Hey, Strangers! I found this tag created by chelseadolling reads on Booktube and thought I’d give it a try. My only regret is that I’m not drunk while writing this.
- Wine Coolers: You’re 16 and you finally managed to sneak one of your mom’s Smirnoff Ices. What is one of your guilty pleasure reads?
The Selection series by Kiera Cass. It’s cheesy as hell with no real plot, but it’s also fluffy and harmless. It’s also, quite frankly, addicting. Even when you don’t like what’s happening, you can’t look away. I don’t think I’ll ever read them again, but they were fun to read when I did. (I’d hate to have been caught reading them though.)
- Beer: You’ve made it to college and are hosting your first kegger! Pick your favorite new adult or college-aged book.
It has to be the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab. Words cannot describe how much I love this series and its characters (especially Kell). It’s just so beautiful and wonderful and I love it so much.
- Tequila: You partied too hard last night and drank a little too much Jose Cuervo. What’s a book that you never want to see again (or, your least favorite book)?
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I really don’t like this series, but I hate this book. It has one of the worst, most irritating characters I’ve ever read about (Niklas Malikov). My blood boils just thinking about how much I hate this book with its weird lingo and text talk and terrible messages. I don’t think Kaufman or Kristoff have every even seen a teenager, let alone heard one speak. It’s like an alien wrote this. And then we get the lovely message “if you keep hitting on and asking out a girl even after she says no and has to go so far as to break your arm to get you to leave her alone enough times, she’ll eventually give in.” Sorry, but what Nik is doing is harassment and it’s scary, not romantic.
4. Beer Bong: What’s a book you read super fast?
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. The first time I read this series, I finished both books in two days (one book a day). I was hooked.
- Spring Break: You’ve thrown your inhibitions to the wind and end up having a sexy night you’ll never forget. What is your favorite smutty read?
I don’t really read a lot of smut, but there’s some well-written smut in the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series by Krista & Becca Ritchie. Each couple has different things they like (including one couple that enjoys softcore BDSM (actual BDSM, not abuse like in Fifty Shades of Grey)), but all the guys make sure their girls get off, even before they do.
- Screwdriver: What is the most twisted book you’ve ever read?
Easily Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. Kids are locked in an attic for years by their own mother and grandmother. One of the twins dies and the older brother and sister engage in incest. I never read the rest of the series (nor do I want to), but I heard it only gets worse. (The brother and sister change their names and wind up married with kids (that were fathered by two separate abusive men) and the surviving twin kills herself.)
- Long Island Ice Tea: The melting pot of alcoholic beverages. What is one of your favorite diverse reads?
The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. It has such a diverse cast, with different races and sexualities. It also deals with PTSD, sex trafficking, and ableism. It’s even Own Voices, as Bardugo has a condition that requires her to use a cane and has also dealt with sexual assault.
- Sex on the Beach: A drink that’s great in theory, but wasn’t exactly all it was cracked up to be. What is a book that didn’t live up to the hype?
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I remember when everyone was talking about how good and heartbreaking this book was, so I was let down by what I got. It felt like The Fault in Our Stars, except the couple has mental illness instead of cancer (never mind whether or not it’s even good rep, which many say it is not). I found it to be average.
- Wine: You’ve just gone through a rough break up, so you park yourself in bed with your favorite bottle of wine, some ice cream, and a bucket for your tears. What book made you cry out all your feels?
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I get emotional just thinking about it.
- Strip Club: What is your favorite naked hardback?
I literally cannot think of any right now, but I will say that I absolutely adore the new paperback covers for the The Wrath & the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh. Especially the one for The Rose & the Dagger. So gorgeous. I mean, just look at them:
So anyway, those are my answers to the drunk book tag. I actually even feel a little drunk. Hope no one spiked my water mix.
See you next time, Strangers!