The First Date Tag

The First Date Tag

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us!
I actually don’t do much for this holiday as mine and my partner’s anniversary is about a week before, so we tend to celebrate that, but that’s not to say that I don’t love a bit of romance.
I am definitely a softy at heart, I love mushy stuff (To a point) and when I was tagged to do the First Date Tag last year by One Star Reads I was like “I am totally saving this for Feb!” So here we are!
Get your glad rags on, we’re going on a date!

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1.The awkward first date – a book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book but lacked that spark for you.
This is probably an unpopular opinion but I didn’t really get on with The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. I know it’s a favourite among many fantasy lovers but for me it was just OK. I found it slow to get going and the characters were very 2 dimensional in my opinion.


2. The cheap first date – book that turned out less than you expected

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas. I finished the rest of the ACOTAR series before this was released in May with the intention of devouring this as soon as it was released. I managed it, but there wasn’t really much to devour. This is arguably one of the most pointless books I have ever read.


3. Well-prepared first date – better than expected.
The Turning Point – Freya North.
This is a contemporary fiction novel and I picked it up because I’d read this author before and found she was a good filler for when I wasn’t sure what to pick up next or as a good antidote to the dreaded “Book Slump.” Anyway, this book was such an emotional rollercoaster which had me in tears. I loved it and it was definitely better than I thought it would be.


4. Hot but dumb – pretty book, not so hot on the inside.
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill. No, it was just terrible. The artwork on the cover is absolutely gorgeous and I adore it, but the content within the book was severely lacking.


5. Blind date – book you picked up not knowing anything about it.
Even the Darkest Stars – Heather Fawcett.
This is a YA fantasy novel which was included in a Fairyloot box last year, it’s always a gamble with book boxes as to what you get but I haven’t been disappointed yet and certainly wasn’t with this novel, despite it not sounding like something I would enjoy, I really loved it.
Mountain ranges, seers, expeditions, the stars, animal companions… I loved it all.

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6. Speed dating – book you read super fast

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
This character driven coming of age novel had me turning it’s pages so quickly.
Not only is it a beautifully written story of optimism and self discovery, it’s also set in the 1980’s which I loved.

7. The rebound – a book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you.
I don’t actually think I can answer this question! I don’t ever feel like a book has been ruined by it’s predecessor. I am pretty quick to move on.


8. Overly enthusiastic date – a book that felt like it was trying too hard.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.
This book is so detailed, so atmospheric and such an amazing idea! Unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. Despite it’s lovely setting, the characters were not my cup of tea. Too much waffling and not enough story for my taste – I wanted to shout at it to get a move on! Definitely tried to hard.


9. The perfect first date – book that did everything right for you.
Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes.
This book has it all for me – depression, drug abuse, comedy, sex… all of it. I love Marian Keyes for her writing about difficult subjects but always with just the right amount of humour.


10. Humiliating first date – book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked/ embarrassed to see reading in public for whatever reason.
Belle De Jour – The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl.
Heck, this book! So baaaaaaad but I freakin’ loved it!
If you don’t know much about Belle De Jour, she’s a call girl who spills her secrets (and that of her clients) in this book, in all it’s glorious and sordid detail. Phew! Definitely not a book I’d want to get caught reading out and about!

So that’s it for the first date tag!
I’d love to see more of this so please, feel free to do this tag too!

Until next time,


H x

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