WOOHOO! I saw this tag get started over at Bookidote and then I was tagged by Cat @ They Used to Dance! Both blogs are great – check ’em out, yo! The only rule of this tag is that you CANNOT use Harry Potter for any of your answers! Needless to say, I am quite excited to do this (using Trang and Lashaan’s beautiful graphics!) so here goes:
A BOOK YOU FOUND THE THEME INTERESTING, BUT YOU’D LIKE TO REWRITE IT.
I’m going with The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. I love this book, and I wish more people would read it. I think the fact that it is so old is why not many people do, but it is still oh-so-relevant. A re-write of that from a twenty-first century perspective would be cool.
THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES THAT GOT YOU HOOKED.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (because I can’t say Harry Potter). I loved this series as a kid, and I think there are more out now than the ones I’ve read; I’d like to finish those one day!
A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE RIGHT NOW.
The 3rd book in Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle! We don’t even know the name of it, so it’s probably still going to be a while before it’s released…but I want it now!!!
A KILLER BOOK. BOTH SENSES. TAKE IT AS YOU LIKE.
Dracula by Bram Stoker. I don’t read many “killer” books, but this one was definitely killer.
A BOOK THAT YOU FOUND REALLY CONFUSING.
The Difference Engine by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson. I never finished this book because it didn’t quite click with me. I picked it up because it’s a classic of the steampunk genre, but something about the alternate history I guess made it it very confusing. I still don’t really know…
YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL BOOK.
The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley. I wrote about this book for last month’s recommendation. It’s a very meta children’s book about a character in a book. I love books about books and this one has stuck with me dearly ever since I read it in 4th grade.
A DARK TWISTED BOOK.
Child of God by Lolita Files. This book is fucked up.
A BOOK THAT SURPRISED YOU IN A GREAT WAY, REVEALS TO BE MORE THAN IT IS.
A Man Without Words by Susan Schaller. This book blew. my. mind. It was surprising because it looks very nondescript and literally no one has ever heard of it. I was required to read it for a linguistic anthropology class in college (which was a phenomenal class). It’s nonfiction, written by a woman who once worked as an ASL interpreter at a community college. There she meets a deaf man who has no concept of language whatsoever due to his previously secluded life. She eventually gets him to realize that the signs she and the other students have been making with their hands actually mean something (it’s definitely a bit Helen Keller-esque). It is absolutely fascinating and deserves more readers.
I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of tags lately, so I’m only going to nominate one lucky (and very appropriately named) person:
Of course, if this tag tickles anyone else’s fancy, feel free to participate and pass along!