Books As First Dates Tag

We were tagged in this fun and romantic bookish tag by Alice over at Love For Words. Alice created this tag herself and we ADORE it. What’s better than a ‘first date’ with a good book? Especially if the book turn in to a series. It’s a one way street to a long-term reading commitment!

If you haven’t checked out Alice’s blog yet please do! One of our favourite posts of hers is a review on The Lunar Chronicles. It’s insightful, detailed and a fun read. Check it out!

The Rules

↠ Link back to the original tag.
↠ Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
↠ Tag 5+ bloggers.
↠ Have fun!


A book/series you’ve read and enjoyed, but can’t bring yourself to read again

After falling in love with Urban YA Fantasy from reading City of Bones, the Vampire Academy series was the next up on my list of obsessions. Seriously, I remember flying through these books and eagerly awaiting the release of the final instalment in the series. That said, I tried to re-read these books last year and NOPE. I got one chapter in and promptly gave up! I think my reading tastes may have changed somewhat…


A book/series someone recommended to you that turned out to be different from what you had expected

I first read this after Nen recommended it and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I connected with the characters and enjoyed this story. I wasn’t expecting that as this was initially a book I had actively avoided. I tend to avoid Tolkien stories due to their complexity and frankly all of the hype surrounding them (I lived in NZ and there ALWAYS seemed to be a fan nearby extolling its virtues).


A book whose sequel you immediately had to read

If you’ve had the pleasure of reading a novel by Sarina Bowen you’ll understand why I NEEDED the sequel to Bittersweet IMMEDIATELY after having finished reading it. Griff and Audrey’s romance was oh, so sweet and I couldn’t wait to read more romances set in an apple orchard.


A book/series that should be adapted to the screen

Who wouldn’t want to watch this??!!??!!??


A book that made you go ahhhh and ohhhh.

Wait For It is my favourite Zapata novel (which is saying A LOT as she’s my fav romance author). There’s just something about the slow, realistic and intense relationship that builds up between Diana and Dallas. Seriously, I can’t even count how many times I’ve reread this story!


A book full of colors

I’m assuming this prompt means colours on the cover? I couldn’t think of a more colourful cover than this!


A book that was a rollercoaster

Did anyone else read the Uglies series when they were younger? This was a first for me in regards to reading dystopian and I was hooked! Not only did this deliver in action and pace (reminiscent of a rollercoaster), Uglies also made me think A LOT about society’s pressure of being aesthetically beautiful. It was an intense read as a teen!


A book whose food descriptions made you feel all *heart eyes*

Acevedo’s writing (and recipes) in this book were a foodie delight! While I preferred The Poet X over this story (and CANNOT WAIT for Clap When You Land), Emoni’s recipes certainly made this book mouthwateringly fun to read!


A book that taught you valuable stuff

The Secret Life of Bees was a novel I had to read for English class when I was in high school and it had a profound impact on my reading choices and understanding of the world. This was the first book I had read that truly made me think. Not just about the racial and prejudicial issues explored in the book but also about the small choices we make everyday and their effect on others. Be it positive or negative. This is a book I think everyone should read at least once.


20 thoughts on “Books As First Dates Tag

  1. Great tag and answers, Jen! I loved Wait For It (and I’m so glad you suggested I read it!) ❤ I think if I had known about Uglies and Vampire Academy before I probably would've read them. They're still some pretty hyped up series (especially VA) but I really don't think it'd be my jam now, although I'm mega curious 😂

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    • Thanks Dini 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed Wait For It! I’m the same – I adored them when I was younger but think I wouldn’t fully appreciate VA and Uglies as a reader now. Maybe give them a try sometime if you’re optimistic? 🙂 Jen

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  2. I always struggle with these type of book tags when I need to come up with books for certain prompts 😀
    One question, is «With the Fire on High» set in Spain? It’s been on my TBR for the longest time and I would love to read it asap. 🙂

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    • I enjoy them as they make me remember books I’ve enjoyed reading and may want to reread. It does lead me through a LONG viewing of my GR ‘read’ list though. Yes, some of it is set in Spain! Not the entire novel though. I hope you enjoy it Alex 🙂

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  3. *quietly whispers I hated the secret life of bees* 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈 I KNOW. I AM A TERRIBLE PERSON WITH ALL THESE TERRIBLY UNPOPULAR ONIONS 😂😂😂😂😂😂 Forgive meeeeeeeeeee 🥺🥺🥺🥺 I loved this tag though. Definitely going to save it to do. ❤️💙💛💚🧡💜💖

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      • It’s been a number of years now but I think I just found it a bit too saccharine if I recall? Was there a very tidy ending??? I honestly can’t remember but I just know I didn’t like it and donated my copy to the charity shop pretty swiftly after reading it lol (never a good sign that hahahaha) xoxoxox


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