Try a Chapter Tag

Try aChapterTag

I have seen this tag all over the bookish community, and now seems like the perfect time to try it myself! I am having a hard time deciding which book to read next so I am hoping that reading the first chapter of five books I am interested in will help me with that! This could also go very wrong and I will end up wanting to read them all right away!

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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I read the first chapter of American Gods which was 21 pages long. I have only read one other book by Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane) but I am a huge fan of his writing. I am just getting in to mythology so this book is perfect for me right now! This book has managed to break my heart already! I have a feeling that I am going to become very invested in Shadow. The first chapter ends on a bit of a cliffhanger so I really am excited to continue on with it. So many questions!

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

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I read the first chapter of Rebecca and it was only four pages! I do not often read classics because I have this idea in my head that they will be hard to read and I will struggle with the language. I am happy to learn that this is not the case with Rebecca. So far, it is very readable. Her writing is descriptive, but in a way that is beautiful and not draining or boring. The first chapter was very short but it was enough to intrigue me! What happened at Manderley? I can’t wait to read more!

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

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I read the first chapter of Exit West and it was 14 pages. Of the first chapters that I have read so far, this is the one that intrigues me the least. I found my mind wondering a little bit. I know that this is a book that has very mixed reviews but the synopsis really caught my eye! This chapter was more of an introduction in to the characters so I am hopeful that it will get better. I also have a feeling that I am really going to adore Nadia!

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

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I read the first chapter of The Names They Gave Us and it was 16 pages. This is the first Emery Lord book that I have ever picked up and her writing is very readable. I do not recall ever reading a book where the main character was a religious teenager so I am curious so see what I end up thinking about that. This book already brought tears to my eyes so I think that says a lot. I have a feeling that The Names They Gave Us is the kind of YA contemporary novel that I love with a lot of heart and depth.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

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I read the first chapter of Letters to the Lost and it was five pages. I have heard a lot about this book and have a general idea of what the story is about so the first chapter is pretty much what I was expecting. The letter at the beginning is really heart-wrenching. I really enjoy stories that are partially told through letters, so I know I am going to really love this book. It seems as though it will be a quick read as well!

So which book am I going to read first…

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

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I am completely surprised that The Names They Gave Us is the book that caught my attention! I only chose it for this tag because it has been on my shelves for month and I have heard good things about Emery Lord’s writing, but I really thought American Gods or Rebecca would be the book that I chose. I can not believe how invested I am in Luce having read only 16 pages. I have to know what happens to her!

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What I really found interesting having read each of these chapters one after another, is how obvious it became that each of the authors have a very different writing style! Obviously, every author writes differently, but this tag really shone a light on that for me and I found it interesting to see!

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22 thoughts on “Try a Chapter Tag

  1. I really love the idea! I would have to be stay disciplined to really stick to only one book but I can see it working really well, especially when deciding what to read next.
    I find it so interesting that you noticed that difference in writing style. Even more reasons for me to give it a go. Thanks!

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  2. Such a wonderful idea that Iโ€™m definitely in need of… I can never decide what to read next !!!
    You should also check out The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord… thatโ€™s one of my favorites from this year… ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  3. I really like this idea but I am worried I too won’t know which book to start first. Hmmm to do it or not do it. That is the question…. I read American Gods and liked it. It’s a very interestng story line.

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  4. I love this tag! I’ve been trying to figure out what books I can actually unhaul since I have so many and I thought about reading a chapter or two of a bunch of books that I was unsure of keeping. It’ll also be good to try to decided what to read next! I always have trouble deciding. I hope you enjoy The Names They Gave Us. It sounds really good.

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  5. I really want to do this tag, but I never EVER start a book and put it back down again, and the thought of starting four books I’m not going to read… *shudders*

    I struggled quite a bit with American Gods, but then I’m not a massive fan of Neil Gaiman’s writing style. I do really like Rebecca though ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I never do that either so I was nervous I wouldn’t like reading the first chapter and then putting the book down. The first chapters were so short that it ended up not bothering me too much!

      I have only read one of his books so I am not too sure how I feel abut Gaiman yet! I am really in to mythology right now though! I am so excited about Rebecca!

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