#T5W | WRITING IDOLS

This week, we are talking about our Authors You Want to Write Like.

I fully intended to post this yesterday, early. This is the easiest list to compose for me.

But then I got to work. It was hell. I was too tired when I got home and I wanted to push finishing The Hero of Ages for Tome Topple (not happening, unfortunately).

So here we are. Top 5 Wednesday on a Thursday. That’s okay, right?

As many avid readers, I also dabbled in writing. I actually won NaNoWriMo 2010 and once I reached around 56,000 words, I fell off of it. So yeah, the Generation Kill TV mini-series fan fiction loosely based on Jane Eyre is still unfinished. I only really need to write an ending but I got stuck. Yup, that was seven years ago. I used to exclusively write CSI:NY fan fiction for a while. Then James/Lily stories. Hey, I do have a ff.net account (that is still alive) and an AO3 account which is mainly for anime fics. I never actually ventured into “original” works. I just write. It’s not really a passion. I just like doing it.

But if I were serious, I would love a piece of talent from any of these brilliant authors. They have such creative imaginations, skillful world-building, amazing story-telling, and rich characters. I love it all. Alas, I am but a reader but a girl can dream!


BRANDSON SANDERSON.
The Mistborn trilogy is a masterpiece. All 3 books in the core series are all more than 500 pages, perfect for Tome Topple, yet they are so easy to read. It’s like a gateway between YA and adult fantasy fiction. There are so many characters but you will remember all of them, their powers, and their backstories. The magic system sounds so complicated but it really isn’t. It’s so complex yet so engaging, you will not get lost. Brandon Sanderson was able to think all of that up – magic system, setting, characters and all – and still making it such a breeze to read. Don’t be intimidated by his works.

VE SCHWAB.
I follow her on social media and it seems that she’s always writing. Writing and editing multiple books at the same time, released two in a year, starting a new one as soon as the other is finished. Girl! You deserve a full 12-hour sleep! But I love her and I love her work. Like with Sanderson, she managed to make a rather complex world (I mean, FOUR Londons) and magic system easy to follow. She’s introduced concepts that are unlike any other in the YA scene today with her Monsters of Verity duology. I don’t see any huge difference in her treatment of readers in both the YA and adult audience and I appreciate that. Her writing is so solid. I just love it so much.

MARIE LU.
No one writes action like Marie Lu. Her books are so smart and fast-paced, I look forward to reading everything she’s ever written. When I read Legend, it honestly felt like it was in one sitting. I could not put it down. Same with Warcross. She writes action scenes so cleanly and effectively, you can almost see it unfolding in front of your eyes. Her concepts are so cool – video games, virtual reality, mixed with a dystopia that is frankly not far from possible truth.

LAINI TAYLOR.
I literally just finished the audio book for Dreams of Gods and Monsters. Every time I read her books, it feels like I’m transported into that setting. Her writing is not exactly what you can call “flowery” but there’s a certain magic in her words. It’s so lyrical and I love it so, so much. I guess this is what they mean when they call words “beautiful”. Laini Taylor’s words are beautiful. There’s so much heart and emotion in them. Yes, the narrator might have added to that but I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone on hardcover and I had the same experience. It is just so lovely.

DAN BROWN.
What can I say? I’m trash for Dan Brown. His books are auto-buy for me. While his latest one is not my favorite, Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code are still two my favorite reads of all time. I can only imagine the research that went into those… so much that it actually had people scared enough to boycott the books and movies. I love that his Robert Langdon adventures are based on real places that you can visit. His other works require a certain level of disbelief but there is still that research aspect of fictionalized history/technology in there. I don’t mind him taking a long time in between books. I know I’m going to be in for a ride when they come.


Goodbye, November! I’ll be posting by November and Tome Topple wrap up together either tomorrow (that’s pushing it lmao) or next week.

Have a wonderful day!

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#T5W | Bro.

This week, we are talking about Bromances.


I have two lists for you today. The boring book list – I say “boring” because it’s going to be the same as everyone else’s – and my anime list. I am truly more excited for the anime list. I’ve been watching a lot of sports anime and it’s a black hole of bromances, straight up yaoi, and fan fiction fodder for years to come.

