Bookish Tag: Find Me (If You Can… And Asti Can’t. So Grumble.)

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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

Bookish Tag: Find Me | Book With a Flower | New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

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)

Bookish Tag: Find Me | Book With Heart | This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

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

Bookish Tag: Find Me | Book With Water | The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

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

Bookish Tag: Find Me | Book With Headphones | Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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

Bookish Tag: Find Me | Book with Sunset | Golden by Jessi Kirby

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]

Couple Kissing

Bookish Tag: Find Me | Couple Kissing | Lost It by Kristen Tracy

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

Bookish Tag: Find Me | Girl in White Dress | Envy by Anna Godbersen

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

Bookish Tag: Find Me | Moon on Cover | A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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

Bookish Tag: Find Me | Book with Weapon | Fire by Kristen Cashore

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

Bookish Tag: Find Me | Gone in the Title | Gone by Lisa McMann

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


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  1. LOL, yeah! This is definitely a tag for Contemporary readers! I would have a hard time finding books for some of these too!

    I read the Dream Catcher series and I liked it back then but I think I wouldn’t enjoy it much anymore. It’s a quick read though^^

    Fire is great!!! Not my favorite (Graceling will always be my favorite because of Po <3) but it's really good too.

    • Yes. The struggle is real. Darn contemporary tag. :P

      That’s what I wondered about the Dream Catcher series. I was interested in it pre-blogging, but I feel like I’ve changed a lot since I’ve started blogging in regards to what I like and how certain things bug me way more than they used to. It’s why I don’t often fangirl over Scott Westerfeld even though I love him and he’s the author that got me into YA. I LOVED his Uglies series as a teen, but I don’t think they’d hold up to a reread since they contain many tropes that have drowned out the world of YA since then.

  2. I definitely think there should be a second edition. I would much prefer to see a wide range of fantasy covers. I do enjoy reading some contemporaries, but the covers aren’t terribly inspiring.

    Fire is amaaaaazing. By far my favorite in the trilogy.

  3. FUN!! But, yeah, I completely agree that this was created with a certain type of reader in mind. While going through your list I was mentally trying to picture what books I’d choose and I had a pretty hard time. :(

    I recently (as in last week) read my very first Patrick Ness! I won a big box of stuff a while back from Candlewick and A Monster Calls was inside. I went into that book blind and IT CRUSHED ME. But I loved it SO much. The Knife of Never Letter Go was included in the giveaway as well and I’m really looking forward to it!

    • Well I’m at least glad to know it isn’t just me that would have trouble with this tag! I felt pretty good for the first couple I found, but then as it went on I was getting more frustrated that out of all the books I own I couldn’t fit any to match the requirements! Fail >.< Yayyyyyyy Patrick Ness! A Monster Calls is a great one to start off - it's a quick read and a standalone so it gives you a taste of Ness as a writer without all the commitment. I'm SO glad you liked it! One of the main reasons I love Ness is because he delivers ALL THE FEELS. Be prepared for even more if/when you read The Knife of Never Letting Go! :)

  4. I really like the concept of this tag, but I feel like it isn’t very broad. I totally see how it seems like it leans towards contemporary lovers more than fantasy or genres. Once again, Asti, your pictures are the most beautiful thing. I love looking at them!

  5. Oh, this tag is to cool! I liked the Dream Catcher series when I read them, but that was a five years ago. If I remember correctly, it was a quick thriller with some romance. I loved reading Graceling too. And I love Po and Katsa so much that I actually skipped Fire (Katsa’s not in it) even though a lot of people liked it better than Graceling and went straight to reading Bitterblue (Po & Katsa make an appearance so obviously I needed to read it first).

    • Haha, that’s interesting you went straight to reading Bitterblue just so you could get more Katsa and Po action. I’ll have to read Fire soon to see which one I like better because I feel like people are split between the two. The only one that doesn’t seem to get any love is Bitterblue!

  6. The fact that it seems to be focused on contemporary books is keeping me from participating. I just don’t have enough covers that will match the description, but you did a great job and I love the way you photographed your books. I love the cover from Fire with the weapon and the cover from Envy has such a pretty dress :D

    • Yeah, it’s a bit discouraging when you’re looking at all the books you own but still can’t seem to find ones to fit the requirements. I just cheated and added books that didn’t fully fit the description, but that was only after getting frustrated by not finding the right things. :P And thanks! I’ve been having fun taking pictures of my books lately even though I haven’t been doing them outside which is what I prefer.

    • Yes, it’s harder than I thought it would be too! I started grabbing prompts for the first few books and thought “hey, maybe I’ll just limit my books to those with black covers because they’ll look nice for a picture”, getting overconfident, and then quickly realized that it didn’t matter what color the cover was, there were some prompts I just wouldn’t be able to meet. Fail >.<

  7. Okay, I admit it: your commentary for “Lost It” made me giggle. (With that said, though, who even makes out under a kayak? Not that I have much experience with kayaks – nor with making out under them – but wouldn’t it be supremely uncomfortable? And it doesn’t exactly leave a lot of room to do *other things*, does it?)

    I feel like this is the kind of thing that should be on a reality TV show: “America’s Worst Date Ideas – As Told by YA Books!”.

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