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Panic! at the Disco book tag

Panic! at the Disco book tag

Gasp! Two book tags in one week? This is unheard of!

When I stole the summer book tag from Amy on Sunday, I said that I didn’t do book tags very often. I wasn’t expecting the brilliant Jessikah from Read By Jess to suddenly release a Panic! at the Disco book tag, and I have little to no self-control so I couldn’t resist stealing that one, too.

Jess chose a bunch of great Panic! tracks and paired them up with bookish questions, then challenged anyone who loves both Panic! and reading to participate. I’m extended that challenge to you: check out my answers below, and if you decide to do this tag please leave your post down in the comments.

Right, I think I’m Ready To Go…

1) Death of a Bachelor – a romance book

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Steffi and Rhys are my OTP. Nuff said.

2) High Hopes – a book you’re really excited for

Floored cover

Is anyone surprised that I’ve chosen Floored as my most anticipated book? It comes out this week, after what feels like years and years of waiting, and I can’t wait to try to figure out which author wrote which character. With seven different viewpoints, I’m a tad apprehensive, but I love so many of the authors that I’m sure it’s going to be brilliant.

3) Miss Jackson – a book with a betrayal

The Girls by Emma Cline

Trying to remember a book with a betrayal was almost impossible, but in the end I decided to choose The Girls by Emma Cline. Not only does the main character feel betrayed by her friends and family, but the author recently had a lawsuit filed against her by an ex-boyfriend: that’s a betrayal if ever I’ve heard one!

4) Girls/Girls/Boys – a LGBTQ+ book

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is the book which helped me accept the fact that I was bisexual, so it was impossible to choose a different title to represent the LGBTQ+ community.

5) I Write Sins Not Tragedies – a book featuring a wedding

From Notting Hill with Love... Actually by Ali McNamara

When I was younger I hated romance of all kinds, so when my ex-boyfriend’s mum recommended this book to me (and lent me a copy!) I was filled with disdain. As someone who always rises to a challenge I decided to give it a go… And I ended up loving it??? At this point I hadn’t seen Love, Actually (and I still haven’t seen Notting Hill) but Ali McNamara writes really cute, fun novels that are super fast reads. This is one of the only books I can remember which features a wedding, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it features a marriage… 😉

6) Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time – a book featuring a partying protagonist or a party scene

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Need I say more? The Great Gatsby also nods towards another Panic! at the Disco song – Roaring 20s. 

7) Say Amen (Saturday Night) – a book with an unapologetic main character

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I have one word for you: Jace. In the first book in The Mortal Instruments series Jace is a cocky and utterly unapologetic character, sassing Clary at every possible moment even as their feelings for each other become increasingly apparent. He becomes apologetic later in the series, but Jace was a badass at the beginning.

8) This is Gospel – a book from a trilogy

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I mention this a lot: I hate the Queen of the Tearling trilogy as a whole. I think the first book is awful and the third book was the worst ending to anything I’ve experienced, which was frustrating because the second book in the series might be one of my favourite books of all time. The character development that Kelsea undertakes, combined with the enigmatic plot and the sudden introduction of a second narrator combined perfectly, and it’s such a gripping book.

9) Emperor’s New Clothes – a hardback that looks beautiful naked

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I don’t have any of my hardbacks at the flat yet (they’re all still languishing in book purgatory at my parents’ house) so I could only think to feature the special editions of Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices. This might be cheating, because they don’t actually have dust jackets: the foil runes are stamped into the hardcover!

10) Victorious – an empowering book

Girl Up by Laura Bates

As soon as I saw the word ’empowering’ I knew I needed to pick one of the books which educated me about feminism. Girl Up by Laura Bates is one of the best of the bunch, featuring in-depth research, relatable advice and humorous illustrations to make it easily accessible for all.

11) Impossible Year – a really sad book

One Day by David Nicholls

Just thinking about One Day makes me tear up. If you don’t know anything about it, read it without finding out any spoilers: I can’t imagine enjoying the book if I’d watched the film first, and I can’t bring myself to watch the film after reading the book because I don’t think I’d ever stop crying.

12) King of the Clouds – a prize winning book

Asking For It by Louise O'Neill

Asking For It was the winner of the Irish Book Awards 2015, but I also feel as though it should have won the YA Book Prize in 2016. Emotional and eye-opening, Louise O’Neill’s second novel is another really sad book: don’t read this one unless you’re willing to blub all over yourself.

13) Hey Look Ma, I Made It – a debut author

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

It wouldn’t feel right to showcase a debut author other than C.G. Drews aka Paper Fury. A Thousand Perfect Notes has been out for just over a month, and although I haven’t managed to read it (yet) I’m so proud of Cait, who has been such a hard worker for countless years and really deserved to see her book in print. I’m already looking forward to her second novel, and I haven’t even gotten around to the first one yet!

 

Once again, a huge round of applause to Jess for making such an amazingly fun tag, and I challenge anyone who loves a little bit of Brendon Urie.

Alyce

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