I Do The Nameless Book Tag (and it’s the new year whaaat)

Can you believe it’s 2018?!?!


Life has been pretty wonderful lately. 2017’s had its ups and downs like every year, but altogether God has amazingly blessed us. Looking back over the year I can see so many times He was answering prayer, building me up, strengthening my faith, and I never noticed before. It’s enough to blow your tiny human mind. And the prospect of a full new year ahead is thrilling. There are sunsets to watch. People to meet. Books to read. Words to write. Adventures to take. Friends to spend time with. Dogs to pet. Potatoes to eat. Every day is a beautiful new chance. There are a thousand exciting things I’m looking forward to. What about you??

Lisa @ Inkwell tagged me for The Nameless Book Tag. I had another post idea scheduled, but I think I’ll save it for next month because I’m feeling lazy and this looks like fun. xD Thanks, Lisa!

I present

The Nameless Book Tag


What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Island of the Blue Dolphins, Anne of Green Gables, and A Wrinkle in Time are all about tied. They’re, understandably, old favorites.


What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Well to start with, my currently reading list is usually like five books st a time. But I’ll focus on one and pretend I’m a responsible person. So, I’m currently reading All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)…

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Just finished reading Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship (Joshua Harris)…

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And the next one I really [REALLY REALLY] want to read is Blood for Blood (Ryan Graudin). I am much hyped for this book.

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What book did everyone like, but you hated?

I’m gonna go ahead and use Eliza and her Monsters here, even though I’m not going to go so far as to say I HATED it. But there was just so much disappointment. I kept hearing a ton of positive stuff about this book, and though I don’t usually read a lot of trending YA books, I thought what the heck. I’ll give it a try. Pfft noooo.

Some reasons I was disappointed:

  • Firstly, Eliza is a jerk. She’s your archtypical teenager: moody, antisocial, angsty, face-in-a-screen-at-all-times,* joy-to-be-around, joy-to-read-about. She does change a lot by the end of the book, but I was annoyed enough by her already that she wasn’t really redeemed in my eyes.
  • Language.
  • The fact that her parents were not only condoning, but quite seriously ENCOURAGING Eliza to take her relationship with Wallace to a COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE LEVEL. What?? (???)
  • I’m not going to go into details but that was lovely.
  • Pretty sure they DIDN’T, for those of you wondering.
  • But idk.
  • The time that Eliza almost commits suicide. Um. Just so you know, she decides not to… but.
  • There were LOTS of other problems I had with the book that I’m not going to mention because spoilers.

Overall, it was nicely written and the characters (except for possibly Eliza) were fabulously done. I adored her brothers… and Walt was a precious awkward hedgehog. But in the end I had too many objections, dear.

*I’m serious. AT ALL TIMES.


What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Great Expectations. I actually started it a few months ago, and then life caught up with me and that didn’t happen. I haven’t touched it since. :P


What book are you saving for retirement?

I guess Mere Christianity. I have it and I need to read it but I keep putting it off.


Last page: read it first, or wait till the end?

What. What is this. NEVERRR. I don’t think I’ve ever in my life read the last page first. It ruins the book, guys?!?


Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Meh. I don’t mind the acknowledgements, but I usually don’t read them unless I’m in a specific type of mood. Leaning towards a waste of paper and ink.


Which book character would you switch places with?

Ahh, challenging. Let’s go ahead and establish this: I pretty much like my life and would be reluctant to switch places with anybody. But that aside, I have heaps of ideas here. :P I’ll limit myself to three.

  • Hattie, from Hattie Big Sky. Because she has her own little house on the prairie and I love her time period and world.
  • Sam, from My Side of the Mountain. Since I was eight I’ve always wanted to run away and live in the wild for a week or two.
  • Aravis, from The Horse and His Boy. I sort of have a thing for the independent/adventurous characters. Plus the book’s a favorite of mine.


Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (place, time, person)?

Little House in the Big Woods (really the whole Little House series) reminds me of the period in life that I’d just started reading. I started the series when I was four or five, and I’ve loved it ever since.


Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

My copy of The Midwife’s Apprentice was originally a library book. Yep. Hang on, I want to emphasize here that I usually take wonderful care of the books I borrow – I am not an irresponsible monster. But it so happened that on our way to return books to the library, my dog got ahold of The Midwife’s Apprentice, and we didn’t realize she was chewing the cover up until we were halfway to the library. Only a corner was ruined, but it was enough. :/ $$$


Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Hmm. I don’t give my books away often… I hoard them like a small angry dragon instead I actually can’t remember the last time I gave one away.


Which book has been with you most places?

My bible’s been more places than any other book has.


Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad later?

