Get to Know Ya – Book Tag!

I was initially planning on doing another book review before the end of the month, but … then I got busy and didn’t finish the book (what a week it has been!). So, instead of a review, I thought I’d do this tag that the lovely Marie and Nyx @Drizzle and Hurricane Books tagged me for! Without further ado, here we go:

Favorite Book of All Time

We just dive right in, don’t we? What a cruel question and how does one even choose? However, the purpose of this tag is to give an answer and I won’t be able to evade all of them, so I like to think of a book that comes to mind first or most often. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is really a book that shaped me! I feel like that definitely is a contender for all time fave!

Favorite Book Five Years Ago

I … I didn’t have Goodreads 5 years ago, so how would I know!?!? Thinking about it, I DID have my blog five years ago though and one of the first posts I wrote was about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve been going on about that book ever since, so seems fair enough.

Favorite Duology/Trilogy/Series

I am kind of known for throwing the Red Rising saga at everyone, but I am very torn … I also have STRONG feelings for the Monsters of Verity duology and a classic – Six of Crows. Sorry, but I am going to be that kind of that person that evades a straight out answer on this one.

Last Book You Read

Since this is something I can actually look up – easy peasy – it was Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby and it was quite the disappointing read. I still want to watch the movie though, so … yeah, that is typical me fashion. Read my full review on it here.

Last Book of Poetry I’ve Read

I am pretty certain that I haven’t read a poetry book this year, but the last one I did get my hands on was Love Her Wild by Atticus and I really, really enjoyed that one! I am not super big on those kinds of books, but I do enjoy them every now and then. Just please don’t ask me to review them, because I do not know how to do that.

What Book Most Influenced Your Life

I believe that Quiet by Susan Cain really opened up my world to non-fiction books as well as to a better understanding of my personal needs as an introvert. It wasn’t an attack on extroverts, but it simply showcased how different the groups function from each other. It really explained how traits like shyness and social awkwardness aren’t necessarily part of being an introvert (although they obviously can be), but it’s much more about where you get your energy from and that introverts need to recharge by themselves after social events.

Book That Made You Ugly Cry

Pff … I don’t know? I just lately revisted some of my favourite quotes of Call Me By Your Name and that always makes me cry. But it wasn’t really “ugly crying with a scrunched up face” but rather “beautiful silent tears rolling down your face” instead. So, here’s Elio doing the real crying instead:

Book That Made You Laugh

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before FOR SURE! I giggled my way through a lot of this book. (Also, YAY for the recent news that the movie is getting a sequel!!! I can’t wait to settle in for another cuteness overload.)

Character You’d Like to Be For a Day

I’d quite like to trade places with Juliet Ashton from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. That woman is living the dream to be honest. She is an author, has found love in all the ways that count most and gets to live on a beautiful British island. What a life!

Book So Good You Dreamt About It

I dream A LOT! Many of you can confirm that whenever I share the weird stories my brain comes up with, but … I can’t recall a book being part of it.

Book You DNFed

I’d like to think that I don’t DNF books but rather just take a break from them. Does that count as an answer? It kind of has to …

What Book Are You Excited to Read

ALL the books! But I have especially kept an eye on Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. It sounds right up my alley:

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light

(blurb taken from Goodreads)

I TAG THEE

I tag whoever wants to take part in this tag! It’s a lot of fun, although it lets you face some really tough questions.


So, what did you think of my answers? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Could you relate to the struggle to find an answer sometimes? Let me know in the comments below!

The K-Pop Book Tag

Okay, this is going to come as a shock to many of you … not so much to others … but, I know nothing about K-Pop. I am not blind, I have seen some of the bands swirling around. My Twitter timeline features gifs of various singers and dancers and their apparent cuteness on the regular, but … I just really can’t get into the music? I TRIED! But it isn’t happening. My sole contribution to this bandwagon will be in form of this K-Pop Book Tag now, which the ever so lovely Abigail @What Makes a Good Book tagged me for! Thanks so much for giving me the chance to be a part of this movement!

RULES

  • Credit the creator of this tag, The Book Prophet, and link back to her original post.
  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Answer all the questions to the best of your ability.
  • Tag as many people as you like.
  • Have fun!

BTS– A BOOK EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT

The Hate U GiveThere are so many that I could name for this category, but I am going with one of my more recent reads. I felt like the last person on the planet to read The Hate U Give and I had no excuse whatsoever for doing it so late. I knew it would be hard, but I also knew I’d love the story. Now, I cannot wait for the movie to come out. The cast is absolutely brilliant and I trust them to do the book justice.

