The Game of Thrones Book Tag

Since I’m new to the blogosphere, I didn’t catch this tag when it was originally circulating, but thanks to Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, I have come across it! I love the series and I felt I really should participate to show my love!

Let’s get started:

Book cover of "Twilight" by Stephanie Meyer

|Twilight – Stephanie Meyer| I’m woman enough to admit that I loved Twilight when it first came out. I read it right when it was published, before it was a bestseller and I fell in love with it. I wasn’t necessarily super into vampires or anything, but I really loved this book (and I love the cover – still do!). But I’ve since read it again, as an adult, and I can recognized how badly it is written and the other terrible things about it. It’s fine. It’s not complete garbage, but it’s fine. I’m not in love with it anymore, that’s for sure!

Book cover of "The Testaments" by Margaret Atwood

|The Testaments – Margaret Atwood| I am anticipating this book strictly because I’m curious about what it might contain as pertains to the Hulu series. I’m curious about why Atwood decided to write this “sequel” in the first place, other than perhaps because of the success of the Hulu series and the fact that it has continued on well after the pages of A Handmaid’s Tale were through. I love A Handmaid’s Tale and I felt it was completely perfect how it was, where it ended, and I needed not further follow up on the story. And yet, here this book is! It’s a sequel I never asked for, nor wanted, and yet. I’ll be reading it, just because I want to see just what Atwood is up to, but other than that, I’m not excited in the way one might be about an anticipated book. This for me is basically anticipation tinged with trepidation.

|Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine| It’s my girl Ella, of course!!! I will promote this book to my grave. It delivers on everything: plot, characters, pacing – it just slays the fantasy genre in general! If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out. Am I aware that this is a middle grade book? YES. Do I care that I’m an adult and promoting this mainly to adults? NO! You should read it anyway because you will not be sorry. The best re-telling of Cinderella every – you can fight me if you don’t agree!

Book cover of "The Man in the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick

|The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick| I definitely didn’t appreciate where this book left off. As I neared the end and things still weren’t winding down and the story still seemed directionless, I was sure the ending wouldn’t satisfy. And lo and behold, I was right. It just…ended. No questions answered, no idea where the characters would go from there. I understand Dick was planning on writing a sequel to this but guess what…that never materialized. And so were just stuck with this completely dis-joined, cliff-hanger ending where nothing feels resolved. Not cool.

Book cover of "This Dark Endeavor" by Kenneth Oppel

|This Dark Endeavor – Kenneth Oppel| Many I put this on my TBR way back in 2012, back when I joined Goodreads, that’s how long ago! I keep meaning to read it, but of course life get’s in the way. Not too long ago, I stared the whole “Down the TBR Hole” meme series and I decided to keep this book on my TBR, even though it had been ages since I put it on there. I am definitely going to read it (I’m hoping this year, but we’ll see!)

Book cover of "American Psycho" by Bret Easton Ellis

|American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis| I HATE this book so much. And a part of it is because of just how graphic it is. It follows Patrick Bateman, a business man on Wall Street, who also happens to be a serial killer, a true psychopath. It’s been labeled as a “black comedy” but I found nothing funny in this book. It horrified me. I don’t know who would find this book funny, but I just wanted it to be over as soon as I started reading it. I probably should have DNF’d it, but I felt compelled to read it because it is a classic. I wonder how it’s portrayed as a movie (I don’t really have any desire to see it), but one thing’s for sure, it’s probably pretty graphic visually, too. The only thing that’s come close to disgusting me as much as this book in terms of graphic description is probably Let the Right One In.

Book covers of "Dealing with Dragons," "Searching for Dragons," "Calling on Dragons," and "Talking to Dragons" by Patricia C. Wrede

|Enchanted Forest Chronicles – Patricia C. Wrede| I read these books when I was young and I liked them, but I didn’t love them. I had an inkling to try them again as an adult and now I absolutely LOVE them. They are so, so great. I know that with each re-read, I’ll only love them more because I keep finding new reasons to appreciate them.

First of all, Cimorene is an amazing protagonist. She’s fierce, she believes in herself, and she doesn’t let traditions dictate what she does. So what if she’s a princess, that doesn’t mean she has to do the same thing as every other princess (be a damsel, get saved by a prince, get married, etc.). She chases after what she wants and she has the courage to fight her own battles.

Second, the writing is so good! If you love fantasy, this is definitely a series you should check out. It’s amazing. Okay, I can’t go on forever, so you’ll just have to take my word for it that this series is great and if you haven’t read it, you should.

This was fun! I’m not tagging any specific person. If you haven’t done this tag or if you want to do this tag, please do! And, as always, happy reading!

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