Tag: Fall Out Boy Book Tag

I was not tagged, but I love Fall Out Boy and I love books and I love tags, so I had to do this when I saw it on Angelica‘s blog!


The Rules

  • Link to the creator’s blog (Raine Reads)
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Pick a book or character to answer each prompt
  • Tag as many bloggers as you’d like!

Take This to Your Grave

a book that’s a little rough around the edges but you love it anyway

I definitely understand what it is that makes people dislike Emergency Contact. But I just love it so much. I think that what makes it rough around the edges is also what makes it realistic and great.

Sugar, We’re Goin Down

a book that lives up to the hype

You probably thought I was going to go with The Hating Game. Surprisingly, I’ve decided to go with something different. I was a little bit afraid to read Ready Player One since I don’t always go for this kind of story, but this one was really well-done.

A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”

a book with pop culture references

You might not think a book set in 1553 would contain a lot of pop culture references, but… My Lady Jane does.

Thnks fr th Mmrs

a book that you changed your opinion about

I don’t know if it’s really accurate to say that I’ve changed my opinion about The Gentleman’s Guide. I still think it’s a great book, but I’ve definitely changed my mind about its author.

What A Catch, Donnie

a character that you want to take care of

There are many characters I want to take care of. Adam Parrish. Holland Vosijk. Darius Kellner. The one I’m going with for this prompt, though, is Luka Kotova from Infini.

Just One Yesterday

a book you wish you could read for the first time again

I absolutely loved Fangirl the first time around. I’m actually planning to re-read it, but I wish I could read it again for the first time.

Hot To The Touch, Cold On The Inside

a book that you were excited to read but ended up being a disappointment

I was a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk when I was in high school. I read all of the books of his that my local library had. I got Pygmy for my 19th birthday and just HATED it. I haven’t read anything else of his since.

Centuries

a book you see everywhere but are afraid to read

I just finished Daisy Jones & the Six and loved it. I’ve really only seen positive reviews of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It’s just sooo hyped that I’m terrified that I’m going to hate it.

Ghost Busters (I’m Not Afraid)

a new take on a classic story

At the Stroke of Midnight is basically a sexy, feminist retelling of Cinderella.

Young and Menace

a controversial book

Let me tell you, I had some conflicted feelings about All the Bright Places. It was written in a way that made it very hard to put down. Niven made me feel a lot of things for her characters. But I feel like the whole message of the book is problematic and I can’t support it.


I’m not going to tag anyone to do this, but if you love Fall Out Boy, please feel free (and please link back to me so I can see your answers)! Which book do you wish you could read for the first time again? What’s your favorite book that includes pop culture references? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 27, 2015
Source: Purchased

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…

When I bought this book, I knew nothing about it other than it had a fun title and I’d heard good things about Patrick Ness. I started reading it without having even read the synopsis, and I knew almost immediately that I’d love it.

I’ve read countless YA books about the “Chosen One.” There’s Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Mortal Instruments, Throne of Glass… I could go on. And there’s nothing inherently wrong with that trope. When it’s written well, it can make for a really good story. One of my all-time favorite TV shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, also bases itself around this trope.

Ness takes this trope and turns it around, focusing instead on the kids who aren’t involved in all of the supernatural happenings. While the indie kids are off in the background dealing with vampires and zombies and ghosts and mysterious blue lights, Mike and his friends are sorting out their own problems. They’re dealing with relationship drama, mental illness, stress about graduation, and less-than-stellar parenting. This book deals with a lot of issues in a relatively short amount of pages.

I think my favorite part of the book was the almost sassy descriptions of the indie kids at the beginning of each chapter. I also loved the way the seemingly unrelated activities of the indie kids were woven into the story toward the end. Quite honestly, there was very little that it didn’t love about this book. Also, bonus points for tons of cats.

I would highly recommend this book if you’re interested in seeing a common trope turned on its head and maybe even made fun of a little bit. I can’t wait to read more from Ness.

#killingthetbr: five months on shelf


Have you read The Rest of Us Just Live Here? Which book by Ness should I read next?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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