In a gleeful bout of fangirl theatrics, I decided to go searching for the Game of Thrones Book Tag. This is a book tag that I created last year with the start of the sixth season. But life got in the way and the tag ended up being shelved along with my massive unread books. When HBO released the Sigil Teaser Trailer, I became so excited that I went hunting for this forgotten tag so I could share the love and insanity with you all out there! I’m very proud of myself as the answers for each question includes diverse & #OwnVoices titles!
Each question is based off the Words for seven different houses. For example, for House Stark their saying is “Winter is Coming,” so the question will be inspired by those very famous words. A Part Two Game of Thrones tag is currently in the works since there are so many fricking power Houses in this series!
I did have some help creating the questions with Sir Boyfriend & Mistress Girlfriend, so I can’t take the full credit here. If any of you decide to give the tag a shot, please leave me a link to your blog posts/BookTube videos in the comments section so I check them out! Don’t forget to give my blog the credit for creating the tag as a way to support us so we can keep on creating weird, awesome book tags!
HOUSE LANNISTER: HEAR ME ROAR – Name a book that you originally loved, but upon a re-read realised that it wasn’t so great after all.
Kusamakura by Natsume Sōseki. His is Japan’s most prolific author, and when I first read this novel, I was floored by how beautiful and poetic it was. There is a section where he prattles on for three pages about a bright yellow flower. At the time, I was so blown away by his ability to discuss something so mundane for such a lengthy period. But when I re-read it, I realised that it’s extremely tedious and not that great after all.
HOUSE STARK: WINTER IS COMING – Name your most anticipated book release for 2017.
Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami is the first one. He’s my all-time favourite author, and a brilliant master of magical realism. So, I’m DYING for this one. The second one is Saga Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, which is a flawless, diverse masterpiece within the comic book genre.
HOUSE TARGARYEN: FIRE AND BLOOD – Name a book that you felt completely slayed with fantastic characters, plot, pacing, etc.
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. It’s a Japanese novel that’s a dystopian story about autocracy within a corrupt government. This book is fucking FLAWLESS. It has a perfect plot, an array of characters with differing morals, backgrounds, and psychological stabilities, along with a pacing that swept me away with an all-encompassing level of suspense. I also love how devastatingly thought-provoking it is. There is a lot that this novel offers, and I could probably go on and on for days.
HOUSE BARATHEON: OURS IS THE FURY – Name a book that ended with a cliffhanger ending that genuinely pissed you off.
In the Miso Soup by Ryū Murakami. This short novel was one of the most viscerally disturbing things I had read in a long time (at the time, which was 2-3 years ago), and with the approaching finale I was expecting so much more than I received. The protagonist goes one with a pointless monologue and then it abruptly just ends. It leaves you with so many unanswered questions and dangling threads, that it was completely unsatisfying.
HOUSE MARTELL: UNBOWED. UNBENT. UNBROKEN. – Name a book, or book series, that’s been on your TBR since the dawn of time.
Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa. This book has been on my to-be-read stack for about 5 years. It was a difficult book to find, so four out of those five years I simply couldn’t get my hands on a copy. Last year, I finally got it. But I still haven’t picked it up. I have no excuse. I’m just a lazy piece of shit.
HOUSE BOLTON: OUR BLADES ARE SHARP – Name the most graphic or disturbing book that you’ve ever read.
Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa. This is a manga story about the bombing of Hiroshima. It’s a non-fiction manga that really startles the mind. While I’ve read more grotesque things before, what makes this the most disturbing is that the events taking place, the horrific things that are happening to the people, is all very real, which is further emphasised with the child’s perspective that this narrative takes. People literally had their skins melt off due to the nature of the bomb. Many people drowned in boiling ocean waters, had their limbs blown off, and much more. This is a legitimate part of history; something that one group of human beings did to another group of human beings. What could be more disturbing or traumatising than that?
HOUSE TYRELL: GROWING STRONG – Name a book, or book series, that gets better and better with every re-read.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami and Initial D by Shuichi Shigeno. The first is a magical realism story about friendship and romance, as well as the profound affects of loss on the human soul. Every time I read it, I get chills and I can feel myself just evolving as an individual. Every god-damn time. Initial D is my favourite manga… EVER! It’s about drift racing in the mountains of Japan. When I used to race cars, this was a manga series that my late brother and I shared as a means to keep our passion for the sport alive. Every time that I read this, it reminds me of my brother and what we shared, as well as everything he ever taught me about the sport. It’s more sentimental than it is anything else.