olympic book tag

September 23, 2016

a while back, erin joined in a thing called olympic book tag, which was originated by shannon. when i looked at the categories, i felt charles dickens' our mutual friend pretty much is the best example for all of them, really, but i figured it'd be a challenge for me to choose some other titles. what the hell, why not, right? surely, i can find books to fit these categories. it can't be THAT hard. every book mentioned in this post is one i could manage to finish. i liked them well enough, some MUCH more than others.

a book i loved from the first page: eleanor and park by rainbow rowell. the only thing i remember about the day i bought this book is that it was sunny. i read the first page in the courtyard outside the bookstore. i remember stopping and standing there to read it again and again. and i remember knowing i was gonna love this book from that one page.

favorite road trip book? as in which one do i wanna take with me on a road trip? lovers and dreamers by nora roberts. or which one was the best one i'd read while on a road trip? wonder by r.j palacio. or which one about being on a road trip is the best? finding paris by joy preble.

love triangle. charles dickens' our mutual friend. the tale of lizzie hexam, eugene wrayburn and bradley headstone... THIS is why i love this book. all the other drama in the story PALES in comparison to the intricacy, desperation and tragedy of this story. it is PERFECT. and yes, YES, it's a BITCH to read this book. it is GODAWFUL long, and so many of the characters are shit, but... if you persist, if you prevail, i am confident you would be glad for having done so.

eugene to his friend, mortimer, regarding lizzie: that lonely girl with the dark hair runs in my head. it was little more than a glimpse we had of her that last time, and yet i almost see her waiting by the fire to-night. do you feel like a dark combination of traitor and pickpocket when you think of that girl? (p. 162).

silver linings playbook by matthew quick. i can't for the life of me figure out why there was this shitstorm of fanfare for it. i mean, there are SO, SO many books out there that are better than this one. SO many. that said, it's not awful. it's okay. i didn't hate reading it.
one day by david nichols. takes place on the same day every year over the course of two decades, i believe. july twentieth, if memory serves... or somewhere thereabouts. i liked this book. i liked this movie.

i'm going to go with seneca's thyestes here. it's a greek tragedy so you don't see the fighting and the bloodshed... hell, you don't even get to read about it, but trust me... TRUST ME when i tell you there is bloodshed. there is a LOT of bloodshed. it is HANDS DOWN THE BEST REVENGE STORY EVER WRITTEN.

here i'm going with the language of flowers by vanessa diffenbaugh because it's back and forth between past and present, and victoria, god love her, is MESSED UP. and when you think her life can't get any worse, it DOES. so much so that you think she's never going to get it right. and then... there'll be some good that'll give her hope, give you hope.

the fault in our stars by john green. the film did not make me bawl, so if you've not yet read this book, maybe watch the movie first? just so you're prepared...

the time traveler's wife by audrey niffenegger. okay. i am a fast reader. i can knock a book out in two hours easily. this one took me a whole fucking month to finish. but yall, i am so glad i did. SO glad. because the parts that are good are VERY GOOD. and henry and clare are pretty amazing people. do not, DO NOT under ANY circumstances see the movie, if you've not already done so. it is SHIT. it is DEPLORABLE. it is HANDS DOWN the WORST adaptation of a novel ever put to the screen.

baby dear by esther and eloise wilkin. or a child's garden of verses by robert louis stevenson and illustrated by gyo fujikawa. or richard scarry's best storybook ever... or...

little bunny follows his nose by katherine howard. it's a scratch and sniff. it's a damned fine scratch and sniff. i like it. i like it a lot. also kiki's blankie by jane bynum's pretty nifty.
me before you by jojo moyes. i tried so many times to finish this book. it took watching the trailer and then the film several times to help me get through it. don't get me wrong: i dig louisa and will. they are pretty cool. but ugh... generally, the way their story is told leaves MUCH to be desired.

ah, george and liza in ellen shanman's right before your eyes. i love them. but more, i love parrot and aunt fran. a girl needs people like those two in her life.

1 comment :

  1. I enjoy reading these posts. You know this. I added Right Before Your Eyes. Not my usual choice of book, but I don't like to stick to the "usual" all the time. You know this too.