Yakkety Yak – Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Posted April 22, 2018 by Shari in Yakkety Yak Let's Chat / 19 Comments

Yakkety Yak...Let's Chat


For this discussion, I decided to go with a seasonal book tag.  I got this from Bookables YouTube Channel.  She’s a fun YA reader, by the way.  The tag originated with Book Syrup.

So, think Spring, folks and here we go:

1. Struggle to Begin:  What book or series are you struggling to start?

An Unwilling Bride by Jo Beverly

Way back in the day when she started the Rogues series, the first book had a somewhat controversial element.  Namely, a forced marriage so it falls in the ‘ye olde’ bodice ripper days.  I’ve put it off b/c I don’t want to be mad or disappointed by such a scenario.  It was not something the author repeated in any of the other books.  So… don’t want to start it.

2. Cleaning Out the Closet: What book or series are you unhauling?

Actually, I’ve spent a great deal of the past three months unhauling quite a few books from my physical and virtual shelves to the tune of nearly 250 books that I knew I’d never read.  But, to respond specifically, I most recently unhauled the remaining books in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series.  I lost interest for the most part after the original trilogy.

3. Opening Windows: What is a book you found refreshing?

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

This series or perhaps I should say world of both the Alpha & Omega and Mercy Thompson series is long standing, but it hasn’t grown stale.  Each book is a breath of fresh air.

4. Washing Out the Sheets: What is a book that you wish you could clean up a scene?

Every Deep Desire by Sharon Wray

It was cluttered with too many plot threads and elements, to be succinct.  I’d stick with the estranged marital partners who get their second chance while hunting down a hidden historic artifact before the bad guys get it.  The rest was good, but I’d save it for other books.

5. Tossing Out Unnecessary Knick Knacks: What is an unnecessary book in a series?

Veiled Menace by Deborah Blake

This is book two in the Veiled Magic series.  I nearly stopped reading the series over this book.  There was so much unnecessary drama when the heroine is dithering over three different men that it obscured anything else in the book and left me cranky.  Loved book one and three and saw little need for this book two interlude.

6. Polishing the Door Knobs: What is a book with a great finish?

Edge of Darkness by Karen Rose

This was one big rush of a thriller and I took a deep breath thinking it was over until wow, it wasn’t done and delivered a gripping climax.  But the very ending when all was said and done?  Swoon!  These two finally got through the dark and into the light together.

7. Reaching to Dust the Fan: What book tried too hard to make a point?

I’m going with a book that tried too hard for it’s niche, if that makes sense.

I’m picking Elsker by ST Bende.

It’s the big ‘should never be, but is torchy love affair to end all others’ that happens as soon as two strangers exchange one searing look.  I didn’t buy it and saw it waaaay too often in a big YA/NA trend that was going on for a time that made the old definition of instalove seem slow.

8. Tiring at the Finish of Spring Cleaning: What book was tiring, but satisfying in the end?

Dane’s Storm by Mia Sheridan

Man, oh man!  This one wrung me out and took me through a lot before giving me that tender and sweet epilogue.

9. Looking forward to next Cleaning: What book am I looking forward to?

At the moment, there are two:  Lock Nut by J.L. Merrow and Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

There are actually more, who am I kidding, but these two tempt me the most to skip my review reading schedule.

So, that’s the Spring Cleaning Book Tag.  Share your own answers or feel free to snag the tag.  I’m curious!

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • I just LOVE this book tag so much, its so unique and fun. I have Unwilling Bride on my kindle from openlibrary that I would like to get to sometime. But I have the same reservations because bodie rippers just don’t appeal to me like they did 10 years ago.

    • I love when I stumble across a good book tag that I can share about my books and my reading habits.

      Yeah, this book was written in a different time and I’m just not sure if I can take the tone of it right now, but maybe some day.

  • Tag are always fun to read

    • I do have fun reading them by others and putting them together. 🙂

  • That was fun. I keep meaning to read some Patricia Briggs books. They sound good.

    • Oh, they really are, Mary. You’ll have a good time when you get the chance.

  • I’m glad to see that Dane’s Storm has a good ending. I have it but wasn’t sure about it. I never even started The Mortal Instruments although I think I watched the first movie. Just had no inclination to read them. But then there are lots of books everyone loved and I never wanted to read. This was an interesting post!

    • Dane’s Storm is really good, but it is really tough on the emotions through most of the first half. Their grief and pain and anger is visceral.
      Yeah, its okay about the Mortal Instruments. I know what you mean about some popular series just not being your thing.

      This was a fun tag. I like doing them now and then.

    • Dane’s Storm is really good, but it is really tough on the emotions through most of the first half. Their grief and pain and anger is visceral.
      Yeah, its okay about the Mortal Instruments. I know what you mean about some popular series just not being your thing.

      This was a fun tag. I like doing them now and then.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Great post thanks for tagging 🙂

  • Fun tag! I would have had a really hard time coming up with answers for all of these questions. Dane’s Storm sounds oh so good!

    • Yeah, I’ve seen some tags that I feel the same. I’d have to fudge the question to make it work with my books. LOL

  • Karen

    That’s a fun twist on spring cleaning 🙂

    I’d like to clean up a few of my reads with annoying/too many story lines lol

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • It was fun. Someone definitely put some thought into the theme and connecting it to books. 🙂 I had a good time.

      Oh yes, it was good getting so many books off my shelf, especially the ones that annoyed me. 🙂

  • Yes, that second book from Blake made me a tad crazy too!

    • I wanted to hug her when I saw that book three was so different. 😉

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oh, I totally read Lock Nut. I couldn’t wait to go in order of my review schedule. LOL haha It’s so good though!

    But back to the tag – this is really fun. I keep thinking I should make up my own tag, but I’m not sure what to do yet.


    • LOL, I’ve jumped in on it, too. I just couldn’t wait though I’ll have to wait to post. Couldn’t be helped.

      I had a good time with the themed tag and hope to do a few more this year. I’m not sure about ever making up one of my own, either.