Friday, August 1, 2014

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: The Opposites Book Tag

I was tagged to do this tag by the wonderful Gloria at Gloria The Violinist, who I highly recommend that you check out, she has a great blog.  So the premise of this tag is that it gives you opposites, and you have to pick out the books that suit them.

1. The First Book in Your Collection vs. The Last Book You Bought

This particular edition of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, part of the Sterling Unabridged Classics series is the first book that I distinctly remember going into Barnes and Noble and buying for myself.

The last book that I bought was The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima, book 2 in the Seven Realms series.  I picked this up at my local used bookstore last weekend.

2. A Cheap Book vs. An Expensive Book

I managed to get my hands on a copy of Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall brand-new for just a dollar, which I think is a pretty great deal.

This one was pretty difficult for me, since I tend not to pay full price for books, but I did spend about $21 on The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.  That was discounted off of its $27 price tag, but it's still more than I would normally pay for a book.  I don't know yet if it was worth it, because I haven't read it yet, but I really want to.

3. A Book with a Male POV vs. A Book with a Female POV

There aren't too many books in YA that are narrated by guys, but Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is narrated by Mr. Ethan Wate, who is indeed male. 

America Singer narrates Kiera Cass's The Selection, and I think that I should get bonus points for not only picking a book that is narrated by a female, but one that also has a girl on the cover.

4. A Book that You Read Very Quickly vs. A Book that Took You a Long Time to Read

There are many books that I have read quickly, but the one that is freshest in my mind right now is Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead.  Now, any reader of this blog would know that I am a ginormous Vampire Academy fan and an even bigger Bloodlines fan, so obviously I purchased this book as soon as possible.  I started it Wednesday afternoon, and didn't stop reading till I finished it at one o' clock Thursday morning.  I promise that there'll be a review coming soon, but just to tide you over, this book was absolutely brilliant.

I read the complete Harry Potter series for the first time in January of this year.  I read the first 6 books in a week, but then dragged Deathly Hallows out over about 3 weeks.  I'm not sure why, but I think I was probably subconsciously  doing it because I didn't want the series to end.

5. A Pretty Cover vs. An Ugly Cover

I don't think it can be argued that the cover designers for Rebel Belle did a phenomenal job.  I love the blend of girlyness and bad-assery that this cover has going on.

And then to contrast Rebel Belle's beautifulness, we have Opposition, which has a new cover that I personally believe is even worse than the old ones.  But guys I'm so excited for this book!  Publishers, if you happen to have an ARC, I would be perfectly open to receiving one.  And by perfectly open, I mean over the moon ecstatic. 

6. A National Book vs. An International Book

I'm assuming that a national book means a book in your country and as Lola and the Boy Next Door is in San Francisco, which is in the U.S., I think that this counts.  I've never actually been to San Fran, but I'd like to.

Since my national book was a Stephanie Perkins, I figured why not continue the trend?  Anna and the French Kiss takes place in Paris, France, which I, unfortunately, do not live in, but I have been there, and it is beautiful.

7. A Thin Book vs. A Thick Book

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is only 236 pages.  A brilliant 236 pages, but only 236 pages.

Cassandra Clare's City of Heavenly Fire comes in at a whopping 725 pages.  I don't know if you guys have seen this book or not, but it's a monster.

8. A Fiction Book vs. A Non-Fiction Book

This was an easy one since 99.9% of my books are fiction, but I picked The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.

One of my only nonfiction books is the Times Complete History of the World by Richard Overy, who has a very unfortunate last name.

9. A Romantic Book vs. An Action Book

A contemporary romance, My Life Next Door definitely fits the bill for a romantic book.  It has one of the most adorable romances ever in it, and I just love it.

While there is some romance in Legend, there is so much action happening that there's no way it could be classified as anything but action.

10. A Book That Made You Happy vs. A Book That Made You Sad

Ignite Me made me so flipping happy that I can't even describe it.  All that I'm going to say is that it was the perfect conclusion to the Shatter Me trilogy.

Eleanor and Park made me very sad, throughout the whole book, not just the end like a lot of books.  At the beginning of this book, the author alludes to something horrible happening, so you're just waiting the whole book for it to happen.

Let me know what you guys think of this tag!  How do you feel about the new Lux series cover?  What are some of your answers to these questions?  I'm going to tag Holly at Part of Your World and Amber at My Bookshelf Is Hungry to do this tag.

Thanks for reading!



  1. Oh. I have some of these on my TBR pile. I hope to get to them before the end of the summer. And I feel like everyone was confused about the national/international book one.

    The Queen of The Tearling is very good. Just a warning though... read it slowly. There is a lot of detail in it.

    And I know you've already seen mine, but here's the link:

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the Queen of the Tearling! I hope to get to it soon! Which books are on your TBR pile?

  2. Oh, I didn't know you tagged me to do this! But it sounds like so much fun. I'm going to do this soon. Thank you for thinking of me; I like doing these! :)


  3. You're welcome! I enjoy seeing you do these!

  4. How come I had not seen this post before ?! A post that has me in it (:D ) and I hadn't seen it ?! I feel so sad right now :( Just kidding ! I feel so happy that you decided to do this tag, Amber !! And those are great answers :)