I won’t dwell much on the book list but do hear me out:

GRAYSON PIERCE & MONK KOKKALIS, Sigma Force series by James Rollins.
Let’s start with the lesser known one. Their friendship is so great. They’ve been through hell together and lived their lives side by side. They’ve protected each other and have feared to lose one another multiple times. Theirs is one of the strongest relationships in these books.

KELL & RHY, Shades of Magic trilogy by VE Schwab.
They’re adoptive brothers and they quite literally share a lifeline. I feel like this is kind of cheating a bit but this is the best bromantic relationship in this trilogy without crossing the actual m/m romance line. I love how much they care about each other and the guilt they both feel because of how they affect the other’s life.

LEGOLAS & GIMLI, The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien.
Legolas spent the rest of his Middle-Earth life and beyond with his friend Gimli, a dwarf. They blurred racial lines and forged a lifetime of loyalty and friendship. I mean, I love Aragorn but to be truly honest, he was a 3rd wheel in this friendship. 😉

DARROW & SEVRO, Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown.
Loyalty plays a huge part in all the bromances I’ve mentioned so far. This one is no different. These two are foils of each other. They’re opposites but somehow, they found a friend and ally in each other. Sevro continued when Darrow couldn’t and kept the band together. Darrow never lost hope in Sevro. I just love them!

CASSIAN & AZRIELA Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.
This entry will link my two lists together. Why? Because in my head as I was reading these two books, I dreamcasted Cassian as JJ Leroy and Azriel as Otabek Altin from Yuri!!! On Ice. More on that later but in the books, they’re these seemingly chill dudes – really, dudes. They keep Rhysand in check. But then they go to beast mode. They’re so devoted to protecting their loved ones and the sense of obligation is so strong. They’re the best part of the series.

And now, for the fun list… the Top 5 Anime Bromances! Continue reading

#T5W | Favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

This week, we are talking about FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY BOOKS.

I was looking at my books and fantasy is definitely one of my favorite genres. I do read sci-fi as well, maybe starting to dabble deeper into it soon. I definitely had more than 5 books in my first list. I tried to see if I can have five fantasy and five sci-fi books but it was just impossible to separate them into categories. The line between fantasy and sci-fi is blurring more and more. I wrote down some titles that toe that line, jump across it multiple times, and plant one foot on each side of it. I am overthinking this, aren’t I?

Or I can just do this:

All of these are signed copies!

That’s my list. Bye-bye! *logs off*


I’m kidding! While VE Schwab is definitely deserving a top spot on this list, I’m counting all these books as one. The Shades of Magic trilogy alone is an excellent example of a solid fantasy series with awesome world-building and an interesting magic system with equally engaging characters. The Savage Song, written under the name Victoria Schwab is a YA fantasy with NO ROMANCE. About monsters. No romance. Let that sink in. And my favorite, Vicious, is about two villains – anti-heroes. Both of them are bad guys trying to eliminate the other. Vicious and This Savage Song is bordering on urban fantasy while Shades of Magic is straight up magic and adventure and yes, romance.

I guess that’s my first pick!

Number two, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. It’s the first book in the Mistborn trilogy. I only read the first book so far but I have every intention to finish this book by the end of 2017. It’s high fantasy but it’s so easy to read and follow. We follow Kelsier and Vin and their band of rebels trying to overthrow the Lord Ruler. The pretty UK paperbacks are a booktube and bookstagram staple so you bet I have them too. The world-building is excellent and while the magic system can be complicated, it is so interesting that you won’t mind it. Plus, there are guides that you can check out. Honestly, the hype is real with this book. It’s not even hype… it’s PRAISE!

(I just noticed parallels between The Final Empire and A Conjuring of Light, specifically. I would have to do more research but I’m lazy and I’m sure other people already noticed that too.)

My pick of sci-fi is the Parasitology trilogy by Mira Grant. I feel like this is an underrated series. It’s about parasites in the form of worms that is consumed by the body to help it combat illness and basically better the quality of life. Then these parasites develop a mind of their own and start to take over their hosts. This trilogy is unique where the pace doesn’t really change. It’s a continuous slow-ish burn. There’s so many twists and turns. While it does get a bit repetitive at parts, it’s still an enjoyable ride.

