I have been tagged by the illustrious Middle Earth Musician to do the Imagine Dragons Book Tag. Of course I am very familiar with books, but I hadn’t heard a single one of these Imagine Dragons songs before this, so I had to do a little bit of homework. I am now fully equipped to tackle this tag. But first, the formalities.
Here are the rules:
Link back to the creator. (R’s Loft)
Thank the person who tagged you. (Thanks goes to Middle Earth Musician!)
Answer the questions.
Tag as many or few people as you like!
Because I like to pretend to be a writer as well as a reader, I am going to answer each question TWICE- once with a published novel and again with one of my unfinished creations.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Gold-a book where the main character has a curse (or gift that seems like one)
1. Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Ollie is allergic to electricity. Yeah. This means he’s forced to live in a secluded cabin in the woods, homeschool, and essentially be an isolated bean. He loves Charles Dickens, so respect.
2. Untitled novel about Zindor
Zindor is something of an oddball. He talks to himself and sometimes accidentally acts out the stories he sees in his head. He can also see a monster that no one else can, so there’s that. And the thing is, this monster is very real.
(I have talked a bit more about Zindor in a previous post here.)
Friction-a book you resisted reading
1. …But…why would you want to?
I guess I can say The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, which I have resisted reading up until this very day because I don’t feel like I need to.
2. Obviously I would never resist reading any of my stories because they are all amazing.
Monster-a book with a negative character arc
1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I guess I am hitting the nail a little too hard on the head here, but Victor Frankenstein and his monster pretty much fit this description. There’s a lot of negativity going around in this book. It’s all just a big mess.
2. Untitled short story about…friendship
Um…yeah. It’s about a friendship between a little boy and a little girl in a little village and it ends very, very badly. It possibly has something to do with cannibalism…
Demons-a book where the character has a secret
1. The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K.S. Ansari
Lots of kids in this book have secrets. It’s kind of the whole deal. They all did something so bad that they wished themselves into non-existence so they couldn’t hurt anyone anymore. Some of them will make you cry. I am looking at you, Jonathon.
2. Scarface and Mexico
Andy and Frankie are a brother and sister who have joined a circus, and secrets are about as plentiful as the rats here. Everyone’s broken, and everyone’s hiding. There is probably also murder.
(More about my conflicted children here.)
Hear Me-a book you love that people don’t seem to know about
1. But there are SO MANY. How am I supposed to CHOOSE.
I am going to say both The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall and City of Orphans by Avi. The former has one of the worst covers of all time but it is so charming and the latter is about newsies and siblings, so really what’s not to love?
2. The Three Wolf Pups Who Always Got Into Trouble. Come on guys, it’s a classic. That title though.
America-a book set in your state/country
1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Yes, I live in Middle Earth. Why do you ask?
2. all of my LOTR fan-fiction that I buried and will never speak of again.
Whatever It Takes-a book where the main character won’t give up despite the odds
1. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Despereaux is literally the smallest, sickliest mouse in the castle but he has the biggest heart of pretty much anyone. He will take on a dungeon full of rats to save his princess.
2. Kingdom in Memory
James may be just a kid and his enemies may have a sinister army with dragons and stuff, but he is going to save his sister…whatever it takes. (Yes, I just said that.)
Walking the Wire-a book with a hard-won romance
1. The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope
When the American revolution is going on and you and your true love are on opposite sides of the war, stuff can get a little bit complicated. And possibly melodramatic. But in the best way. This book is hilarious and could have easily gone in the Hear Me spot because NO ONE knows about it and it’s a crime.
2. Um…romance? I don’t really do romance…
Thunder-a book that rattled you
1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
This book troubled me a lot. Ender’s character has impacted me more than most. He is brilliant and brutal but also heartbreakingly human and that is how you connect with him. Ender’s struggle to deal with his psycho brother Peter really gets into my head. It’s one of those stories that makes you realize that you might have something in common with a murderer, and that can be hard to swallow.
2. Scarface and Mexico definitely rattled me while I was writing it. Actually though the older I get the more my projects disturb me. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Or just a thing.
Boomerang-a book you keep coming back to
1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Really I come back to A LOT of books because I love rereading, but there was a period of time when I read The Lightning Thief a couple times a year and I have it memorized like it’s a movie at this point.
2. The Book of Eyes
This is the one I am collaborating on with my cousin and I keep coming back to it because I love it so much but I can’t for the life of me actually get anywhere on it. Woe is me.
Bad Liar-a book with an unreliable narrator
1. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by Eugene Yelchin and M.T. Anderson
Brangwain Spurge is pretty much the epitome of an unreliable narrator, guys. Not that he’s trying to be one. He just…is.
2. What, my narrators are always reliable, I don’t know what you are talking about…
Digital-a book with lots of tech/computers/video games
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I didn’t like this book that much, but the world building was quite impressive. And of course it’s all about video games.
2. Hahahaha I am the worst at technology but Sean Frost’s world is super tech-heavy and it’s kind of embarrassing.
(Sean did a post for me a while back.)
Attaching songs to books/book characters is so much fun. Thanks again to Middle Earth Musician for tagging me! Also I ended up really liking a couple of the Imagine Dragons songs, so that was nice.
I am not going to officially tag anyone, but if you are reading this and you think it looks like fun, consider yourself tagged!
Have you read any of these books or listened to any of these songs? Are you an Imagine Dragons fan? Have you ever written a story featuring a cannibal? Do you like to read/write about things that trouble you or do you like to write about comfortable things?