I knew as soon as I saw this tag on the blog Books & Cleverness that I would have to partake. Taylor Swift saw basically my entire life in my awkward pre-teen years- not that I’m not awkward now that I am a teenager, but you guys know what I mean. 😛 So, without further ado, let’s begin!
1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
(pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with)
The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner. I loved the first book in this trilogy, but the second and third books took the series in a direction that just wasn’t what I was expecting or hoping for. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions, which were made even worse by the prequel. I just wanted to scream at it: YOU HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL. So, yeah.
Beloved by Toni Morrison. I recently read this as a free choice novel for my AP English class and I absolutely loved it. The story was captivating, haunting, emotional, and mesmerizing. I actually own a copy of it with this cover, and I love it- it’s simple yet beautiful, and leaves the story itself to do all the talking.
Paper Towns by John Green. I think it’s the fact that this book ends after their high school graduation that always gets me. Oh, all the potential! The future opportunities! The feeling of unbelievable freedom with an entire summer ahead of you! Whenever I read it I need at least three days afterward to just wallow in my bittersweet nostalgia.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m not sure if Gatsby’s love for Daisy is forbidden necessarily, but it certainly isn’t possible. Daisy is already successfully married and has settled comfortably into life with her new daughter, so there is little chance of them ever actually getting together. Poor Gatsby!
I couldn’t think of a book character for this one, so I’m going to have to go with Moriarty from BBC’s Sherlock. He’s the greatest villain!
Looking for Alaska by John Green. Admittedly, the someone who spoiled the ending (or at least a major event in the story) was me. When I first started reading it I flipped to the back to check how many pages there were and I accidentally stopped on a page that reveals what happens. Needless to say, I was furious.
7. Everything Has Changed
(pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development)
I’m going to have to go with Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I didn’t really like him at the beginning of the book, but by the end I had so much respect for him!
Right now I’m super-duper-extra excited for the release of Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley. I read The Rook, the first book in this series, over the summer and I absolutely loved it! This sequel is supposed to be released on February 10, 2015, and I can’t wait!
Definitely Taylor Markham and Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. There’s something so honest and real about their relationship that I just fall in love with every time I read this book.
10. Come Back, Be Here
(pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much)
I’m going to have to say my signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I don’t even like to take it out of the house because I’m afraid I’ll lose it or it will get ruined!
Confession time: I’ve never actually cried while reading a book. I do often get teary-eyed, though, so in that regard I’ll have to go with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, once again. He really knows how to cause those feels, man.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve honestly lost count of how many times I’ve read this book. A lot of people say that it’s not as good as the Lord of the Rings trilogy itself, but I disagree- I love it!!
Guess what??? I tag EVERYONE to do this post. Go channel your inner T-Swift!!