Happy Friday, everyone!
Thanks to an insanely busy week and a Tawny Man trilogy review that is still nowhere near finished despite continuously getting longer and longer and longer, I‘ve decided I get to take a bit of a break from word-vomiting! Today, I’m here with something a bit shorter, and doing Laura @ Laura’s Book Reviews‘ The Book Blogger Memory Challenge! Georgia @ Lost in Neverland was kind enough to tag me in this a couple of weeks ago, and since knowing random literature trivia is kind of my thing, I knew I had to do it!
(Yes, I know – a miracle has occurred! I’m actually doing a tag before a year has passed since I was tagged in it 😁 Don’t expect this to become a regular occurrence, though…)
You have to answer the prompts without using the internet or looking at your bookshelves. Your answers all have to come from memory! Make sure to link to the person who originally tagged you and, once you’re done, you can tag five other people if you’d like.
So yeah – let’s get into the thick of things! I have a feeling that I’m gonna be good at this, because the more useless remembering something is, the deeper it tends to be entrenched in my memory 😎
Like, the first ten digits of pi? No problem – that’s 3.141592653. But remembering to take my laptop charger with me when leaving my 7th graders’ classroom? Not a chance. Which also means that the majority of the post you are reading right now was probably written by a severely annoyed me on my phone, since I am too lazy to cycle all the way back to school to fetch the charger and my laptop’s survival is limited to about an hour when it’s solely running on battery… Priorities, people!
But anyway, let’s get started!
Easy! I pick Momo by Michael Ende 🥰 Although the book has a plot so bizarre it‘s almost impossible to explain – it involves an orphan living in an amphitheater, a magical tortoise, a street sweeper, and evil gray men who obsessively try to force people to save time – it is one of my big childhood favorites, and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
(Also, while we’re at it, Michael Ende’s name is not pronounced /ˈmaɪkl end/ but /ˈmɪçaːʔeːl ˈɛndə/, dear English-speaking audience! I know our “ch“ sound drives you to frustration, but approximation is still better than butchering everything beyond recognition! Besides, for everyone who is still puzzling over the pronunciation of my name, the “ae” in “Michael” is exactly the same as in “Naemi”… 😉)
Since I‘ve spent pretty much the entire month reading Robin Hobb‘s Tawny Man trilogy and am, as previously stated, still agonizing over finishing my already monstrous draft of a review, I would be an absolute dolt if I didn‘t remember that the cover of Fool‘s Fate had a dragon on it. So obviously, I‘m going with that!
Am I currently spending so much time with children whose English is barely comprehensible that picture books are at the forefront of my mind? Maybe 🙃
But Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are such an iconic author-illustrator duo that I couldn’t not go with their heartwarming tale about a scruffy giant who tries so hard to dress more nicely but ultimately fails because he sacrifices all of his new clothes to help animals in need… Apart from the fact that George’s terrible sense of fashion is very relatable, The Spiffiest Giant in Town is just the most adorable story ever!
Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith! My copy of this one is in a dire state indeed because it has been reread about a million times since third-grade me originally got it at my school‘s Scholastic Bookfair 🥰 It‘s about a pair of twins who are sent to stay with their super mysterious and eccentric uncle after their parents go missing – and who then proceed to go looking for modern-day dinosaurs in the Congo. Trust me, middle-grade sci-fi fans, you‘re going to love this!
That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott! I had never heard of this book until I encountered it during one of my university classes, and although I thought it dragged a bit at time, I‘ve retrospectively come to realize that I still learned quite a bit from it. A historical fiction novel that takes place in the early 19th century, That Deadman Dance explores the days of early contact between newly arriving European prisoners, American whalers, and the Aboriginal Noongar people, whom the author himself is descended from. It‘s a very eye-opening and grim book, but also a very impactful read!
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow or something? I‘ve never actually read this book – and don‘t intend to, either – so I might be wrong about the author’s name… 🙈 But you‘ll see it once I insert the cover, so all is well!
EDIT, POST INSERTING THE COVER: OMG, I was actually right about the name!!! Please bow down to my amazing book trivia memorization skills 😇😎😇
(Also, I would like to sincerely apologize to Line @ First Line Reader for mentioning this book, but I literally couldn‘t think of anything else that fit this prompt! So yeah, Line, while I‘m very sorry for yet again reminding you of it, I guess I should also thank you for ranting about it so much that I at least had something month-related on my radar! 😁)
**Tries very hard to think of something other than the answer everyone goes with for this question, but then decides to pick The Knife of Never Letting Go anyway since all other cover candidates she can think of feature daggers, not knives** We have to be precise here!
And besides, I absolutely ADORE the Chaos Walking trilogy!!! 🤩 It is one of the best YA sci-fi/dystopian books out there, and I cannot recommend it highly enough! It‘s super unique, a bit weird, and it will really make you think!!
Just One Day by Gale Forman. Is it your standard super-cheesy, insta-lovey American-goes-on-a-road-trip-through-Europe novel? Maybe a little bit 😂 But I do remember enjoying some of the spins this one took on the trope!
For some reason, my treacherous brain immediately jumped to Daniel Defoe‘s Robinson Crusoe for this one, in spite of my rather unfavorable views on it… The novel is boring, racist, extremely religious, and full of glaring scientific flaws – one of my “favorite“ scenes is still when the current that has caught Robinson‘s canoe thankfully turns around and carries him back to his island before he is lost at sea forever 🙄 – and literally the only thing I found interesting about it is that it IS a novel! Robinson Crusoe played a tremendous role in establishing this literary form – some people even say it was the very first novel ever – so I guess I am hugely indebted to its existence. Just imagine a world without any novels in it!
The Percy Jackson series was, unfortunately, turned into movies. I still haven‘t forgiven the people in charge for what they did with it.
- Anoushka @ Dipped in Ink – If you do this, I expect ✨EXCITED SCREAMING✨ about something or other!!!
- Ash @ Ink Words and Ash – I mean, now that I know you’re a fellow Winternight fan, I kind of have to tag you!
- Carl @ The Pine-Scented Chronicles – I feel like you’ll have a lot of unique books to bring to the table, so yes, my motivations are pretty selfish here!
- Riddhi @ Whispering Stories – I don’t even know how many undone tags of yours I have sitting in my drafts folder at this point, so I thought I’d return the favor! 🙂
- Suhani @ Random Reader’s Rambles – Now that you’re older, I feel like I need to check whether your memory skills are still working… Happy birthday! 🥳🎂🎉🎈🎊🥳
As always, you are under no obligation to do this unless you want to, but I, for one, would love to see your answers!
So yeah, that was it for today! Let me know down below how you would have done or did on this challenge, and what you thought of my answers! Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with my thoughts on them? I would love to know!