I found this tag on my friend Kayla Dore’s blog, and due to my addiction to Pokemon Go, I knew that it was the proper tag for this Thursday! So, let us begin, shall we?
Hmmm, I don’t know that there is a book that really started my love for reading. The thing is, I can remember being in Kindergarten and quickly graduating from the little flip books they give you there. I can remember being allowed into the chapter book section before most of the other kids in my class. I can remember falling in love with Island of the Blue Dolphins when reading for my first book report, and confusing most of the other people in my class, because I was speaking so passionately about a book that the wouldn’t have picked up.
I think that there was never any particular book that got me started with my love for reading. Maybe it was my mother’s love for reading that really got me started? She always had shelves and shelves of books, and she’d always be going to the library. We’d always participate in the local summer reading program (if you read a certain amount of books over the summer, you got certificates! I always read for all of the free ice cream.) Whether it was her encouragement and love, or something that was just ingrained in me… I can’t pick out a particular book, because I’ve been reading and loving books for as long as I can remember.
So, I’m actually not super huge on classics? I suppose if William Faulkner is classic now, As I Lay Dying was an extremely good book. My English teacher in 9th grade recommended it to me when he noticed how much I loved to read, and gave me a copy. I couldn’t put it down.
I do also love The Divine Comedy – it’s gorgeous literature.
Frankenstein was always fairly enjoyable. So, I guess I do like some of the classics after all!
Hmmmm…. I’ve never let myself lose interest in a book (or a zubat!) because it was everywhere. If anything, seeing so many people talk about something (because they will often times form such contrasting opinions) really makes me want to delve into the novel. I want to be a published author someday – it’s my dream job. So… of course, I’m going to want to see what in the world is making everyone talk, because I have full and complete intentions of repeating the process.
I feel like a lot of YA books actually have overlapping themes. I’m not going to call out out specifically… but let me paint you a picture – our leading lady is living a normal life, and some bad boy comes along and shows her that not only is she not normal, but she’s amazing.
Oh, and he’s in love with her.
Am I saying this is a bad trope? Not really. I’ve used it myself. People enjoy that formula. There’s a reason that it’s stuck around so long. It’s fun to read, we like to see women come into their power and (more and more often now) actually be the ones to kick the most ass.
And, personally, who doesn’t love a sexy bad boy?
Sooooo. I read the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series… but I haven’t tackled the rest of it. That first one was really long, and so full of details. I enjoyed reading it, but it is really a commitment to buckle down and say that I’m going to read all of those through. Usually, I don’t let the size of a book intimidate me, but those books, and the massive amount of important detail that is enclosed within them?
Well, I can’t rightly help myself x.x. Call me intimidated.
Tell me a book that hasn’t kept me up at night. Honestly, when I get myself engrossed in something to read, I can’t put it down until I’m done. If the story is done well, I want to live in that world, and I hate it when I’m ripped away for something as paltry as sleep.
Daylight, what are you doing here? Go away.
Honestly though, I think the book that did this to me most recently was actually The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon. It’s a FnaF book, and it was absolutely engrossing.
My OTP… when I was young, it would have been Jenny and Julian from The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith. I’ve since grown enough to know that it would have never worked xD So, my new bookish OTP is probably…
Morpheus and Alyssa from the Splintered series by A.G. Howard. Call me a sucker for a man in a tophat, but I couldn’t fathom her wanting to be with anyone else. Honestly though, I could list you dozens of OTPs.
Any of the L.J. Smith books. I can read those in a few hours, tops… and I never get tired of doing so. Maybe it’s just my childhood calling and wanting to forever remain a part of my heart, but whatever it is? I’m so digging it.
Harry Potter! Every time something new comes out about it, I get pretty damn excited. It was such a big part of my life for so long, of course I am always, always wanting more.
The FNAF book that I mentioned above. I’m a big fan of the lore of the games, and I didn’t go into it expecting much. I knew that it was going to have some grammar errors – I’d read the reviews before picking it up. But, it was still really good and well written… and the almost amateur way that it was written actually made it all the better for me.
I feel like The Maze Runner books by James Dashner have been way overhyped due to the movie success and whatnot, but I can’t wait to read them! <— I am actually going to steal Kayla’s answer right here. I haven’t read those books yet – they’ve been so over hyped by the media… and yet I’m still pretty excited to delve into them once I get a copy.
Hmmm… do they have collectors editions of the Harry Potter novels? I don’t know though, I’m not huge on things that I have to keep super duper protected. I like to touch my books, and look at them, and knowing me? I’d spill red koolaid (I don’t even drink red koolaid O_O) all over them.
I don’t have a debut novel that I’m super excited for at the moment… though, oh, I’m a liar! I am actually reading a draft of Kayla Dore’s novel, and I am so stoked and hyped for it. It’s really, really good. That counts, right?
Laurell K. Hamilton. I can’t help myself. Whenever new books come out by her, I end up snatching them up. I’m greedy, and I love it.
… I was going to say that I didn’t have something, but it’s because I’ve been waiting for literally so long that I think of it as a myth. Strange Fate by L.J. Smith. I’ve been waiting for years, and years, and YEARS for this to come out. Someday, we’re going to be graced with the last Nightworld book. Someday, she’s going to wrap up that huge series.
Someday, we’ll know what happens. But today (and tomorrow, and the day after that -_-) is not that day.
So, there we go guys! Wow, I really loved this particular tag Thursday! (It also made me crave some more Pokemon, so I’m going to have to look into that!) Honestly though, I challenge each and every person on this blog who loves to read! Do it, tag me in it, let me know that you did it! ❤ I really want to see what your answers are! I think that seeing someone’s taste in books can really tell you a lot about a person!
Until next time guys, keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
Twitter | Patreon | NaNo Page | Tumblr | Blog Masterpost