Jurassic Park Book Tag

Posted August 6, 2018 by Amber in Tags / 14 Comments

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You know how I talk about Jurassic Park all the time?  I think the book is super underrated in a world that is obsessed with the film franchise.  Well, imagine my glee when I stumbled across the tag on Port Jericho all about books and Jurassic Park/Jurassic World.  Um, sold!

I wasn’t tagged in this one, but I stole it because… how could I not steal it!?

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The Rules

  • In addition to linking back to the person who tagged you, it would be awesome if you link back to this post.
  • Pick a book that fits each quote theme.
  • Have fun!
  • Tag 3 or more people.
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“Spared no expense.”  ~John Hammond

A series that seems to go on forever. / The most expensive book you’ve purchased.

Before I answer this question – I want to point out that my chief expenditure of excess/fun money is books.  I’m 28 and I work 40+ hours a week and make a decent living.  Therefore, I am occasionally stupid about books.  It’s what I choose to spend my money on and please don’t hate on me for buying books. 🙁  That seems to be a thing in book bloggerdom and while I haven’t experienced it yet, I also don’t want to.

This is a three-way tie!

  

Last year was The Name of the Winds 10th anniversary and they dropped this gorgeous special anniversary edition. I didn’t have the book in hardcopy and this one was part of a fundraiser Patrick Rothfuss and co. do annually.  It’s signed and it’s beautiful, with sprayed pages and just… loveliness.

Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares are still available through Illumicrate as of the time I am writing this.  While these aren’t actually stupid expensive on their own, I live in the US so the conversion from GBP to USD was a factor, as well as the shipping.  These are gorgeous editions with sprayed metallic pages and they’re a birthday present to myself (they come out in October) so no regrets.  Plus, I just like the UK covers better.

These all cost roughly the same amount, but definitely don’t represent my usual spending.  Usually I’m a ThriftBooks girl.

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“Life finds a way.”  ~Ian Malcolm

A book with amazingly intricate worldbuilding. / What crazy extremes have you gone to in order to get a book you wanted?

I’ve never been a stand-in-line-at-3am for a book type of girl (I have waited hours in line for movie premieres!) thanks to the wonders of technology and preorders.  Out of print books are hard to get, though.  I’m actually still looking for a nicer hardcopy of Gone With the Wind than the 1959 book club edition that I have, but it’s really difficult to find in hardcover (it’s too long of a book for paperback, for me) and the ones I can find are in equal or worse condition to the one I have, or stupid expensive.  I lucked out and picked up this edition at a library book sale when I was in high school… I think I paid $4 for it.

Can we all also appreciate how the OwlCrate special edition box for Villainous sold out in less than two hours?  I’m one of the lucky ones and impulsively ordered it the moment I got the email it was out, and I can’t wait to share that unboxing with you guys.

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“Hold on to your butts.”  ~Arnold

An extremely fast-paced book. / What’s the fastest you’ve read a book, and what book was it?

Every once in a blue moon, I’ll power read through a book in a day.  This is super rare for me… I just don’t have the attention span to sit that long.  Books that have passed that test include Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.

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“Mr Hammond, after careful consideration, I’ve decided not to endorse your park.”  ~Alan Grant

A book you refuse to read (or finish).

Hahahah Twilight.  Never will I ever.  For one, I’m just way past the age and tolerance level for sparkling vampires and instalove.  Second, I’m just stubborn.  I refused to read it when I was sixteen, and I still refuse at 28.

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“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”  ~Ian Malcolm

A book that left you going ‘Why?’

I feel like this about a lot of paranormal romance stuff, but this award needs to go to the entire Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series.  I mean – there was a great thing going in Guilty Pleasures and The Laughing Corpse.  We had a snarky, fantastic protagonist with a mean right hook who collected stuffed penguins and raised the dead.  Then as the series digs itself deeper and deeper we have a paranormal dominatrix with sex magic and control over the town’s head vamp and a whole pack of werewolves and wereleopards. WHYYYYY.

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“We need more teeth!”  ~Gray Mitchell

A book with no human MCs. / Your favourite bookish creatures.

I feel like this goes without saying, but the phoenix of course!  I love phoenixes and I feel like they get little to no rep in fantasy.  Name one book – outside the Harry Potter series – with a phoenix.

I will always pick up ghost stories (as long as it’s not romance), and I tend to give most dragon and vampire books a try.  Really, I’ll try anything!  Except Twilight.

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“The kids? This will give the parents nightmares.”  ~Simon Masrani

A book that terrified you.

