Hey guys, I hope you’ve all been having an inspirational and exciting week.
Today’s post is going to be a tag, I’m very excited because I haven’t done a tag in ages! I would like to apologize to Queen JoJo for taking so long to do this tag, with Blogmas and studying I’ve only just got round to it. I would also like to thank her for nominating me for this tag, I’m so pleased that you did! 🙂 Make sure to go and check out her blog – I’ve only been following her for a short time but her blog is amazing! Before I start I would like to say that this tag is about books and the headers for each ‘question’ is very creative and clever in how it asks the question. So, keep an open-mind with this tag and enjoy!
Okay, now that we’ve done that, let’s get right into it!
Apples – Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful and has probably won a lot of awards but it really isn’t your thing;
Okay, there are so many books that I could put into this question, so many, but I think the one I’m going to go for is Harry Potter, I know I’ll probably lose half my followers for this but I’m just being honest. It’s one of the most successful novels ever and yet I can’t understand why it’s so popular, when I was younger I used to absolutely adore the films and although I loved to read; the books were a bit out of my comfort zone due to length and I thought they needed a lot of editing. If you like it, that’s fine, I’m not criticizing. I just don’t hugely have an interest in it.
Milk Chocolate – This is a book you’d recommend to absolutely EVERYONE;
I have to go with my absolutely all-time favourite book, an Australian classic called Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude – Get A Life By Maureen McCarthy. It is the most influential and brilliant book I have ever read. It is fantastically laid out so that you get to read one third of the book from each characters perspective in a way that isn’t annoying and adds to the book rather than taking away from it. It’s about three university students who all share a flat together and they are absolutely nothing alike, they have to learn to get on and juggle university life at the same time. Funnily enough, they’re not as different as they seem. I would suggest that everyone reads this book because it is nothing more than a simple book about life. Everything that happens is a perfectly natural, realistic lifestyle and I think there’s something about it that is just so genuine and fresh compared to all the books that are current at the moment.
Black Jellybeans – Why do these exist;
I’m not entirely sure what the rules are about this tag, do I have to have read the book? Or can it be something I haven’t read? I don’t know, but I’m going to go with a book I haven’t read – Fifty Shades Of Grey By E.L James, I’m sorry but I just don’t understand why this book has become such a big thing. Okay, E.L is entitled to write any fanfiction that she wants but why anyone decided to actually officially publish the thing is beyond me, being a fanfiction on one website will by definition reach less of an audience than publishing it and turning it into a movie franchise, it should have stayed on whatever fanfiction website it was and only have been accessed by the people that wanted to find it. Instead, it’s been published and advertised and now it’s promoting abusive and violent relationships with dangerous and controlling men and I just don’t think that’s what the world needs. We need to be breaking away from views and suggestive relationships like these not promoting them, especially in this day and age. The thing that annoys me most isn’t that the books exist but that people who really should have more sense are reading the books thinking this is a relationship to aspire to, it’s one thing reading a book like this and knowing it’s absolutely outrageous and appalling and not something to aspire to – much like you would watch an action film and not necessarily believe that’s what you should want to happen in real life – and deciding to read it anyway, it’s another thing to read it and then actually want to be able to live a life like the characters from the book, but I haven’t actually read it so what do I know?
Chocolate Kisses – Awww this novel had the best romance;
I had to think about this one for ages, I am all for a really great romance in a novel, in some books it makes the difference between a decent book and an amazing book. I’m not sure I can definitively decide but the two choices are; Noah and Penny from Girl Online By Zoe Sugg or Grace and Sam from Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Both of these romances are just insanely cute and adorable.
Gummy Spiders – Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one;
I don’t tend to read scary novels really, it’s not so much that they’re not my thing but more that I just never get round to it and I can only read emotionally challenging and adrenaline creating books if I’m in the right mood for it, the right frame of mind so I usually go for an easy read, something that will keep me entertained but that no matter my frame of mind I can always read otherwise I’ll either have to not read if I’m not in the right frame of mind or I’ll have to be reading multiple books at once. I guess, at a push, The Woman In Black By Susan Hill because it’s the only book of ‘horror’ genre that’s even remotely freaked me out and there was only really a page that freaked me out. There have been plenty of moments in books where I’ve found it challenging to read it because it’s been so horrible but I haven’t been ‘scared’.
Jumbo Lollipop – This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it;
So… there have been plenty of books that have taken me a long time to get through purely because I haven’t had the time to read but the two books that have taken me the longest to read through their size, and that I was younger and read a lot slower then (and I found one of them incredibly dull – guess which one and let me know in the comments) were; Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows By J.K Rowling and Twilight: Breaking Dawn By Stephanie Meyer. These both took me a really long time to get through and with one of them I very almost gave up because I just couldn’t even be bothered but my Mum told me I wasn’t allowed to watch the film until I’d read the book, I understand now that she was just trying to encourage me to read but I hated the book so much that it was really hard to finish but I wanted to see the film.
Cotton Candy – Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think children’s or MG fiction;
I am not going to lie, I do still love this book, I got it for Christmas when I was nine-years-old and it changed my life. It led me to a whole new area of life and discrimination that at that time I hadn’t really thought about, hadn’t even understood but through the author’s pure genius of storytelling he managed to capture my attention and keep me entertained whilst teaching me something really important about humanity. This book was Shadow by Michael Morpurgo and is probably the second highest book that I would recommend to absolutely everyone, old and young, boy and girl, women and man, there is not another book like it. It’s a must read for everyone. Michael manages to connect with young people the way lots of people do, by using dogs or other cute animals and yet with doing so he teaches you about not only war but also refugees and before you know it you’re aware of these new things and you’re thinking about everything more than you might have done before reading the book. It’s just great!
That brings us to the end of this post, I really hope you got some ideas for books to add to your to-read list, which, if you’re a reader is probably much too long. If you did enjoy this post then please make sure to give it a like, every little helps haha! If you aren’t following me already then you can go and do that to read new posts by me as soon as they’re published! Please share some of your favourite (or least favourite) books in the comments below as I am always looking for suggestions!
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That’s all for now!
Inspired Teen 🙂