Before I get into this post, I just wanted to point out that today is this blog’s one-year anniversary! I can’t believe it’s already been a full trip around the sun. I’ve loved creating and writing for this blog so much. I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store! And now back to our regularly scheduled post:
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good meme. I love the lengths to which the internet will go to be funny and encourage bonding. So I knew as soon as I found this tag that I had to do it. It takes some of the most popular memes from 2017 and 2018 and makes bookish questions out of them. It’s real neat.
- Crying Kim Kardashian: A book that made you cry
Um, if you think the ending of Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare didn’t have me ugly crying, you’re insane.
- Salt Bae: A book that needed a little something more
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger. The one thing that could’ve made this book work a lot better was more length. That way, the pacing would’ve been better. This, in turn, would’ve helped with the rushed, expository dialogue and instalove. The book has a really cool concept and could’ve been really good. It just needed more space to breathe.
- Guy Thinking: A book that made you think
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. It deals with complex topics like mercy and who deserves it, asking what punishments fit what crimes. What seems like a black-and-white issue quickly becomes more complex when you consider all sides. I’m still not sure on where I land, at least on the situation laid out in the book (because fuck Nazis).
- Confused Guy: A book whose hype you don’t understand
As much as I hate to get my blood boiling, The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I hate this series so much. I genuinely cannot comprehend why so many people (even people whose opinions I usually agree with) love this series. I don’t want to get into it again, but I talked about it here.
- Evil Patrick: A guilty pleasure read (whatever you consider guilty pleasure to mean)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. It looks like a children’s book, but it’s actually a really cute graphic novel. It wasn’t as dark as I’d hoped it would be and I would probably feel defensive if I was caught reading it, but I genuinely really liked this graphic novel.
- Meryl Streep: A book that you’re always hyping up
Lately, that book has been Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. I was really surprised by how blown away by this novel I was. It had my heart racing, terrified and filled with anticipation. What’s also great is that there are still questions left unanswered, so you can come up with your own theories. Sure, there are sequels, but they are told from different perspectives. This book can easily be read as a standalone. But anyway, I just really love this book.
- Successful Baby: A book (whether you liked it or not) that you felt accomplished after reading
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. As much as I loved this series, it took me forever to get through. The writing is so dense. Still, I would 100% read this series again.
- Pennywise: A book with a promising concept/a book that you had high expectations for, but ultimately let you down
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I thought it was going to be a dark story in which a girl investigates Jack the Ripper, but ends up falling for him. Not in a “he’s just troubled way,” but in a disturbing way. Instead it was predictable and boring. I knew who the killer was within the first few chapters. Audrey Rose is just like every other “feminist” YA protagonist. In fact, I didn’t even finish this book. I just flipped ahead to see who the killer was and— what do you know?— I was right. Not a book I recommend.
- Headphones Guy: An audiobook that you enjoyed
I’ve actually never listened to an audiobook, but one I really want to listen to is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I tried to read the physical copy, but didn’t like the writing style. However, Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates the audio book and I like him, so I really want to try that one out.
- Distracted Guy: Two books— one you’ve been neglecting on your TBR for a long time and a new one that’s distracting you/peaking your interest
The book I’ve been neglecting for a long time is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It’s been on my shelf for several years now and I have yet to pick it up. I’m sure it’s very good, I just haven’t felt motivated to read it yet.
A book that’s peaking my interest is If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. I don’t even have this one yet, but I’m so eager to get it. It’s a book about a tightly knit group (a la the Gangsey from The Raven Cycle or the Greek class from The Secret History) and I love those kinds of stories. Better yet, it sounds dark as hell. I am 1,000% buying this book the second I walk through my front door.
- Cash Me Outside Girl: A book that tried to be something that it’s not (pretentious, didn’t live up to what it was marketed as, etc.)
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. Technically, it is what it says it is, but the summary made it seem like the aliens were a much bigger deal than they really are. I thought it would be a gay space adventure that also deals with real, earthly problems. Instead, it was a story of depression, family, and gay love. And all that is fine. I was just expecting more aliens. User error, I guess.
- Dog in Fire: How many unread books do you own?
Girl. I don’t even know. Too many. Too fucking many.
- BONUS: Pick a meme that wasn’t featured in this tag and pair a book with it
The meme I’m choosing is Pepe Silvia. No, not Pepe the Frog. Pepe Silvia. In essence, this:
The question? What is a crazy theory you have about a book?
My crazy theory relates to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Beware: major spoilers for Last Sacrifice ahead. I don’t think Tasha Ozera really killed the queen. I think she was compelled to do it. It was way too out-of-character for her to not only murder the queen, but frame Rose because Dimitri picked Rose over her. Therefore, I think there’s another player in this game. Perhaps there’s even a whole conspiracy, and they chose Tasha to compel because she’s an Ozera. Her sister went Strigoi, so it’s not hard to believe she’s a killer. The question then becomes: why frame Rose? Well, who’s an easier scapegoat to throw under the bus? Compelling Tasha to do the killing was just a failsafe in case Rose was found innocent. I bet Nathan Ivashkov is in on it. He certainly has the power. But, regardless of who is behind it, I refuse to believe Tasha Ozera would murder anyone and potentially jeopardize Christian. No way, man.
Do you have any answers to any of these questions? Tell me about them in the comments!