THE BIBLIOPHILE SWEATER TAG (aka lots of bookish-related pictures and rambles) A Writer’s Faith


Phew, it was an adventure publishing this post. 

I wrote this intro about a bajillion times explaining my troubles, and each time it got long and rambling and… boring. So in summary:

  • up until yesterday I planned to write a monthly highlights post
  • then I realized that there was still a good chunk of February left
  • so then I panicked since I didn’t have a different blog post idea
  • I started a writing post but then that turned out to be more time consuming than I anticipated
  • more panicking because WHAT SHOULD I POST?!
  • but the lovely christine saved the day when I remembered that she tagged me ages ago for the “bibliophile sweater tag”
  • more panicking as I run around my room photographing all the books
  • and, at last, I finished the post
  • no more panicking

The end.

Now here’s the post. xD

(thanks to mary @ sunshine and scribblings for creating this fantastic, bookish tag!)
(links to the books will open new tabs in Goodreads so you can grow that massive TBR :P)

a book that is the epitome of comfort
[fuzzy sweater]

So I’ve been in an awful reading slump in February. I want to read… but I end up setting a book aside after reading just a few pages. Nothing’s catching my interest and my brain isn’t willing to focus. Ugh. That’s the reason I’ve only read one book this month so far. *grumble grumble*

But… I sat down Thursday night with Princess Academy and read half of the book in one sitting. I would’ve read it all if sleep hadn’t called to me. 😛 (why must I sleep? WHY CAN’T I READ ALL NIGHT?) That’s why this book is like a fuzzy sweater, because even when my brain doesn’t like any books it likes this one. <3

book which you devoured every line of
[striped sweater]

THIS WAS SO HARD FOR ME TO PICK. I narrowed down a bunch of books and it was pure agony to choose one. But Steelheart grabbed me from the first sentence and kept the intrigue up throughout the whole story. (if you’re wondering, the first sentence is: I’ve seen Steelheart bleed. I MEAN HOW EPIC IS THAT?!)

[Honorable mentions: These Broken Stars, Midnight at the Electric, Some Kind of Happiness, basically any book I’ve rated five stars]

book with a weird cover
[ugly christmas sweater]

I’ve seen some people rave about how gorgeous the cover of These Broken Stars is, but… I respectfully disagree. 😛 For how haunting and unique the story is, I just don’t think that the cover does it justice! It fits the opening chapter, but the rest of the book is about the characters exploring a mysterious planet, not floating in space wearing extravagant dresses. *shrug* 

There are worse covers out there, but this book fits the “weird cover” category very well. To each their own. xD

(my youth group has an ugly Christmas sweater contest each year, but that’s not exactly my thing. The one time I participated I just wore a plain sweater and taped on a piece of paper that said, “Ugly sweater.” :P)

most expensive book you’ve bought
[cashmere sweater]

thunderhead // neal shusterman // 3/5

I pre-ordered Thunderhead last year. Usually pre-orders go down in price before they release… but I ended up paying sixteen dollars for this one. Eek.

I am an incredibly cheap person. I will go to great extremes to save money, which means I usually wait to buy books until they’re under ten dollars. (obviously this isn’t always possible, but I’d say that 95% of the books on my shelf are under that amount) 

There’s incredible logic to this method, though. The more money I save buying cheap books, the more money I can spend on other books! And that equals a happy, little bookworm. 😛

favorite classic book

Hah. Classics.

I don’t really like classics. I feel so awful for saying that, but I haven’t really found a classic that I’ve adored. The writing style is impressive, sure, but it’s also dense and I don’t like how much focus and concentration they take to read. (that makes me sound lazy… but I love to read ’cause it’s relaxing!) Maybe there’s a classic out there that I haven’t read yet and it will be my new favorite thing. I don’t know — any recommendations?

After doing some internet searching, The Great Google deemed that Lord of the Rings is a “minor classic.” So I’m not sure if this really even counts as an answer, but I’m going to keep it anyway because I don’t have another option. xD

book that you bought on impulse

a monster calls // patrick ness // 4.5/5

I’m not usually an impulse buyer! I will only buy a book if…

1. I’ve already read it and loved it enough to where I will reread it in the future

2. It’s the sequel

3. It’s from an author I loved and know I will enjoy
4. Friends with similar tastes flailed about it

But a couple years ago I was browsing Amazon (a dangerous thing indeed), and A Monster Calls popped up in my recommended items for six dollars. I had seen good reviews, the movie trailer looked amazing, plus the cover was gorgeous, so I bought it on the spot. 

This book ended up being an A++++ impulse buy. There were achingly beautiful illustrations like the one above scattered throughout the pages. It was a short read, but a lovely one. 

I still haven’t watched this movie, even though it’s been out for… a couple years now? Has anyone seen it? Would you recommend it?

book that is indie published
[homemade knitted sweater]

martin hospitality // abigayle claire // 4/5
dare // tricia mingerink // 4/5

I may be a little biased, since I’m close friends with both of these lovely authors… but how could I not insert their books for the “Indie” category? It’s been ridiculously fun for me to see bloggers flailing over their books. I know how much work and passion they’ve placed into these stories. <3

book that did not meet your expectations
[v-neck sweater]

[ renegades // marissa meyer // 2.5/5 ]

I get so sad whenever I think about this book because I WANTED IT TO BE MY NEW FAVORITE SERIES. *cries* You know how some people judge a book when it has an awful cover? Well the story of this one didn’t live up to it’s amazingly epic cover. Ugh.

It wasn’t all bad — I enjoyed the creativity and the character Max, but… I feel like so much more could’ve been done to it. Oh well. I still love Marissa Meyer as an author and am excited for future stories from her. 🙂

book with a unique format
[argyle sweater]

[ challenger deep // neal shusterman // 5/5 ]

(“argyle” is such a weird word. just look at it. I wonder how it would feel to be that word. xD)

I almost picked Illuminae for this answer, but… I felt like that was an obvious choice. The only other book that I owned with a semi-unique format is Challenger Deep! It’s a book about a boy with schizophrenia. In the “author’s note,” Neal explains that his son has struggled with it, who is also the one that created the drawings throughout the pages — which is super cool.

The chapters aren’t like your normal YA chapters. They’re no more than a couple hundred words, changing with every scene. It fit the book well and made for a unique experience. It’s been awhile since I’ve read this story and now I want to reread it. <3 <3

a book with well-rounded characters
[polka dot sweater]

tales of goldstone wood // anne elisabeth stengl // 5/5 ]
[link is to the first book]

THIS SERIES. Sometimes I feel like I don’t flail about this series enough on the blog, because they’re just so, so good. I’ve cried over the characters. I’ve felt their sorrows and cheered them on during the battles. The characters feel real, and it’s easy to feel like you’re in the story with them when flipping through the pages.

I admire Anne, the author so much. She is a master storytelling that I aspire to be like one day.

Talking about all these books makes me want to read! o.o I don’t have time to read today (or tomorrow, wahh) — I’ll be busy working and frantically preparing chapters for my critique partner… but next week should be more open. Mwahaha, I’ll read ALLLL the things.

katie grace

what are you currently reading?

what is your “comfort/fuzzy sweater” book?


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