Can you believe it’s 2018?!?!
WELL NEITHER CAN I.
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!
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)…
Just finished reading Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship (Joshua Harris)…
And the next one I really [REALLY REALLY] want to read is Blood for Blood (Ryan Graudin). I am much hyped for this book.
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.
- 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?
BOTH. 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!