I wasn’t tagged, but I first saw this tag over on Cristina’s blog, My Tiny Obsessions. This tag was originally created by Valerie @ Little Dutch Bookshop. Make sure you give their blogs a visit!
London 2012 feels like yesterday – it was such a monumental Olympics for the Great Britain, my country, and the patriotism was thrilling. I feel like it was the starting line for Team GB to really up their game, because we’re doing amazingly this year, too!
Thus, today, I decided to keep up with the times, and complete the Olympics Book Tag, because there’s nothing like linking books to hot topics. Let’s go!
Eythora Thorsdottir – the Netherlands
Artistic gymnastics are all about grace and beauty, especially on beam and floor, but if you only flex your toes for just a second on any other event, such as bars or vault, it can lead to a deduction that can cost you your golden medal. That’s why I want to know:
What is a beautifully written book?
I’ve chosen The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, for it is not only the writing in this series that is beautiful, but the content. From the plot, to the speech, to the characters, this book is beautifully written in every meaning of the word. My reviews: Book 1 | Book 4
Dafne Schippers – The Netherlands
Athletics is all about speed. In most events the fastest person wins, but in other events your speed is also an important part of your chance you win that gold medal. So you can really say that speed is key. That is why I want to know:
What is a fast-paced book?
The majority of contemporary novels are extremely fast-paced, so much so that I tend to read one-per-day during summer, or when I’m on holiday. Thus, there are countless choices, but this time, I wanted to choose something different. Wolf by Wolf is a historical fiction/alternate history novel, and so you would expect it to be relatively slow so as to build up the world. That is not the case with Wolf by Wolf – it is extremely fast-paced, and impossible to put down. What I love most, though, is that the fast pace never takes away from the world building or the content. This book is just great. My review.
April Ross – United States
Beach Volleyball reminds me so much of summer! I mean, you can only play it on the beach, it is fun to do with friends. It makes you forgive all of the sand for getting into places you don’t actually want sand. That’s why I want to know:
What is a perfect book for summer?
Again, there are a lot of choices, but because it’s a 2016 release, I’m going to choose The Unexpected Everything. This book is set in summer, and is such a fun read, and is definitely perfect for summer, whether you’re on a beach, or wishing you were. My review.
Tom Daley – United Kingdom
Divers is all about getting into that water without making a splash, but it is also about strength and, when performed by two divers, about synchronicity. But all in all the fact that they dive that far into the water, knowing that when they mess up, it hurts is very respectable. That’s why I want to know:
What is a book you read without knowing anything about it before you started?
I love going into a book blind – I think it’s the best way to do it – but that’s such a difficult thing to do in the age of social media. Somehow, though, I managed to avoid all information about this book – it wasn’t even on my TBR before I read it! My review.
Anky van Grunsven and Salinero – the Netherlands
It’s all about the horses with this sport, they are as important as the athletes who ride them. It is amazing how much these animals can do! That’s why I want to know:
Who is your favourite bookish animal?
Re-reading City of Bones reminded me how much I love Church. He is a blue Persian immortal cat, and he is the greatest ever.
Russian group – Russia
Rhythmic Gymnastics is all about flexibility. Gymnasts perform all kinds of contortionist moves, and that all while keeping their eye on a prop. And they are also able to include this prop in their, often graceful routines. It hurts my back looking at it, but I want to know:
Who do you find a very flexible writer?
I have read 5/6 of Rainbow Rowell’s books – I am yet to read Attachments, her first – and I can safely say she is very versatile. For one, she writes for both teens and adults, and though she tends to stick to contemporary, Carry On is fantasy, Fangirl dabbles in fantasy, Kindred Spirits is a short story about Star Wars, and Landline features a time-travelling telephone. So there’s that.
Thank you for reading!
Which is your favourite event in the Olympics? Tell me in the comments!