This can’t be a list of fantasy books without one of my favorite books of all time, The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. There was a time I read this twice in a row – the first one was for leisure and the second one for school. All in three days. I used to read this once a year but I’ve since fell off of that tradition. However, I recently got the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition so I might go back on that re-read habit.

And I’m going to bookend this list with another author pick, James Rollins. Specifically, his Sigma Force series. I finished listening to The 6th Extinction a few hours ago. They are perfect audio book material especially if you’re already used to the formula that these sci-fi thrillers usually have. And of course, a certain amount of suspension of disbelief. I absolutely love this series and I’m actually thinking of re-reading some now that GoodReads has the re-read feature. There’s never a dull moment when reading this series.


There you have it. That’s five. But in my indecisiveness, I can’t leave out these titles. Honorable mentions!

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  • Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. I was hesitant to include this because I wasn’t sure if it were fantasy or sci-fi. Both then. I completely fell in love with Marie Lu’s writing and at how simple yet intense this trilogy is.
  • Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. This didn’t make the cut because I didn’t enjoy the first book as much as I did the second and third ones. The first book was more sci-fi while the rest is definitely fantasy.

Notice the lack of Harry PotterThe Night Circus, and Ready Player One… while I do love all of them, these title stand out more to me when I hear the words “fantasy” and “sci-fi”.

TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Best of 2016

… according to yours truly. I’m hoping to read 80 books this year. I have a few days left to read 3 more; I’m on 77 as of right now.

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re listing down the Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc)

This will be in no particular order. I more than doubled my reading this year compared to 2015 but choosing 10 of my very best reads this year wasn’t easy. I do have clear favorites and some, I had to think long and hard to justify them being on this list. As you know, I’m generous with my 5- and 4-star ratings. It doesn’t take much to make me like a book. I could say that I like a handful of my reads quite equally.

So, in an equal opportunity environment, how does one create a TOP ten list? I tried, you guys. Tried. Needless to say, this is in no particular order:

  1. Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Oh, man. This is everything I ever wanted from a series ender. I dropped everything the day this book came out. I had a signed copy on pre-order but still bought an e-book just so I can read it right away. I didn’t have the best beginnings with this trilogy but by the end of the 2nd book, Pierce Brown joined my list of auto-buy authors.
  2. Ring by Koji Suzuki. I literally just finished this book last night in between episodes of Sweetness and Lightning. While events vary a bit from the movie, the mood and premise remain as creepy as ever. As with a lot of Japanese fiction, it’s told in the most nonchalant, straightforward way. It never makes huge deals out of rape, abuse, death, etc. And that is what makes it so creepy. I knew I was going to like this going in and I was right. I can’t wait to tackle the rest of the series next year.
  3. The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. I started the year off with Legend and ended it with Champion. I also read the two graphic novels as catch up. I cannot wait for the 3rd graphic novel. That ended made me sob. I need more angst like that. I don’t get very much angst from novels; not the way I get them from fan fiction. I know this is an older trilogy but I still liked it. Yes, it’s trope-y but mind you, I didn’t jump on that YA train until it started to die down. I loved Day and everything he stood for. It wasn’t a 100% happy ending. Everyone lost, everyone is flawed… it was just so beautiful.
  4.  A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab. I was going to WonderCon 2016 and I saw that she has several panels scheduled. I honestly never read anything from her before but I was compelled to pick up this book. I inhale-read it just in time for her panel. I then bought Vicious at the convention and A Gathering of Shadows (which I haven’t read yet) signed. I also have some of her YA books but I think I prefer her adult ones.
  5. Vicious  by VE Schwab. While we’re on the subject. If I had to choose, I like Vicious more than ADSOM. I like me some dark anti-hero, anti-villain action. It’s about revenge and the characters are so rich… it’s almost a noir. Think a season of American Horror Story. It’s a book where all of them are villains but they’re not on the same side. I love it. It totally works as a standalone but I do hope that there’s at least one more book in the works.

