on “Jenna” (a.k.a. that’s me). What I loved though is they were saying this in a complimentary way. As bubbly and outgoing I can be … I’m actually pretty self-conscious of my looks and personality. I tend to think people find me “too much”. But this book itself and all my friends saying how adorable the main character is in this collection (a.k.a. the one they say I’m like) … it made me see that they actually love how quirky I am … I may not fit the norm, but that isn’t a bad thing. And if I’m like this comic, then I’m not upset by it at all!

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Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne — I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer, someone who finds joy in the little things in life … like sunsets and flowers blooming and jumping in puddles and blue skies. This book reminds me that no matter what age you are, it’s wonderful to enjoy these things. I also love Pooh Bears outlook on life and people. He doesn’t judge and loves all those around him. Though he may be “simple” to many people, his thoughts are grand and apply to so many different elements of life. A. A. Milne has a way with words, making you see the beauty even during the rougher times in life.

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio — I “ugly cried” while reading this book … not just because the book is heavy in general, but I just related WAY too much to this. Growing up with a brother who has autism and Q22 syndrome, I felt for the entire family. Seeing Auggie struggle to fit in, seeing his mom and dad trying desperately to provide him a safe space … it all hit home hard. But the BIGGEST thing for me was relating to his sister. When she talks about loving him but wanting some parts of her life separate from him, and how she feels incredibly guilty about this … it wrecked me. I could feel her pain, knowing now that it’s okay to feel these things but relating to that point in my life where I felt like the worst sister on the planet. Seeing her revelations come to light helped remind me it’s okay to not be perfect.

The Nominees

The Caffeinated Reader | DG Book Blog | meltotheany | Purely Olivia | A Book. A Thought.


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51 thoughts on “Thank You, Next Book Tag || Tags & Awards

  1. God, you’re such a gem, you have always showing me the best tags.πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ» Thank you SO much for tagged me 😊. I LOVE this song so it will be super fun to answer every promp. I fully understand what you say about Six of Crows, I had the same experience, yet a great book & I REALLY want to read Autoboyography pretty soon!!πŸ’›βœ¨

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    1. Oh yes! I hope you enjoy doing this tag!

      Six of Crows … maaaaaan. I love this duology, but I STILL haven’t finished Crooked Kingdom. And it’s so goooood! But I just have no desire right now. I’m just going to power through it this fall!

      Autoboyography is absolutely lovely! Be prepared to cry though … just sayin’.

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    1. Ha-ha! I think someone else mentioned resonating with the Twilight thing and I giggled because I have a feeling a LOT of people do ha-ha!!

      Winnie-the-Pooh!! I love that book and the TV shows that came later on! My friend got me a Winnie-the-Pooh from the Disney store after I bought her a Stitch πŸ™‚

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    1. LMFAO! I can’t wait to see your post! Honestly, this song isn’t really my cup of tea but I actually really like a lot of Ariana Grande’s songs! I didn’t know until i listened to an album and I’m like,, “WHY AREN’T THESE ON THE RADIO?!” lol! But this songs catchy and the tag was super neat. I love peoples’ creativity here!

      I seriously bought the book 50% reviews and 50% cover based … and thank GOSH it turned out well. I would actually re-read this, so I’m happy about that πŸ™‚

      And thank you! ❀

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      1. I feel like the prompts are open enough that people can interpret them however they want! The song is SUPER catchy and I love the Mean Girls-themed video a bit…a lot…a ton…

        That’s a good ratio! I’m glad it turned out well, too. It might make an appearance in my post.

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  2. AH YES YES YES it makes me so, so, happy to see someone screaming about If I’m being honest, it’s such a great read and Cameron is one of my favorite characters EVER ahhh ❀ ❀ ❀ So happy you liked it! πŸ˜€

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    1. I LOVED THAT BOOK SO MUCH! I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did! Cameron is epic! I love her transformation throughout the novel yet how she’s still “Cameron” at the end. I’m glad someone else enjoyed it as well! It’s just a fantastic story and I can’t wait for more books by those authors! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  3. Great answers to this tag! What you said about Twilight is so spot on! As someone who is re-reading the book (πŸ™„) I can relate so much to it. I have no idea how at 14 I thought it was a good book at all. Ugh. Every day I pick it up and wonder how I’m going to make fun of yet another chapter πŸ˜‚
    Also Adulthood is a Myth… I love all of Sarah Andersen’s comics! They are hella relatable! πŸ™‚

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    1. I should take a poll on this lol! I swear, almost everyone has commented a similar thing with my Twilight answer! I honestly don’t know how I enjoyed it so much in my youth. To be fair, I actually didn’t really finish the last one. I think my brain had enough at that point …

      Me too! My friends laugh so hard and say that if I ever want to introduce myself, I should just tell them to read those comics except insert dogs instead of cats (I like both but I’m definitely more of a dog person) πŸ˜‚

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      1. Haha! It’s so true though, we all really enjoyed it and I can’t even explain why! I’ve read the saga twice… now I’m going through my third and (hopefully) last time!

