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Racing to Read Book Tag!

Hello and howdy 🀠

Today I went to my first American Football game. We managed to piece together what was happening as the game went on, but for the most part I was clueless.

You may be wondering “what is this relevant?” and to that I say: because today we’re doing a sport related tag in the form of The Racing to Read Book Tag and I need a good segueway into things.

The extent of my work-out routine is walking from my bed to my fridge. Just kidding. I do walk literally everywhere though and that’s enough for me when it comes to exercising. I have too much social anxiety for the gym.

I’ve seen Riddhi @ Whispering Stories and Rabhya @ Rabs Bookish Planet do this tag so go check out there’s if you haven’t already :))

Warmp Up // A book that stretches your mind

I’ve only just finished this series but I already feel like I’ve talked about it too much. With that being said, for this question I’m going with: A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson.

This book is a murder mystery so of course you’re brains on the look out for clues. More then that though, it’s super interactive with maps, interview transcripts, photos and diagrams. I feel like these added elements made me pay even more attention and made my brain work overtime.

Start Line // Whats a book you started but never finished?

Over the summer there was actually one to two books I started but didn’t finish.

The first being It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey which I don’t know if I’m going to be picking back up. I wanted to read this for my Grumpy/Sunshine Part 2 post but I wasn’t liking any of the characters and it just felt like such a chore.

I do however plan to pick up The Society For Soulless Girls by L.K Steven. The only reason I put this down was because the vibe wasn’t right. This very much felt like a dark academia book and reading it 40*C August weather just wasn’t it. I’m actually probably going to start this from the beginning again. I actually have an audiobook ARC which I forgot I requested so maybe I’ll give that a try as soon as the weather cools down.

Sprint // A book you’ve read really quickly.

Months later and I’m still in shock at how fast I read In Other Lands by Sara Rees Brennan. I mean I demolished this 500-ish page book in like, 2 days. Would like to carry this energy into every book I read forever.

Marathon // What’s your favourite long book?

This is quite a tricky one because I tend to avoid long books like the plague so I’m going to say Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Party because it’s the first long book that came to mind, but also because I really do love it.

I’m actually slowly (major emphasis on “slowly”) re-reading this series. This trilogy causes me emotional trauma.

Hurdles // What’s a book that has ups and downs?

I don’t know if it’s just cause I’m tired but I cannot think of a single books for this prompt, even after going over my last three years worth of Goodreads Reading Challenges.

Finish Line // A book you were proud to finish?

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong is a pretty short book but it’s something so outside of what I normally read that I’m proud of myself not only for finishing it, but for being brave enough to pick it up in the first place.

Shoutout to my friend Jeremy who bought me this for Christmas because there’s no chance I would have picked this up for myself and I did actually really enjoy it.

Gold Medal // Best book you’ve read during a readathon.

I’ve participated in two readathons – 2019 Reading Rush and 2020’s Stay Home Reading Rush. Honestly, all the books I read for those were ok. Nothing amazing.

Participation Ribbon // An underrated book you wish got more attention.

I, of course, could not have picked just one book. All of these are criminally underrated. Please go read them right now.

So there we have it. My sports related activity of the day led to a sports related book tag. This is how I choose to live my life and I have no shame.

Anyways I’d love to know your thoughts and feelings on any of these books. Also, if you want to do this tag, I’d love to see your answers. Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

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