Two Tags for Bookwyrms

 

This time I’ll be doing two tags in one post, both of them from Lucy Agnes @ Tangle Webs and Fairy Rings.  Thanks, Lucy Agnes!

 

 

Bookshelf Tour Tag

A short but powerful book: Goddess Tithe, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, is only about 120 pages, but it’s still quite the story.

A good long book: Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo and Golden Daughter, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

Favourite classic (on your shelf): Do you count Hannah Hurnard’s Hind’s Feet on High Places?

A relatively obscure book: Hm.  I suppose I have a lot of non-fiction books that aren’t very well known.  I have a dear children’s book called The Lamp, The Ice, and a Boat Called Fish.  It’s based off a true story, but I don’t think it’s a  well known one.

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An under-rated book: People may look at me funny when I rave about my high school textbook, The Mystery of History.  But I really do love that book!

An over-rated book:  Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo started off promising, but ended up disappointing me.

Most re-read book: C.S.Lewis’ Narnia series, and Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

A book you haven’t read: Eh heh heh, too many.  Among them, Sailing Alone around the World by Captain Joshua Slocum.

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A short story collection: Time Now for the Vinyl Café Story Exchange, collected by Stuart McLean (a little bit of Canadiana)!

A non-fiction book:  A Man Called Intrepid by William Stevenson (not to be mistaken for the book’s subject: William Stephenson)

A book (physical copy, not the story itself) that has an interesting story behind it: Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott, had been on my TBR list for ages.  I had searched the library and several bookshops before finally finding it at a local book and coffee shop.  I bought it and started enjoying it…and then it disappeared.  I looked high and low, all to no avail.  It wasn’t until much later that it dawned on me to search the hidden pockets of my enormous book bag.

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Totally Should’ve Tag

Totally should’ve gotten a sequel: 20000 leagues under the sea.  Not because I loved it, but because I need to have someone just pin Nemo down and get him to talk…if he even survived the maelstrom.  Did he?  I would like to know about that, too.

Totally should’ve had a spin-off series: I love James Herriot’s stories, and I get a real kick out of the brothers Siegfried and Tristan.  I’m sure they had so many more antics than what was recorded, enough to make a spin-off series.

An Author who should totally write more books:  Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Andrew Peterson, and John W. Otte!  Don’t stop writing, you brilliant minds!

A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else:  Well, the end of The Count of Monte Cristo kind of threw me in for a loop there.  I still feel a little ripped off.

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Totally should’ve ended differently:  The Count of Monte Cristo.  And I’m talking about more than just the ‘romance’, here.

Totally should have a movie franchise: IF the full magnitude of the prose and power of the Tales of Goldstone Wood could be captured and put on film…IF!…than that would be something else.

Totally should have a T.V show: Rich Hobson’s Grass Beyond the Mountains would make a great series!  I’d like to help make it, filming on site!  (I just want to see the Chilcotin, actually).

Totally should’ve had only one point of view:  This is tricky!  If you kick out that one annoying narrator, you might lose some important pieces of the story.  I can’t think of any narrator I’d risk eliminating.

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Totally should’ve had a cover change: It’s not terrible, but I think that Failstate by John W Otte could do with something slightly better.

Totally should’ve kept the original covers:  Can’t think of anything at the moment.

Totally should’ve stopped at book one: Nothing comes to mind at the moment.  I’m sure I’ll think of something as soon as I’ve posted this.

Totally should’ve stopped reading: The Maze Runner and the Divergent Series.  YA dystopian isn’t my cup of tea, I suppose.

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Totally should not have prejudiced:  I remember looking at the cover for the first book in the Mistmantle Chronicles, years ago.  I thought ‘ah, talking animals.  It’s a children’s book.’  But this was no mere children’s book.  Sure, the characters were fluffy, but they had all the grit and gumption (and a little bit of gore) of any other ‘more serious’ fantasy novel.  I never finished the series, unfortunately.  I don’t think my library had the last books at that time.  I hope they do now, and I could re-read the series!

 

And there we have it.  Thanks again, Lucy Agnes!

I think I’ll tag Tracey @ Adventure Awaits, and Emily @ Ink,Inc.

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6 thoughts on “Two Tags for Bookwyrms

  1. 🙂 Oooh, this post looks fun!
    I agree, 20000 leagues under the sea should definitely have had a sequel.
    Did you read the Count of Monte Christo recently?
    And, yes Tales of Goldstone Wood would make a great movie, IF it could be done. I have thought about it, but people being simultaneously big and small, cat and man seem rather challenging.. 😦

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  2. It was, I love talking about books! You’re always welcome to steal these tags, for when you have the time.
    I think it was about two years since I read the Count of Monte Cristo. Wait, no, three.
    Yes, the Faerie people would be hart to accurately portray. We’ve come so far in film-making, but we can’t do everything.

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  3. Thanks for tagging me, Blue! I have not read many of the books you mentioned, but I had similar experiences with the Count — it started really well and then kinda got tangled in itself. I can’t remember all of the fine details, though.

    My dad’s favourite writer is Walter Scott, but I’m yet to pick up one of his books!

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    1. you’re welcome, I hope you enjoy it!
      Yes, the beginning was good. But I think you describe it perfectly with ‘tangled in itself’. There was so much going on that I couldn’t find the main thread.
      I think this is the only Walter Scott I have. So far as I remember, the only other one I’ve read was a kiddie version of Ivanhoe, waaay back int the day.

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  4. Ah! You did it! Yay! My, my, but I’ve neglected all things blog-related for the past month or so!

    I totally agree about The Count of Monte Cristo. It was an enjoyable read, but the ending left me absolutely flat. And bad endings have a way of cancelling out anything good within the book itself sometimes. Frustrating.

    I keep hearing excellent things about this Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Must needs get my hands on one of her books….:)

    And YA dystopian isn’t my cup of tea, either! (Not that I’ve read any YA dystopian, really. I just don’t think I’d like it.) I think you and I would get along well. 🙂

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