My Favorite Sport Is Books- Writer’s Book Tag

Hello, my friends!

I have been tagged by the spectacular Katie@The Act Diary to participate in her newly created Writer’s Book Tag. It even has a fancy logo, so it must be a pretty big deal.

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I saw the word “Book” and I was instantly on board with this. Talking about books fills up approximately 96.8% of my life, so if someone actually gives me permission to talk about books I will never refuse.

Without further ado, let us begin.

First Draft: a book or series you have never read before

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What a terrifying prospect. To remind me of all the things I haven’t read is cruel. I suppose I will spare you my list of ten million volumes and stick with one. Or in this case, three.

Everything that I have read by C. S. Lewis has been amazing and usually mind-blowing, but I have never gotten around to reading his Space Trilogy. I would like to someday, but who knows?

 

Second Draft: a book or series you didn’t like as much the second time you read it

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The first time I read The Spiderwick Chronicles I was completely immersed in the fantastical world and I thought I had found another Narnia.

But alas, the effect was not lasting. When I read the series again several years later I found the story and characters much thinner than I remembered them. I still enjoyed it the second time, but not nearly as much as before.

Though nothing truly inspiring, these miniature volumes are fun to read and I love their cover designs. The aesthetic is half the enjoyment really.

 

Final Draft: a book or series you have liked for a really long time

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The Chronicles of Narnia definitely deserves this spot. I have loved these books since before I could read and I still love them now. Unlike The Spiderwick Chronicles (sorry to pick on it) the stories and characters deepen with each rereading. These stories are childishly simple and yet full of complexities. I am still uncovering things every time I go back. I don’t think that I will ever get tired of Narnia.

 

Killing off your Characters: a book or series that made you cry

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Fun fact: There are only two books in the world that have made me cry. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the only book in existence that has made me actually sob. For this reason I hold it in high respect. I don’t know how J. K. Rowling did it, but it worked.

Her characters are so complex and relatable, and you feel like you know so many of them. She fleshes out her world so well. She draws your heart into the midst of all these fantastic characters until you feel like they are your children and your best friends.

Cue the pain and suffering and glorious emotions.

Unfortunately I only cried the first time I read it though. It doesn’t work every time, and this is a drawback. But still. This book made me sob on the floor and I can’t say that about any other book.

 

 

Plot Holes: a book or series that disappointed you

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Honestly the sad fact is that this list is almost as lengthy as the list of books that I haven’t read yet. Books disappoint me ALL THE TIME. It’s not as if I have ridiculously high standards or anything…

I love Lois Lowry’s writing style. I love The Giver. This book is by Lois Lowry so I thought I would give it a try.

It started out charmingly enough, but it all went down hill from there.

The plot started out as simple and fun (there was a cat, okay?)  and ended with a climax that was plain and boring. The characters that were supposed to be funny were unpleasant rather than comical. Overall I did not find this book enjoyable to read. Lois Lowry, you let me down.

 

Writer’s Block: a book or series you never finished

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I picked up The Rithmatist at the library on a whim. It is about people who can draw things and make them come to life. It seemed like an interesting concept.

I read about half of this book and it still felt like it hadn’t started yet. They just kept drawing cirlces and NOTHING EVER HAPPENED. I couldn’t relate to the protagonist. He annoyed me.

Finally it dawned on me that I didn’t need to finish this book. So I didn’t.

 

Feedback: a book or series you would recommend to anyone and everyone

 

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MARCUS.

MARCUS MY CHILD.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

This book may or may not make me a bit excited.

When You Reach Me is a small volume but somehow it managed to ensnare my heart in the span of 197 pages.

The story is fairly simple yet surprising and possibly heartbreaking. Not everyone will love it as much as I do of course, but that won’t stop me from recommending it to them.

 

In Conclusion

There are so many other books I could talk about in this post, but I will restrain myself. Katie did only ask for ONE in each category, which was perhaps wise.

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN.

I tag…

Sari @ Penumbra Reviews

deshipley @ Ever On Word

Julianna @ Blots of Ink and Words

Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink

Tell me all about the books you have been reading!

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31 thoughts on “My Favorite Sport Is Books- Writer’s Book Tag

    1. I counted The Deathly Hallows in that list, but the only other book that has ever made me cry is The Return of the King. It has never made me sob, but I have cried EVERY SINGLE TIME I read it. Which has been like….four or five times, so it’s pretty consistent.
      Yes! Read When You Reach Me. It is glorious.
      Thanks so much for your thoughts!

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      1. I have one book like that too. I’ve read Fish in a Tree (AKA my third favorite book of all time) maybe three times? and I’ve cried every single time. Now I’m nervous to read it again because what if it doesn’t have the same effect anymore?? Ahh you’re welcome!

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      2. I have never even heard of Fish in a Tree. What a unique title! But yes, that is always the fear. Every time I reread something that I love I am afraid that it won’t effect me the same way it did last time. It it hard when that happens!

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      3. I finished Fish in a Tree today! It was good. I loved Ally and her friends and Mr. Daniels. The book did a good job of portraying Ally’s desperation. It made me feel like I had trouble reading. It was like when The Tale of Despereaux made me think I wanted to eat paper. I love it when books suck me in like that.
        It did distract me that the book was written in present tense. It is not my favorite format.
        Like I said before, I love that quote by Einstein. The concept is something that I don’t think can be stressed enough, and I really appreciated that about the book. I loved the part at the end when Mr. Daniel’s brought in all the pictures of the famous people.
        Humans aren’t cardboard cut outs. Great minds think in a diversity of ways! I love that.
        Thank you so much for bringing this book to my attention!

