I haven’t posted much all week so I thought I’d do a tag post. Tags are great for blogging lulls and procrastination. They are also fun; well, I find them to be fun. Anyways, I found this a while back on Rachel’s blog, Life of a Female Bibliophile. It’s one of those tags that was created to promote a book: in this case, Starflight by Melissa Landers, which is a young-adult science-fiction novel. I haven’t read it but I sure love the cover!
Space: Name a book that is out of this world – that takes place in a world different from our own.
I had to choose Sara Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes, a young-adult fantasy novel. The world in it is so interesting and much different from the one I live in. The countries in Primoria, the name of the land, are divided by seasons and rhythms, so there is a country that’s always summer and another that is always winter, which is where our protagonist, Meira, is from. I’ve only read the first book so there’s much I don’t know, which only makes me more curious.
Black Hole: Name a book that completely sucked you in.
That would be the book I’m currently reading — Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb. I am so hooked on the story and once I start reading, my eyes get glued to the page and it’s hard for me to look away or put the book down. It’s as if I’m Skilling, one of the magic systems in the book.
Lightspeed: Name a book you are anticipating so much that you wish you could travel at lightspeed to get to it.
It’s the same answer I have for every tag that asks this question — Velvet, Vol. 3 by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting. I thought it was coming out on Sept. 21, but now I see it will be out toward the end of September. 😥 Why so far awaaaaayyy???!!!
Nebula: Name a book with a beautiful cover.
Ruins by Peter Kuper is a graphic novel that I recently picked up at a comic-book expo (book haul coming soon!!). It’s published by Self Made Hero, whose Art Masters series I love. Ruins is about a couple’s sabbatical to Oaxaca, a Mexian town, and how the trip affects them. It’s also about the arduous journey of a Monarch butterfly.
The book is absolutely beautiful in person. It’s large and pretty thick. The colors on the cover are bright and the title is embossed onto it and has texture that makes you think of, well, ruins. Glad I got it.
Multiverse: Name a companion set or spin-off series you love.
The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce. I see these books as spin-offs from the Song of the Lioness series since they are set in Tortall and the protagonist from the Lioness books, Alanna, and other characters from it appear in the Immortals books as well.
The Immortals series is a young-adult fantasy series about a girl who can communicate with animals. I enjoyed these books but I think the last novel, Emperor Mage, was my favorite. I love this cover.
Gravity: Name your favorite romantic pairing that seems to have gravitational pull to each other.
Eh…this doesn’t bother me much sometimes but I guess I’ll go with…
Alanna and George. I love them together and he’s perfect for her because George accepts Alanna as who she is and doesn’t try to change her to better suit himself. Neither does he try to restrain her from doing what she wants. I love George. He’s awesome. I like Jonathan but not as Alanna’s lover and that dragon dude (Liam?) pissed me off. He’s a great fighter though.
The Big Bang: Name the book that got you started on reading.
I actually don’t know. I’ve always loved to read. C.S. Lewis and Michael Ende were some of my first introductions to fantasy and before that I powered through Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew series. Before that I read whatever I got my hands on. It’s hard to point to one thing.
Asteroid: Name a short story or novella that you love.
The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I love this story. It’s about a woman locked in a room battling mental illness, or so it seems. It’s a classic that explores women’s issues and it’s a great read.
Galaxy: Name a book with multiple POVs.
Pick up any of Rick Riordan books, and you’ll likely have a book with multiple POVs. I chose The Red Pyramid, the first book in his young-adult fantasy series the Kane Chronicles, which is based on Egyptian mythology. The story is about brother and sister, Carter and Sadie, as they fight to save the world. The series isn’t as popular as Riordan’s other series, but it’s just as good and fun, though I think it has a weak ending.
Spaceship: Name a book title that would be a great name for a spaceship.
I think Eon would be a cool name. It’s short and connotes that my ship is built to last. By the way, Alison Goodman’s young-adult fantasy novel Eon is really good. It’s set in a place similar to China and is about a girl posing as a boy so she can become the next dragoneye, an important member in society that’s connected to dragons.