Guys, I confess, I ADORE the Olympics! It’s such a cool time when everybody comes together to cheer each other on, and I love getting to learn about other cultures. Plus, I confess, the sports are so exciting! I always say I love the summer Olympics more, but as I’m watching this year I’m realizing that there aren’t any events in the winter Olympics that I’m not interested in. Except maybe curling. Anyway, we’re only what, three days in?, and I’m already loving watching.
So in the Go World spirit, I went searching for an Olympics book tag. I found this one from Brittany at Beauty and the Bean Boots, who I’m really looking forward to reading more from. You should go check her out!
Ice skaters go to the “kiss and cry” area after skating. Name a book character you would like to kiss or a book that made you cry.
It doesn’t take a lot to make me cry, lol. But I sob through Harry Potter 7. Like, starting in the first couple chapters literally all the way through. If it didn’t make you cry too I am suspicious as to whether or not you have a soul.
Name a book you would drop the gloves for if someone dissed it.
I will fight you to the death if you try to criticize The Lord of the Rings. Like, seriously, it’s fine if fantasy isn’t your thing, or if the slow pace at the beginning deters you, or even if the super descriptive language isn’t your style. I get it. But it drives me INSANE when people try to say that it’s somehow a bad book. It’s a masterpiece and I have no problem dropping the gloves to settle it if necessary.
Name a book you finished in one sitting.
Last summer I read Landline in one day, something I haven’t done in years. It’s no secret that I adore Rainbow Rowell, and that her books are just written for me. I frequently refer to them as magic. Oh my, and Landline was soooooo good! I strongly recommend it to adults who enjoyed her YA.
Name a series that went downhill.
Some will disagree with me, just because a lot of people think this series started bad. But I adored Eragon and its sequel, Eldest. However, the final two books in the series just were not good. The writing got terrible, the plot bogged down with stupid things that nobody cared about, and the entire story just went in a ridiculous direction. I will always love Eragon, but if I never finish the series again I’ll be okay.
Snowboarders “shred” down a hill, but what book would you shred if given the chance?
Hands down the worst book I ever read was Vampire Academy. Not only that, I would put my opinion out there and say that it’s making the world a worse place. It’s contributing to so many problems with today’s youth. I would shred ALL of the copies if I could.
Name your favorite friend group from a book or series.
I love the second Percy Jackson series, The Heroes of Olympus. They have such great friendships, and I think the dynamics between the Greek and Roman contingents are very interesting. In addition to the friendships, there are so sweet and heartwarming romances. But the platonic friendships are so rare in YA books, and they are so well handled in ALL of Riordan’s books.
Name your favorite duology.
I hate that phrase. Duology. Who came up with it?
That being said, I don’t know that I’ve read one. I’m thinking really hard, and nothing is coming to mind. However, I really enjoyed Renegades, and I’m looking forward to reading book 2 when it comes out later this year.
Cross Country Skiing
What is your favorite traveling book?
Does this mean book to travel with, or book about traveling? I guess book about traveling…
I don’t know what I would say my favorite is, because I’ve read a lot of books about travel. However, I really enjoyed a book that I read a few years ago called Crossing the Heart of Africa, which was partly a history of an African explorer, and partly a travel memoir of a modern man retracing his footsteps. The explorer, Ewart Grogan, was a real character, and did everything for love. I don’t know, it was just a fun book!
Name your highest rated book so far this year.
Well … I’ve only read two new novels so far this year, lol. But I really enjoyed The Girl in the Tower. I mean, I love historical fiction, I love fantasy, and I love folklore, and this series is a beautiful blend of all three. SO much fun!
Name a book that uses the color of your country.
Last year I read 1776, a rare non-fiction for me, and I LOVED it! If you’ve never read David McCullough and you’re interested in history, you should definitely give it a try. Everything reads like a novel, and it’s just amazing how he is able to do that. And he really develops the historical figures and gives you an idea of what they were like as people. He’s a brilliant writer, and I feel like I learned so much. It was a fun 4th of July read!
I’m not tagging anyone, because Brittany didn’t, but if you love the Olympics as much as I do consider yourself tagged!
I hope you all have a great week and enjoy watching some snow and ice sports as much as I plan to!