Hello, hello! Today I’m here to do the Sims Book Tag, despite the fact that I think I’ve only played Sims about once before. The prompts for this tag are just so fun that I couldn’t resist participating anyways. Thanks so much to Michelle @ Book Adventures for tagging me! This tag was created by Hailey from Hailey in Bookland.
The Original Sims – The best author debut.
When I read Where Things Come Back I couldn’t believe that it was John Corey Whaley’s debut novel. It’s clever, well-written, unique, and woven with an intricacy and attention to detail that I can’t help but applaud and admire. Considering I randomly picked this book up at a bookstore years ago because I loved the cover design, it’s safe to say that I was pleasantly surprised!
The book that immediately comes to mind is Looking for Alaska by John Green. Not only do I have a strong nostalgic attachment to this book, but I also believe that it’s a witty, touching, well-written story about love, loss, and growing up. I’ve read it countless times since middle school and each time I come back to it I’m filled with a sense of familiarity and comfort all over again. I’m not going to say anything specific about the death because I don’t want to give anything away, but suffice it to say that it crushes me every time.
When I read Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, I was astonished by the level of frustration that the character Dennis Nedry caused me to feel in nearly every scene he was in. He’s obnoxious, conniving, malicious, and one of those opportunistic people who will do anything to in order to make a profit or move up in society.
Due to my lack of experience reading Thomas Hardy I was surprised to find while reading Far from the Madding Crowd that his writing style is beautifully and brilliantly descriptive, witty, and poignant. Even though the story itself was fantastic, his writing alone is enough to make me want to read more of his work.
My initial response was to list Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, but I’d like to try to mention some books that I don’t talk about all the time on this blog. Instead, I’m going to go with a series that I haven’t talked about much since I finished reading it a few years ago: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Though I love the beginning of this series, the complexity of the plot and the character development that occurs over the course of the six books makes the final one fantastic.
The insane insta-love in Only Everything by Kieran Scott was almost unbearable. I barely even finished reading this book (to be honest, I basically skimmed the second half) because I couldn’t deal with how artificial and forced the romance felt. The main character’s annoying narration certainly didn’t help matters, either!
I don’t know about you, but when I read Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan I was pretty doubtful that the entire plot would actually be able to take place in the span of a single night. Someone needs to test out this theory once and for all and then report back to me about the results.
I feel like the entire Torrance family made some pretty bad decisions in The Shining by Stephen King, especially considering that Danny had the Shining ability and could sense all along that something bad would happen eventually. They had so many opportunities to turn back, yet they foolishly and resolutely moved forward time and time again.
I absolutely loved The Maze Runner by James Dashner and was incredibly excited to continue on with the rest of the trilogy when I read it in middle school. Unfortunately, the other books suddenly careened in a downward spiral that I wasn’t expecting. The arch of the story changed completely and I thought the original premise of the first book had a much more interesting twist with a lot of potential.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh was so captivating that I ended up reading the majority of it in a single day. I’m so glad that my coworkers recommended it to me over winter break because I had never heard of it before.
- Analee @ Book Snacks
- Shruti @ This is Lit
- Kelly @ Kelly’s Rambles
- Alice @ Alice’s Book Vault
- Marie @ KookBookery
- Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
- Bri @ Paperback Bri
What do you think of the books on my list? What books would you pick for these prompts? Have you ever played Sims before? Let me know in the comments section below!