I always try to have a book tag for Monday, but it seems I have a habit of pushing it to the side just because book tags always seem to be posts that take a long time to put together and so I always seem to put it off, however this one I’ve had half-written all week, so I thought I’d finish it out for the day. I found this tag over at Thrice Read, which you should all check out sometime!
Favorite Book of All Time
Honestly, now and forever this will probably be Cinder. I am likely always going to be forever grateful for the fact that this book found its way into my life. Not one I ever expected to fall in love with as much as I have, Cinder is one of those books that truly helped me through a lot and really pulled me out of one of the words reading slumps I’ve ever experienced. And while I consider Cress the best of the series (and kind of my favorite book as a result), I always start with Cinder just because it was the first.
Favorite Book Five Years Ago
Ironically enough, this is still the same book I listed above. Five years ago is just a year after I first discovered it. But, I’m aware enough that this removes opportunities for talking about other amazing books, so I’m going to go ahead and add in that my favorite book as a kid was Eragon by Christopher Paolini. And that book was my favorite for a long time. From when I was as young as ten all the way to my high school years. It’s pretty impressive to me that another book managed to replace it. I have a habit of keeping favorite books for a long time, I suppose.
In truth, this is The Lunar Chronicles. But, since it’s a bit silly to include Cinder in everything, I’ll highlight one that may not be my favorite but definitely is high up there in my I’m in love with it category. I don’t know how many people spend time reading Anthony Horowitz, especially outside of his Alex Rider series, but I’ve always just been amazed and impressed with his Gatekeepers/Power of Five series. It’s one of those book series’ that gets you really thinking and I’ve always just really loved it. In fact, it’s about time for a re-read of that for me.
The Last Book I Read
In terms of read in general, but haven’t finished, it’s Twilight which I am only re-reading in order to take a closer look at how problematic it is as a novel and series. But, if we’re talking about the last book that I finished (which I am deeply in love with, by the way) it’s The Enchanted Sonata, an impressively wonderful retelling of Clara and the Nutcracker. I am honestly so amazed by this book and I hope to be a big part of spreading awareness of it so that it can be a success. This book is amazing and it needs to be read.
The Last Book of Poetry I’ve Read
Ooh, this was What If? by Anna Russell. It was a series of poems following a sequential pattern to tell the story of a fictional character. This is the second book like this that I’ve read recently and I’m finding that I really enjoy them. I definitely preferred the other book that I read more than this particular one, but at the same time it was really exciting to experience a book in this way. I imagine I’ll probably read some more of these books in the future.
What Book Most Influenced My Life
See, this one is difficult. And I have several that come to mind when I get to this question, but what it really ends up coming down to is how the books influenced my life. And each type of influence yields a different response. So every single book I think of initially never really quite fits because the truth is that the book which influenced me most is the book that made me fall in love with reading. And I was far too young to even recall what that book was.
The Book That Made Me Ugly Cry
This one is hands down Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I loved this book so much. I also love the movie. It’s a heartbreaking story, but in truth I also find it kind of inspiring in a way. There’s a lot to admire about this love story, but I think one of the things I was most impressed with was the fact that Lou eventually accepted his choice, even though it broke her heart, and was with him at the end. I’ve always though that it’s a bit terrible that we force people to live when they don’t want to and I think this book had a brilliant commentary on that fact. And I really appreciate that.
The Book That Made Me Laugh
Honestly, I’m slightly ashamed of this book if only because it’s author was clearly a ginormous ass, knew it, and didn’t care. But at the same time, I can’t help admitting that his stories are downright hilarious and I’ll give him credit for being a good writer. I hope he’s grown up and become a better person, but in the meantime I will never forget how funny it was to read about his unfortunate experience at Embassy Suits. And truthfully, I think he kind of deserved that karma.
A Character I’d Like to be For a Day
Crescent Darnell. I love her. I basically am her, in personality at least. And I dunno. I just think that it would be amazing to get to experience her world. Plus, there’s Thorne and since I’m already in love with him, it just seems like a good idea. Alternately, I would be thoroughly interested in spending a day in the life of Deryn Sharp from the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld. Just her entire story is fascinating and the fact that she manages to find herself on an airship is so exciting. Granted, I’d probably be terrified, but I guess if I was spending a day as Deryn, I might have a bit of her bravery.
A Book So Good I Dreamed About It
You know, I don’t know if I can really remember a book I’ve dreamed about. I know that it’s happened, but it’s honestly slipping my mind. I keep thinking maybe it was Eragon, but then again I’m not sure. I know there have been plenty, but you’d be hard pressed to get me to remember them. I have weird half-dreams most of the time that incorporate a lot of really different and unrelated things, including the books I’ve read.
A Book I DNFed
There is no more appropriate book for this one than 50 Shades of Grey, one of the most disgusting books ever published both for it’s absolutely abhorrent writing and it’s disturbing romanticization of abuse. Honestly, I cannot stand that this book was published and it kills me every day to know how many people fall for the disturbing notion that the actions of Christian Grey were ever even close to being romantic. He is a stalker and an abuser and I have no respect for this book as a piece of literature. I read it so I could have a knowledgeable base through which to criticize it, but after a point I just couldn’t keep reading. It was just too awful for numerous reasons.
A Book I’m Excited to Read
I’m crazy excited to read Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I have a copy currently, but I haven’t had the time to pick it up just yet, especially as I want to reread the entire series before I pick it up. It’s been too long since I last read those and, truth be told, I don’t actually remember a whole lot. I hate how that happens so often. But with all the books I read, I imagine it’s kind of hard to remember them all.
And that’s it! Happy reading everyone!