Hey everyone! I started an accelerated summer class on child psychopathology (maybe I’ll review my textbook o.o…just kidding >.>), but I am slowly making my way through Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb and am pretty sure she’s about to find herself a new fan. I am completely obsessed and have been trying so hard to find just a little more time to finish it! But for now, a tag!
I was tagged by Melanie @ Meltotheany to do the Book Blogger Confession Tag. Thanks for always being so nice, Melanie!
Before you read on! There were apparently some interesting questions that lead to lots of ranting.
1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu. This is just for right now. I have to do a lot of thinking when I read books in this trilogy, and it’s not working out for me while I’m in class for child psychopathology. I’ll be picking this book again in July because I need to catch up with the friend I read The Three-Body Problem with!
2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?
I have no idea. I guess I have to go with When It’s Real by Erin Watt because the main male character is kind of a jerk. I still think it’s a cute possible summer read, though!
3. Which book do you love to hate?
Unpopular opinion but, yep, I didn’t love Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I’ve actually debated this with my brother on so many different occasions because he’s a huge fan. I can see how it’s basically fanfiction for people obsessed with video games. Everything that people assume the stereotypical gamer wants to happen happens, and of course there were tons of awesome 80’s pop culture references. But there was some really bad misrepresentation that made me feel uncomfortable and kind of gross whenever I read through those parts. Not all Asian people are otakus with bad skin obsessed with honor. And we can preserve our honor on our own, thank you very much. There were so many other things that upset me about this book, but this answer is already pretty long. >.>
4. Which book would you like to throw into the sea?
Geez, this tag is bringing out opinions I didn’t think I wanted to bring up on my blog yet lol… but for this I have to go with Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle. This is one of the only books that I’ve DNF’d and given a rating to. I’d been interested in learning more about the political climate of North Korea ever since reading In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park, so while looking through my university’s library I was immediately drawn to this graphic novel. But not even 10 pages into the book the author says, “[The hotel’s] got those good old standard rooms — cold and impersonal, just like they like them in Asia.” I finally DNF’d at page 35 when the author went on about how he could tell his hotel neighbors were Chinese because they yell at each other from across the hall. So, yes, this book can be chucked into the sea with a boulder attached to it.
5. What book have you read the most?
Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi for sure. I was going to pick a novel, but I had to go with the Sailor Moon manga. I wanted to be a princess of the moon so badly when I was little! I wanted to be Sailor Moon so much, I got my parents to buy me a life sized wedding Barbie for Christmas because I wanted to wear her white dress so I could be like Princess Serenity. I even attempted to write my own fanfiction without knowing it was called fanfiction when I was 13 and started to read fanfiction thinking it was canon. These manga and the anime were my childhood.
6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
I have to go with The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I actually did receive this as a book once and read it! I was really curious as to what the secret was, but it has something to do with everything bad that happens to us happens because we don’t think positively and we don’t shift our thoughts more positively. I just couldn’t get with this message. Buying me a book for my birthday was a nice gesture on my friend’s part though!
7. Which book could you not live without?
I can live without any book, to be honest! If I had to pick I’m just going to cop out and say Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling because I think the world would be a much better place if certain people read it when they were growing up. >.>
8. Which book made you the angriest?
This easily goes to My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach. I was so angry when I read this, and now I am just sad. It is a memoir about a man whose wife has bipolar disorder and is 5150’d (put into an involuntary psychiatric hold). This book was marketed as about a man and a woman who love each other and continue to love each other through the woman’s hardships. But the author kept on referring to how beautiful and amazing his wife was prior to her bp disorder and how he didn’t ask to be sucked into the kind of life he was living now. He also gets angry when his wife doesn’t want to see him and when his wife’s parents help around their house. I feel like maybe the husband wanted to let caretakers know that they aren’t alone in their feelings, but I was just so angry and hurt by this book because I had only been diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder about 2 years prior and hadn’t gotten the hang of living with my illness yet. I have never been 5150’d but I have been through an intensive outpatient program, and the one thing the other patients and I always felt guilty about was how our loved ones had to “deal” with us. Do you know how hard it is to convince yourself in those situations that it’s okay to not think about other people for awhile so you can focus on feeling better yourself??? This book still makes me so angry when it doesn’t make me sad!
9. Which book made you cry the most?
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. >My Review< It was heartbreaking, and I cried way too much over certain parts! It was a mixture of the situation and Madeline Miller’s gorgeous writing that completely destroyed me.
10. Which book cover do you hate the most?
I have no passionate hate for any book cover, but for the sake of this tag, I choose Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff. It sounds so interesting, but that cover is a little boring. However as I type this up, it’s kind of growing on me.
I hope you were all okay with my ranty answers and possible unpopular opinions!