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The Hitchhiker’s Guide Book Tag

Happy Towel Day!

You guys, I made a tag 😮 I swear, I looked to see if a tag like this already existed, but I had no luck finding one (please point me to it if you’ve seen one!), so… I made my own, with husband’s help, because this is his favorite series and he knows it better than I do.

(Sorry, but I do not have the necessary skills, or patience, to make the nice graphics to go with this :/ )


Arthur Dent: A book that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike what you expected

Fingersmith

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, for sure. Almost nothing about this was what I expected, and I ended up being kind of underwhelmed :/

Ford Prefect: A character who ends up a long way from home

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)

Gotta go with Zuzana from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, specifically the last two books.

Towel: The one book you would take across the galaxy with you

Complete Tales and Poems

I almost made myself cry with my own prompt. *sigh* Finally, husband was my knight in shining armor and suggested a collected works of [insert author here], and then helpfully supplied my answer: a book of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete works.

The Guide: Your favorite tome (aka big book)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Several of my all-time-favorite books are 500+ pages, but I think Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is ever so slightly ahead of the others. Maybe.

The Guide Mark 2: Second Book Syndrome

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

I still gave Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard 4 out of 5 stars (it might have been more like 3.5), but I honestly barely even remember it now. I do remember not liking it nearly as much as I’d liked Red Queen.

Babel Fish: A translated book

The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)

Probably my favorite translated book is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I absolutely loved this book when I read it a few years ago, and I highly recommend it.

Deep Thought: A series finale you’re anticipating

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

I realized after we settled on this one that I don’t think I’m actually anticipating any series conclusions :/ But! Then I remembered the Nikolai duology by Leigh Bardugo, and I’m definitely looking forward to the second book.

Zaphod Beeblebrox: A book with a twist you didn’t see coming

Night Film

Night Film by Marisha Pessl was full of twists I didn’t expect, omg.

Marvin (the Paranoid Android): A sarcastic character

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)

I really like sarcastic characters, in general, so I could probably make a list for this one. But, I’m going with Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

Heart of Gold: A unique book (~OR~ A choose your own adventure book)

The Night Circus

I still haven’t read anything else quite like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s magic ❤

Tricia “Trillian” McMillan: A duology

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

I love a good duology, and I think I actually have like three favorites. But, I’m going with The Wrath & the Dawn duology by Renée Ahdieh because I haven’t talked about it much and I really enjoyed it.

Slartibartfast: A book (or series) with intricate world-building

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

I know, I know, it’s probably cliche, but I’m going with The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien because damn. I’m absolutely certain I’ve read other books with great world-building, but this one will always stand out.

*Bonus Prompt* Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz: A poetry book

For anyone who does this tag (if anyone ever does), you can totally leave this one out if you want 🙂

Collected Sonnets

I really like poetry, so it was hard to pick, but… I think I’ll go with Collected Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay because I’ve read it several times since I first got my hands on it about 15 years ago, and I always love it.


On to the tagging! (Am I the only one who hates tagging people because I feel like I’m bothering them?)

No pressure to do this, but if you do, don’t forget to drop me a link so I can check out your answers!

Also, if you weren’t tagged, but want to do this tag, please do!

I tag:

Siobhan

Winged Cynic

Misty

Amanda

Caro

Jess

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T5W: Classes based on books (or characters) I would take

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

September 6th: Classes Based on Books/Characters 
–It’s back to school season, so let’s discuss some classes you’d like to take either based on books or based on characters’ skills. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO NOT USE HARRY POTTER, because that is too easy. You are supposed to make up your own classes. For example, you could use How to Dismantle a Dystopian Regime for The Hunger Games or Archery 101 with Katniss.

 

I’m actually kind of glad we’re not supposed to use Harry Potter for this one, because omg I could easily think of 10 (that aren’t actual classes mentioned in the books).


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The Versatility of the Common Bath Towel, taught by Ford Prefect (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams) In this class, you would learn the many uses of your bath towels that you’ve probably never considered, hear about why you should never leave home without one, and you might even get to hear some bonus anecdotes about what it’s like to be a hitchhiker in the galaxy.

