“We should start back,” Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around themFirst line in A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
I’m doing a book tag! As the show is now officially over, I need to get my dose of Game of Thrones from somewhere else. I figured you might need it too so here’s the Game of Thrones book tag. Originally created by BiblioNyan so go check that out too if you haven’t. All of my answers are spoiler-free.
HOUSE LANNISTER: HEAR ME ROAR – Name a book that you originally loved, but upon a re-read realised that it wasn’t so great after all.
This is actually a very easy question to answer for me. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. It’s the second book in the Maze Runner trilogy and in fact, I could mention all three books for this question, but we’ll stick to the second. I remember loving this series and just flying through it so fast I wouldn’t be able to tell you where each book began and ended. They all just blurred together. I loved the premise and how I had no idea how it was all going to end. Turns out that Dashner didn’t have an idea about that either so the ending was horrible in my opinion.
When I reread them, The Scorch Trials just seemed so pointless. It specifically annoyed me how Thomas didn’t know the names of the people in this group he’s supposed to be very tight-knit with. And he didn’t care to learn them apparently. I know it seems like a small thing, but it came up so many times. Add that to all the other “plot-conveniences” and it equals as lazy writing to me.
HOUSE STARK: WINTER IS COMING – Name your most anticipated book release for 2019.
The Winds of Winter! Oh right, not this year either. Sorry, I’ll be serious now. My most anticipated book this year was actually King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, which was released in January. However, I’m also really looking forward to Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, the sequel to Carry On. The funny thing is that I didn’t particularly love Carry On. I thought it was fine and gave it 3 stars. I kept thinking that Rowell clearly wasn’t a fantasy author. The synopsis of Wayward Son has me intrigued though because it seems as if the problems will be more psychological. That’s more up Rainbow Rowell’s alley.
HOUSE TARGARYEN: FIRE AND BLOOD – Name a book that you felt completely slayed with fantastic characters, plot, pacing, etc.
The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson in its entirety but more specifically the first book, The Final Empire. Without a doubt my favorite book in the series. It has very distinct characters. They all have a purpose and are necessary to the plot without being flat. The pacing is quite good considering it’s the first book in a series and you have a lot to learn about the world. Some might feel it’s a bit slow in the middle, but I really liked the characters, so I didn’t mind too much. The plot feels very original and intriguing and yes, I felt completely slayed by the MAJOR plot twists in the end.
HOUSE BARATHEON: OURS IS THE FURY – Name a book that ended with a cliffhanger ending that genuinely pissed you off.
I’m going meta and saying A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin. He left not one, not two, but three major cliffhangers in this book which I believe must be some kind of record. I’m not going to talk about them here as I wont spoil you. Luckily, we have the TV show to tell us what happened after that book ended. I still need The Winds of Winter right now.
HOUSE MARTELL: UNBOWED. UNBENT. UNBROKEN. – Name a book, or book series, that’s been on your TBR since the dawn of time.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. I saw as a musical of it once and found out that it’s nothing like the Disney version! Honestly, a little afraid to read it.
HOUSE BOLTON: OUR BLADES ARE SHARP – Name the most graphic or disturbing book that you’ve ever read.
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. No competition. It’s so horrifying. I remember wishing I was watching it as a movie so that I could look away. When it’s a book, you have to read the words to get past the disturbing scenes. I still think it’s a good book and found it very fascinating to be inside this man’s head. It’s just very disturbing and I believe Patrick Bateman would make Ramsay Bolton proud.
HOUSE TYRELL: GROWING STRONG – Name a book, or book series, that gets better and better with every re-read.
I have to go with the series I’ve reread the most: Harry Potter. I feel like I still find small details that I previously hadn’t noticed even though I’ve probably read some of the books about 15 times.
That’s it for the Game of Thrones book tag. I hoped you enjoyed it and learned a little more about what I think of these books.
Hope you have a joyous day filled with reading.