EXO– FAVOURITE COMPANION NOVEL

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)I absolutely loved, loved, loved Isla and the Happily Ever After, which is a companion novel in the Anna and the French Kiss series. It may even have been my favorite of all three (even though I will always appreciate Anna’s experience as a foreigner in her new school).

NU’EST– NAME A BOOK/SERIES/TRILOGY THAT DOESN’T GET THE ATTENTION YOU THINK IT DOES

I will forever be bitter about how few people have read the Wolf by Wolf duology. It is amazing and deserves way more attention!

ASTRO– A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU A HAPPY FEELING WHILE READING

If anyone asked me what happened during You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, I am not sure I could actually recap the events, but I remember that the book made me insanely happy. The friendship was goals and the atmosphere was amazing!

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Stealing this gif from Savannah, just to include some of the actual KPop bands haha

MONSTAX– A BOOK CONTAINING A DIVERSE SET OF CHARACTERS

Queens of GeekMy first instinct was Six of Crows, and I believe that many can relate to that thought, however, I want to give a different answer than Abigail and am therefore choosing Queens of Geek! There’s a bisexual Chinese girl and another character who deals with anxiety and her own body image.

A.C.E– A FAVOURITE RECENT RELEASE

I am reading this book at the moment, which means I am not even done yet, but IRON GOLD! Anything that gives me more of this universe and my bae Sevro deserves to be mentioned here.

BLACKPINK– A BOOK THAT STICKS OUT FROM THE REST OF IT’S GENRE

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I will forever love My Lady Jane. It’s weird and quirky, definitely not accurate but what it lacks in that department, it multiplies in humour!

 

SEVENTEEN– A BOOK WITH MULTIPLE POV’S

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)Hmmm … I think I have to go with Our Dark Duet here. It does have more than two POVs, so I definitely count it as multiple. (Then again, wouldn’t two be multiple as well? Isn’t everything that’s more than one “multiple”? I am thinking about this too much …)

BIGBANG– A MODERN CLASSIC

This may just be my opinion, but I definitely without a doubt consider Call Me By Your Name a modern classic and I think that almost everyone who has read it will agree. It just needs to get a bit more recognition as a book.

SISTAR– A SERIES YOU WISH NEVER ENDED

Uhm … Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events? 13 books is not enough, because while I could deal with the doom and gloom knowing there would be a next book coming, it was a whole other story when you actually got that super unsatisfying end end. Hope that makes sense?

RAIN– FAVOURITE STANDALONE

HOW IS ONE SUPPOSED TO CHOSE JUST ONE BOOK?!?!? *insert me randomly pointing at a book on my favorites shelf* FINE, IT’S THE MARTIAN?!?!

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I TAG THEE

*As always, don’t feel obliged to do the tag if you don’t want to.*

What do you think about K-Pop? Are you a big fan? Are you a complete novice like me? Let’s talk!

Me In Book Characters Tag

Originally, I saw this tag swirling around the blogosphere and I wanted to do it so bad, I thought I’d just tackle it without having been tagged officially. But then, as if The Orang-utan Librarian read my mind and made it possible for me to do the Me in Book Characters Tag for an actual reason. It was only after that, that I realised I had no idea which characters to pick. In previous posts (Characters I Am Most Alike and Myself in Five Characters), I always ventured into the TV realm, so this required a lot of thinking (and also hoping I wouldn’t repeat myself! Let’s see what I’ve got!

RULES

  1. Thank the creators of the tag (Ash & Lo @windowsill books)
  2. Thank whoever tagged you!
  3. List 5 book characters who you are most like and explain why.
  4. Tag your friends!

Molly – The Upside of Unrequited

Okay, so I my entire review of The Upside of Unrequited was basically me explaining why I connected with Molly, but I’ll try to say it in short here. She is one of the characters that I don’t just connect on an emotional level with, but also on a physical level in part and that is something that happens like … once in a decade?

Elle – Geekerella

Elle is a really cool chick. She is geeky and very passionate about a certain franchise, so much so that she has a blog about it. I am not trying to say that one movie/book/TV show was the reason I started blogging, but that need to share what you hold dear in this world and to find like-minded people is something I can very much relate to.

Clark – The Unexpected Everything

This one might seem like a bit of a stretch, but hear me out! Clark is this nerdy, sort of awkward Fantasy writer and … that’s kinda what I see myself as?

