Hey everyone! Spring is definitely in full swing today – this long weekend has been filled with great sunny weather and I know we all love it! I’m here to give to you the Spring Cleaning Tag. Though I don’t often do tags in this blog, I was at a loss as to what to write this week, so why not a tag? I was tagged by teh lovely Hannah @ Thoughts on Books.
The struggle of getting started: A book or series you struggle to begin because of its size
Definitely A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – I have the physical copy in my shelf but never picked it up, not just because of its huge size but also because of the mixed reviews it has gotten. I’m definitely planning on reading it this spring, though. Wish me luck!
Washing out the sheets: A scene that you wish you could rewrite
In Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, my favourite character was Mozasu. I really liked him as a child and then later on growing up, but there was a scene involving his family later on in the book that felt a little too abrupt and I needed more closure from it. Read my full review of how much I loved the book here.
Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: A book in a series you didn’t think was necessary
Maybe because I don’t really read series that much anymore, or also because most of the series I read are awesome, I think there are no books in a series that I would throw away or feel was unnecessary.
Polishing doorknobs: A book that had a clean finish
Though I quite agree with Hannah’s answer for Normal People by Sally Rooney, I felt like I didn’t really think it’s a ‘clean finish’ because I personally want to read more about the characters, and if I could I’d read about them until they grow old and die! However for this question I’ll choose The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, a lovely YA contemporary novel that had a lovely and bright ending.
Reaching to dust the fan: A book that tried too hard to relay a certain message
I dug around my memory and my Goodreads to find a book that I felt like tried too hard, but couldn’t really find something. Nonetheless if I had to choose, I would pick Naomi Alderman‘s The Power, which received a lot of hype for the message it gave, but I also felt like it was something different than what I expected. It did not try too hard, but it’s definitely obvious that the book wants to give us a certain message.
The tiring yet satisfying finish: A series that was tiring but satisfying to get through
I’m going to pick the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb for this final question, just because I only just recently finished reading it, and also because I absolutely loved it. After almost three years since I first read the first book, I do think it’s a tiring and (at first) formidable series because of its huge size, but I really liked the ending and the whole journey of reading it.
- Norrie @ Reading Under the Blankie
- Holly @ Nut Free Nerd
- Anjana @ Superfluous Reading
- Eva @ Novel Deelights
- Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks
And, if you haven’t been tagged but want to join in, be my guest! What are your thoughts on spring cleaning, and the books I chose? Let’s talk in the comments below!