I love doing fun book tags! I found this one on The Undecided Bookworm, and though I wasn’t directly tagged, I really wanted to do it because it looked really fun. So, without further ado, here is the Opposite Books Tag:
First book in your collection/Last book you bought.
The first book in my collection is probably my copy of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, which, in case you didn’t know is kind of my favorite book of all time. And the last book I bought (as of writing this, it’s quite possible I will buy more books before this gets published) was The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.
A cheap book/An expensive book.
I do a lot of shopping at the dollar bookstore, which is amazing. So I have quite a few books that I bought for a dollar, including The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. The most expensive books I ever purchased are volumes 1 & 2 of the Sandman Omnibus by Neil Gaiman. They retail at $150 dollars a piece – I got mine for about 45% off on Amazon, but they were still ridiculously expensive. And I don’t regret them one bit!
A book with a male protagonist/One with a female protagonist.
This will come as a surprise to no one, but one of my favorite books/series with a male protagonist is Red Rising by Neil Gaiman. And for a female protagonist, I think I will always go for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Lizzie Bennet was my idol growing up.
A book you read fast/One that took you long to read.
One of my fastest reads ever was of Stephen King’s 11/22/63. I read the entire book – all 842 pages of it – in about two days. I also once finished the entire Harry Potter series (4,224 pages) in three days. The book that took me the longest to read… can I pick one I’m still working on? Because I’ve been reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time on and off for about eight months now, and it’s only 200 pages. My brain is not designed for science.
Pretty cover/Ugly cover.
My favorite book covers of all time might just be the Jane Austen Vintage Classics (the Brontë ones are a close second). As for an ugly book cover, well, just look what happened to poor Bridget Jones.
A national book/An international book.
I’m assuming this means one originally published in my country and one published elsewhere (correct me if I’m wrong). So I’m going to go with Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, because it’s fresh in my mind (I just finished the audiobook). Also, there’s just something about writers like Bradbury and Kerouac and Vonnegut that just feel like classic America. An international book that I love (other than Harry Potter, because that’s always my answer for everything) is Beowulf. It’s been translated into nearly 60 languages (that I could find) and has influenced modern fantasy in several cultures.
A thin book/A thick book.
Not counting children’s books (of which I still have a few favorites in my collection), one of the thinnest books I’ve read was We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Achidie, which I read recently. It’s only like 45 pages or something. The thickest book on my shelf (though, strangely, not the longest, page-wise) is Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
Fiction book/Non-fiction book.
For this one, I’m going to go with A View From the Cheap Seats (nonfiction) and Trigger Warning (fiction), both short story collections by Neil Gaiman. I’m just really excited about A View From the Cheap Seats because I’ve heard Gaiman share some of his personal anecdotes and they’re amazing! Also, it’s coming out on my birthday this year (May 31st), and a new Neil Gaiman book is kind of the best present ever.
Very (way too) romantic book/Action book.
I’m not a huge fan of traditional romance novels, but I go generally enjoy romance within most other genres. One book series that I might have liked a bit better had there not been a romance is the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu (even though they’re not exactly romance books). It’s no secret that I don’t like those books, and one of the reasons was the cheesy insta-love aspect. I tend to like action books more than romance, so I can’t think of a book that has too much action. But if I had to name one, it would be maybe Divergent. My favorite part of the series was the whole existential, philosophical element. Or maybe I’ve just grown out of YA dystopian…
A book that made you happy/One that made you sad.
A book that made me happy is Morning Star by Pierce Brown. I still feel all warm and fuzzy when I think of the ending. Which is saying something, because it’s the final book in a science fiction series that rivals the death toll of A Song of Ice and Fire. One that recently broke my heart is The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. It made me cry just as much as The Book Thief did, but I loved it.