Saturday, January 13, 2018

Bibliophile Sweater Tag

On the blog today, I am stealing a tag created by Sunshine and Scribblings (I say steal because I don't think anyone has tagged me, but I thought it looked like fun because I love sweaters. And books, of course :P). I'm disregarding the rules (because Maryliz said they're more like guidelines anyway!), but if anyone would like to do the tag themselves, here is link to the original post.

Fuzzy sweater (a book that is the epitome of comfort)

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall are definitely the epitome of comfort for me. They're full of kids adventuring, dogs, family, music, books... Basically, the recipe for making Abbey happy.

Striped sweater (book which you devoured every line of)

I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte in a high school literature class and could NOT put it down for some reason. Maybe it had to do with the setting—a secluded English moor with only two houses. Or, the characters—two families falling in love with and marrying the wrong people. Or, the genre—my first Gothic novel! 

Ugly Christmas sweater (book with a weird cover)

This is a book called Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted Houseful. Yes, that is Alfred Hitchcock's face built into the house.

Cashmere sweater (most expensive book you've bought)

I had to buy The Norton Anthology of English Literature for my British Literature class. Twice! The first time, we bought them used and when they came, one volume was missing! School (and classes) had already started by this time, so I had to re-buy them from the campus store. $75 later...

Hoodie (favorite classic book)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has been my favorite classic (and book) since I read it eight years ago! Kids adventuring, family, important issues, Atticus Finch... what's not to love?

Cardigan (book that you bought on impulse)
This is not the actual cover, but since my physical copy is at my dorm, I figured I'd make my own interpretation of the book. 

Once upon a time last semester, I was feeling sad and stressed, and my friends brought me to Half Price Books, and I had a coupon, and they had an illustrated edition of one of my favorite books, The Princess Bride by William Goldman. It was so beautiful. I was weak. Disclaimer: buying books is not a healthy way to work through your feelings (but that doesn't mean I'm unhappy about my purchase). 

Turtleneck sweater (book from your childhood)

Thomas the Tank Engine by Reverend W. Awdry was four-year-old Abbey's life. She read the books, watched the TV-show, and even got Thomas, Percy, and some track for her birthday. Here is a video of her singing the theme song:

Homemade knitted sweater (book that is Indie-published)

My friend and fellow-blogger DJ Edwardson recently published his first fantasy book, The Last Motley! I haven't read the finished product yet, but the version I beta-read was pretty great, so the finished version must be fantastic. Go check it out! It's about a boy with motley skin and a strange power, and the kind tailor who wants to save him. It's about family (I'm sensing a theme with the books I like) and magic.

V-neck sweater (book that did not meet your expectations)

Unfortunately, Odd and the Frost Giants—and everything else I've read by Neil Gaiman—has fell short of my expectations. This particular book is a retelling of Norse mythology (complete with Loki), but it wasn't... enough for me. All of the Gaiman books that I've read have really unique ideas behind them, but the ideas don't translate to the page in a way that captures my imagination like they are supposed to. 

Argyle sweater (book with a unique format)

S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst is, well, VERY unique and has multiple layers. The first layer is the story, The Ship of Theseus. The second layer is two characters who have read The Ship of Theseus and write each other notes in the margins. They are trying to discover who the mysterious author is, and where he has gone. They compile clues (such as the napkin in the picture above) and piece together the mystery. The third layer is the reader, because they have to read the story (the book), and the comments in the margins (in several different colors, marking different stages of the investigation), and the extra bits (like the napkin or maps or postcards. This book has a lot of pieces that fall out if you're not careful!). This is such a fascinating concept for a book, but it's too daunting for me to read, especially since there are several different ways you could read it! Someday I'll take on the challenge. 

Polka dot sweater (a book with well-rounded characters)

I have never read a book/series with better characters than The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. At the time that I'm writing this post, I'm in the middle of re-reading the series so that I can review it on the blog. I'll talk more about the characters then, but now I'll say that the characters in this series are real people with real problems, hopes, fears, pasts, loves, hates, and personalities. They aren't caricatures or archetypes. They mature and grow throughout the books and it's astonishing to watch. As a writer, I can only hope that I can create characters this real in my own stories! 

Do you like sweaters? How about books? Consider yourself tagged, if you like! 


  1. I love all of this. You are so creative with your sweater theme - and I laughed out loud when I saw some of the books. And I especially love the video! Super cute! And can you not go back to school yet? I didn't get my "coffee with Abbey" date this break.

    1. Haha, thanks :P We'll just have to get coffee as soon as I'm back for the summer!

  2. Oh my...that is a very strange cover... Although, it's Alfred Hitchcock, so what was I expecting? XD

    I REALLY want to read The Last Motley!! I'm so happy for DJ and it looks AMAZING! :D

    1. Lol, I know, right?? When I saw it at the Thrift Store, I knew I had to buy it simply because it was so weird.
      ME, TOO!! I know I have an Amazon gift card laying around somewhere, and as soon as I find it, I am ordering The Last Motley.

  3. Thanks so much for doing my tag! I loved reading all your answers. :D Also...THE PENDERWICKS. I adore that series. <3

    *awkwardly waves and pops off* xD

    1. It was so much fun! Thanks for creating the tag, and for stopping by :D
      The Penderwicks are great. Have you seen that she's released the final book's title (and cover too, I think). I'm excited and a little apprehensive about it.

  4. How kind of you to include my book in your sweater collection! I'm tempted to give a "warm fuzzy" reference here but I'll refrain.

    This is such a clever way of thinking of books. You always have some of the most original posts (even if this is technically stolen, it's a new idea to me!)

    Ah, To Kill A Mockingbird, I think I need to re-read that. Such a wonderful book. I don't think I feel the same about the Hitchcok one, though. Ugly indeed!

    1. You're welcome. I'm really excited to read it.

      I really liked this tag, too! It is a unique way to look at books. It's kind of fun to compare them to objects that aren't intrinsically bookish.

      It's definitely worth the re-read. Again, and again, and again. Every time I read it, I discover (or re-discover) something new.

  5. This was fun... I might just have to do this tag. I saw it around last year and thought it looked like fun, but never got around to it...

    Also, I tagged you for the Sunshine Blogger award... no pressure to actually do it if you don't want to or if you've done it before...

    1. It was super fun to do! You should definitely do it when you have time :D
      Thanks, I think I have done it before... But I'm always up for a good tag.