Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Bookish Olympics

As soon as Kristen posted the Olympic book tag I knew I'd be doing it. Thanks to Shannon for creating it and of course, the super fun graphics she made. 


Funny thing though, I wasn't super obsessed with the Olympics. I don't know why. Does that make me a bad human? I get super competitive and protective even when I don't care about whatever they are doing, so if I randomly walked into the kitchen at work and it was on, and someone made a crack about Australia, I'd get all rabid dog on them and it's just not cute. KC watched it a lot at home and I'd be reading and he'd be like 'hey watch this' so I did see quite a bit of it, I just didn't seek it out.

But. Olympics for books? SIGN ME UP PLEASE. Things like this are so fun to fill out and find books for, even if it will only be enjoyed by myself and other bookworms, it was still so fun.



And the first one stumps me! This was so hard because I rarely fall in love with a book from the first page. That being said, I have a shocking memory and couldn't tell you even if I did, so we'll just go with one I am absolutely certain I loved from the first page, The Royal We - definitely not for everyone, but if you are a fan of the royals, fairytales and happily ever afters - you will love this book as much as I did.


I don't know if I have read a lot of road trip books, but I read this one and absolutely adored it, and it stood out to me for this category.


No love triangle is a good love triangle! I always have a preference, and that makes me cranky at the author for even trying with the other one, it always feels so pointless. I know some people are like 'team this or that' but I have always been firmly in one team, normally the team the author wants you to be in, and I just don't give a crap about the other one. And then eventually when the other one dies, kills the main characters sister or falls in love with the main character's daughter and the main character gets angry - it just makes it feel so forced to me, like stop it, it was never in the running.

That being said, the only time I've ever thought 'oh crap, I don't know who I like, I like both of them!' was Throne of Glass. 

However (SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE REST) it was also the only one that I jumped ship and attached myself to another guy who isn't even in the first book. I think Sarah J Maas is a fabulous writer for tricking me and my feelings.


I feel like there are SO many books I don't 'get'. The way I avoid this is I avoid super smart or complicated books. I'm not saying I'm stupid, but I don't think I can appreciate those kinds of books and a lot of things just go straight over my head. Instead of going that avenue though, I'll go with Ready Player One. A book I LOVED, truly, the story was fabulous and I loved the characters, but I didn't 'get' a lot of the things I think you're supposed to understand to appreciate the story, and that took away from my enjoyment overall.


I'm trying to just use my brain/memory for this post, and this one has Summer in the title so it works. I loved this book, and I was worried I wouldn't, so I love it even more because of that.


This one was hard too, I guess I don't read a lot of fighty bloody books. I don't know this one was particularly bloody, but there was always fighting going on. The main character was a lot stronger/put up with more crap than I ever would!


I am not like clairvoyant or anything, but I guess I don't read a lot of plot twisty books, and if there are any plot twists I normally see them coming or they aren't too shocking. This one though? Very twisty, many gasps, made my heart beat like crazy.


I cry so easily it's a little bit sad. But all out sobbing so I can't see the page? The most recent books to do that to me were Me Before You & The Nightingale. Also, Still Alice and The Promise of Stardust were pretty sob inducing too, and I was in an airport for both of those, so that was fun.


This book was very slow! Good in the end, but so. slow.


There are so many that could go here - all the babysitters club books for example - but the one that jumps to mind as something I loved as a child and still love today is Matilda. It will never cease to amaze me that the right book at the right time can change your life, your attitude, your opinion of others or yourself. 


Dogs. It was the only one I could think of! It's a bit sad, because sick and dying animals always get me, but it was still a good book.



I don't remember a single thing about this book because it took everything in me to just read one word at a time, hoping I was one word closer to the end. I know lots of people loved it but goodness gracious I wanted to tear my eyes out. This is one of those books I should have given up on right off the bat.


I don't much remember why I loved this book so much because my memory sucks, but whenever I think of it, I get a feeling in the pit of my stomach that feels like friendship and sorrow over losing friendship, and that sounds way deeper than I meant it to, I just loved the friendship in this book so much and it made me want to hug my best friends.


I can only think of one, and it is because I read it recently. If I remember correctly (seriously I read this a few weeks ago, but poof goes the memory) one of the characters is a runner, and he goes to the Olympics. I'm sure I've read other sporty books but I can't seem to remember them right now.

Have you read any of these?

32 comments:

  1. So many great books on this list!!! Code Name Verity was one I read on a whim, but I loved it so so so much. I think I might have to try this post, too!

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  2. Omg, omg, omg! What an amazing post idea!!! Will steal. Fo' sho'. My book I didn't really "get" would be The Little Prince. I felt like there was supposed to be all kinds of satire and deep meaning and I was only skimming the surface. Ryan and I just watched the movie and that was similar, but it also made me cry a ton. I don't think I could do the bonus round because I can't think of a single book I've read that had sports in it (other than "they occasionally played tennis" or something). And for Throne of Glass, while I didn't enjoy the book quite as much as you did, I can definitely agree on the love triangle. It was one of the few where I didn't have a definite opinion between the 2 guys. I still haven't read Ready Player One, but I need to! Other people's descriptions have me curious to form my own opinion.

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  3. THE NIGHTINGALE - so amazing. It's actually ruined me for other books because every book that i've tried to read since them suck ass...so i haven't read anything in a good while :(

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  4. I'm dying to read Me Before You. I saw the movie but everyone says the book is better. I just have to wait until my turn at the library! I am sorry to say that I tried to read The Royal We and I couldn't get into it. I was so bummed because I LOVE the royals!! I don't know why I didn't like it. Maybe I need to try it again!

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  5. I also struggled to finish Station Eleven. I would have chosen Take Me With You and A Hundred Summers for those categories too!

