The Bookish Olympics

So many of my posts recently have been tags of link-ups. Sorry about that! But I saw this tag on Kristen‘s blog and I just couldn’t resist! Kristen got the tag from another Kristen, which somehow amused me, but the whole thing started on It Starts At Midnight (where it was just called The Olympic Book Tag, but I had to steal Kristen’s title along with the tag because it was just perfection!)

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I didn’t actually watch a single bit of the Olympics (except a tiny bit of a report on the BBC the day after Mo Farah fell because I wanted to see how bad the fall actually was). In fact, while I’m in confession mode, the only Olympics I’ve ever really watched was London 2012 mainly because it was my Olympics, sort of. Such a hypocrite! Books, on the other hand, I can do any day of the week!

1

In the Woods by Tana French. I actually didn’t even give this book a top rating because I was so mad that the mystery of what happened to the boys in the woods was never actually solved! Stupid blurb giving me the wrong impression of the book! But the writing sucked me in from the first sentence and I really, really enjoyed this book. Still want to know what happened in the woods though!

2

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. I was originally going to use this book for the friendship category (you’ll see later), but it turned out I haven’t really read any road trip books, other than An Abundance of Katherines and that was boring! This one isn’t exactly a road trip book, but it does feature a road trip of sorts. Well, a drive anyway. To Switzerland. It’s the closest I’ve got to a road trip, okay? And it’s a weird but amazing book.

3

I couldn’t think of any good love triangles (can a love triangle be “good”?) so I looked up love triangle on Goodreads and for most of the ones I had read I kept thinking “Wait, where was the love triangle in that?”. Either my memory is really bad or other people have different definitions of love triangles! Anyway, I think I’m going to go with Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Whether the love triangle is good or not, it’s a classic!

5

Possession by A.S. Byatt. I mean, I got the basic story, but I felt like I was missing something and/or not intelligent enough to get the deeper meaning behind this book. Meh.

6

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. Actually, it’s set in several summers. I’ve read this book twice and loved it both times, even though Caitlin is horrible and the book is heartbreaking!

7

I wanted to say all the Harry Potter books for this (loads of bloodshed there!) but that felt like a cop put sooo… The Dragonlance Chronicles by Magaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Actually this is three books but since they’ve been repackaged with the three volumes in one book it counts 😉 These books may not be the best written, but I devoured them (along with many of the spin offs) when I was around 13-14 and I still love them. They’re based on Dungeons and Dragons, which I’ve never played, and aren’t always realistic, but who cares? And since these three books are pretty much entirely about a war between the forces of good and evil you can bet there’s plenty of fighting (including on dragonback!) and bloodshed.

8

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. This is the same one Kristen picked but I totally agree! I read books with twists fairly regularly but this is one of the few where I had no idea what was going to happen. The main big twist was so unexpected!

9

I have to confess that a lot of books make me cry (included the previously mentioned Summer Sisters), but one that had me sobbing most of the way through was P.S., I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. Yes, it’s chick lit, but it’s good chick lit (in my opinion). The film ruined it so don’t bother watching that!

10

The Catcher in the Rye? Haha, joke, that one wasn’t slow to start… I’m still waiting for the story to actually start. Hmm, the only one I can think of right now is The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I had to stop for a while because it didn’t seem to be going anywhere, then towards the middle it picked up and the ending was weird (and depressing). It wasn’t a bad book but 100 pages less would have been fine… preferably taken off the beginning!

11

I’m going waaay back now to nursery school age! Each, Peach, Pear, Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. I adored that book and can’t wait to share it with my children. (Later I spent my pocket money on Babysitters Club and Point Horror books. I still have them all at my dad’s. Good times!).

12

I’ve read many books that feature animals, but I thought I’d take the equestrian part literally and go with The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. The ending was kind of weird and ridiculous, which is why my rating was only 4 stars, but for me it was all about the horse anyway. If you can’t stand the idea of animals being hurt this book is not for you! I cried so hard at that part (told you I’m pathetic!).

13

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. To this day I’m not sure why I even bothered to finish it, except that I was stubborn and it was a gift from my grandma so I felt like I had to! I was given it at around 15 and it took me 5 years and three attempts to get more than half way through. I was so, so, so bored by the whole thing! Yes, I know it’s a classic. I don’t care – I hated this book!

14

Beaches by Iris Rainer Dart. It’s both similar to the film and really different. The Hilary character is called Bertie (Roberta) in the book and at times I just wanted to shake her! CeeCee is even more self-centred, if that’s possible, but somehow I liked this book (and their friendship) anyway. Also, in the book Bertie/Hilary has cancer, not whatever it was in the film. Not perfect writing by any means but I like it.

15

Apparently I don’t read any books that feature sport?! Umm… somebody starts taking swimming lessons in Butterfly Summer by Anne-Marie Conway. Maybe that counts? This is a cute book with some truly stunning descriptions of a butterfly garden. The mystery is easy to guess, but I’m much older than the intended audience (which I’d guess to be around age 11) so that’s a little unfair. It’s a quick, cute read anyway.

I’m not going to tag anybody, but if you decide to do this please let me know so I can read your answers (and add to my already insanely long to-read list!)

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14 thoughts on “The Bookish Olympics

  1. I loved the horse whisperer sooo much! I lent my book to someone but I feel like I rebought it so maybe it is in the house somewhere – I will have to search it out! This is such a great tag idea!

  2. Love this post and your answers! I agree about the Horse Whisperer, but Wuthering Heights was my favorite novel for at least 10 years. I came to that book at the time of my disillusionment, so that fits. I weep through the film “P.S. I Love You” and love it (maybe only because of Gerard Butler). I never read the book, but now I might!

    If I can figure out how to use those graphics, I might link up with this one. I love book posts!

  3. I’m not sure I could find a book for all categories, so I probably won’t join in, but I certainly agree with you about “I Let You Go” – that would probably be my “Gymnastics” book too! Or possibly “Before I Go To Sleep” (by S.J.Watson) which was also very good and plot twisty.

  4. I don’t think I’ve read most of these except reading some of Wuthering Heights to keep my older sister company when she was doing GCSE (Ha, I was in year 7!) I read a Weiss and Hickman trilogy called the ‘Darksword trilogy’ was weird!

  5. Oh, The Grapes of Wrath. That (and Moby Dick) are the two books from high school that I remembering struggling through.
    I Let You Go was a great pick for that category, as well as Gone with the Wind for a love triangle.

  6. I like tags! It gives me place to find some of my own for my blog! I think I’m going to give this a go! Although, I feel a little stupid doing book tags since I only started reading “seriously” a year ago… if that. But I could probably come up with a book for each question.

    I do want to read Into The Woods, it’s been sitting on my Kindle for ages!

  7. lol i am totally with you! the only olympics i really cared about were in sydney because they were ‘mine’. i feel you!
    lol @ being amused by another Kristen. i always worry people will think i am talking about myself haha.
    in the woods is on my list, i’ve heard that it isn’t resolved in that one, so at least i will be prepared when i finally get to it!
    i feel the same way about summer sisters!
    high five for the same plot twisty book! lol that one was like woah for sure.
    OMG YES to PS i love you. don’t judge me, but i also love the movie. it’s corny and awful but whenever i need a super good cry, it is my go to. i totally don’t even think of them as the same though, because they were so different. i love cecelia ahern.
    i remember reading the horse whisperer yeeeeeeeeeeeears ago but i don’t really remember it.
    i had no idea Beaches was a book. i feel like i should check it out, even with the differences… hmm…

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