The School Book Tag

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I was tagged to do this tag absolutely AGES ago — back in September, I think — by Engie @ Musings From Neville’s Navel, and it was originally created by Chloe Lauren @ Diary of a Lonely Girl.  NaNoWriMo is slightly eating up my time so I thought it would be a good idea to do a fun post like this! (Although all my posts are fun, obvs, sometimes my brain needs a bit of a break.) (I’m also listening to Leslie Odom Jr’s Christmas album as I write this. It’s beautiful. Don’t judge me.)

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MATHS

a book that has two characters who equal perfection

I think this was supposed to be, like, a romantic couple, but I’m going to go ahead and say FRANCES AND ALED FROM RADIO SILENCE. I know I talk about this book basically every other post but it is awesome and you should all definitely read it. (I think I’ve written this sentence a lot in this post, haha.) Aled and Frances are basically just friend goals and I love them. They have problems but they’re asdfjkl so cute and great and nerdy.

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BIOLOGY

a book I would like to dissect

Science was originally just one category — a book you found hard to get into — but I decided to add a couple of my own because I AM ACTUALLY A REALLY BIG SCIENCE NERD. I like busting science stereotypes, and I also like more sciences, so here we are. (I do hope that’s okay!)

Anyway! I’m going to go with The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth. I have been thinking a lot about this book lately since I somehow persuaded my friends that it was super cool and now their school English book group is reading it? But it reminded me HOW MUCH I FREAKING LOVE IT. It’s literally an amazing book. The reason I chose it for this option, which was kinda supposed to be a book that you love to pick apart, turn over, and analyse, is because IT HAS SO MANY PARTS. It’s super well-written, and it has such circular kind of narrative. (That’s probably the wrong word. Maybe I should say it comes full circle. Oh well.) Whilst still being a coming out book of sorts, it subverts so many tropes that I don’t like to read in traditional coming out-y books… It’s just an incredibly nuanced and beautiful story. YOU ALL SHOULD READ IT ASAP.

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PHYSICS

a book with a lot of potential

This one is supposed to be an unreleased/unread book that sounds super cool. I’m choosin Barefoot on the Wind by Zoe Marriott! I saw Zoe at YA Shot and that basically rekindled my intense love for her books. THEY ARE ALL GREAT AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. This is the sequel to Shadow on the Moon, a fantasy Cinderella retelling in Japan. (Also includes the first trans character I ever read, I think…? Which I only realised like super recently.) Barefoot on the Wind is a Beauty and the Beast retelling in the same world, with feminism and cool original spins. She talked about it a bunch at the fantasy/women/power panel I attended and it just made me really hyped.

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CHEMISTRY

a book I really bonded to

#sorrynotsorry for my extremely bad science jokes. We’ve been learning bonding in Chemistry at schools so it is really on my mind. For this one I’m picking The Next Together by Lauren James, which was an incredibly enjoyable read for me because it just HAD SO MANY THINGS I LIKE. Time travel! Humour! Science! History! Cute people being cute! Reincarnation! The premise was just amazing. It fits me so well. (I am also very excited for its sequel which also has QUEER GIRLS which is EVEN MORE MEEEE.)

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ENGLISH

a book that should be a modern classic

Ooh there are SO MANY books I could have gone with here, but I really love Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I think it get quits a lot of recommendations, but it really does deserve it — it’s such a beautifully written, nuanced, and complex book. (But also really readable.) Literally just everything I want to read? It should definitely be a modern classic. And also more people should read Benjamin Alire Saenz’s other books too, because they are also excellent. *nods*

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P.E.

a book that I raced to the finish with

I recently read Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson and it was very cool. 😀 It’s written in like, messages and journal entries? So it was a pretty fast read — and also the story was just page-turning in itself. (Exceedingly-beautiful-page turning. The physical edition of this book is literally SO BEAUTIFUL, guys.)

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MUSIC

a book that reminds me of a song

I feel like this post is basically just me repeating all the books that I always talk about but…Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I was already listening to Rainbow’s Carry On playlist before the book actually came out. Every time I open the book I just think of all the songs with Carry On. (Carry On My Wayward Son, Carry On, Bohemian Rhapsody.) All Rainbow’s books have music things in them, actually, but this one in particular for me.

