Aaand here’s the Bookish Heavenly Virtues Tag, which was created by Ola and Piotrek over at Re-enactment of the World. The duo created the tag to correspond with the Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag, which was created by a booktuber called BookishlyMalyza who seems to have stopped vlogging.
I did the Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag a while back and paired it with cute illustrations of cats representing the different sins. Check it out here!
Chastity: Which author/book/series do you wish you had never read?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Many people like it. I don’t. I could have done without it, but instead I gave into the hype and tried it. I don’t think it’s as great as everyone says it is.
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?
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Lol! I’m not a patient person and hardly ever slow my enjoyment of things, but I guess Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series is the best answer for this question (kinda stealing Ola’s answer here). I buddy-read it with Emily from Embuhlee liest and although we enjoyed it and were hooked, we didn’t rush our reading of it. We went at a manageable pace, which I think made us thoroughly enjoy the series.
It’s an epic fantasy story that begins with the bastard son of a prince who becomes an assassin’s apprentice.
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?
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
I keep mentioning this middle-grade fantasy series to those who love the Harry Potter books and want something similar. It’s easy to tell that the author was inspired by the Harry Potter series, but she makes this world her own and it’s quite interesting and fun.
The series is about a girl who everyone believes is unlucky who is whisked away to a new place where she learns there’s something special about her. (Sorry about being so vague.)
Diligence: Which series/author do you follow no matter what happens and how long you have to wait?
Rick Riordan | Marlon James
This is actually a hard question to answer… or maybe the answer is that I do not follow any author that closely. Anyway, I selected Rick Riordan because I used to follow him that closely. Couple years ago after reading and enjoying the Percy Jackson books, I would get any book he published as soon as it dropped and immediately read it. But I don’t do that anymore. I kinda follow Marlon James. He’s one of my favorite authors and I own all his books, but I haven’t read them all. Maybe he is the answer to this question because if he drops a book tomorrow, imma get it!
Patience: Is there an author/book/series you’ve read that improved with time the most, starting out unpromising, but ultimately proving rewarding?
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
This fantasy novel that’s steeped in African mythology was a difficult read. I think this one pushes and tests the reader to make sure that it’s something she actually wants to read because it pushed my patience and made me almost DNF it. The writing and narration at the beginning made it difficult to get into but once I pushed past the first 100 pages, it became easier to read and I ended up even liking protagonist a little because he’s such a troublesome smart-ass.
Kindness: Which fictitious character would you consider your role model in the hassle of everyday life?
I can’t think of anyone.
Humility: Which book/series/author do you find most underrated?
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
I don’t understand why more people aren’t talking about this YA horror series. It’s unsettling than scary. It’s about a boy who is an apprentice to a man who studies monsters. The story is intriguing and the writing is superb. I enjoyed it and this book is the first in the series and my favorite so far. I highly recommend it and hope that it will be made into a movie. (I’m secretly hoping for a Monstrumologist and Fantastic Beasts mashup.)