The Zodiac Book Tag! // sharing some of my not-so-fantabulous writing

Hey guys! Today I bring to you another tag! I’m behind on a lot of these but I’m getting there! For this one, I was tagged by Madeline @ The Bookish Mutant and Brooke @ The Reader’s Game (do check out their blogs!) so shoutout to them!

So, I’m not a very big zodiac nerd, but I have looked into mine quite a few times. I’m an Aquarius, and I do find myself a lot like my sign! It’s actually fun once you start.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s get right into it!

Rules

  • Link back to the creator, Just Dreamland
  • Link back to the person who tagged you!
  • Answer all the prompts.
  • Use the original graphics and credit the creator
  • Tag at least 5 bloggers and provide links to their blogs.
  • Name your Zodiac sign!
  • Don’t forget to add #ItsAZodiacThing tag.
  • You can either do the zodiac book tag /the zodiac music tag or both of them. Graphics for separate tags should be given at the end.
  • Enjoy!

(Also, I forgot to mention this, but I’m not doing the music tag in this post. I might make a separate post for that later, depending on how much time I get, so we’ll see.)

Prompts

There are a lot of books that could fit this prompt, but This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab is just perfect. It kept me invested from start to finish, and I couldn’t put the book down for even a minute (well, I did at some point, because, you know, I didn’t want to be sleep deprived and end up late for school).

Despite the fact that I’ve read a number of books with forbidden romance in them, this was the only one that was heart-wrenching to say in the least. I’m pretty sure there are at least two more but this is the only one I could think of. And well, I wouldn’t exactly say that it tore a family apart, but it did have some pretty drastic consequences.

Though the romance in The Night Circus was just beautiful.

(I would have put These Violent Delights here but I did DNF it, so….)

I don’t know how far I would say this book fits this prompt, but it did have some pretty witty and funny parts. I didn’t really like this book (I gave it one star so I think that’s an understatement), but I have to admit that I definitely enjoyed the banter between the characters.

Do I even need to explain this one? This was the first book that made me cry and I still think about that ending till this day. I know I should start reading The Last Hours too, because I desperately need for of these characters but I’m afraid of total heartbreak so I think I’ll wait.

The ending, especially the epilogue was so bittersweet and I couldn’t not cry reading it.

Drama? Check. Love? Check. Fancy wear? Oh yes, the fanciest. Check. Hope? Hmm…check?

I’m not sure about the last one but The Queen of Nothing fits everything else. This book was a rollercoaster.

Yeah, that’s all I can say without going into a full on ramble that is sure to be very spoiler-y.

I talked about this book in my March recap, and it’s perfect for this prompt. The characters went through so much and I really became attached to them and their journey. I will have a separate post for my review of These Feathered Flames so watch out for that!

This book completely changed my perspective towards life. It really teaches you how to live everyday to the fullest, because you might not even be there the next. I know that’s pretty depressing when you think about it, but I promise the book explains it better than I do.

I’m not a big fan of thrillers, but oh god, the plot twist in this book made me fall out of my seat. In most cases, that would be because I was laughing, but no. I was in a complete state of shock.

This book should be given the award for the having the unreliable narrator ever (and no, the narrator is not the murderer).

I’m going to say the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series for this one, because, as a matter of fact, I did read them over the summer and I loved going on adventures with these characters.

Fingers crossed that the Disney+ show is good because I need a good Percy Jackson adaptation. It also has the same budget as WandaVision, so I’m expecting great things.

I read this quite a long time back and don’t remember a lot of the plot, but it revolved around three friends who have to go through shock, grief, trauma and everything in between. It also has a certain witch-y element to it that I really liked.

This book probably has the most unique storyline ever. I read this book a really long time back but I remember enjoying it a lot. I would recommend it to every single person if I could.

The characters are so quirky and I loved them so much! The mystery elements were very intriguing and the reveal felt creepy and cool at the same time.

This book could definitely fit the Aquarius prompt too. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It was funny, enlightening and taught me so much about stepping up and being myself.

August’s story is something everyone should take in and savour. It touches a lot of delicate topics in a fun way and I adored it.

And that’s all for today! I tag:

Okay, before I sign off, I obviously did want to share something with you guys (though you probably know what it is from the title). So, I was cleaning my room today, and I came across one of the notebooks I used to write my stories in a few years ago. I wanted to share an extract of what I had written because honestly, I was twelve years old at the time with no clue whatsoever of what I was doing. I thought of this as good entertainment, at least for me because I cringed so hard reading it, so here we go!


24th May, 1867

His finger lightly traced my cheek, soft and warm. I looked into his hazel eyes, lined with gold, shining under the moonlight. The darkness around us formed our shadow on Westminster Bridge, the soft ticking of the Big Ben reaching our ears.

I clasped his finger in my hand and slowly removed it from where it touched my skin. Distracting me would not work this time.

“You have to tell me what you witnessed, Arthur. Innocent people are in danger.”

A small smile crept on his face. “There’s no need to worry, Miss Norman. Everything is being taken care of.”

The loud gong signaling midnight made me jump. How could I be sure that what he was telling me was the truth? Could I really trust him? Standing there, in the middle of the bridge with him, everything would seem perfect to any passing onlooker. But what lay beneath that facade was much more dangerous.

I was playing a deadly game, and all I could do was hope that we were prepared for it. And so were the future generations.


*deep breath* Does anyone else get major Cassandra Clare vibes from this? I don’t know why, but I find myself itching to make changes to this extract. My word choices definitely need some improvement. I know this extract made no sense at all, because if I remember correctly, it was supposed to be a prologue.

Tell you what, if you guys actually liked this, tell me a few ways to make it better, and I’ll write a full fledged story on it. For some reason, seeing this again has sprouted so many more ideas in my head.

Also, please keep in mind that I was only twelve years old when I wrote this.

What did you think? Did any of these books pique your interest? Let me know in the comments!

24 thoughts on “The Zodiac Book Tag! // sharing some of my not-so-fantabulous writing

  1. Ooh This Savage Song!! I adore VE Schwab’s writing style and am even more excited to pick that one up after you mentioning how un-put-down-able it was – I can say the same for her other novel, Vicious – have you read it? Ahh thank you for that excerpt, I haven’t read Shadowhunters but it does give me such an intense vibe and I’m craving more!! Great post, Rania! 💖

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  2. I love that you chose Clockwork Princess for my sign because that’s one of my favourite books of all time and it definitely made me cry too 😭
    The facr that you were only 12 when you wrote that? I’m super impressed! I wish I could give you some good advice on how to improve but I’m not the right person to ask for that 😅 Regardless, I hope you continue it, I really enjoyed reading it!

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  3. Thanks for the pingback, such a fun tag, isn’t it? Glad you seemed to like it! And I haven’t read any Cassandra Clare so I can’t *exactly* pinpoint the vibes but I will say that your 12 year old writing was WAY better than anything I wrote at that age, love it 🙂

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  4. Thanks for nominating me for this fun tag!! I might take a little time getting into it but I’ll definitely do it. Wow I can’t believe you wrote that when you were twelve *flashbacks to my own twelve-year-old writing, bad grammar and choppy sentences* it’s so good and intriguing! (Although I have no idea what is happening there)

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  5. Hey! Awesome post!! Loved what you had written when you were only 12! Also, thanks a lot for doing the tag. I enjoyed reading it!!

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