The Summer Bucket List Book Tag

Hello, everyone! Today I’m coming to you with a tag celebrating summer. Even though I live in the southern hemisphere and therefore it isn’t summer for me right now, I’m so stoked to celebrate summer with my northern hemisphere dwelling friends. Thank you so much to Marie and Olivia for tagging me!

The Rules

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of the tag graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.
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Morgan Matson was my favorite contemporary author back in the day. I’m not sure whether I’d enjoy her works now, but Second Chance Summer was the perfect sad summer read when I read it. It’s about a girl whose Dad is sick and about to die soon, so her family goes on one last trip together to their old lake house. I personally didn’t cry when I read this, but I’m pretty sure a lot of other people did. Just don’t expect anything too deep, and instead expect a soft childhood friendship turned romance, rekindled friendships, and you’re gonna be good!

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The Winner’s Crime is probably my favorite second book in a series of all time, as proven by the fact that despite having read it years ago, I still reference it a lot on this blog. The romance between Kestrel and Arin was always forbidden, but it just reaches new stakes in this. I still vividly remember some of the extremely fiery moments between them. And I know that miscommunication, especially between couples, is the bane of all our existences, but this one time, it was done so right!

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Spin the Dawn is one of my recent faves, and I immediately thought of it for this prompt. One part of the story is a competition that the main character Maia, disguised as a boy, joins to become the imperial tailor. The second is Maia and Edan’s journey to capture the sun, moon and stars so that Maia can make dresses out of them. (The mechanics of this are explained in the book, I promise.) I’ve been gushing everywhere that this book is really reminiscent of a fairy tale, but to find out why and to read an excerpt from the book itself, check out my stop on the blog tour!

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Girl Made of Stars literally has the word “star” in its title, which is so fitting because I was left starstruck by how nuanced its discussion of rape culture was. I expected the rape discussed in it to be a black and white scenario, but actually, it wasn’t. Despite that though, the book never fails to show that non-consensual sex is still rape, no ifs and no buts. I sadly just wasn’t very attached to any of the characters, which would usually warrant a three stars, but the discussion on rape culture was so good that I just had to bump my rating up!

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I don’t know about a book that I couldn’t put down, because usually, even though I’m enjoying a book, it’s just my natural instinct to take breaks in between reading? I don’t think I’ve read a book in a long time that I truly couldn’t put down. But The Weight of Our Sky comes close! The writing is so easy to fly through, and coupled with its short length, I feel like I could’ve finished this book in one sitting, or at least one day, if life didn’t get in the way. If you want to learn more about my thoughts and why you should totally read this book, check out my review!

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Ahhh, guys, can we please talk about this book’s cover for a second? It’s a work of art, and the physical cover is even more breathtaking!

Sweet is the perfect word to describe Ben and Nathan’s romance. They start off as friends, and then progressively realize their feelings for one another. All of the scenes they had together, be it platonic or romantic, were so cute.

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I usually don’t buy books, but I like to lurk in bookstores to stare at all the books I can’t have. I found a copy of this graphic novel in the bookstore I visit the most, and I was reading it for about an hour before I had to leave! I’m gonna go back as soon as I can and finish reading it though!

I would die for this book’s main character Bitty. And its art is also so nice and cute! It’s such a breath of fresh air to be reading a graphic novel I’m actually enjoying because I had the goal of reading one graphic novel per month earlier this year, and almost all of the ones I read were forgettable.

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I will always remember that Fang Runin started The Poppy War out as a girl from a rural province, living with an adoptive family who simply exploited her as their slave. In the beginning of the book, her aunt and uncle are about to marry her off for the dowry, but to escape her miserable fate, Rin sets her sights on attending Sinegard, a prestigious military school that only accepts the highest scorers of the Keju, a test that students spend their whole lives studying for. Rin does her best to cram a lifetime of studying into two years by completely forgoing sleep and memorizing texts at every spare moment. And it doesn’t stop there–Rin conquers so many more obstacles in The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic. R.F. Kuang is never kind to her characters, least of all to Rin. *remembers The Dragon Republic‘s ending and screams*

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I’m cheating a little by mentioning Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love for this prompt since I haven’t read it yet, though I plan to soon. It’s an anthology solely based on food, specifically food from diverse communities! Prior to the blog tour/food crawl hosted by CW and Vicky for this anthology, I had zero interest in picking it up. But then I read everyone’s own voices reviews and creative posts for the tour, and I was sold!

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I recently finished Radio Silence, and I have to add my praises to everyone else’s. I love a lot of things about this book, but I really needed the message that it sent out about the pressure to do well in school and attend a good university.

On an unrelated note, I’m very confused because the book cover of Radio Silence I used for this blog post–and also my ebook’s cover–seem to have nothing to do with the story at all. There’s a close-up of a girl’s face, who I’m assuming is Frances, and there are some things up her nose (piercings?), along with stripes of color on the right side of her face. But I really don’t get how those things reflect the book’s content??

And that’s the end of the tag! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Honestly, I don’t know who to tag for this, so if you’re reading this and haven’t done this tag yet, feel free to do it! Yes, I’m that person. Fight me 😎

If it’s summer for you right now, how’s summer going so far? Did you read any of the books I mentioned in this tag? What are your favorite summer reads?

28 thoughts on “The Summer Bucket List Book Tag

  1. Unfortunately I haven’t read any of the books on this list, but most of them are on my TBR and I’m super excited to read them! (And I just added the ones that weren’t <3333) I Wish You All the Best's cover is so beautiful, too!! I need to get my hands on it soon, haha. πŸ™‚

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    1. ohhh, I relate! that is me with most of the blog posts i read. I hope none of them disappoint you! and yay, I’m so happy that you added them to your tbr! all of these books, except the one I didn’t read of course, are books that I really enjoyed.