Celia – The Night Circus

Celia is a very kind woman, but she can also lose her temper. I’d consider myself nice and polite whenever I meet someone new, but beware when you try to make me your enemy, because I can rain hell on you. There’s a lot of bottled up anger in me.

In addition to that she loves reading so much that she’d rather stay home (where she has replaced furniture with books) and read than go out with friends and that’s definitely very me.

Klaus – A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lastly, there is Klaus. He’s a bright young man and as I was growing up, people always seemed to tell me that I was very mature for my age and smart on top of that. I am not going to lie, I don’t just have all the good qualities of Klaus, though, I can also be a little know-it-all just like him. Nobody’s perfect!

That’s all from my part and I can only hope you enjoyed getting to know me better through these characters!

I TAG THEE

**These are some of my latest followers and I am using this opportunity to get to know you better! However, if you’ve done the tag before or simply don’t want to do it, please don’t feel obliged!**

Stranger Things Book Tag

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So, I don’t think it’s a secret that I am absolutely obsessed with Stranger Things! I usually stay away from anything that could scare me in the slightest, but somehow I couldn’t resist. It’s been weeks that I’ve watched it now, but I still can’t shake the awesomeness of it all. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s like Super 8 meets The Goonies meets Taken by Steven Spielberg – basically a whole bunch of awesomeness right there! Therefore I was all the happier to hear that A Running Commentary created the Stranger Things Book Tag and that Dee @Bookish Khaleesi tagged me for it!

I hope everyone is cool with me using these graphics, because I don’t know who created them originally, but I would like to give credit!

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THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES THAT LEFT YOU INTRIGUED AND SLIGHTLY CONFUSED

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)This Savage Song had such a unique and amazing set-up, but I did not understand half of how this world came into being in the first place. The idea of the monsters is absolutely fascinating, but I need so much more information. Monsters of Verity is therefore the series I choose! (Also, because it includes my buttercup August and I need to mention him a lot)

 

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A BOOK WITH A SETTING YOU WOULD NEVER WANT TO LIVE IN

Splintered (Splintered, #1)I do never ever want to go to the Wonderland version from the Splintered series. It’s more like a bizarre Goth-Zombieland than the version I came to love and cherish so much. So, if given the chance, I am afraid I would pass … even with Morpheus as my guide …

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A BOOK YOU OWN THAT IS SOMEWHAT DAMAGED, BUT LOVED TO PIECES

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)Most of my books are in pristine condition, but sometimes that’s just not possible to maintain. I don’t know how it happened but The Raven Boys is one of the rare books that actually looks like someone has read it and weirdly, I am not even mad about it.

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A TRILOGY YOU ALWAYS GO TO WHENEVER YOU NEED A PICK-ME-UP

I don’t re-read, therefore I really don’t know how to answer this … I guess Shatter Me, A Series of Unfortunate Events and the Inkworld books bring back happy memories, though I would never pick them up again, except maybe to read a certain passage.

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A BOOK WITH A TERRIFYING BEAST YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO FACE IN A DARK ALLEY

Is there such a thing as a beast I would like to face in the daylight instead? I don’t think so! Well, if we are not talking about the entire Miss Peregrine series, but just the first book, then I guess I wouldn’t want to run into a Hollow. (By book three I wanted them as pets, so there you go with my fear)

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A BOOK WITH A VILLAIN WHO IS BOTH MANIPULATIVE AND DEDICATED

I know I have already mentioned the Series of Unfortunate Events above, but have you ever considered how dedicated Count Olaf was to making those children miserable? The personas he took on, the time chasing them and for what? It was really ridiculous, but pure dedication.

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A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT TO LOVE

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)This may come as a shock, but I did not go into Red Rising thinking that I would like it. In fact, I was ready to dismiss it after a couple of chapters but BAM! It hit me in the heart – hard! It’s way gorier than what I usually read and I also don’t dabble in sci-fi as much as I used to, so it was unexpected but deep, deep love!

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A BOOK WITH A SETTING THAT’S JUST A LITTLE BIT STRANGE

The Rest of Us Just Live HereI really enjoyed The Rest of Use Just Live Here but the setting is basically every teen cliché ever written, but in a good way? Does that make sense to you? Well, I guess you would have to really read it to know what I mean. It was cleverly done in my opinion.

