Seventeen Book Tag: Iconic Moments Edition (original)

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Hi everyone! Today I’m ending the year by sharing the last (and definitely my favorite) edition of the Seventeen book tag that I created with my friend Romie, a tag that combines our love for reading and our love for the Kpop group Seventeen. (You can find the previous editions here and here).

I’ve spend an embarrassingly long amount of time watching those “funniest/cutest Seventeen moments” videos on YouTube, and I had a lot of fun trying to come up with bookish questions that went well with their most iconic moments. So, without further ado, here’s the very last Seventeen Book Tag: iconic moments edition.

Mingyu’s Suitcase: a book that took you some time to get into, but was totally worth it

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I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I had a little bit of a problem getting into Want by Cindy Pon. I’m not sure whether it was the book or whether it was me, but I kept getting distracted while listening to the audiobook and sometimes I would zone out completely, only to have to rewind the audiobook to make sure I didn’t miss anything important. But at some point I really got into it and couldn’t put it down anymore. I’m incredibly happy that the release of it’s sequel, Ruse, is only 3 months away now, because I can’t wait to coninue the series!

S.Coups Fireworks: a book that took you by surprise

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I didn’t have the highest expectations for A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. I mean, I didn’t love Tahereh’s writing in her Shatter Me series and this was the first time she wrote a contemporary novel so I was a bit hesitant going into it, but I ended up loving it so, so much. This book and it’s characters grabbed me from the first page and didn’t let me go until I had finished the book, mere hours later.

Woozi’s Guitar: a book character that frustrated you so much that you wanted to hit them

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I didn’t really want to talk about Love, Life and the List by Kasie West again because I feel like you all know how much I despise this book by now, but this was one of the only books I could think of that fit this question perfectly so, here we go again…

In this book, the main character (who’s name I can’t remember and I don’t feel like looking it up) her mom is agoraphobic and suffers from panic attacks (same) and the main character only thinks about herself. At one point the mc has an art show which her mother never shows up to, and when the mc gets home and finds her mother on the couch feeling absolutely horrible because of the awful panic attack she just had, the main character only feels sorry for herself and is mad at her mother. When I read this I kind of wanted to jump into the book and yell at her about how it’s not her mom’s fault, she can’t help getting panic attacks, stop making her feels worse and stop being such a brat!! (Wow, I really should be over this by now.)

“This chicken will heal our hearts”: a book that made you feel better

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston is filled with great characters and geeky goodness that definitely feels like healing chicken soup for the soul. The book is a Cinderella retelling so there’s quite a few bad moments caused by the main character’s awful stepmom and stepsisters, but the scenes that happen at the con, the moments in which she talks about her favorite TV-show, the adorable romance… This book made me smile a lot, and is definitely very comforting.

Wonwoo’s tracksuit: a book you love so much that you can’t stop talking about it and it’s starting to weird others out a bit

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I don’t mention this book as much as I used to do, but I feel like I used to mention The Reader by Traci Chee in almost every conversation I had, and I even put “read The Reader by Traci Chee” in my Twitter bio. But this book is just so good? I don’t understand how Traci does it but there are so many layers to her writing and her plot and it just absolutely blew me away. It’s like you start the book with all these random puzzle pieces, and at the end a lot of them start to fit together in ways you never expected them to and it’s amazing.

Wonwoo trying to kick a bag and failing: a book you thought you’d love but ended up hating

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Hate is definitely a bit of a strong word for this book, but I definitely expected to like Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills a lot more than I did. I’ve heard amazing things about Emma Mills, the synopsis of the book sounded lovely, so I expected this to be at least a 3.5-star read but, uhm, I didn’t care for it at all and ended up DNF’ing it. You can read my review here for more of my thoughts on this book.

Jun’s Carrot costume: a character you’d cosplay

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I’ve never really thought about cosplaying before. I love seeing all of the costumes people create online but the thought of doing it myself somehow never really crossed my mind, so thinking of a character to cosplay myself took some time. But then I realized that if I were to ever cosplay I’d probably do it with friends, and I would absolutely love to dress up as the Lumberjanes characters with friends. I’d be Molly, because who doesn’t love having a super cute pet raccoon on their head?

Seungkwan’s fanboys: a book/character that made you fangirl

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When I first read The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo I loved it so much that I immediately started searching for other books she might’ve written (there weren’t any), audiobooks she might’ve narrated (there weren’t any at the time, but she’s narrated Ibi Zoboi’s Pride, which recently came out!), and started following her on Twitter. And because of lack of other Elizabeth Acevedo content I decided to reread some of my favorite The Poet X passages and… I accidentally reread the whole thing. Oops.

