I’ve dabbled with booktube and vlogging but unfortunately it’s just not something that I have a lot of time, space or hardware for in my life at the moment, so I thought I’d do a blog version of this book tag because Disney… and also books. Two of my great loves. I originally saw this tag Here! ThePerksOfBooks so check that out.
1. A whole new world – Pick a book that made you see the world differently.
Looking For Alaska by John Green. I’ve read some fairly cry worthy reads and had my heart broken a time or two by the written word, but Looking For Alaska gave me a different perspective on a lot of things that I may have gotten to eventually, but came all rolled into one with this novel. Partly it’s the mortality of the characters. It was also the fact that I also attended a boarding school for my last two years of high school and there was a student who also died a somewhat questionable death. It also opened me up to how we idolize people, and how we may regret all the decisions that we do or do not make but they are still a part of us either way. I have loved every John Green book that I’ve ever read, and while they all hold some value to me, Looking For Alaska was the first Young Adult novel, that made me (at the age of 22) realize that it was okay to be an adult who had no idea what was going on and that sometimes being a teenager can be just as profound as this illusive state of all knowing that adults often cluster toward.
2. Cruella De Vil – Pick your favorite villain.
I’m not sure that they completely count as villains, but I’m going to go with Oliver, Amelie, and Myrnin from The Morganville Vampires series. I still have two more books to read in the series, and I’m well aware that these three tend to tread the line between being good and bad which is pretty much what I love about them. They have questionable judgement sometimes, and can be cruel, but are very human as well in their loves and downfalls. They definitely fall into the category of villains I love to hate.
3. I won’t say I’m in love – Pick a book you didn’t want to admit you loved.
This is honestly the hardest question on here. I am generally very vocal about liking or disliking books, and I don’t have a lot of book shame. I guess the only thing that comes to mind is the Twilight Saga which I first read at 14-17 and somewhat shamefully enjoyed through the first film, at which point I grew a brain, started studying feminism in college, and took a long hard look at the series which I grew to detest. But for a brief period of time, I did count this among my favorite books, so it’s probably the best fit for this question.
4. Gaston – Pick a character that you couldn’t stand.
Umbridge. Dolores Umbridge. I’m fairly sure that there’s not a single person alive who has read the Harry Potter series and wouldn’t agree with this choice. She’s a vile and despicable woman, only made worse by the fact that there are far more Umbridges in the world than Voldemorts. I’m not sure if that’s bad or worse. Either way. Down with the Ministry!
5. Part of your world – Pick a book set in a universe you wish you could live in.
Harry Potter. I want a broomstick, and a wand, and a time turner so that I can write and read as many novels as I possible can manage. I want to be able to apparate to any corner of the world and be home in time for supper. I want to study spells by candle light and have tea with a house elf. I would like to levitate and accio my way through lazy days and go for daring swims in murky lakes and oceans with bubblehead charms. I relish the idea of a more openly strange society of eccentrics wherein there collective weirdness is cause for celebration rather than funny looks. I’d love to dance in wizard robes, and hoard charms against nargles. There is simply too much to love in a world made of magic, and while I fully agree with JKR’s proclamation that we have all the magic we need inside ourselves already, I can’t help but cling to my desire for the room of requirement and transfiguration lessons, and even, dare I say it, a potion or two.
6. A dream is a wish your heart makes – describe what the book of your dreams would be like
I don’t know that there is a book of my dreams out there. Certainly every book we read touches us in some way. They formulate our thoughts on ourselves and the world, or sometimes simply on bad writing and the mysterious inner workings of the publishing industry, but I’d be hard pressed to lop all my dreams on one book. I suppose the book of my dreams would be a notebook, inside of which, one might bind together ideas such as lamp posts in frosted forests, or creaking ship decks, and cascades of ruins and upon inscribing these flickers of thought, a selection of moments, fictional and real, from all of time and space might appear on the opposite page. If from this list we might cast a finger to the most appealing option and transition from page to reality, to explore and live and experience, that would be a truly extraordinary experience. Of course, one can only imagine the problems that might arise, should we lose the book in our adventures, and thus our only means of escaping. 🙂
7. Someday my prince will come – What book character would you marry if you could
Already being very happily married to my high school sweet heart, I find this to be a somewhat interesting proposition, however I’d think I’d be quite fond of marrying Luna Lovegood. I suspect that mutual weirdness and her kind disposition would lead to an entertaining and profound life.
8. I see the light – Pick a book that changed your life.
Harry Potter a thousand and one times over. Some might say that it’s an overdone choice, but this series showed me the joys of reading, writing, community, friendship, fandom, and thoroughly taught me what it meant to be my own person. More so than any other person I’ve never met, I owe who I am today to JKR.
9. When you wish upon a star – Pick a book you wish you could reread for the first time.
We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson. This is one of my all time favorite books, and I wish that more people would pick this up. It’s a dark story, about two sisters who live in an isolated small town where everyone taunts and hates them. Partly for their wealth, and partly because of a terrible tragedy/event which claimed the lives of their entire family. It’s mysterious, and easily my favorite unreliable narrator of all time and gives me goosebumps each time I read it. An English teacher of mine gave it to me while I was having a difficult time in boarding school and while I wasn’t a fan of her class, or the other books we read, it was one of the few instances of my life when an adult/educator took the time to see a confused, hurt girl and handed me the exactly the advise I needed.
10. I just can’t wait to be king – Pick a book with some kind of monarchy in it.
Eh… There are a lot of books with monarchy’s in them, and even though I can think of several, even from books I’ve enjoyed, none of them resonate with me. So, I’m going to just go with The Chronicles of Narnia, because of Susan and Lucy and the fact that they will always have a special place in my heart.
11. Colors of the wind – Pick a book with a beautiful colorful cover.
There are so many books that I want to read purely because of the covers that it’s kind of impossible to put them all here and I feel bad choosing a book that I haven’t read… So dilemma.
So as far as beautiful covers that I own, I’m going to go with The Sandman Omnibus editions by Neil Gaiman. These are massive gorgeous books that were outrageously price birthday gifts from my mother last year and I love them dearly.
I also recently bought A Darker shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab and I’m in love with this book cover too, so here ya go.
And this one…
And I might as well include some books that I really hope I love when I read them because I want to own them for their delicious covers. (This is pretty much book porn…)
So there you have it. My Disney book tag post. Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂 If you’ve done one of these please leave me a comment down below with your answers. I’d love to see them. Ciao!
Side note: I got all my pics from goodreads and google so, credits there.