Sweetener Book Tag

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Good morning, readers! Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
Today I’m doing something a little different than usual. I’m going to try doing a book tag for the first time ever! Thank you to Ngoza over at Ngoza and her books who created this tag and for tagging me!

Breathin’: A Book you can’t imagine never having read or a book that significantly shaped your reading.

Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
This is my favourite series of all time as everyone who knows me is no doubt tired of hearing, and I have yet to find a single book that I would place on the same level as Tolkien in the eleven years since I first read it. To this day, I attribute my love of epic fantasy to this series and it has a place of pride on my bookshelf.

R.E.M: A “Woke” book or a book that exhibited a level of social, racial, cultural, or political awareness.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I know that’s probably the cliche choice for this, but I don’t read contemporary novels all that often and when I do, am even pickier about which ones I read. This stands out in the crowd, even two years later. If you haven’t read this yet, I would highly recommend.

Thank You, Next: The first book in a series that made you want the next book immediately.

And I Darken from The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White.
This is a very unorthodox historical fiction novel and while I was quite skeptical initially, it completely took me by surprise with just how much I liked it. This series ended earlier this year with Bright We Burn and I have absolutely no complaints whatsoever.

Better Off: A book you wish you never bought/read.

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.
After a rather difficult start to this series, I was only just beginning to like the story – and then that disappointment of an ending happened. Honestly, I would have been perfectly happy imagining an ending for this rather than the one we got.

Every time: Your favorite re-read.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.
As the series I grew up with, and one of the first full-length novels I remember reading, Harry Potter has always been very special to me and a huge part of my reading journey. I usually end up re-reading at least one, if not more of the books each year.

Borderline: A yet to be released book you been eagerly anticipating.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.
I discovered Leigh Bardugo’s books quite late, but when I did, I finished reading the Grisha Verse and Six of Crows all in under a week. I’m very excited to return to this universe, this time focusing on one of my favourite characters, Nikolai.

Pete Davison: A book where your ship didn’t sail.

A hard one, because I’m generally on board with the ships the author chooses. I’m tempted to say Safi and Merik from The Witchlands, but as that series is not yet over, I still have my fingers crossed. Instead, I’m going to go with Maven and Mare from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, because the redemption arc I was hoping for never happened.

The Light is Coming: An amazing series conclusion.

This one was another really hard choice but I’m going to say Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas. It was everything I had hoped for in the conclusion and more.

Successful: How many books have you read this year?

It has been a rather slow reading year for me and the count stands at 42, but with a week to go until the new year, I’m hoping to bring that up to a 50.

I tag all of you to do this tag!
Please make sure to link back to this post and also credit the creator of the tag!

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