The Book Sacrifice Tag

April 20, 2017 Bonnie Book Tag 6 Comments

I haven’t done one of these Book Tags in a while. Plus, I got sick last week/this weekend and fell behind on blog stuff so Book Tags to the rescue! Thanks to Jessie and Dani for posting this one. 🙂

Let’s start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let’s say you’re in a bookstore, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies’ only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you really hated so you start chucking at the zombies knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?!

Book Review – An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa TahirAn Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

One of the more recent additions to my baa-baa black sheep shelf that seriously everyone seemed to adore. This book was said to have been inspired by ancient Rome with a fantasy twist. The brutality (primarily towards females) was simply gratuitous after a point and the plot itself moved at a snail’s pace. This one just didn’t do it for me so I would absolutely be chucking copies of these to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Runner Up: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Let’s say you’ve just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline KepnesBook Review – Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes

I thought You was absolutely fantastic and I eagerly awaited more crazy adventures of Joe. What I expected was not what I got and the more I think about it the more I feel like You could have easily stood on its own and Joe’s story didn’t need to get drug out past its shelf life. I’m clearly in the minority here because most people I know loved both stories and some loved Hidden Bodies even more. I hear there’s a third one coming too… I won’t be joining in.

Runner UpShadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness

Let’s say you’re in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it’s worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What Classic did you chuck?

Book Review – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I didn’t actually have to read this one in school although I didn’t actually get assigned a lot of classics at all in school (I think I went to a really shitty school.) I took it upon myself in my late 20s to finally read some of the classics I never got assigned in school (Frankenstein, A Clockwork OrangeOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Animal Farm, etc. — nope, I wasn’t assigned any of these in school.) The Great Gatsby was by far the biggest load of crap that I willingly wasted my time on. I’ve still got a long ways to go with my classics backlist but for now, Gatsby reigns king.

Runner Up: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Let’s say that you’re hanging out at the library when BAM! Global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You’re trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favorite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?

Life of Pi by Yann Martel170453

Man, I’ve read some pretty shitty books in my lifetime but choosing which book to burn was a tough decision. Life of Pi always manages to be that one book that whenever I see it on any “Best Of” or “Must Read!” list I immediately disregard anything and everything else that could have been recommended. Because if that’s on the list then it must all be garbage, no? No, probably not but my hatred of this much-loved book isn’t exactly rational. It is what it is.

Runner UpThe Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel by Anton DiSclafani (aka Horsey Camp)

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6 Responses to “The Book Sacrifice Tag”

    • Bonnie

      I often have difficulties understanding and/or appreciating anything even mildly philosophical so that was probably where this wrong most. But it was long and drawn out and the ending just felt like such a letdown. But I basically hate it because everyone raves about it. lol
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    I watch a lot of zombie movies. Maybe more than what is considered “average” and once I get to the third or so watching of a particular movie, I’ll stop and wonder about these details and why it is that no one wants to explain them to me. But secretly I still want to know.

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  2. Jessie

    Oof I am sorry Ember wasn’t for you. I was one that liked it but I thought that the second book was sooo much better. The gratuitous violence can be hard but I guess after ASOIAF and Staveley… it takes a lot to phase me? But hey, to each their own! 🙂

    Note to self: read You, pretend the sequel does not exist, got it.

    I don’t mind Gatsby but I do think it is vaaaastly overhyped and over-recommended. Plus F Scott owes so much to Zelda that I feel retroactively angry at him for her sake, lol.

    I can’t say I have ever seen anyone say they disliked Life of Pi. It never seemed a me book and I avoided because EVERYONE PUSHED IT FOR SO DAMN LONG. Interesting to see a different opinion!

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  3. Bonnie

    I definitely had less of an issue with the violence (I’m not super squeamish) but I think maybe I don’t read enough slow-paced historical novels? The pacing is really what did it for me. Maybe I’ll pick up the second one though if it’s worth it. 🙂

    Repeat after me: You is a standalone. You is a standalone. lol

    hahaha Yes, Gatsby is so influential even to this day that it drives me nuts a bit. I have admittedly not read a lot of classics, so ya know, I still have to make my way around to the really bad ones. hahaha

    Yeah, I don’t really quite understand my hate for it either. My best friend will constantly tell me “Bonnie, it’s really not that bad.” “YES IT IS SHUT UP.” “Well, why was it so bad?” At which point I wander off because I don’t even remember anything about it anymore. LOL
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