The Flower Book Tag | romance, friendships and sweet reads

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY !! (oops… it is no longer Valentine’s day. If you can’t tell, I am a bit late posting this one. Still, I wish you a happy day!)

In the spirit of ‘The Flower Book Tag’, I’m sending you all FLOWERS…

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…and books and love (as always).

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Anyways, as the title suggests, I am *finally* doing the amazing ‘Flower Book Tag’. Vera & Sabrina from Wordy and Whimsical created AND tagged me in this quite a while back. I’m soOOoo excited to be doing it because who doesn’t love flowers??

divider. In centre is a red and pink mushroom/toadstool, on the left and right are pink swirls.

Roses are traditionally given as an expression of love: what’s your favourite romance in a book?

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my favourite flower.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

As much as I love romance in books, I always struggle with this question as no one jumps to mind. But, because of the Netflix show that came out this year, I’m going to mention Genya and David.

Even though they are secondary characters, they were the best bit of the Grisha trilogy for me. I loved the tropes, the progression and just everything. Plus, David (I can’t believe Luke Pasqualino is playing him 😱) and Genya on their own are peak characters, so they are just PERFECT together.

I know they will probably only have one scene in the show, but they will be the main reason I’ll watch it.*

*it’s been months, and I still haven’t watched it. I don’t want to brag, but my procrastination skills are exceptional.

 Stargazer Lilies are named for their blooms that face toward the sky: who is your favourite ambitious character?

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An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

I loved the characters in this book SO much. Our main character is Aster, a medical apprentice of sorts from the lower decks of the spaceship. The ship essentially holds everyone as they search for a habitable planet. People are separated into decks where there is an unequal distribution of resources alongside other brutalities and injustices.

Aster is one of my favourite ambitious characters because she strove forward and worked towards different goals, whether in small or big ways. It was always a part of her character. Aster wasn’t presented as a typical ambitious character, but I felt like it was an important part of her. Following her journey was hard (check for TWs) and powerful.

Peace Lilies are known for being one of the easier houseplants to care for: what is a book you think anyone could love?

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Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Every time I think about this book, I fall a little more in love with it. Therefore in my head, everyone has to love it because someone not liking it should be impossible.

It was an emotional and sweet read that dealt with identity, family and mental illness. It talks about all of these things (and more) in depth. I adored the family focus and how we followed a blossoming friendship too. PLEASE READ IT IF YOU HAVEN’T.

Chrysanthemums are given on Mother’s Day in Australia: who is your favourite fictional mother?

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The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

I have talked about this book recently (this isn’t true anymore) but seeing as it does fit this prompt well, here we go again.

I liked TiαΊΏn’s mum a lot as she shared some sweet moments with TiαΊΏn through the stories, the jacket and general togetherness. I thought she was really supportive, and I liked that we spent time with her alone as it allowed me to feel closer to her.

Spider Plants are easy to propagate: what is a hyped-up book that you love?

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth house has been a popular book, even getting a TV show announcement in the first months from release. It is safe to say the word hyped around this book.

Fortunately, I am thoroughly in agreement with the hype. I loved the approach to magic, the mystery aspect, the timeline (soo good), the characters (who were all very different) and the setting. I can’t wait for the sequel. I need it, pleaseeeee.

Lily of the Valley is pretty but poisonous: share a book with a beautiful cover that was actually disappointing!

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I love this cover. I mean… it is green and the illustrative art style is stunning. thank you.

Sadly, I didn’t love the story in the same way. It was not very memorable for me as I found the villain and plot a bit drab, to be honest.

The main characters were the highlight to me as they made you want to engage with the story. They were my savour, but overall this book didn’t have the lasting impression that I wanted. It was sad because I loved the cover, and it was pretty popular

Orchids are one of the oldest flower types known to man: what’s your favorite classic novel?

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

I haven’t read many classics and I’ve enjoyed even less. But, I have read all seven books from The Chronicles of Narnia, and I do love Narnia. More for growing up watching the movies than the books themselves, so this answer is a slight cheat, but… *for Narnia*.