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      4. Ahh I’m glad that you liked it!! That’s a wonderful relief. It would have been horrible for my first recommendation to be a flop. YES, the characters are the best part of this book.
        Okay, I will remember that. When it comes to format, I’m fine with past or present and first or third, but I don’t like it when it’s a bunch of documents like Illuminae.
        ME TOO. I think a lot of the times, school always reward one type of “smartness.”
        I know, it’s such an awesome twist on a popular phrase. You’re welcome!! Thank YOU for taking my recommendation.

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  1. It’s the SADDEST THING EVER when a book doesn’t make you cry the second time around. Or a movie or whatever it is that brings tears. It’s like I’m not giving it the special heartbreak it DESERVES.

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    1. That is so true. When I am watching or reading something that is soul-destroying and I really want to cry but my eyes are as dry as seven day old bread I feel so HEARTLESS.
      On the other hand sometimes I cry when I really don’t want to and I am thinking THIS MOVIE DOESN’T DESERVE THIS. I don’t know why it works that way. It’s annoying.

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  2. Cool post! XD I LOVE C.S. LEWIS’ SPACE TRILOGY!!! You should definitely pick it up sometime. ;-D Yes, Narnia…always grows more and more on you when you read it. Never gets old. 🙂 I like the Giver too! It was a thought-provoking book. 🙂 I am reading the Mission League books right now by Jill Williamson. 😀 Have you ever read one of her books before?

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    1. Thanks! I do have a plan to read every single C. S. Lewis book in existence before I die, but it’s slow going when I insist upon rereading Narnia for the hundredth time…
      Yeah, The Giver is great! I love Jonas so much. The story is so simple but profound. It’s my favorite combination.
      No, I haven’t read any books by Jill Williamson. What are they about?

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      1. I know what you mean…;-D It is! I liked Jonas too, and Gabe. XD Have you seen the movie?
        I haven’t read a whole lot of her books yet, but one series I’m reading is a fantasy called Blood of Kings about two young people that have special abilities who are called to save the kingdom. The other series by her I’m reading (the Mission League) is about a boy who gets roped into a Christian spy organization against his will. She writes really well; I would recommend them. 🙂

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      2. I did see the movie… I am not a huge fan of it. I didn’t like that they made Jonas and his friends teenagers. And Asher was way too serious! I am afraid I was rather disappointed. Did you see it? I do have a friend who likes the movie better than the book, and if you are one of those people I will not hold it against you!
        Sounds interesting! I should look into those. Special abilities and spy stories can be fun.

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    1. YOU HAVEN’T READ NARNIA? I would gladly take all of your ice cream, thank you…
      It would be hard not to love Harry Potter! There is so much death. Not that I love death or anything… BUT SUCH SADNESS. Why do we love being so sad? It is weird.

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  3. You really need to read the Space Trilogy! I read Out of the Silent Planet a while ago and LOVED it, but I haven’t read Perelandra yet, since I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. I’m beginning to wonder if I should skip it and just read That Hideous Strength. I know what you mean, I often feel emotional in stories, but hardly ever actually cry. I feel like I should cry more than I do, but I just can’t! anyway, good post!

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    1. Yeah, I really need to read it. I love C. S. Lewis so much that I cannot imagine that I wouldn’t like it, so I don’t know what I am waiting for! (Maybe it has something to do with the monstrous stack of books that I need to read RIGHT NOW. Somehow I can’t read them all at once.) I like having something to look forward to though.
      I feel your pain. I wish I could cry in so many places in books and movies. I feel so cold-hearted sometimes when someone that I love is dying and my eyes are totally dry.
      Thanks so much!

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  4. I’m a tad late but thank you for the tag! I’ll have to write up a post. 😀
    I’m very ashamed to admit but I’ve never personally read all the way through the Narnia series on my own. I’m fairly certain I’ve heard them all as a child (many thanks to my excellent parents 😉 ) but I’ve been meaning to read them all myself … I’ve never read his Space Trilogy either …

    I’m so ashamed on the amount of books I haven’t gotten around to reading yet … xD

    I’ve never heard of When You Reach Me before your post, but I also need to read that one! I guess I’ll just have to go the library and start reading as soon as possible … 😉

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    1. No worries, take as long as you like. 🙂
      I have some books like that too. My parents read a lot to me as a child and sometimes I forget that I haven’t actually read all of the books that they read to me.
      There are so many books that I need to read. The list is extensive… Sometimes it is overwhelming. Okay, all the time.
      Yes, When You Reach Me is amazing! Add it to your giant list, you may get to it in about 90 years… 😉

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  5. This is super late, sorry!

    I’m going to be honest: I read *That Hideous Strength* and it really wasn’t that awesome. It felt like it took the bad parts of sci fi (info-dumping and dense amounts of expositions sans plot) and fantasy (more info-dumping and poorly explained plot) and none of the good parts (action! adventure! purpose!). Now, some of this was because I read the third book (and none of the others) and because it was for a philosophy class, but eh. It wasn’t a very fun read; it felt more like slogging through information in the hopes of finding some kind of philosophical meaning that was never terribly clear. Perhaps you’ll enjoy it far more than I did.

    On the other hand, *Till We Have Faces* was amazing, one of my favorite books. And *The Screwtape Letters* was good, too. So I don’t think it’s because I dislike C.S. Lewis in general?

    Either way, nice to meet another C.S. Lewis reader! I don’t meet many of you guys.

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    1. Yeah, part of the reason that I haven’t really gotten around to reading the Space Trilogy is that it doesn’t look very interesting to me. I just assume that I will enjoy it if I read it because it’s C. S. Lewis, but that is really no guarantee! I am sure that I would get something out of it though. We shall see!
      I am so pleased to hear that you liked Till We Have Faces! Most of my family didn’t get it, but I loved it. My cousins just thought it was weird.
      Thanks for your thoughts!

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