It has been such a long time since I have done a book tag so I felt like it was time to do one. After browsing the internet to see what book tags existed I decided to do the Sim's book tag. I never personally played the sims but I love watching Dan and Phil from DanandPhilGames play the sims. This tag was created by Hailey in Bookland (click for original video) her channel is also amazing so if you have not checked it out yet you should. I was not tagged by anyone but I am doing it anyways!
🚨 means spoiler. Skip question to avoid spoilers
🚨 means spoiler. Skip question to avoid spoilers
There are so many debut novels that I absolutely love. It is so hard to choose the best one so I decided to pick a recent one which is The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan. TW for suicide and depression in this book. This book follows a girl name Leigh who is half white half Taiwanese. Her mother committed suicide and she is convinced she turned into a bird. Leigh travels to Taiwan to visit her grandparents on her mother's side which she has never met before as well. I am half Taiwanese (half Chinese) seeing Taiwanese representation in this book was amazing and it was accurate. The author is also Taiwanese so it is own voices. The writing was so good and the story was very intriguing, both past (flashbacks) and present. It was such a good debut novel and one of my all time favorite books.
2. The grim reaper: the saddest character death. 🚨 (SKIP IF HAVE NOT READ BOOK TO NEXT Q)
There are so many books with sad character deaths that it is so hard to just pick one. I think one of the saddest was in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Dobby and Fred. Dobby is completely innocent and does not deserve to die and how cold you separate the twins. It is cruel. My heart still hurts to this day.
3. Sims getting stuck: a character that just got in the way. 🚨 (SKIP IF HAVE NOT READ BOOK TO NEXT Q)
I think this question means a character that was in a way intruding something or just complicated things. I am confused because this could mean a number of things. So I think I will go with a character that kept interrupting something. Do you get it. Hopefully and for this one I will have to go with a character from P.S. I still love you. John Ambrose McClaren. I think that is his name. He kept getting in the way of my ship. I ship Lara Jean and Peter so when I new love interest was introduced in book two I was already done with the love triangle drama and it honesty made my reading experience with this book a lot worse. So he did get in the way of my ship and this is how I am going to answer this question.
4. Simlish: a book with amazing writing.
The answer to this question has to go to the one and only Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor. I love Lani Taylor's writing and am so mad I did not read this book earlier. This book is actually the only book I read so far by this author and I really need to read her other books and finish this series because it is also so good. Lani Taylor's writing flows very well and nothing is very choppy. It was very poetic in a way. The writing is also unique compared to a lot of the other YA books I read in the past so it was a very pleasant surprise.
5. Expansion packs: a series where the books kept on getting better.
The perfect answer to this question is to one of my all time favorite series which I have not read the last book yet whoops. That is The Falling Kingdom Series by Morgan Rhodes. In my opinion each book just gets better and better. I am so scared to read the final book. This series is a high fantasy YA series often compared to Game of Thrones as the YA version. There are a lot of similarities between the two but there are also a lot of differences. Every time I finish a book in The Falling Kingdoms series, I needed the next book pretty much immediately. And the next book never disappoints and is better than the previous fom what I remember.
6. Sims romance: the worst case of insta love.
Okay this book has insta love because of the title but it still was executed so badly it was one of the worst cases I have read about. This book is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I hated this book actually because of the way it was executed and the writing style. So obviously this book has insta love ad I was prepared but it was done so badly that I just did not like it at all and it just made me not like the book more when I was already not liking the book for numerous different reasons. Overall not for me but hopefully if you read it you will enjoy it more than I did. I did enjoy some of her other books though. This book could totally go to the net question too.
7. Cheats: a book that was entirely unrealistic. (not fantasy)
Like I said, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight for this prompt too but I want to feature a different book so for this one I am going to say One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. I did enjoy the book but I also had problems with it. Fist off I hated the ending but that is not the point. The one thing that I found super unrealistic is that if there is an app or website posting things that are hurting people and invading their privacy in a way, the administration should be addressing the issue because it is their responsibility or would the parents try to do something about it? I feel like the lack of adult interference in this book is kind of unrealistic.
8. Needs fulfillment: a character who made all the wrong decisions.
For this one I am going to have to go with Clary Fray in City of Lost Souls. I will be honest, she did make some good decisions but she made this one decision that drove me absolutely crazy in this particular book that made me not like her even more than I already did. If you follow me on my Instagram @andreasbookishthoughts you would know that Clary is not one of my favorite character. She makes unrational decisions throughout the series as well but there was a particular scene where she made a certain decision in this book that annoyed the crap out of me.
9. Error code 12: a series that started off great but went downhill from there.
We are going old school and I am choosing the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. If I reread the books today, I probably would give Divergent (book 1) 3 stars or even two. I know I would not like it as much as when I was younger. I loved Divergent when I first read it and it instantly became a favorite. After reading so many better books this book has been removed from my favorites shelf but it still has a special place in my heart. Insurgent was still really good and I liked it a lot but it was not as good as the first one. Then Allegiant came along. I did not like this book at all. I surprisingly did not hate the ending of Allegiant, the book was just boring and in a way not for me.
10. The Sims vortex: a book/series that completely engrossed you.
There are so many books for me to choose from but for this one I think I will have to go with Renegades by Marissa Meyer but I love all of Meyer's books. The Lunar Chronicles are also on my all time favorites list! I read Renegades earlier this year and I absolutely fell in love with the story as soon as I started it. I love the characters, I love the story line, and I love the writing. I could not stop thinking about this book for a long time after I finished. It was that good and definitely my favorite read of the year so far.
11. Who do you tag?
This is an old tag so IDK but if you want to do it then I tag you.
Thank you so much for reading. It has been way to long since I have done a tag post and I really enjoy doing these and want to do more in the future. Until next time bye.