Ok, so one of my favorite blogs to read is Rose Read. The writer, Emily, is a former high school English teacher turned Library and Information Sciences grad student. She posted about a book battle tag today and I decided I’m doing this tag, too, even though I wasn’t tagged in it! I just like this idea, and amazingly, I’ve read all the books in this list. So here goes.
Here are the rules:
- Thank the blog who tagged you and link back to them
- Your first book is the last book of the person who tagged you
- Follow the list of books the tagger you gave you and then face off “book 1 vs book 2”
- As soon as you have a winner, choose 7 more books and blogs to tag
Emily ended with Cinder by Marissa Meyer, so that’s the beginning of my book battle. Here are the books she chose for the next round:
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
ROUND 1: Cinder vs. Illuminae
Cinder wins. I just finished reading Illuminae two nights ago. While the last 50 pages were thrilling, I am hesitant to read the next book. Cinder, on the other hand, was a wonderful read and I read the next three books in the series…as well as the extra novellas, too!
ROUND 2: Cinder vs. Ready Player One
I’m going to have to choose Cinder again. I really enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles. That being said, I gave both books a 4/5 rating on Goodreads. They’re both good!
ROUND 3: Cinder vs. Ender’s Game
Oooo. This gets tricky. Cinder is fluffier than Ender’s Game, if you know what I mean. It’s girlier and there’s romance. It’s more fun. But then again, I really enjoyed Ender’s Game and read another book in the series too. The writing is smart and edgy. Hm. I guess…Cinder.
ROUND 4: Cinder vs. The Outsiders
This may seem strange, but I’m going to pick The Outsiders. This was my favorite book to teach. This was the one book I had to tell students to not read ahead in, but then was secretly thrilled when they did! I had students who would take the book home and read it in one night. I loved reading this book out loud in class to my students. It’s a classic.
ROUND 5: The Outsiders vs. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Outsiders. Easy. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is important, but Ponyboy, Soda, Darry, and Johnny have my heart.
ROUND 6: The Outsiders vs. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Outsiders, no contest. I gave The Perks of Being a Wallflower a 3 out of 5 on Goodreads. I get why people like it, but it wasn’t a favorite of mine.
ROUND 7: The Outsiders vs. Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park. This is the book that made me want to read everything that author Rainbow Rowell wrote – including a book that was just a fictional book within a book (I’m talking about you, Carry On!). I feel like Eleanor & Park is going to become one of those great Young Adult books that every teenager should read and love. It wasn’t just instalove like in a lot of YA books – it was a real, full-fledged relationship. The characters truly cared about one another and made each other better. I would have loved recommending this book to my students.
Ding, Ding, Ding! Eleanor & Park for the win!
If you’re interested in completing this book tag, you’ll start with Eleanor & Park for your first book, and here’s my lineup for the next battle:
- The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
- The Girls by Emma Cline
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern