Spring Cleaning Book Tag!

Time for me to clean up my blogging act… by doing a tag I wasn’t tagged for 😉 But I found this over on the amazing Zezee’s blog a while back and it looks like a fun substitute for doing any actual spring cleaning my bookshelves 😉 (And if, like me, you’d rather be stacking the shelves this year rather than clearing them out, then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND checking out Zezee’s fantastic blog- it’s packed with fab tags, reviews and hauls that’ll have you rushing out to the bookstores! 😊)

This tag was created by booktuber Jen @ Book Syrup.

THE STRUGGLE OF GETTING STARTED: A BOOK/BOOK SERIES THAT YOU HAVE STRUGGLED TO BEGIN BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE.

Oh easily the Malazan series- I’m just terrified of book series that are so GINORMOUS!

CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET: A BOOK AND/OR BOOK SERIES YOU WANT TO UNHAUL.

Truly Devious– I feel guilty about this cos I don’t usually like to get rid of pretty hardbacks… but I was so disappointed by where this series ended up. As a murder mystery, it didn’t deliver the killer twist I was looking for and so I’m axing it from my shelves.  

OPENING WINDOWS AND LETTING FRESH AIR IN: A BOOK THAT WAS REFRESHING.

Tea Dragon Society– just so cute and the perfect palate cleanser. I enjoyed every second 😊

WASHING OUT SHEET STAINS: A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD REWRITE A CERTAIN SCENE IN.

Could I just remove the whole weird sex goddess part from Wise Man’s Fear? And, is it just me, or did all that bragging make you doubt his prowess? Seems like he’s overcompensating for something…

THROWING OUT UNNECESSARY KNICK-KNACKS: A BOOK IN A SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T FEEL WAS NECESSARY.

Blood and Honey– this wasn’t just middle book syndrome- this was Why The Hell Did This Instalment Exist Syndrome. There was no plan for this to be a trilogy and it should have stuck to that plan. This entire book was filler and it felt like a complete waste of time.

POLISHING THE DOORKNOBS: A BOOK THAT HAD A CLEAN FINISH.

I love a polished ending! One of my *favourites* lately was the one in Where the Crawdads Sing… but I can’t talk about it cos of spoilers! (but seriously do yourself a favour and read it!!)

REACHING TO DUST THE FAN: A BOOK THAT TRIED TOO HARD TO RELAY A CERTAIN MESSAGE.

Ahh I hate moralising books! Gotta go with one of the worst culprits: Inspector Calls. I did a deep-dive investigation to get to the root of its evils a while back- and it was painful. But if you want to be preached to, then this is the play for you!

THE TIRING YET SATISFYING FINISH OF SPRING CLEANING: A BOOK SERIES THAT WAS TIRING YET SATISFYING TO GET THROUGH.

Hmm I don’t tend to read tiring series- yet I can say that there’s a helluva lot of Misery to get through if you try the Blackwing series (I hope someone in the comments has read the book, otherwise that was a waste of a great pun 😉). This series is a surprisingly hard-hitting, emotional read.

LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT SPRING: TAG 4 PEOPLE YOU WANT TO DO THIS TAG.

Kat @Life and Other Disasters, Rivermoose Reads, Journey into Books, Bookstooge and anyone else that wants to do it!

Have you been spring cleaning your books? Any you would like to clear out? Let me know in the comments!

24 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning Book Tag!

  1. lol I just gave up on Malazan. I got a little over a hundred pages into book one and then DNF. It was incredibly boring. I don’t need to jerk myself off on r/fantasy THAT badly. Reddit can keep gatekeeping me. I’m not reading that thing.

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  2. Thanks for tagging me! Haha I’ve seen it around but wasn’t tagged so far, but this gives me a great opportunity to jump in and do it. I’m shocked that I can’t speak to any of the books you mentioned haha but your answers made sense!

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  3. Ha, lots and lots of Misery in Blackwing.😂 I love Malazan, the first book is one of the worst in the series though, also the shortest, some are real doorstopper in length.

    Oh, good lord, that sex ed between Kvothe and Felurian went on for ages and ages and ages, not sure about Kvothe keeping it up, but the reader sure needed stamina to get through it.😂

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    1. Hahaha I’m so glad someone got that terrible joke! 😉 Oh ok, well I’ll have to bear that in mind- I often struggle if the first book doesn’t grab me (no patience lol) but if I know it’s worth pushing through, it helps!

      Hahaha!! Exactly! Also, all that bragging raised some big question marks. I bet if felurian was telling the same story to the chronicler it would be very different! 😂

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  4. Oh my gosh, YES TO B&H! You’re so dead on. Why in the world was that book necessary? I didn’t know this was originally intended to be a duology, but knowing that makes so much sense. This was 100% geared that way, and then fell apart when it was switched to a trilogy.

    I honestly don’t understand why authors/publishers do that. Coming from someone who writes, if I’ve mapped something out to be a duology, and the first book got published, it would be IMPOSSIBLE to rearrange to make it a trilogy. Half the things in the first book would have had to happen in the second! And they’re usually mapped out as a duology because a trilogy doesn’t make sense for the given story. Unless it was originally intended to be a trilogy, there’s no need to extend it. It never works.

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    1. Yeah exactly!! That book was just completely unnecessary. I was so (unpleasantly) surprised it was being dragged out into a trilogy and only realised when I got to the end of the second book

      Yeah I really don’t get it! Now I think about it, a lot of the story in the final part of the first book could’ve made the meat of the second if that’s what she intended. And yes I really agree- I thought for a moment publishers were past turning everything into a trilogy, but I guess not :/

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  5. I am a big fan of Malazan and especially the first book. Probably the only book of the series that I’ll consistently re-read.

    As for Blackwing, I dnf’d that for the usual reasons, and the profanity. My goodness, I haven’t read so much swearing in quite some time.

    Thanks for the tag. I recently was introduced to a post that had 100 tags, so I’m going to be working my way through those over the next couple of years so I don’t know when/if I’ll get around to this.

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    1. Oh ok! I’m hearing a lot of different things about that one- some v varied opinions.

      Ah fair enough.

      You’re welcome! Hehe that’s fair- take your time- but I have to admit I always love your take on tags so couldn’t resist tagging you for this one!

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      1. Yep, Malazan has strong opinions all over the place. You won’t get a consensus I’m afraid. So you’ll have to dive in and find out for yourself.

        Hahahahaa. I do seem to have taken it upon myself to be rather fractious with tags, haven’t I? My own fault I guess 😀

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  6. I made it a few books into Malazan before giving up. I feel like the author is deliberately unhelpful when it comes to keeping track of convoluted plotlines and dozens of characters (and if you try to keep track with a wiki you end up reading spoilers). Add in some rapey stuff and constant existential angst and it just wasn’t for me. Though I must say that I appreciated one storyline where a general is trying to save people’s lives (refugees, troops, etc.) by leading them on a massive trek to safety and they fight him every step of the way…I felt that guy (and even more now with trying to navigate a church through the pandemic)!

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  7. Thanks for the shout out! 😀 And I’m glad you did it too! I’m also avoiding spring cleaning, lol! I’m just not in the mood for it. I’d really like to try the Malazan books too. I’ve heard it’s a hard series to get into.

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