Give a Book (Book Tag)

I was tagged by the lovely 24hryabookblog and I am dead excited to work on this one. I’m ready for another tag challenge even though my answers are super boring!

Originally, the tag was made by Katherine Zofrea so please take a moment and check out their YouTube book channel.

Let’s get into it.


Give a book to make someone smile


Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean is simply a book that will make you laugh, cry, and smile. It’s such a favourite of mine and I recommend it to anyone who wants a good time. I know this book was super hyped, but I really ignored all that and chose to read it to form my own opinion. I’m also looking forward to whatever Emiko Jean’s next novel will be whenever

What It’s About: Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izumi discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.

In a whirlwind, Izumi travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.

Izumi soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairy tale, happily ever after?


Give a book you don’t talk a lot about


A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki is a book that really affected me and, I fear that I would be woefully out of my depth in trying to explain to others what the book is about and why I loved it. It’s hard to put into words, really. I do recommend checking it out though as Ruth Ozeki created something unique with this book.

What It’s About: In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.


Give a book you can’t stop talking about


Since I read Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I just really enjoyed it, and want to discuss all the little details that I loved. Please pick it up! There’s also a novella coming out in January 2023 that I am so incredibly excited about.

What It’s About: All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire, and Elisabeth is implicated in the crime. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.


Give a book people are going to either love or hate


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is that kind of BOOK. While I sit in the middle between liking and disliking it, I haven’t seen a lot of people react in that same way. They either really love it or absolutely despise this novel, and those extreme reactions are why I have included the book here.

What It’s About: France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.


Give a book for someone who needs to get in their feels

Between Shades of Gray is the first book I read by Ruta Sepetys and I ugly cried while reading it. This book hurt so much and that remains true for all the other books she’s written since.

What It’s About: Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life — until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives.

Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father’s prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?


Give a book with immaculate vibes


I’m not sure exactly what immaculate vibes means, but I’m thinking it’s more about a certain aesthetic being perfected in a book? That’s what I am choosing to believe and am going with. The book I am choosing is Margaret Rogerson’s novel – Vespertine. If you’re looking for those perfect spooky vibes that Fall promises, Vespertine delivers those dark, dank, desolate, and downright spooky vibes.

What It’s About: The spirits of the dead do not rest.

Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as ravenous, hungry spirits. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who whisper about her scarred hands and troubled past.

When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being whose extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself.

As she unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets, and dark magic, Artemisia discovers that facing this hidden evil might require her to betray everything she believes—if the revenant doesn’t betray her first.


Give a book for someone who likes to be surprised


The Gods Lie by Kaori Ozaki is a story that I picked up on a whim because the art was nice, it was a one-shot, and the description sounded interesting. Let me tell you, this book will leave you shocked and break your heart and it does all that in a single volume.

What It’s About: Natsuru Nanao, a 6th grader who lives alone with his mother, strikes up an unlikely friendship with the reserved and driven Rio Suzumura. Natsuru plays hookey from soccer camp that summer, and instead of telling the truth to his mother, he spends all his time with Rio and her kid brother at their rickety house, where a dark secret threatens to upend their fragile happiness.


Give a book for someone who needs a little love


I honestly struggled with this prompt, but in the end I chose Persuasion by Jane Austen. It’s a second chance romance where there is a lot of longing and sadness and drama! It’s a favorite.

What It’s About: At twenty-­seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen’s last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.


Give a book that’s an old favorite


I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo is such a comfort book. If you ever wanted a book with a lot of laughs that is cute and heartwarming and will also make you a bit emotional – this is the book.

What It’s About: Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and never had a B. But in her charmed school life, there’s one thing missing—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a known disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet.

When the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides it’s time to tackle her flirting failures. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has watched obsessively for years—in which the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos. All’s fair in love and Korean dramas, right? But when the fun and games turn to feelings, Desi finds out that real-life love is about way more than just drama.


Give a book you think everyone should read


Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan is definitely one of the books everyone should read. This is an important book for women and for healthcare professionals.

It’s an important book for women because it shows how medical situations involving us are sometimes largely ignored and that we or our families have to fight for our health to be taken seriously. With Susannah, her symptoms were incredibly worrisome from the beginning and brushed aside when the results showed nothing conclusive was the matter. That should have been a signal to dig deeper because when nothing was done, her condition deteriorated quickly. It’s important for healthcare professionals to read, because it’s from a patient’s perspective and because it is a reminder that they have a duty of care.

What It’s About: When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?


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2 thoughts on “Give a Book (Book Tag)

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  2. loved reading all your recommendations here! Agreed, Tokyo Ever After is such a great book to consider if someone needs to smile, Izumi is such a gem in that one. A few of these books I still haven’t read yet, but ahh Maurene’s book is an old favorite too😍

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