This is the first time I have participated in a blogging tag of any sort….so we’ll see how this goes =P I was tagged by Bekah from Bekah’s Books, and if you don’t read her blog, I would highly suggest it! I have *so* enjoyed “meeting” her through the blogging world!
Now on to all the book-ish questions, so you get to know all about me…..or my reading habits…..or something like that =)
Name a book you expected to dislike but ended up loving because you stuck with it to the end.
This one was difficult…..’cause I don’t really start many books that I don’t expect to like =) I would have to say the one book I started knowing I couldn’t really get into the authors work was In Freedom’s Cause by G. A. Henty. I know, I know, the history throughout the book is wonderful…..but there is such an amount of technical elements woven into some of them that it can make it a little dry. And then a friend convinced me to read In Freedom’s Cause and I fell in love with Henty. Now I own several, and have read many more, and I have learned so much! (There are a couple of things I may skip, like the latitude and longitude the soldiers marched up Bunker’s Hill….shh! don’t tell!)
Admit it–we all judge books by their covers. What is one book you’ve given a try and enjoyed it despite a less-than-appealing cover?
Umm…..definitely Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss. The edition we have just didn’t appeal to me, and it seemed as if it might not be all I had heard that it was. But it was! It was everything and more! And I read it over and over again, ’cause it is just that good! And I have since found editions of this book that are really pretty and would pique my interest — I just bought a first edition copy of this book — printed in the 1800’s — from our local thrift store. That was probably my favourite find of all!
Ranting opportunity! Which author are you forever mad at for denying a character their second chance? Talk about it.
Those of you who know me already know this answer — I mean, seriously, there can only be one book I’ve ever read and thought it was the most terrible, horrid ending that was ever written. And to make it worse, it was the ending to an entire book series. The Riley Covington Thriller series, written by Jason Elam and Steve Yohn. The last book, Inside Threat was great until the last thirty pages or so. Then the authors decide to kill off one of the main characters that you have come to absolutely adore throughout the entire series…..and just end the book. Right there. Right when it seemed like everything was going right, right when the character was about to be given a second chance at something…..whamo! and the character is dead. I was sobbing. Out loud. And to make matters even better (or worse, whichever way you look at it), it was a book that my sister talked me into reading because I wasn’t really all that interested in the series to begin with. And then I fell in love with it. And then there was the funeral.
As a side note, the series was really, really good — until the last thirty pages or so of the fourth book. I would highly suggest reading the first three, and taking my word that you don’t want to read the fourth one.
Do you have a favorite book that includes a theme of second chances?
The Tox Files by Ronie Kendig, hands down. The main character is a guy who made a huge mistake without meaning too, and through different circumstances began blaming himself for everything that happened. But a friend who has an amazing memory and a love for the Lord helps him through a lot with his aptitude for quoting Scripture, and several other friends exhibit a willingness to reach through the messiness of sin to help him.
Bonus question: Name a favorite fictional romance that only succeeded because the characters were willing to let go of their first impressions and move on.
Can I use a book I’ve already mentioned? Does that still count? It would have to be Stepping Heavenward again….because her first impression of the doctor is so different from who he really is!
If that doesn’t count, I would choose the Anne of Green Gables series (I don’t know the exact book) and Anne’s impression of Gilbert Blythe. And his impression of her. I mean, what would your first impression of someone be who greeted your teasing by slamming a slate over your head??? :D
Now it’s my turn to tag some unsuspecting people =P I haven’t seen this on either of these blogs, and I definitely don’t want you to feel like this is something you have to do….but I had fun! And I would love to see your answers!
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.