1) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
(Pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.)
Okay, I just have one question for this tag… how do you “break up with” a book? Haha. Okay, on to the answer.
Going to go with “Allegiant” for this question, the third installment of the Divergent book series (do not count those terrible, makes me want to throw something incredibly heavy at the screen, movie adaptations).
Divergent and Insurgent were books that I read so quickly I astonished even myself. I simply couldn’t put it down. Even Allegiant was like that… until about 70 pages from the ending when all of the massive character development that had taken place over three novels was thrown out inexplicably and without good reason by the writer. I’m one of many who hated the ending due to its complete break from the plot and the personalities of the characters. It made me even more angry when author Veronica Roth stated that she did not write this book for anyone but herself, so she doesn’t care what her fans think about it. Roth, you are the weakest link… goodbye!
(Pick a book with a red cover.)
Oh, a truly simple one. Too simple. There are so, so many to choose from though! Okay, just one. Let’s go with… “Catching Fire”, the second installment of the Hunger Games series.
Not only is this an amazing book and an incredibly easy read – but it’s red. So, it fits the criteria for this question.
3) The Best Day
(Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.)
Practically everyone who has participated in this Book Tag on YouTube has named Harry Potter for this question. Well, I hate to say this – but I’m just too darn old for Harry Potter to be “nostalgic” for me. I was already an adult when the books became popular – sorry, YouTube kiddies!!
So, for me, I’m going to have to go with “Anne of Green Gables”. I love the books, I loved the series, and I even loved the spin-off TV show “Avonlea” (Does anyone remember that one? Haha!)
I felt a connection with the main character, Anne. As a strong-willed, bullheaded redhead myself (hehe) I identified wholeheartedly with her character, and I wished one day I would find my Gilbert Blythe (I did.)
I want to take this moment to remember the actor who played Gilbert Blythe, Jonathan Crombie, and wish he will forever rest in peace.
4) Love Story
(Pick a book with forbidden love.)
Honestly, what truly counts as forbidden love? Some “forbidden love” has been created by the author as a case of it when it truly could have actually worked out. I don’t really know too many cases of truly forbidden love. Heck, even in “Aladdin”, the Sultan changes the law to accommodate love… as it should be.
Due to this, give me a moment to think of a truly forbidden love… as most forbidden love is societal/class/law-related. All things that could easily be changed – like in Aladdin.
Honestly, none of those truly forbidden loves I can think of – Cersei and Jaime Lannister from “A Song of Ice and Fire” (Incestual Forbidden Love) or Humbert Humbert and Dolores (Lolita) Haze from “Lolita” (Pedophilic Forbidden Love), are a “favorite”.
So, I guess I have no favorites here. Moving on!
5) I Knew You Were Trouble
(Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.)
This one made me truly think, as “bad” characters are not something I could truly ever consider a favorite. However, what if the “bad” character had a darn good reason for being bad?
And so, I’ve found my answer – Murtagh from “The Inheritance Cycle” by Christopher Paolini (During and After “Eldest”).
Murtagh is a fascinating character with many reasons for going to the dark side, and all of them are truly heartbreaking. He is a character that is very difficult to hate, but I do believe that is the point!
(Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.)
This one is easy. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”. It truly wasn’t spoiled, though… not really. Not when you request that someone spoil it for you, which is exactly what I did. I wanted to know the ending without reading it, and so I had a friend willing to spoil it for me.
7) Everything Has Changed
(Pick a character from a book that goes through extensive character development.)
Easy-peasy pickins yet again! Vin from the “Mistborn” Series by Brandon Sanderson. Her transformation over the course of three novels is the most I’ve ever seen out of any character. It’s actually quite amazing. Kudos to Sanderson for writing such a brilliant character and her extensive tranformation
8) You Belong With Me
(Pick your most anticipated book release.)
Oh, most definitely “The Winds of Winter” by George R.R. Martin. I’ve been dying for the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire for the last few years now. It’s time, George!
9) Forever and Always
(Pick your favorite book couple.)
Ah, this one is difficult. There are so many to choose from in this category and for vastly different reasons.
Let’s go with Nynaeve al’Meara and a’Lan Mandragoran from “The Wheel of Time” series. Both characters were strong, stubborn, and full of themselves. This is what I think made them such a power couple. Although Lan fought the match for as long as he could, he eventually gave in and I thought it to be not only one of the most realistic romances I’ve ever seen in books, but also one of the most loving and lasting.
10) Come Back, Be Here
(Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.)
I don’t think I have books I would “miss too much”. I just don’t like lending out my books because I’m particular about their condition.
If I had to pick a book I definitely wouldn’t lend out to anyone at all, it would have to be my copy of The Count of Monte Cristo, easily. It’s a Collectors’ Edition, leather-bound copy with beautiful artwork. That book is going nowhere.
Well, there you have it! The Taylor Swift Book Tag! Participate on your own blog or YouTube channel if you choose! Until next time!