Now, here’s a post I never thought I’d write! Who would have thought that memes and books can go hand in hand, in a sense?! This is what I love about the book-blogging community, there are so many talented and imaginative people here!
The Meme Book Tag was created by two booktubers: Dylan @ dylanthereader5, and Saajid @ Books Are My Social Life and you should totally go and watch some of their videos. This tag they made is perfect for meme addicts like me, which is why I’m so excited to have a go at it.
1. Crying Kim Kardashion — a book that made you cry
Old, old meme — but still has some of its gold! For this one, I’ve picked We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.
This book tells the story of Rosemary, who has just moved away to college. She’s a wallflower and goes unnoticed most of the time because she barely talks to anyone. There are things she avoids talking about (even thinking about), but once she starts her undergraduate life, she realizes that she has some healing and coping to do. Rosemary was once inseparable from her sister, Fern — but all that’s in the past now…
I remember finishing this book in 2016 and crying my eyes at during the end at 3 am. I picked it up on a whim, not really expecting anything, which made it even better. If you’re looking for a book dealing with family issues and overcoming mental health problems, you should totally pick this one up. I feel like it’s not talked about enough.
2. Salt Bae — a book that needed a little something more
After hearing so much about it, I decided to listen to an audiobook version up We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. Unfortunately, I just thought it was kind of meh.
We Are Okay is a novel about Marine, a girl who has just moved from San Francisco to New York to attend university. She lived most of her life with her grandfather and her best friend, Mabel, after her mother passed away, taken by the sea. When Marine’s grandfather dies, she falls down a depressive spiral, leading her to New York weeks before she was planning. In doing this, she starts to shut everyone out, but Marine knows she can’t hide forever.
I think that what’s to blame are my high expectations. I was expecting a contemporary that had more memorable characters, but already a week after finishing the book I’m forgetting details of the plot and the characters’ personalities. I just wish it had had something more memorable about it.
3. Guy Thinking — a book that made you think
This one goes straight to Animal Farm by George Orwell.
Animal Farm doesn’t need to be summarized, but in short it’s an allegoric book in which the animals get together to overthrow the farmer. The main idea is that all the animals will be equal and share duties, but as time goes by a hierarchy starts to form. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
Reading this as I was learning about the USSR made the whole experience even better. I still think about Orwell’s masterwork to this day. It’s one I highly recommend.
4. Confused guy — a book whose hype you don’t understand
This might be controversial, but I don’t understand why Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi has so much hype (full review to come soon!).
Penny is leaving her mother in her hometown in Texas to move to a university close to home. When she arrives, she starts making friends and a boy catches her eye — Sam. As these two start up a text-exclusive friendship, a bunch of things happen in their lives — individual and together.
Everyone is talking about this and raving about how it’s one of their favorite contemporaries and I’m here like!??!¿¡¿¿ Maybe I’m too used to contemporaries, but this was too run-of-the-mill for me.
5. Evil Patrick — a guilty pleasure read
I’m not ashamed of this book, I’m just ashamed of how many times I’ve read it. And this is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Yes, yes I know — you’ve all read about this book and heard me rant about it. BUT IT’S THAT GOOD!
Fangirl is your classic girl-goes-off-to-college-and-grows contemporary. Cath wants to be a writer IRL and is writing Simon Snow (*cough* Harry Potter *cough*) fanfiction at the same time. She meets Levi (dream guy — shhh) and grows not only as a person but as a writer as well.
It hits me every single time. When I’m down, I reach for this book. I can’t stop gushing about it, it’s ridiculous…
6. Meryl Streep — a book that you’re always hyping up
Can I go with Fangirl? No? Fiiiiine 😒 I guess I’ll go with The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet.
This is a middle-grade book set in Maine in the 1940s during WWII and the Red Scare in the United States. Gusta’s dad has been flagged by the US government as a communist and as a German spy (talk about contradiction), so she must go live with her grandmother in Maine while he runs away to Canada. It’s full of heart-warming moments, a witty main character, and an enticing setting.
