Friday, October 27, 2017

The Bibliophile Sweater Tag /// The Who-Did-The-What-Now Tag?

Quick: what's a blogger's favorite game to play?



I know, I know, it's a dad joke. But ever since I went to college last September (as in, the one from 2016), it's become my speciality. It's how I charm the ladies. That, and with my good looks.

But you guys didn't come here for my dating advice (although I'm sure that would make for a fabulous and popular post). I'm here because Tracey, that Internet infamous sister of mine, tagged me. The tag was created by the legendary Mary Horton, and she tagged Tracey. So I'm part of the third generation of the tagged.

Seeing as my first tag I did, The Sunshine Blogger Award, ended up being my third most popular post, I figured it wouldn't hurt to do another. But before we get to the rules and such, what on earth is a bibliophile? *looks it up on the Merriam-Webster dictionary* Oh! Someone who loves books! I guess I count, then.

  1. Give the person who tagged you a never-ending supply of cookies (or just thank them - either works). *searches my pockets* Uh, I only have a few Kleenexes (#NotSponsored) on me . . . So a thanks will have to do this time. Ahem. Thank you, Tracey. *sits back down and sees everyone staring at me* What? Is that not good enough? Fine, I'll put a little more effort into it. Ahem. THANK YOU, O MAGNIFICENT SISTER OF MINE, FOR TAGGING ME ON THIS MOST AUSPICIOUS DAY THAT SHALL FOREVER GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE DAY I WAS TAGGED BY MY ELDEST SIBLING! Better?
  2. Answer all the questions and use the blog graphic for this tag somewhere in your post. That shouldn't be a problem . . . hopefully. What happens if I don't follow this rule? Do I get blog detention or something? I'd really like to know the consequences of disobedience. I mean, who's going to enforce these? *shrugs* Just asking what everyone is clearly thinking.
  3. Pass along this tag to at least five other people. I shall contribute to the fourth generation! Let it never be said that I don't care about the children of the future.
  4. Wear a sweater (okay, this is optional . . . but why wouldn't you want to??) Since when was an optional rule a thing? As for wearing a sweater, I'm wearing a sweater/long-sleeved shirt/thing, so I suppose that counts. But what if I was living in Hawaii or the Sahara Desert or something? Then I'd be forced to wear a sweater when it would cause me bodily discomfort! How rude to demand such a thing.

Now that we got the obligatory stuff done--wait, not quite yet! Hang on just a sec . . .

I must admit, this is a really sick graphic! Kudos to you, Miss Horton!

Perfect! Now we're finished with all the obligatory stuff. Let's get on with the bookish pictures!

Fuzzy Sweater (a book that is the epitome of comfort)

I'm copying Tracey a bit here because I'm also choosing a book that includes a whole series. I love Andrew Klavan's novels. They're quick reads with snappy action sequences, witty dialogue, and loads of suspense. If you haven't read any of his books before, WHAT'RE YOU WAITING FOR?! This was the first series of his that I read, and it still holds a special place in my heart. Now I want to sit down and reread this book. If I decided to spend more time reading, I'd probably finish this within a few days.

Striped Sweater (a book which you devoured every line of)

The copy of this book that I read had a different cover, but I like this one more.

Tim Downs is an author with only about nine books to his name, but they are all really good books! His Bug Man series is absolutely phenomenal and hilarious. This book, though, was a really suspenseful book--so suspenseful that I read the majority of it in one afternoon. Yeah, I know, it's pretty crazy. When I think of books that I blazed through, this one always comes to mind first. Although, to be honest, I don't remember much about the book. *adds to my mental "read again" list*

Ugly Christmas Sweater (a book with a weird cover)

Okay, it's not ugly, per se. It just looks like a video game that hasn't been quite perfected. Don't let that fool you, though. I actually picked this book up because, at the time, I thought it looked really cool. And I guess I kinda still do, but maybe that's because I know the great story the cover hides. I actually remember more from this series than I do for most. I had flipped through this book two or three years ago, and while I noticed more mistakes than I had during my first time reading it, it still appeals to me immensely. (And yes, the covers, while still looking like video games, do get better. In my opinion, anyway.)

Cashmere Sweater (the most expensive book you've bought)

Like Tracey, I don't remember the most expensive book I bought. But, like Tracey, one of my most expensive books is this one, costing $25 in Canada. It was only available in hardcover. John Flanagan is one of those authors whose books are worth dropping a bit more money on. I can't really comment on this book, since I've only read the first three books in this series so far. But the Brotherband Chronicles is just as entertaining as Ranger's Apprentice was!

Hoodie (your favorite classic book)

I'll be completely honest here: I don't read a whole lot of "classic" novels. However, when I do, Jules Verne is one of my favorite authors. I had to once read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for school, and I decided to voluntarily read this book beforehand. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a fun romp with action, adventure, wit, and memorable characters. This is probably one of the best classics I've ever read! (Right up there with The Lord of the Rings, of course.)

Cardigan (a book that you bought on impulse)

When I was on a trip with my college class earlier this year, I found this book and immediately picked it up. Why? Because it's Jennifer A. Nielsen, of course. No other reason necessary. I've read her Ascendance Trilogy and loved it to pieces (well, I should specify I've read the first two books, but still). So upon seeing another book written by her and reading the back, I knew I had no choice but to buy it! If you haven't read any of her books, you haven't fully lived life yet.

Turtleneck Sweater (a book from your childhood)

Of all the books my parents read to me as a child, this is the one I remember the best. It's a story about how an elephant was never chosen for anything at school one day. He tells his mom about his horrible day, and she always says that she'd choose him. It's an adorable story, one that was brought to my remembrance after watching an episode of The Flash called "The Runaway Dinosaur."

