Monday, August 8, 2016

Olympics Book Tag

I saw Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight do this tag and I knew I had to do it. I absolutely love the Olympics. My favorite events are gymnastics and swimming, but I also like watching beach volleyball and track and field. I am able to watch them even though I live in Italy. The only problem is avoiding spoilers since I watch the events the next day. Go Team USA!

Opening Ceremony: A Book You Loved From The Very First Page
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay is one of my favorite books ever.

Cycling: Favorite Road Trip Book
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is a dystopian kind of road trip book. The road trip is actually a group of actors who travel from town to town performing Shakespeare. Cool, right? This is an excellent book.

Triathlon: A Book with a Good Love Triangle
Okay, I am not usually a fan of love triangles. But Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is one of my favorite book series and I thought the love triangle was handled well.

Handball: A Book You Didn't Really Get
Sorry, I know The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold gets a lot of rave reviews. I just thought it was boring.

Beach Volleyball: A Book Set In The Summer
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson is such a great summer read. It's also very sad. Consider yourself warned.

Fencing: A Book with a lot of Fighting/Bloodshed
The final battle in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling was pretty epic . . . and bloody.

Gymnastics: A Book with a lot of Plot Twists
I swear the twist at the end of The Uninvited by Cat Winters gave me chills.

Swimming: A Book that made You Sob
There are so many! The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah made me sob so hard.

Golf: A Slow Paced Book
I am one of the few people who didn't adore Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It moved way too slowly and I just didn't like it very much.

Trampoline: A Childhood Favorite
The entire Ramona series by Beverly Cleary. I still have such fond memories of those books. 

Equestrian: A Book Featuring Animals
Told from the POV of a dog, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is so moving.

Hurdles: A Book You Struggled To Finish
Who spread the crazy rumor that Withering Heights by Emily Bronte was a love story? It's not. I really disliked this book.

Synchronized Swimming: A Book with a Great Friendship 
In Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin, Denton's friends were hilarious. And also pretty awesome.

Bonus: Books That Actually Feature Olympic Sports

Anyone who loves the Olympics should feel free to do this tag!! Do you watch the Olympics? What are your favorite sports to watch?


  1. I love this tag so much and am doing it later this week!! I love TSOT too The Nightingale had me sobbing so much!! The Art of Racing in the Rain I loved so much. I loved getting the dog's perspective. I need to read Second Chance Summer and Breathe Annie Breathe soon.

    1. Yay! That's awesome Grace. I saw that you did it so I can't wait to see your answers. And Breathe Annie Breathe is one of my favorite Miranda Kenneally books, I think.

  2. I need to do this tag. It looks like so much fun.
    I also need to give The Sea of Tranquility another try. I started the book when it first released but I couldn't get into it because I wasn't into that sort of emotional book. It's one of Nereyda's favorites though so I really should give it another try.
    I also need to read Denton. All I've heard is praise for this book. The Nightingale also has been on my TBR for quite some time now. All that sobbing is scaring me a little though!

    1. You really should do it, Nick. The Sea of Tranquility is so incredibly emotional and beautiful so it does help to be in the right head space for it. But I do think you will love it.

  3. I'm going to do this tag after I forget your answers. I picked up a couple new titles, though!

  4. I loved quite a few of these (particularly Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the Hunger Games), and ended up adding the rest to my TBR. This looks like such a fun tag!

  5. OOOH Denton is a GOOD call with the friendship!! I am so glad that you decided to do this, it makes me smile, so thank youuu! ♥ Also- should it surprise anyone that I also didn't end up liking Red Rising? Our book twin-ness knows no bounds! Which also means that I'd better start reading Sea of Tranquility like, yesterday 😂 And The Nightingale, even though I am scared. I enjoyed the Ramona series as a kid too! And of course, HUGE thumbs up on the love triangle in The Hunger Games. Of COURSE ;) LOVE your picks for these!

    1. Shannon, I am so glad that you did it because otherwise, I might not have done it. It was so much fun! Ahh, I was wondering how you felt about Red Rising. Is it weird that I was actually crossing my fingers that you wouldn't like it? I just wanted to keep our streak of liking (and not liking) the same books alive! Ha. And you MUST read The Sea of Tranquility above all others. That is one of my all time favorite books.

  6. Love the inclusion of Station Eleven and Breathe Annie Breathe! Such a fun tag! ♥

  7. I cannot wait to read The Nightingale. I don't know why I keep putting it off, I just have wayyy too many books on my list hahaha. Also I second Station Eleven being a great book!!! I didn't even think of it as being a road trip but it definitely is :)

    1. Valerie, I know what you mean about too many books. These posts are kind of horrible for me to read because my TBR just keeps growing!!