Don’t worry everyone, this is not another new feature! You can put the straight jacket down! :P
The lovely Charlotte from The Simple Tales tagged me to do The Find Me tag, and though Kelley and myself rarely participating in tags or memes, I thought it would be fun to give it a go – It would force me to break out my camera which has been sitting in a drawer for a couple of weeks, and give me a bit of a challenge as I feel like many of these prompts are more directed towards contemporary books (which I will complain about later, haha).
So first, the rules! This tag was created by the girls at Novel Ink and the requirements are to find one book that matches each category, share it through text, images, or whatever, tag others to complete the tag (but they are not required to do it), and link back to Novel Ink. I’m going to do all of these things except the tagging part because I have no clue who has or hasn’t been tagged. I guess we’ll just say that if you haven’t been tagged yet but want to give this a go, considered yourself tagged by me. You’re welcome. ;)
Now, let’s do this (with everything in random order, because Asti likes to break rules like that).
Book with a Flower
Book: New Moon (Twilight #2) by Stephenie Meyer
I think I originally pulled a different book off my shelf for this prompt, but put it back when I saw New Moon sitting at the bottom of my bookcase. I got into this series because of the covers (black, white, and red was my favorite color combination as a teen, and I loved how simple yet striking the images were), so felt like they deserved a little recognition.
While I probably would have never read this series if I knew it was about vampires and werewolves prior to cracking the first book open (yeah, I’m so bad at reading synopses that I had no idea when Twilight was first published), I’m glad I gave it a go. It may not be the best series ever, but I did enjoy it at the time. [My Twilight Re-Read Review]
Book with Heart(s)
Book: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
I think this is the only book I own that features a heart. Why? Well, having hearts on the cover of a book sort of implies the book will be about romance and I (shockingly) am not a romance reader. I know, sad times. I did actually experiment with reading some love stories when I was a teen though, including a couple of Sarah Dessen books like This Lullaby. While I can’t say I actually remember anything from this book, I do think I enjoyed her work when I read it. Otherwise I don’t think I’d own more than one book from her. :P
Book with Water
Book: The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #2) by Carrie Ryan
Ooh, The Dead-Tossed Waves. I actually really like the covers for Carrie Ryan’s series, and the fact that it involved ZOMBIES! (I really don’t read enough zombie books, and yet I find them way more fascinating than vampires. Fail.) I’m still disappointed that I can’t find the third book of the series in my collection of books (because I know I had a copy prior to moving back in with my parents, but alas, sometimes life is just mean like that. Sigh.
Book with Headphones
Book: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Okay, so I totally failed at this prompt, but again I feel like this tag is biased against those who primarily read fantasy and sci-fi. Not that there aren’t likely fantasy or sci-fi books containing headphones in the world, but I feel like a majority of such covers are utilized for contemporary storylines. And, like romance, I just don’t do contemporaries (or if I do they’re about dark things like depression and suicide, because I’m fun like that).
I decided to take a picture of Thirteen Reasons Why anyways, because out of all the books I own it is the one that fits closest to the prompt. There’s a cassette tape player on the back of the book, and the storyline involves the main character listening to tapes left by a girl who commits suicide. Maybe he doesn’t use headphones to listen to them (I honestly don’t remember), but it’s the only book I own that I can think of relating to headphones and listening to music.
Book with a Sunset
Book: Golden by Jessi Kirby
How does one tell the difference between a sunset and a sunrise when it comes to book covers? Are they different colors or something? That is the kind of things I thought about while completing this tag. Exciting, right? I’m going to assume the cover for Golden features a sunset, but if it’s actually a sunrise then I fail again. (And we don’t like that so let’s just pretend it’s a sunset either way, okay?)
Golden was a surprisingly good read for me. Why surprisingly? Well, because it’s contemporary. (See, I told you this tag was biased!) And while there’s nothing wrong with contemporary, it’s just not my cup of tea (which is non-existent, because I don’t like tea). Golden is a good read though – I think many teenagers or young adults should read it. It deals with big questions and life things. Definitely recommend. [My Golden review]
Book: Lost It by Kristen Tracey
Oh yeah, I cheated on this one too. Whoops. You can’t really tell if the couple is kissing or not because, well, they’re under a kayak or something (what the heck is that??). But she’s sort of laying on top of him and it looks like she’s lost her top and shoes so if they’re not kissing under there, they’re definitely doing something romantic. (Better cover your eyes, kids.)
