Tag Thursday time folks! And I decided to have a pop at this tag on this fine Thursday afternoon as I’ve semi-recently seen the new Beauty and the Beast film and really loved it and it would be a shame to let this one pass by so… it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight and now we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair… (I couldn’t resist)… let’s go:
- Thank the person who tagged you – many thanks to Thrice Read for featuring this tag on their wonderful blog!
- Mention the creator – Kirsty @ Kirsty and the Cat Read (her original post is here)
- Match a book to each of the songs/characters below
- Tag as many people as you like – I hereby tag anyone reading this who wants to give it a go!
“TALE AS OLD AS TIME” – A POPULAR THEME, TROPE OR SETTING YOU WILL NEVER GET BORED WITH READING
Hmm how about characters that bicker but obviously really love each other obviously? Or smol badass girl and tol guy who is stupidly and completely smitten with this smol ball of anger and badassery and just a little bit in awe of her general ‘take no prisoners’ vibe… I’m a huuuge sucker for that one (I also forum RPed that one for years so, yeah, no surprises this one lingers for me).
BELLE – A BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL COVER THAT’S JUST AS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE TOO
As mentioned in my very recent Top 5 Wednesday post on my Favourite SFF covers, I adore the cover for The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and I’d say that the story within its pages definitely matches up to the beautiful cover art. If you haven’t read it, go read it, please.
BEAST – A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT MUCH FROM BUT PLEASANTLY SURPRISED YOU
Embarrassingly, you know what book I immediately thought of? My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – I make no secrets of the fact I’m not the biggest YA contemporary fan (where’s the fun and magic?!) so I was very pleasantly surprised by just how much fun I found this book, I mean, come on, I somehow gave it 4.5 stars after my momentary high of reading it.
GASTON – A BOOK EVERYONE LOVES THAT YOU DON’T
Not everyone loves this at this point but… A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. So much ‘nope’ about that book, man, I just do not get it at all, it’s average at best, which is such a shame because the concept sounds golden, the execution just feels really sloppy and rushed. Also, full disclosure: I’ve read much better written and more convincing sex scenes in unbelievable pairing fanfiction, to be honest. Yeah, I said it.
LEFOU – A LOYAL SIDEKICK YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE MORE THAN THEIR COUNTER PART
I don’t know if they count as sidekicks per say (and I’m sure these two characters would have something to say if described as such) but I kind of prefer to hear about Alucard and Rhy to Kell… although, to be fair, a lot of when I enjoy Alucard the most is when he’s teasing Kell and Kell is responding like the grumpy sour puss he is.
MRS POTTS, CHIP, LUMIERE & COGSWORTH – A BOOK THAT HELPED YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME OR THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING VALUABLE
Given the pertinent time I read it at, I’d say The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer was really valuable as I was heading for an impending post-graduation crisis about what I was doing with my life. I mean, sure, I still don’t really know what I’m doing with my life but this book made me feel a little bit better about that because these characters don’t know.
“SOMETHING THERE” – A BOOK OR A SERIES THAT YOU WEREN’T INTO AT FIRST BUT PICKED UP TOWARDS THE END
If this question means literally what book did I miss the curve on then… I guess Harry Potter technically, I didn’t read my first Harry Potter book until Goblet of Fire when I got the first four in a boxset, then I read the four in quick succession and was hooked… I presume… I don’t actually remember because I find it hard to remember the time before I’d read Harry Potter. If this question means more which book was I just not really feeling or ‘getting’ when I was reading the first few chapters but then got super invested in as it progressed then probably A Storm of Swords is a good example. It’s split into two volumes in the UK edition and I wasn’t hugely invested in the first volume but as soon as more murder started happening in volume two, I was HOOKED. Unsurprisingly. Ditto for A Feast for Crows which I somewhat slogged through for the first few chapters but now I’m really feeling it.
“BE OUR GUEST” – A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE OVER FOR DINNER
Maybe it’s just the geek in me but I think I’d like to have Gansey over for dinner (no spoilers for The Raven King, please, I’ve miraculously somehow managed to avoid them for months) – he’d witter on about ancient Welsh kings and ley lines and I’d find it fascinating tbh. Yes I’m a geek, thank you. On an entirely different note, Alucard Emery from the Shades of Magic series is bound to have some amazing stories to liven up any dinner party. Can I not just have them both over for dinner?
Well, that’s it, folks, that was the Beauty and the Beast book tag. If you wish to do the tag please consider yourself tagged by yours truly and please do link me below to your tag – I’d love to hear your answers!