Grey Tags // I Used to be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl – Book Blogger Confessions Tag

It’s Thursday Tag Time!

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I’m really enjoying doing these tags but my only problem is that I never know how to start them!

Should I talk about what I’m up to lately??? Even though I’m writing this 5 weeks before it’s going to be posted?

Do I talk about how I’m handling my course work?

Past Grey: Not well.
Present Grey: So I’m dropping out…

Or is it going to get annoying if all I talk about is how tired I am and how much my brain is refusing to work and how I’m living up to the gays can’t math stereotype??

Past Grey: No but really, why did I let my mum sign me up for a course that entails math??? I just wanted to help businesses be organised??? That’s what I’m good at, not numbers!
Present Grey: AHAHAHHAA sucks to be you, glad I don’t have to deal with that anymore. 

Either way, I am running out of introduction content! So let’s just jump into the tag before I enter an existential crisis.

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I was tagged for this one by Jillian @ Jillian The Bookish Butterfly.

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The Questions

Which book, most recently, did you not finish?

truly devious TD.jpgTruly Devious│Truly Devious #1│Maureen Johnson│

Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders.

This was maybe probably not the books fault.

I tried to read it on Audible and quickly realised that fiction audiobooks and I don’t get along too well.

I do want to give this book another shot in a different format though!

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Which book is your guilty pleasure?

I hate these types of questions because I genuinely don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I don’t feel guilty for the things I enjoy.

And I think being a woman who was once a teenage girl, it’s a radical act to not feel guilty for the things you enjoy.

In spite of being vilified for years for your interests no matter what they are, just because you’re a teenage girl and it’s assumed anything you could possibly like is worthless and shallow.

So I don’t have a guilty pleasure book and I’m refusing to come up with something else on principal.

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Which book do you love to hate?

some boysSome BoysPatty Blount│Review

I’m just a girl who got mad.
Really fucking mad.
 

This was the book I’ve probably had the most fun ranting about but to be fair, I was drinking wine while I read it and by the time I finished and started venting to my sister, I was well past drunk.

And honestly what isn’t fun to vent about when your drunk?

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Which book would you throw into the sea?

girlhoodGirlhood│Cat ClarkeReview

Guilt eats away at you. Hollows you out and fills you up with itself until it’s the only thing left.

The ending really pissed me off.

And I think it made me angrier because I liked so much of the book until that point.

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Which book have you read the most?

looking for alaskaLooking For AlaskaJohn Green│

So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.

Don’t let the answer to this question trick you.

Looking for Alaska is not my favourite book but it used to be.

This book meant so damn much to me as a teen. When I was determined to be a manic pixie dream girl and felt so utterly broken inside that no one would ever understand me, but secretly hoping that one day some boy would come along and save me.

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I can see the flaws of Looking for Alaska now because, well, I discovered feminism and also COME ON! That thought process went against everything else I believed in, even back then.

I read this book a lot. I lost count how many times I read it within the first year I bought it alone. My housemate and I named a cat after Alaska and this book is the reason why the fox became my favourite animal.

Also that rain/hurricane analogy was goddamn poetry to my little 18 year old heart. I mean. . . It kind of still is.

HELLO HAVE YOU NOTICED MY WHOLE BLOGGING AESTHETIC???

I know all the things wrong with this book and if I had picked it up now for the first time, instead of at the age of 18, it probably would have just made me angry and not made any impact outside of that.

But that’s not what happened, and so there’s always going to be a small piece of me that loves this book because it made me feel seen. Even if it wasn’t in a healthy way.

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Which book would you hate to receive as a gift?

Honestly? Most books.

Books are just such a personal gift. I’d love for someone to gift me their favourite book because that’s like them giving you a piece of themselves, but outside of that please please please don’t gift me books.

This might sound ungrateful but it is in fact me not wanting to be wasteful.

