Okay, confession, I’ve never watched the Great British Bake Off. I don’t actually enjoy cooking reality shows. *GASP!* I don’t know, if I can’t taste the food myself I don’t really care what the judges think. They’re strangely addicting though, aren’t they? I was at the doctor last week, and some c-list baking show was on, and I was so distracted from my book because even though it was stupid I couldn’t stop paying attention.
Anyway, thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me in this one! Even though I’ve never watched the show, I found the questions interesting.
- Link back to the creator Zaheerah’s post.
- Tag people or don’t. Just have fun.
Ready, get set, Bake! (or tag)
A book that is self published
I don’t technically know if Eragon even counts since it eventually got picked up by Knopf, but originally Paolini’s family created their own publishing “firm” just to publish Eragon. I adored Eragon in high school, because dragons. Even know, I don’t mind giving it a re-read from time to time, though I tend to ignore the sequels which are clearly less good.
A book that had a great start but a disappointing ending
So all I’ve been able to think about since I read this is the Soggy Bottom Boys from O Brother Where Art Thou. Great movie, great song. So while I’m trying to think of a good answer for this one, enjoy A Man of Constant Sorrow by the Soggy Bottom Boys! (Seriously, listen to it. AMAZING.)
I think A Discovery of Witches is a good choice for this. I was in love with the opening sequences about library research and a witch who wanted to live without her power. But as the book (and series) went on it got increasingly Twilight-esque. If I have to read another vampire romance I just might start banging my head against the wall.
A book that you got frustrated with and had to DNF
I have not made a secret of how much I didn’t like Anna Karenina. Snore. Seriously, I didn’t even get 50 pages in, and that’s a LONG book.
Junior Bake Off
A children’s book
My son is currently really in to Where the Wild Things Are. He recently learned about monsters, and he got really scared one night when I was playing with him about a monster and thought there was ACTUALLY a monster in his bath. We read Where the Wild Things Are to show him that monsters are fun, not scary, and now he wants to read it every single night. Personally, I love the illustrations.
A Hollywood Handshake
A book that impressed you
I was so blown away by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It isn’t easy to take me by surprise, but the overall plot of this book was such a complete shock. Evelyn was surprisingly easy to relate to, considering how different she is from the average heroine. I remember writing in my review how impressed I was that it managed to be about both Old Hollywood and how people aren’t all good or all bad, but somehow in the middle.
A book that you would recommend to your friends and your family
My family all read such a variety of books. Nobody likes the same thing. So this one is really hard. But I recommend The Scarlet Pimpernel to literally everyone, so I guess that. And who knows, maybe one of them would actually enjoy it! (Doubtful…)
Books that you read without knowing much beforehand: Rank them worst to best
I don’t really read books without knowing about them beforehand. So I guess the only books that qualify are required school reading. So here’s a few of those.
5. Catcher in the Rye
Sorry guys, I just hated this book. And it’s not just Holden Caufield. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever read an early 20th century American novel that I didn’t hate.
4. The Great Gatsby
See above. 20th Century American, not my thing. And ALL of the characters were so blah.
3. Les Miserables
Romanticism? DEFINITELY my thing. I loved this book, especially how all of the individual stories were connected. Thank goodness I read the abridged version, though.
2. Watership Down
I’ve gushed about Watership Down plenty of times before on this blog. There’s something so magical about an action/adventure book about rabbits.
1. The Killer Angels
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Even if you don’t think you like war novels, give it a shot. I don’t like war books, but The Killer Angels is just so stinking good.
An Extra Slice
A favorite companion book
Ender’s Shadow really turned into its own spin-off series, but I’ve only read just the one. So to me it functions as a companion book. I honestly find Ender’s Shadow to be one of the greatest accomplishments in literature. It never stops amazing me that Orson Scott Card was able to take Ender’s Game, an absolutely one-of-a-kind book that relies on a surprise twist for emotional impact, and without that shock-value re-tell the same story in a way that still has you sitting on the edge of your seat.
I’m not tagging anyone, because it’s taken me 3 hours to write 2 posts, I feel sick, and I don’t feel like it. Tag yourselves!