I’m tagging Lia @ Lost in a Story, Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff and absolutely anyone else who wants to give this a try! Although, as ever, please don’t feel pressured to do this tag; it’s totally up to you. 🙂

what’s YOUR favourite school subject? what do you think of science? are you doing nanowrimo/shrieking incessantly like me?

Top Ten Books I Love But Haven’t Talked About in a While

Top Ten Tuesdays

I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) in ages and…it’s a Tuesday so I thought why not! This week’s prompt is books we love but don’t talk about enough — which I have a lot of. Because I love Rainbow Rowell, but other books do exist.

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1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness To be fair, this is talked about a lot by other people. Being a book of the what-I-like-to-call ‘library fiction’ genre. (No one else seems to understand what I mean by this. MAYBE IT’S JUST MY WEIRD HABITS OF GETTING BOOKS FROM EVERYWHERE.) Patrick Ness is a good library fiction author, though. His books are both actually extremely wonderful books and also perceived to be wonderful by adults who think they know what kids like to read. *coughs* And the illustrations in my edition are AMAZING.

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2. Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge Another library fiction. But this is a book from the last Carnegie shortlist I enjoyed a lot! Frances Hardinge recently gained a lot of publicity when her newest book — The Lie Tree, which is also excellent — was picked as the Costa Children’s Book, but I think Cuckoo Song deserves love as well. It’s delightfully eerie and gothic.

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3. The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew Man, the premise of this book is SO DARN COOL. I mean, quite scary. But cool. It’s an alternate modern setting where the Nazis won WWII, so it’s set in a contemporary Nazi England. There’s a lot of exploration of big ideas like morality and rebellion, as well as queer characters in an unaccepting society. It was very chilling, and very good.

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4. Red Rising by Pierce Brown I do go through brief phases of discussion of this. Mostly when the newest book comes out. (Though I have yet to read Morning Star, #3.) I don’t read that much sci-fi, so I suppose it’s my default when talking abut the genre…? But I actually LOVE this. I think Pierce Brown takes from Roman history really well and creates awesome conflicts, Everything is just SPACESHIPS and DRAMA and ACTION YAY.

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5. Half Bad by Sally Green Apparently this book is a little divisive…? I DON’T KNOW. Some of its tropes are a bit tired to begin with, but they totally get jazzed up by witches and a uniquely gritty + angsty writing style. AND HELL YEAH a) women actually are more powerful witches in this world and b) bisexual protagonist yay. More LGBTQ+ characters in fiction are always good.

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6. Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa I talked about this a lot when I got it at YALC. WHY HAVE MORE PEOPLE NOT READ IT? *cries* I am mystified. It’s sort of like Eleanor & Park but with three POVs and 1000% more diverse. It’s a coming-of-age story that…I actually liked a lot.(Please don’t shout me, but Perks of Being a Wallflower is not really my favourite.) Asdfjkl my feels are coming back now.

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7. Ash by Malinda Lo Overall I don’t talk about Malinda Lo nearly enough. SHE’S AWESOME. In fact, I bought Ash far before I knew anything about her, so it feels sort of special to me. There are many Cinderella retellings, but this remains a firm love of mine.

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8. In Perfect Light by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Everyone is in love with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. And I think that’s a great book! It’s how I found Alire Sáenz , and it’s wonderful. But he’s actually also a poet and an adult author before he wrote Ari & Dante — like, a great one. His writing style is just asdfjkl and I really wish more people knew about his other books.

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9. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys I’m a bit of a snob about historical fiction. I barely ever read it. That’s with the very large exception of Ruta Sepetys, who writes SUCH wonderful books. They don’t feel like they’re trying to teach you a lesson or anything; they’re simply excellent stories set in the past. Her characters are always amazing, and she writes in first person with such elegance and ease.

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10. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth This is probably one of my favourite books ever. I have literally no idea why I don’t talk about it more. (Maybe because the author hasn’t written any other books so I’m not, y’know, flailing about news or whatever.) It’s stunning. READ IT.

Writing thise list has made me very excited about all these books I haven’t considered in a while. SHH THAT TOTALLY WASN’T THE POINT OF THE LIST. 😉 I’m very excited to say that at the end of this week, I’m off to New York! I’m SO SO SO excited for it, but I probably won’t be replying to the usual comments and tweets at the usual rate. I’m hoping to write about it on teh blog (asdfjkl EXCITE) but I’ll see you when I’m back! *waves*

are there any genres you read less of? got any favourite books you haven’t talked about in a while?