Good morning, a tag today! I was tagged by Katy @Bookbinderway. Thanks friend!
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This is my favorite trilogy out of Robin Hobb’s Elderling series. The first one was 4 stars (in retrospect it should have been five. I’ll fix that on the reread) and books two and three were both five stars. If you wanna read this though, you’ll have to read the first two trilogies in the world first that set this up. (But trust me man, it’s worth it)
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – This was a difficult prompt, and I didn’t realize it until I started looking. Even this book doesn’t fully fulfill it. Turns out, I don’t read a lot of books that have ‘truly evil’ characters. There’s usually some nuance or something that gives logic to their actions, and they end up being something else. So for this book, I think the villain here fits the prompt for… one and a half or two books out of the trilogy. Then she gets some development and you start to feel for her. PS Read this.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – Copying Katy’s answer because duh.
What’s Michael by Makoto Kobayashi – Apparently this is vol 3, but I didn’t know this until recently. It reads like a standalone because none of the comic skits are related. Basically this is just about a cat being a cat. It’s cute and completely goofy.
Unpopular opinion here but Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Don’t get me wrong, I like this book. But I didn’t love it, and one of the reasons I didn’t love it because it felt like.. well it felt like the prompt says to me. I did write a spoiler-free blabber if you’re interested.
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – Like Katy said about her choice, ‘this book pulls no punches’.
One Piece by Eiichiro Oda – Now I’ve only read a few volumes of this, but man did this series take forever to finish. …I heard it had finished anyways, but looking at goodreads, volume 95 is expected to be published in 2020, so…
Demon Diary by Kara – This main character in this is a bit of an idiot.. he’s a lovable idiot, but an idiot nonetheless. This series is so cute.
Saiyuki Reload by Kazuya Minekura – I believe this series was actually finished in Japan (I think) but it was dropped by US publishers one volume before completion. Kills me. If you live in Europe and randomly come across vol 10 of Saiyuki Reload in English (hell, even German, I’ll learn, dammit) SEND IT TO ME PLEASE.
The Nature of Monsters by Clare Clark – I chose this because it has a 3.16 avg rating on Goodreads, which is pretty low, and I rated it 4. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I remember rather enjoying it. There are some graphic scenes, which looking at reviews from readers, but them off, but going by the title and theme of the books, it fits. You gotta be ready for uncomfortable stuff in here.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – This has a cameo of a place, and I chose it because I’ve been there! Midway through the book, the main character goes to Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, which is a tea farm. I went there back in 2016 and when it showed up in the book, I went ‘hah!’. So I’m picking this.
And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!