But wait Asti, why do you have a book like this in your collection? Because I was a teenager once! Duh! As a teen, I was sort of excited about the idea that a book would talk about sex and losing your virginity because it’s something that I knew about and maybe had experience with. I wanted a book that would explore those topics and help me understand this thing that happened in relationships, and I thought due to the cover and title this book would do that.
Did it? I honestly don’t remember. (I’m pretty sure that statement shouldn’t surprise you. I admit my trouble with book amnesia all the time!) But I keep it in my book collection for giggles anyways. (I also have a copy of Doing It by Melvin Burgess for similar reasons.)
Girl in a White Dress
Book: Envy (Luxe #3) by Anna Godbersen
Confession time: I totally bought the books in this series as a teenager because I loved the pretty dresses on the covers, and I totally fell in love with this series as a teenager because of the romances involved. I remember stalking Anna Godbersen’s website in hopes that she would tell me what would happen with a certain couple after each book, and I gobbled each one of these up like nobody’s business.
That’s all I pretty much remember – loving these books because I loved the characters and romance. And that’s sort of funny to me now, as an adult reader who reads YA but doesn’t tend to enjoy the storylines when it comes to love. I think if we can learn one thing from my participation in this tag, it’s that my tastes have changed a bit since I was a teenager. Nothing wrong with that.
Book with a Moon
Book: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Hahaha, you didn’t think I would write such a post and not include my one and only Mr. Ness, did you? Well, if you did, you were wrong. Ness is here. He’s always here.
And really, I almost actually ended up using a different Ness book for this category – the Chaos Walking books I own include moons on the cover. I only ended up choosing A Monster Calls because it’s my go-to book recommendation for anyone who hasn’t read a Ness book yet (it’s a quick read and gorgeous to look at). Look at that moon. Look at that monster. Look at that cover. Love. [My A Monster Calls Review]
Book with a Weapon on the Cover
Book: Fire (Graceling Realm #2) by Kristin Cashore
The one category that I had a lot of books to choose from because I really like kick-ass girls and usually when you find a book with weapons on the cover you know you’ll likely be encountering a kick-ass protagonist.
In the end, I decided to highlight Fire because a) I really like the cover and b) I really like the first book in the series. [See my review of Graceling, book one of the Graceling Realm, here.] A special shout out to Christina from Christina Reads YA for getting me this book. Hopefully I get around to reading it soon!
The Word “Gone” In the Title
Book: Gone (Dream Catcher #3) by Lisa McMann
Another book I bought in my pre-blogging days. Wow. If anything this tag has succeeded in helping me reunite with some older beauties on my bookshelf.
I actually own the entire Dream Catcher series, but I’ve never read any of the books. I’m pretty sure I got sucked in because of the whole black cover thing with simple striking images (see what you did, Twilight?!), and as I did in my pre-blogging days, I bought the entire series because I knew that once I read one book I would read them all because I just don’t get up on series. (Well, I do now.)
Has anyone actually read this series? Is it any good?
And, that’s it! I consider this tag an almost-success. I did at least provide a book and picture for each prompt, even if they all didn’t feature what was asked for in the most obvious way. Whoops.
I do still stand by my belief though that this seems more directed towards readers of contemporaries and romances instead of fantasy and science fiction. While I own like two hundred books, I really struggled to find appropriate books for this tag. I almost think that the girls at Novel Ink should give this tag another go. Create a second version. And this time, make it a bit more fantastical – include things about magic, supernatural creatures, gears and cogs, etc. Then maybe it’ll create a bigger challenge for contemporary readers, like this one was a struggle for me. :P
Your turn! Have you participated in the tag? Do you like my pictures? Do you think they should make a second edition more geared towards fantasy cover trends? ;P