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?