The Book Courtship Tag


I’ve been seeing The Book Courtship Tag going around for a really, really long time and I thought I’d finally do it today. I was tagged by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks and Summer @ Xingsings. Go and check out their posts!

Phase 1: Initial Attraction – A book that you bought because of the cover

since-youve-been-gone I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a lot of cover-buys. When I’m browsing in a bookstore, it’s usually the covers of books that get my attention first.

Since You’ve been Gone by Morgan Matson was a book that I kept seeing online and the amazing dust jacket was what pushed me to order this really expensive hardcover online. Of course, being a coming-of-age contemporary story, it was right up my alley. But I would have bought it even if it was completely out of my comfort zone.

Phase 2: First Impressions – A book that you got because of the summary

cinderscarletcresswinter Fairytale retellings with a sci-fi twist? Sign me up straight away!!! I loved that Cinder was a super badass mechanic and cyborg!

Phase 3: Sweet Talk – A book with great writing

the-stars-at-oktober-bend When it comes to books with amazing writing, All the Light We Cannot See is probably my number one pick. But I’ve been told that I never shut up about that book, so today I’m featuring The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard. It has a beautiful mixture of prose and verse that makes the book a pleasure to read.

Other favourites of mine with great writing are I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and Just One Day by Gayle Forman.

Phase 4: First Date – A first book of a series that made you want to pick up the rest of the series

the-winners-curse I have to choose The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutokoski for this one.

This book was near perfect. It had a wonderful atmosphere, some really complex characters and lots of political intrigue. It was wonderful and I binged The Winner’s Crime immediately after I finished the first book and it was even better! It was so full of tension and I could not stop raving about this series for a full month afterwards. I cannot wait for The Winner’s Kiss to arrive at my doorstep. It’s going to be EPIC.

Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls – A book that kept you up all night

fangirlcarry-on Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was the first book that I remember staying up all night reading. I finished the book in one sitting at about 4:30am.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is the other book that I distinctly remember staying up all night for. I think I finished it at about 5am in the morning. I guess there’s just something about Rainbow’s books.

Phase 6: Always On My Mind – A book you could not stop thinking about

a-little-life A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara completely broke me. It was the most intense and emotional read of my life and I couldn’t stop thinking about it afterwards. This book took me about two weeks to read and I couldn’t think about anything else during those two weeks. I couldn’t pick up another book because all I wanted to read and think about was A Little Life. And after I finished the book, I found myself in a pretty intense reading slump, where I didn’t want to read anything else because my heart was still so broken and I was so emotionally exhausted.

Phase 7: Getting Physical – A book which you love the way it feels

harry-potter-illustrated-edition-cover The illustrated edition of Harry Potter is a book that I love holding in my hands, even though it’s super heavy. It just feels so luxurious.Β  I really like the embossed text of the title and the super matte texture of the cover that makes it feel really velvety. I also love the feel and thickness of the pages and the built-in bookmark.

I’m so excited for the illustrated edition of Chamber of Secrets to be released. I think I might preorder it soon.

Phase 8: Meeting the Parents – A book you would recommend to your family and friends

ill-give-you-the-sun You mean something that’s not All the Light We Cannot See (I literally push that book so hard that I end up buying it for everyone’s birthdays).

I highly recommend I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I kinda push this book a lot too but it deserves all the high praise. It explores so many different things that every reader could find something enjoyable about it. It has beautiful writing and a beautiful story, with a really diverse cast of characters. It’s my favourite YA novel of all time!

Phase 9: Thinking About the Future – A book or series you know you will reread many times in the future

My-Life-Next-Doorcarry-on These are two books I can see myself rereading over and over. They’re both really fast-paced and easy reads, despite them having an above average page count. I love the characters in both Carry On and My Life Next Door so much. I would love to revisit their world and get to know them over and over. And of course, I can see myself rereading All the Light We Cannot See until my physical copy falls apart from being over-read.

Phase 10: Share the Love – Who do you tag?

Tagging 5 of my newest followers. Thank you for the follow and the support (even though I’ve been a sloth lately).

And of course, 5 of my old friends/tag buddies


25 thoughts on “The Book Courtship Tag

    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Hehe I’m so glad that you loved I’ll Give You the Sun so much! Hopefully I can continue to recommend books that you can enjoy! The Boy Most Likely To was a great companion to MLND. I didn’t like it as much but I still gave it 4.5 stars because of the character development that Tim went through. It was beautiful!


  1. Lois says:

    My Life Next Door is one of my go-to rereads. I just feel so happy everytime I read that book. The Stars at Oktober Bend sounds interesting and the book cover is stunning. As always you have given me more books to add to my tbr pile haha.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I haven’t reread My Life Next Door yet but I totally want to this year! It’s been way too long since I read it the first time. Huntley Fitzpatrick’s books are just amazing and I can’t wait for her next one! I think you’ll love The Stars at Oktober Bend, Lois! It’s got really beautiful writing and an even more beautiful story!

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  2. Aila @ One Way Or An Author says:

    Aww this is such a cute tag. I love the cover of Since You’ve Been Gone too! That’s pretty much what sold me on that one. And OMG currently in the midst of All the Light We Cannot See (which I can’t thank you enough for) and I can totally see what you mean by its writing. I’m taking my sweet ass time with it just to savor the words. I think I’ll try out My Life Next Door for my next contemporary read! I was looking back at all the books I’ve read this year and have only one for that genre LOL.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Omg I’m so glad to hear that All the Light is living up to your expectations, even with my overhyping. If you need someone to cry to, I will be here to cry along with you. So savour the heck out of it! And YAY! You should definitely check out My Life Next Door asap! It’s so funny and heartwarming and the characters are perfection… except certain adults who are just douche canoes.


  3. Summer @ Xingsings says:

    Oh my gosh, I loved The Winner’s Curse so, so much. I only wish I read it sooner! I just finished The Winner’s Crime a few hours ago and I don’t know how I feel about it yet. All the misunderstand was a little frustrating but that was probably the purpose… I don’t know. I don’t think I liked it as much as the first but it still was really awesome. And why General Trajan? WHY?! T.T


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