        Oh haha, that’s funny! My wall calendar is her comics and I enjoy flipping it every month to see how relatable it is!

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  4. It’s so strange to me that I didn’t find Six of Crows to be slow and breezed through it, because it’s the type of book I would typically take a long time to read? But I guess it’s a testament to how much I love it 😎 But yes I totally agree with what you said about Autoboyography! I think if I read it now, I might not like it as much, because I was going through a tough time and that book just made me so happy and cheerful because the romance was so cute 😍 Great post, Jenna!! πŸ’•

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    1. I’m honestly not shocked for me, since I typically take a LONG time to read multiple POV novels. The good thing is that I still enjoyed it even though I thought I wouldn’t with the multiple POV’s, but I’m having such a difficult time getting into Crooked Kingdom. If it was just Inej and Kaz’s POV, I think I would’ve sped through it. Or even just those two and Jesper. I love them all, but it’s too much for me ha-ha!

      I loved Autoboyography! I think I would still enjoy it as much as I did when I first read it, though. That book just hit so many beautiful and real levels!

      I’m sorry you had a rough go at some point, but I’m glad the book helped you feel happier! It’s incredible how books can really help you when you need it most, yea know?

      Thank you, love! ❀

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  5. Definitely agree with you on Twilight! I loved it when I read it in sixth grade, but now I just think… how? Why? Some things are better left alone haha πŸ™‚ Great tag!

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  6. Great answers! And I completely understand your feelings about Twilight. I’ve read the whole series, and I had an enjoyable time reading them back then. But I look back at them now and I feel like they are just okay books in quality, but I can appreciate that they helped so many people really get into reading for pleasure.

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      1. I’ve actually read a few recent YA releases in the past month or so where the parents were present and active in the teens’ lives. Books evolve and grow, and honestly that is one reason to enjoy rereading, to notice those evolutions.

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  7. This is such a wonderful tag, Jenna, and you truly personalized it so much! (Also, it’s so creative and original! Huge props to the creator) I’ve been a bit hesitant to read From Twinkle with Love, after seeing a handful of “meh” reviews for it. I’m not sure if it’ll be my cup of tea. To be honest, I have so many other contemporaries on my tbr, so I’ll probably push it farther down that list. Haha! A contemporary I DO plan on reading soon is If I’m Being Honest! I just bought it last week and am so happy to see that you were a fan of it! I’ll be starting it very soon! ❀ And, thanks for sharing your connections with Winnie the Pooh and Wonder! I really enjoyed both books, and it's awesome how you have forged such a deep personal connection with them!

    (Also, be warned, I'm about to read and spam all your latest posts with comments. Hehe πŸ˜‰ )

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    1. Thank you, love! And I know eh? The creator did a FANTASTIC job! There are a LOT of mixed reviews with “From Twinkle, with Love” — unfortunately, it was really not my cup of tea. I couldn’t even force myself to finish it lol! But if you decide to read it, I hope you enjoy it!

      YES!! It’s so good, Kelly! You’re going to love it, I’m sure!

      Awe … thank you!! I love both of those novels so much. “Wonder” was really hard sit it hit home in so many ways. I don’t tend to talk a lot about my brother’s conditions since it’s not always the happiest of topics and I don’t like being the person to bring up sad things. So it was great to read a book that comments on the importance of being okay to open up, even if they’re different topics.

      LMFAO! I thought I saw a bunch of notifications pop up on my phone. All good … talking to you guys is like one of the biggest highlights of my dayπŸ˜‰

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  8. Lovely post! Thank you so much for tagging me. ❀

    I'm not completely surprised that you didn't like From Twinkle, With Love?! I liked it, but I definitely didn't love it. The diary style wasn't my favorite and I felt like Twinkle's voice was so young. But on the other hand, I liked the plot and the love interest, so it wasn't entirely a loss for me.

    Aww, Wonder. That book will always be one of my faves! It gives me childhood nostalgia because we read it out loud in fifth grade right when it came out. (Also, Auggie's sister had my name, which I thought was SO COOL back then, lol.)

    I adore both Six of Crows and Famous in a Small Town, and I'm so glad you did too!

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    1. Of course! I’m glad you enjoyed my post! ❀

      I didn't mind the diary style … but her character just really bothered me lol! I felt like she was mentally abusive to the main guy and I didn't care for that at all. I unno … if she was meant to be a bully to nice girl type like Cameron in If I'm Being Honest, i wouldn't have minded. But it just really bothered me ha-ha!!

      Awe! That's so cute! I'm so glad they taught it in school! It came out after my school years πŸ˜‰

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  9. So I remember ‘discovering’ the Twilight series right before my mid year exams in year 12 and absolutely DEVOURING the entire series, then re-reading it shortly after. A few years down the track, I couldn’t even make it past the first page of the book πŸ˜‚ Also I ADORE Sarah Anderson’s comics – I own all 3 of her collections!

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