I decided that today I’m going to do TWO blog posts after seeing another book tag up for grabs! This is going to be the first. I’m featuring the BuzzFeed Unsolved Book Tag, found on Wonderless Reviews. It’s apparently a product of BuzzFeed Unsolved, a YouTube show that explores paranormal occurrences and unsolved crimes.
With Halloween right around that next corner, I figured this would be a perfect start to it before I drown myself in words for National Novel Writing Month! And for it, I’m going to use a variety of books from many different mediums!
Let’s get on with it then!
Shaniac: A book you don’t think is deserving of its hype
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James was the first to come to mind.
I was in high school when the hype for this book first began to circulate. My mom even read the books, although she did say in the past that it was too raunchy for her, and she didn’t want me touching them. Well, when I got older and started college for the one semester I was there, I tried anyways.
I can’t condone a book that glorifies abusive relationships, especially after having endured one myself. So no. I can’t and won’t get behind this over-hyped hot garbage.
Boogara: A book that chilled you to the core
Without question, the only book series to truly tear into my scare-factors, low as they are, was Higurashi: When They Cry by Ryukishi 07, particularly the very first arc, Onikakushi-hen.
I knew from the very beginning that this series was dark, gruesome, horrifying, but I never imaged that it would be graphic. This story consists of “the never-ending June,” where the same month is repeated and occurs differently each time. But it always ends in death. Whose, it varies. The first time I read this two book arc (which, to this day, is the only one that I’ve read, because I can’t get behind repeat sagas), I was shaken by the outcome, and it still stands out in my mind as one of the creepiest things I’ve read.
Shitfish: A book you’re not sure where you stand on
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is an obvious choice for me. I was always intrigued by the concept of this story, being a fan of Asian culture and (pre- to post-) World War II-based stories. And, I actually loved the movie despite a lot of people having mixed feelings for it. Gong Li stole the show as Hatsumomo, by the way.
But reading the book, honestly, wasn’t as appealing for me. It had a lot of controversy that I couldn’t really ignore the more that I read through the story. I won’t say what it revolves around, but I will say that it’s one aspect that the movie doesn’t really touch much on in the long run.
I can still sit and watch the movie, but not without thinking on what it could have snagged from the novel, and that leaves me with a sour taste at times.
Hey there demons, it’s me, ya boi: A book that kept you up at night
I have the pleasure of actually knowing the creator of The Cycle of the Six Moons YA fantasy series, Adelle Yeung, and the first book of the trilogy left me wistful and excited for the rest of the series! I’m a massive fan of JRPG’s, and to have that feel in a novel kept me on the edge of my seat.
I highly recommend it for any fantasy readers like me.
(Wheeze): A book that made you laugh out loud
It took me a minute to think on it, but the only one I can think of that made me laugh like a madman had to be this little number:
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. The interactions between Eliza and her friends via chat alone makes the laughs worth it, and I really love how charming and relatable this story is for someone that actually falls into the medium of creating an online presence through comics and stories. It’s a bittersweet tale.
Mothman: A hyped fave
Oh, easily has to be Turtles All the Way Down by John Green! I was excited for this book mainly because I was intrigued by the main character having severe anxiety, which is something that I relate to all too easily, and the way that it was portrayed through Aza’s eyes was realistic.
My main flaw, what I usually have with John Green books, is that the love interests are quite… dull and/or perfect, but Aza’s didn’t entirely fall into that category, and for that, I’m thankful.
Holy water: A book you’d protect with your life
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takuya. This series… literally gave me a lot of life and motivation in a time where it faltered and fell to the wayside. It’s my favorite manga series of all time. I loved every moment, every laugh, every cry, and I can still dredge up every single instance where my emotions spiraled because of this series.
I could never trade it for any other series in the world because of the depth that it gave me as a fifteen year old still learning about the walks of life.
I would hold this series with me for the rest of my life.
Demons: A book you’re too scared to read
I… literally can’t think of any books that I’m too scared to read, because there’s very little out there that could ignite a chill in me. There’s no “scary” book that I’d want to avoid.
But for now, this mystery will remain…unsolved: A book you needed more from / didn’t want to end
If you had asked me about five years ago, I would have said Fruits Basket. But now that there’s a second story, “Fruits Basket: Another” out, I think I’m satisfied and will pick up the books in good time. Now, I’m gonna say Full Moon o Sagashite by Arina Tanemura.
I loved this short series that consisted of just seven books, and I loved the anime just as much back when I first started my life as an anime fan (Eternal Snow still continues to bring me feels even after ten years), but it ended so… openly, and I wish that I could have known more about the characters after the series came to an end.
BuzzFeed Unsolved postmortem: A book you still have questions about
An Unexpected Brew by J.E. Mueller, another Indie author that I have the pleasure of knowing, is pretty high on this category list.
I’m really curious to know what happened in the lives of the other characters after the events of the novella, what Vincent’s hometown is truly like, and what life will be like for Arnessa. It’s just all so captivating, and fun, and I love modern day fantasies to pieces for all of the endless possibilities that it unlocks!
Hot daga: A trashy fave
Personally, I can’t consider anything I read really “trashy,” because in someone else’s eyes, it could be gold. So, it’s hard for me to answer this one. As far as books that are guilty pleasures for me go? I’d probably go with this one:
The Girl in My Dreams by Logan Byrne. This book is one that could go in either direction for me. I hated the pacing. I felt like the plot was really predictable to a point. The beginning was incredibly annoying to follow. BUT I thought that the story became more intriguing when the love interest to main character Theo actually died (not a spoiler, it’s literally right in the synopsis). It was nice to walk into a dreamscape.
Guilty pleasure? Sure. But only for the middle of the story.
I think that went pretty well, don’t you guys? If you happen to uncover any more book tags you’d like me to do, feel free to share them in the comments!
For now, look forward to my next blog post, where I’ll be unveiling some parts of my new comic, “Witch-Like Wonders!”