Y’all, I’m not even going to try to lie: I’ve been hoping someone would tag me for this. I mean, I was going to do it regardless, but still. I love the Olympics. The summer games are the best part of every leap year. I watch them every time they’re on. I don’t get to watch every event, but I watch what I can, and I’ve discovered a love for certain sports I never would have thought I’d like at all. Plus, the modern Olympic games is the one time of year where almost every country comes together to unite and puts their country’s politics aside.
Anyway, on to the tag.
The Opening Ceremony — What book did you think had an incredible opening?
“I had a secret: I wanted to leave the earth in spectacular fashion. Specifically, by leaping from the Eiffel Tower. The end seemed ideal–high above the city, soaring through the air just as my heart stopped and my brain released a rush of endorphins, causing intense euphoria. A moth consumed by the light.”
That first paragraph had me gripped to my Kindle Fire ever since. Unfortunately, I want off the ride because the main character is pissing me off.
The Games — What is your favorite fictional competition?
The Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I almost chose The Hunger Games, but that would have been a lie.
I don’t have a reason why it’s my favorite fictional competition. It just is. Because wizards. Oh, look, there’s your reason.
The Original — The modern games are based on the original Greek competition – what is your favorite book based on a classic?
I haven’t read this book yet, but I’m going to say it, anyway: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. I need to read this soon so I can watch the movie, because the cinematography looks amazing.
The Eternal Flame — What is one ship that you won’t let die, even after the books made it clear it was never going to happen?
I haven’t finished the final book yet, but I spoiled myself accidentally on purpose when I found out that, apparently, Maximum Ride doesn’t end up with Fang in the end (because he dies), and it should have never been Dylan…
Wtf, James Patterson?
Gymnastics — What’s a book that had so many twists and turns it left your head spinning (in a good way)?
Just when I thought I knew what was going on, turns out I was wrong. That’s probably why I love this book so much.
The Controversial Judge — What’s a book that you have a totally different opinion about than most other people?
Most people seem to hate this book for some reason, and while it’s not great, it’s definitely not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. The biggest criticism comes from the fact that there’s a word-for-word retelling of the movie for 25% of the book in the beginning, up until the Cave of Wonders, and then it gets really dark really quickly. I enjoyed it as an Aladdin fan, but the character depictions could have been better because it relies on assuming the reader has already seen the movie to fill in the blanks.
Beach Volleyball — What is your favorite fictional duo?
Pretty sure you all know where I’m going with this, so I’m just going to leave this here…
Goes back to all that history Fang and Max have. They fight so well together, which is why it pisses me off that James Patterson ruined a good thing.
Weightlifting — What is the most massive book on your shelf?
Probably this one:
If I remember correctly, this one has over 1,000 pages. So, yeah, I’d consider that massive.
Track & Field — What is a book that you just tore through with world record speed?
I read the first three in less than a week, and the fourth in less than a day. Twilight still remains to be my favorite book of the series because it was just about Edward and Bella, no third-party wolves trying to insert himself into someone’s life while someone else was stupidly absent…
Synchronized Swimming — What is a book series that you kept reading, even though you didn’t have any idea why?
Can you guess? I’ll give you three tries, and the first two don’t count.
Did you guess it? 😉
The Tortured Fan — What fictional family, group, nation, or organization do you irrationally root for no matter how many times they break your heart?
Closing Ceremony — What book had an ending that just blew your mind?
The ending wasn’t even anything spectacular, it was mostly the fact that F. Scott Fitzgerald was downright poetic with his writing, and the final sentence is still stuck with me.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
You, you, you, and you over there… in the back corner.