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Olympic Book Tag

Olympic Book Tag

For this Thursday’s post, I’m doing Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight’s Olympic Book Tag (all the graphics are hers too btw with help from Smashing Magazine). I LOVE the Summer Olympics, it is literally the only time I become invested in sports. I watch more sports during the Olympics than I do during the entire four-year period in between. I’m not joking. My favourites are diving, swimming, track running, and artistic gymnastics.

The 2016 Olympics!

I watched the amazing Canadian women’s rugby match against France! The athleticism of those women is unbelievable. I also watched the Canadian men’s volleyball game against the US. I don’t even like team sports and I was on the edge of my seat because it was so close.

I’m not particularly patriotic at the best of times, but I’m proud as a Canadian during these games. I could only feel more proud if PM Trudeau was competing hahaha.

Opening Ceremony | Olympic Book Tag

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Magicians

I was hooked from the first sentence. I read it and my mind exploded. I sat back and said, “wow, that is the best first line I have ever read.” Then I experienced a brief period where I sat and thought about how my writing would never amount to a line that good hahaha *cries*

Cycling | Olympic Book Tag

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Road trip! Road trip to escape people enslaving you for the rest of your life, but road trip nonetheless. I loved this series in general.

Triathalon | Olympic Book Tag

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I wanted to write *does not exist*. But! I managed with James-Lily-Snape. And I know that this isn’t a REAL love triangle, but also it kind of is? They were both in love with her, and she chose one over the other. I like this one because I’m happy James and Lily were a couple and had Harry, but I’m also in awe of Snape’s love for her.

Handball | Olympic Book Tag

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

I don’t understand what people were raving about with Glass Sword. Not to invalidate their opinion, but I couldn’t see it. Moreover, I don’t understand what keeps pushing me to read this series. Maybe because Victoria Aveyard’s Twitter game is so on-point? I’m confused generally.

Beach Volleyball | Olympic Book Tag

Saga Vol. 1 byΒ Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)

Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)

I will share a secret with you, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SEASON IT IS IN ANY BOOK. So instead I chose something good for a light summer read. And you may be thinking “Liselle, doesn’t this have graphic sex and murder in it?” And yes, it does. But like, it’s really fast to get through. That’s what people want in a summer read, right? Graphic sex and murder that’s quick to read?

Fencing | Olympic Book Tag

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Amirite? Or amirite? Though as I wrote this down I imagined Peeta chillin’ all camouflage-like in my head. Can’t remember if that was in the second book or the first. Hmmm.

Gymnastics | Olympic Book Tag

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Maybe I’m naive, but the plot twists in this book blindsided me. I got halfway through and was like “WHAAATTTT???” Before that I was walking around like “why are people so into this?” and then I knew.

Swimming | Olympic Book Tag

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Okay, I haven’t finished this, but every time I read it I’m on the verge of tears. This is not a long book, and almost every chapter has me making an ugly face to hold my tears in. It’s so emotional. I probably would be doing better if I hadn’t watched the movie trailer first…

Golf | Olympic Book Tag

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Soooooo slow in the beginning. I got more than halfway through before I wondered if there was any actual conflict in this book. Before that, I felt like everyone was whining about something that, at worst, made them have to wear animal masks. Which, out of all the terrible things, is hardly much to complain about.

Trampoline | Olympic Book Tag

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

I didn’t read this when I was a child, but it’s a book I picked up later as an adult. 100% of my love for this is Wendy. Not child Wendy, adult Wendy. Adult Wendy makes this entire book. I’ll have to re-read it soon so I can bask in her again.

Equestrian | Olympic Book Tag

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I’m stealing Shannon’s answer for this one because Manchee is life. I may have vowed to name any dog I get Manchee, male or female. Because what dog doesn’t want to be named after Manchee?

Hurdles | Olympic Book Tag

The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir by Kiera Cass | DNF Reviews

URG. I struggled to finish and then just didn’t finish as some of you may know. So many things about this upset me. Complete disregard for what happened in the previous books in combo with a spoiled brat protagonist. I couldn’t even.