 


I should tag someone, but I feel like people who watched the show will probably appreciate the tag the most. Since I don’t know who has and who hasn’t, I am using the easy cop out and tag EVERYONE!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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I guess we are officially over the halfway point of the year, but since I am late with my tags (as always), I am doing the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag just now. Major thanks to The Orang-Utan Librarian and Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts for tagging me. I am really looking forward to recap my reading so far and to freak out because WHERE IS ALL THE TIME GOING?

 

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016

My Lady JaneThis is a tough question, because I never like just choosing one favourite, but My Lady Jane is definitely very high up there. It was just so funny and even though it was quite hyped, it was still such a refreshing read, not perfect, but amazing nonetheless.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)I am very tempted to say Morning Star, but I think ultimately I have to go with A Court of Mist and Fury. Maybe it was the fact that unlike any of the Pierce Brown books, I actually got to read this with friends and discuss things right as they were happening. It totally turned everything upside down.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)Simply because it is staring at me from my shelf, I am going to say This Savage Song. I think it looks amazing and even though I haven’t read that many Schwab books yet, I know she can do some incredible world building and therefore I am really excited to dive into this new world filled with monsters.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

Unscripted Joss ByrdI’ve said it before and I am going to say it again and again and again until I have the book and can form an actual opinion – Unscripted Joss Byrd. I don’t know what it is about this book that has me so excited, but I suspect it has something to do with the movie-ish setting. I always love those!

Biggest Disappointment

Anne & HenryUnfortunately Anne & Henry was a vast disappointment for me. I thought there’d actually be an enjoyable twist to the story, but instead they made it even worse. That story did not translate well into this century teenage-hood.

Biggest Surprise

Anything You WantThere’s no way I wouldn’t go with Anything You Want for this one. It had so many bad reviews and a lot of people even DNFed it (and I still believe they missed out on the best parts because of that) and I braced myself for an unpleasent read, but it wasn’t bad at all – quite the opposite in fact. I loved it!

Favourite New Author

Technically I didn’t read any Pierce Brown books up until this year, so he is my legit answer, simply because he is “new” to me. I would read anything he writes … maybe even his grocery list.

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Newest Fictional Crush

Weirdly, this is a bit of a tough one. I haven’t been all that passionate about anyone lately, however, I do adore Clark from The Unexpected Everything. He is geeky, adorkable and really sweet. I know that there are more exciting choices out there, but I like him and his job (even though that probably shouldn’t be a reason to like a person – fictional or not – but I think it contributes to his character in this case).

Newest Favourite Character

I don’t want to go for someone all too obvious, so maybe Alucard Emery from A Gathering of Shadows? (written this and then realised that Joey said the same, but apparently I am too lazy to think of someone else now) What is even up with that guy? He’s shady, fabulous and pirate-y. If you know me, you know how much that last bit weighs into my decision-making-process. (Btw, the picture is not how Alucard looks like AT ALL, but I just thought pirate … let’s put a picture of one of my favourite pirates there, because why not!)

Book That Made You Cry

The Serpent KingThe Serpent King brought upon this deep sadness. It also gave me so much hope, but the despair came first and I may have almost started sobbing silently at lunch because of it one time … my eyes were definitely teary, but I tried to contain myself in public.

Book That Made You Happy

You Know Me WellYou Know Me Well made me so ridiculously happy. It may have some weaknesses in the plot-department, but those characters were amazing and are squad goals for sure!

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

Can I say book-to-screen-in-general-but-not-necessarily-movie? Because then I would go for The Shannara Chronicles *cough* which I still haven’t read, even though the book is sitting on my shelf *cough*. I just completely fell in love with those characters and the setting and the fact that it was from MTV but had absolutely amazing production value made it like double as great. But now the wait for Season 2 is absolute torture …

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year

I want to say something other than the posts I mentioned for T5W, so I am going to say the first OwlCrate unboxing, simply because it was such a fun experience as a whole. Click here to read the post.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

I think the cover of Lady Midnight is absolutely gorgeous! I am not sure it is the most beautiful, but it sure is among them. And it really helps that I love the inside as well.

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What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year

These are some books that are on my physical TBR, so I need to get to them. I hate having them stare at me accusingly for not reading them sooner.

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I Tag:

EVERYONE! Seen as I am rather late and a lot of people have already done it, just consider yourself tagged if you want to do it!

You can click on the titles to get to my reviews! What have been some of your reading highlights so far?

Pokémon Go Book Tag

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Ever since I saw the Pokémon Go Book Tag created by Aentee at Read at Midnight, I was hoping someone would one day tag me AND TODAY IS THE DAY! Dee @Bookish Khaleesi has done me the favour and therefore here we go with the tag. I will be using Aentee’s graphics as well, because they are simply amazing and perfect. Don’t forget to check out the original posts of those lovely ladies!

