The inside out book tag

I’m back with another bookish tag on my blog today and we all know what a tag post means… I RAN OUT OF BLOG POST IDEAS. But I don’t mind because these posts are fun and I always enjoy talking about books as much as I can and I’m certainly enjoying writing more book-related content on my blog over the past month or so! I stole this tag from Kris at Boston Book Reader which is where I find all the book tags I do (I don’t know where she finds them but she is the Queen of finding good book tags!) so go and check out her post here! And if you want to do this one yourself, I’d love to hear your answers!


Which book brings you the most joy? 

Joy isn’t a word I associate with a lot of books I read because I tend to like things which make me cry or anything in the Thriller genre. But I guess a book which gives me that goosebump type feeling because I love it so much – which could certainly be associated with joy – is The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson-Walker. I’ve read that book about 7 times and I love it each and every time. It’s just… wonderful. Another one which springs to mind is I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Although not a “joyful” story, there are some wonderful messages, quotes and scenes and I always feel a sense of joy when I close that book.


The book that scared you more than anything. 

I’m not someone that gets scared very easily; I’m constantly searching for the next scary movie which will genuinely make me scared to go to the toilet in the middle of the night and when it comes to books, I don’t read an awful lot of Horror because again, nothing scares me. And I’m one of those weird people that likes being scared. I remember reading The Woman in Black ages ago and thinking that was quite scary but more recently, I read Bird Box by Josh Malerman and whilst it didn’t have me shaking in my boots, it certainly sent shivers up my spine!


Which book grossed you out the most?

Similarly to above, not much shocks me in books and the same with being sad, I don’t get grossed out too much with books either however, one book which forced me to put it down a few times cos I felt a bit giddy was Rattle by Fiona Cummins. There’s some pretty gruesome bits in that book!


Which book made you cry the hardest? 

I absolutely love books which make me cry. And there’s been a fair few books which have had me in absolute pieces. The obvious one would have to be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I was really into that book a good few years ago and whilst I probably wouldn’t read it again now, my gosh, did I cry. But the book that made me cry the hardest was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, the first time I read it. The Book Thief is my favourite ever book, it means so much to me and the final few chapters had me howling. I remember my mum ringing me and I could barely speak down the phone to her from crying so hard!


Which book pissed you off?

Sigh… Okay, I’m just going to say it. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. You’ll notice that I haven’t reviewed this book on my blog nor have I left a particularly in-depth Goodreads review because I simply do not want to talk about it. This book made me angry for a number of reasons; the first one being how hyped it was. I’m the kinda person that buys into the hype about every book and I usually LOVE a hyped up book. If you look at my bookcase, you’ll see my favorites shelf contains everything by John Green (most hyped up author ever), The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak among others. So I’m definitely not just saying that because I don’t want to “conform”. I just couldn’t stand it. I. Ugh. No.

Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned here? If so, what did you think? What would be your answers to the above questions?


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73 thoughts on “The inside out book tag

  1. I know a lot of people that have read The Fault in Our Stars and thought it was amazing, but I personally don’t like that genre of book. Some of those books look interesting, though.

    Amy |

  2. Absolutely love The Age of Miracles! I haven’t read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine but my mum and sister both did, before deciding to pop it into a charity shop…

    Great post (and I really like the photos, they look so happy, if that makes sense?)


  3. Oops!
    Ah I love book posts and this one is such a great idea! I haven’t read the Age of Miracles but it looks like a really great book. I’m not one for scary or disgusting books or films. I’m so jealous that you can handle them! Ah both The Fault in Our Stars and The Book Thief are amazing books and definitely made me cry! I absolutely LOVE The Book Thief! I can’t say I ever read Elinor Olipahant!

    If I had to answer the questions:
    Joy – any of the Angus Thongs books (bringing back my teenage years!)
    Fear – Frankenstein actually creeped me out a little (I’m a wimp)
    Disgust – tbh anything that has pictures of snails or bugs hahaha!
    Sadness – The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albon (SO GREAT) and Book Thief
    Anger – A Room With a View (just hated the ending)

    Lots of love,
    Molly xo

  4. I’m the same with books! Joy isn’t something I associate with books more like the books I read tear my heart out stomp on it a bit with what the authors make the main characters go through ahaha. I’ve never heard of the book The Age of Miracles – I really want to get back into reading books and really getting into the adventure of reading. I have a lot of time on my hands, and getting back into reading is definitely on the schedule.

    Oh you like scary movies as well!! I love watching scary movies, I have yet to see A Quiet Place – it was number one in the U.S. for so long but I hadn’t had the time to go and see it, have you seen it? I feel like as I’m reading this post, I’m just adding more books to my to be read list which is really long right now.

    YES – The Fault in Our Stars really had me shedding a few tears a few years ago. THE BOOK THIEF! Not many people I know have read that book, have you seen the movie for it as well? I haven’t read the book itself in so long – I remember when I went to ask for it at the library the librarian thought I was asking for the book called ‘Thief’ not ‘The Book Thief’ I thought it was hilarious the librarians were confused on the book title.

    I honestly have no idea what I’d choose partly because I haven’t written down all the books I’ve read so it’s more like hmm what books have I read, wish I’ve written the titles down!


    1. Loved The Book Thief! Also loved The Messenger – found it almost mesmerizing. I’m saving a few of the other titles you’ve commented on so I can check out those books when my ‘must read’ pile is a bit smaller lol Excellent post!!

    2. Yes I love the movie of The Book Theif! It’s such a beautiful film and I think the actors were spot on! I’ve yet to see A Quiet Place! As soon as I can I will, it sounds amazing! xxx

  5. I’ve actually not read any of these (which I’m surprised at as I’ve never got a book out of my hands normally!), but the Book Thief is on my to read list! xx

    Jade |

  6. I haven’t read either of your ‘Joy’ books so I’ll check them out! I’ve already added Bird Box to my Amazon wishlist after reading your review and I’m with you on your ‘Sadness’ books they both had me sobbing too but anything by Nicholas Sparks usually makes me cry as well! I think Eleanor Oliphant is one of those love it/hate it books, personally I did enjoy it but have seen quite a few people say they didn’t like it much!

    Jess //

  7. This was such a fun tag to read! I was thinking about my answers as I was reading yours and I honestly don’t think I could choose!

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