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The Feelings Book Tag

“Twenty miles from here, twenty miles north, the funeral mass was starting.”

First line in The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

It’s time for a tag and one I was actually tagged for this time: The Feelings Book Tag. I was tagged by Hundreds and Thousands of Books so thank you very much for that! The tag was originally created by Krisha’s Cozy Corner.


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog. 
  • Answer the 5 feelings given to you.
  • Write the reason in 5 to 6 lines of why does that particular book come under that feeling. 
  • Nominate between 5-12 other bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 5 feelings too.
  • Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post.

The saddest book you’ve ever read

Well, there’s only really one answer here, isn’t there? A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This book is just out to hurt you and it’s amazing and beautiful and so profound. I love it so much but I doubt I’ll ever reread it because I don’t think I could go through that twice.

A character that made you really angry

Oh, there are so many to choose from! A recent one has been Parisa from The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake. Parisa is generally horrible but it wasn’t so much that as a very specific thing she did that made me so angry. She has the ability to read minds and she had no qualms about using that ability in a way that can only be described as assault. Reading someone’s mind is such an invasion of privacy and she would just do it constantly with remorse. I usually don’t mind when characters have negative qualities but Parisa crossed a line.

A hopeful book

I don’t usually enjoy books that can be described as ‘hopeful’ so it was a little hard for me to find one I wanted to talk about. I’ve gone with The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai because the main reason I didn’t completely love that one is that it put a very hopeful spin on everything. It’s about the AIDS epidemic and had all the opportunities to be very, very sad, but I didn’t love that I wasn’t allowed to have those depressing feelings for very long because the book wanted to give hope. It works for some readers, just not me.

A book coming out soon you’re excited for

I don’t have that many unreleased books on my TBR actually so I hope it’s okay that I stretch that “soon” to January when we’ll finally be able to read Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare. It’s the final book in The Last Hours trilogy, and even though I didn’t like the second one very much, I need to know what happens to Thomas!

A book that made you feel clever

This was super difficult! A lot of books make me feel dumb but clever? Well, I’ve picked Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I don’t read a lot of classics and the language in those can feel very unfamiliar, and then when my first language isn’t English, I guess I did feel clever for making it through that tome while understanding what I read.

I’m skipping the tagging part but if you want to give your answers to some of these feelings, I’d love to hear them. Especially if there is a book that has made you feel smart because I’m still thinking about that one.

6 thoughts on “The Feelings Book Tag

  1. Obviously, I loved all the gushing about A Little Life, but I think what I might’ve enjoyed even more was you ranting about Parisa 😁 She’s awful! No amount of sad sob-story past that Olivie Blake could possibly force upon us will ever make me like her 🙄

    And I get what you say about reading classics making you feel smart. When I finished Absalom, Absalom!, I also felt very accomplished for making it through the book, but simultaneously also very stupid because the number of times I had to read a page over and over again to understand what was going on was truly embarrassing 😅 And then I guess maybe my math textbooks made me feel kind of smart once I understood them? And also anything I’ve read in foreign languages… 😇 (On that note: Russian Harry Potter is now starting to have quite a number of strange name changes, so that I no longer think the Salamander thing was an accident 😂)

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    1. No, nothing can excuse Parisa! She knows she’s being awful and doesn’t give a shit 😤

      Lol I don’t think I read pages more than once in Jane Eyre but that was probably just me being lazy and thinking that I surely didn’t need to understand every sentence perfectly to grasp what was going on 😅 And I also have that example of a textbook that was pure gibberish when I started university but then by the time I finished, I could have sworn the content had changed because now it all made sense 😄

      I’m also kinda loving the fact that weird translations of Harry Potter seem to be a universal thing 😂

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  2. Well, the problem with Absalom, Absalom! was that since every sentence was about two pages long, you did miss out on a lot of you skipped one… Otherwise I would definitely have used your strategy as well! 😂

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  3. Aw thanks so much for doing the tag!! I have to agree 100% about reading classics to feel clever… or so other people think you’re clever! I’m currently reading Robert Louis Stevenson possibly for that exact reason 😂

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