I saw this Game of Thrones inspired book tag floating around the internet a few months ago, and I just never joined in on the fun. Now I think it’s a perfect addition to my 12 Days of Geekmas posts! I’m a little late posting this one, but I promise I have a good reason. My uncle came to visit from North Carolina, so my husband and I have spent the weekend showing him and my dad around the Orange County craft brewing scene. My family is really into beer (if you haven’t figured that out by now!) so I’m always happy to spread the sudsy love<3
♪ On the Sixth Day of Geekmas, my fandom gave to me… ♪
Game of Thrones is one of my biggest fandoms. My brother tried to get me into the books years ago, and I tried but just didn’t like them. It wasn’t until after my brother died last year that my husband and I sat down to watch the show. We were obsessed! We watched the first three seasons in a few days, just before the fourth season premiered. Since I started watching it, I’ve tried reading the books again…and failed again. I don’t know what it is about them that I have such a hard time enjoying, but I’ll just stick to the show for now=P
This book tag was originally done by Claire Rousseau on her YouTube channel, and you can find the original video here. I don’t do video, so I’m putting it in bloggy format! Without further ado…
Arya Stark – a character that’s all about revenge
Whew, I’ll go with Roland from The Dark Tower series. While his story is especially confusing, and his ultimate goal is to reach the top of the Dark Tower, he spends a lot of time trying to exact his revenge on Randall Flagg. Randall goes by many names throughout the book, but one of his identities is Walter O’Dim, or the Man in Black. The very first line of the first book in the series is, “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” So obviously, Roland (being the gunslinger and all) has some beef with this guy. This is a lengthy series, but one of my absolute favorites…and a must read if you’re a fan of Stephen King!
Varys – a book featuring political intrigue
Alright, I’m not into politics or political intrigue whatsoever. I feel like if I sat down and really thought about it, a few books would come to mind, but all I can really think of right now isn’t that great an example of political intrigue. The Shatter Me series by Tehereh Mafi has some politics in it, sure, but none of it makes much sense. I still love the books though, because despite the plot holes, there’s Warner, and I. LOVE. HIM.
Joffrey – a villain you just love to hate
I’m going to have to go with Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, of course. I hated her as soon as she was introduced and grew to completely despise her. I don’t think I need to say much more, you all know what I’m trying to say. She’s the worst.
Jon Snow – a coming of age story
My absolute favorite book is The Giver by Lois Lowry, and when I think of coming of age stories, Jonas comes to mind first. He is selected as the Receiver of Memory as his “assignment” in the community. He is initially blind to the sameness of his world, but as he receives memories from the Giver, he realizes that there is more to life than his community will ever know. He learns about love and death, and ultimately grows from a boy to a young man who understands much more about the world than those around him.
Jaime & Cersei – a ship you just can’t get behind
Oh man, there are tons of ships out there that I’m just not into, but the first one that came to mind for me is Vincent and Violet in The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. I’m crazy about this series, and the only downside about it so far is that I have to wait for the next book to come out. I tend to read series that are already complete because I just hate the anticipation! This series still has another two or three books to go before it’s finished, and the next book probably won’t come out until May of next year (according to the Goodreads page). If you haven’t read it, I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone…but the gist of it is that all twenty-two of the Major Arcana tarot cards are reincarnated into teenagers who must kill one another to restore balance in the world. It’s not like a Hunger Games thing…basically, the world has been destroyed and most of humanity is gone. The teens are the embodiment of the cards they represent, with powers to match their call. Vincent and Violet are The Lovers card, and like Jaime and Cersei, they’re twins (kind of) who are just too close for comfort. Definite ick factor going on there.
Lady Olenna – a kickass older character
Definitely going with Chrisjen Avasarala from The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey. I fell in love with the first book of this series, Leviathan Wakes, but am struggling to get through the second one, Caliban’s War. The one redeeming aspect of it so far is Avasarala. She’s a cynical old lady with a potty-mouth, and she’s funny as hell. I won’t get into the story because there’s just too much going on in this series to try and explain right now, but I loved the first book and I’m hoping to start enjoying this book soon too (though I hear that the third book is suuuper dull).
Daenerys – a book featuring dragons
I don’t read a lot of books with dragons, actually. I mean, there’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, aaaaand that’s about it. I’m not really into dragons.
Sansa Stark – a character you grew to love
By far, Katniss from The Hunger Games. I can’t be the only person who hated Katniss at first, right? I probably feel this way about most female protagonists, but at first she seemed so damn whiny (alright, she’s pretty whiny throughout the whole series). I guess I just grew to respect her and she became a lot more relatable as the series progressed.
Melisandre – a favorite magic system
My favorite book genre is YA Fantasy, so I’ve read about a lot of different magic systems. One of the my absolute favorites has been The Mortal Instruments series. I love the idea of runes, the Silent Brothers, the Warlocks, Vampires, Werewolves…all kinds of fun stuff. This is one of the first series that got me into YA fiction in a big way, so it’ll always hold a soft spot in my heart.
Tyrion – a character whose weapon is their mind
I almost had a hard time coming up with someone for this until my husband reminded me of one of my favorite characters of all time, Ender of the Ender Saga. A lot of people just know Ender from Ender’s Game, which is a freakin’ fantastic book. But I love Ender as an adult…he was an incredibly intelligent child, so imagine that intelligence as a man. As a child, he was responsible (unknowingly) for wiping out an entire alien race, so he spends his adulthood trying to make that right. While there are definitely some issues with the books, I’ll always love Ender as a character.
So there you have it. Definitely a fun little book tag, and now I’m itching to pick up a book and read! I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend and I can’t wait to read your Geekmas posts=) And of course, if you feel like joining in on this book tag, please feel free! I didn’t want to actually tag anyone since I know we’re all pretty busy with the holidays, but I’d love to read your answers if you participate.