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2023 Book Recommendation Tag

Hey bookworms! I saw this book recommendation tag made by Steph Bohrer on YouTube and I thought it’d be a great way to get back into blogging and sharing some of the books I’d recommend to you based on the prompt!

If you haven’t read my previous blog post explaining what took me so long to get back into blogging, you can check it out here! Let’s get started with this awesome book recommendation tag!

1. A book you tell people is your favorite

I had a hard time choosing just one because these two books are so different from one another, but I love them equally!

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The first book is The One by John Marrs. This is a cool mixture of sci-fi, thriller, and romance! It follows 5 couples who have all signed up for a dating app that takes your DNA to set you up with your scientifically proven soulmate. There are so many points of view and short chapters which keep you on the edge of your seat! I love how much drama occurs throughout this book and I always recommend it to be and say it’s my favourite!

The second book is Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake. This is a sapphic romance about a rebellious woman named Delilah who moved to the big city to pursue photography and get away from her stepfamily. Her step-sister is getting married and asks her to come to photograph her wedding for a big cheque, and it’s difficult for Delilah to say no. She goes back to her small town and ends up hitting it off with her step sisters best friend! It’s spicy, meaningful, and has an incredible found family! I love the entire Bright Falls series, and the third and last book releases at the end of 2023!

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2. A book that is your guilty pleasure

I had a hard time thinking about a guilty pleasure book for me because quite honestly, I don’t get embarrassed very easily with the books I read. But if I had to choose, I’d pick The Ravenhood Series by Kate Stewart.

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The only reason I’m picking this series is that it’s a little bit taboo. It’s a dark romance following a woman named Cecelia who moves in with her rich dad for the summer to work for his company. She ends up meeting a few men who are all friends and very mysterious, and they all want to date her. The atmosphere of the book gives off Twilight vibes, only without the vampires, and adds in some smut and polygamy! I really loved this series and I plan on reading it again soon!

3. A book everyone loved but you didn’t

For this book recommendation tag prompt, I want to disclaim that I adore the author and previous works from her, but this one just wasn’t for me even though many people loved it!

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One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle was one of my lowest-rated books in 2022. This book follows a woman named Katy who was supposed to go on a trip to Italy with her mother Carol, but she suddenly passes away and has to go on the trip alone. She goes to feel close to her moms’ roots and self-reflect but ends up meeting her mom from when she was her age. This is known as magical realism which Serle does a lot in her books and I typically love it!

However, this book just left me feeling a little uncomfortable and the relationship with her mom was sweet but perhaps a little too close. I think this is a great summer read to try out because everyone loved it, but I just didn’t unfortunately!

4. A book you read the fastest

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I have one series and one stand-alone that I’d like to mention. For the series, it has to be the Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman. I read all 4 graphic novels in 2 days and they were incredible! I feel like everyone knows what this story is about, but in case you don’t, it follows two young men in high school, Nick and Charlie, as they experiment and discover their sexual orientation. Out of any graphic novel I’ve ever read, these were by far the best and I read them so quickly!

The stand-alone that only took me 1 day to read was November 9 by Colleen Hoover. This romance follows a young woman named Fallon who experienced intense burns on one side of her body and is insecure about them. She meets her dad at a diner to discuss her future and as her dad is bringing her down, a young man named Ben sits in the seat with her and introduces himself as her boyfriend (what?!).

From here, the two spark up a conversation and really hit it off, so they decide because she’s moving that they will meet on November 9 every year but live their life without contact until that day each year! There’s a lot of drama and heartbreak, but this was such a great book in my opinion!

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5. A book that deserves more hype

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I am really excited about this book recommendation tag prompt because I rarely see people talking about this book and it deserves to be read more often! It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian is an amazing book about a woman named Noni who is going through a mini-life crisis. She doesn’t feel much passion for her life and decides to travel across the country to gain perspective and open her eyes to romanticizing her life more!

While she’s overseas she meets some amazing people and not-so-amazing people, but all of her experiences help her grow into realizing what she truly loves and cares about, and who! It’s so beautiful and it definitely deserves more hype!

6. A book that is becoming a movie/tv show

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By the time this blog post is out, this tv show will have already been released, but it was one of my favourite books of 2022 so I have to share it regardless…Daisy Jones and The Six!!!! This is such an incredible story that makes you feel like your reading real people’s lives from the 70s. 

We follow Daisy Jones, who is a self-assured songwriter who is added to a big rock band known as The Six. Each band member shares their opinions of being on the road together, dealing with drug use, heartbreak, love, self-discovery, and more! This tv show releases on Amazon Prime on March 2, 2023!

