Book Tag!

Before I begin, I want to give a huge thanks to  for allowing the use of the graphics from her blog.   ūüôā

I’d seen some posts about book tag over the past few months, and I was intrigued.  Then when my friend Jacques, a.k.a. Mr Pink Ink, tagged me for this Pokemon themed one, I couldn’t resist!  Sorry this took me so long, Jacques, but I had a lot of fun!  And I’ll admit, a few of these were more difficult than I thought they would be!   ūüėÄ

Hands down, The Black Stallion by Walter Farley was the catalyst for my reading obsession.  I grew up around horses, I was obsessed with horses, so when my elementary school librarian Mrs. Wells (who was later my reading teacher and introduced me to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein as part of our curriculum) allowed me the honor of checking out this book at the young age of 7, I took that and ran with it.  I read this book at minimum 10 times over the next 3 years.  I really couldn’t get enough of the story of an outcast boy who befriends a wild horse and goes on to show everyone the strength of their bond.  Two other authors who also stand out in my early reading experiences are Marguerite Henry (Black Gold, Misty of Chincoteague)  and Laura Ingalls Wilder (By the Shores of Silver Lake).

Do I have to choose one?!?!¬† The first three that instantly popped into my head were¬†To Kill a Mockingbird¬†by Harper Lee,¬†Of Mice and Men¬†by John Steinbeck, and Daniel Keyes’¬†Flowers for Algernon.¬† I could reread these once a year, every year, and never get tired of them.

I vaguely remember when the Twilight series came out in book form.  I was interested, but not enough to read the first book.  Then the movie came out and I completely lost any interest I may have had.  Sorry Twilight fans, I really don’t give a shit about Team Edward or Team Jacob.

I’m not a fan of chick lit or romance, so when I picked up¬†Rainwater¬†by Sandra Brown I figured it would be some epic/tragic love story under the guise of historical fiction.¬† I was pleasantly surprised!¬† Brown focused on the main character and her struggles as a single mother with an autistic son in Depression-era Texas.¬† Sure, there was the inevitable love story, but since there was more to the tale it kept my interest without too much eye-rolling!¬† ¬† ¬†Another one that surprised me with how much I wound up liking it was Kevin Kwan’s¬†Crazy Rich Asians.¬†¬†I know, total chick lit territory with this one, but something about the humorous delivery kept me entertained…and even wanting to read the next one!

The Wheel of Time¬†series by Robert Jordan has been on my wishlist for several years but I’ve just never felt the time was right to start this epic series.¬† I plan on changing that for 2021, as I have the first book,¬†The Eye of the World, set as my January reading choice.¬† Another series that has intrigued me enough to buy the books is Ken Follett’s The Century Trilogy.¬† Only three books, but I believe the page count is over 4,000 so, yeah, that will take some time.

The  last book that kept me up way past my bedtime because I couldn’t put it down and just HAD to find out what happened:  Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby  (which I highly recommend by the way!)

The last book that kept me up because I was afraid I might have nightmares after reading it:  The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  I read this some time ago and it still haunts me.

Okay, I had to look up what OTP stood for, and strangely enough, the first “pair” that came to mind was Joffrey and his mother Cersei from A Game of Thrones, etc. I know this isn’t what is meant here, but if there was ever a pair that deserved each other, it’s these two!

Pretty much any of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series (Killing Floor, Worth Dying For, Never Go Back¬†to name a few) fit this description.¬† They usually grab my attention from the first page and I find myself flying through a 300 page book in an afternoon.

I don’t know if I really have an answer for this one.  The series I’ve read haven’t really had spin-offs per se, and if they do I haven’t read them.  The closest thing I can think of is how Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill, “borrow” characters or events from each other’s books and randomly throw them into their own stories, kind of like an Easter egg hunt seeing if you can find the references.

There are so many books that fall under this category! Some recent surprises include Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, The Summoner series by Taran Matharu, and The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint.

Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe series wins this one!  I’ve read the first two and  I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book!  I believe this is just a trilogy, but if the third book is just as good as the first two, I wouldn’t mind reading more from this book universe.

A signed first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird or a signed first edition of anything by John Steinbeck would put me in book-nerd heaven!

There are several debuts I’ve seen listed on places like Netgalley and BookBub that I’ve instantly added to my never-ending wishlist. My top four:

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

I’m going to narrow this down to my top 5…and that in itself was difficult!!

James Lee Burke

Sherman Alexie

Jo Nesbo

Kealan Patrick Burke

Louise Erdrich

I’ve pretty much given up on any more books from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, plus I think anything that comes out now will just be the equivalent of the screenplays for the television series.¬† Too bad, since I really loved the books!

I won’t be tagging anyone but feel free to leave comments if you want to share your book tag answers!

Stay safe, be kind, and Happy Reading!

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