Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Olympic Book Tag
I stumbled across a post by the blogger Miss Print today that featured an Olympic themed book tag and it just looked so much fun I had to join in. You can see Miss Print's list here and hop over to the post by Shannon over at It Starts at Midnight who graciously offered up her graphics for anyone joining her book tag.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
From its famous first line this is one of those books that just hooked me from the very beginning and completely swept me away into the world and story L'Engle had created. I feel like I know Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin and I just want to go on adventures with them.
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
When Ginny's aunt dies, she leaves her 13 envelopes with instructions that set Ginny off on an adventure around the world. Not only is this a fun read, but I also read it for the first time as I was riding a bus through the Italian countryside, so it has special memories tied up in it as well.
Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
At first I didn't think I liked this love triangle, but as more things are revealed about the characters the more I was torn. Serle definitely does a good job of keeping your interest and ratcheting up the drama.
NaomiRuth loved this book. I ... I just didn't quite get it.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Technically this book starts in the winter, beginning in January of 1946, but the most significant part of the story takes place over the summer, so I'm counting it. Also, I'm in the middle of yet another re-read of this book and I will take every opportunity I can to share my adoration of this book. I have recommended this to so many people and have never had a single person dislike it. Read it. Right now.
Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
I mean, a book about a family of assassins? Of course there is a lot of fighting and death. Lea is one of my favorite heroines in books I've read this year. I loved the worldbuilding and the character development throughout the novel. So good.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Maybe this is an obvious choice, but I mainly picked this book up because of all the hype. It's not in my normal wheelhouse. I got it on audio so it wouldn't take up reading time. I'm still sort of eh about the book as a whole, but the twist half way through was so shocking to me that I still remember exactly where I was driving when it happened, so it wins this category for me.
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall
This category had a LOT of contenders as I tend to get very emotionally invested in books. But this one kept coming to mind, so it wins this category. I adore this entire series and you have to read them in order! This is the most perfect ending to the series. I want the Penderwicks to live next door to me.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Don't get me wrong, I love these books. But it moves. so. slowly. Especially in the beginning.
The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Princess Amy is given the gift of Ordinariness at her christening and her life quickly deviates from the proper path of a seventh princess. But as she makes her own decisions and grows as an individual she just might find her happily ever after anyway. This fairy tale is both expected and unexpected at the same time. It's so wonderful.
This series of wordless graphic novels is the sweetest. I love every single thing about it. It's kid friendly, but is sophisticated enough to enthrall adults.
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
This was long and intricate and just lost me. I had such a hard time finishing it. In fact, I'm pretty sure the only reason I did was because I was listening to it on audio. If I had been reading it in print I would most likely have either put off finishing it indefinitely or just given up on it.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This series not only has lovely romantic relationships, but it is chock full of amazing friendships as well. My favorite is probably between Cinder and Iko.
I have to pass on this bonus category because, apparently, I don't read any books that contain any kind of Olympic sports. Or at least I haven't in recent memory.
This was a lot of fun! I'd love to hear some of your choices for any of these categories. Leave them in the comments or link us over to your blog if you decide to join in!