Everyone knows I love a good book tag, and when I saw this at the end of June on A Million Books & Too Much Coffee, I knew it had to be my tag for July. Later this month I’m off to Disneyland Paris for the 3rd time, so it is the perfect time for this tag!
1. A Whole New World – What is your favourite newest series?
Until this year I had only read the first book of ‘The Twilight Saga’ by Stephenie Meyer (‘Twilight’) as I thought it was incredibly overrated, but something possessed me to pick up ‘New Moon’ and I loved it, and have since also read ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Breaking Dawn’ – it took me long enough.
2. Part Of Your World – What book world would you like to live in?
Despite loving the world of ‘Harry Potter’, I think I’d choose Enid Blyton’s ‘Magic Faraway Tree’ world, because everyday there would be a new adventure to be had in a different land, and that would never get old.
3. Let It Go – What book/series do you wish everyone would stop talking about?
‘The Mortal Instruments’ and ‘The Infernal Devices’ and whatever else is coming out by Cassandra Clare. I read ‘City of Bones’ recently, and whilst I didn’t hate it, I also didn’t see what the hype was all about. It’s also a huge series to commit to, what with all the spin offs.
4. When You Wish Upon A Star – What book or series do you wish could have more of?
Definitely ‘Harry Potter’ by J.K. Rowling. I’d love a prequel series with the Marauders and a sequel series with the next generation. There’s bound to be another dark force at some point, so the world is most definitely still alive and kicking.
5. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – What is the largest book you have read?
‘A Clash of Kings’ by George R.R. Martin, which stands at a whopping 911 pages. It was torture to read – it literally took me months! I’m not sure whether I’ll continue on with the series after being thoroughly disappointed (I really enjoyed ‘A Game of Thrones’).
6. Hakuna Matata – What book could you read over and over without a care in the world?
‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins. I recently re-read it and loved it as much as the first two times. It’s such a fast-paced, disturbing read, with excellent characters and development, making it one of my favourite books of all time.
7. A Spoonful Of Sugar – What couple has the sweetest relationship?
Even though it’s all kinds of mucked up, I love the love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob in ‘The Twilight Saga’. They all love and/or respect each other in different ways, and it develops beautifully throughout the series.
8. You Got A Friend In Me – Who are the best “best friends?”
That’s got to be the Golden Trio, right?! Harry, Ron and Hermione in ‘Harry Potter’ have always got each others backs, and fight for what they believe to be good and true. They are fiercely loyal, and live or die together.
9. Zero To Hero – What character wasn’t expected to be a hero?
Neville Longbottom from ‘Harry Potter’! He has to be the most unexpectedly badass character in literature! His character development over the series was remarkable, changing from a frightened young boy to a loyal and courageous man.
10. You’ll Be in My Heart – What character death made you cry the most?
Technically not a “character”, but Marley from ‘Marley and Me’ by John Grogan – yes, I know it’s technically autobiographical, but I weeped. If we’re talking fiction, Noah from ‘The Notebook’ by Nicholas Sparks, closely followed by Henry from ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger.
1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”
Peeta Mellark from ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins is completely out of his depth when he is chosen as the tribute from District 12. He’s battling against competitors trained to kill, and is resigned to his fate all the way through the novel.
2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation
Feyre from “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas is human at the start of the novel, and [spoiler alert] ends up as a fae. She begins the novel as an innocent young girl, and she matures in many ways over the course of the novel.
3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters
‘A Game of Thrones’ by George R.R. Martin – this story is told from around a dozen perspectives, and you follow the journey of each individual character and how they intertwine with each other to form the larger story arc. It is an intricate world with some stand out characters, most notably Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen.
4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep
‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ by Anthony Hope was the worst, most boring book I’ve ever read. Despite it being a short book, it took me weeks to get through – it was a struggle to read each and every chapter.
5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
Henry DeTamble from ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger – when he is a young boy he is almost killed in a car accident, but miraculously time travels out of the car to safety. Whilst his life is spared by his first time travelling experience, his mother is killed in the car accident – doubly whammy!
6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
‘A Game of Thrones’ by George R.R. Martin is a beast of a book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it – it definitely wasn’t “beautiful” as such, but it was a great read. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the sequel, which was an even bigger beast.
7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
Robin Ellacott from the ‘Cormoran Strike’ novels by Robert Galbraith always wished for something bigger than a job sitting behind a desk, and fate had her end up working with a private detective. Robin is such a likeable character – she is genuinely perfect (I pray that Jo doesn’t change that in the upcoming third book) but no doubt something bad will happen to her as the series progresses, but as of yet she’s destined for big things.
8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
Tom Watson from ‘The Girl On The Train’ by Paula Hawkins is a creep posing as the perfect husband and father. That being said, I think he was written brilliantly, and there was always an air of mystery surrounding him.
9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life
Whilst I would prefer they didn’t come to life (because who wants Voldemort in the real world?!) I’d have to choose the world of ‘Harry Potter’ as created by J.K. Rowling – after all, who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts and be a wizard?!
10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character
Bellatrix Lestrange from ‘Harry Potter’. I feel she is misunderstood somewhat – being in love with Voldemort whilst being married to someone else can’t be easy. She is strong and feisty, and in truth, if she was fighting for “good”, everyone would love her!
11. Hercules – a book that inspired you and made you a stronger human
Undoubtedly, the book that had the biggest impact on how I view the world is ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman, which is gut-wrenchingly beautiful and harrowing. The characters are developed and believable, and the plot itself is a masterpiece, and it certainly changed how I look at racism and prejudice in society.
12. Up – a book that at first given the title and cover you had no idea what it was about, but you ended up loving
‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins was an obscure title with an equally mysterious cover, but it ended up being one of my absolute favourite books of all time. I love dystopian reads, and this was unlike anything lese I had ever read.
13. Frozen – a pair of book siblings that you absolutely love
Fred and George Weasley from ‘Harry Potter’. I love their cheeky charm, honesty and care free attitude, and it killed me inside when they were forever separated. They lived life how they wanted, not how it was expected of them, and I think that is incredibly brave.
I’m so excited for Disneyland now!! Look out for a post soon!
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