BOOK VS. BOOK TAG

For the first time ever I have a good reason for taking so long to do a tag, because when I was first tagged I’d read just one of the books on the list, so doing it would have been totally pointless. However I decided to treat this like a challenge to see how many I could read…. Annnd now that I’ve finally managed to read ALL the books on here so I’m READY TO ROCK!!

Thank you so much to Emily @Rose Read for tagging me and creating such an awesome list of books- I had so much fun doing this!!

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the blog who tagged you and link back to them
  • Your first book is the last book of the person who tagged you
  • Follow the list of books the tagger you gave you and then face off “book 1 vs book 2”
  • As soon as you have a winner, choose 7 more books and blogs to tag

Emily ended with Cinder by Marissa Meyer, so that’s my starting book. Here’s her list of contenders:

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky
  7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

ROUND 1

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Cinder VS Illuminae: Already I’m gonna have some guilt with this question because of how easy it is for me to say ILLUMINAE! In truth, I did really enjoy Cinder but I didn’t love it nearly as much as Illuminae.

ROUND 2

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Illuminae VS Ready Player One: Again I did actually enjoy Ready Player One in the end but IT’S NOT ILLUMINAE DAMMIT!

ROUND 3

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Illuminae VS Enders Game : This is getting ridiculous!!! Guys, I just really like Illuminae okay!?

ROUND 4

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Illuminae VS Outsiders: Okay, before you get up on me for my Illuminae bias, I’m still trying to pin down my thoughts on Outsiders since I had mixed feelings about it… so yeah… it’s got to be Illuminae.

ROUND 5

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Illuminae VS The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Ahh well this one’s easy too- cos I actually didn’t like the Part-Time Indian– I didn’t relate to it at all and as I said in my mini-review, I think it’s more aimed at an American audience. So yeah, Illuminae for the win!

ROUND 6

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Illuminae VS Perks of Being a Wallflower: Arghhhh no!!!! Why are you doing this to me?!?! I really thought with how easy it was for Illuminae to win the last few rounds that it would run away with it and I wouldn’t have to make any tough decisions… Alas you’re making me choose between my babies *sobs*!! I think it actually has to be Perks because Illuminae was tough to get into (see I can actually criticise books I love from time to time) whereas Perks was faultless (okay, not always)

ROUND 7

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Perks of Being a Wallflower VS Eleanor and Park: *controversial opinion alert* I didn’t actually like Eleanor and Park… so this one’s a no brainer.

THE WINNER!

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The winner is Perks of Being a Wallflower! Yes, I know, we all thought Illuminae would win for sure, but at the last minute the dark horse of the competition snuck up and stole the prize!

Anyway I’m really looking forward to seeing what people do with this one.

Here’s My List of books:

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  6. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  7. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (I feel like it came so close it deserves to be on here)

I chose books I wouldn’t be able to choose between- I’m so mean- mwhahahaha!

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I tag:

Nel, Kat, Valerie, Shannon, Briana & Krysta @Pages Unbound, Lashaan & Trang @Bookidote, Dani @Perspective of a Writer, Villain Library, Two Gals and a Book, and Around the Library in 80 Days (as always don’t feel like you have to do it and feel free to give it a go if you like the look of this!)

And what do you think of my choices- which book would have won for you? Let me know in the comments!

And heads up I’m gonna be gone for a few days, visiting friends, so there won’t be any posts until the end of next week! I will leave you with this tune…

Which is nice and appropriate for a trip to Scotland 😉

Ready Player One… You’re in for one hell of a ride…

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My avatar: Miss Orangutan Librarian

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Level one: at first I felt like I was off to a rocky start. Though it was well written, the opening sequence was info dump after info dump, setting up the game and a nihilistic backdrop that was hard to like. Everything so far felt depressingly similar to our own world, with very small changes that didn’t really appeal to my imagination. Also, not being a gamer, I struggled to get into the premise and a lot of the references were lost on me. But then I levelled up…

Level two: as the book progressed I began to have more fun with it. I slowly forgot my initial misgivings, becoming absorbed in the characters and their adventures. And before I knew it I was rooting for them to *win*…

Level three: by the last third I was totally loving it. With the heightened drama and the world building, the book had me in the palm of its hand. Initial reservation forgotten, I felt like I’d fallen into a whole different universe. And it was just as I escaped my own reality I thought isn’t this the point? Because I may not play video games, but I can more than understand getting lost in make believe and needing an alternative to shitty reality. I mean, even writing this on my blog, I totally get what it is to live online…

Game Over: And then came the finale to take this to a whole other level: the message to step outside the game. It could not have ended on a better note. As the kids say, “it gave me life” 😉

Rating: 3½/5 bananas

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So have you read this? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments!