Mash-Up Monday – Book Courtship Tag

Woops, another post that’s late in the day! I’m getting so lazy. Nah, I’m blaming it on the busy weekend I had. (Too much socializing!) At least I’m getting closer and closer to the new X Files episode tonight. I’m super excited for this one, since it’s from the same writer of my favorite episode! It’s going to be so good 😀

Moving on to the tag in question. I was tagged ages ago by Erika @erikainbookventureland to do the Book Courtship Tag. Thanks so much Erika! I had such a fun time with this tag and taking photos of my books.

*click each image to be redirected to book’s Goodreads page*

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?


I picked this book up at Half Price Books for $4.00. It was published in the 1970s; how could I resist that cover? I haven’t read it yet. I hope the story’s as beautiful as the illustrations!

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of its summary?


I found this book at the thrift store and got it for 89¢! It’s a collection of short stories about alien abductions told from the aliens’ perspective. Another one I haven’t read yet, but it sounds right up my alley.

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?


I will praise this book until the day I die.

Phase 4 – First Date: The first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?


It took me a a long time to read The Hunger Games after it came out. I ended up having to read the first book in the series for a course I took in college. But, after finishing it, I was hooked and immediately went out to buy the second one. (The third one came out one week after I read the first one, and I snatched that up instantly as well. I read all 3 books in a little over a week.)

Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?


In high school, I took a class where, throughout the semester, we chose 4 books to read and construct projects on. I decided to read The Historian for one of them because I had chosen to read Dracula in a separate English class for an individual project that was taking place at the same time. It was wonderful reading them side-by-side, but it was Kostova’s work that kept me reading into the late hours of the night.

Phase 6 – Always on My Mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?


I read this book for a project in the same college class I read The Hunger Games in. This book by Joseph Campbell dissects the typical formula that can be (and often is) used as an outline for a book (or any media really – especially movies) that contain a hero. It’s a fascinating read, and I often still think about it when consuming anything that has a “hero.” (I used this text to compare Katniss’ journey in The Hunger Games and Jonas’ journey in The Giver for said college course.)

Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book that you love the way it feels?


This book was originally published in the late 1600s. Yes, you read that right. The 1600sI ended up picking this book up for $10.00. How is that even possible?! It’s one of my most prized possessions. I can’t believe I own this. I often pick it up just to feel it in my hands.

Phase 8 – Meeting the Parents: A book you would recommend to your family and friends?


I recommend this memoir to anyone and everyone. It’s such a wonderful, inspirational read. Prepare to be ready to feel like you can accomplish anything.

Phase 9 – Thinking about the Future: A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?


I’m sure no one is surprised this answer. Always ❤

Phase 10 – Share the Love: Who do you tag?

Shivalika @whimseyjournals
Tasha @headinthecloudsheartinthebooks
Emily @emilytalksaboutbooks
Bianca @theultimatefangirl
Kat @bookboxbykat
Heather @thesassygeek
Ali @arcticbooks
Alicia @caffieneandbooks
Caroline @anovelromance
Brittany @thedreamcarrier
April @swimmingthroughliterature

I did my best to check and see if you already did this tag, so, if you have I’m sorry and ignore me. Also, as always, no obligations.

I hope you enjoyed reading this challenge and looking at my photos as much as I did creating this post. I’m always down to take photos of the pretty books I own. Do you have any thoughts or opinions about these books? Loved/hated? Let’s chat!

Up Tomorrow: Top Ten Tuesday

Other Links to reach me at: Instagrambooklrnon-book Tumblr.,Goodreads, Snapchat: Smashleyyy92.

Happy Reading!


14 thoughts on “Mash-Up Monday – Book Courtship Tag

    1. I can’t believe I own that book either! I found it at a bookstore that was going out of business and everything was half off, including that one! What a find.
      I really like The Hunger Games. If you like YA Dystopian, I would say you should definitely give it a try. However, if that’s not really you’re thing, then maybe continue to skip it. It’s one of those books where I feel like the majority of readers either love it or hate it. I personally think the writing is good, and the plot is interesting and fast paced.


  1. Love the photos-especially the last one with your Harry Potter collection, Ashley! And hehe, I may be the only one that thought The Great Gatsby is an overrated classic… I do give that Fitzgerald’s writing was wonderful but I didn’t like the story so much. I’m going to give his other works a try though. Have you seen the beautiful, fancy editions? I think they’re the anniversary ones!

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    1. Thanks Summer! I have so much Harry Potter stuff, it’s unreal, haha!

      You are totally not the only one who thinks Gatsby is overrated. He’s got a very specific style and form of writing/storytelling. I can understand why not everyone likes it. It can be hard to get into as well since it’s such a slow-paced and abstract storyline. (Does that make sense?) I don’t know. Anyway, even though I love it, no judgement from me that you don’t 🙂
      (Shockingly, I haven’t read any of this other works :O )
      Ah yes! Those fancy editions are so pretty!

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      1. That makes total sense actually. I think you’re right, the abstract storyline is probably what it was for me. A lot of classics are like that for me especially the ones I read in high school. I get they’re important and have some significant themes… but sometimes I just can’t connect. 😛 AND WHAT?! Lol, just kidding. I’m sure you’ll pick up his other stuff someday knowing you!

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      2. Classics can definitely be hard to connect with. It took me years to finally be able to connect on a deeper level with them.
        And haha I KNOW! I can’t believe I haven’t! I do have 2 of his other works, it’s just a matter of getting around to them!

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