If, unlike me, your body hasn’t alerted you to spring’s arrival with a suddenly stuffy nose, sinus headache, and your eyes threatening to itch although the trees haven’t yet started to spread their pollen around yet, then consider yourself lucky. I have a love/hate relationship with spring. I’m always grateful for its arrival after suffering through the harsh, cold, drab months of winter. My heart sings with the lengthening of the days and the hint of warmth in the air and is comforted (sometimes) by the beat of its rains. But I also suffer.
I sneeze. I sniff. I cough. I itch. My head pounds until I find a way to alleviate clogged nasal passages, and I sometimes spend days in fear of touching my eyes because doing so might make the itching worse to the point where I can’t open them. This wasn’t always the case. For years, I could enjoy spring without suffering. Then, suddenly, one year in college the seasonal allergies overtook me and I’ve been suffering through spring ever since…
And… that’s my sob story about spring. Now you understand why I’m doing this tag.
The I Hate Spring Book Tag was created the Biblionyan.
Time Tantrum: Name a book — either a standalone or from a series — that had large time lapses that frustrated you greatly.
I’m the only person I know who loves the time change, lol. After suffering through winter, I’m glad that I wake up with the sun twinkling in my eyes.
Kindred by Octavia Butler
I couldn’t think of a book that fits this category, but Kindred popped in my mind as soon as I read it because I don’t like time travel and that’s the major reason why I didn’t like this book when I had to read it for class. I think I read it in college. I should really give it a reread to see if I’d like it now.
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs BEGONE!: Name an insect, or creepy crawlies, centred novel that you’ve been interested in reading but feel too grossed out by to give a proper shot.
Ugh! I HATE this about spring. Hate the bugs! Hate the bugs! HATE THE BUGS!! And this year it’s worse in my part of the world because MANY cicadas are supposed to rise out the ground and swarm us this spring. The newscasters seemed very excited about this when they announced it. All I heard was CICADA-POCALYPSE!! 😱😱😨
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
I’m sure there is a creepy-crawly-filled book somewhere that I want to read that fits this category well, but the only book that came to mind as I thought about it was Children of Time. I attempted it a couple years ago and DNF’d it because I wasn’t in the mood. I don’t mind it being about spiders, I just need to be in the mood for the story. I don’t read much sci-fi.
Tax Trouble: Name a special/limited/deluxe edition of a book you own that you feel was not worth the monetary investment. If you don’t have one, then flip it — name a special/limited/deluxe edition of a book you own that you feel is worth every fricking penny.
Ugh! Taxes. I don’t have any issues with this but ugh! Remembering to get the docs together and uploading/delivering them to the tax dude… Ugh! I just don’t like this task.
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, illus. by Magali Villeneuve
Well, I bought an illustrated edition of Assassin’s Apprentice last year, I believe, and it’s autographed! I think it was worth it. I love the story and the illustrations are beautiful. What I’d really like is to get the Folio Society special edition of the Farseer trilogy. It would be pricey but, oh, so sweet!
Atrocious Allergies: Name a book you loathed so fricking much that you may as well be allergic to it.
ARGH!!! Don’t get me started. Do. Not! Get. Me. Started. Damn allergies.
The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
I don’t even want to mention this book. And please note that I DNF’d it about two pages in so maybe don’t judge the book based solely on what I say about it. I did not like it at all. I liked the movie when I first watched it and then I tried rewatching it and hated it too. I dunno, man. It’s weird my reaction to this story, but after a while I was turned off and repulsed by it.
Moody Meteorology: Name a book, or book series, that has inconsistencies that drove you baddy.
Lol! So true. Spring weather is so wacky. I don’t mind it when I’m stuck inside, but I hate making plans in spring because there’s a high chance it’d all get washed out.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I didn’t like this book. It’s YA fantasy that was often touted as being like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern when it had just come out, but I think the comparison did it a disservice by making readers’ expectation of it very high. I can’t recall much of my experience with it now, but I did a search for “inconsistent” on my blog and the review for this book popped up. Apparently, I thought the protagonist’s synesthesia was inconsistent and I noticed other inconsistencies that I didn’t bother to mention in the review.
Well, that’s it for this spring tag.
If you’re suffering too, or know you will, I tag you.
Btw, so now all I have access to is the new Block editor. It seems that they made the Classic editor a block in the Block editor, which made the whole thing confusing. It took longer than usual to throw this post together and the font style is not even how I want it to be. The Block editor thing is EXTREMELY frustrating. Ugh!!