Friday, August 5, 2016

Olympic Book Tag

I'm not a huge Olympics fan. I have no idea which countries are the best in which events, or even which ones are competing. But I do love watching some of the sports - especially gymnastics, swimming, and the shorter running races. So when I saw Jess @ Curiouser and Curiouser do the Olympics Book Tag, I thought that it'd be a great way to mark the date of the opening ceremony on my blog! You know, because that's something I'd want to make sure to point out on my blog, which has SO much sports discussion. (Yeah right.)

This tag was originally made by Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight, and she created the graphics, too!


  Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley: This book literally took my breath away from the very first page. I was hooked. I read the whole thing in a day and then just sat quietly while my brain exploded. (In a good way.)

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: I seriously can't believe that I read this book almost 3 years ago. It was so good! I really need to reread this, but I know that I loved it.



The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare: I'm picky about love triangles. It takes a lot for me to accept one, and I almost never like them. This is the main exception. It's just all done so beautifully that I have absolutely nothing to complain about.


The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski (The Winner's Trilogy #1): This is more a case of I didn't really get the hype. So many people seem to love this series, but I read the first book a couple of years ago and just didn't really care.



The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: Yes, this is the second Morgan Matson book on my list. Because I can. And because I'm slightly obsessed with this book and I'm not going to stop talking about it when there's a perfect opportunity. It's such a perfect summer read!




The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I think this one's pretty self-explanatory.




The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: This whole series definitely kept me on my toes! This isn't a series where there's one plot twist that determines everything, but there's always so many exciting twists and turns that it fits this gymnastics question perfectly. (And thanks to Sky @ Sky's Reading Corner for helping me brainstorm books where the existence of plot twists isn't a spoiler by itself.)



We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: I can't really say anything because spoilers, but this book made me sob. If you've read it, you know.



Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (Graceling #3): There were huge sections of this book where it felt like not a lot really happened. It definitely wasn't plotless, but I had to be a lot more patient with it than I was with Graceling.



Samantha Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp (Samantha #5): American Girl was a pretty huge part of my childhood, and I am not ashamed to say that I still read the historical books. But my favorite as a kid had to be this one. I think I read it about 10 times!


Black Widow, Vol. 1: The Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmonson: Okay, so the cat isn't the most vital part of this book, but it's important and it's incredibly cute and I love it. Natasha Romanoff with a cat is everything I didn't know I wanted.



A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #5): I feel like for a book I didn't like all that much, I talk about this one a lot. But it took me over three years to actually finish, because I kept getting so bored by the first half.



The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: I adore so many things about this book, but Paige's friend group is one of the best parts. They're all so supportive of each other, and they complement each other so well, and they're pretty much squad goals.


Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: figure skating
The Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick: hockey (all books), figure skating (Pies & Prejudice)
The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard: soccer
None of these books are actually set during the Olympics, but I read few enough books about sports that even finding these was difficult.

I'm going to tag Sky @ Sky's Reading Corner, and anyone else who wants to do this!

Will you be watching the Olympics this year? What's your favorite event? Do you have any sports book recommendations (for someone who really knows nothing about sports)? Tell me in the comments!
 

6 comments:

  1. Oh YAY I am so glad that you did this! I love your answers too- such great choices! True story, I LOVED that Samantha book too- I still have it, somewhere, along with a lot of the others. Totally agree with you about The Hunger Games, of course! And I REALLY need to read a Morgan Matson book- I own them all, so I have no excuses!

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    1. The Samantha book was so great! I wish I had it - I got all my American Girl books from the library. And YES you should definitely read a Morgan Matson book! The two in this tag are my favorites, but I've heard amazing things about her other ones, too.

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  2. Ahhh I loved this!! And I really wish I was watching more of the Olympics. XD I keep forgetting omg SHAME. Ahem. Anyway, We Were Liars made me sob too. I just was not expecting anything like what that plot twist revealed. *screams* And I also was obsessed with the Samantha American Girl books!! ALL THE AMERICAN GIRL BOOKS!! Which is hilarious since I am, in fact, Australian? But whatever. They were good fun. xD

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    1. I almost forgot about the Olympics entirely this year! I just happened to see something last week about the opening ceremony - otherwise I would have completely missed it. The plot twist in We Were Liars was INCREDIBLE. I kind of predicted it, but then I thought "no, that wouldn't make sense, that wouldn't happen" and promptly forgot all about it. And all of the American Girl books were so great! I didn't even know they were published in other countries, but I really shouldn't be surprised.

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  3. Love this tag!! I don't usually watch a lot of the Olympics, but I love the patriotic spirit and positive vibes associated with the event. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is one of my favorite road trip stories, too! It's just so adorable!! <3

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    1. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is one of the first books that really got me into contemporaries! I love it!

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