Peonies require lots of care: share a bookish friendship that was caring and supportive!

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You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

I am going to highlight Liz and Jordan because they were the perfect example of a great friendship.

They had a ‘rekindling’ of their friendship in this book, and it was just so supportive and sweet. I truly could read loads about them. They were legit role models for what friends should be, and I LOVED it.

Hyacinths have a sweet, lingering fragrance: what’s the sweetest novel you’ve ever read?

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Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

Told entirely in text, this book was able to let the relationship grow authentically through the use of communication. Truly a modern-day love story realistically showcasing natural and emotional growth.

It is short and slightly limited at times because of the format, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I would 100% describe it as sweet. It was cute, healthy and SWEET (see? I told you I would describe it as sweet).

Tulips are bright, popular, and showy: who’s your favorite larger than life character?

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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Now I have done a twist on this prompt as I struggled to find an extroverted character. I decided to select a character whose personality was a standout quality of the book for me.

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Norris was a REALLY strong character. He was cynical, snarky and I felt genuinely engaged with his character voice. It was made even better by the meaningful character growth he has throughout this book. Norris certainly made this book for me.

Certain type of Water Lilies are difficult to eradicate: What is a novel that has stood the test of time, and remained your favorite through the years?

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An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in The Ashes series has been a favourite for a while. It was one of those series I found in my early book community days, and it has stayed a firm favourite throughout the years.

I enjoyed the fast pace of this series and the way the plot grew and changed. It got more intense and pushed the characters more. I felt like every book added on to the previous one in some way. Therefore, I am happy to say I still love the series a lot.

Lavender has many uses, from landscaping and food to cosmetics and essential oils: name a book you love that fits in more than one genre!

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Release by Patrick Ness

Release by Patrick Ness

I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. It surprised me in a really good way.

The contemporary aspect was my favourite. I always just describe it by listing adjectives, so here we go *cough cough*: raw, quiet, emotional, poignant, important, and beautiful.

The magical realism aspect was different. In truth, I need to reread the book to appreciate it as it was a bit lost on me. I still loved the book though.

divider. In centre is a red and pink mushroom/toadstool, on the left and right are pink swirls.

That’s all folks. I hope you enjoyed this post and, most importantly, that it made you think of flowers. It certainly did me, I mean I am sat across a big bunch of flowers, but this post was definitely part of the flower-power mindset.

If anyone wants to do this tag, I highly suggest you do it because once again, people need more flowers (and books) in their life. So, there you go… I tag YOU.

As always, thank you for reading.

What are some of your favourite fictional friendships?

Do you have a favourite book that is more than one genre?


19 thoughts on “The Flower Book Tag | romance, friendships and sweet reads

  1. Yess I completely agree that anyone could love Darius The Great is not okay!
    and off I’m so sorry you didn’t like Sorcery of throne – it looks so pretty and I’m really looking forward to reading it!
    and yes AEITA is gsooo good and I’m glad its remained as one of your faves!

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    1. Yes, thank you. I love Darius The Great Is Not Okay and I’m ready for 10 more books with him. 😍😍
      It is a stunning book and it did have parts I liked for sure, just overall no wow factor for me. Lots of people I know loved it so I hope you end up loving it like those 😊
      An Ember fan forever 😍😍
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting πŸ’›

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  2. I did this Tag a while back and I loved reading your answers!! ❀ I also loved Darius The Great Is Not Okay and I really need to finally check out the sequel! I also have The Magic Fish on my TBR, so I’m happy to hear that it has a sweet mother-son relationship! Ninth House is another book I have been meaning to read forever, though I have seen many mixed reviews. Glad to hear you liked it though! πŸ₯°

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    1. Thank you so much Caro πŸ’›
      Darius the Great is one of my favourites and I really enjoyed the sequel too. I hope you end up loving the sequel as well.
      Ahh.. The Magic Fish was a great read and the art was stunning. One of my favourite styles. I hope you love that one too.
      True, I actually forgot about the mix of reviews with Ninth House. It was quite different to what I expected but it worked in my favour. Hopefully you will love it too. πŸ’–

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  3. So glad you see you back on the blogsphere <33 Patrick Ness is an author I've been meaning to get into for a while now, so I'm glad you liked Release by them! Technically you Started it is also on my tbr, I can't wait to read it. Great post!!