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  6. These are the cutest graphics ever & the categories are so clever! Me Before You would definitely be my choice for that category too! Loved the paragraph on love triangles-- I am not big into them either!

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  7. This is so fun!!! Adding I let you go to my list!!

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  8. I have read some of these, but now I am very intrigued and want to add Code Name Verity to my list and see why it gives you that feeling! Haha.

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  9. This is such a fun concept! I literally just checked out Ready Player One from the library because my brother told me about it, and it's set to be Steven Speilberg's next movie. I'll be curious to see if I understand what references you're talking about! And, yes to all the sobs at Me Before You and The Nightingale.

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  10. Oh, I love this!! Need to steal it! After I think about it a bit. And I will definitely be using I Let You Go for that exact category. So many unexpected twists!

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  11. What a fun way to feature some favorite books :)
    I'd be awful at this because my memory is so bad about the details of stories.. .like, I cant remember if that guy went to the Olympics in the last book... when you said that, I'm like, Ohhhhh yeahhhhh

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  12. What a fun post. I loved loved Me Before You. Such a great book. I totally have The Royal We on my reading list. Now, I'm going to add The Nightingale. I love a good cry. haha

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  13. Now these are my kind of Olympics! I didn't watch a single minute of the real ones this year. I couldn't bring myself to care enough lol. There are so many great books on your list here! And a few that are on my TBR already that I really need to get to.

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  14. omg i love this! I actually liked Station Eleven. I won't say i loved it, but i found it intriguing. If i had more of a soul and could cry over books and movies (i definitly cannot) I probably would have cried over me before you. It's definitely a tear jerker kind of a book. I can only imagine what the movie is like. I haven't seen it yet! have you?!

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  15. This is a super fun tag. UM NOW I WANT TO READ THRONE OF GLASS. GOODNESS, but I know I will fall into a series hole, and once I binge it ... I will be sad. I may not know where I am or what I'm doing. LOL. Crazy as it is, I think I have read Matilda, only in class maybe, but none of the others... but I want to read them all!! As usual. There hasn't been a ton of time for reading recently which makes me sad. But again, fall is on the way and things are slowing down for me already. Hoping to keep on the reading train. I knocked out a non-fiction yesterday, and am half-way through another... so I have high hopes to put in some fiction soon as well! It's so much quicker to read fiction. But hooray for diversity and book challenges, etc. :) Confession: I watched ZERO olympics... *whistles...* XO - Alexandra

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  16. Ok I've yet to encounter anyway else who has read The Promise of Stardust. That was one book that made me think and sob uncontrollably. Glad I was the only one. And YES YES YES to everything you said about Throne of Glass. (Obviously) Pretty sure the next one comes out in September and even though I don't have any of the others, I don't think I can wait and am gonna have to buy it. Which means I'm gonna have to buy all the others too. And I'm with on The Royal We too. I need to buy that in hardback because I love the cover so much.

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  17. I love how you did this - so fun!!! Still Alice made me weep...so sad and of course me before you...I still haven't seen the movie - but i will soon!!

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  18. I love this, such a fun idea! I'm hopefully reading The Royal We this month. I'm a little nervous, just because I tend to over-elevate books so it may be hard to live up to my expectations. And I'm not really a big Royal fan either (i.e. didn't watch Diana's or William's wedding) but I do enjoy a good romance. The Nightingale still haunts me. I was surprised by the main twist in I Let You Go and that rarely happens to me too. I'm with you on the love triangle frustration too. So overdone these days and I'm almost always on the "team" the author wants me to be too.

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  19. I like that "A book you really didn't 'get'" is under the hardball category. Hahahahahaha. That cracks me up.

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  20. I love this idea for sharing books. What a fun theme! :) I have the Throne of Glass books on my to-read list. :)

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  21. What a great post! I am gonna check out some of these books as soon as I am done with A girl on the train btw have you read? I can't wait to finish it's great!

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  22. I literally watched about 5 minutes of the women's marathon and that was it. I'm not into sports and so not really interested in the Olympics. I also feel a little bad but not too bad! :)

    Matilda is such a classic! Gah!!

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  23. Such a great idea!! Love the Olympics and loved your book reviews!

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  24. This would be so hard for me to do! And yeah I must be unAmerican bc I never watch the Olympics. Whoops!

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  25. I agree - love triangles in books are usually so obvious. There's always something up with the other guy that the author obviously isn't going to have the main character go with. I added I Let You Go to my list because it sounds so intriguing and twisty. I haven't gotten to The Royal We yet, but I really want to read it.

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  26. Aw what a cute and clever tag idea! I would definitely have had trouble though or would at least have listed the same few books multiple times. For love triangles, I always have a clear favorite and I agree, the other guy/girl is just never even an option, they're there and annoying and I hate them and the author for making it seem like he/she is ever a contender anyway.

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  27. This is such a fun idea! Station Eleven sounds like a frustrating read! Argh!

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  28. Love this! I really need to get to Code Name Verity someday soon!

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  29. Love this! I really need to get to Code Name Verity someday soon!

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  30. Oh what a fun post idea!! The graphics are awesome! I think I would have a hard time coming up with books for each category though. The two book you listed as big tear jerkers are the same two books I most recently cried my eyes out in!

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  31. I totally agree with you about Me Before You and The Nightingale! They were so sad and made me cry so hard! I'm really hoping to read Throne of Glass soon, so I'm interested in the love triangle. I've heard so many good things about The Royal We, and I really need to get on reading that one soon too!

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  32. A Hundred Summers and Take Me With You are both on my tbr.
    I'm joining in this fun (when I find the time!), and I'm pretty sure The Nightingale and possibly I Let You Go will both be on my list too.

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