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🌸The Spring Cleaning Book Tag🌸

It’s spring and by god are my allergies back with a vengeance. We went up to the countryside last week and I had to take antihistamine tablets and paracetamol when I got home, just to get through work that night. 🥴🤧

Anyways, enough about my sneezing, it’s time for a tag! Today to celebrate (or maybe commiserate) Spring, I’m doing the Spring Cleaning Tag!!

The struggle to get started // A book or series you struggle to begin because of it’s size.

My first instinct is to say The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore because this bad boi is 700+ pages long.

Back during lockdown, I got super into Russian history, specifically the Romanov family. I watched a bunch of documentaries and so when I saw Reagan @ Peruse Project on Youtube talk about this book I knew I needed it in my life.

A year later and I’m still really interested in learning more about this subject and do still want to read this book, I’m just scared because this book is BIG and the words are very smallll.

Cleaning out the closet // A book or series you want to un-haul.

I’ve been really tempted to un-haul The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer recently and I don’t know why. I did enjoy this series but I’m not sure if I see myself ever re-reading it. I don’t know what to do. I’m not gonna make any decision yet.

Opening the window and letting in fresh air // A book that was refreshing.

I read Off Campus by Elle Kennedy last month, not just one book but the entire series, and for someone who doesn’t read much romance, and when I do it’s YA, I found this to be very refreshing.

What I think I found most re-freshing was that these characters are in college. That’s not something I read often but really do need to read more of because I enjoyed it so much.

Also, it’s sad I have to say this, but the lack of hurtful slut-shaming was a nice change of pace. Don’t get me wrong, the word is still thrown around but it’s the guys being called that the most and the characters basically have the mindset of “yeah they have lot’s of sex but so do I, so who am I to judge?”

Washing out the sheets // A scene you wish you could rewrite.

Heroes of Olympus. This series could have been so much more I’ve recently realised after re-reading the series a couple of months ago and also seeing what other people would change. I don’t have the energy to go into it all now but some things I would change include:

  • Hazel and Frank age difference. I’d make Frank younger and I also wouldn’t make him super buff by magic!
  • Focus more on Jason’s backstory!! Dude is actually pretty interesting but he comes across like a plain cracker on page. Also more Piper and Jason romance development.
  • No to the whole Leo + Calypso thing. Unnecessary. Don’t like it.
  • read more in the kind of series review i did.

Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks // A book in a series you didn’t think was necessary.

The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu was a book I could have lived without.

I kind of read these series as novellas. I can’t buy in to the urgency of the plot simply because we know everyone makes it out fine and the world doesn’t end and that’s where this book goes wrong.

Don’t get me wrong I loved seeing more of Alec, Magnus and adorable baby Max but the plot wasn’t interesting to me. At least with the first book there was the travel aspect to keep me entertained but with this I didn’t really care about anything.

Polishing doorknobs // A book that had a clean finish.

Not The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes that’s for sure … I’m still heartbroken over the non-existent third book. 😭

Reaching to dust the fan // A book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.

The first book to come to mind was Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow so that’s what we’re going with.

This book was just 400 pages of heavy topics and important messages. So much that it made it hard to read.

The tiring yet satisfying finish // A series that was tiring but satisfying to get through.

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare was emotionally tiring because I cried when I binge read all 3 books back when QOAAD was first released.

All For the Game by Nora Savakic always takes it’s toll on me simply because I stay up wayyy too late reading and then scouring tumblr whenever I re-read it.

And Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas is so tiring that I still haven’t finished it but I’m sure I’ll be very proud and satisfied when I finally make it to the end!

And there we have it. The Spring Cleaning Book Tag! I wasn’t tagged so I’m not tagging anyone but feel free to do it if you want to.

Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

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