Hey everyone! This has been awhile coming, I just got really busy with university. I first saw this tag when Tanya of Read. Run. Study. did it, I’ll leave the link for her over HERE so you can go check her out, and it looked like a lot of fun so I have decided to attempt it!
1. First book in your collection & the last book you bought
The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse is one of the first books that I recall personally buying when I was in grade…3? I have older books in my house but either I didn’t buy them they were given to me or they aren’t mine (ie: all the Harry Potter’s are my older brother’s).
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare finally shipped to me a few days ago even though I purchased it back whenever, but I’m going to go with that one!
2. A cheap book & an expensive book
My copy of Specials by Scott Westerfeld was in the free book give away bin at my school library so that would be the cheapest.
And Stardust by Neil Gaiman is one of my more expensive books at ~$25. Worth it, it’s a really good book, I recommend it!
3. Book with a male protagonist & book with a female
Percy Jackson Series. As I was doing this I realized most of my books don’t have male leads, slightly more challenging then it should have been. If you haven’t read this series, where have you been for the past 10 years? It’s really amazing, really fun, go find it!
Female protagonist! I got this one in the bag! But let’s go with The Naming by Alison Croggon, I have never heard anyone talk about these books, I have two I believe there are four in total. I read these back when I was in my Lord of the Rings mourning period and I really enjoyed them! It’s an epic fantasy that follows a slave girl, Maerad, as she is broken out of her slavery by a magician, Cadvan. I actually have been meaning to pick this series up again and finish it, I only stopped becasue the third book wasn’t published and I just ended up forgetting about it.
4. Book you read fast & book that took too long to read
I read the whole Hunger Games Trilogy (by Suzanne Collins) in one night, not ashamed! Who needs sleep when there are books?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. This isn’t a long book! My copy is 275 pages. I was stuck on an island with no TV and no internet and this was the only novel I had left of the ones I brought and it still took me a week! I found this book so boring I kept having the problem of falling asleep while reading it! I keep telling myself that I should re-read it becasue I was pretty young, 12 or so, and I’ll probably enjoy it more now but it’s really hard to force myself to do.
5. Pretty cover & ugly cover
Entwined by Heather Dixon. I feel like i should frame this and hang it as art because it is so beautiful I usually tend to prefer simpler cover designs, but this is just too pretty and it matches the story PERFECTLY!
I don’t even own this book but I have to include it, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I have been avoiding buying this book though I have the other two for no reason other than I hope they re-print the hardcover with the new version. Hasn’t happened yet, but I’m waiting! If I hadn’t heard about this book from so many people liking it and saying the cover doesn’t match, there is no way I would have picked it up. I judge book by their covers, so do you, don’t pretend you don’t. When you are out walking though Chapters or Barnes and Noble you don’t pick up books that don’t catch your eye.
6. National book & international book
The only book I have based in Canada is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. If you don’t know this book and you are female I’m not sure what to say to you. There are a bunch of movie and TV movies and TV shows and there’s a musical. Classic young girl literature.
I’m going to go with Greece becasue I was just there, Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner, it’s based in ancient Greece and follows Helen of Troy when she was a child. Not a fantastic book, the history and mythology isn’t overly researched, but it’s kinda cute. Little bit of badassery from 10-year-old Helen.
7. Thin book & thick book
The thinnest book I have is In My Enemies House by Carol Matas clocking in at only 176 pages. This is a WW2 book and it is very intense, I can not read it more than once every couple years becasue even though it is fantastic, it’s very graphic and difficult to read. It’s on par with Elizabeth Wein’s novels in my mind.
Breaking Dawn is my thickest at 756 pages unless we count my Charles Dickens collection which is actually 5 books in one and 1481 pages. I haven’t read any of it. It’s really big and scary. It’s absolutely gorgeous though.
8. non-fiction book & Fiction book
Thanks to U of C common reading program I own one non-fiction book now. Misfit: A Changemaker with an Edge by Andreas Souvaliotis. I haven’t read it, I probably won’t. I don’t like non-fiction novels. I don’t want to read about this world, that’s what news is for, I want my novels to be an escape.
Fiction, let’s have No Small Thing by Natale Ghent becasue I just read it. This book is based in 1977 and is about these three kids for a recently poor family with a father who walked out on them when they lost their money. And they come into a free pony. It’s a super sweet coming of age story.
9. Overly romantic book & action book
Anyone who has been following my blog for any amount of time knows my go-to romantic novel but I’m going to shake it up a bit and actually do something different. Halo by Alexandra Adoretto. This novel is about 3 angels who come to earth and the youngest one falls in love with a human boy. This is another book I didn’t realize was a series. It ended perfectly fine after this book and I don’t see the reason for a second so I haven’t read it becasue I’m sure that somehow it will mess up this perfect novel. It’s not all lovey-dovey, there is some conflict with a demon pretending to be human and bringing evil to the town and what-not. I could have gone more romantic but I don’t read many romance specific books. I like my books with romance in them but I don’t own many “romance novels.” I’ve read some, none that come to mind. If you want to leave some suggestions that would be nice actually.I need some fluff to read.
Everlost by Neal Shusterman. I didn’t realize this was a series until I just Goodreads it to find the authors name! Apparently it’s a trilogy. It’s about kids caught in limbo, really interesting. There’s a hint near the end that there might be a romance starting but we never see it develop which was fine by me, the story wasn’t set up for a romance.
10. Book that made you happy & book that made you sad
Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby. This is a weird one becasue while reading it you wouldn’t immediately think “happy.” It has a lot of sad moment in it and the end is incredibly bitter-sweet. I wish I could explain it better but that would spoil you. It’s so hopeful and optimistic it makes me feel better.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling. ***SPOILERS*** Many will disagree with me becasue this is a touchy subject, but the hardest death for me in this series was Sirius Black. He didn’t need to die, if Harry had just remembered his stupid mirror! He was the best person and he went through so much and just as his life was improving he gets killed.
That is it for this tag! I hope you found some new books you want to pick up!