Books

The Zodiac Book Tag

I, a Capricorn, must do every zodiac-themed book tag that exists.

I simply must.

When I found this tag at The Reading Fairy, I IMMEDIATELY drafted a post.

The tag was created by Swift Walker at JustDreamland, whose blog has since been deleted.

Aries: A wild and powerful book, compelling from start to finish. Every page intoxicated your heart and mind with incredible imagery.

If you want to emotionally devastate yourself on a Sunday afternoon, Baptized in Tear Gas is the book for you!

Baptized in Tear Gas by Elle Dowd

Elle Dowd referenced a passage from Isaiah to paint a picture of heaven: as the lion lays down with the lamb, oppressors will have their natures so utterly changed that they will learn to serve those they oppressed.

It’s a powerful image.

Taurus: A heart-wrenching story of a forbidden love that could tear a family apart.

(Spoilers for Neon Gods)

All hail Neon Gods!

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

Hades and Persephone’s fake-romance-turned-real TORE OLYMPUS APART.

Demeter SHUT DOWN FOOD PRODUCTION FOR THE ENTIRE CITY to get her daughter back.

IT WAS INTENSE.

Moms trying to protect their daughters: the only thing more intense than public sex.

Gemini: A book that is cheeky, quippy, and witty.

I am new to the Discworld series, but so far both Mort and Small Gods have made me laugh out loud.

Terry Pratchett was SMART.

I never met him and I still miss him.

Cancer: A bittersweet book that spoke to your sensitive heart.

I haven’t read Yerba Buena yet, but it’s a Nina LaCour novel; I am contractually obligated as a sad queer person to read it.

Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour

I’d bet money that this book is going to hurt me.

The cover screams “bittersweet.”

Leo: A book with drama, love, fancy wear, and hope.

I don’t normally enjoy Regency romance and in fact didn’t finish my choice for this prompt.

That said, Revealed by Kate Noble is a lot of fun.

Revealed by Kate Noble

There are costume balls! Masks! Spies! Plots! Intrigue on every page!

I can vouch for the first half of the book as the second half was lost to depression fog.

Virgo: A tender story about self-love, self-discovery, self-determination, perseverance, friendship, romance, and family.

Night of the Living Rez looks like it will properly wreck me.

Night of the Living Rez: Stories by Morgan Talty

I saw the title and thought, “Yeah! Native horror/comedy!”

Instead, it’s a Native essay collection!

Oh no! My heart!

Libra: A book that has a remarkably refreshing frank look at life. One of the realest books that you’ve ever read.

Trick Mirror made me confront how complicated the internet has become.

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

It didn’t feel good.

I haven’t fully stepped away from social media (obviously, as you’re reading this on a blog and were referred here from either Twitter or LinkedIn.)

I have taken a step back. My life has…improved.

Scorpio: A book with a good plot twist. A book that is psychologically-thrilling and emotionally-chilling, haunted you from the first page to the last.

Most of the hype I’ve heard about The Last House on Needless Street concerns the twist.

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

I started this and couldn’t handle the adult narrator referring to his mom as “mommy” in flashbacks or the TALKING CAT, so I spoiled myself. I wasn’t super impressed.

I started reading horror to impress a man and I don’t think it’s my genre.

That’s the LAST time I expand my horizons for a hot person! Sweeping declaration! There’s NO way I’ll change my mind about this!

Sagittarius: An adventurous, summer read.

I found A Gift for a Ghost on Bookshop and it looks WILD.

A Gift for a Ghost by Borja Gonzalez

There are two timelines, one where I imagine the ghost becomes a ghost and one where…teens form a band??

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Why does this look like a summer camp adventure??

Capricorn: A book that has everything to do with friendship.

An Embarrassment of Witches is arguably about coming out, coming of age, and dating the worst guys.

An Embarrassment of Witches by Sophie Goldstein & Jena Jordan

The core of the book is still FRIENDSHIP.

This book made me laugh a lot and validated some of my past choices.

It’s a HIDDEN GEM.

Aquarius: A quirky and unique book.

Hurricane Girl by Marcy Dermansky has one of the wildest plot synopses I’ve ever read.

Hurricane Girl by Marcy Dermansky

I scanned it, thinking the book was a typical romance, then caught phrases like “brain surgeon,” “revenge,” and “good turkey sandwich.”

Pisces: A book that bewitched and enchanted you by its lyrical words, and transmitted your imaginative mind.

The Bone Orchard‘s well-written prose makes the difficult content go down easier.

The Bone Orchard by Sara A Mueller

I’m still horrified, don’t get me wrong.

I’m also very invested in everyone’s well-being.

I’m just caught between how tragic and beautiful the story is.

Believe it or not, I’m making headway in my unread book collection.

I’ll hopefully have new answers for upcoming book tags.

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