#notall Book Tag

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This tag from the Orangutan Librarian really left me chuckling. You’ll have to check hers out, it’s very entertaining. Also, she made it, so if I tag you be nice and link back to her. 🙂

But it also really made me think in some good ways. I love talking about rules and generalizations, but I love talking about the exceptions EVEN MORE. So this is going to be good fun.

#notall Cover Changes – A cover change you liked

Ooooooo, I HATE cover changes!!!! They drive me crazy! Except when the original cover was awful and they fix it. Which is 100% what happened with Throne of Glass. 

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I mean, look at that original and tell me it doesn’t look stupid, lame, and everything bad. And I just love the art style on the new one! Very badass.

#notall Adaptations – An adaptation you love more than the book

I love that it just says adaptations, not movie adaptations, because it gives me a chance to rant about something that I’ve been holding in for a very long time.

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Wicked is pretty much my least favorite book of all time!

Seriously, there are not words to express how much I hate this book! It’s just … everything about it. And it was such an amazing idea too. Which is why I’m so glad the folks from the musical got ahold of it, because they told the story in an amazing way. I am in love with Wicked, and I’ve seen it three times or something. (Once on Broadway!!!!) My all-time favorite musical, which is really saying something if you know how much I love musicals.

#notall Tropes – A trope you’ll never tire of seeing

I will never be tired of love at first sight. I don’t really believe in it in real life, but books aren’t real life and it’s soooooo romantic when done well! I will fight with you to the death on the value and romance of Romeo and Juliet.

#notall Instalove – You instaloved this instacouple

Obviously, I’m not tired of “instalove”, lol. My favorite example is Aragorn and Arwen. He walks into a glade, and he sees her, and he just KNOWS. And she falls in love with him and is willing to give up her immortality and her family to live with him and his children. *sigh* Sometimes I pull down my copy of The Return of the King and read just their story in the appendix and nothing else.

#notall Love Triangles – An example of a love triangle done well

Uh… I don’t mind a good love triangle, but I don’t know that I’ve ever read it done particularly well, lol.

OOOOOOO! I don’t know if this should count, but I found one!

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Ron-Hermione-Krum. Okay, so it’s not *really* a love triangle, because Hermione isn’t particularly romantically interested in Krum. (Okay, Harry thinks she probably kissed him, but I don’t buy that. He’s waaaaaaaay too old for her, and she knows it.) But I love that this “romance” is what caused Ron to kind of realize he liked her. And I have been hardcore shipping Ron-Hermione since the first time I read their terrible fight at the end of the Yule Ball when I was 11. You want to fight be on that, we can duke it out. I’ll win. Come at me bro.

#notall Parents – Bookish parents that, you know, parent!

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I loved the mom’s character in The Fault in Our Stars. It’s impossible to empathize with what she is going through, but I think it’s so clear just how difficult it is. I can’t even imagine. Anyway, she doesn’t always do the best job parenting, she makes mistakes, but she always does her best. And really as parents, that’s all any of us can do. I really admire her.

#notall Villains – A villain you love

So this one was really hard, because I don’t like villains. Like, ever.

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But in House of Hades Percy and Annabeth spend the entire book in Tartarus with a bunch of villains. And everyone is trying to kill them, even though they’re already dead… Anyway. They make two friends along the way, a baby sabretooth cat, and a Titan who has had his memory wiped who Percy calls Bob. These characters raise the question (to quote Wicked): “Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?” They help our heroes when they should have been mortal enemies. Both were killed by Percy in life. But somehow in Tartarus they are re-born … different. And they seem to have the power to choose their own destinies. I love that.

#notall Chosen Ones – A Chosen One you can get behind

Again, technically this probably doesn’t count since if you ACTUALLY READ THE BOOK there is no such thing as “The Chosen One”. Whatever. I love Harry Potter and I love that he gave up everything to take the job of killing Voldemort because he was the only one who could. Harry is a true hero.

#notall Hyped Books – A book that lived up to the acclaim

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I love love LOVE all books by Rainbow Rowell, and Eleanor & Park was the first one I read. I was honestly half expecting to be let down, but it is just everything. EVERYTHING.

#not all *Insert Favorite Genre* – A book your not keen on from your favorite genre

I don’t know that I have a favorite genre… I love to read a variety and mix of things. However, I have said more than once that “The Classics” are probably my favorite.

The funny thing about the classics though, is that there are SO MANY that are just … NO. Like, if you’ve never tried to read Gulliver’s Travels, go ahead, I dare you. And it’s no secret that I pretty much hate Dickens. Dude got paid by the word and it is so obvious.

But for this I’m going to stick with just Jane Austen, because I adore her. All of her books except one.