I just, I like what I like and there’s a lot I don’t like and I’d hate for someone to give me a book I either have no interest in, already know I don’t like, or is just going to sit on my shelf for years until I finally give it away.

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Which book could you not live without?

city of bones TMIThe Mortal InstrumentsCassandra Clare│

The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.

Okay, this is probably a weird choice but The Mortal Instruments is what got me back into ferociously reading again.

If it wasn’t for the Mortal Instruments I wouldn’t be here, on my blog, talking to you about books.

Maybe I would have found my way back to books eventually and maybe that would have lead me to the book blogging world. Maybe.

But I can’t say that for sure. What I can say, is that these books are what made me tumble into Goodreads head first and never look back.

So although I wouldn’t put this series in my favourites list, I do owe my book blogging life to it.

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Which book made you angriest?

the nowhere girlsThe Nowhere Girls│Amy ReedReview

“I wish things didn’t have to get violent,” Grace says.
“They already were violent,” Allison says.

This book made me angry in the best way possible.

It’s the kind of book that makes you the empowered kind of angry.

The kind of angry that makes you want to storm up to all the men in your life who have hurt you or made you feel scared or demanded something of you as if you owed them a damn thing and tell them to fuck off.

In a society that teaches girls that being angry is one of the ugliest emotions for us to feel, it’s so fucking empowering to embrace our anger and use it to fuel change.

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Which book made you cry the most?

bad romanceBad RomanceHeather Demetrios│

This is something else I will learn while I am with you—not now, but later: there are so many ways to drown.

A lot of books have made me cry but this is the book in my recent memory that had me absolutely fucking sobbing non-stop.

Like I’m surprised I could read the words on the page through my tears and was able to fucking finish it.

This was such a cathartic read for me and it came along at the perfect moment. It was everything I needed and the kind of book I wish teenage me had.

And I’ll forever be grateful to Elise @ The Bookish Actress for her review because it made me pick up this book.

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Which book cover do you hate the most?

I don’t think I have a cover that I hate?

Sure there’s some that aren’t as aesthetically pleasing for me personally but there’s no one book cover that I would use the word hate to describe my feelings for.

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I tag

☁️ Krystin @ Here’s The Fucking Twist

☁️ Kelly @ Just Another Book in the Wall

☁️ Ashley @ The Infinite Library

☁️ Simone @ Simone and Her Books

☁️ Beth @ Reading Every Night

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Past Awards

☁️ Tag // The Blogger Recognition Award

☁️ Tag // The Versatile Blogger Award

☁️ Grey Tags // Shockingly Intelligent and Mind Blowingly Stupid – The Entertaining Blogger Award


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I managed to pick books without going through my Read shelf on Goodreads.

Just all off the top of my head. And I went without mentioning the Shades of Magic series.

Oh well, until now, that is.

What books have made you sob?
What books make you angry?
What books make you so happy you don’t know what to do with yourself?

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9 thoughts on “Grey Tags // I Used to be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl – Book Blogger Confessions Tag

    1. It was soooo good, and it’s the most accurate abuse narrative I’ve found so far.

      Thank you. I think after having a step father who shat on everything I enjoyed I just kind of stopped caring what people thought about the things I like.
      And I get so mad whenever I see people shitting on what other people enjoy, especially when its directed at teenage girls.

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    1. I’m highly considering doing a John Green reread next year to be honest ahah. But Looking for Alaska was always my favourite so if you’re going to read another Green book I highly suggest that one!

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  1. Thanks so much for the tag. 🙂 I can’t wait to get around to this one. I haven’t read many of these books myself but I’ve heard amazing things about John Green (who hasn’t) and another blogger one here I talk to loved Looking for Alaska. Looking back I can see flaws in a lot of the books I loved when I was younger, but nostalgia means I still love them for what they meant to me at the time.
    Also I am so behind on Clare’s Shadowhunter books, I need to pick them back up again because I’ve heard amazing things about her newest releases.
    Thanks again for the tag, and great post. 🙂 ❤

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