Although maybe I should have waited until Frozen 2 came out later this year, I decided I had to do this tag after stumbling across it in the WordPress Reader. I found it on Never Not Reading, and since I relate really closely to Elsa (minus the whole “cold never bothered me anyway” thing, because I am always freezing), I knew it was fate.
Let it Go
A book you wouldn’t mind parting with
It’s going to be some of the ones from either my thesis stack or the stacks of books from my undergraduate/graduate years at college. Mostly, the one I’d like to throw away and never see again would be Ulysses by James Joyce, but I’m keeping that one mounted on my wall as a trophy. I read it, dangit, and I survived! Barely.
I bought The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up a few weeks ago and actually took a lot of books off of my shelves, with the first one to go being 100 Years of Solitude. I know it’s supposed to be a “classic,” but I hated every second of the novel.
A book you think should only be read in the summer
My immediate thought to this is To Kill a Mockingbird, but since I don’t want to recommend anyone else read that book (sorry to those who enjoy it, but it’s actually really terrible), I had to think on this a second. I feel like summer is made for those fun adventure stories, or maybe those books that don’t require you to think too hard. I know a lot of school-age kids are forced to read books over the summer break (although I only considered a few of those as being “forced” for me to read), but maybe Tom Sawyer. I will readily admit that I have never read the actual book, only the abridged/”Great Illustrated Classics” editions, but it’s a good summer read, right?
I’m sure other people will probably put some kind of romance book here, but since I’m not about that life I don’t have anything to add. Sorry!
A book you wish had an alternate ending
I hated, hated the ending of Illuminae. Like this is the first book I have ever physically thrown across the room (and then I picked it up and apologized, because it was a library book and I shouldn’t have done that).
I absolutely loved the story and I loved the way it was presented — secret government dossiers, anyone?? — but the ending was just so awful. Because of the ending, I have sworn off reading anything by either of the authors (Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff) because if they’re going to take what would have been a great sacrifice and a great ending to backtrack and say “Nope! Everyone lives!” and tie it all up in a bow, I don’t want to give them any of my money or my time. I’m just glad this was a library book and I didn’t waste money on it.
A book you’d like to give a warm hug
Hands down, it’s gotta be The Hobbit. Although I only read it for the first time about seven years ago (wait -doesmath- is that right? THAT LONG AGO?) during my freshman year of college, it quickly became a classic to me. I love Bilbo’s journey, I love seeing the dwarves grow to accept them and to understand where they fit in with the world.
I did like the movie adaptations, but let’s be real – Fili and Kili should not have died the way they did. They were supposed to die for Thorin, and instead one died for wayward love and the other was just an idiot. That and the inclusion of Tauriel just…
A book that made you so mad you just wanted to freeze it
The Frame Up. This was one of the free Amazon First books in December, and I know why it was free. Who would pay actual money for this monstrosity of a book? I know I should be kind and understanding in reviews, because it could be my book getting torn apart some day by someone on the internet, but the writing in this was just infuriating! She makes a huge deal over the main character “not being like other nerdy chicks,” and yet proceeds to shove every single person she meets into their stereotypical box. There’s a lot of whining, a lot of misplaced “nerd” rage, and all of the so-called “geek” references are either wrong or they’re just cringy (“My heart careened like a Mario-kart around a curve” — Really? First of all, Mario Kart is two words, not hyphenated…). It just made nerd and geek girls look bad. I will be the first to admit that being a girl geek is sometimes tough, but this entire book reads like the author has one hell of a chip on her shoulder from some encounter in her childhood. Not to mention the main character of the book is supposed to be in her mid to late 20s and yet reads like she’s no older than 17. Sorry, I know this one got long and ranty, but you can read my full rage-out on this book here.
Anna and Kristoff
Your favorite book couple
Okay, I’ll admit this one stumped me for a while. And then I realized I had something, although I had seen the movie first. Sophie and Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle. I know it’s more well-known as the Studio Ghibli film, but the book is absolutely worth a read, too. There are some minor differences between the two, of course, and I wouldn’t ever try to compare the book to the movie, but the book and the movie stand well enough on their own. In the beginning they’re wary of each other, but as time goes on they begin to grow together, which is exactly how friendships and relationships should start. I’m assuming there will be a lot of people who put down some kind of romance book in this stack, but I can’t remember the last time I read anything that was billed as straight romance, so this is going to have to work.
Anna and Elsa
Your favorite sibling relationship in a book
This one again took a minute, before I realized I agreed with the person who wrote the original post I found for this tag: it’s got to be the Weasley siblings from the Harry Potter series. They stick together through everything, and support the others in everything that they do. Even when one of them strays, when they come back they are welcomed with open arms. And really, who wouldn’t want to be related to the people who own Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, even if they don’t give a family discount?
Prince Hans of the Southern Isles
A villain that seemed good at first, but ended up causing a heap of trouble
When I started A Darker Shade of Magic, I didn’t really see how Holland could be a scary villain. I mean, he was even touted as being the only other person who could slip between worlds, and I figured that at some point he would have to team up with Kell in order to stop whatever darkness was seeping in. Boy, was I wrong! (I mean, I was eventually right, but just several books off.)
I liked Holland’s character a lot, and once you get to his backstory in the final book you really start to understand how Holland got to be who he was, how he finally fell to the Danes before the start of the first book. He was an absolutely amazing villain, and I loved his resolution.
Now, I never tag people in these book tags (which actually probably defeats the purpose of them, whoops), but I never want to put pressure on someone to complete a tag. I know I felt pressured when I first began this blog, and I don’t want to do that to anyone else. So, please, if you want to do this tag, link back to me so I can see it!
And as always, keep reading.