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Jane, I don’t know what you were thinking with Mansfield Park, but I wish you could come back to life and give it a second chance. I hated the characters, and I hated that Fannie didn’t figure out that Edmund isn’t really better than anyone else. This book is so dang LONG, and nothing ever happens. And even though I know it’s supposed to be ABOUT how jerky people are, I just could not get over it. Mansfield Park is the only Jane Austen book I don’t like.

#notall *Insert Least Favorite Genre* – A book you liked from a genre you don’t often read

My least favorite genre is definitely romance. Not my thing. And I say that having only read like, 1 and a half romance novels at a young age. But that’s all it took for me to realize it isn’t my thing. So I don’t really have an answer for this one. I’m sure all my readers who love romance novels are going to be upset at me for this one, but I just can’t, guys. Sorry.


Tagging:

Hope you guys had as much fun with this as I did. So tell me, what are YOUR favorite bookish exceptions?

 

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My Life in Books Tag

Happy (almost) 2018 everyone! New Years has never been one of my favorite holidays. Personally I can’t understand why we would wait til January for new beginnings, just start NOW. But I AM really looking forward to 2018 and what it is going to bring, especially for my blog.

Thanks to Naty at Naty’s Bookshelf for tagging me in this one! I think it’s a great one to roll out the new year with, and let you all get to know me just a little better.

As usual, any prompt that requires me to use my bookshelf will use the Goodreads random feature.

Find a book for each of your initials.

I liked how Naty spelled out her name instead. That’s more fun. So I’m doing that. (Get over it.)

Kite Runner (oooo, depressing choice!)

And Then There Were None (one of my top choices of 2017!)

Two Towers (LOTR is my all-time favorite!)

Inheritance (easily the WORST book on this list…)

Eleanor & Park (<3)

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The Great British Bake Off Book Tag

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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.

Rules:

Ready, get set, Bake! (or tag)


Amateur Baker

A book that is self published

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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. Continue reading

Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

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Thanks to the Orangutan Librarian for tagging me in this one! I’m really intrigued by this tag for a couple of reasons. First of all, the zombie apocalypse, obviously. Second, it’s different than the usual book tag. It kind of resembles all those stupid things my friends paste on facebook. (Pick the first 5 friends on your list to find out how your bank heist would go! No cheating!) On facebook I find them stupid, but since book characters are involved here I’m ready to have some fun.

The Rules:

  • Choose 5 books!
  • Randomly set up your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them!
  • Cry at how screwed you are…

Okay, I’m just using the goodreads random feature to choose five books, and an online random number generator to pick the pages. Because I like ACTUAL randomness, haha.

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I Dare You Book Tag

Thanks to Krista and Dawlyn at Little Blind Book Finds for tagging me in this one! I really enjoyed reading this tag, I thought the questions were great. Hopefully I enjoy making it just as much, and hopefully you all enjoy reading it!

Rules:

You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.


What book has been on your shelf the longest?

I’m not sure if this means my bookshelf or my TBR shelf, so I’ll answer both.

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I’ve had a book called The Imperfectionists on my TBR shelf since like, 2013 or something. I bought it, then got swept up in some other series and just never got around to it. It’s lived in like, four different houses/apartments and never been picked up. I feel kind of bad for it, actually.

As to which book I’ve owned the longest, it’s hard to say. I still have most of my childhood picture books. The rattiest ones, however, are The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and Horton Hears a Who.  Continue reading

The Candy Book Tag

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Because it wouldn’t be October without copious amounts of CANDY!!!!

Actually, I usually don’t each much Halloween candy. But my primary pregnancy craving this year has been for sweets, and I’ve probably eaten more candy in the last 5 months than the last five years. Right now it’s Nerds. I. LOVE. NERDS.

Thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me! I might have to steal her idea and eat some candy while I do this one, because I’m literally drooling a little…


Apples

Ah, healthy food. It’s deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards, but, um, isn’t really your thing.

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The Book Blogger Test Tag

Thanks to the coffeeloving bookoholic for tagging me in this one! As you all know, I am always up for a good book tag. Especially since I am FINALLY running out of backlogged reviews, and need something to talk about. lol

The Rules

  • thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog
  • answer the ten questions asked on this post
  • nominate at least five people to do it also

1. Top 3 Book Pet Hates

  1. It really bugs me why my editions of a series don’t match. Even hard/soft back. And don’t even get me started when they change the look of a series halfway through. Just no.
  2. I hate when books try too hard. Honestly, I just want to be entertained. I don’t need all of your pretentious attempts at being Dickens, thanks.
  3. Movie poster covers. Enough said.

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