Bookish Heavenly Virtues Tag!

christmas tag

Eons ago, I confessed my Deadly Bookish Sins to the world, so I think it’s only fair in this season of giving to balance it out with some virtues πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much to the brilliant Ola @ Re-Enchantment of the World for tagging me to do this one!

CHASTITY: Which author/book/series you wish you had never read?


Oof I can think of a few. I wish I could unread everything I’ve ever read by Philippa Gregory, but mostly Wildacre- cos why?!?!?! That book was all manner of weird and icky and I wish I could just erase it from my mind!

TEMPERANCE: Which book/series did you find so good, that you didn’t want to read it all at once, and you read it in doses just to make the pleasure last longer?

The problem with great books is once you start reading, you realise it’s delectable and no matter how much you try to abstain- you just want to gobble them up all at once! For me, there are two authors who always make me feel this way: Laini Taylor and Katherine Arden

CHARITY: Which book/series/author do you tirelessly push to others, telling them about it or even giving away spare copies bought for that reason?

I personally try to fit books to people- like, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, I’ll push Carry On at you until you *read it*! If someone ever asks for a Non Fic rec or wants something more meaningful, my book of choice will always be Man’s Search for Meaning. Then there are just perennial favourites like Dorian Gray… You get the idea, I’m a book pusher and I have a problem πŸ˜‰

DILIGENCE: Which series/author you follow no matter what happens and how long you have to wait?

winds of winter

Let’s be real, when (if) Winds of Winter and Dream of Spring finally come out then I’m gonna read it!!! I don’t even care it’s good anymore/better than the show/a rambling shambles- I just WANNA SEE HOW IT ALL ENDS AND GET ON WITH MY LIFE! (yeahhh I think like a lot of GOT fans, I have an unhealthy relationship with this series…) (also, fun fact, GRRM also appeared in my Deadly Sins Tag as an author I have a love-hate relationship with… which I didn’t realise until I’d already written this)

PATIENCE: Is there an author/book/series you’ve read that improved with time the most, starting out unpromising, but ultimately proving rewarding?


Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician Trilogy- no contest! Seriously, I nearly DNF’d the first one and thought only the last hundred pages or so were worth reading. HOWEVER, the rest of the series was *brilliant*! It actually ended up being one of my favourite fantasy series of all time. So, if you do pick it up and find the first one painful to get through, I highly recommend you power through! It gets so much better!

KINDNESS: Which fictitious character would you consider your role-model in the hassle of everyday life?

to all the boys

Thinking of quiet heroes is a real challenge! I think there are a few contemporary heroines who make me feel like this- most notably it’s gotta be Lara Jean- who manages to be a great sister and is someone who I’d want as a real life friend!

HUMILITY: Which book/series/author do you find most under-rated?

Again, there are a few. I have to say Isaac Bashevis Singer is really underrated with modern audiences. And though I’m assured Radnoti has an audience in his native Hungary, I think his poetry should be read more widely, because it is so exceptionally beautiful. Lastly, I absolutely loved Wolf in the Whale, which came out this year- while dark in some areas, it’s also one of the most unique fantasies I’ve read in a while!

That was fun! Tagging: Lila @Hardcover Haven, the Book Prescription, Sofii @A Book A Thought, Jennifer @Out of Babel, Xandra @Starry Star Books, Weird Zeal and anyone else who fancies doing it!

Alright then- that’s all for now! I wanna know what’s your most heavenly bookish virtues? Let me know in the comments!Β 


54 thoughts on “Bookish Heavenly Virtues Tag!

  1. Oh boy – you just made me add way too many books to my TBR list – I’ll have to live a long time.
    For me, the book I wish I hadn’t bothered to read: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, I really wanted to like this book but it was an endless list of descriptions with little plot, total timeline disorganization, and no internal insights on the part of the main characters. Of course, the main characters were merely puppets of their devious masters who had no presence except to move the control bars. Deadly chess on a string with a Rube Goldberg clock keeping time. That she famously began the story from NaNoWriMo is reflected in the book’s cumbersome effect. But this is only my opinion – millions of others adore the book.

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    1. hehehehe!
      Oh fair enough- I did like that book, but not as much as everyone else loved it- so I really get both sides when it comes to that story. That’s such an interesting and good point about the nano part though (in my opinion). hehe true!

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  2. Hello Orangutan Librarian!
    I enjoyed reading your answers for this tag. Once I find an addictive book, it would be really hard for me to put it down haha, so I would struggle to find an answer for “temperance” haha. I also really liked Lara Jean and would choose her as my bookish role model too πŸ™‚

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  3. Hey, thanks for the tag! It will give me something to post in the New Year!

    I am sorry that you are one of George R.R. Martin’s many suffering fans. I still have not gotten to him … but perhaps if I wait another 20 years, by the time I start reading the series it will be finished!

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    1. You’re welcome! Great!! πŸ˜€

      haha yeah I’d definitely wait if I were you πŸ˜‰ I made the mistake of reading all the books over the course of one summer- then looking up when the next one was coming out- it was 2012 and the fifth book had just come out… I’ve been waiting for the next one ever since then πŸ˜‰


  4. Thanks for the shout out! πŸ˜€
    Glad you enjoyed this tag πŸ™‚ Looks like Martin is like a thorn in your side, you need the conclusion to the series so badly! Here’s to hope that he doesn’t disappoint, though I have my doubts… πŸ˜‰ Now I’m really intrigued by Carry On!

