Today I am doing the Netflix Book Tag, which was originally created by A Darker Shade Of Whitney. I thought this would be fitting since I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix lately (Shadow and Bone just came out, so I binged that a few days ago).
1. Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading.
As you may know, I’m preparing my posts significantly in advance because my summer is going to be mass chaos. As of the time I’m writing this (April 2021), my most recent read is Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. If you follow me on social media, you will know I finished rereading that book in February. I’ve been on a bit of a reading slump lately. I’m working on remedying that.
2. Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on a book you have previously read.
Because I like Harry Potter, people recommended that I read Eragon by Christopher Paolini and Percy Jackson by Rick Riordin. I read both of those series in middle school.
3. Recently Added: The last book you bought.
I recently travelled to New Mexico to check out my grad school, and there’s a Barnes&Noble there, which is awesome. I’ve always lived 2+ hours away from one. While I was there, I bought the first three Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
4. Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about. (2 you’ve read, and 2 you haven’t read and have no interest in reading)
If you haven’t heard of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, you’ve probably been living in a cave deep in the mountains for the past twenty-five years. Two popular series I have no interest in reading are Fifty Shades of Gray and Twilight. I’m not a fan of the romance genre, especially not erotica. I’m also not a fan of vampires. Neither of those series appeals to me.
5. Comedies: A funny book.
I feel like I don’t really read funny stories. While the books I read tend to have humorous moments in them, most of them are overall really dark. I would say the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull just because one of the characters always makes me laugh.
6. Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king.
I have to go with Aunt Pittypat from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. She’s always freaking out over things and needs her smelling salts.
7. Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover.
I think the only book I have with anything akin to a cartoon on the cover is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
8. Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read.
I always want to reread the Fablehaven series (by Brandon Mull) and The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson. I’ve read the former seven times, and it’s high up on my reread list because my last reread was in 2017. I’ve read the latter four times.
9. Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone.
I haven’t finished Sapiens yet, but I can tell it’s a book I would recommend to people. There’s so much we can learn from anthropology, and Sapiens covers a lot of those key issues. I honestly wish that material was required for high school students.
10. Action and Adventure: An action-packed book.
I feel like there are non-stop problems for the characters in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien to solve. There’s a lot going on in that book. I’ve heard The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb is like that, especially in the later books, but I’ve only read the first book so far.
11. New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.
The reason Fablehaven is high up on my reread list is because the final book in the sequel series, Dragonwatch: Return of the Dragon Slayers, comes out in October. Once it’s out and I’ve read it, I want to reread Fablehaven and Dragonwatch back-to-back. And then I’m finally going to do reviews for my blog. I know I talk about it all the time, and I haven’t reviewed it yet. It’ll happen next year. Promise.
Those are my answers to the questions in this book tag. Let me know if you agree or disagree with any of my choices. If you do this tag on your own blog, YouTube channel, etc., let me know. I’d love to check it out!