Yes, I know. Thanksgiving was last week, but since I didn’t get a chance to celebrate it on my blog then, I thought I’d do it now. I found several Thanksgiving book tags and was tempted to do them all in a single post, as I usually do, but, eh… busy, busy, busy-ness.
Bread: What book is purely fluff and has no real plot line?
Pisces, #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Johnnie Christmas
A comic book series about a Vietnam War veteran preparing to participate in a secret mission that will change the world.
I read the first issue of this comic book series last year and was confused by it. I couldn’t get a handle on the plot because the first issue had too many threads and jumps for me to easily understand what’s happening. But despite my confusion, I was interested enough to buy the second and third issues. I also really liked the illustrations. I wouldn’t describe the story as fluff, but it seemed not to have much plot in the first issue.
Turkey: What book made you want to fall asleep?
She by H. Rider Haggard
Considered a classic, She is an adventure novel about two men who travel to Zanzibar from England to learn more about the white sorceress who rules an African tribe.
I didn’t like this book. It was boring and often made me sleepy. But apart from that, I didn’t like, and didn’t agree with, the ideologies expressed in it and I thought the protagonist, Holly, is misogynistic and ethnocentric. I also thought it very silly that a powerful sorceress would hide herself in a cave for years among people she dislikes to wait for her true love to return to her. That’s just stupid.
Gravy: What book makes the whole series worth reading?
Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
The first novel in the Tawney Man trilogy and the seventh in Hobb’s epic fantasy series, Realms of the Elderlings. (I’d say more but that would majorly spoil things in the previous Elderling books, which includes the Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies.)
This was a difficult question because I hardly ever finish series. However, I chose Fool’s Errand because when I completed it a couple weeks ago, I was glad that I’d read the previous trilogies so I could easily notice the clues in it. So yeah, it was worth reading the Farseer and the Liveship Traders trilogies so I could get to this point.
Stuffing: What book is stuffed full of action scenes?
Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer, illus. by Rags Morales
A DC comic book about a serial killer who’s killing the loved ones of superheroes.
This doesn’t have as much action as the question calls for, but the action included was pretty awesome, most notably the scene where Deathstroke took on a bunch of superheroes alone and almost defeated them all. It was freaking awesome and instantly made Deathstroke one of my favorite characters.
Mashed Potatoes: What book looked good and then wasn’t?
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
The classic novel about the girls of the Bennett household, who almost all find husbands by the end of the story, as their mom wanted them to.
I understood this question as a book with a great cover but unenjoyable story. I chose Pride & Prejudice because I love many of the various covers I’ve seen of it, but hate reading the story. I’ve tried several times to read the entire thing, but always give up. I just can’t make it through that book. I prefer to watch the movie adaptations and leave it at that.
Cranberries: What book has the sweetest romance?
Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
The last novel in a YA fantasy quartet about a girl who acts as a boy so she could become a knight.
This is one of my favorite fantasy series. I read it so many times back in high school. I can’t say much about the romance I’m referring to because it’s a major spoiler, but I love that the person Alanna choses to be with in the end allows Alanna to chose him and doesn’t pressure her to be someone she is not.
Corn: What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
A middle-grade fantasy novel about a boy who learns he is a demigod.
Riordan’s jokes are pretty corny, but there’s something charming about them that I don’t mind them much. But hearing them read aloud by the narrator of the audiobooks grated my nerves because it was obvious that the narrator was forcing his voice to sound cool or something. It was torture to listen to.
Green beans: What book is too long and needs to be shortened?
The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
A novel is the Wheel of Time series, an excessive fantasy series about farm boys who must save the world from evil.
I always choose a Wheel of Time book for this sort of question because the books could’ve used some heavy editing to cut some of the superfluous descriptions.
Pumpkin Pie: What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?
I usually reread my favorite books, like the Harry Potter series or the Song of Lioness series. But sometimes I’ll just ride out the slump by watching movies or shows or reading magazines instead.
Dog/Cat: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?
Mmm…let’s see. There are several dishes.
Listed in the order I would steal them:
My mom’s baked macaroni and cheese
Thanksgiving has already passed, so I won’t tag anyone.
However, I do hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving; or, if you do not celebrate the holiday (or have already done so – Canada), I hope you had a great Thursday last week — and this week too. 🙂