BESUMMER19: Showing Off Our Bookish Garden Book Tag

Hello from Dallas, Texas bookworms! Kicking off the first day of my vacation is a Bookending Summer 19 Book Tag I really enjoyed doing!

This prompt was supplied by the splendid Crimson @ Read At Night


Prompt:

PETUNIAS

Petunias are a contradictory flower that symbolize anger and resentment, but also the desire to be with someone because of their soothing presence. 

For this flower, pick the first book that comes to mind that…

a) makes you feel conflicted enough to want to throw it across your room, but also curl it up beside you and coo softly at it

Also, pick a book for each color

a) purple: a fantasy book that made you feel conflicted, explain that feeling

b) pink: a book that focuses on the relationship between the main character and a mother figure OR a caring parental figure

c) yellow: a book that focuses on the relationship between the main character and a friend

d) red: a book that focuses on romance and that made you feel conflicted

ROSES

Roses are the go-tos when it comes to romance, love, and devotion. It was the flower that Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love was adorned with, and in Christian mythology, it was said roses bloomed where Christ died

For this flower, pick the first book that comes to mind that

a) signifies true love to you. Explain what this means to you

Also, pick a book for each color

a) pink: Choose the first book that had a huge impact on you as a reader

b) yellow: What book would you gift a friend as a way to celebrate your friendship?

c) orange: Choose a contemporary book where the main character meets someone new that becomes a very important part of their lives. What is this importance?

LAVANDER

The lavander flower is said to be named after the Old French word lavandre, which is derived from the Latin lavare (to wash), but it’s also a possibility (and more likely) to be named after the Latin word livere, which means “blueish” (for its purple color)

For this flower, choose a book or genre that

a) you gravitate towards when trying to break a reading slump

Also, pick a book for each color

a) purple: a book where the main character is secretly a royal and must fight the current regime

b) pink: a book featuring a teen character (no older than 14) who undergoes a transformation. What is this transformation?

ORCHIDS

I’m being indulging here and choosing my mom’s favorite flower, since she is the reason I am so fascinated by flowers. A fun fact about this flower is that many believe it symbolized virility because their tubers seemed to resemble testicles

For this flower, choose a book that

a) you feel a deep connection with because it was gifted to you

Also, pick a book for each color

a) blue: What is a book you didn’t think you’d enjoy but ended up loving

b) orange: Choose a book that you see yourself (be it culture or identity) reflected in

c) green: What is the nicest kept book in your library

d) white: Choose a book where you feel great admiration and respect for the main character


🔞 = Adult Only Book

PETUNIAS

Petunias are a contradictory flower that symbolize anger and resentment, but also the desire to be with someone because of their soothing presence. 

For this flower, pick the first book that comes to mind that…

a) makes you feel conflicted enough to want to throw it across your room, but also curl it up beside you and coo softly at it

Corrupt by Penelope Douglas. I wanted so bad to throw this book across the room. I wanted to yell and rant! But I was so enthralled by it. I couldn’t put the darn thing down. I hated that I loved it.

Also, pick a book for each color

Purple: WinterSong by S. Jae Jones – I was frustrated by it. I loved the characters but the way the story was panning out was just driving me insane. I enjoyed the elements of the story and how it portrayed the Fae and the Goblin king. But I didn’t know if I wanted her to stay or to escape.

Red: The Boys Next Door by Miranda Silver 🔞 – I still don’t know if I wanted her to end up with who she did or alone….


ROSES

Roses are the go-tos when it comes to romance, love, and devotion. It was the flower that Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love was adorned with, and in Christian mythology, it was said roses bloomed where Christ died

For this flower, pick the first book that comes to mind that

a) signifies true love to you. Explain what this means to you

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. Love is something that is cultivated and grows with time. It isn’t perfect but both sides are understanding and work together to get through things. Love is about helping each other heal and move forward as one. This book hit it all.

Also, pick a book for each color

Pink: Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine. Aside from Harry Potter, this book was really IT when it comes to my love for Fantasy.


LAVANDER

The lavander flower is said to be named after the Old French word lavandre, which is derived from the Latin lavare (to wash), but it’s also a possibility (and more likely) to be named after the Latin word livere, which means “blueish” (for its purple color)

For this flower, choose a book or genre that

a) you gravitate towards when trying to break a reading slump

It really is a tie between: Bully by Penelope Douglas or Soulless by Gail Carriger. (I would say ACOTAR but I haven’t re-read past the first book because I’m not ready to be put through all that again…yet) These two books were crucial for me during a hard time in high school. I was going through so many things and my Principal at the time would let me spend a few moments in her office. She had a huge library, and she was the one that recommended both books to me.

Also, pick a book for each color

Pink: Harry Potter and the Sorcerers stone– We see Harry go from living under the stairs to being a hero.


ORCHIDS

I’m being indulging here and choosing my mom’s favorite flower, since she is the reason I am so fascinated by flowers. A fun fact about this flower is that many believe it symbolized virility because their tubers seemed to resemble testicles

For this flower, choose a book that

a) you feel a deep connection with because it was gifted to you

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead. It was a gift from a wonderful friend of mine. They knew I was obsessed with the Vampire academy series and went out of their way to buy the last book for me.

Also, pick a book for each color

Blue: The Wall-Banger by Alice Clayton 🔞. At first, I honestly rolled my eyes and scoffed. Such a corny title I thought….I was right but the book made itself one of my favorite romances.

White: Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines – Maggie will forever have my respect. She was such a well-thought-out character.


What would you grow in your bookish garden?

Let me know in the comments below or drop the link to your own post!

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