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  6. Audition by Ryu Murakami. I read a couple of Murakami-san’s works this year and I think this is my favorite. Piercing is a close second but Audition, man. And I thought the movie was disgustingly creepy. Again with that Japanese way of telling a story in a straightforward way. Topics of gore seem more disgusting when told in such an emotionless way. And it just ends.
  7. Eon duology by Alison Goodman. I liked Eon more than Eona but as a duology, this was amazing. It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time. The world-building was superb. There was a lot of Asian themes and it was done really well even though the author is not Asian. The magic system was unique and quite frankly, empowering to women. Not to mention there’s a strong trans character and her love interest.
  8. Confessions by Kanae Minato. I’ve sung praises for this book since I read this. If you’re to read only one Japanese fiction, read this. You won’t regret it. You’ll want more. It is about a teacher whose child was murdered by one of her students. Told in several perspectives, each one more terrifying than the previous POV. I’ve yet to watch the live action adaptation but for now, this book… wow.
  9. Gekkan Shoujo, Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki. I’ve read a couple of manga and graphic novels this year but this takes the cake. I loved the anime adaptation and I loved the manga even more. It’s still on-going so I hope I can keep up with it.
  10. Wolf by Wolf duology by Ryan Graudin. I can’t decide which one I like more, Wolf by Wolf or Blood For Blood. This duology touched all my feelz. I got so attached to a character and it broke my heart. And I hated one character so hard that I actually put the book down for a bit. I’m so glad I decided to pick this up. It got me in the mood for alternate history, historical fiction.

If you check out my Goodreads, there’s a lot of 5-star reads that are not here. I might have rated them highly but that doesn’t mean they’re my favorites. I could rate something a 3-star and still end up a fave. This was not an easy list to make. My list of least favorites was easier… 😉

TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Nice To Meet You

It’s time to roll out the year-end tags, memes, and prompts. I’m loving it!

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re listing down the Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016.

I’ve read 70 books as of yesterday. More than 50% of that list are from authors who are new to me. Some of them, I’ve read multiple titles. I’ve heard of them before but 2016 was the year when I finally checked them out. I mean, if they’re hyped, there’s got to be a reason why, right? While I’ve not jumped to every bandwagon out there – I’ve yet to read Sarah J. Maas, Laini Taylor, Rainbow Rowell, and so many more – I discovered a good number of new-to-me authors this year. It was kind of tough narrowing it down to just ten so maybe there are honorable mentions later? We’ll see.

(I got a Book Outlet box yesterday so I decided to make use out of the brown paper. Yeah, here I am trying to be artsy LOL.)

  • Kristin Cashore – I chanced on a copy of Graceling at my local thrift store and decided to pick it up. I liked it and then the next thing I know, I own the whole trilogy. I’ve yet to read Bitterblue and I found Fire rather lacking but I enjoy her writing style so much. It is fantasy but it is easy to follow and it’s very creative.
  • Jonathan Maberry – This started out as a cover-buy but now, I have all 4 in the Rot & Ruin series (missing the short story collection but that’s fine). And oh man, I enjoyed this more than I would ever The Walking Dead. I love how he writes horror and gore without it being disgusting. I mean, disgusting is okay too but Rot & Ruin came across as a story of “people in a zombie book” rather than a “zombie book with people in it”.
  • Marie Lu – I see her Instagram feed and I realize that I always miss the opportunity of meeting her on the street by a day. I was at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Little Tokyo a day before she posts that she’s there too. That aside, I only have to read Champion to finish that trilogy. I loved Legend; I thought it was straight to the point action. I pulled this out of my double stacked shelves so that I could read it before the month/year ends.
  • Graeme Simsion – I instantly fell in love with The Rosie Project from the moment I saw the Australian edition cover. Then I inhale-read it. While I see the US cover of The Rosie Effect a lot, I want a cover that matches. Book Depository has my back, for sure. I love how the author writes the main character’s voice. It’s so unassuming and quite funny. It’s very subtle and flowing. His writing made me so happy.
  • Keigo Higashino – I have six of this man’s books. SIX. I don’t know what it is but when I read that Song Minho was talking about him, I looked him up and bought one book, The Devotion of Suspect X. It’s a mystery thriller but you know the Japanese does things their way, right? And I like that way. I’ve since read other Japanese mystery thrillers but I like Higashino-san the most.
  • V.E. Schwab –  I’m sure she’s on a lot of people’s lists. She easily shot up my favorite authors and auto-buy list. Really. Right now, I prefer her adult novels than the YA. I love Vicious so much. Hopefully, I can squeeze in A Gathering of Shadows by the end of the year but if not, January 2017. Her world building is so rich and solid. Her characters are so well-thought out. I loved listening to her thought process when writing and how she updates her twitter followers with her progress. If there’s one thing I’m thankful for this 2016, it’s being introduced to her works.
  • Ryan Graudin – I inhaled Wolf by Wolf. And Blood for Blood. I actually stopped myself from reading that for two days because I was so scared of what was going to happen in the end. The vibe reminded me of how I loved The Book Thief. That’s the kind of YA historical fiction that I can get behind. More, please.
  • Alison Goodman – Oh goodness, Eon is one of the best things I’ve ever read this year. Eona too. I don’t know what possessed me to buy this before knowing what it is about but whatever that is… thank you. Alison Goodman knows how to incorporate other cultures without appropriation. I thank her for Lady Dela forever.
  • Otsuichi – I read Zoo and it traumatized me. Even translated it had that effect on me. I think that’s reason enough to put him on this list.
  • Ryu Murakami – Yep, I like this Murakami. He writes such twisted and fucked up stories and I love every single one of them that I read. They are so addicting. And he wrote the source material of one of my favorite horror movies, Audition. I dare you to read that.

