Book vs. Book Tag

I am in the mood for tags and that has to be taken advantage of before my drafts spill over with unfinished posts. The Orang-utan Librarian tagged me to do the Book vs. Book Tag and let me tell you, it’s a mean one! Basically you have a big book face off and they made sure that I would have a hard time getting a winner. Still, it was also a lot of fun, so, thank you for tagging me!


  • Thank the blog who tagged you and link back to them
  • Your first book is the last book of the person who tagged you
  • Follow the list of books the tagger you gave you and then face off “book 1 vs book 2”
  • As soon as you have a winner, choose 7 more books and blogs to tag

The Orang-utan Librarian ended on “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and these were the other contenders:

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  6. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  7. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


I think I am one of the few people on this planet who did not actually like The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I didn’t even give it a bad rating, but the way it was written just didn’t connect with me. On the contrary, I felt so detached from all the characters that there was no real emotional hook. Carry On on the other hand, that is a book I really enjoyed. So, easy choice to begin with. Winner: Carry On


I started 1984 sometime ago … and I never finished it. That’s no real judgment of a book, but it kind of makes the winner of this round obvious.

Winner: Carry On


Now we’re talking! This is when I actually have to really think about which book will win. As I said, I really enjoyed Carry On. It made me laugh and I connected to the characters way more than I first expected from my experience with them in Fangirl. BUT The Book Thief is a whole other story. I sobbed, like downright ugly cried with this book. WWII is such a tough topic for me, but I loved this book. I loved the characters. To this day, I would marry Max in a heartbeat just from this book alone. So, I guess The Book Thief wins.

Winner: The Book Thief


This is just progressively getting meaner. I adore my Dregs and pitting them against the Book Thief is just cruel. But what I said above still rings true. I love both, but The Book Thief has been with me a tiny bit longer.

Winner: The Book Thief


Whyyyyy? You don’t even want to know how long I stared at my computer screen trying to figure this one out. Emotionally, I still think that the Book Thief was more powerful, then again, I have rarely shaken with anger as much as I have with Red Rising. I was so invested with that series as a whole, even though I had taken a rather long break from SciFi. Oh well, I think Red Rising just overthrew the Book Thief.

Winner: Red Rising


I haven’t actually read The Shadow of the Wind, so that one’s easy.

Winner: Red Rising


I don’t dislike Illuminae, but it has nothing on Red Rising. Also, I always liked Gemina more. I guess the results are final!


Phew, I am glad this is over. I am also pretty sure that the result won’t exactly be a shock to those who have known me for a while. Anyway, time for some other folks to go through the agony of facing off books. I, too, have chosen contenders that would be very difficult for me.

  1. The Martian by Andy Weir
  2. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  4. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
  5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  6. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  7. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

It’s okay if you haven’t read all the books. If you’ve read none of them you could do a cover face off? Here are my nominees for the tag: (Please don’t feel obliged if you don’t want to do the tag!)

Cátia, Cristina, Michelle, Fadwa, Marie, Sara, Aldii

25 thoughts on “Book vs. Book Tag

  1. Those face offs were pure torture. Six of Crows vs The Book Thief is just cruel. I’d call it quits and just choose both haha. I still need to read Carry On just to see if all the hype’s worth it.

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  2. Haha glad The Perks vs Carry On was so easy for you, cause I was gasping and whispering ‘that’s so unfair’ 😂 This is such a cruel tag omg. Thanks for the tag! I’ll probably do a cover face off like you suggested, since I’ve only read Queens of Geek haha

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    • Hahaha I know, the choices weren’t always easy. I am glad that I personally didn’t have to struggle as much with the whole Perks thing.
      I totally think you can do a cover face off! Just maybe mention that that’s not the initial purpose of the tag? It’s difficult to do when you can’t possibly know if the people you tag know all the books hahaha

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  3. hahaha reading this has just made me realise how cruel my choices really were!! Yeesh- I couldn’t have made those decisions lol!! I do get why Carry On, Book Thief and Red Rising won so many rounds- I loved them all!!! And gosh your choices are tough too- I’ve read 5/7 of them and don’t have any idea which would win for me!! I mean how does a person choose between Monster calls and the Martian?!

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