For a start I’d like to wish everyone who’s celebrating Happy Easter! I hope you’ll be able to eat as many chocolate eggs as your stomach can handle :D.
I was tagged for this ages ago by Raven @ Dreamy addictions. Thank you! 😀
Raven’s got a fantastic blog, so you should definitely visit!
I received this tag from two other people, but one blog ceased to exist and I can’t seem to find the other… If you were the person who tagged me – let me know!
I’ve started choosing the books for this tag and I realized I will repeat myself. I did mention most of these books on few occasions already, but I simply can’t make a different choice!
Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?
There’s plenty of these on my shelf :D. On on my e-reader. and on my TBR list… But I think I’ll choose “Gravity” by Melissa West.
The cover was one reason I picked it up, the title was the other. I had a moment when I read few books with the word “gravity” in title. When I started reading this one I did not suspect I’ll like it so much. After all it was yet another dystopian young-adult novel. I’m glad I read it, it was great!
Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?
“Blue Moon Rising” by Simon R. Green
The English summary isn’t so interesting, so don’t even bother checking :P. The one they wrote for Polish edition is what caught my attention. Instead of a standard description of what might happen in the story, you see dictionary-like entries. Here’s what’s on the first book (because for some strange reason they split this book into two for Polish edition):
- PRINCE – male being, equipped with a sword and a magic horse, used to kill dragons and rescuing princesses.
- PRINCESS – female being, is used to marrying the prince (see kingdom, alliance).
- DRAGON – large, scaly animal, known collectible tendencies. The most frequent cause of death – impaled on a sharp object held by the prince.
- UNICORN – a horse with a horn, mounting it requires special qualifications (virginity).
- DESTRUCTION OF THE KINGDOM – caused by external factors[demons] or internal [conspiracies]. Difficult to avoid, unless you have a prince at hand (see the death in battle).
Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?
“Crown of snow and blood” by Elżbieta Cherezińska
Fantastic historical novel with some fantasy elements. This book is magical and it brings a fresh look into Polish history. I loved reading this book. I’m not much of a history enthusiast, but this was amazing.
Phase 4 – First Date: The first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?
“The Summoner” by Gail Z. Martin
Yet another fantasy book that should be a must-read for every fantasy fan out there. You’ve got all you need there – magic, adventure , fight for survival. And the rare thing – he needs to learn to use his magic. He doesn’t just figure it all at once. It was a nice change from all the books when someone finds out they have some kind of powers and they know how to use it already.
Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?
I don’t think it’s going to be much of a surprise if I’ll say “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling.
It’s a fantastic series and the first three kept me aways till late night hours. The first one I read in one day, finished it already late at nigh, but I couldn’t resist and started the next book right away. Lucky I had it :D.
Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?
“Loneliness on the Net” by Janusz Leon Wiśniewski
It made me cry so much! I admit, it might not be the best book out there and there might be many that will make you feel so much, but I liked it and I had a hard time picking up anything else after I was done reading this one.
Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?
“Tales From Wilżyńska Valley” by Anna Brzezińska.
I love this cover! I love how certain elements have their own structure. Plus it looks great and I could as well put this book in Phase 1, but let’s no overdo it :D.
Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?
Pretty much any I’ve mentioned before and after :P. But since I’ve just finished The Martian and loved it – here it is!
“The Martian” by Andy Weir (btw, have you read the short-story prequel? It’s also fantastic)
That’s all I have to say about it. It’s great! Go read it. Now!
Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?
“Discworld” series by Terry Pratchett
I actually made it a goal to gather all the books from Discworld series in English for my home library. I’ve got 8 books now… still many to go, but it’s worth it! Anyway, I read them in Polish (not all yet), some of them I listened to in English and I listened to every BBC adaptation I found.
Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?
Whoever wants to be tagged. In other words – You’re it!