Surely, I’ve read more books from new to me authors this year. While I do love Confessions by Kanae Minato, I do hope there are more of her books translated to English. Amie Kaufman also comes to mind but then again, she co-wrote Illuminae and Gemina with Jay Kristoff. I have to read something that she wrote on her own. Recommendations?

2016 has been a year of new things. I hope to continue reading more from these authors and discover new names next year.

TELL ME SOMETHING TUESDAY | Everything is a Series

Let’s try something new, shall we? I have the usual Top Ten Tuesdays post on my other blog for a change, ORANGE KISSIt’s about podcasts so if you’re interested in that and true crime, check it out.

And really guys, work has been absolute hell. I need to unwind. Even my reading is not doing so good. I’m barely 25% through Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, not that it’s not good… but I slumped really bad. Between not so good books and a barrage of short reads in the form of graphic novels, I don’t know how to read long books anymore. And oh, Trails of Cold Steel 2. Life.

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Rainy Day Rumblings host this weekly prompt. I’m not sure if it’s also a link exchange like many other tags but here it is anyway.

This week’s discussion:

What series have you been meaning to finish/ pick up again but haven’t done so?

I have a couple. I’m happy to say that I finished a few series already this year. And started some. The ratio between started and finished series on my tally is very unbalanced. It can take me years to finish a trilogy LOL. Oh well. There are so many books out there and a good chunk of them belong to a series. Sigh.

  • Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. I started reading this series January of this year and have read two books and one graphic novel. I’m actually just waiting to get the 2nd graphic novel before reading the 3rd book. You know, to catch up.
  • Graceling trilogy by Kristin Cashore. I admit, I slumped after reading Fire. I wanted to go straight to Bitterblue but it took a while for me to process what happened in the 2nd book. I got through two or three chapters of the 3rd book before putting it down.
  • Shades of Magic trilogy by VE Schwab. The 3rd book is coming out in 2017. I keep telling myself I still have time, I still have time… next thing I know, the 3rd book is arriving at my doorstep. I vow to read this before the year ends.
  • Sigma Force series by James Rollins. I love this series. I think I have most of the books and read a good half of it. I actually want to re-read it from the beginning.
  • Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I stopped halfway through The Fiery Cross. I read these back-to-back-to-back and I think I just got tired. I took a break and I think it’s about time I go back to that world.

Okay, I know I have more but this will have to do for now. 😉

One of these days, I will dedicate a post to series. It’s piling up!

The Olympics Book Tag

Photo credit: thepancakelife.com

Photo credit: thepancakelife.com

Yes, I know I’m a month late but it’s only these past two days that this tag showed up on my “Suggested Videos” scroll on Youtube. I checked it out and hey, I wanna do it too.

I would have you know that the Olympics has a special connection to my very existence. I was born on the exact same day as the Opening Ceremonies of the Seoul Summer Olympics. Google that and you’ll know my exact age. Yup. Exact. So I make it a point to watch at least the Opening Ceremonies at every Summer Olympics. And Swimming. And Tennis, of course, my favorite sport to watch. In fact, it was at the 1988 Olympics that they reintroduced tennis as an official Olympic sport since 1924. See, tennis… South Korea… it’s all in the cards since the day I was born.