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    1. You’re welcome! I really did πŸ˜€ hahaha just a bit πŸ˜‰ I’ve not even been waiting as long as other people (just seven years lol) hehehe yeahhh so do I unfortunately- but hopefully it’ll at least be better executed than the show- even if I don’t like the ending. Well, if I can tempt you with a fun parody of Harry Potter… then definitely go for it!!

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  5. Ooooh I kinda fancy doing this tag now!! Maybe in the New Year, when all of the Christmas content is behind me (let’s not think about that yet eh?) :’) I can’t believe I still haven’t read Dorian Gray yet, especially since I consider myself a classic lit gal haha. I’ll need to do that next year too!

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  6. Since I’m a Harry Potter fan and I haven’t read Carry On, I’m hoping to go add that to my list now! I’m also adding The Wolf in the Whale. Thanks for the recommendations! Also, I feel your pain waiting for Winds of Winter. I just read that it will be out by July 2020… but I won’t be holding my breath!

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  7. I’ve been savoring the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, but I tore through the Strange the Dreamer series. I’ve been holding off on reading the third book in the DOSAB series hoping that laini Taylor would announce her next book but… I’ve heard nothing and I don’t want to wait too much longer to finish the series

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  8. WIDEACRE! OMG. That’s one of those books that I will never be able to scrub from my mind. But maybe it should be considered a successful novel since I read it more than ten years ago and still remember lots of detail? (Also, I am ashamed to admit it, but I read the whole dang trilogy. It doesn’t get less icky, but it does get a bit less weird. Once the complete and utter bonkers aspect disappears, it gets less fun/horrifying.)

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    1. AHHH SO GLAD I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE!!! hehehe that’s true- I’ll certainly never forget it… but for all the wrong reasons πŸ˜‰ Yeah that’s what I heard- but I do understand that- I was tempted because she has skill as a writer… her subject matter and plots were the problem for me :/ Don’t think the rest of the series sounds like it’s for me!


      1. Since you’ll never read it, I don’t feel bad about spoiling it, because the ending was sooooo ridiculous – the grand-daughter turns the village into a socialist workers paradise. (!!!)

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  9. Carry On for the win!! So glad to see this book on here as it’s one I keep shoving at poor unsuspecting customers because I love it SO MUCH! πŸ™‚
    I keep meaning to get round to this tag as the sins were so much fun, but I’m a slow coach …
    Great post! πŸ™‚

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  10. Thank you SO much for tagging me!! ❀️ I LOVED the idea of ​​the tag, so I would have a lot of fun doing it. Laini Taylor is really a writing goddess, I love her and Daughter of Smoke and Bone will always be one of my favorite trilogies, I love the characters so much 😍

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  11. Fun list! I still haven’t gotten around to reading any Laini Taylor but Strange the Dreamer still holds its allure for me. And yes, Game of Thrones… no matter when the remaining two books come out, it’ll be wonderful to finally know the ending (closure?)! Also, Lara Jean is such a wonderful soul that I do think we could all learn a thing or two from her!

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  12. Thanks for participating in our little tag πŸ™‚

    I have to admit, I’ve been even more discouraged by Trudi Canavan’s first trilogy, it just seemed to me so generic, and politically correct in a boring way… I don’t remember much now, I’ve tried to forget πŸ˜‰ but I remember the books left me hugely dissapointed.

    But I join you in recommending Frankl, and I’m still waiting for GRRM to finish his series πŸ™‚

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    1. No problem- I had fun!

      Oh gosh- I read it so long ago, I’m now super curious about the PC bits?! I don’t remember that if I’m honest- but I did read it back in my more left wing days, so maybe it went over my head? (I do remember her later books having more feminist leanings… sort of… but not entirely)

      Glad you agree there though! hehe aren’t we all πŸ˜‰

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      1. It’s been years ago.. I remember being unhappy about how crudely it tried to push sentiments I generally agreed with… I saw strawmen everywhere and was not very entertained by Canavan’s writing.

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  13. ooooh i love tags and this one looks like so much fun! thank you so much for tagging me! ❀
    i feel the same way about laini taylor. i devoured the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE TRILOGY like the little book goblin i am but somehow have only made it through a third of STRANGE THE DREAMER cause my idiot mind is like "must…savor…the…words!!!" lol!
    i agree the lara-jean is a great role-model. i never understood why so many people complained about her. first off, she's a *teenager*, she's supposed to be awkward and unsure. second off, for a teen, she's a pretty cool one—she's thoughtful, caring, and loves her friends and family! i just love her so much, but that being said i may be a *little* biased, as i was almost exactly like lara-jean as a teenager lol!

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    1. Ahh I’m so glad!! πŸ˜€ ❀
      Ahh I loved that series too- so glad you did!! hahahaha I can understand that- her prose is so beautiful!!!
      I really will never understand anyone that complains about her!! she's one of my all-time favourite heroines!! I couldn't agree more!! hehehe well you must have been the best teen- I wasn't/am not much like her unfortunately- but I had/have friends like her and she's the best!! πŸ˜€

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  14. I’ve been meaning to read Strange the Dreamer – maybe this year will be the year! πŸ˜€ Carry On is definitely a good book to recommend to anyone who likes HP/magic fantasy boarding schools.
    I’ve tried The Magician’s Guild and dnfed it a few chapters into it. But I still keep seeing it everywhere!


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