Monday, September 12, 2016

Britney Spears Book Tag

I first saw this post by Bee on Vivatramp  and liked it so much I adopted it for my own. I took out a few of the questions that I didn't really have answers for, but otherwise I left the original thread intact.

Mickey Mouse Club: A book you read as a child that sparked your love of reading
This might be cheating as I technically had this book read to me as a child, but The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder was a huge part of my very young life. My mom used to read it to me almost every day and it made me love the idea of books long before I could read one for myself.

Oops, I Read It Again!: A book that you love to re-read
Stardust by Neil Gaiman. The movie adaptation is one of my favourites, and I adore the fantasy tale of Yvaine and Tristan so much that I go back and revisit them every few months either through print or onscreen.

Jamie Lynn: A book that looks really similar to another book OR a book about siblings
We Have Always Lived in a Castle by Shirley Jackson. Bee also choose this one on her tag, but it's such a good read that I don't feel guilty for using it too. Jackson perfectly weaves an unsettling, suspenseful thread through her otherwise mundane tale of two sisters who live together in a castle to create a story that stays with you long after you finish.

Crossroads: A severely underrated book
Both of Anthony Marra's books - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and The Tsar of Love and Techno - are incredible from start to finish, but haven't gotten much love outside of a few critics' lists. Both are set in Russia and contain the most intricately interwoven storylines with some of the most compelling language I've ever read.

Justin Timberlake: A book you can't get over
Evicted by Matthew Desmond. Desmond chronicles the lives of 8 Milwaukee-based tenants and landlords to explore the eviction plight faced by impoverished citizens across the country. It digs deep into what perpetual poverty looks like and how a person's outlook on life is affected when they're in that situation, and it was an eye-opening read for me.

The Onyx Hotel: A book you quit halfway through
I've never made it through any of Liane Moriarty's books. Sorry, modern book culture.

Federline: The book you most regret bringing into your life
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. I've never liked Dunham but I thought reading her book would persuade me to change my mind. Instead, I found myself disliking her more with every page, and I forced myself to reach the end before concluding that I'd negatively affected my life through the experience.

The Cheeto: A book with an orange cover
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. The American version.

2007: A book that was hard to get through
The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. I know a lot of people really like these books, but I had such a hard time finishing the series after the first one. The mystery kept me intrigued but I was too confused by what Stiefvater was trying to accomplish to really keep the plot straight in my head, and I felt the series got too unnecessarily convoluted to bother.

Gimme More: A book that should have had a sequel/series
I don't often wish for books to have sequels or become series, because too often the author doesn't have a plan for an ending and the books become sequentially worse and worse. More typically, I wish authors like Jane Austen or Anthony Marra had more books in their canon.

Starbucks: A book that kept you up all night
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This novel wrecked me; I couldn't put it down and read through the final 200 pages without stopping.

3: A book featuring a love triangle
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. It's not a true love triangle as the two men aren't in love with each other, but much of the last part of the book focuses on the protagonist's internal conflict as to whether she should stay with her Italian boyfriend or her Irish friend.

Cool: A book you thought was really cool
Any book that never quite hit the mainstream but is read by enough people to be able to have a conversation about it is the "coolest." Recent "cool" reads include any of Murakami's works and older works like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

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