Hey, everyone. I’ve never been tagged by anyone before, but over the last two days I was actually tagged twice by two different people for two separate blog tags! Confusing? Yes. Awesome? Of course! I’ll be doing the first tag, the Writer’s Book Tag, today, and then the second tag on Thursday. Thank you so much to Jenn @ The Book Nook for tagging me! Here goes…
A book or series that you’ve never read before.
I have several books on my shelf by authors that I like, but which I haven’t yet found time to read. Most notably, Guardians of the West by David Eddings, has been sitting there for several months now, unopened. I love-love-loved Eddings’ Belgariad series (it is yet another entry on the ever growing list of books and series that I need to reread but don’t have time to reread), but I haven’t yet found time to crack open this first book of the Malloreon.
A book or series you didn’t like as much the second time you read it.
Sue me, but I’m going to have to say the Harry Potter books on this one. I was obsessed with them the first time through, but later rereadings haven’t been kind to this series. I own all the books, including the companion Hogwarts Library set, but I haven’t touched them in a couple of years.
A book or series that you’ve liked for a really long time.
There are a ton of books that I’ve loved since I was little, but I don’t think any of them have made such a big impact on me as The School Story by Andrew Clements. It tells the story of a twelve year old girl who publishes her own book, and it really inspired me to become a writer myself, and dream big even at a young age.
Killing Off Your Characters
A book or series that made you cry.
This is a bit difficult, because I don’t usually physically cry about books, and I can’t clearly remember any times that I actually have. One book that did make me really sad, though, was Fairest by Marissa Meyer. It tells the story of the villain of her Lunar Chronicles series from the perspective of said villain, and the story and writing were honestly super heart wrenching and very, very sad.
A book or series that disappointed you.
I really, really, really wanted to like Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, but it was so dark and problematic and very immoral, and all the fantastic, spellbinding writing in the world couldn’t rescue it for me.
I was also very disappointed by the end of A Series of Unfortunate Events. After building up and sustaining and exciting mystery over thirteen books, the ending fell flat and failed to explain much of anything.
A book or series you never finished.
Once again, two series come to mind. I started reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, just to see what all the hype was about. The first book was not at all impressive, with poorly constructed dialogue and undeveloped writing skills, and although the second book was more interesting, I dropped it after I heard that the later books contained R-rated content. Not worth my time, especially if I can’t even finish reading the story because of the content.
I also never finished The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. The first book, Eragon, was okay, but I had to force myself to finish the massive second book, Eldest, because it was so boring, and the third book was even worse, so I dropped it after about five chapters worth of overly flowery description and unexciting action.
A book or series you’d recommend to anyone and everyone.
There are literally so many answers I could put here, but I’ll try to narrow it down to just a few…
First of all, I always recommend the Evenmere Chronicles to everyone. It’s not very well known, but the writing and characters are amazing and it’s a very fresh take on a genre (epic fantasy) that seems to have been done to death in recent years.
I also never hesitate to recommend any and all of N. D. Wilson’s books. His novels are, of course, fantastic (I own well-loved copies of all of them, except Leepike Ridge, his first book, which for some reason I never seem to have gotten hold of), and his two non-fiction books, Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl and Death by Living are also amazing takes on the Christian faith. 10/10 would recommend everything N. D. Wilson.
That’s it for my answers! Today, I’ll be tagging three awesome bloggers to join in the fun:
Thanks for reading today! I hope you enjoyed all my answers, and that you check out a couple of those books I recommended back there *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*. Also don’t forget to check out Katie @ The Act Diary, who created this tag.
See you again soon!