This originally is a BookTube book tag but I loved it so I wanted to do it on here!
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Alright! Now onto the actual book tag!
- Sarah: A character that found strength without a love interest.
For this one, I decided on Melinda from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I haven’t read this book in several years and I barely remember it but what I do remember is that she starts out as a fairly weak character in comparison to how she is in the end. She grows and becomes almost an entirely different person. (I could be wrong, like I said it’s been a while since I’ve read this but I believe this is how it was)
- Hoggle: A character you weren’t sure whether to love or hate.
I chose Thomas from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. If you have not read this book, SPOILERS AHEAD. SKIP TO NUMBER 3 IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED. I chose Thomas because I did love him! He was sassy and fun. But by the way you read the back, you automatically go into this book thinking her love interest will be Jack the Ripper so I tried to not like Thomas but I just couldn’t help it!
- Ludo: A character almost too innocent to be real
For this one, I chose Momiji from Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya. Momiji has a heartbreaking backstory to him but before you figure all that out, he is just so innocent and funny. He’s a cute little character that is definitely loved by all.
- Didymus: A clueless character you either love or hate
So, I have to do the same that Julie did. I’m going with Sansa from Game of Thrones by George RR Martin. I know the series is A Song of Ice and Fire but I only said Game of Thrones because I’m only applying this to early Sansa. I haven’t read the books but I’ve seen the show and I HATED Sansa in the beginning. Her cluelessness killed me every time I watched a scene with her. I could not understand how someone could be as naïve as she was and still be alive. Maybe when I finally finish the book, I’ll have a different outlook on her but I just did not like her in the beginning. Even now in the TV show, I’m not a huge fan.
- Jareth: A villain you can’t help but love.
Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. If you’ve read this book, you understand why. He’s supposed to be this bad boy but as soon as he popped his head in the story, so to speak, I knew I’d like him. I knew he’d be a bad boy that I would absolutely love. I have only read the first book but I have heard better things about the second one so I’m super excited for that.
- Fire Dancers: What secondary character really got on your nerves?
So, I kind of cheated with this one. I chose Draco from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling. I cheated with this because from where I am, he’s supposed to get on your nerves and he’s more of a “secondary villain” to me.
- The Labyrinth: A book with plot twists you never saw coming.
So, I tried not to repeat any but this one I ended up having to. The first book that popped into my head was Stalking Jack the Ripper. It doesn’t have a lot of plot twists but it definitely has a huge one that I just adore and can’t get out of my mind.
- The Bog of Eternal Stench: A trope or writing style that will immediately make you put down a book.
I’ve been sitting here thinking about this and I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. The only thing I could really count for this one would be just cliché “mysteries.” I don’t like when I’m reading a thriller and the person that ends up being the criminal is some random person. I still read the story but I’m always disappointed, especially in comparison to thrillers where the criminal is a huge part in the story and you don’t see it being them until you get to the end.
- The Oubliette: What book or series you will never finish?
Alright. This one was super easy for me to decide on. I will not finish the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin. I refuse to continue with the series. I liked the first book and I’ve only heard bad things about the second two. I don’t want to taint the first one by reading the other two. (Edit: I was just looking at reviews on this series and I think I’ll pick up the second but not the third. I’ve definitely seen a change in reviews of people I trust.)
- The 13th Hour: What book kept you up all night or did you read in one day/sitting?
Another repeated answer. I apologize for that, I haven’t read too many that fit these questions. But definitely A Court of Thorns and Roses. It was a slow read for me but I couldn’t put it down. I think it was slow because it’s fantasy and because it’s such a big book. But either way, I didn’t ever want to put it down and as soon as I finished it, I wanted to run out and pick up the second.
- Crystal Balls: What book do you wish the main character had a crystal ball so they could avoid miscommunication?
Heartless! Oh man. Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I would give Cath the crystal ball so she knows what’s going to happen and who she is going to become so she can prevent it and get her happily ever after. This book kills me every time I think about it.
- You Have No Power Over Me: What book or series didn’t you understand the hype for?
This was a tough one. I was looking for books that I’ve read that have been hugely hyped about but I didn’t enjoy. The only one that popped in my head was Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It’s not that I hated these books (the first two I haven’t finished the trilogy yet) but I just didn’t seem to have enjoyed them as much as everyone else seems to have. I did like them though. I still need to finish the trilogy, though.
- Dance Magic Dance: A book that will always make you happy.
I wanted to choose The Outsiders by SE Hinton for this but I just couldn’t bring myself to choose it. I adored this book, it’s one of my favorites if not my favorite, but it’s just so heartbreaking that I couldn’t bring myself to say it makes me happy. So I decided to choose Fruits Basket for this one. I have read this manga and watched the anime more times that I can count and I still adore it just as much as the first time. I plan on rereading it soon, probably this month.
Thank you so much for reading this! I had a blast going through and trying to decide what books and characters to choose for each of these questions. It was a tough choice on a lot of them. Let me know what you would choose for any of these questions!
I can’t tag anyone because I don’t know anyone else’s blogs but if you feel like doing this tag, then do it! Make sure to link back to Julie’s page, though, so she can get credit for making this.