Spring Cleaning Book Tag
Today I’m sharing my answers to the Spring Cleaning Book Tag. We’re nearly in May and the sun is shining – although it’s still nippy outside – so it’s well and truly spring. I found this tag on Lauren’s Bookshelf.
The Struggle to Get Started: A book or series you struggle to begin because of its size
I’ve tried and failed to read A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. It’s over 900 pages, and whilst I’ve only heard good things, I’ve yet to get engrossed in it. I will read it someday, but I’ve no idea when.
Cleaning Out the Closet: A book or series you want to unhaul
Hmm, I don’t tend to keep books after I’ve read them or if I don’t enjoy them so nothing comes to mind at the moment.
Opening the Window and Letting Fresh Air In: A book that was refreshing
I found Before the Coffee Gets Cold as a really refreshing read back in 2020. Originally written as a play, the book has a quietness to it that is very calming but makes the impact of the story all the more moving.
Washing out the Sheets: A scene you wish you could rewrite
This is an interesting question as I never consider things like how I would re-write scenes or chapters of a book. The only thing that comes to mind is re-writing the scene in which Jo discovers Amy and Teddy have got married in Little Women. I always found it quite flat – Jo wasn’t angry or upset, Teddy wasn’t conscientious or sincere and Amy is just annoying.
Throwing out Unnecessary Knick-Knacks: A book in a series you didn’t think was necessary
I’m not a massive series reader, but I have read three of Julia Quinn’s regency romance series. I think she could have written two Bridgerton prequels as opposed to four. The last two are bonkers – one involves pirates? – and were unnecessary.
Polishing Doorknobs: A book that had a clean finish
Has to be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. After seven books, this book had a super clean finish. All the loose ends were tied up and we even had an epilogue with a sense of new beginnings. Very tidy.
Reaching to Dust the Fan: A book that tried too hard to relay a certain message
A lot of classics drive home morality messaging, as were the trends of the time. I think Bleak House by Charles Dicken was very dry when driving home the message of greed and gluttony. One character spontaneously combusts after drinking to excess, then you have the death of a character obsessed with a court case that should leave him a rich man. Instead of focusing on making his own way, he waited for someone to give him a hand-up and it cost him his life. Bit much.
The Tiring Yet Satisfying Finish: A series that was tiring but satisfying to get through
And finally, a series I enjoyed but struggled through. I don’t tend to read long series – most times I give up like The Mortal Instrument series. But I did enjoy and get to the end of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton and Rokesby series’, even though the last two books of both series weren’t great.
But that’s it for the Spring Cleaning Book Tag. What would your answers be? Let me know in the comments below.