Birthstone Book Tag

I saw this tag over on sherlockianbooklover and decided to make it my May book tag. I completed this months tag using twelve different authors for the twelve months (even though it is entirely possible that I could have used Harry Potter for every answer!)

January – Garnet. Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies: name a book with the darkest/most evil character
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (Dolores Umbridge)
Umbridge is handsdown the most evil fictional character ever created – she is a hundred times worse than Voldemort.

February – Amethyst. Purple is associated with royalty: name a book with regal qualities or characters
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
The whole premise of this book (and indeed series) is fighting for the throne of Westeros, and there are some serious contenders in the mix.

March – Aquamarine. ‘Washed out’: name a wishy washy character
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Rachel)
As a drunk, Rachel is largely unaware of what is real and what is fictional, which makes the plot of this novel incredibly tense as the reader is equally as in the dark as to who is good and who is evil.

April – Diamond. A diamond in the rough: name a book you love that isn’t well known
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
This gem of a book only has 6,000 Goodreads ratings: it’s about a high-school shooting and the relationships between the students and the gunman. It’s incredibly fast-paced and emotional.

May – Emerald. Said to balance energy: name two characters who balance each other well
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark)
Katniss is snarky and a bit of a loner, whereas Peeta is loyal, kind and encourages Katniss to open up and appreciate those who love and look out for her. I ship these two so hard! 

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June – Pearl. Associated with loyalty: name a character who is loyal to the end
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Jacob Black)
Jake is so loyal and true to Bella, and this love extends to Renesmee, even despite being part of the enemy species: I think he’s the best friend everyone wishes they had.

July – Ruby. Blood red: name a book that made your blood boil/one that made you angry
Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
The one thing that makes me angry about this graphic novel is that the conflict exists in the first place: someone cannot help being gay anymore than they can help being black or white.

August – Peridot. Pale green, it pales in comparison to others: name a supporting character you like better than the main character
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Lucien)
I understand that the leading male, Tamlin, is hot and rich and royal or whatever, but I find Lucien a much more interesting character: he’s blunt, witty and has an incredibly wicked personality (in the best way!)

September – Sapphire. Blue and calming like the ocean: name a book that had a calming effect
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Whenever I think about this novel, although it is one of only a handful of books that can make me cry, I think about my relaxed reading experience on holiday a couple of years ago. It’s a passionate love story with an intense twist, and I absolutely adore the characters and the plot.

October – Opal. Iridescent: name a book with a beautiful cover
Paper Towns by John Green
I love the UK cover of Paper Towns: it’s detailed and intriguing. It shows enough of the plot of the book to be relevant, but without spoiling the story. 

November – Topaz. Associated with resilience: name a character that rises to the top in a time of adversity
Killing Floor by Lee Child (Jack Reacher)
Jack is one of the strongest characters in literature, both physically and mentally. His stories are always action-packed, and he is the hero who is able to piece together even the tiniest clues.

December – Blue Zircon. Friendship: name a friendship you want to be a part of
Marley & Me by John Grogan (Marley)
Who wouldn’t want to be friends with the goofiest, most loveable dog around? The relationship Marley has with his family in this book is simply beautiful.

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