The Intergalactic Book Tag

The Intergalactic Book TagI found this tag over at TheLittleBookOwl and I decided to steal it and do it myself. Partly because it made me get this Beastie Boys song stuck in my head! It’s an ear worm! You have been warned:

Now onto the tag!

Name a book that is out of this world – that takes place in a world different from our own


I am going to say Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. It’s still Earth, but it’s an earth that’s vastly different from our own, so I think it counts. I mean there are so many genetically modified creatures in that book that I think it’s actually unrecognizable.

Black Hole
Name a book that completely sucked you in.


I was in a bit of a reading rut when I picked up The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa! This book is about 18-year-old Ember Pierce, a limited teleporter who has just discovered the secret of her creation.

She was bred to be serve her country as a teleporter and she has just been drafted into a secret government program training teleporters to be spies, or weapons.

Ember is really snarky and I loved her back and fourth with her pair Caden throughout the book. I loved the tone of this book so much that I devoured the first half in one night.

Name a book you are anticipating so much that you wish you could travel at lightspeed to get to it.


I’ve been somewhat out of new and upcoming releases because I’ve been so focused on the books that I have already. But I really like the sound of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin! That comes out January 9th, 2018 so when you consider all the books I have to read right now, it’s not that long of a wait.

Name a book with a beautiful cover


Lots of book have beautiful covers, but the most recent cover that I really loved was the cover of Touch by Courtney Maum. The premise sounds great too and it’s on my TBR pile for later this year.

But really, there are so many gorgeous covers out there now. It’s hard to pick just one. That’s part of why I do Book Traveling Thursdays.

Name a companion set or spinoff series you love.


I really love Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire. They’re companions to each other, and I don’t think you need to read one to understand the other, but they do have a couple of characters that bridge and I really think that enriches the experience of reading both books.

Name your favorite romantic pairing that seems to have gravitational pull to each other


My god! I am so terrible at questions like these. I am really awful at shipping couples in books and I can find a lot of romantic comedies really saccharine unless I am in the mood for them.

So I tend to go more towards relationships, and for that reason I am going to pick a novel that depicts an entire relationship from courtship to one partner’s death.

I really liked Louis and Fanny from Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan. It wasn’t so much a romance novel as it was a novel about a relationship. They have some pitfalls, but they did seem to always come back around to a good place.

The Big Bang
Name the book that got you started on reading


I can’t remember the first book I ever read on my own but I do remember what got me really interested in psychoanalyzing characters and that was Medea.

I remember reading this in high school and the first thing I said to my teacher was: “She reminds me of Andrea Yates.” The teacher said, “You just found the topic of your paper!” And that’s what I wrote about. I think I still have a copy somewhere.

Since then it’s been one of my favorite plays, and I’m still kind of angry that I was too broke to go to England and see Helen McCrory crush it in her performance.

Name a short story or novella that you love


I really love George Sanders’ “Escape from Spiderhead.” I read it in a writing class in college, and it’s the kind of twisted, societal commentary that reminds me of an episode of The Outer Limits or The Twilight Zone.

It was later included in his short story collection The Tenth of December.

Name a book with multiple POVs


I have to give this one to I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh! This mystery/thriller is about a little boy who dies in a hit-and-run. The story follows both the police officers investigating the crime and a woman named Jenna who flees to a cottage to escape the traumatic event.

Not only does it have multiple points of view, but you aren’t quite sure of the role each character plays in the bigger story until the very end.

Name a book title that would be a great name for a spaceship.


Relativity by Antonia Hayes would make a great name for a spaceship.  Or a time ship.

I had already decided this when I remembered Star Trek:  Voyager did use this in an episode where a time ship called Relativity had to keep trying to right an explosion with Seven of Nine.


It was an…interesting episode. Especially since, Janeway and time travel don’t really go together. Her ship shows up on Relativity’s sensors way too often.

That’s it for the Intergalactic Book Tag! Do you agree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below!

And if you’re interested in this tag and want to give it a shot, consider yourself tagged. Just link back here so that I can take a look and spread the love.


Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

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