Another month. Another book tag.

As always, I discovered this amazing book tag on Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books (my official source of interesting book tags :)). Apologies to the devout fans and moviegoers, I am no movie fan and I am no Marvel fan either. However, this book tag is interesting to say the least, and, well, because I am, to a fault, a bandwagoner,  I thought I might as well give this one ago. Do take note that I am familiar with some, but not all, of the characters in the box office breaking movie.

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I hope you get to enjoy my own version of the book tag. Happy reading

IRON MAN: A book that made you laugh out loud

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson


I have countless encounters with books that made me really laugh-out-loud (LOL). As there are too many of them, I listed the most recent one. Jonas Jonasson definitely captured my laughter and imagination with his Swedish humor (which to some, I have read, felt a little too stale). I simply couldn’t help but laugh and smile at the absurdity of the situations the main character found himself in. I also felt a strong connection to the book because it reminded me of my grandfather. He would often fascinate the younger me with his treasure trove of fantasy-laden stories, myths and legends.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: A book that sends a positive message

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


Betty Smith drew inspiration from within to relate her own experiences. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a great book to ponder on. It inspires the reader to grow and blossom in spite of the odds, that what differentiates the great from the mundane is the way they see the situation they are in. This novel is a very positive narrative whose message resonates beyond Smith. It is a book that the younger generation can pick some positive values from.

THOR: A book with a character’s strength you admire 

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens


It may sound an odd choice by David Copperfield by Charles Dickens is one of the very few books whose influence appealed to me and stayed with me. The way David Copperfield stayed positive albeit the odds is inspiring. The odds were against him from the start but he proved that with a little bit of determination (and of course, strength of character), one can pull himself up from the unfavorable circumstances.

BLACK WIDOW: A book with a kick-ass female protagonist

Circe by Madeline Miller


There are a lot of books I’ve read that stars kick-ass female characters (hello Katniss and Tris!). But due to my fascination with Greek mythology, I am sticking with Madeline Miller’s latest work, Circe. Miller spun an endearing tale about a mother, a woman who is so long vilified in the annals of mythology. It is a warm and captivating tale and Circe’s strength surely proved that women need not rely on others to stand on their own.

HULK: A book that made you incredibly angry 

Sad Girls by Lang Leav


Angry is too strong a word. This book made me feel more sad than angry. When I heard the news of Lang Leav’s impending publication of her first novel, I was really pumped because I loved what little of her poetry I’ve read. But my anticipation, I learned later on, was undeserved. Overall, I felt that Leav could’ve done a better job. The story is too cliche, the storytelling a little too bland, and the characters a little too superficial. Definitely not the greatest book out there. 

HAWKEYE: An underrated book you think more people should pay attention to

Unfortunately, at the moment, I can’t think of any particular book that I feel is underrated. I don’t know. I guess I am the bandwagoner type of reader. But if we are to flip the coin, I have a lot of overrated books I can list. Haha.

*BONUS* LOKI: A book with a twist or surprise that tricked you

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I started immersing in Agatha Christie’s work through a friend’s recommendation, and thankfully, it was at a crucial juncture. Back then, I have lost interest in all mystery fiction because they have become more and more predictable (yeah, like Mary Higgins-Clark). I wasn’t expecting much with Murder on the Orient Express but it literally blew my mind. I never thought that it is possible to have an ending like this novel’s ending. It was fascinating albeit mind-boggling at the same time.

I hope you had a wonderful time going through my own version of Marvel Avengers Book Tag. If you want to give it a try, please do. Just don’t forget to tag me so that I can peruse your answers as well.

Happy reading! Happy Endgame!