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!
- Name a book that you said “thank u, next” to, i.e. DNF’d (did not finish).
- Name a book that taught you love (i.e. a book you loved).
- Name a book that taught you patience.
- Name a book that taught you pain.
- 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.
- Name a book you’re currently talking to, i.e. have the hots for.
- 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)
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)
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
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
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
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.