You could say I’m going overboard with these book tags. You wouldn’t be wrong. (Another Easter book tag??!! What?! Why?!) But it’s BOOK TAG WEEK, so any and all book tags can be posted. Plus, I couldn’t pass up this book tag when I saw it — though it was in Italian and I neither speak nor read Italian and had to use Google Translate to understand what was said. BUT! Google Translate worked perfectly (I think) and now I can do this originally-in-Italian Easter Book Tag. Yeahie me!! 😀 😀
I do not know if this blogger created the tag, but I found it on Il Profumo Delle Parole. Below, I’ll include the questions/requests in Italian, as I saw it on the blog, and in English, translated by Google Translate.
Cioccolato e dolci non ne hai mai abbastanza, un morso tira l’altro: Scegli una saga di cui un libro tira l’altro.
Chocolate and sweets you never get enough, one bite pulls the other: Choose a saga of which one book pulls the other.
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I assume this is referring to a series in which each book makes you immediately want to get and read the next, so I copied the blogger and chose the Harry Potter series because I can never read just one of the books whenever I reread the series. I always want the story to continue.
Il coniglietto di Pasqua ha lasciato le uova dove non ti saresti mai aspettato: Un libro che ti ha sorpreso molto.
The Easter bunny left the eggs where you’d never have expected: A book that surprised you a lot
Jason and the Argonauts by Apollonius of Rhodes, trans. by Aaron Poochigan
I think I’m gonna run out of books that surprised me by the end of BOOK TAG WEEK. Anyway, I totally didn’t expect to enjoy reading Jason and the Argonauts as much as I did. I enjoyed both the story and how the poem was written/translated. Even now I sometimes think back on lines from it.
Jason and the Argonauts is a fantasy adventure story about Jason’s quest to acquire the Golden Fleece for his uncle. He has several adventures along the way that were all fun to read about because of Poochigan’s wonderful translation of the story. It’s one of my favorite classics.
Troppi dolci, hai mal di pancia ma ne è valsa la pena: Scegli un libro che ti è piaciuto molto ma che il capitolo finale ti ha lasciato un po deluso e ti ha distrutto emotivamente.
Too many sweets, you have a stomach ache but it was worth it: Choose a book that you really liked but that the final chapter left you a little disappointed and destroyed you emotionally.
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
It didn’t destroy me emotionally, but I really didn’t like the last chapter. Actually, I didn’t like the last quarter or so of the story. Delicious! started out well enough. It’s about a young woman in her 20s who moves to NYC from California to overcome her grief and secure a job at a food magazine, where she quickly makes friends with some interesting characters.
I enjoyed the parts set at the food magazine when it’s in business, as well as the cheese shop, and liked some of the secondary characters, but the story began to lose me once the mystery of some letters were introduced and got worse when the romance was thrown into the mix. However, I loved all the discussions about food. Reading this story made me so hungry!
Le giornate sono più lunghe e le notti più corte: Scegli il libro più piccolo e quello più grande che hai letto e che sta nella tua libreria.
The days are longer and shorter nights: Choose the smallest and largest book you have read and that is in your library.
Pisces, #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Johnnie Christmas
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
The first issue of Pisces, a “sci-fi psychological body horror” comic book series, is one of the shortest “books” I’ve read. It’s….an interesting story. I couldn’t tell what it’s about from this first issue, but I liked the illustrations so much that I bought the second and third issues, both of which I haven’t yet read.
A Storm of Swords is one of the longest books I’ve read and I’m currently in the midst of rereading it. I’m surprised that I’m not only enjoying it but savoring how it’s written as well. I think it’s because I listened to the audiobook of A Clash of Kings so I still have the narrator’s reading pace stuck in my head.
La casa è invasi dai parenti e non ne puoi più: Scegli un libro di cui ti è piaciuto solamente l’inizio ma poi, di punto in bianco, hai interrotto la lettura.
The house is invaded by relatives and you can not anymore: Choose a book that you liked only the beginning but then, suddenly, you stopped reading.
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (illus.)
That’s exactly what happened with The Encyclopedia of Early Earth. I borrowed it from the library and was enjoying it as I read, but then I realized that the librarian overlooked and failed to check it out to me, which I interpreted as “Oh, I have more time to read it,” so I placed it on my bookshelf and procrastinated on reading it for a whole year. I’ve since forgotten what the beginning is about, but this shall be read and returned to the library by the summer solstice.