Mondays aren’t always pleasant if one has to work (I do). To perk up my spirit, I thought it would be fun to kick off the work week with a book tag based on one of my favorite songs — “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.
When I first heard this, I played it over and over and over. I was so obsessed and I damn near blew out my ear drums cause I turned it up so loud. Actually, let’s kick off the tag by watching the music video.
“Mama, just killed a man” – A fictional character’s death that really upset you?
I’m going with a Harry Potter character here since I’m less likely to spoil anyone because the series is so damn popular. But Sirius’s death really upset me. I wanted Harry Potter to have a parent or some sort of relative.
“Carry on, carry on” – Pick a book that was hard to keep reading but was worth it in the end.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien because of the minute descriptions of the landscape. The story was good and by the end I thought plodding through the descriptions was worth it.
“Sends shivers down my spine” – Pick a book with a beautiful spine/cover.
I decided to go with the covers for Riverkeep and Seraphina by Martin Stewart and Rachel Hartman, respectively. The illustration style on both are similar so I wonder if they were done by the same artist. Both are young-adult fantasy novels. Riverkeep was recently published and is about a boy who dreads taking over his father’s job as riverkeep but must do so when his father becomes possessed by an evil spirit when trying to save a drowning man. Seraphina is about a musically gifted girl living in a world where dragons can adopt human form but her society discriminates against them.
“Goodbye everybody, I’ve got to go” – A book that you couldn’t finish.
Most recently, that was Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I really wanted to like it and I really tried to read it, but I didn’t like the writing or the characters or the dialogue. I spent the majority of the time questioning things and being annoyed by the stupid protagonist. I did like that the protagonist is a bookworm, though, and the world and magic system were interesting but not enough to keep me reading.
“Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening” – Which book did you find very, very frightening?
Not a book, but it’s the most recent thing I’ve experienced that creeped me out. Damn Stranger Things made me think of monsters prowling next to me while I sleep. I completed all the episodes yesterday and now I can’t get the Upside Down outta my head. And that final scene with the boy coughing! I wonder what will happen in the next season.
By the way, I love those little boys. They remind me a bit of the Little Rascals movie and the girl who played Eleven was great.
“Bismillah, no! We will not let you go” – Which book/series do you wish there had been more of?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I would love for the story to continue or for the author to just write another book. I love how she writes.
“Mamma mia, mamma mia” – Which book/series should be made into a musical?
I haven’t attended many musicals, but I’d say The Night Circus. I think it would work well as a musical.
The head banging bit – Which book made you face-palm?
Lol at this category “the head-banging bit.” I love that part of the song.
Air Awakens again. The dialogue made me face palm. I didn’t like it. Just thinking about it makes me
“Oh baby, can’t do this to me, baby” – Pick a moment from a book where you felt like the author was being mean to you?
When Sirius died and the end of the seventh book where we find out that Harry married Ginny and had a bunch of kids, who he named after all his dead peeps. I wasn’t happy with that.
George R.R. Martin
Every fucking cliffhanger and character death and the long wait for the next installment in the series. Pure torture!
Making me love the psychic ladies at 300 Fox Way more than the protagonists of the story. I need a story about the psychics, Maggie, pleeeaassee!!!
“Nothing really matters to me” – Which character(s) did you not care about?
As I said in my answer to the previous question, I ended up caring more for the psychics at 300 Fox Way than the crazy adventure the kids were on in the Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater.
And that’s it for this tag. Expect more Queen-inspired posts in the near, distant future. And, as Magda at Magic of Books said: