I’m so excited to finally get around to doing the Soundtrack to My Life Tag! I’ve seen a bunch of people do this one before and it looks like so much fun, so I was so happy when I woke up one morning and discovered that I had been tagged. A big thanks to The Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me!
Let’s get on with the show, shall we?
When I was in fourth grade my teacher read us The BFG by Roald Dahl and I absolutely fell in love with the story. I wanted to meet my own Big Friendly Giant so badly! Since then it has always stuck with me and is the first book that comes to mind when thinking of myself as a young reader. It just goes to show that being read to is just as important as a child reading on their own.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of those books that I always enjoy, no matter when I’m reading it or how many times I’ve read it before. I love the burst of nostalgia it gives me and the way it instantly takes me back to the first time I read it in fifth grade. There’s something about the exciting and fantastical sense of adventure that keeps me coming back for more. It’s one of my go-to books for battling those dreaded reading slumps!
I read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens for my AP English class during my senior year of high school and absolutely fell in love with it. There are endless aspects of it to adore: watching Pip grow up and change with age, the bizarre quirks of Miss Havisham, and of course the captivating mystery that ties it all together. This book converted me into a lover of Dickens’ novels, for sure!
I’m going to have to go with John Green for this one. Not only do I adore his books, but his books and videos were an integral part of my middle and early high school experience. John Green is such an inspiration and I love the work that he does both in regard to writing and in his personal life in general. DFTBA!
I’m not a huge fan of action sequences or fighting in books, mostly because I usually don’t find them all that interesting. However, I have to say that A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab has some awesome fight scenes. The best part about them is the magic involved– a little spark of magic always makes everything more exciting!
I tried reading Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock over a year ago and I just couldn’t get through it to the end. I read maybe 50 pages of it– no more than 100 pages at the most– and it simply wasn’t clicking with me. I didn’t think the plot was exciting at all and I didn’t really feel for any of the characters. I ended up setting it aside altogether, and I don’t regret it!
I feel as though I’m constantly recommending All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr to people, and with good reason: IT’S BRILLIANT. I mention it all the time (both on this blog and to people I know in person), but it honestly deserves every piece of praise that it receives. I read it over a year ago now and I still can’t stop thinking about it!
Okay, so here’s the thing: I’ve never actually cried/sobbed while reading a book. Lately it’s been happening more with movies, but for some reason I’ve just never been that emotional of a reader. I certainly feel all of the emotions, but the closest I’ve come to crying is when I teared up at the end of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. If you’ve read it or have seen the movie, you definitely know why!
THIS IS SUCH A DIFFICULT QUESTION. There are so many series that I’ve loved over the years, but I since I’ve already mentioned Tolkien in this tag once (I absolutely LOVE The Lord of the Rings) I’ll go with Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. It’s an obvious one, but it’s the truth! It’s been with me since I read the first book in second grade, and the magic never fades!
5 years ago I was a freshman in high school (EEEK! I’m so old!!!), and my favorite book was probably something by John Green, most likely Looking for Alaska. It’s one of those books that has really stuck with me over the years, despite the controversy that sometimes surrounds it. There’s just something about it that makes me so nostalgic whenever I read it, which is usually in the summertime. I first read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie when I was in fifth grade (was I a little too young for it? Maybe.) and I have read it countless times since there. It’s such a brilliant mystery and each time I read it I pick up on little details that I hadn’t noticed before. There’s actually a new BBC mini-series about it that I absolutely have to watch as soon as possible– I can’t wait to see how they adapt the story for to be told on-screen!
Again, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is one of those books that I’ve mentioned countless times on this blog, mostly because I’ve read it countless times and I’ve enjoyed it more and more each time I do. I love the intertwining story lines, I love the characters, I love the setting– I love everything about it! I can distinctly remember checking it out of my local library years ago to read it for the first time, and I’m so glad that I randomly picked it up off the shelf that day!
According to Goodreads, the longest book I’ve ever read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, which has 870 pages. That surprised me at first, but I guess it makes sense because most of the long books I’ve read recently have been somewhere in the 600-700 page range at the most. Kudos to the Harry Potter series for being composed of numerous tomes!
It’s been years since I first read Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, but nevertheless I still remember distinctly hating the ending. It seemed so forced and emotionless. Perhaps that was the point of it, but either way I didn’t enjoy it in the slightest. It just had so much potential that was wasted on a rushed epilogue! I’m interested to see how it’s handled in the movie.
The first book that comes to mind when I think of epilogues is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I won’t say much about it specifically because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but it puts a completely different perspective on the entire novel. It’s definitely one of the best epilogues I’ve ever read and certainly makes your head spin a bit!
And there you have it! Boy, that was a long tag! I’m not going to specifically tag anyone else because at this point I’m not sure who has already done it and who hasn’t. If you feel like doing this tag, please do!!
What books would you want on the soundtrack of your life? What do you think of the books I’ve chosen? Let me know in the comments section below!