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Finding Your Creative Voice Through Writing Fan Fiction, taught by Cather Avery
(Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell) Let’s be honest: fanfic is looked down on a lot. Maybe not as much as it used to be, but still. In this class, you’ll learn how writing fanfiction can act as your training wheels as you search for your writing voice and sift through the many ideas for stories you probably have floating around in your head at any given time.

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Eat Cake and Love Yourself, taught by Nina Zenik (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo) Ah, Nina. I loved her so much in this duology, and I think she would make a kickass teacher for classes on self-love (especially if there’s also food involved 😉 ).

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Raising Zombie Dinosaurs (and Other Magical-Law Loopholes), taught (probably reluctantly) by Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher) I’m pretty sure Harry’s found a few loopholes, but this one stood out to me. I think he’d be great at teaching you how to get around the law without breaking it, when you need to.

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How to Survive Living Near the Fae
, taught by the townspeople of Fairfold (The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black) If your local fae are more true to legend and myth, and less sweet and charming, look to the people of Fairfold for guidance in how to stay alive, ward off the fae, survive deals you might foolishly make with them, and maybe break a curse.

 


Now I have to ask myself: is there any topic I won’t use Six of Crows or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for? I know, I use them a ton, but they’re both so good!

 

What are some classes based on books (or characters) that you would like to take?

Do any of my picks sounds good to you?

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T5W: Books Without Romance

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T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

July 5th: Books Without Romance
— A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…

 

I thought this topic was going to be really difficult, but after I started thinking about it, my problem was narrowing it down to only five books that I couldn’t remember having romance.

Here we go, in no particular order, as usual…


 

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab– One of my all-time favorite books that I try to make everyone I know read ❤

 

 

 

 

 

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire– Ok, so there might have been some flirting or something in this novella, but no actual romance-romance

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams– Another all-time favorite that I try to force on everyone (and probably feature way too often). I think there was some romance(ish?) later in the series, but it was so minor I’m not even sure it was there

 

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick– This book of 4 kinda connected stories didn’t–if I remember correctly–have any romance, but it’s possible I’ve forgotten. If I did forget it, it’s because the romance was super minor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie– I don’t remember romance in this, but it’s been several years since I read it. All I do remember clearly is the ending and how this book made me think, “Hmm, maybe I could like mysteries…” and now I actively seek them out somewhat regularly.

 

 

 

 


What are some of your favorite books with no romance?

 

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T5W: Book Recs for Ravenclaws

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T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

June 7th: Books For Your Hogwarts House
— Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!

 

First things first: my Hogwarts house. I think I could be happy in Hufflepuff, but I’m definitely a Ravenclaw. I’m always sorted into Ravenclaw and I think I would be most comfortable there.

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In no particular order…


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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I just think it would appeal to Ravenclaws, especially the ones like Luna.

 

 

 

 

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Yes, I will find a way to incorporate this into almost every T5W.

 

 

 

 

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Four stories, no reading order, and the whole thing is kind of a puzzle. This was the first book I thought of when I thought “Ravenclaw books.”

 

 

 

 

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

I think Ravenclaws might enjoy a mystery involving theater kids, the Bard, and twists you won’t see coming.

 

 

 

 

 

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

For the Ravenclaws like me who wonder about what happens to kids who visit other worlds, then end up back here.

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First Lines Fridays: May 12th

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

The Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

Finally… reveal the book!

 


“The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
 


 

Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.

 

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The Restaurant at the the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #2)

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Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat, as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.

 

 

 

 

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I realized just now that this is two weeks in a row that I’ve used sci-fi books. I’m actually not much of a sci-fi reader, but it’s pretty much all I’ve wanted to read lately.

Normally I wouldn’t use a second book in a series for this, but I’m re-reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy right now and I still think I liked the second book more. I remember thinking it was better when I first read the series a few years ago, and my opinions haven’t changed much. Ok, that’s not entirely true. I thought the first book was good, but now that I’m actually a fan of the series, I like it a lot more than I did the first time around. But, the opening to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is still one of my favorite opening lines (or book quotes, in general) ever, so I had to use it.


Have you read this series? What did you think of it?