S.Coups eating his dropped egg: a book/character you know is trash, but you love it/them anyway

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I’m currently making my way through the third book in the The Trials of Apollo series, The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan, and I think we can all agree on the fact that Apollo isn’t the most amazing character in the world. I mean, he has a huge superiority complex and he is kinda selfish at times, but he’s incredibly entertaining and I love him. (And the character growth!! YES)

Same goes for all of Rick Riordan’s books, to be honest. I know that they’re not a masterpiece and that they all basically follow the same formula, but they’re incredibly entertaining and I love them, and I’m definitely planning on reading more of his books in the future. Even if it’s only for the puns.

Starbucks: a book you can’t help but get excited about whenever you hear someone mention it

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I get incredibly excited whenever anyone mentions This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow, because this book is absolutely incredible (messy friendships, a girl band, a teen mom with the most adorable daughter, a swoon-worthy f/f romance between two brown girls and one of the mc’s is a recovering alcoholic! What’s not to like?) and not enough people have read it, so whenever someone mentions it I can’t help but smile (and immediately get the urge to jump into their DM’s so that I can talk to them about it).

My favourite part of Seungkwan is… : the thing you love the most about your favourite character

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I had a bit of a hard time answering this question because I honestly don’t think I have a favorite character. I have a lot of characters I love, probably a list of 10-somewhat characters, but no one really jumps out. I’m not sure why that is. But I’m taking this chance to talk to you about Jimmy from I Was Born For This, because the reason why I love him so much is because I can relate to him a lot. I’ve got anxiety and get panic attacks, and Jimmy is the very first (and only) character I could truly see that part of myself in, and I could relate to him very deeply on multiple levels. That meant, and still means, a lot to me.

I have quite a few passages of I Was Born For This tabbed so that I can go to them whenever I’m feeling bad, and while they always make me cry, they also make me feel better. And almost all of these passages relate to Jimmy in some way.

Jun’s V-live: a book that was weird but extremely entertaining

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I read Power Up! by Kate Leth and Matt Cummings when I was going through a bit of a comic kick (I basically read everything my friend Elin recommended to me) and this was one of the weirdest and most fun comics I’ve read. I mean, it’s about a group of characters that suddenly gain superpowers and one of them is a goldfish? It’s great.

Mingyu makes my ovaries: a character you wish you could have stopped from saying something embarrassing

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Oh boy, the amount of time I wished I could’ve stopped Twinkle from From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon from talking… (This answer might spoil the book so be aware of that) In this book, Twinkle really wants to belong to the popular crowd and dreams of dating Neil, one of the most good looking and popular guys in school. But then a romance between her and Neil’s twin brother Sahil starts to blossom and towards the end, when everything is supposed to come together, Twinkle says something that almost ruins everything and it was very hard to not scream “STOP, DON’T DO THIS!” while reading the book.

So, that was the very last edition of the Seventeen book tag! I had a lot of fun creating these questions with Romie and trying to find answers to them, and I hope you all liked reading them and maybe coming up with answers to these questions yourselves! (Please do, I would love to see you all do this tag too!)

I’m, once again, going to tag the same people I tagged in the other tags (Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms, Angela @ Books of a Shy Girl, Dorka @ Berries & Books and Savannah @ The Book Prophet.) and I’m also going to tag Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany.

Some Thoughts on the Bookish Community and Loneliness

Seventeen Book Tag — Iconic Moments Edition

  1. Mingyu’s Suitcase: a book that took you some time to get into, but was totally worth it
  2. S.Coups Fireworks: a book that took you by surprise
  3. Woozi’s Guitar: a book character that frustrated you so much that you wanted to hit them
  4. “This chicken will heal our hearts”: a book that made you feel better
  5. Wonwoo’s tracksuit: a book you love so much that you can’t stop talking about it and it’s starting to weird others out a bit
  6. Wonwoo trying to kick a bag and failing: a book you thought you’d love but ended up hating
  7. Jun’s Carrot costume: a character you’d cosplay
  8. Seungkwan’s fanboys: a book/character that made you fangirl
  9. S.Coups eating his dropped egg: a book/character you know is trash, but you love it/them anyway
  10. Starbucks: a book you can’t help but get excited about whenever you hear someone mention it
  11. My favourite part of Seungkwan is… : the thing you love the most about your favourite character
  12. Jun’s V-live: a book that was weird but extremely entertaining
  13. Mingyu makes my ovaries: a character you wish you could have stopped from saying something embarrassing
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