I really enjoy doing these book tags, and I found another one that seemed like fun! I was not tagged for this one but I spotted this tag over at Books and Geekiness, so do give her a visit and drop some love!
1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?
I’d gotten to the 1/3 mark in this book and honestly I haven’t been able to pick it back up. The story is interesting and I like the commentary about the darker side of Otaku and the idol industry, but the content of the novel is so disgustingly gorey that it got to be too much for me. I want to pick this book back up in the future since I am a huge fan of the movie adaptation by Satoshi Kon and i want to see how it compares to the original, but I feel that I have to be in the right mindset to handle the disturbing content.
2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?
If there is ever a book that makes me think twice about discussing it in polite company it’s pretty much the entirety of the Beauty’s Kingdom series by Anne Rice. I was a massive Rice fan girl growing up and I read every one of her books that I could get my grubby little paws on when I was a tween, this included Rice’s infamous erotica series beginning with The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart, as it includes sexual slavery, BDSM, humiliation, and all kinds of other taboos that it’s no surprise that this book series has been challenged numerous times and does not hold the highest rating on Goodreads. This book has definitely changed my perceptions of love and sex and probably is the culprit of some of my enjoyment of particular kinks that I share with my fiancé, so I guess thank you Anne Rice…?
3. Which book do you love to hate?
Do you mean I can only pick one and not just any of the books I’ve given a 1 star? Well if there had to be one, it would have to be The Bloodletter’s Daughter by Linda Lafferty. While the writing was beautiful, the historian in me got pretty annoyed at how this story was formed. This book is rife with historical inaccuracies, romanticizes a psychopath, excuses the rape of men, and featured a Mary Sue main character that had to be “special” for women in this time period. This entire book was a mess and much too long.
4. Which book would you throw into the sea?
I genuinely hated everything about Storm Born by Richelle Mead. It was my first paranormal romance and it firmly established my dislike of the genre. I don’t mind sexual content in books – I enjoy the occasional erotica and don’t usually mind rape scenes in books – but the sexual content in this book was pretty nasty and uncomfortable. Literally everything and everyone in this book wants to have sex with the main character and it never stops.
5. Which book have you read the most?
This is an easy one, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. It was my favorite book growing up and I’ve re-read it numerous times throughout my life. I don’t re-read books often so this book is special to me for that reason, the number of re-reads I’ve done for this novel is somewhere in the double digits.
6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
78I know I will probably get some backlash for this, but I really couldn’t stand The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace. I found some of the subject matter troubling not because it was dark, but because it encourages misandry and doesn’t treat abuse with much more respect than that. The poems also became very repetitive and I honestly don’t understand why this collection is loved as much as it is. Thing is, I could see someone gifting this or Lovelace’s other book to me because I’ve been so into poetry this year.
7. Which book could you not live without?
By far one of my favorite fantasy novels of all time, A Gathering of Gargoyles was the second book in the Darkangel trilogy that I still remember fondly to this day. Not even kidding, I actively search for books that can make me feel the same way that this book did. The plot was amazing and there was so much adventure, it is one of the series that I love the most. There are songs that I can’t hear without thinking about this book, remembering the many nights I spent flying through it’s pages while listening to CDs as a teenager.
8. Which book made you the angriest?
This is a bit of an interesting one because I actually love this book. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini made me so unbelievably angry that I had to put the book down and cool off for a while. I didn’t get angry because the book was bad or there was a part that I didn’t like, but because of the real world injustices forced upon women in some parts of the Middle East throughout history that I felt an anger that seeped down to my very core. Even so, this book is astonishingly beautiful and it really opened my eyes to the experiences of other women that I greatly appreciated.
9. Which book made you cry the most?
Khaled Hosseini makes it on my list twice with The Kite Runner. This book was naturally the first that I read by him for a literature class and boy did I cry ugly tears reading this one. I loved the main characters to pieces and my heart broke right in two as the story progressed watching them grow through unimaginable hardships.
10. Which book cover do you hate the most?
This is a really difficult one as there are many books with covers I can’t stand. So I decided to choose a book that I actually adored, which is Song of the Snowman by Rhonda Tibbs. The book is a family saga written by my childhood best friend’s aunt and it’s honestly a gem. However since it’s an indie novel it’s understandable that there was no real budget for the cover, so it’s almost a little unfair to choose this one but I suppose I don’t like it because I like the book. Definitely a case of not letting the outside represent the content inside.
My tags are of course for any of you that is reading this and you would like to do this tag for your own blog! Consider yourself tagged!