Book Recommendations Based on the Basic Human Emotions

It’s been a long time since I’ve done any book recommendations. A long time ago, I did a couple of posts recommending books based on the seven deadly sins and the seven virtues. Today, I’m going to try to recommend some books based on the basic human emotions. Now, from a psychology point of view, there are several categorisations of basic human emotions and there’s some debate about what makes an emotion basic, but for the purpose of this post, I’ll use the four pairs of opposing human emotions that were defined by some guy called Robert Plutchik at some point. In case any of you have an interest in psychology and were going to yell at me for not being super accurate about it.

Anyway, let’s get on with it.


1. Joy/Sadness

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For this I recommend Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I know as far as book recommendations go, this isn’t a great one cause everyone knows about it and it’s also the final book in the series, but I couldn’t think of any book that fit the bill any better. This book is a study in joy and sadness and the contrast between them and it’s just perfect for this category.

2. Anger/Fear

The Broken Earth trilogy by N. K. Jemisin. Anger and fear are two of the main driving forces in this story. This is an amazing series, I cannot recommend it enough. It’s hard to describe it and to explain what it’s about because it’s so complex, but it’s a post apocalyptic… fantasy science fiction. You can check out my spoiler free review of it for more details. 

3. Trust/Distrust

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. This duology, but the first book in particular, has a very strong element of “Who can be trusted?” and frail alliances of necessity with that whole “they can betray me at any time” tension. Also, it’s just a fantastic series. So, do check it out!

4. Surprise/Anticipation

The Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. I’ve only read the first two books in the series so far, but they are a constant whirlwind of action, plot-twists and surprises at every turn. Reading these books just creates a nervous anticipation of what will go wrong next. It’s one of the best dystopian series that I have read probably since The Hunger Games.

Books With A Purpose Book Tag

I was tagged by chicnerdreads to do this, thank you very much for tagging me! I love tags. So let’s get on with it.

THE RULES:

  1. Mention the person who tagged you in your post and provide a link to their blog
  2. Fill out the 9 questions in the tag
  3. For each question, insert a gif of how you feel about the book(s) or author.
  4. Tag 5 people and/or everyone to do this tag!
  5. Before you post the tag, do a five-second party dance. Cause you dat awesome

*coughing away dust motes* I knew there was a good reason I never deleted my gif folder. I’m so excited about this, I’m doubly excited because gifs are involved!

Questions:

Best story premise? 

lord_of_the_rings_book_cover_by_mrstingyjr-d5vwgctOh my God! This is really difficult. So many amazing premises especially when it comes to epic fantasy. Hmmm… I’m going to say The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Just because the book itself is like a premise for the whole epic fantasy genre. So without it, there would probably be a whole lot fewer awesome premises in the world.

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Best world building?

booksI have to say A Song of Ice and Fire by G. R. R. Martin. I mean, have you read those things? The world-building is incredible. The amount of history and tradition and cultural elements in the series is phenomenal. The only other world this complex I’ve ever encountered before is Tolkien’s. But I don’t like having the same answer twice and anyway, ASOIAF definitely deserves this one.

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Best character?

clockwork-angelAll these questions are so difficult! Best as in “my baby”, best as in most interesting or most complex. Because those questions have different answers. This is distressing. Okay, I’ll just go with the “my baby” answer. And for that, I have Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.

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Best series?

8uk-children-thomas-taylorThis just has to go to the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, because no matter how many times I read that series, it never gets old. It’s one of those series that I usually put on some level above everything else and I don’t generally use it to compare anything to it because I feel like it wouldn’t be fair to all those other amazing books out there. Just like The Lord of the Rings, it’s in a league of its own, in my opinion. 

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Best tear jerker?

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Honestly, I don’t cry very often when it comes to books. There are 3 books that have gotten tears out of me in recent history and I don’t think I could put one over the other in terms of which one is the better tear-jerker. Because they all made me cry about the same. So, I pick all three. Nowhere in the rules is it stated that you can’t do that. So here they are: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

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Best author?

sarah_j-_maas_18439I will give this one to Sarah J. Maas. She’s one of my favourite authors and both her series are among my favourites (I’ve been practically swooning over ACOMAFF for the past two months). She’s just so cool and I’m so excited to meet her this fall!

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Best writing style?

324620Laini Taylor. Hands down one of the most beautiful writing styles I’ve come across. The way she creates suspense, the little plot twists at every corner and then just the beautiful, poetic way in which she puts words together. I adore her writing. It’s magical. 

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Best cover?

51tgsgjianl-_sy344_bo1204203200_This is so difficult. So many books with gorgeous covers. To make this easier, I will limit myself to books I actually own physical copies of and that have not been featured in this post. And I’ll say Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. I love it so much, I have been known to just stare at it and run my fingers over it. 

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Best ending?

acomaf-cover-3A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. The ending just made me punch the air in triumph and happiness and I was so freaking happy. I felt empowered by it, which is an odd choice of words, I guess, but that’s how I felt. 

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I feel like that’s a good gif to end this post with. Now, for who to tag. I don’t know who’s done this and who hasn’t, so sorry if you’ve already done it, but here it goes.

The Jouska

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And I don’t know who else to tag up to 5 because I haven’t been around here for long enough to know that many people. But if this seems like something you’d like to do, then please go ahead. I tag you.