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    1. Thank you so much πŸ’–πŸ’– Ness is a really interesting author to read. His books are so unique a lot of the time. Release is my favourite by him so I hope you love that one especially 🀣😍
      Ahh.. Hope you enjoy. It is such a quick read as well.
      Thank you!! πŸ’›

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  4. ahh sophieeee! i loved reading this post. happy (very belated) valentines day!! hahaha you were right, david and genya got almost no screen time together (although they did get a bit of time individually), and fingers crossed that in season two we see some more of their romance, because i loved it in the books! πŸ₯°

    i really need to read darius the great is not okay soon, because i’ve been hearing literally the best things about it, plus the synopsis makes it sound like such a wonderful book! also i haven’t read it but ninth house!!!! omg dark academia for the win, i can’t wait to check it out sometime soon. 🀩

    i thought i was the only person who didn’t love the sorcery of thorns 😭 omg the cover is SO pretty, and the book is so hyped up, but it felt like it was all vibes no plot, and i just didn’t like it a lot lol. an ember in the ashes is also really high on my tbr, so i’m glad you love that too! ❀️

    lovely post πŸ’•

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    1. ahhh… thank you so much Ahaana πŸ₯ΊπŸ’• haha yes very happy belated valentines to you too !! haha I didn’t expect David and Genya to have much time together (sad times, glad they had a few individually though) but hopefully later on in the series we will get more!! Such a good romance. I would happily read a whole book on them!! 🀣

      I so hope you read and love Darius The Great Is Not Okay, such a precious book. Plus, I love the sequel too so two books lined up for you there 🀣
      yess, dark academic. The aesthetic I want but can’t afford 🀣 I need to read more of them for real though. Ninth House was a good one so I hope you end up loving that one too.

      ahh… nope, not at alone. Sorcery of Thorns really didn’t hit that level I wanted especially as it was so hyped like you say.
      Ember is a classic, I should probably reread it at some point. I hope you will love it too.

      thank you again and thank you for your lovely comment πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  5. Ahh, so happy you did our tag! 😊 I really love Genya and David, and I thought that the actors did such a good job with portraying these characters in the show. Darius The Great Is Not Okay is such a good choice for a book anyone could love – I haven’t really heard anything bad about that book so far and I adored it too. Sadly, I have to agree with you about Sorcery of Thorns – I was really excited for it based on the hype, but ultimately it felt like a very generic fantasy novel to me. 😦 Great answers, Sophie! ❀️

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    1. Thank you so much for creating this tag. I really enjoyed the questions πŸ’•πŸ’• Yay, Genya and David for the win. I would honestly love a book following them !! I’m so glad the actors did a good job portraying them, I can’t wait to watch it !!
      I really think anyone could love Darius, such a great book and I really haven’t heard any bad reviews for it either !! Again, another character I would happily read more books about !!
      Sorcery of Thorns was so hyped and like you said it did just feel a bit generic to me!! I wonder if I read it before the hype I may have been less disappointed. Certainly not a book I will be raving about, that’s for sure.
      Thank you soo much !! πŸ’•

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  6. Ah so many excellent recommendations here ❀ I loved Darius so, so much and I hope everyone does, it's such a soft, incredible read. ❀ and I need to read Technically, You Started It, it sounds like such a fun, adorable read overall ❀

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    1. Yay thank you !! Darius truly was a stunning book. I love it a bit more every time I think about it !! I hope everyone feels the same way about it too!! πŸ’• Technically You Started It was a fun read and a quick one. I would definitely recommend it!! πŸ’•

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