Books as First Dates Book Tag

Valentine’s Day was two days ago and I almost missed it.

I remember chocolate and some cutesy posts on Twitter.

Otherwise it was a nonevent.

Elli @ Ace Reader posted this tag for Valentine’s Day and I thought it was perfect.

This tag was created by Alice @ Love for Words, a gorgeous blog with delightful graphics. Please check it out.

In other news, I haven’t been on a first date in at least six months and I CAN’T FATHOM GOING ON ANOTHER.

First and Last

A book/series you’ve read and enjoyed, but can’t bring yourself to read again

(CW: murder)

I read We Need to Talk About Kevin before Lionel Shriver outed herself as a transphobe.

We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel by Lionel Shriver, Winner of the Orange Prize


I really liked the book – I think it works really well as a thriller.

It also made me sick to my stomach when I finished.

Weirdly, child murderers (that is, murderers who are children) are kind of nausea-inducing.

With a Friend of my Friend

A book/series someone recommended that turned out to be different from what you had expected

Have I got a book for YOU.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is one of my friend Nikita’s favorite books.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

She pitched it to me as a reflective novel about a girl living alone in space.

Yeah, no. This book is a sci-fi horror/thriller.

I don’t want to spoil it – just know that reading this was a tense experience.

Actually, you know what? Here are the content warnings:

CW: grooming, violence, death of a parent, murder, paranoia, psychological torture, bodily harm, terror


Just want to throw out there that in one scene, Romy pulls out her OWN TOOTH. With PLIERS.

Double Date

A book whose sequel you immediately had to read

I bought both volumes of Check, Please! at once and started Stick and Scones immediately after finishing #Hockey.

Check Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

I think these books are perfect.

I don’t think any other author could recreate the magic of this lovely queer sports romance.

They are welcome to try.

Let’s Go to the Movies

A book/series that should be adapted to the screen

I’ve been burned in the past by big-budget adaptations of fantasy novels.

Even so, I’d like to see someone attempt The Starless Sea.

The Starless Sea: A Novel by Erin Morgenstern

There are elements from the book I’d love to see on screen.

If not a film adaptation, how about a video game? I’m pretty sure Erin Morgenstern said she was inspired by video games when she wrote the book.

Dreamy Stargazing

A book that made you go ahhh and ohhh

After reading The Fire Next Time, I am in awe of James Baldwin’s writing.

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

He explained concepts so clearly, summarizing American racism in under 100 pages.

He had some ideas that made me go, “…huh,” followed several paragraphs later by, “OH.”

I think his religious allusions are neat.

This book was not a comfortable experience. It’s challenging, worthwhile material. Get yourself a copy.

Fun at the Fair

A book full of colors

Alex London’s Skybound Saga has a color motif.

Black Wings Beating by Alex London

I think the first book is black, the second is red, and the third gold.

I keep meaning to start this series.

The friend who lent it to me finished all the books I gave him.

It’s my turn.

Amusement Park Adventure

A book that was a rollercoaster

I’m a third of the way through The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires and uh…

New York Times Best Seller The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel by Grady Hendrix

I have not been able to sleep since I started.

This book goes HARD on the violence.

There was also an intruder scare that had me on edge.

Snow kept thumping on the roof of my parents’ house and I was convinced it was a vampire.

Picnic with Cherries

A book whose food descriptions made you feel all *heart eyes*

The emotional stakes of Tweet Cute were great.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Even better were the dessert descriptions.

I want a Monster Cake. And a So-Sorry Blondie. And a Sex-Positive Brownie.

Apparently these recipes are available the author’s blog???


Trip to the museum

A book that taught you valuable stuff

I’m 2/3 of the way through The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I wasn’t expecting to cry this much.

According to the book, people are allowed to recreate themselves as many times as they want to match how they feel inside.

They get to choose their own family and make their own rules.

They don’t have to be ashamed of who they once were.

Happy late Valentine’s Day!

If you’re headed on a first date soon, hope it goes well!

I’m waiting until…well, I’m not sure what I’m waiting for.

I might get back out there…one of these days.

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