Like a lot of us do I’m sure, I was on YouTube the other day, checking out some Booktubers and listening to some awesome mashups from people like Anthem Lights and Kurt Hugo Schneider, when I saw that Jesse the Reader had done a Sims Book Tag. Upon further investigation, I discovered that the original Sims Book Tag was (at least to the best of her knowledge) was Hailey in Bookland. So I watched that video, and it was the greatest idea ever.
I feel like most people who like playing the Sims are life-supporters of this EA computer game (*whispers challenge everything*). I remember when it first came out, and having to go around to my friends house (shout out to Jessie over at Nailed It NZ) to watch her play. Eventually my parents got it for my sister and I, and so began my love of the Sims. While I never advanced past owning and playing Sims 2, when Sims 3 came out, I would go and check it out at Jessie’s house and that was my extent of it. I haven’t even played Sims 4 really (briefly for about 10 minutes one time), but can see it getting a bit annoying.
When I saw that Hailey had done a Sims book tag, I knew I had to leap onto this bandwagon because ohmygosh genius. I know that it’s really for Booktubers, but alas. I am not a Booktuber (although in the back of mind, I would love to do that one day – perhaps when I have a decent computer that isn’t nearly 10 years old), but I thought it would be fun to do this anyway!
1. The original Sims: the best author debut
Book: Throne of Glass, by Sarah J Maas
Reason: There are so many amazing books in this category, and I found it so hard to choose just one. But one that I’ve read in the last few years that I have loved (and still quite believe that it was her first novel) is Throne of Glass. I just loved this book so much. It wasn’t like anything I”d read before then, and to think that it was Maas’ first novel makes it even more incredible.
2. The grim reaper: the saddest character death
Book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling
Character: Sirius Black
Reason: Oh man. I knew that this was my answer immediately. Though, I have to admit, I struggled afterwards whether I should have picked Deathly Hallows because every.body.dies.and.my.heart.breaks.every.time. But I think my saddest death in the HP series is Sirius. Just when you think Harry’s going to have another shot at a family (that’s not the Weasleys), then BAM. Kidding. Dead. I cried. A lot. (Honourable mentions, though: Hedwig, Dumbledore, Dobby, Lupin and Tonks, Fred Weasley.) Shout out to my mini Voldy there in the corner. He’s like *shrugs* what the hey is happening?
3. Sims getting stuck: a character that just got in the way
Book: The Magicians Series, by Lev Grossman
Reasons: Oh my word. Julia! Just let it go already! There were so many times in this series where I wanted to jump on in there and punch her in the face. At first she’s annoyed and angry because she doesn’t get into Brakebills, then she goes all rogue and gets into so some serious trouble, and then she just brings all her troubles onto the world and onto Quentin. Needless to say, Julia, you’re in the way. Just leave it.
4. Simlish: a book with amazing writing
Books: Any book by V.E./Victoria Schwab
Reasons: I know I’m supposed to pick just one book, but I have discovered in the past 6 months of so how much I love Schwab’s writing. Last year I read A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and This Savage Song and one of the reasons I loved them so much was the writing. This year I have read Vicious, and am planning to read A Conjuring of Light and also Our Dark Duet when they come out this year. I am always drawn into the story, and it’s one of those authors where I can’t help but read every single word (as opposed to some authors where I’m like ‘the trees were green, we get it! Move on!’
5. Expansion packs: a series where the books kept on getting better
Books: Artemis Fowl Series, by Eoin Colfer
Reasons: This used to be one of those series that I would re-read every time a new book came out. I used to love love love these books, and because of Goodreads new re-reading function, I hope to re-read these soon. I always felt like these got better and better as Artemis got older. He became a teenage genius rather than a kid genius, and I loved watching him grow up and all the things he got into. I have to admit something to you guys though, I don’t think I’ve actually read the last book in this series. Yikes! Better get re-reading!
6. Sims romance: the worst case of insta love
Book: Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
Reason: If I had a giddy aunt, then ‘oh my giddy aunt’. The Insta-love between two characters in this book was so insane it dropped an entire star off my rating for it. You can read my full review of it on Blogger’s Bookshelf soon, but it made me want both barf and rip the book in half at the same time. Insta-love for me is a time-line between like a day and a week. But this one? It was like 5 minutes and boom. They’re having sexy time on a beach. What the heck!?
7. Cheats: a book that was entirely unrealistic
Book: Panic, by Lauren Oliver
Reason: This isn’t a dystopian novel. It’s not a fantasy book. It’s not a book of magic, or different worlds. Panic is set in our world. It’s a book that is free from the crazy unrealistic elements that we love in fantasy, dystopian, magical books. But because of that, this book is totally unrealistic. I actually quite enjoyed this book (you can read my review of it here), but thinking about, this would not happen. It just wouldn’t happen. The kids would get caught, people would die, it would be a giant catastrophe more than it already was. Good book, but super unrealistic.
8. Needs fulfillment: a character who made all the wrong decisions
Book: The Mortal Instruments Series, by Cassandra Clare
Reason: Now I love these books. I am a huge Shadowhunters-world fan, I love the stories, I love the characters, I love the series around this series (The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices), and even the other books (Magnus Bane Chronicles, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy). I love it. But there are so many times in the Mortal Instruments series when I think ‘Clary, what the hey are you doing?’ and ‘Clary, what even?’ I think if she just took a chill pill every now and then, gathered together all the information, she wouldn’t make silly rash decisions and put people in danger.
9. Error code 12: a series that started off great but went downhill from there
Books: The Maze Runner series, by James Dashner
Reason: I loved The Maze Runner. I thought it was such a great book, and the idea was fantastic, the setting incredible, the characters were genius. The second in the series, The Scorch Trials was pretty good, but didn’t love it like I did The Maze Runner. And we got to the final in the series, The Death Cure, and it was then that I felt like maybe he should have just ended after The Maze Runner. I didn’t really like The Death Cure. I mean it was okay, and sure it answered some questions, but I really do think this series went on a downward spiral after the first one.
10. The Sims vortex: a book/series that completely engrossed you
Book: Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
Reason: I just loved this book so much. I had read Fangirl a little while before I picked up Carry On, and I loved Fangirl so much I knew I had to read Carry On. I started reading Carry On and couldn’t stop. I literally read it in a day on holiday one year and then when I had finished it, I just wanted to read it again. I don’t know what it was about it that engrossed me so much. Perhaps it was the world, perhaps it was the wonderful characters, the twists and turns, the love interests, the school they attend, or just simply that it was another Rainbow Rowell book. I don’t know. But I loved it so much. I’m hoping to re-read it this year, along with some others.
So that was The Sims Book Tag by Hailey in Bookland. Make sure you check out her answers, and also her channel; it’s full of great bookish tags and reviews.
Did/Do you play the Sims? What would be some of your answers for these questions?