I Want to Believe Book Tag

August 21, 2020 in Bookish

If you follow me on social media you probably know that I’m really into The X Files right now. So when I stumbled upon this X Files inspired book tag by Rajathon on Youtube, I knew I had to take part. It does also come with an equally inspired book challenge but I’m drowning in books right now so unfortunately I’ll be skipping that. Without further ado, I give you – the I Want to Believe book tag!

Now I should be clear upfront that this might not focus on sci-fi all that much. It’s a genre that I really want to get into so throw all the recommendations at me please!

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I Want To Believe Book Tag

1. Pilot

A great beginning to a series/trilogy

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi - I Want to Believe Book Tag

Ooh, a tough question to start with. I’m going to go with Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. It has incredible world building, enemies to lovers, a tyrannical leader and of course a war between magic and non-magic folk. What’s not to love?

I only recently read COBAB so I haven’t picked up my copy of Children of Vengeance and Virtue yet but hopefully next week. *fingers crossed*

2. Squeeze

Favourite monster in a book

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins - I Want to Believe Book Tag

I have a preference towards “human monsters” over paranormal ones. It’s that little reminder that as a species, we can’t really trust each other nor will we ever truly know each other and so on. So with that in mind, I’m going to pick The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.

Coriolanus Snow is one of the most monster-like humans in fiction. But he always does things in a way so that his hands are never dirty. It’s kind of fascinating really. I loved that this Hunger Games prequel is essentially his ‘Origins’ story and that we get to see him become that monster.

3. The Erlenmeyer Flask

Best sci-fi you’ve ever read

Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis

I mean I haven’t finished it yet but I’m loving Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis. This is the book I’m currently reading and it’s really cool. It’s set in an alternate 2007 and is full of the good stuff: government conspiracies, extraterrestrials… I’m just really enjoying it so far.

4.Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose

Favourite book

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Ah, a book lover’s least favourite book related question. I’m going to cheat and pick a series – sorry, not sorry.

So I’m going to choose the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. (Pictured is the first book in the series, The Shadow of the Wind.) It’s hard to truly define the series by genre because it’s historical in setting, pacy like a good thriller, full of magical realism and supernatural/gothic elements but it’s also very literary. I mean it’s about a mysterious underground library full of books long forgotten but deemed worth remembering by the person who chose it. It’s just a great series. Carlos Ruiz Zafon was a wonderful writer and his recent death was a huge loss to the book world.

5. Jose Chungs from Outer Space

Funniest book you’ve read

Giant Days by John Allison

Keeping this one short and sweet. Giant Days by John Allison is so funny, so relatable and just an all-round fun read. I’ve only read the first volume in this comic book series so far but I’m very excited to read volume 2!

6. Home

Most disturbing thing you’ve ever read?

The Book of You by Claire Kendall

Okay so this book literally gave me a panic attack. The Book of You by Claire Kendal is a thriller about a woman who’s being stalked. It’s graphic and violent and intense and personally I couldn’t recommend it to anyone. Some of the scenes made me feel physically sick to my stomach.

7. Post Modern Prometheus

Favourite classic book?

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

My answer to this is always the same: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It’s full of things that I love like Christmas and goodwill and ghosts and reminding people that they’re not being as kind and considerate to others as they should be.

8. Bad Blood

Favourite book that used flashbacks to tell a story?

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Okay so I’m not 100% sure this meets the prompt but I’m going to run with it. I’ve chosen All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. There are several timelines that jump around a bit which I loved but know a lot of other readers absolutely hated.

One of these timelines is ten years in the past and basically pieces together what was happening around the time that a local girl went missing.

9. Drive

Book that is a non stop ride?

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

This one is easy for me to choose. It has to be Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Every chapter ends with something huge and exciting happening so you feel compelled to keep reading.

10. Milagro

A book setting you would never want to go to?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I Want to Believe Book Tag

Panem! It’s just… yeah. As far as dystopian settings go that I’ve read, it’s the one that strikes me as the most dangerous. There is no freedom or truth or equality. You’re either Capitol or you’re district. It surprises me that so many adults willingly had children knowing that every year two children from their district would be sent off to the Hunger Games to their deaths basically while you’re forced to watch from afar.

Bonus – I hope the Smoking Man is in this one.

Favourite side character in a book?

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

Now I probably would’ve chosen Sejanus Plinth from ABOSAS but I feel like I’ve already overdone the Hunger Games series. So I’m going to choose Evan Walker from The Fifth Wave series by Rick Yancey. It’s been years since I read (more like devoured) the series and I still think Evan is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time.

Well, those are my answers for the I Want to Believe book tag. (It seems that I underestimated how much sci-fi I’d be including!) As always, I won’t be tagging anyone specifically – this is a free for all tag. If you want to take part, please do and drop your links in the comments below so I can check them out!

Do you like reading science fiction? If so, I’d love some recommendations!

Featured Image: cocoparisienne from pixabay


  • lifestyleseason August 21, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Great post! Thank you for sharing! I’ve read A Christmas Carol and The Hunger Games and they were very good!

    • Hayley August 24, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Claire September 9, 2020 at 8:24 am

    This is such a great idea for a book tag!

    You’ve got some great choices in here x

    • Hayley September 10, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks Claire! 🙂

  • Jen September 9, 2020 at 8:25 am

    This is such a great list! Carlos Ruiz Zafon is honestly one of my favourite authors! And I also have The Book of You on my TBR list, I think I’m going to have to bump that to the top! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • Hayley September 10, 2020 at 2:58 pm

      He was one of my favourite authors too and will be sorely missed. <3 Hope you enjoy The Book of You!

  • Kelly Diane September 9, 2020 at 11:35 am

    I love reading tag posts, especially when they are about books. I found the lightening thief a great read too.

    • Hayley September 10, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks Kelly Diane! 🙂

  • Lisa Alioto September 9, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    LOVE love love the Hungar Games. Will have to check out some of the rest of these!

    • Hayley September 10, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Lisa! The Hunger Games is a great series! 🙂

  • Lucy September 9, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    I loved reading about all the different books you’ve read, A Christmas Carol is such a classic! x

    Lucy | lucymary.co.uk

    • Hayley September 10, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Lucy! 🙂

  • Anika September 9, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Great post, The Hunger Games is one of my favourite series! I wouldn’t want to live in Panem either haha!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

    • Hayley September 10, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      Right?? Sounds like a horrible place to live!

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