Today, I bring forth a book tag! The phenomenal book blogger, Nandini, tagged me to do her original Lord of the Rings inspired bookish tag weeks ago. But I fell behind on my work and ended up putting this thing off. I apologise to Nandini for that.
This tag looks quite fantastic and I’m super excited to participate in it! The questions were slightly difficult ones that made me think about the books that I chose for the answers, but it also made me realise that I need to expose myself to more books that make me think about life outside of literature, sort of in an introspective way, if that makes sense.
If you aren’t following Nandini, please to hop on over to her blog, Unputdownable Books, and give her a visit. She reviews diverse books, most of which are South Asian, and is a big fan of fantasy! Her reviews are always to the point and very informative, and she has some of the best Top Ten Tuesdays lists around.
Points to Note:
- Please pingback to Nandini’s original post.
- Feel free to use the banner from her post.
- Be as creative as you like while interpreting the prompts.
- Tag at least 3 people you think would enjoy doing the tag.
- Even though Gollum is not an official part of the Fellowship, Nandini wanted to have a round figure, so she added a prompt for this character too.
- Valerie @ Let’s Book It
- Carrie @ The Cat on the Bookshelf
- Jenna @ Falling Letters
- Michel @ Raistlin0903
1. Gandalf – A book that taught you something.
Dune by Frank Herbert. It taught me that people of colour and people who have disabilities have the power to be mesmerizingly intelligent and remarkably badass individuals who can inspire and motivate others. It also taught me how much I love character-driven narratives with large-scale world-building, universe-building, actually, which really puts the epic into epic science-fiction.
2. Frodo – A book that left a mark on you.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami really left a profound mark on me. It’s about love, loss, loneliness, the powerful repercussions of all of those things combined with mental conditions that can be very emotionally inhibiting and avoiding the things that you fear most. It’s a tragedy wrapped in an eloquent examination of melancholic youth and identity crisis. It’s with me and every breath that I take.
3. Legolas – A book you finished in one sitting.
Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami is my one-sitting book. It swept me away with it’s gorgeous straightforward yet poignant prose and character-focused story that highlights the anxiety of getting older. I was super swept away within the first five minutes and just could not walk away until I had consumed the last page.
4. Gimli – A book that features an unlikely friendship.
Forge of the Mindslayers by Tim Waggoner, which is book two in the Blade of the Flame trilogy. A halfling with severe PTSD befriends a Warforged (sentient being fused from wood, metal, magic and psionic materials) who is blind. Their friendship is very unique and sweet.
5. Merry – A book that pleasantly surprised you.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer is a science-fiction novel within the subgenre new-weird, and I honestly expected to hate it. But I ended up being extremely taken aback by how absorbed I became in the story and the characters’ plight, as well as the strange and eerie setting.
6. Pippin – A book that made you laugh.
How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh is a self-care book about how to conquer life’s challenges, whether it’s living with depression, trying to get further in your career or other professional pursuits, learning to be more confident, and things of the sort. Her voice is beautifully natural and charming, while being honest and hilarious. She had me laughing while feeling very comforted and inspired at the same time. The references also make it fantastically funny.
7. Boromir – A book/series that you think ended too soon.
Parade by Shuichi Yoshida was an excellent Japanese fiction novel with some suspense elements, but the ending was so abrupt. There was a major bomb being dropped and a quick finale approached afterwards that left me feeling unsatisfied and starving for more. But it’s still a good book that I recommend highly.
8. Sam – A book with memorable side characters who stole the show.
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien is the second book in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I couldn’t skip a LotR novel. I loved Legolas and Gimli in the novels as much as I loved them in the films, and they’re portions were some of my favourite sections of the book.
9. Aragorn – A good book with a bad/average cover.
The Trench by Steve Alten. It’s the sequel to The Meg novel and the cover is so mediocre! But the story was quite good; very thrilling and fast-paced and better than the first book. The cover doesn’t do the thing justice at all.
10. Gollum – A book that had great potential but disappointed you in the end.
Kingsway West by Greg Pak is a fantasy western that had so much potential to be an extraordinary comic series, but poor execution, an unsatisfyingly ambiguous finale, and missing chunks/time jumps turned it into a hot mess that was difficult to stomach.
If you enjoyed this book tag and are interested in doing it, please feel free to partake! Just make sure to credit Nandini with creating it. 😊