Thank goodness I hopped back on Bloglovin’ to check my feed and what was going on in the blogiverse! Nick from Nick’s Book Blog and Nereyda from Mostly YA Book Obsessed created a FRIENDS book tag whaaaaat! I’m a HUGE Friends fanatic — constantly quoting, always watching, pretty obsessed, consider it one of my fandoms — so I knew I had to jump on this because Friends + books?! I’ve done that one other time (Young Adult Meets Friends) and it was a dream! I’m so excited to get into this book tag so let’s goooo!
THE ONE WHERE EDDIE WON’T GO
a character we wish would go away
Well, this is a spoiler for those who haven’t read HER DARK CURIOSITY by Megan Shepherd yet, so if you don’t want spoilers, LOOK AWAY!
I was really upset to learn that Edward was back… randomly? Like, why are you still in this series??? I was frustrated with this love square that happened in book one and thought things were resolved and then there was a major love triangle in book two — which doesn’t always bother me — but this one really, really did. I was really hoping Edward wouldn’t be back but sadly, he’s important to the series.
THE ONE WHERE ROSS AND RACHEL WERE ON A BREAK
most painful breakup
I don’t know if it counts as a “break-up” but UGHHHHH the tension and miscommunications and WHAT IS HAPPENING with Kestrel and Arin!?!? (THE WINNER’S CURSE, CRIME) These two KILL me but also kind of in a good way? What if they don’t get a happy ending? Will a happily ever after feel right after all of this?
(Also, I don’t EVER watch the Ross/Rachel break-up episodes anymore. It’s so painful to watch and it makes me mad/anxious just watching haha! They’re my least favorite episodes.)
THE ONE WTH ALL THE KISSING
favorite kiss scene or book with a lot of kissing
Ooooh this is really hard! I think ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS might be my favorite kiss? The build-up is just so enormous that it’s like “Ahhhh finally!” when it happens! But I’ll say a book with a lot of kissing — WHEN JOSS MET MATT by Ellie Cahill (aka Liz Czukas). That book was SO much fun and just the perfect book for me, especially as someone who is very wary of new adult. It was absolutely wonderful!
THE LAST ONE
our favorite ‘end of series’ book
Ooh this is hard one. I think I’ll say INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi! It was one of the first series I finished that I just felt so satisfied with the ending and was SO happy with the way it closed. I also loved RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo BUT I was too excited for that book and rushed through it so I could finish the trilogy so I need to re-read it to really “solidify” my feelings 😉
THE ONE WITH THE BLACKOUT
a moment in a book we wish we could forget or never happened
I’ve read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS three times now and each time I just CRINGE when Anna gets drunk and has that big fight with St. Clair. It’s just SO hard to watch (partially because I’ve been in that situation before) and I just feel so, so bad for both of them when it happens. It’s so terribly awkward and awful but so realistic!
THE ONE WHERE CHANDLER CAN’T CRY
a book that didn’t affect us emotionally like it did other readers
This one would be LADY THIEF by A.C. Gaughen. Everyone flipped their lids when I started to read SCARLET and then even more so when I started LADY THIEF. It was great that they were so excited for me but SO many people were hyping it (unintentionally) all at the same time that it got overwhelming and SO many people told me I would cry reading LADY THIEF so I was wondering what could possibly happen the whole time. Basically, the THING wasn’t a shock to me at all because it was one of my hypotheses about the crying and therefore, I didn’t really feel very emotional about it at all.
THE ONE WHERE JOEY DOESN’T SHARE FOOD
a book we won’t share
(isn’t a title but whatever)**
(** said by Nick & Nereyda — I’m not calling them out haha!)
Hmmm. I guess I can say The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! I’m a huge, huge, huge fan but for some reason I’m very greedy about the fandom haha! When I see someone else raving about the books, I’m like “No, this is MY series” (which it’s totally not. I wasn’t even close to being the first of my friends to start it). It’s so silly that I don’t want to share it because I DO share it all the time! I want people to read the books because they are so amazing and I actually DID loan these books out to my friend Lisa who read them for the first time this year… But I guess I don’t want anyone to out-fan me haha! It’s so incredibly silly, but there you have it.
THE ONE WITH THE THUMB
a book you would give two thumbs up to
There are SO many really but I’ll go with THE NAME OF THE WIND and THE WISE MAN’S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss. I’m new to this fandom but holy wow, these books are amazing. I just fell head over heels for this series and these characters and really everything about these books!
THE ONE WITH THE ICK FACTOR
a book pet peeve or a book that has a pet peeve
Oooh that’s a hard one. Cheating is definitely a big one — I have a very hard time with characters who cheat on their significant others — and I’d say another one is naïve characters or ones with a very young voice. I really can’t handle books like that. Even some middle grade characters have a higher level of functioning than some YA protagonists who come off young. I usually DNF those books pretty quickly though.
THE ONE WITH THE LESBIAN WEDDING
a favorite book with an LGBTQ couple
The first ones that really pop into my head are Addison and Laurel from HARMONIC and RESONANCE by Erica O’Rourke and I also loved Kevin and his new boyfriend in EMMY & OLIVER! The relationships were so well done and it was great to see these characters with confidence and also support of those around them! I loved how natural the relationships felt too.