Hittite Warrior (Joanne Williamson). Again, I didn’t technically hate it, just was a little bored at the beginning. And then it got really good. I didn’t read this one in high school either; more like when I was twelve. I’m breaking all the rules here.


Used or brand new?

Image result for both both is good gifBOTH. BOTH IS GOOD.

I love the crisp good smell and flawless cover of a brand new book. But then used ones are wonderful, with the cover well-worn and the pages creased… you can tell other people have enjoyed it.


Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope. Never heard of them.


Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Yes, The Princess Bride. In the grand scheme of things it was much, much better.


Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry (cookbooks included)?

Pie (Sarah Weeks), and Heartless (Marissa Meyer). Lots of baking in these ones.


Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I have quite a lot of bookish friends whose recommendations I’ll always listen to. Whether or not I’ll like the book is another matter entirely.


Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

I’d probably say the entire Percy Jackson series. They’re not the kind of books I read a ton of, but I absolutely loved them. The characters. The good writing and plot twists. The humor. PERCY. Basically everything.

I tag Jem @ Jem Jones, Writer. Enjoy! :)


Here’s to a fabulous 2018!!


Do you have high hopes for the new year? Resolutions? What has God been doing in your life?? I’d love to hear from you!


11 thoughts on “I Do The Nameless Book Tag (and it’s the new year whaaat)

  1. I LOVE Hattie Big Sky! I got Eliza and her Monsters from the library a couple weeks ago because everyone said it was good, but when I flipped through it and saw a lot of language, I decided to just skip it. Glad I did, after reading your review. This was such a fun tag, I might steal it! :)


  2. It was fun. :) You should.
    Yeah, I hate that so much garbage is written for young adults now. That’s one of the reasons I read quite a lot of books written for twelve-year-olds. Or maybe that’s just my inner kid. xD


  3. Hittite Warrior is like, the only book I’ve ever thrown across the room. Remember when he’s in battle and the horse dies? Yeah. That’s why. I don’t even know if I finished the book (probably did, cause I’m a reading addict). But that’s the only thing I remember from it. But I was probably 12 or something too (and very horse crazy).

    But seriously. 2018 goal: Meet Olivia. How come you’re gone every time I’m in SC??? AHHHH WE MUST STOP DOING THAT (I know, I know, it would probably help if I let you know ahead of time when I was driving down….bad Julian….but honestly, I down plan them. I just kinda get up the day before and be like, y’know? I’m gonna take a road trip….)


    • Ah yes. The horse’s death was really sad, I’d forgotten about that. :’/
      I knowww. WE MUST STOP. You know what, I’ll shoot you an email. And then you’ll have my address so you can let me know next time you’re coming down. :)


  4. YAY YOU DID THE TAG. that was so fun to read :D only thing I shake my head at here is HOW CAN ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS BE A WASTE OF INK but like ok, each to his own?? XD


  5. Small angry book-hoarding dragons unite! xD (I basically never give someone a book unless I already have a copy of my own…)

    I haven’t read many of the books in this post – actually, only the classics like Little House, The Horse and His Boy, and Anne of Green Gables. So it’s great to see some books I could add to my TBR! Is “All the Light We Cannot See” good? (The cover looks good… ;)

    Thanks for tagging me, Olivia! I’ll enjoy procrastinating that- I mean, posting that?? xP


    • Glad to help you out with that. :)

      All the Light We Cannot See… agh, it’s hard for me to say. Opinions wildly vary in people I’ve asked, from “hated it” to “LOVED IT OH MY STARS THIS WAS THE BEST BOOK EVER” and so on. I personally was left torn.
      Three disclaimers for you (without spoilers, because I am a friendly book bean):
      -It’s very sad. Saddd things happen. SADDDD.
      -It’s very gritty/a bit graphic. There’s some cursing and adult content, though not an overwhelming amount.
      -Later on (about 3/4 of the way through) there are some crude men and crude humor that I really didn’t appreciate

      That being said, it was AMAZINGLY written, and a very realistic look into the time period and characters’ lives. I loved a lot of things about it.
      And I agree, the cover is stroke-worthy and beautiful. :))


      • “I Do The Tag I Was Tagged For (and it’s eight months later whaaaat)”

        (well, I promised to procrastinate it… and procrastinate it I did. wow. I am ashamed. xD)


  6. Happy new year! (A little late…. :))

    Awesome tag! I keep saying that I am going to read Wuthering Heights but I keep putting it off. I actually started it… But you know… :) So, I will probably save that one for retirement!


    • Thanks, Emma!
      I’ve been meaning to read that one too… it’s an easy book to procrastinate. I’ve heard lotsa good things about it and then it just NEVER HAPPENS. :P
      Happy 2018!!


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