A friend of mine over on deviantART tagged me to do this meme she created for books!
The only rule: Try to stay away from the more mainstream stuff – everyone already knows you love Harry Potter, shut up.
So…let’s do this thing!
1. Name three of your favorite books and tell us a bit about them.
, by Maria Dahvana Headley
This book is absolutely gorgeous! The prose is poetic and lyrical, the plot is well-constructed, the characters are realistic (er… y’know, in the ways that matter, like motivations/reactions/dialogue/etc.) Despite the conflicting reviews I’ve seen/read, I found this to be a beautiful debut to the realm of fantasy.
The Wrath & The Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh
Another debut, this reinvents One Thousand and One Nights with a fantastic, heart-stopping story about revenge, hope, and love. The main protagonist is intelligent, independent, and snarky; the ending is concussive and jaw-dropping. I was on the edge of my seat, refusing to put this book down. I NEED BOOK TWO!
The Girl with All the Gifts, by M.R. Carey
Different from the other two, this is a science fiction which explores the world post-Zombie outbreak…with a slight twist. M.R. Carey reexamined and reinvented the idea of this “plague” in a fascinating and enthralling way. The main character–a young girl–will have you reconsidering what actions you’d take if faced by these flesh eaters.
2. Name three of your least favorite books.
Bird Box, by Josh Malerman
This book. THIS. STUPID. BOOK. I just…what makes me really angry is, this book was AWESOME…until the last few chapters. There were so many plot twists hinted at, so many different ways he could have ended this…and he picked a cop-out. Honestly? Who does that.
Seeker, by Arwen Elys Dayton
The writing itself wasn’t bad. Not the most descriptive ever, but not bad. The world building, on the other hand… Nonexistent. This book drove me crazy.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
Go ahead. Fight me. If YOU’d been required to read it as much as I have in my life (twice in middle school, at least three times in high school, AND EVERY DAMN SEMESTER–not even exaggerating!–in college) you’d hate it as much as I do. So yeah, sure. Give it to me as a present. I dare you. I’ll burn it on the spot.
3. Name some books you’ve loved since childhood.
—The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
—A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
—Matilda, by Roald Dahl
—The Giver, by Lois Lowry
4. Name a book the disappointed you.
Everything You and I could have Been if we were’t You and I, by Albert Espinosa
Long title is LONG, I know. I went in hoping this would be as awesome as the goodreads blurb makes it sound. Instead, I got a mess–the plot is all over the place, I’m not sure what bits were important to the story and what were thrown in haphazardly… Ugh. It has some pretty unique and inventive ideas, but execution-wise it’s lacking.
5. Name a book that surprised you.
Solace, by Therin Knite
I discovered this author on tumblr, of all places, when she was searching for permanent reviewers. Of course I hopped on board, because free books are free books…and I fell IN LOVE with her writing immediately. This book is different from others I’ve read. Instead of focusing on teenage angst/romance, it follows a girl set on a path toward “meeting” the father she never got the chance to know. And it’s just…it’s so gorgeously done. You should all check it out.
6. Name a favorite graphic novel/ comic/ manga.
Blankets, by Craig Thompson OR Locke and Key: Volume 1, by Joe Hill
I keep meaning to pick up comic books, but… I honestly have no idea where to even start. Thus, I haven’t actually really READ any. Oops. Well, unless you count The Walking Dead: Compendium 1
by Robert Kirkman.
7. Name a favorite non-fiction book.
I haven’t read a nonfiction book since…middle school? or something, but… I read and enjoyed Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah for a school project way back in the day.
8. Name a favorite poetry book.
This one’s EASY! And it’s all thanks to the husband for taking poetry AFTER I did and thus having different reading materials.
Kinky, by Denise Duhamel — BECAUSE BARBIE DOLLS! Need I really say more?
9. Name a book you’d like to see made into a movie.
Horrorstor, by Grady Hendrix…because… if done CORRECTLY… this would be TERRIFYING to see made into a film. And I like me some scary sometimes.
10. What are you reading now?
Trollhunters, by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
Because…trolls? Also, I’ve really enjoyed del Toro’s other works–both film AND writing–and thought this first middle grade read might be just as awesome. So far, I’m not disappointed.
Let’s see, I’m going to
summon my victims AHEM tag…