Song for the day – Belle by Beauty and the Beast
Because what else?
S’up guys? It’s been a while. I will get back to normal soon; I am in some sort of energy-sucking vortex at the moment, but I’m working on it!
Off we go then…
Rules: Thank the person who tagged you, mention the creator, and match a book to each of the songs/characters below. Then tag as many people as you like to do the same.
1. “Tale As Old As Time” – A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored of reading.
The quest. It is integral to the fantasy genre, and Gates et al have said that it is a ‘representation of our personal need and the universal quest for deeper realities’. But basically, give me an unlikely collection of strangers who become friends en route to find/destroy a jewel/ring/weapon/place/person with magic and knights and I will adore you. Examples include The Belgariad, The Lord of the Rings, and modern interpretations like The Raven Cycle.
2. “Belle” – A book you bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too.
This is essentially how I go through charity bookshops because I am a terrible person who judges books by their covers. E.g.: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. I don’t usually go for the Romeo and Juliet trope, but I thought the cover was quite dainty and pretty. It tells the story of rival circus troops with special abilities: tightrope walking and mermaid shows. I loved the world inside this book, and although it was sometimes a bit too Romeo and Juliet, it was almost magical to picture.
3. ‘Beast’ – A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you.
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman was one of those 99p deals on the Kindle Store, and I bought it on a whim/to distract myself from my MA work. I didn’t expect much of it but the premise of a powerful library with kickass librarian agents was intriguing, and it turned out to be a decent read. Also I want to be a kickass librarian agent.
4. ‘Gaston’ – A book everyone loves that you don’t
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Its praises are sung throughout the land and beyond as a classic – it’s on the BBC’s must-reads – but I had to drag myself through it. I remember a girl I used to know saying that you have to at least make it to page 88 of a book before giving up on it, and I tried. (Oh my god did I try). I did. I then pushed through to the end so that I could tick it off the BBC’s must-reads, but it was awful to read. I just couldn’t get on with the style. I gave it one star on Goodreads and I feel terrible if I give a book less than 3 so…
5. ‘Lefou’ – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counter part.
I’m about to upset a few people but I would love to read the Harry Potter series from Hermione’s POV. The series is my joint favourite and has been since the age of seven, but I never really loved Harry himself. I didn’t dislike him as such, but I identified with Hermione so much more, what with the books and the untameable hair and the eye rolling and the being-hot-potated-ing. #sorrynotsorry
6. ‘Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumier & Cogsworth’ – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable
My absolute fave series of all time ever is The Belgariad/Mallorean series by David Eddings. It has got me through everything – being bullied, mum’s cancer, living abroad, loneliness and depression and anxiety at uni, everything. I know the books inside out and my particular favourite (there are 13 books) has actually split completely in half because I’ve read it so much. The characters are my family. The words are my home.
7. “Something There” – A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.
See usually it’s the other way around; I get excited by the premise of a book/series but get 2/3 of the way through and realise it’s going to be awful at the end (Divergent, Uprooted etc). However, a book that actually got better for me is Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. I started reading it because it was obviously very hyped-up, and because the author was a UEA CW MA alumni like me who came to talk to us about it. At first it was very painful to read because both of my grandmothers have Alzheimer’s/dementia and it was simply too relatable. It brought up memories I’d rather not think about. On the other hand, the idea that it was actually written from the POV of the sufferer was so intriguing that I forced myself to carry on, and it was worth it, so yeah…
8. “Be Our Guest” – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner
Tbh I just want to have a very long chat with Polgara from The Belgariad in which she sorts my life out for me. I heart Aunt Pol. Failing that, she brings Silk and Velvet so they can adopt me.
So yeah, do it if you want! I’d love to see your picks 🙂
Hope you’re all ok out there!