Raeleen created a book tag about a year ago, and I’m late and boring, also I don’t really do the whole video thing (maybe I will one day. I don’t know. I’m just not very comfortable with putting my face on camera), but I figure I can do tags anyway.
Also I’ve put Goodreads links to all the books I’ve mentioned under each category, however if I’ve mentioned the book several times I’ve only linked it once. These cover thumbnails will be more common now, I’ll probably put them in all the book related posts :)
Here we go!
1. Top 3 favorite books?
2. Top 3 least favorite books?
3. Top 3 favorite characters?
4. Top 3 least favorite characters?
5. Biggest let-down?
6. Books that you liked that other people hated?
7. Characters that people love but you hated?
8. Characters that people hate but you loved?
9. Best Quotes?
10. Worst Quotes?
11. Books you didn’t finish?
12. What book have you read the most times?
13. Series where the first book was amazing but went downhill from there?
Top 3 favorite books?
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I always always mention this book when people ask about my favourites so of course I had to say this one. It’s just a great book and it stirred emotions in me that books usually don’t and it was great, I recommend it to everyone.
- The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
I see a pattern with dystopian novels here. I really loved this one too and was horribly disappointed by the movie adaptation because wow it’s not good at all. That didn’t take away from the fact that the book is great!
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
I had a hard time picking the third book because wow, 3 favourites only how can I do that? But yeah, I really liked this book, I read it quite recently and I really enjoyed it.
Top 3 least favorite books?
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
See further down in this post for a bit further explaining. The short version is that this is badly written, repetitive use of language, horrible characters, and the book tries to be something it’s not. The fact that the author very well knew that this book would mainly by read by teenage girls, and yet she let this be published without not even the least explanation or disclaimer that this is not a good representation of neither a BDSM relationship nor a healthy relationship at all, scares me. E.L. James wanted to make money off her fanfiction, but this one should come with a “Don’t try this at home” note.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I didn’t hate this book as much as felt like it wanted to stuff several different religions and ideas down my throat at the same time. The author alternated between preaching and telling me that if I want something enough, the Universe will make it happen. It felt like a really long and tedious “inspiring” Tumblr meme.
- Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Yeah, I’ve read the entire series, and I didn’t even hate it to begin with. Somewhere along the way it just got too much, and by the time I read Breaking Dawn I was just so tired.
Top 3 favorite characters?
- Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
Because she taught me, and everyone like me, that reading and being smart is okay.
- Guy Montag (Fahrenheit 451)
Because he’s curious although he’s not allowed to be.
Because she’s such a strong woman, not only for her time, but in general. We all have a thing or two to learn from her.
Top 3 least favorite characters?
- Christian Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey)
- Bella Swan (Twilight)
- Dolores Umbrigde (Harry Potter)
The first one is the creepiest bastard I’ve ever had the misfortune to read about. He’s abusive and controlling, and I know from experience that if you’re ever considering getting into a relationship with someone like that, you are going to regret it big time. That he’s made out to be this wonderful guy who is in fact just a bit hurt or whatever irks me to no end. Disgusting! Number two is just pathetic and annoying, and made me wonder if there actually are girls like that. The third one actually made me furious while reading.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.
I really like John Green, and I like the only other book by him that I’ve read, but I just couldn’t really get into this one. I’m thinking I’m going to re-read it at some point and see if I change my mind. John’s books just have this huge hype about them, so I guess you’re just set up for disappointment, especially if you’re not that much into YA to begin with.
Books that you liked that other people hated?
This one I simply can’t answer. I went through my Goodreads list of read books to see if there were any obvious ones, but in fact, most of the time the rating I’ve given the book is somewhere around the general rating the book has gotten from other readers. That doesn’t surprise me that much though, because I tend to pick books up based on what people say about them, so my decision to read a book is usually based upon the general opinion of it, thus I really never read books that everyone dislikes.
Characters that people love but you hated?
I’m not really in tune with what people love or don’t love because I don’t have that many friends who read and are willing to discuss books with me, so I only have a few books to choose from really. I have to say Ron Weasley, again, from the Harry Potter series. And man does it feel good to say it! It’s not that I hate him, I just don’t care for him whatsoever and everyone seems to think he’s so loveable and I’ve never understood it.
Characters that people hate but you loved?
Merlin, in general. I’m reading The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart and upon talking to people online, I find that a lot of them just don’t care for Merlin at all. A surprising amount of people. I don’t get that, of course I have very little reference because I simply haven’t read enough about him yet, but I find him and his actions to be very interesting and I’m eager to get to know him better.
It doesn’t seem to be any specific actions that have made people dislike him though so I don’t think I’ll get any wiser on this one. Obviously I know that a lot of people like him too, I just..haven’t found any.
“The universe takes care of all its birds”
This quote comes from R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. The book in itself made me feel good, but this quote in particular gave me hope and made me feel..happy somehow. I liked it. Obviously there are tons of great quotes in books, but this was the first one I came to think of.
“My inner goddess is jumping up and down, clapping her hands like a five year old.”
This is from Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, and it’s just an example of one of the times when Ana feels the need to tell us about her “inner goddess”. Set aside the fact that this book is rather horribe, repetitive BDSM wannabe porn, what annoyed me most was these ridiculous mentions of Ana’s “inner goddess”, and let me tell you, the book is full of them.
Books you didn’t finish?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.
These are the only two books I’ve ever quit reading without any intention of ever picking them up again. The Great Gatsby is just plain boring, I have no idea how it’s become so famous. Maybe I’ll give it another chance some day. The other one I read in Swedish (the language it’s written in) and I just found it to be so forced and so…you noticed exactly how hard the author was trying to be funny by writing senseless things. I think he’s read too much of Douglas Adams’ works, tried to copy it, and failed completely.
What book have you read the most times?
Yeah, this would have to be one of the Harry Potter books. By looking at the covers, I’d say The Goblet of Fire, although I’m not entirely sure because I know my brother read it too so the abuse of the book might be his fault ;)
Other than that, Jewels by Danielle Steel. I read and re-read and re-re-read that book countless times when I was a kid, I absolutely loved it. I don’t think I’ve read it since I was maybe 12 or 13, so one day I’ll give it a go. I have two copies of it.
Series where the first book was amazing but went downhill from there?
The Hunger Games. I’m sorry! This should just not have been a trilogy to begin with, it should’ve stopped after the first book. Because see, I loved the first one, it’s even on my Favourites list on Goodreads. But then it just turned weird. And repetitive. And I just lost interest.
Phew, all done! And that concludes this Friday’s Tea Time!
Do you agree/disagree with me on any of these? If you make a post about this of your own, feel free to give me the link, I would love to read your opinions!