Books As First Dates Tag

Ahhhhhhh, first dates. I think we can all agree that first dates can be exciting but also super awkward. I mean, there’s so much pressure! And spoiler alert: first dates are NEVER as perfect as they appear in the movies.

 I can still remember mine – I was fourteen and the new guy I’d been crushing on invited me to the theater. Sounds pretty romantic right? Well, let me tell you – it wasn’t all smooth sailings! First, our seats were mixed up and we didn’t get to sit together [thankfully he pulled some strings]. Then, during intermission, I managed to thoroughly embarrass myself. Basically, the company had set out a small buffet and as I reached down my handbag slid off my arm and landed in a plate of fudge brownies, splattering me with chocolate. *Face palm*.

Ariel Facepalm at Scuttle's Singing by Arielfan90 on DeviantArt

But, despite all the awkwardness, my date was a perfect gentlemen and raced off to find some napkins, helping me clean off. And you know what? We ended up having a really great time, the fudge incident becoming an inside joke between us.

Which brings me to today’s post: the Books As First Dates Tag!

Before I get into the questions, I have to thank my good friend Emma from A Few Chapter To Love for nominating me. Emma [my eczema sister and fellow Twihard] has just recently returned from hiatus with a beautiful new aesthetic. Be sure to check her out! Thank you for the tag, Em – I’m sending you a big hug! 💙

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First and last: a book / series you’ve read and enjoyed but can’t bring yourself to read again

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Life and Death is basically a gender-bent retelling of Twilight reimagined for it’s tenth anniversary. This time, it’s Beaufort Swan who moves to the gloomy little town of Forks, Washington. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this one. Was it necessary? Hell no – Bella definitely lived the best possible version of this story. And okay, sure it was interesting to play around with what might have been but I can’t see myself re-reading Life and Death anytime soon.

With a friend of mine: a book / series someone recommended to you that turned out to be different from what you had expected

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I was probably the last human alive to read Shelby Mahurin’s debut novel. Let’s just say, I’m not one for the hype train and witches aren’t my thing. But when Emma raved about it during her 2020 OWLs readathon I finally caved. This book was freaking phenomenal – dark and complex with heavy religious overtones. An enemies-turned-lovers romance between a witch and a witch hunter, Serpent and Dove explores religion, feminism and tolerance.

Double date: a book whose sequel you ‘immediately’ had to read

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I read A Court of Mist and Fury as soon as it released. And I regretted that decision profusely. A Court of Mist and Fury DESTROYED me. I remember sitting there and feeling the urge to lob my paperback across the room. I mean, that freaking CLIFFHANGER! How was I ever going to survive the wait? [Still can’t believe I did]. At the time, I probably would have given my left leg for an early draft of A Court of Wings and Ruin.

Let’s go to the movies: a book series that should be adapted to screen

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Okay, so I’ve finally decided to pick up the Lunar Chronicles and all I’ve been able to think about is how absurd it is that this series hasn’t been picked up by Hollywood yet. I mean, the Lunar Chronicles could be the next Star Wars! This series takes our favorite fairy tales but adds a futuristic, science fiction twist. The stakes are high, the action full-throttle and the imagery seriously vivid. Like, can someone please just make this happen already???

Dreamy Stargazing: a book that made you go ‘ahhhh’ and ‘ohhhh’

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The Night Circus is basically an enchanting feast for the senses. Beautifully complex and interwoven, Erin Morgenstern’s debut is the very definition of dreamy, reminiscent of some half-forgotten dream. The plot centers around Le Cirque des Rêves, a magical travelling circus that opens at nightfall. It’s a seductive labyrinth of illusion and imagination – the perfect stage for a duel between two star-crossed magicians.

Fun at the Fair: a book full of colours

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Here’s the thing about me: I love truly immersive settings with bright and pliable aesthetics. You know, books that capture a specific vibe or feeling. One such book is Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything. This book feels like a riot of color as our protagonist, Maddie experiences the world for the very first time [it’s a long story]. Everything, Everything just oozes that lush tropical aesthetic with the perfect added amount of swoon.

Amusement park adventure: a book that was a rollercoaster

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Another series I’ve just recently re-read, the Starbound Trilogy is a sweeping space opera about love, hope and survival against all odds. While the first two installments were more of a slow burn, Their Fractured Light steamed ahead at full throttle. Right from the very first chapter we were thrust into a deadly cat-and-mouse game of hit and run and the plot never let up.

Picnic with cherries: a book whose food descriptions made you feel all *heart eyes*

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I feel as though To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the quintessential book for yummy treats and a classic vintage aesthetic. Our protagonist Lara Jean loves to cook and her narrative is full of homemade sweets and baking. Jenny Han always has her making something. Cupcakes, muffins, Christmas cookies – you name it. You can practically smell the freshly baked cookies wafting from the pages.