Yes, I know this isn’t a Jurassic World GIF, but it worked so well. 🙂

So, dumb story, when I was younger I read ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King because I was in love with the Dark Tower series and knew that Pere Callahan hailed from that book.  I like to think of myself usually as a rational person but I was terrified that vampires were going to swoop down into my room and kill me.

I wasn’t even that young.  Like… sixteen.  I have no excuses.

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“Monster is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We’re just used to being the cat.”   ~Henry Wu

A book that changed your perceptions on an issue/culture, etc.

My big two books for that this year are The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. I’m a white girl living in the country.  The issues that Starr and Maya deal with on a daily basis are things I could never imagine having to face all the time.  They both really gave me perspective.

Not The Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi does this as well, although to a lesser extent.  The cultural and social issues are part of the atmosphere, not the plot.  Still really good.

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For the tags on this one, I have to tag Loretta @ Laughing Listener because she gets my love for Jurassic Park. <3  I’m also tagging Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm because I feel like she might appreciate the movies/book and also my fave Ali @ The Bandar Blog because she also loves Jurassic Park.

I follow cool people, y’all. 😀  Small spoiler, I’m actually planning on featuring these three ladies (and a couple more) in an upcoming Book Blogger Hop post, so if the pages I linked don’t convince you to follow these three, I’m hoping that one will. 😉  Should drop in two-ish weeks. 😉

Check out all these fabulous blogs, loves. <3

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Which is better – Jurassic Park or Jurassic World?

Do you ever do book tags?

What is your favorite dinosaur-themed book?
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14 responses to “Jurassic Park Book Tag

    • Amber

      Yesss! 🙂 I’m always thrilled to make someone smile. NGL, when the tag came up on my calendar to write, I was dancing. Jurassic Park is such a fun movie. 🙂 The new one is good too, but the old one is classic. Please steal the tag and spread the love! 🙂

  1. I love Jurassic Park! The new films were good with the special effects and everything but I feel like they are missing some of the heart and humour of the original. I loved Geoff Goldblum and Sam Neil together. I enjoyed the book too but it’s been ages since I read it, I need to read it again. This is a great tag, I’m totally going to steal it.

    • Amber

      Yes! The old one has so much heart. I’m content to pretend #s 2 & 3 didn’t exist, and I appreciate the throwbacks in Jurassic World, but it’ll never have my heart. Can’t wait to see you answer for the tag – it was so much fun!

  2. Yesssss! Oh my gosh, I’M SO EXCITED TO DO THIS!!! Jurassic lovers unite! Thank you for tagging me! 😃

    I actually just splurged on the UK cover edition of Reaper at the Gates, so I totally know what you mean about that one. I absolutely LOVE the UK covers for Strange the Dreamer! And I also read Catching Fire in one night and I’m pretty sure that’s one of the only times I’ve done that! It was just sooooo good.

    Btw, I love what you did with your WordPress theme, it looks awesome!!

    Loretta @ The Laughing Listener recently posted: July Speed Round
    • Amber

      YESSS YOU ARE SO WELCOME. I thought of you first, lol.

      The UK cover of A Reaper at the Gates is so pretty! More classical fantasy than the other covers, though I actually like the US covers? I think I may be the only one, lol, I hear a lot of “good book, terrible cover!” on those.

      Thank yoooou! It’s been the quickest aesthetic update ever? Changed the backgrounds, moved the menu, moved a couple widgets back into the sidebar, BOOM. Whole new crisp look. I’m so in love with it. 😀

  3. I don’t get making people feel bad about buying books, especially if they’re a book lover. Buying books keeps the industry going! I also work full time and spend most of my extra money on books, and it’s WONDERFUL. Other people might go to concerts, or have cable, or travel. I prefer books.

    Those editions of Strange the Dreamer are GORGEOUS. I also live in the US and tried to buy the UK cover from Book Depository, but the cover they sent me was NOT the one shown! Those hardbacks are gorgeous. Might consider adding them to my list…

    • Amber

      Book buying shame is all over book!Twitter, it’s ridiculous. Do you follow Destiny over at Howling Library? She had to write a whole post at one point defending her right to choose to spend her spare money on books. I wanted to give her a hug. I am definitely a books > concerts/cable person to (though I do like travel).

      Ack, I’ve never had that happen with Book Depository before – that stinks! Thriftbooks used to be really good about sending the pictured editions, then I ordered Dracula and got the entirely wrong thing… super bummer. I’m so excited about the hardback of Strange & Muse… I’m such a sucker for painted edges and I think the only time I’ve seen metallic is probably the Bible O.o.