I wasn’t planning on doing this tag since I’ve never actually done any tags before, but I figured this would be my one and only chance since the Olympics don’t last very long and won’t be around for another four years… So here I am! Doing my first tag.
I have to admit I don’t watch many of the sports, but, since I used to be a gymnast, I am always super excited about the summer Olympics just for the chance to watch the gymnastics. It’s the only sport I actually know anything about it, so it’s the only time I actually get to shout things at the TV and get all anxious the way other people do when they watch football or basketball or soccer or whatever other sports it is that people watch.
I’m sure this won’t be my most popular post since it’s going to be a list of books that most people haven’t heard of, but I figure it’s been a while since I’ve actually talked about some of these lovelies, and maybe you guys will find some new books to try!
Credit and much thanks to Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight for creating this tag!
(A Book You Loved from the First Page)
Artificial by Jadah McCoy
This was one of those books that gripped me right from the start because I loved the main character’s voice.
(Favorite Road Trip Book)
Incubus by Amanda Meuwissen
I’ve never read any legit road trip books, but this was like a road trip Supernatural-style since they drove around the country killing monsters.
(A Book with a Good Love Triangle)
Steal the Light by Lexi Blake
I couldn’t make a post like this and not include my favorite series somewhere! I actually do like love triangles even though most people hate them, and the one in this book was so especially, amazingly heart-wrenching.
(Steal the Light Review)
(A Book You Didn’t Really “Get”)
Lux by Courtney Cole
You all know I don’t normally rant or like to say bad things about books, but I am still not over my anger toward this one. I think the tag was talking about the type of books that just go over your head, but this one I didn’t get simply because IT DIDN’T EVEN MAKE THE SLIGHTEST, TEENIEST, TINIEST BIT OF SENSE. It was a book of nonsense. I tried so very hard to go with the flow and piece things together and accept the weird paranormal turn that the supposedly psychological thriller/contemporary series took, but seriously nothing added up or made any sense. And it was a shame because the first book was pretty amazing.
(A Book Set in the Summer)
Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow
I don’t read books really set in specific seasons, and I especially don’t read those summertime, feel-good, contemporary type books (not that there’s anything wrong with them, they’re just not at all my thing), so this was as close as I could get since some of the book is set in Summer’s Court in the fae realm. Plus I’ll take any excuse to share this cover 😉
(Trailer Park Fae Review)
(A Book with a Lot of Fighting/Bloodshed)
Captive by Jex Lane
This is possibly the most violence and fighting-filled book I have ever read. I mean, even the cover has swords and blood on it lol (not that Matthew needs swords, being a vampire and all).
(A Book with a Lot of Plot Twists)
The Ferryman Institute by Colin Gigl
I had a hard time choosing just one book for this, but I went with this one since even in my [not yet posted] review I mention how twisty it got near the end.
(A Book that Made You Sob)
The Death Cure by James Dashner
I don’t sob in books. I’m not an emotionless monster, I still feel things, I promise, I’m just not a big crier in general. But this book did make me shed a few tears!
(The Death Cure Review)
(A Slow-Paced Book)
Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason
A direct quote from my review: “Yes, it was slow-paced, but it was deliciously slow-paced, the kind that sucks you in and wraps you up in it.” I’m a firm believer that slow-paced is not a bad thing when it’s done right!
(Rises the Night Review)
(A Childhood Favorite)
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
I read this when I was 9 or 10, and I just LOVED the interesting, fun, clever play on words that this book was so full of.
(A Book Featuring Animals)
Withered + Sere by TJ Klune
I really don’t read about animals much, but this one actually has a dog as one of the main characters, and the protagonist is able to “hear” the dog in his head.
(Withered + Sere Review)
(A Book You Struggled to Finish)
The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan
I don’t DNF, so I have quite a few books I struggled to finish, which is why I’ve decided to go in a different direction for this one. This was one of those rare books that I didn’t like in the beginning, but then it actually did get better. The first half of this book got completely on my nerves, but now here I am about to read Book 6 in the series as soon as I have a chance.
(The Faerie Guardian Review)
(A Book With a Great Friendship)
The Heartless City by Andrea Berthot
How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser
Hereafter by Terri Bruce
I just couldn’t choose. All of these have beautiful friendships, and the ones in How to Date Dead Guys and Hereafter are especially unique and different from the usual.
(The Heartless City Review)
(How to Date Dead Guys Review)
Bonus: Books that Actually Feature Olympic Sports
These Battered Hands by Laurel Ulen Curtis
Blind Landing by Carrie Aarons
Finding Our Balance by Lauren Hopkins
You’ll notice I didn’t include that YA gymnastics book that just came out, and that’s because, from all the reviews I’ve read, it’s just about drama and not gymnastics. These, however, are supposed to do a much better job of portraying the sport (I’ve only read the first one, and that one did a great job of it).