A huge thanks to Erika @ Erika In Bookventureland for tagging me! As usual, I apologize that it has taken me this long to complete it…since I was tagged almost a month ago. I like to take my time…? (*excuse for being lazy*) Now I really want to go eat a burrito bowl. Although, I actually prefer it with the tortilla as the bowl. A bowl you can eat! What’s not to like about that?! xD
Rice: The Foundation – “The book that got you into reading (or book blogging)”
I’m sure there are a bunch of others that have a similar answer, but I can’t recall there being just one book that got me into reading. I read a bunch of stuff when I was younger so I would never be able to really narrow it down to just one. There’s always Harry Potter, of course, but I enjoyed reading before I even read that series. So I wouldn’t really say that counts. And there wasn’t even a specific book that got me into book blogging either. It was simply my passion for reading in general. And a little peer pressure from a good friend, of course.
Beans: The Filler – “A book with a whole lot of nothing happening”
I’m having a hard time coming up with a book for this section. But I do remember when I read Eldest by Christopher Paolini, the second book in the The Inheritance Cycle series, about halfway through I just stopped reading it for awhile. And I mean, like, weeks. It’s been a very long time since I’ve read it, but I just remember that about halfway through the book there was nothing going on. Absolutely nothing. I think that’s when Eragon was training in the forest…? Or something like that. But yeah. It was awful. I do plan on rereading it, however, since I only ever read the first two in the series, but I’m probably going to end up struggling through that part all over again when I do.
Protein: The Building Block – “A book quote to live by”
I’m going to have to go with a quote by the amazingly witty Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series. The first time I heard this one I just thought it was the greatest thing.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and then throw it in the face of the person who gave you the lemons until they give you the oranges you originally asked for.”
I really don’t know why I like it so much, but I do. I suppose it has to do with making a ‘cliche quote’ more original. Plus, it’s funny.
Fajitas: The Crunch of Texture – “A book with immaculate world-building”
Hmm, that’s a tough one since everyone has their own opinion of what ‘immaculate world-building’ would be. As for me…I’m really trying to not pick Harry Potter for this one. It’s hard. But I really do like the world-building in the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Yes, it’s about talking cats, but they’re intelligent cats who have gathered together and formed Clans out in the wild. Their whole ‘way-of-life’ is simple, yet very clever and unique. If I were a cat I would totally want to live in that world.
Salsa: The Dance of Flavor – “A book that kept you on your toes”
I would say A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. Another book in the POV of an animal. This book follows the actions and thoughts of dog who, after passing, is reborn as a completely different dog, but with the memories of his past life. This happens multiple times throughout the book. He’s not sure what it all means, he simply wants to find his purpose in life. It’s a great read and you just want to keep reading until the end to find out what this one dog goes through during each life. It’s fascinating. And, just a heads up, if you’re emotional when it comes to books, you will mostly likely cry. I did. Quite a bit… *no shame*
Corn: The Explosion of Sweetness – “A memorable scene involving friendship/romance”
I don’t have the greatest memory, so sometimes remembering a specific scene is a bit difficult for me. Be that as it may, I’m going to choose pretty much the entirety of The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. I mean, the whole book is about Lyra venturing out to find her best friend Roger. If that ain’t friendship than I don’t know what is. Plus, throw in Lyra’s bond with her daemon, Pan, and her growing fondness with the bear, Iorek, and it fits with the theme perfectly.
Cheese: The Bond of Calcium – “Two characters from different books you wish could be friends”
I’m going to have to pick Alex Sawyer from the Escape From Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith and Grubbs Grady from The Demonata series by Darren Shan. They both go through such horrific events in their own books, I think they would really be able to relate to one another. I could see their meeting turn into a contest of who has seen more messed up stuff than the other… xD
Sour Cream: The Tangy Topper – “The quirkiest character you’ve ever read (protagonist or supporting)”
Once again, I want to stray away from Harry Potter, because I feel a lot of people will end up choosing Luna for this section. She did immediately come to mind, but I’m deciding on Waldo Butters from The Dresden Files. He’s a cowardly medical examiner who adores polka music and created a suit with instruments attached to become his own one-man band. Although not the bravest soul, he helps out the main character a bunch through the series and isn’t afraid to be, well…himself.
Guacamole: The Cost of Creaminess – “A book you paid too much for (based on utility experience)”
Erika mentioned text books, so I feel like I agree with her. They are waaaay too much money for how little you use them. I mean, it depends on the class and all…but still. However, if we’re not counting those awful things…I’m not quite sure. I don’t buy books new very often. I buy second-hand books or use the library. But sometimes I can’t find a book I need at a used book store or the library doesn’t have it, so I’m forced to buy it at B&N or online. Sometimes it’s worth it, sometimes not. There are only a few I will go out of my way to actually buy new. I am cheap and like to save money *insert thumbs up here*.
Lettuce: The Handful of Crispness – “A refreshing concept/theme in a book”
For this one I’ll choose My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent. I’ve only read the first book in the series so far, I plan on going back to it in the near future, but I thought it was a neat idea because the books focus on banshee’s. I’ve never come across a book solely about banshee’s. If you read a lot of fantasy/supernatural based books they do crop up from time to time, but never has the protagonist been one. At least not in anything I’ve read before. Like I mentioned, I’ve only read the first book so far and it was okay. The plot was really interesting, but I wish I liked the main character better. I’m hoping she’ll grow on me in the next five books.
Chips: Le Pièce de Résistance – “A must-read recommendation if you like [this book/genre—you decide!]”
People who have read my blog for awhile are probably sick of me talking about this series, but I’m going to say it anyway! Storm Front by Jim Butcher, the first book in the Dresden Files series. Fantasy is my favorite book genre, so if you are into that particular genre as well I definitely recommend this series. It’s about a smart-ass wizard in Chicago solving crimes, basically. What more can you ask for?
Tabasco: The Kick to the Face – “Your favorite fight/action sequence”
This is also a tough one. I’m going to go out on a limb a bit and say the fight in Heaven’s arena between Gon and Hisoka from the anime Hunter x Hunter. Yeah yeah, it’s an anime, but it’s based off the manga so there! Still counts. Or at least I say it does.
I’ll go ahead and tag Emily because she always tags me in stuff. I think this might be the first time I’ve tagged her in a book tag… xD She always beats me to it! And I tag anyone else who is interested in participating, as usual! :)