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As far as I can remember I have always been a reader. Even in school, I loved to do the reading homework, but I think the first book that really fascinated me and made me emotional about the characters was Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I mean … Dustfinger! He is still one of my favourites.

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My favourite classic is and will always be The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I don’t know what it is about this book, but I have a strong feeling that the 1920s setting has something to do with my love for it.

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Hmmm … I don’t know. I kind of lost interest in Truthwitch and Passenger because I saw it EVERYWHERE. But that doesn’t mean I will never read them at all. I’ll just wait until the hype has died down and then pick it up in a year or so … or when the whole series is released.

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The Shatter Me series at some point just really reminded me of the X-Men (which isn’t a book series, but comics count too when I can’t think of a different answer), however, it was still so uniquely written, I absolutely adore those books!

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Vampire Academy! Whenever I see the movie or the books on other people’s posts, I want to read them … but there are so many books already. And then there are all those new releases and I can’t help but wonder if I should just let it go and keep to the new stuff instead. Keeping up with reading can be so tough sometimes.

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Many a book has accomplished that, but I think one of the last one was Gambit, because that book was awesome and I wanted to know what happened next like all the freaking time!

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Whaaaat? How am I supposed to choose? I am just going to name one random ship that I ship, because I am known for shipping all the ships.

Rhys and Feyre! There you go! I said somthing …

 

 

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I really liked Dee’s answers, but I am going to go with the Thunderoad series. They are quite steamy and action packed and I like that.

 

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Definitely the Red Rising series. Technically the first spin off isn’t even out yet, but it will be soon and then I am sure I will be of the same opinion, because Pierce Brown can do no wrong with the books he’s writing. I am wholeheartedly convinced of that.

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Over the course of time, I have changed my mind about The Magicians like a gazillion times. I am still not a major fan of the first book, but as a whole, that series was really good. It still hasn’t really left my brain, so that sure means something.

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I don’t even know. I think The Lunar Chronicles would probably be a solid choice for that. I really want those books and I am going to get the book box when it comes out this fall for sure. All the raving blog posts did not scare me off!

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There are so many! I think if I ever were to get the Harry Potter books, I would want the glow in the dark ones. They look so cool!

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I’ve mentioned this about a gazillion times now, but I CANNOT wait to read Unscripted Joss Byrd! I am so excited for this book, I am even considering getting it as a hardcover.

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Again, there are quite a few: Tahereh Mafi, Pierce Brown, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Morgan Matson, David Levithan and many mooooore.

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The sequel for Gambit? It’s not even been all that long that I’ve read it, but since there is no release date for the second book, it feels like forever! WHEN IS IT COMING OUT!? I NEED A DATE!

Now it’s time for you brave pokémon trainers to go out there and do the tag:

The Book Sacrifice Tag

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I think you see a pattern here when I tell you that The Orang-utan Librarian, Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions all tagged me to do The Book Sacrifice Tag. It is further proof of how behind I am on my tags, so, thank you for your patience with me and continuing to tag me. I always get to it at some point and this is so short anyway, I have no idea why I didn’t do it earlier.

1. AN OVER-HYPED BOOK: 

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?

I know that I am not entirely alone with this opinion, but I simply didn’t like the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. While I think it was rather dull with characters I just couldn’t relate to, others seem to really love it. Well, the paperbacks are surprisingly heavy (seriously! What kind of paper did they print it on?), so they will make good throwing material to defend myself from zombies. And here’s to hoping that the movie will be better.


2. A SEQUEL:

Situation: torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

It still makes me sad to think of how disappointing Glass Sword was. I was quite smitten with Red Queen and then the pacing was just completely off in the sequel. I stand by the opinion that a map would have made things better … so, basically the same answer as Joey for this one.


3. A CLASSIC:

Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?

I haven’t read all that many classics and then I often don’t really like the reading experience 100% … this is super difficult. I could have done without Ask the Dust for sure though. I know this is the point where I should explain why I didn’t like it, but I honestly just blocked it out entirely.


4. A LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK:

Situation: apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting? 

Oh my … I am not really for burning anything, even if I didn’t like it, but what can you do when the world is frozen? I was a real fan of Audrey Niffenegger‘s The Time Traveler’s Wife though and then read her other book Her Fearful Symmetry and it was such a vast disappointment. I highly doubt I would ever want to pick that one up again …


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