This is an original tag that I created last year; since I still really like the prompts, and they’re still applicable with multiple possible answers, just for funsies I wanted to bring it back with a new set of answers for a new year. (And with so many books still on my TBR, I figured it couldn’t hurt to narrow down my January reading list a bit.)
Please feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to be, and don’t forget to link back to the original post (or this one is fine too) so I can find and read all your answers!
auld lang syne: a childhood favorite that you want to reread
There are so many books that would fit this prompt; I have a whole Goodreads shelf to keep track. One that caught my eye recently was The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith, which may have been my first introduction to fairy tale retellings — I want to say one of my elementary school teachers (maybe first grade?) read it to us, and I remember it being absolutely hilarious, with fun illustrations.
in with the new: the most recent addition to your TBR
Last year I finally started Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. So far I’ve only read the first two books, but I hope to gradually make my way through the rest! Pratchett has a wicked sense of humor and just the right kind of whimsy to keep me interested. My current plan is to read them by character, rather than publication order, so next up is Sourcery (the 3rd Rincewind book, though it’s the 5th overall Discworld book).
countdown: an upcoming release you’re excited about
Based on the previous two books in the Celestial Trilogy by Sangu Mandanna, A War of Swallowed Stars promises to be a showstopper of a finale. So much has gone down; so much has been revealed and yet so many questions remain. So yeah, I’m eagerly and anxiously anticipating this final installment of a totally underrated and totally fantastic series. And simultaneously not quite ready for it all to be over; it may ultimately be a good thing that I’ll have until June to mentally prepare!
champagne: a bubbly, light read
Honestly I can’t think of any books I read last year that really fit this prompt, so I’ll take it back a bit further to recommend Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda, illustrated by Jonny Sun. It’s a lovely little collection (some of LMM’s most iconic tweets, accompanied by Sun’s wonderful drawings), reaffirming and cheerful and sympathetic and … ugh I just love it so much.
sparklers: a literary couple with bright, hot chemistry
I’m definitely going to keep using this book and OTP to answer tag prompts this year because I love them so much; let’s go ahead and get the first time out of the way: Alexander Gabriel Claremont-Diaz and Henry George Edward James Fox-Mountchristen-Windsor, aka Alex and Henry, aka FirstPrince, from Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Loads of sizzling chemistry. And there might be actual sparklers at some point in the book, I can’t quite recall.
noisemaker: an attention-catching cover design
Sure, it’s not as loud or colorful as lots of other covers, but I really like the relatively simple yet exciting design of This Is the Circle by Tash McAdam.
The purple and white! The lightning! The bold typeface! The mysterious title! I really liked the previous three books (and reviewed the first two here on the blog); hopefully this year I’ll finally get to complete the set.
hangover: a trope that you can’t seem to avoid
I’m pretty tired of the Chosen One trope, and have been for years really. Though it has its place in literature, it’s generally overused and, if not properly thought out, can be quite predictable. I’d much rather read about protagonists who just happen to stumble into interesting situations and/or choose to step up to become a hero.
first: a book you love but none of your friends have read (yet)
Several of my bookish friends have added What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel to their TBR, but few have actually gotten around to it. Unironically, this is Not Like Other YA Novels — for one thing, it actually made me cry. Seriously.
I should add that it deals with potentially triggering content (my review, cross-posted on Goodreads and my blog, includes warnings) so please do be aware of that and take care of yourself first!
resolutions: your bookish goals for the new year
I have a 2021 reading challenges post scheduled to go up soon, but in the meantime here’s a summary:
- Goodreads Challenge: 150 books
- Beat the Backlist Bingo: 52 prompts
- POPSUGAR Challenge: 50 prompts
- Books and Tea Challenge: 12 prompts
- at least 50% of all books read should be diverse
- ethnicity, LGBTQ+, mental health, etc.
- finish (or officially DNF) as many previously-started book series as possible
Listed out like this, it looks like more than it is! A lot of books will count for multiple challenges/goals, and based on my reading progress last year this should be totally doable.
Again, please feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want, and don’t forget to link back to the original post (or this one) so I can find and read all your answers!
The New Year Book Tag – Prompts
- Auld Lang Syne: A Childhood Favorite You Want to Reread
- In With the New: The Most Recent Addition to Your TBR
- Countdown: An Upcoming Release You’re Excited About
- Champagne: A Bubbly, Light Read
- Sparklers: A Literary Couple With Bright, Hot Chemistry
- Noisemaker: An Attention-Catching Cover Design
- Hangover: A Trope You Can’t Seem to Avoid
- First: A Book You Love But None of Your Friends Have Read (Yet)
- Resolutions: Your Bookish Goals for the New Year