Hello, Ariana Grande really did that. Have you watched the Thank U, Next video yet? My heart. Anyway, I figured out how to embed that, so if you haven’t watched it yet, you definitely should. My Legally Blonde loving heart was definitely thrilled with this masterpiece.
If you’re wondering what Thank U, Next has to do with books, well, thisstoryaintover made this brilliant book tag, which I just kind of had to do. So let’s hop to it.
1. Name a book that you said “thank u, next” to, i.e. DNF’d (did not finish).
Hmm… Tangled by Emma Chase is definitely one that I DNF’d and have zero desire to return to. The book at least starts from the hero’s perspective and oh my God, I hated him so much. He’s awful. But if you’ve read it and think I should give it another shot, let me know.
Also, more recently, I DNF’d Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost because, again, I hated the hero. I also do not understand the overwhelming popularity of that one. If you have an opinion, please feel free to share.
2. Name a book that taught you love (i.e. a book you loved)
There are so many books I’ve loved! At the moment, I’m still riding my re-read high from re-reading A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai, which is delightfully sexy. Like, the steaminess level in that book is out of this world. If you haven’t read it, Akira is a billionaire badass babe who has a contentious relationship with her former stepbrother, Jacob. Now, Jacob’s biggest flaw involves him acting like an ass and if he wasn’t an A+ groveler, I’d be significantly less fond of this book. But he’s great and Akira’s perfect, so it’s sexy and great.
3. Name a book that taught you patience.
The Wall of Winnipeg and Meby Mariana Zapata is the slowest slow-burn and I thought we’d never get to the payoff. But we did and it was delightful. This is apparently Zapata’s trademark style so I’ve been reluctant to pick up any of the other four books of hers I own, but I guess at some point I should torture myself with another slow burn.
4. Name a book that taught you pain.
Kingdom of Ash. My heart is still feeling too many things.
5. Name a book that you loved at the time of reading but in hindsight you do not like as much anymore but which you still learned some other quality from.
Oh goodness… Maybe Eleanor & Park? This book, by Rainbow Rowell, is one that I loved when I read it, in part because the plus sized, red headed heroine. But I have since learned that the representation of Park is racist. I don’t think that’s something I picked up on when I was reading it the first time and I haven’t re-read it, but it’s definitely soured the taste of it in my mouth.
6. Name a book you’re currently talking to, i.e. have the hots for.
A book I’m currently reading and enjoying is Becoming by Michelle Obama. I’m slow as molasses getting through this audiobook, but who doesn’t love Michelle Obama? Wait, just kidding, too many extremely wrong people. She’s a Queen though and I am loving listening to her tell me about her life.
7. Name the book that gon’ last – the book of you – the book that helped you love yourself a little bit more.
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai. It’s such a gem and the mental health representation in that book means the world to me. I feel like I talk about this book all the time, but it is genuinely so great and lovely. I want everyone to read it and to love it as much as me.
Can we just listen to “Thank U, Next” on repeat for eternity? Jk, I’d miss Taylor too much. But I really do love this song.