A friend of mine tagged me in this. Shameless plug: Check out her blog, it’s filled with such good book recs – I swear my reading list keeps growing, not shrinking. (Picture Credit: Once Upon a Bookshelf)
So here goes!
Pick a book that left a lasting impression on you
I can’t choose one, so I’ll choose an entire series. The Harry Potter fandom was the greatest aspect of my childhood. And I still get teary eyed when the infamous theme starts. This series was such an inspiration as a child. And as the series got darker and we saw what a megalomaniac Voldy is, the majority of the readers were also maturing along with the Golden Trio. I think this is such a bloody brilliant series to teach children the perils of humanity along with its greatest strength. I think I’ve learned so much about the way the world works by following the Golden Trio. Although Cursed Child wasn’t the 8th book, technically, I was still happy to read it and liked it. I could see that it would explain to younger generations (and probably to everyone of all ages) why we can’t just use a Time Turner to save everyone from death and destruction. Death is a part of life, and messing with time isn’t. I could probably create an entire college course on the ethical, philosophical, and moral discussions involved in this series…. #noshame.
Favorite first book in a series
HOLY MOTHER OF ALL THINGS MAGICAL – this was the greatest opening to a series that I’ve ever read. The plot twists, the political intrigue, the deception, it was all there. Ash got me the sequel – which I haven’t read yet. (Sorry sweetie, I’ll attempt to read it before uni starts lmao…. ><). But just thinking about that ending gets my heart pounding and my head reeling. I was literally mindblown by the time I got to the end.
Pick some characters you wish didn’t exist.
First of all, I hated this book. Straight up despised EVERYONE in this nearly 1000 page travesty of a “romance”. So let me tell you how excited I was when a character just happened to die in this. I was thrilled. Like screaming for joy thrilled. But there was another character in this, a really sappy piece of crap, that I wish didn’t exist. This shit ain’t romance. I thought we established that death isn’t romantic with Romeo and Juliet. But maybe some people didn’t get the memo.
Pick your favorite last book in a series.
I am a huge LOTR fan, and I think Tolkein is the greatest high fantasy writer of all time. The complexities of the politics, language, culture, music, fashion, everything on Middle Earth is just mindblowing. He was truly gifted with extensive imagination, and the Middle Earth series proves that. ROTK is just a great culmination of the realm reaching the next resemblence of peace. I’m sure if Tolkein lived a while longer, he would’ve created more works with newer conflicts based that of the old. Like how this series is based on what went wrong (and right) in the Silmarillion.
Pick a book you think everyone should read
This is a great start to an epic fantasy series. Cinda Williams Chima is an amazing storyteller, and she’s amazing at foreshadowing. The entire series is full of tiny little teases of information of the overall plot and history of the realm, without giving enough for the reader to figure it out. I have to admit, I didn’t figure out a lot of that plot, and I feel as though I’ve read enough books to figure out plots pretty well. This is a fantastic series.
Pick a book with your favorite colors on the cover
I’m eagerly waiting for the sequel to hit the bookshelves, especially those in my library. This is almost like a cross between the manga DNAngel (which I never finished because I got bored of it as a kid) and Anne of Green Gables and Downtown Abbey. It’s full of strong complex female characters, on the entire spectrum of good to evil. It also has a hint of Harry Potter-esque themes of figuring out who your parents were. I simply loved this book from the first word to the last.
Pick a dark and mysterious book
I love Shakespearean plays. And King Lear has got to be one of my favorite plays. It’s the basis for many of the plotlines with ridiculously twisted political intrigue. This is the epitome of politics and political betrayal. It’s brilliantly done. There’s also a production of this that my AP Lit class saw, although I loved the PBS Greatest Performances production, with our lovely Gandalf as King Lear. Ian McKellan is brilliant at delivering lines with maximum impact. By far, one of my favorite productions of this play!
Pick a long book
Time for some politics… I wanted to know why the TEA party emerged on the far right side of politics, and this book effortlessly lays it out. E.J. Dionne is extremely candid (and I had the pleasure of meeting him back in freshman year when he came to give a talk at the Eagleton Institute). His candidness makes a rather dense/dry topic come to life, with his own experiences as a reporter and some of his own interviews. For anyone that wants to know why the rate of polarization has seemingly increased over the past 20 years, this book is a great place to start. I feel as though I’ve gotten a better sense of the state of the GOP now — not entirely, because I don’t claim to know everything about everything. But I think I’m less ignorant now, and that’s all I can ever hope for for myself.
Pick a book with a cringe worthy romance
I don’t particularly enjoy reading romance, or cringeworthy romance at all. I’d rather spend time staring at those collagen molecules on my laptop than read a sappy romance. That being said, I had a blast reading this one, mostly because I found it so fucking stupid. I read a lot of Meg Cabot books as a kid — one of my less glorious phases — but this one, oh man this one. This was so fantastically pathetic, I found it to be more of a comedy than a romance. That was honestly the only way I could finish it. I think I laughed at every page. The whole “his eyes were a shade of brilliant blue like the ocean” was the best part. Please.
Pick a book that brightens your day
Okay I’m going to cheat a little, because this isn’t a book exactly. It’s a fanfic in the HP fandom. I actually find some of these fics to be really well written, and this is possibly one of my favorites. (There is an explicit content rating because it is a romance, so be warned.) It is called “Let Sleeping Dragons Lie”, and it’s has the Lucius Malfoy-Hermione Granger pairing. At first glance, I thought this was a stupid pairing because he’s a Death Eater, and she’s a Muggleborn. If anything, it would be like those bullshit Bollywood movies, where the main leads are from completely opposite backgrounds, but love conquers all, right? Right? 100% wrong. This is actually really well crafted, showing the progression of love, from acquaintances to friends to lovers. It’s a rather slow build, but it is entirely worth it. This fic also brings up the “what happens next?” part after the Battle of Hogwarts, when the Malfoys infamously fled the scene to save each other. Out of love? Maybe. To salvage their reputation? Likely. Either way, I was always intrigued. Lucius Malfoy is also one of my favorite characters — the development of his character from a 1-dimensional asshole to a prisoner of his own house by a megalomaniac is truly fascinating. I wish JK Rowling could delve into the what happens next for the former Death Eaters that are still alive. Although in the epilogue, we don’t really know what happened to Draco. So all of those questions are answered, and then some ingenious creativity by the author, to create a brilliant pairing. I actually prefer Hermione with this version of Lucius to Ron — not to the Lucius we know, but this more complex… dare I say, reformed? … version.
Your favorite book kiss
For those of you that haven’t read Shakespeare’s Henry V, oh man are you guys missing out on so much. I recommend the BBC version of the play as well, where Tom Hiddleston plays Hal or Henry V. There’s this beautiful kiss scene between Hal and the French princess, and oh man the lines right before the kiss itself…. that’s romance. (Not that bullshit Tolstoy came up with.) And well, I love the way Hiddleston portrays Henry in the actual battle scenes too – my favorite scene of the entire play being when Henry has to rally his troops in a losing battle. The monologue there is full of hope, and it’s brilliantly delivered.
I tag…. otl I need to actually go through the various blogs that I follow/follow me for this…. hold up.
Good luck and have fun, even if you don’t put on makeup. 😉