Yay, I saw this tag after Shannon from It Starts at Midnight created it, and I knew I needed to do it! YOu can see her post here. The Olympics are so fun, and I love how they bring the whole world together. Literally the entire world has their eyes on these two weeks of games, and we get to see the best of the best! It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? So let’s get started with the Olympics book tag!
A Book You Loved from the First Page
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
I just read this book, and I loved it! From the dedication page, I loved it. I quote the dedication page in my review (click title for post), but it sets the tone for the entire novel: wonderfully hilarious. This book was wonderful. I already want to re-read it.
Favorite Road Trip Book
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
This counts as a roadtrip, right? This story is an alternative history—what would’ve happened if Germany had won WWII and Hitler hadn’t died. Each year they have a celebratory motorcycle race that stretches across all the Axis powers. The main character goes undercover as a racer in a huge plan to assassinate Hitler. So the book stretches through Europe and Africa and Asia and, of course, Germany on a motorcycle. But this book is wonderful! I have an ARC of Blood for Blood (the sequel), and I can’t wait to read it soon.
A Book with a Good Love Triangle
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A lot of people complain about this love triangle, but I don’t really mind it. I like both Gale and Peeta for different reasons…but I’m definitely #TeamPeeta overall. This triangle just feels realistic to me, while a lot of love triangles don’t do that.
A Book You Didn’t Really “Get”
Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel
What I didn’t “get” about this novel is why so many people seem to like it. I wrote my snarkiest review ever (seriously—so snarky) of this one because I just thought it was kind of ridiculous and was eye-rolling through the entire thing. Man, oh man.
A Book Set in the Summer
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
I read this last summer, and I loved it. And I just re-read my review for it, and I realized that I had forgotten everything about it, and I need to re-read this one immediately! It’s adorable, and I loved it. And I’m 90% sure it takes place in the summer. I remember there’s surfing involved, which sounds like a very summer thing to happen. But like I said, I can’t really remember, so don’t hold me to this.
A Book with a Lot of Bloodshed and Fighting
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
I’ve been really wanting to do a re-read of this trilogy, especially before I start the second trilogy in the series. But it definitely has its fair share of kick-butt action and fighting. Perhaps more so in the last book of the three, but this one has it, too!
A Book with a Lot of Plot Twists
The Program by Suzanne Young
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Suzanne Young is queen of mind-bending plot twists. Especially in this series. Every book so far as had an epilogue that blew my mind and made me question everything I believed to be true about the story. I usually just have to sit there for a few minutes in shock to process what I just read.
A Book that Made You Sob
THIS BOOK. It’s so beautiful. It’s in free verse, which I love if done well, and it tells the story of a young girl who’s forced to work on the streets in Canada. Click on the title to go read my review and see some of the more impactful quotes, but it’s just beautiful. And heart-breaking and tragic. Not many people seem to know about it, but everyone should. It definitely made an impact on me. Please go read it.
A Slow-Paced Book
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is one of my all-time favorite books, but it’s definitely not a fast book. You kind of have to take it in slowly to appreciate it. But slow doesn’t mean bad to me!
A Childhood Favorite
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
I feel like I’ve talked about this book a lot in different posts, but I can’t not put it here. Gail Carson Levine is a huge reason why I’m the reader I am today, and she deserves all the recognition. If you haven’t read Ella Enchanted, I recommend it for everyone. It’s pretty different from the movie, but it’s wonderful!
A Book Featuring Animals
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
I read this graphic novel for a YA literature class I took a couple of semesters ago, and I really enjoyed it. There are two storylines that kind of interplay with each other, but one of them involves monkeys. This is a really good graphic novel, and it’ll make you think about some of the stereotypes that are engrained in our culture!
A Book You Struggled to Finish
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokski
I’m definitely a black sheep on this book because everyone else loves it. You can read more of my thoughts in my review (click on the link!), but it just didn’t work for me, and I almost DNFed it multiple times. I couldn’t connect to the characters!
A Book with a Great Friendship
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
One of the things I loved about ASIC was the real friendship that developed between Watson and Holmes. Nothing felt forced—it was just two people who didn’t start out in the best way but developed a sincere and real relationship. For now, it’s just friendship, but who knows? I think there are two more books in the series, so anything can happen really.
I tag anyone who wants to do this! And (because I want to see their posts) I officially tag:
(Sorry if you’ve already done the tag. I didn’t double check!)
Have you read any of these books? Have you been watching the Olympics? Let me know in the comments! And if you do the tag, link me up! I want to see it!