Trip to the museum: a book that taught you valuable stuff

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Okay, I can feel you all rolling your eyes and groaning in unison – I know I always scream about The Sun Is Also a Star but this book honestly changed my perception of EVERYTHING. The Sun Is Also a Star is a deeply philosophical book about fate, grounded in scientific fact. Nicola Yoon explores the butterfly effect, showing us that our actions play a bigger role in the gathered consciousness of the universe.

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Okay, you’ve heard about my awkward first date experience – now I want to hear from YOU. Let me know in the comments below your most hilarious first date [or any date for that matter] escapade.

Alexandra

10 thoughts on “Books As First Dates Tag

  1. Okay first of all( this is totally random) but I just realized for the last few weeks we have published our posts at practically the same time which is kinda of funny but, has nothing to do with this so sorry 😂

    Lunar Chronicles should one hundred percent be turned into movies and can I note how addictive this series is! My friend got me hooked and now I just can’t stop reading them😂 Hmm, I love Everything Everything but every time I think of that book, I think of Maddie’s mother. I understand grief can be terrible but I’m still trying to grasp what she did! Life and Death was unnecessary and not planning on re- reading anytime soon lol.
    Oof, I’m sorry about your first date but it’s great that you can laugh about it now. I have never been on a date but I imagine that they don’t go as perfectly planned out as they do in film and novels because nothing ever seems too😂 Hahah, thanks for sharing that story!
    Anyways love this tag and omg, tysm for the tag❤️💖 Haha you’ve talked about so many great books that I don’t even know what I’ll mention!

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  2. This looks like so much fun, thanks for tagging me! I will definitely be doing this, although it might take me a while 😅🤗 And I agree with so many of your choices! I’m going to have a really hard time coming up with a book as dreamy as The Night Circus, for example…

    As to my most hilarious dating experience – it makes your fudge incident seem even more romantic in comparison 😂 This guy I had barely ever spoken to asked me out, and even though I wasn’t really interested in him, I thought I’d at least give him a chance and get to know him better. However, as soon as the date came around, he started interrogating me: what grades did I have in school, what scholarships did I have, how much work did I invest into uni in my free time, and didn’t I think people just didn’t take academia seriously enough anymore? I felt like I was at a prestigious job interview, much less on a date 😅🙈 I later learned from a mutual acquaintance that he had only asked me out because he’d found out I was in the same scholarship program as he was, which might make me “intellectually compatible”… Needless to say, it was extremely awkward and we left it at that one date 😅😂 My friends still love bringing it up to this day…

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  3. I’m so glad I didn’t read the ACOTAR trilogy until all 3 books were out haha and was able to read ACOMAF and ACOWAR back to back idk how you survived that wait that’s an accomplishment. The Lunar Chronicles absolutely needs to be adapted idk why Hollywood hasn’t jumped on this yet?? just saying the possibilities?? I mean they’re content to pump out Star Wars movies every year so like… can we just add princesses to space pls???? And ahh all the food in To All The Boys was so mouth watering I just need to be friends with Lara Jean irl and eat all her baked goods pLEASE let me eat those chocolate chip cookies she spent so long perfecting!!! loved this post ❤

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  4. Thank you for doing this one, Alexandra!
    I loved reading all your answers, and am so happy that you loved SaD too! I guess that’s my paying-it-forward for House of Salt and Sorrows!

    Awkward First Date Story : I actually don’t have one? I mean, me and my bf started as friends first and we technically haven’t been on a ‘date’ date but we hang out a lot.

    Amazing post!
    xx Emma

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  5. I definitely agree with The Lunar Chronicles. I think it would do wonderfully on screen and I would love to see it. This tag looks like so much fun, thanks for tagging me!

    Your first date story does sound embarrassing but at least everything worked out alright! I’ve never actually been on a date but just knowing who I am as a person, I’m sure when it finally happens, I’ll be awkward and embarrassing

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  6. *sigh* I’m 17 years old and I still haven’t had my first date yet. Probably because I have such unrealistic standards (I have all of the ACOMAF men to thank for that… omg that book ruined me too!) And also because all of the boys at my school are assholes. 😭 It’s fine, though, I’m perfectly happy with my 10000 fictional boyfriends! ❤ But in all seriousness, I LOVE this post! Their Fractured Light was such an awesome finale to the Starbound series, and Serpent and Dove was a phenomenal debut novel! Can't wait to read Blood and Honey and The Other Side of the Sky with you!!! Fabulous post, Alexandra!

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