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TGIF: Book Olympics

August 3, 2012

 Hello!

 It is Friday. *does Friday dance*

 To fit in with the Olympic madness that has overtaken the world, the wonderful and fabulous Ginger at GReads! has set forth a challenge: to bestow the coveted gold, silver, and bronze medals on books.

Y’all. This is difficult. My LIFE revolves around books. I work with them. I read them. I write them. I’m surrounded by them.

Seriously.

In an effort to keep me sane, instead of listing all of the books I’ve ever read by category, I’m going to restrcit myself to bestowing awards upon books I’ve read this year. Which is also hilarious because I’ve read a weird amalgammation of books this year, crossing many genres. Also, I’m bestowing them based on my level of enjoyment, not on any sort of literary merit. Just so we’re clear.

So here goes.

GOLD: Throne of Glass Sarah J. Maas
This book is SO FRICKITY-FRACKITY GOOD. I’m still in the process of writing my review of it, and hopefully it’ll be up on Monday. But y’all. This book. it is, just, all of the things. In the best possible way.

Gahhhh, I love it so.

SILVER: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
Let’s be honest: I’m straight-up obsessed with this series. I have a map of Westeros in my office. I own a bazillion coffee mugs, but I only really use the one that says Khaleesi on it. I squeled loudly when this photo of what might be the set of Riverrun was posted on the Interwebs the other day.

These books do something weird and serious to you when you read them. It just . . . gets inside you somehow. And most of that is to due the INSANELY COMPLICATED world building and character creating that George R. R. Martin has accomplished. I seriously want to see his editor’s office, because I’m willing to be there is a giant bulletin board that is full of plotlines and backstories and family trees and is basically indecipherable. Or there is an intern with CRAZY SPREADSHEETS that you have to have an MBA to be able to create. For real.

Anyway. These books are SO GOOD.

BRONZE: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The more I think back on this book, the more it impresses me. There was a lot of really heavy emotional shizz going down in this book, and Perkins masterfully balaned it all in a way that felt real and true and honest and yes.

If you haven’t gotten your hands on this book yet, I urge you to do so as soon as possible. And read Anna and the French Kiss too. It will, uh, inform your reading experience with Lola. 😉

And there you have it. My totaly subjective, completely based on me, winners of the Book Olympics.

Happy Friday!

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Poppy permalink
    August 5, 2012 8:09 PM

    Just ordered Throne of Glass from amazon, so now I’m even more excited than I was before!

  2. August 3, 2012 4:01 PM

    I have Throne of Glass as my Gold too!! And I just finished Lola and the boy next door, it was so cute!! I’m still trying to get through the Game of Thrones books, they’re good but long. 🙂

  3. August 3, 2012 3:12 PM

    I can’t wait to read Throne of Glass!! i’ve heard soooo many good things about it! Great choices 🙂

  4. August 3, 2012 1:40 PM

    I LOVE Lola. Stephanie Perkins created an awesome character with Lola and her family. Plus, you know, there is the adorable Cricket…

    And I loved Throne of Glass. Sarah J. Maas wrote a stunning debut, and I can’t wait for the next installment 😉

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