Time for another tag! I saw this Beauty and the Beast tag over on tomesoftheunknown (I can’t seem to find the original creator), and I couldn’t pass it up since Beauty and the Beast is my favorite classic Disney princess movie. I think this is such a cute idea! Okay, here we go…
A Villain You Can’t Help but Love
The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy, absolutely. I know that Alina was trying to do “the right thing” by not teaming up with “the bad guy” but I would have absolutely joined The Darkling.
A Book Everyone Loves But You Don’t
I heard nothing but good things about We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, and I ended up fairly disappointed when I’d read that one for book club last semester. I think my biggest disappointment was Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, though. I had high expectations for this, and enjoyed most of it, but I hated the ending so much it ruined the whole thing. I don’t want to give anything away, but I have a review here!
Belle and Adam
Your Favorite One True Pairing (OTP)
Ronan and Adam (hah) from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater for sure. I rooted for them to get together since the first book in the series, and I can’t wait to see where their relationship goes in the Ronan-centered trilogy Stiefvater’s writing!
A Character Who is Destined for Greater Things
Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. We leave his story just as things are starting to get better for him, and I imagine him going off after the story ends and becoming a great English teacher or lit professor and inspiring young people with words.
A Book You Bought for its Beautiful Cover That’s Just as Beautiful on the Inside Too
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. I’d read The Grisha Trilogy (which I didn’t love) and the Six of Crows duology (which I did love), but didn’t have any interest in The Language of Thorns until I walked into a bookstore and saw the cover. I didn’t even think twice about buying it, even though I knew nothing about what it was about, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s beautiful on the inside not just in the feminist retellings of fairy tales, but also in the gorgeous internal illustrations as well. It’s probably the most beautiful book I own.
A Loyal Sidekick You Can’t Help but Love More Than Their Counterpart
This is probably a cliched answer, but Hermione from Harry Potter. Don’t get me wrong; I love Harry as the hero. But Hermione is so similar to me and reading/watching her as a child was so inspiring and uplifting.
Mrs. Pots, Chip, Lumiere, and Cogsworth
A Book That Helped You Through a Difficult Time or Really Taught You Something
The Fault in our Stars by John Green. One thing I love about this book that no one seems to talk about is the way it handles the grief process; I love the way Hazel Grace talks about funerals and does her best to accept/overcome loss; I read (and reread and reread) this around a time in my life when I was dealing with a lot of loss and grief, and I always felt understood in how I felt when I read it.
Be Our Guest
A Book That Made You Hungry
Do cookbooks count? I like to bake (when I have time), and I love to flip through Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies Cookbook. I’ve been watching her on YouTube since high school and love how she represents “nerdy” things like video games and sci-fi movie and book series; the way she’s able to translate her love of those things into baked goods is so creative and super cute. Find her on YouTube here!
A Fictional Character You’d Love to Have Over for Dinner
Can I pick two? Sam and Grace from Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy. This was one of the first book series I absolutely fell in love with, and Sam and Grace were couples goals for me when I was younger. I would love to be friends with them but having dinner with them would be chill.
Beauty and the Beast
Kaz and Inej from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo; they’re drastically different from each other. The way their relationship develops over the course of the two books slowly reveals their characters to each other and the readers, which I love. They learn about each other’s differences but connect with each other regardless.
A Character Who is More Than They Appear
Hanna from Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. When I first started reading this, I was trying to figure out how she could be the heroine of the story; I thought she was just a spoiled rich kid. She turned out to be such a kick-ass character, much to the surprise of both me and the book’s antagonists. Check out my review!
A Book or Series That You Weren’t Into at First but Picked Up Towards the End
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I found the first portion of the book to be so boring and kept waiting for Jacob to get to the peculiar world or for some action to start. I probably would have DNF’d it if I didn’t have to read it for class, but it started to pick up about halfway through. You can read my review here.
Kill the Beast
A Book You Picked Up Because of the Hype
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I didn’t have much interest in reading it, but a few of my book club friends kept telling me that it was so good and they couldn’t put it down. I finally picked it up not to long ago, and I didn’t quite agree with their assessments of it…
Tale as Old as Time
A Popular Theme, Trope, or Setting You Will Never Get Tired of Reading
Okay, definitely the hard-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside character who’s often bitter/angry/untrusting but would do absolutely anything for their friends/loved ones. Bonus points for a really dramatic tragic backstory. I’m also a fan of the character with a dramatic tragic backstory they don’t tell their friends about and hides behind humor.
A Book or Moment That Always Makes You Cry
I’m gonna use a repeat: The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Again, I think this book does an excellent job of representing the grief and healing process, and I pick it up when I’m going through something like that, but it’s just as painful to read each time.
This was super fun to do! As always, I’m not tagging anyone, but if you’d like to participate in this tag, go for it!
Thanks for reading! Check out more tags here, and come back Saturday for another review!