This book came out in April, but it only has 62 reviews on Goodreads so far. I’d love it if you guys picked it up! I read an ARC and it quickly became one of my favorite books of 2018.
7. Successful baby — a book (whether you liked it or not) that you felt accomplished after reading
I read Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo in January for an essay I wrote, and man oh man.
This short book tells the story of Johnny, a soldier who’s been injured during WWI and, as a consequence, has lost both of his arms and both of his legs. He also can’t see, talk, or hear, leaving him pretty much trapped in his own body alone with his thoughts. It’s all told from his perspective in a stream-of-conscience-esque writing style.
I was so happy I got through this book because 1) a writing style I’m not used to; 2) very gory and dark plot; 3) it’s one of those books I would have shied away if I didn’t have to read it. I am a fan of anti-war literature, particularly dealing with WWI. Needless to say I loved this book.
8. Pennywise — a book with a promising concept
I really liked the new IT adaptation, especially because of Pennywise. Therefore, I’m going with a book that is also an adaptation (of sorts) that I loved. And that is Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith.
It’s tough to explain the plot of this one, so I’ll leave at this: there’s a girl who meets an anti-establishment girl and they hit it off. The first girl’s sister has some problems with this. Character development ensues. Lots of queer themes, which is always a plus.
I loved this book. It was what got me into Ali Smith’s writing. If you want to read a very short, very entertaining book that is a (loose) retelling of the myth of Iphis, told in Ovid’s Metamorphoses — pick this one up!
9. Headphones guy — an audiobook you enjoyed
Without a doubt, Bossypants written and read by Tina Fey.
Everyone knows Tina Fey for her deadpan humour and her witty jokes. You are getting all that in this book, and you get even more if you listen to Tina read her own book! I heard this on the last day of 2017 and it was a great choice. What a great way to finish the year!
10. Distracted guy — two books: one you’ve been neglecting on your TBR for a long time and a new one that’s peaking your interest
I love this meme! And I have a definite answer for this one. I started reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green in January (and then picked up the audiobook to be done with it asap last month), but I’ve been doing the Asian Lit Bingo challenge (you can read my post here) and thinking of those books…
It’s not that I’m not enjoying Turtles All the Way Down, it’s just that I’ve been too focused on other books and not craving to go back to the nostalgic John Green prose.
11. Cash me outside girl — a pretentious book
I have to choose The Right Thing to Do at the Time by Dov Zeller. Unfortunately, I DNFed this book when I was halfway into it.
It tells the story of Ari, a Jewish transgender man living in New York City. He has a best friend, Itche, who is a homosexual (or was it bisexual?) man. This is marketed as a cross between Pride and Prejudice and Fiddler on the Roof with diversity and Jewish history behind it.
What really turned me off was how pretentious the characters were. All the dialogues were just way too fancy and did not resemble reality at all. Also, there were a lot of Jewish words and cultural references that were only explained at the end of the book. It was a bit too much for me…
12. Dog surrounded by fire — how many unread books do you own?
Actually, probably (only) around ten to twenty books. I don’t tend to buy a lot of books at a time because they’re so expensive, and when I do it’s only classics that I know I’ll read at one point in my life.
Now, if we move onto my Goodreads digital library, that’s another story… I currently have 632 titles there. I’m pretty sure I’ll never read all of them 😅
13. Bonus meme! — wholesome memes: a cute book that made your heart warm
These are my favorite memes and I always have so much fun sending them to my boyfriend. They’re the cutest thing! Similarly, I love contemporaries. And I’m sorry, but I’ll have to go with Fangirl.
This book hits my feelings big time every single time I pick it up. It has so many cute and heartwarming moments that make my heart melt! To be honest, Cath and Levi are my favorite book couple and I can’t get over how cute they are.
I would love to tag everyone reading this! I’d be more than happy to read your post 😊 I hope you have as much fun with this as I did!