How To Train Your Dragon Book Tag

I’ve been sitting on this one for a little while, not sure if I wanted to write, or make a video. As it turns out, there’s not a lot of time for video making, so I wrote this over the course of a number of days. I saw this over at Book Coma Blog, who told me to consider myself tagged!


  • You may use these graphics.
  • Link back to this original post and mention the creator (Jessica @ Pore Over the Pages).
  • Include the credits section at the bottom of this post.
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Tag everybody, tag nobody, tag somebody.
  • Have fun!

Here we go!


Mosquitoland by David Arnold. It took me three tries. And on the third try, I loved it. No idea what it was that was keeping me from getting through it the first few times.


There are actually a number of these. Moby Dick, for one. Also, I will never reread Where the Red Fern Grows. I remember reading that as a kid and bawling my eyes out. I just couldn’t handle it. Bloody books where dogs die. Ugh.

There are a lot of these, too. I remember reading Unwind, then wondering about medical ethics, especially when there was an article about a person who received an organ transplant who woke up craving foods he didn’t like before his surgery (come to find out that the foods were things his donor liked).
Can I go with a TV show here, beloved by many YA readers of my generation and say Gilmore Girls. Rory is a reader. That counts.
Until I got married, I did a lot of impulse book buying. I don’t actually do it very often anymore. I picked up Wink Poppy Midnight on impulse from the library (which is where I get most of my books now).
I can think of a number of books I might put in this category, but I’ll go with the ones that do the best at facilitating conversation between readers in my classroom. They tend to like Unwind by Neal Shusterman, Scars by Cheryl Rainfield and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  These are books I go back to again and again when making recommendations.
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. The youth services librarian at my library hand sold it to me – she was reading it at the time. It’s one that so many of my students have been through and love because they can identify with Gabi’s issues. Go, Cinco Puntos Press.
I just finished reading Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older. If Sierra isn’t a strong female character, I don’t know who is. I loved her, and her relationship with her mother, so much.
I’m waiting on A Torch Against the Light to come in at the library, as I mentioned on Friday.  I’m totally rooting for Elias and Helen, and am holding out hope that they’ll be able to overcome their differences.
The first one that came to mind was We Were Liars by e. Lockhart. I think it took place at a series of beach houses, with a set of cousins and some mysterious happenings. After reading The Boyfriend List and Frankie Landau-Banks, We Were Liars was not what I was expecting.
Let’s go with the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson that begins with The Name of the Star. Who’s killing people like Jack the Ripper and isn’t showing up on CCTV? Plenty for those who like a little bit of creep factor. I’m eagerly awaiting the fourth and final book in the series.
For a while it was Whisky Tango Foxtrot. I heard about it on Book Riot. I found it last week, though, and realized that it’s a read that my wife would like much more than me. My TBR is so long that I don’t often find myself spending an inordinate amount of time searching for a book. I figure it will turn up eventually at any one of the libraries I frequent (or I just make a request. Our library is good about that).
Most books. But the last one I barreled through in one sitting was probably The Fault in Our Stars. In that reading, I missed the story for the setting. I’m from the area of Indianapolis where that book is set, and I spent the entire book missing home in a way I hadn’t before then. The next time I went to visit my parents, I made a series of videos about the places so I could show them to my students.
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky. I carried this small book around in my pocket for probably a month. Reading, rereading, annotating. I took it with me on a work trip to a conference in Florida and read it at dinner. To be fair, it was enough that they got me to go to dinner to begin with. They left me alone about the book. Hooray for being socially anxious, right?
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I don’t think I’ve run into another character as full of himself as Gilderoy Lockhart.
Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. She’s graced with the power of killing, and kills at will for her uncle, the king. She’s not thrilled about this, however, so she decides to make changes to her circumstances. Especially because she befriended her mark.
Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. As someone completing a dissertation on the treatment of black characters in young adult fiction when it comes to interactions in the criminal justice system, this is right up my alley. About a girl who witnesses the murder of an unarmed friend, and then sets about having to deal with the aftermath.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.