      I know! It’s so eye catching ahhh. i hope you get a copy soon! I was actually in the same boat with IWYATB. I won it in a giveaway and I was just impatiently waiting for it to arrive. The wait was so worth it because the book is so gorgoeus though!

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    1. yes, it is! and you can consider yourself tagged by me if you want to do it! I just didn’t tag anyone because I didn’t know who already did it or wanted to read it!
      I really think it’s worth the hype, and yes, I really don’t get that particular cover version. I hope you relate to it and enjoy it a lot!

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  2. Ahh I’m so glad you did this tag, I loved reading your answers, Caitlin! ❀ I really love Morgan Matson's work and cried while reading Second Chance Summer haha, I loved it πŸ™‚ Out of curiosity, what makes you think you wouldn't like her work anymore now, because your reading taste has changed a lot? πŸ™‚
    SPIN THE DAWN! I can't wait to read this book ahh I hope I can get a copy soon , it sounds so good πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much Marie!! And yay I’m so happy that you’re a Morgan Matson fan! Ahh, yes, sadly my reading tastes have changed a little, so I much prefer heavy contemporaries with deep meanings instead of light ones! I still see the merit in her works thought & I would really recommend her books, especially the first three because those are my faves haha, to people starting to read YA contemporary, or maybe YA in general.
      I hope your copy arrives soon!! That was me with red, white & royal blue, just impatiently waiting for it to arrive :(( but I really think the wait was worth it and I hope it’s the case for you as well πŸ’“

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  3. Oh, I was so happy to see GMOS on your list, because I love it so so much!!! It made me cry a lot, and I think it’s just a beautiful, beautiful book. And I definitely agree with your answer with Radio Silence — that book felt like it was both written about and for me, and it just touched me so much ❀ Loved reading this post!!

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  4. Ahh.. this was such a lovely tag and I really enjoyed reading your answers!!
    I really want to read The Weight in Our Sky– it sounds amazing!! I’m glad the writing was easy to fly through and the plot sounds amazing. Plus that cover is stunning!
    I Wish You All the Best looks like such a sweet read and the relationships sounds adorable– I love it when it progresses throughout the book and we get to see all the little details!!
    The Poppy War is perfect for over coming obstacles because Rin smashes all the obstacles!! She is kind of amazing– I remember watching her studying and being amazed by how much she goes through.
    I love that Radio Silence talks about the pressure in school and I am excited to read it!!
    Great post!! πŸ’›

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    1. thank you so much, Sophie!
      yes, please do! I say this everywhere but it’s pretty underrated and more people need to read it :(. yes, we love beautiful covers!
      Very true, even though the beginning i would say is a little heavy and may trigger some people–ben comes out to their parents and gets kicked out of their house because of that–getting to see them finally be happy is amazing! IWYATB was just the perfect contemporary read, and its rep is so important too!
      Right?? Rin is a protagonist that just seems to have been dealt with all the bad cards honestly. and I still remember my amazement at the beginning of TPW when she started studying for the Keju!
      hope you get to read it soon, and that it doesn’t disappoint!
      thank you so much for the kind comment Sophie πŸ˜­πŸ’•

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      1. It is a shame that it is underrated I will have to read it soon!! 😊
        Then does sound like a sad start but I imagine that makes seeing Ben happier later on so nice and inspiring! It does has some great rep which is wonderful!!
        I know poor Rin– she needs a break from all these bad things!!
        Thank you!! πŸ’›πŸ’›

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  5. I’m so happy you did this yay!! I loved reading all your answers so much.πŸ’–

    Oh my gosh, Second Chance Summer! I can’t even remember reading it anymore, but I do remember it was the last of Morgan Matson’s books I read and I thought “this is the best one of hers” so I guess I should reread it soon because apparently I loved it??

    GMOS IS SO GOOD. I really should also revisit that one because it is so powerful and poignant! The same goes for Radio Silence, which is a fave of mine.

    I’m super excited to read Spin the Dawn and I Wish You All the Best just because of all the good things I’ve heard. Amazing post, Caitlin!

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    1. yes, I’m so happy because I finally caught up to one of the tags in my backlist of book tags I got tagged in πŸ˜… thank you so much πŸ’–πŸ’–

      It’s definitely one of her best! I don’t think Save the Date was all that good honestly. and The Unexpected Everything was a bit too long for my taste! so i really prefer her first three books! if you do reread it soon, I hope u love it more! I definitely get the feeling of having read a good book but not remembering anything about it πŸ˜…

      Yes, both of those are so good, and I’m so happy that they are getting highly recommended! both are such powerful contemporaries and I loved them so much.

      I definitely think that both books have their charm! spin the dawn is a wonderful and whimsical fantasy book. and IWYATB is really cute and heartwarming, while also having amazing own voices rep! Hope you get to them soon and enjoy all of them πŸ’•πŸ’• thank you so much for the sweet comment, Olivia!!

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  6. I somehow haven’t read any of the books you mentioned? However, I feel like your choices fit the questions really well! I need to read so many of these soon, starting with I Wish You All the Best and Radio Silence! Great answers!

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  7. I’ve only read one book that you’ve mentioned πŸ˜‚ But there are so many amazing books that you talk about that are on my TBR! I just finished both of the classes I was taking this summer, so now I have one complete month to just do NOTHING, and I am *so* excited!!

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  8. I love this tag and yours answers to it. I have a few of the books on my TBR already. The one that really stands out to me is Spin The Dawn, I need that book now! I also really need to get on with The Poppy War as it’s always so highly praised.

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