Synchronized Swimming | Olympic Book Tag

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

I know I literally just trash talked The Heir, which is part of the Selection series, but hear me out. Lots of things about this book frustrated and annoyed me, but I was happy with the female friendships pictured. Yeah, they’re fighting for the same guy, but their friendships felt the most realistic. Not all of them got along, but many did. And some were closer than others. It read as authentic.

Bonus | Olympic Book Tag

Rebound by Eric Walters

Rebound by Eric Walters

Wheelchair basketball~! I feel like I’m talking about Rebound all the time lately? I should probably re-read it, but I never have the motivation to re-read books. Though the more I think about it, the more I suspect it conforms to the single narrative…

What are your answers to these prompts?

Pick one, or two and let me know in the comments!

14 Comments

  • Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    August 12, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Patrick Ness loves to make people cry. He feasts on our tears, no? I mean, you have to cry during A Monster Calls, and then if Manchee doesn’t hold a place in your heart forever, you must be made of stone. So yes, our feels sustain him

    I must say, graphic sex and murder DOES sound like a great summer read- and tempting, since I have Saga on my shelf, just waiting for me to get a spare minute! It’s the first one where Peeta muddies himself up in a riverbed, too πŸ˜‰ As you do. That would legitimately be the only way I’d survive too, just another reason that I love Peeta bwhahah.

    Also, good call on The Darkest Minds road trip! That is where I fell in love with those guys! I love your answers, I am so excited that you did this!!
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    • ltlibrarian

      August 12, 2016 at 9:50 am

      He probably does, I wouldn’t put it past him. It might fuel his writing. I was going to say that I didn’t cry reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here, but then I remember I totally did. Manchee for lifeeeeee. Viola, less so.

      OMG read Saga it’s so good. Just like, maybe not if the kiddos can look over your shoulder because it is pretty graphic lol. I started to read on the plane then realized and became overly conscious of the woman next to me and was worried she would think I was a deviant so I read in private. Yay an answer, I knew you would know. And I fully agree, I would run and hide and hope everyone died fighting each other.

      I was super happy to do it! I planned to the second I read yours, it’s so fun and I adore the graphics you put together

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    • ltlibrarian

      August 12, 2016 at 9:42 am

      I don’t know if I would go as far as a reread hahaha for me that is literally the only redeeming thing about the series when I look back on it. But they were really well constructed, I remember feeling positive about it when I read

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  • Greg

    August 11, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    I love the Olympics- the swimming, diving and rowing especially. This is such a fun tag. πŸ™‚ I saw one of the women’s rugby matches too and I was like, dang. Rough stuff. πŸ™‚ Love the Hunger Games pick- and lol about Saga. And I do want to read Gone Girl.
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    • ltlibrarian

      August 12, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Oh you’re a big water sports fan then, eh? I often miss the rowing, but it’s great to watch too. And I agree, women’s rugby was no joke, I could see their cheeks flapping as they ran because they were going so fast, and some of the hits they can take! You should absolutely read Gone Girl if you get a chance, such a great book

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  • La La in the Library

    August 11, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    This is a great tag! The last book to make me cry was The Cursed Child and a favorite childhood book was A Wrinkle In Time! I agree with love triangles never being good. The Snape-Lily-James was a great substitute. πŸ™‚

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    • ltlibrarian

      August 12, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Right? Shannon did a bang-up job πŸ™‚ I teared up during the Cursed Child too at the end and anytime Harry spoke with a certain portrait, so many nostalgic feels even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot. I never read a Wrinkle in Time but it seems like a fantastic childhood fav.

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  • Zezee

    August 11, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I think I’ll do this too.
    A childhood favorite: The Neverending Story. It’s one of the first fantasy novels I read. I loved both the story and the design of the book. It had illustrations.

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    • ltlibrarian

      August 11, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Sigh, that’s always the issue with middle books in trilogies. You can love the first one but drop off my the second. And yes to all of Gillian Flynn’s books! I’ve currently read everything she has including her short story, she’s amazing

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