blogging, books

The Writer’s Book Tag (Not To Be Confused With The Last Tag I Did)

Image result for reading

Yes, I am on a tag spree! Well, such nice people keep tagging me, and every now and then, I need to write a little bit of something that does not count towards NaNo, so, here we go.

The last post I did was The Writer’s Tag — this is The Writer’s Book Tag, meaning it’s about books that writers read.

First Draft: A book or series that you’ve never read before.

I have never read anything by Brandon Sanderson (though he seems to be big in the fantasy lovers’ camp), and I never picked up the Percy Jackson series — any of them.

Second Draft: A book or series you didn’t like as much the second time you read it.

I’d have to say Charlotte’s Web and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. And I know these are both classics and very important to a lot of readers, and please don’t hurt me! Maybe there’s something about approaching some children’s tales with the innocence of a child’s perspective. While I loved Wilbur and Charlotte’s story as a youth, somehow re-reading it as an adult made me feel like, “Oh, please, spare me the bleeding heart!” (And I’m not a dyed-in-the-wool right-winger by any means.) And while I completely understand that the demise and return of Aslan is totally a metaphor for the events of the first Easter, re-reading this novel again in my adulthood absolutely broke my heart for Susan and Lucy — so young — having to witness all of that. I think if Lewis had made their characters a little older (say, 18 and 16), I wouldn’t have found it so traumatic.

Final Draft: A book or series that you’ve liked for a really long time.

Harry Potter. It’s one of the few recent series that I feel easily has the potential to become a classic, that I’ve re-read all the books and not found their impact to be diminished, and I can’t wait to share them with my own kids.

Image result for reading

Killing Off Your Characters: A book or series that made you cry.

Do I get to mention Harry Potter again so soon? So. Much. Crying.

Plot Holes: A book or series that disappointed you.

The sequels to Jackaby are at the top of this list. I really enjoyed the first, the second was pretty good, but seemed to have nothing to do with the whole arc, and the third totally killed my interest. A real shame.

Writer’s Block: A book or series you never finished.

Wow, there are plenty of these! I’m probably the queen of DNF (and usually have no qualms about it!). One that really digs at me is Jackaby, though — see above — I’ve decided not to even read the fourth and final novel.

Feedback: A book or series you’d recommend to anyone and everyone.

For fantasy, I’d say The Scorpio Races. For non-fantasy, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Tale of Two Cities, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and if you need a contemporary, Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella or Girl Online by Zoe Suggs.

Per tradition, I won’t be tagging anybody else, but if you need a blog post and fancy this one, have a great time!

Image result for reading

 

4 thoughts on “The Writer’s Book Tag (Not To Be Confused With The Last Tag I Did)”

  1. Great post! I think you might actually like Percy Jackson- I’ve only read one but I really enjoyed it 😀 hahaha you’re so right about HP 😉 Definitely made me cry- more than once 😉 Awesome choices for recs- definitely agree about Scorpio Races, To Kill a mockingbird and Tale of Two Cities (I’m not actually discounting the others here, I’ve just not read them… yet 😉 They’re all on my radar though 😉 )

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I think I may be beyond the age where I can appreciate Percy Jackson – White Fang watched the movies, and even he felt they got a bit hokey (and he’s the target audience!). I think you’d really like Finding Audrey and Girl Online! You don’t still have to be a teenager to appreciate those, they’re so well-written.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. That’s fair enough! I’ve not seen the movies, so I can’t really comment on that, but the books were surprisingly fun 🙂 (and I’m super fussy about representation of Greek gods in books, cos I studied classics at uni, but I thought Riordan got it right, whilst still making fun- plus he didn’t making Hades basically Satan like the dumb Disney Hercules movie did… as you can see I have strong feelings about this 😉 )
        And great- that’s so good- I love books like that 😀

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s