7. A book you have re-read the most

To be quite honest, I’ve never reread a book before, but for March 2023 I plan on rereading The One by John Marrs because it’s been over 2 years since I first read it and I want to be reminded of all the reasons why I loved it so much!

8. A book from a genre you don’t typically read

A genre I don’t typically read anymore is non-fiction/self-help. One non-fiction book that I really enjoyed and read most recently is Working Hard, Hardly Working by Grave Beverley.

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I really enjoyed how this book was split into two sections; one section provides tips for productivity and perseverance, while the other section teaches you about the importance of rest and preventing burnout! If you’re looking for a non-fiction that provides scientific facts combined with a witty writing style, this one’s for you!

9. A book that deserves all the hype it gets

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I don’t think I need to say much about this series, but the A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) series deserves all the hype that it’s been receiving since it was released in 2015. When reading became huge again during COVID, this series blew up again, and rightfully so! 

If you’re a fan of fantasy romance series with an incredible plot, spicy scenes, and found family, then this series is for you!

10. A book you usually recommend when asked to give a recommendation

Similarly to the first book recommendation tag prompt, I decided to choose one thriller and one romance just in case you’re not a fan of one or the other.

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The book I’d recommend to someone looking for a thriller recommendation would be In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead (she also has a newer release called The Last Housewife that I’ve heard good things about, but haven’t read yet).

This book follows a group of friends from college who go back to their school for a 10-year anniversary. 10 years prior, one of their friends was mysteriously murdered and they’re trying to figure out who did it and why. It has multiple points of view, crazy plot twists, and a pinch of romance!

The book I’d recommend to someone looking for a romance recommendation would be Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover. This book does have trigger warnings, but it’s not as intense as other books of hers. It follows a woman named Kenna who was recently released from prison and wants to reunite with her daughter. 

No one from Kenna’s life before wants anything to do with her, including her daughter’s caregivers and the only person who wants to give her a second chance is bar owner, Ledger, who is also connected to Kenna’s daughter. It’s such a beautiful love story that also has family attributes, making it really heartwarming!

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11. A book that has your favourite characters

This book recommendation tag prompt was easy for me, and I didn’t necessarily choose characters who I thought were the most likable, but who are the most interesting to me!

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The first book is Hopeless by Colleen Hoover with the characters Sky and Holder. This book has a lot of trigger warnings, but it follows these two 17/18-year-olds who are about to graduate but have a lot of childhood trauma they need to work through. Sky and Holder are such complex characters based on their pasts, and the way they handled conflict at such a young age was intriguing to me!

The second book is Normal People by Sally Rooney with the characters Marianne and Connell. This book follows two very complex, anxious characters who are friends at the end of high school, going into their young adulthood. They can never find the perfect timing or words, but I just feel like their relationship and them as individuals would be so interesting to study!

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12. A book you wish you could live in

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I wanted to choose a fantasy book, but I just know I wouldn’t handle wars and magic very well. In a perfect world, I would probably choose ACOTAR and live in Velaris, but the realist in me decided to choose Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score instead!

The main character Maggie travels across the country renovating homes and sharing the process on her YouTube channel, and honestly, that life sounds incredible to me! So I suppose the dreamer in me would choose ACOTAR, but the realist in me chooses Maggie Moves On!

13. A book you thought you would hate but ended up loving

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This series was the only thing that came to mind because I wasn’t sure if it would be too young for me since it’s a YA romance, but I ended up loving The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han. Prior to picking it up a lot of people mentioned that the main character, Belly, was very immature and annoying, and while this was partially true, I ended up really enjoying the story about the parents, the love triangle, and the friendships.

I have yet to read the last book because I know it’s going to ruin a main character for me, but the series as a whole was really entertaining and I’d definitely recommend it if you’ve been on the fence about it. It’d be the perfect series to read in the summer!

14. A book that made you cry

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I could’ve chosen so many different books for this, but I decided to go with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book follows a writer named Monique who interviews a famous actress named Evelyn Hugo about her career and the seven husbands she’s had throughout her life. 

It was really difficult for me to not grow sentiment towards the characters in this story and there was so much drama and heartbreak along the way. It was really interesting how Monique and Evelyn’s lives connected too, and the ending definitely made me cry the most, but I’d recommend it 1000x over!

15. A book you wish you could read for the first time

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I think I’m going to go full circle with this last prompt and say Flock, which is the first book in the Ravenhood Series! This book was my favourite from the series and it really opened my eyes to the different sub-genres within romance.


2023 Book Recommendation Tag – Closing Statements

Have you read any of the books I recommended throughout this blog post? Let me know in the comments below! I love the idea of doing a yearly book recommendation tag with different questions each year!

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