Homemade Knitted Sweater (a book that is Indie-published)

Erm . . . uh . . . I actually can't answer this question. I'm 95.307% sure that I haven't read any indie books, and if I have, they were completely unmemorable. But I never wear homemade knitted sweaters either, so I guess it all works out in the end.

V-neck Sweater (a book that did not meet your expectations)

Since when were V-neck sweaters a thing? And even if they were, would they still be immodest? Don't most people wear shirts underneath their sweaters? Why wear a sweater without a shirt? That's like eating a burger without a bun. It just doesn't work. Mary! We need to have a discussion about your bibliophile sweater logic! . . . Unless I'm just a totally clueless dude who doesn't know that V-neck sweaters exist and that people don't wear--you know what, I'll just stop now and get to the point of this category.

I really wish it wasn't Eoin Colfer who was going into this slot, but he's going to have to. I absolutely love the Artemis Fowl series. It's one of my favorite series of all time. So I went into this book expecting that same awesomeness . . . and was disappointed. It did not feel like it was written by the same author who penned the world of Artemis. I won't give my full thoughts here, as I'm planning on doing a review of it at some point. Suffice it to say my expectations were not met.

Argyle Sweater (a book with a unique format)

This book has got to be one of the most unique I've ever read! Because the book deals with a world in a comic book, scattered throughout it are several pages of comic panels. (I noticed some of were scenes that were easier to tell with drawings rather than words.) It also makes use of different fonts occasionally, like when the villain Tall Jake talks. Again, this is another book that I'd like to do a review on if you guys are interested, so I won't spill all my thoughts here.

Polka Dot Sweater (a book with well-rounded characters)

When I think of well-rounded characters, this book comes to mind pretty quickly. I actually don't remember a ton from this book, but I do know that it's one of my favorite books, if not my favorite book, by Bryan Davis. There are a lot of great characters not only in this book, but in the whole series. One of the characters I remember most is Leo, who's like a dark Starlighter or something with epic powers. You need to read both this series and its companion YA series. They're fantastic books, in more ways than one!

And just because I found a missed opportunity in this tag, I'm adding one category . . .

Itchy Sweater (a book that looked good at first, but betrayed you later on)

This book could've gone under either the Cardigan or V-neck category, but I had other ideas for those, so I needed to make my own. This book cover captured my interest when I picked it up, so I decided to purchase it. I didn't fully enjoy it when I read it, though. The writing was lacking that spark, that extra oomph. You know what I mean? It just wasn't spectacular. And the note at the beginning . . . *shakes my head, tempted to laugh* It said that Satan's name wasn't capitalized because they felt like it would be empowering him. (I kinda see where they're coming from, but he's a defeated enemy, so capitalizing his name is just good English.) Looking at the publishing company's page, I cringe, and I think I may be seeing even more clearly why I didn't care for this book.

Well, it's time to pass on this bibliophile sweater to the next generation. But who am I to limit this gift to five people? I care about all the children! So I say whoever wishes to do this tag, you may do so, and feel free to add my category. (Because I'm not lazy and I clearly know who has all been tagged already.)

And that's the end of it! I hope you enjoyed this splendid tag as much as I did. In all seriousness, my heartfelt thanks to both Tracey and Mary. You guys saved me from having to come up with a post this week.

What did you guys think of my phenomenal post? (Yes, humility is my middle name.) Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with the categories they were put under? Oh, and by the way . . . tag, you're it! Get it? Because this is a tag? Ah, never mind.


  1. The dad joke tho. Gotta love it! XD

    I am so sad to say that Third Starlighter is literally the ONLY one I've read that you listed! :O But I agree, it definitely had well rounded characters. Bryan Davis is the master at that!

    I really want to try some Andrew Klavan books, as well as Tim Downs. They both sound like they write very engaging books! And would you believe I've never read any Jennifer A. Nielsen either? THIS MUST CHANGE. SOON.

    I would be all for a review for Malice. I have never heard of that book before, but it sounds so intriguing. o.o I want to know more!

    I liked your itchy sweater addition. Very appropriate! And, ugh, I hate those books that are so promising and end up letting you down. I've read plenty of those and it's always such a bummer.

    Anyways! I loved reading this. I mean, duh, it was about BOOKS!!! My favorite subject! :D

    1. Thank you! Finally, someone who loves dad jokes. XD

      H-what now?! O___O You need to do some more reading, my friend. :P He is the master of a lot of writing techniques. :)

      I highly encourage you to check out all three authors. They're all phenomenal in their own ways, and if you never read any of their books, you'd be missing out.

      Well, if one person says it should be, then it shall be so! XD I also wanna do a review of The Supernaturalist alongside it, just to kill two birds with one stone.

      *bows* Thanks! At the end of it, you feel like you wasted valuable reading time on a book that didn't deserve it.

      If only books had been a subject in school. That would've been fun. Actually, I would've also added a video games class. XD But I'm glad you enjoyed it! :D

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    1. Ah! A deleted comment! This makes me so curious . . . :P

  3. *Ninja-steals tag and saves it for after NaNoWriMo*. Thanks for the great post! John Flanagan has also been responsible for emptying my pockets of more than a little change.

    1. Heh, I imagine November's gonna be pretty busy for ya. XD You're welcome, and thank you for liking it! :D That's the sign of a great author. XD

  4. Oh my gosh, Malice sounds AMAZING! :D I would love a full review!

    1. It was really good! :D Well, there've been a number of people who have requested a full review, so I guess I know what I'll be doing soon. ^_^