Tag week continues with the 10 Books Challenge, which I found Lindsey’s blog, A Rambling Reviewer. I tried to find who the creator of it is but was unsuccessful.
- List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way.
- Do not take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard.
- They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.
- Paste these instructions and tag 10 friends.
A book that made me think:
Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future by Lauren Redniss (illus.)
An illustrated nonfiction book about the weather. I read this 2 years ago, I think, and really enjoyed it. It’s a thick book that contains beautiful, colorful illustrations and loads of information about weather, how humans and animals affect weather, and how weather affects them and how weather can be manipulated. It’s not a children’s book but I think it’s a great one for adults to read with children so they can explain certain concepts to the kids. This one made me think about how weather affects mood and also culture.
A book that surprised me:
The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
A paranormal romance novel about a woman who has an affair with a succubus. This was a pleasant surprise when I read it earlier this year. I usually shy away from romance novels, but the cover of the second book in this trilogy made me curious and now I’m glad I read it. I liked the writing and enjoyed the story though it has some faults.
A book that made me happy:
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
I haven’t yet read this, but my plan is to do so before this year is done. I believe it’s a zombie-apocalypse story and I was VERY happy when I got myself this copy because this copy is designed to resemble an Ikea catalog and I think that’s funny. I held out on buying it until I could find this copy.
A book that made me sad:
Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb
The third installment in the Tawney Man trilogy, a fantasy trilogy that is part of the wider Realm of the Elderlings series. The end made me sad because it made me think that I’ll never read from my favorite character’s perspective again.
A book that made me feel nostalgic:
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi (illus.) and Holly Black
A middle-grade fantasy series about a boy who moves to an old house with his mom and siblings and find fairytale creatures there. This was a fun read. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but the story reminded me of the fantasy stories I read as a kid that are all about kids discovering magic in their backyards and gardens. I wish I could remember the titles of those books.
A book I have a love/hate relationship with:
City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
A contemporary YA mystery novel set in Kenya about a girl who agrees to help blackmail a prominent businessman so she can get her revenge for him murdering her mother. I do not like revenge stories. I really hate it when the protagonist is motivated by revenge because that sort of motivation can peter out quickly. I liked the details Anderson includes in this story about the political and social climate in Kenya and the Congo, but I couldn’t stand the protagonist. I was so annoyed by her.
A book that I have re-read the most:
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
The first novel in the Song of the Lioness quartet, a YA fantasy series about a girl who disguises herself as a boy so she can become a knight. It was a toss up between these books and the Harry Potter novels. I read both series as a kid and return to them often.
A book that made me want to travel:
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I enjoy travelling and have always wanted to visit new places, but Eat, Pray, Love made me crave for that even more. It’s a memoir about the unraveling of Gilbert’s marriage and her travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia to learn more about herself and heal.
A book that gave me all the feels:
The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
Of course, The Golden Fool quickly came to mind because it’s my favorite of Hobb’s books so far and it gave me all the feels. It’s the second novel in the Tawney Man trilogy, which is part of the larger Realm of the Elderlings fantasy series.
A book I wish I hadn’t read:
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
This is a popular book that everyone likes but I don’t and I could have done without it. It’s a YA fantasy novel about two sisters who run away to a carnival to escape their father… well, one ran away and the other followed to bring her back. The story didn’t work for me and most likely it’s because it was often compared to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I love, so I kept comparing the two.
Go ahead and try this tag too. 🙂