BOOKENDING WINTER 2019: The Great Alaskan Race Tag

Happy Friday Storytellers! Today is my second post for Bookending Winter 2019 and I am beyond excited to dive into today’s prompt! If you don’t know what Bookending Winter is, its a month long event in December that was created by myself and Clo @ Cuppa Clo where we aspire to bring the bookish community closer together through the platform we love the most–blogging! Each day we have different prompts from different hosts that participants can replicate! I am so excited to check out everyone’s posts and prompts as we get more into the month as our hosts this year are dishing out quality content! You can also catch me smiling from ear to ear as I get to meet all of you on your blogs and on our Twitter (@bookend_events if you haven’t followed, you totally should!) page!

I’m catching up on prompts, so today’s prompt was hosted by the lovely Heather @ The Frozen Library! If you haven’t seen her original prompts or her other content, I highly encourage you to do so as she is a gem!

Also don’t forget that we have a blog hopping masterlist! The list features all of our participants and those who are participating in Bookending Winter can put their post links next to their name for easy blog hopping! Can’t wait to see all your amazing posts! And with that, let’s get into today’s prompt!


The Great Alaskan Race Tag

An original book tag themed around the Iditarod and the movie The Great Alaskan Race that tells the important story of what the Iditarod was inspired by.


MAN’s BEST FRIEND || Your favorite fictional pet

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I don’t think I have a favorite fictional pet, but Jacob from Twilight in wolf form would be my answer. We are just going to pretend that he can’t go back to his human form.

A DEADLY RACE || A book where the characters are in a race against time

Whiteout (Survival Instincts, #1)Angel Smith is ready to leave Antarctica for a second chance at life. But on what was meant to be her final day, the research station is attacked. Hunted and scared, she and glaciologist Ford Cooper barely make it out with their lives…only to realize that in a place this remote, there’s nowhere left to run.

Isolated in the middle of a long, frozen winter with a madman at their heels, they must fight to survive in the most inhospitable—and beautiful—place on earth. But the outside world depends on what Ford and Angel know and, as their pursuers close in and their new partnership burns bright and hot, they will stop at nothing to make it out of the cold alive.

If running from a bunch of killers who are on the hunt for a deadly virus in the arctic isn’t a race against time, than I have no clue what is. This book from the very first page to the very end was a heart stopping race towards survival that I literally could not put the book down. Needless to say my need to waddle to the poles has lessened.

1,000 MILES || A character that defied the odds

This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil, #1)Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

Catarina Freaking Agatta. If she isn’t the poster child of defying odds than there is no poster child and we can all go home. Time and time again, Cat is pushed through unbelievable circumstances–some of which anyone else would have been terminated from–and has always so far come out on top…bandaged and a little worse for wear, but on top nonetheless.

1925 || Your favorite historical fiction or book based on an inspiring true story

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

One name: Thomas Cresswell.

TRADITION || What’s an event from a book you wish you could attend?

Fanart by Charlie Bowater

Starfall. Its the yearly celebration in the Night Court from the A Court of Thrones and Roses series, where every year people/fae watch the migration of spirits across the sky (like a meteor shower but ten times cooler). In the books it is described to be so beautiful and enchanting that even the assholes in the Court of Nightmares come out from the mountain (Hewn City) to watch. If I could attend I would totally be in Feyre’s position and have Rhysand pinning after me, because honestly what is life without Rhysand looking at you with love?

SLED || A book you flew through quickly (Try not to use audiobooks if you can!)

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. I remember clearly that I read the entire triliogy in the spanse of three-four days. Sleep was lost but my heart was found.

HARSH WEATHER || A book where the elements may have caused some…difficulties for the characters

Okay, I tried really hard not to use this one, but it’s too good not too! Whiteout by Adriana Anders. Literally is below freezing and they have to trek through a empty expanse to get to safety while be hunted by crazy killers. The elements play a HUGE role in the story and I never realized just how much frostbite could be a buzz killer until I was in the thick of the sexual tension.

ALASKA || Name a book you like that was set the closest to your hometown/state/country

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.
After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.

But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.

Including Ivan Lukov.

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata! I was born and raised in Houston, Texas so I got stupid excited when I noticed a lot of Mariana Zapata’s work is set in my hometown! Not only is FLWL set here in my city, but also Luna and the Lie, The Best Thing, and Dear Aaron.

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  1. danielle

    December 20, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Your unapologetic love for Twilight makes me so happy!! It took me a whole summer to read the Saga the first time, back in 2008. Jacob would make a good pet dog lol. He’s have a whole lot of attitude at the Cullens house!!

  2. Heather @ The Frozen Library

    December 20, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Awe I’m a gem! <3 blushes Thanks for doing my prompt!!!!!!!!!! 😀 You have some great answers!

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