Anyway, enough about me. Let’s head on over to the tag. I’ll add a few anecdotes here and there apart from my answers.

OPENING CEREMONY – Books You Loved From the First Page
(My favorite Opening Ceremonies ever is Beijing’s epic production.)

Vicious by VE Schwab. It was my 2nd book by her and I knew I was going to love it from the first page. I tend to enjoy her “adult” writing vs her “YA” style. It’s dark, very calculated and structured. I loved it all the way through. I really hope that the sequel comes out soon.

CYCLING – Favorite Road Trip Book
(My house watched Tour de France. My folks even met a couple of yellow jacket wearers.)

I’ve only read one that I’m positive is a road trip and that is Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. And I loved it. I never thought that I would put a YA Contemporary under “Favorites” but this book decided to come into my life.

TRIATHLON – Book With A Good Love Triangle
(My favorite triathlon event is not from the Olympics but from Superman is Back.)

Actually, the book that I’m currently reading has a good love triangle. I’m having a hard time reading it but the triangle between Mather, Meira, and Theron from Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is being handled well. I can’t pick between the two!

HANDBALL – A Book You Didn’t Really “Get”
(Why handball? LOL. I watched a bit of this during the Rio Olympics and I just watched it for the pretty.)

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes. A lot of people sing its praises. But I… actually unhauled it right after reading the last page. The cover didn’t have anything to do with the story; the story itself was all over the place. Whut?

BEACH VOLLEYBALL – A Book Set in Summer
(I was supposed to go to a beach volleyball charity meet by Josh Hutcherson but oh well.)

Summer is the season of YA Contemporary and Beach Reads. I don’t read a lot of either of those. So I really don’t have an answer for this item.

FENCING – A Book With A Lot of Fighting/Bloodshed
(I watched the semis of Men’s Fencing. There was this cute American guy competing. Hah!)

I would have to give it to Serena by Ron Rash. This books doesn’t shy away from death and killing. More than that of A Song of Ice and Fire even.

GYMNASTICS – A Book With A Lot of Plot Twists
(I used to watch this religiously back when the Chinese and Russians dominated the sport.)

Uh hello, Morning Star by Pierce Brown. What was that towards the end? And the ending!

SWIMMING – A Books that Made You Sob
(Don’t judge me… but I like Ryan Lochte. The Swimmer. His “Lochte Turn” is life. But just… sigh, don’t open your mouth.)

I don’t really cry when I read books. Yes, I get touched but not to the point of crying. But there’s this part of Voyager by Diana Gabaldon that absolutely destroyed me. If you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about. You know, print shop… photos… Claire… Jamie. Yup.

GOLF – A Slow-Paced Book
(I tried watching golf but I don’t get it and I don’t have the patience for it.)

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I didn’t really have a hard time reading it but it was a brick of a book and I remember just staring at huge blocks of text with so few breaks. I do like that book but man, it took a while.

TRAMPOLINE – A Childhood Favorite

The Nancy Drew Mysteries. Of course. I loved it then, I still love it now.

EQUESTRIAN – A Book Featuring Animals

The Saga graphic novels by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples feature something named the “Lying Cat”. I want one.

HURDLES – A Book You Struggled to Finish
(To me, it ain’t the Olympics until the track & field events start LOL.)

I’m struggling right now. Snow Like Ashes. It’s the writing that is throwing me off. I like the story well enough but everything about the writing is reminding me why I stayed away from YA at the first place. But I’m almost there and I’m determined to finish.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING – A Book With Great Friendship
(I enjoy watching the Diving events more than Synchronized Swimming.)

It’s not a tag without Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Especially the first book. As they grew up, romance began to creep into their relationships but back when things were simple, it was cute.

BONUS – Books that Actually Feature Olympic Sports

I thought I could get away without mentioning this book but The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. You know… archery. Also, The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. Legolas.

There you go. Not only a bunch of book recommendations, but a little something about me as well.

What’s your favorite sport? Do you play a sport? Let me know. Let’s talk in the comments!