There’s a book tag for just about everything, I’m sure.
I found this over on Reading With Moose and decided to do it because I am a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia series, though I’ve since forgotten much of the story. The tag was created by Clemi’s Bookish World.
Narnia: A magical world you would like to visit
the wizarding world of Harry Potter
Oh yes, it is the world I’d most like to visit, which is no surprise to anyone who has followed me on here for any length of time. I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and was lucky enough to visit the Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, last month. It was loads of fun and I wasted lots of money there, but I enjoyed myself. I was a bit let down though because the Diagon Alley there wasn’t as quirky and vibrant as I thought it would be, but it was still good.
The Magician’s Nephew: A book you find underrated
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
My answer is Robin McKinley’s books. I read a good bit of them as a kid and loved them all. They are all about girls doing great things, which I think will appeal to modern readers. The Hero and the Crown is one of my favorite McKinley novels. It’s YA fantasy about a girl who trains herself to become a dragon slayer and saves her kingdom. I loved this book as a teen and still did a few years ago when I reread it.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: A classic that you love
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Every time I come across a category like this in a tag, I’m reminded that I failed miserably at my Classics Reading Challenge. I was supposed to read 60 classics in 5 years. Well, it’s been 6 years and I’ve read only 14 classics in that time. It’s just not a category of books I naturally gravitate to. I have to make myself read them because I always assume the book will be boring.
That’s what I thought of The Great Gatsby when I first read it in high school. But when I reread it a couple years ago, I was surprised at myself because I loved it. It was the writing I admired my second time through. It hooked me and now The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite classic novels.
The Horse and His Boy: A book you picked up without knowing what it was about
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
It’s a romance novel about a woman who visits Scotland to serve as an apprentice swordmaker and falls in love with her boss. I didn’t know anything about this book when I placed it on hold. I saw the beautiful dress the model is wearing on the cover and liked it so much that I decided to read the book. I just completed it and really liked it.
Prince Caspian: A sequel you loved
The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
I really need to complete more of the many series I have on the go. So far, it’s only Robin Hobb’s trilogies I’ve completed and that’s because I’m buddy-reading them with Emily from Embuhlee liest. So far, The Golden Fool is my favorite of her books. I love all that happens in it and all the reveals and how plot lines kind of converge in this one. It’s great.
The Golden Fool is the second novel in the Tawney Man trilogy, which follows the Farseer trilogy, the first trilogy in an epic fantasy series about the bastard son of a prince who becomes an apprentice to an assassin.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: A quest you’d like to be a part of
I’m a whimp. I can’t think of a quest I’d like to be a part of because weird shit always happens on quests and there’s no telling if I’d make it back alive and with all my parts. And quests are uncomfortable too. Ugh! I doubt I’d be able to stand it. Well…I could put up with the discomfort for a while if I know there’s an end in sight somewhere, but there’s no telling when a quest will end.
…I’m uncomfortable right now. I bet I’m on a quest.
The Silver Chair: A book you didn’t expect to love
The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
Yeah, I watched the movie and loved it, but I didn’t expect to love the book too. I loved it from its first sentence. I already loved the story and loved that it closely matches the movie; but it’s also written very well and that made it a favorite for me.
It’s a fantasy historical romance novel about a woman who falls in love with an amphibious man.
The Last Battle: The perfect ending to a series you loved
Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Another Robin Hobb novel because I hardly ever complete series. Ship of Destiny is the last novel in the Liveship Traders trilogy, a second trilogy in the larger Realm of the Elderlings fantasy series.
The Liveship Traders books are about a group of people who make their money as merchants on ships that come alive after a certain number of captains have died on its decks. I like how this installment wraps up the story and hints at more to come.
The Pevensies: A siblinghood of friendship you would like to be a part of
the Halliwell sisters
I’m going with the Halliwell sisters from the Charmed TV show since I’m currently hooked on rewatching the old episodes. I like how supportive they are of each other and that they are like best friends.
Eustace Scrubb: A character who grew on you
Definitely Malta from Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy and particularly her development in Mad Ship, the second novel in the trilogy. Malta starts out as a very annoying, headstrong, naive teenager who begins to blossom into a mature, responsible, brave young woman in this book. Her development is one of my favorites in this trilogy because it’s a huge jump from how she begins the story.
Mr. Tumnus: Your favourite mythical creature
Yep, dragons are my favorite and I prefer dragons that are highly intelligent and able to communicate with humans yet still retain their animalistic nature.
I featuring Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight here because I’m currently buddy-reading it with Sarah from Dragons & Zombies. Our mutual love of dragons made us choose this book after struggling through, and eventually giving up on, Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon.
Dragonflight seems to be a sci-fi-fantasy hybrid novel about a girl who’s chosen to pair with the new dragon queen as their planet, called Pern, faces the threat of the red star, which foretells the return of Threads that destroy everything in its path.
Caspian: A character with regal qualities
Catherine of Aragon
I don’t know enough about history to know for sure if Queen Catherine in Philippa Gregory’s novel The Other Boleyn Girl mirrors the real person, but of all the characters in the novel, including the asshole King Henry VIII, Queen Catherine is the most regal.
Reepicheep: A loyal character
Trows are “a species of troll from the Orkney Islands.” They serve as security guards at a college in upstate New York in a small town called Fairwick that attracts loads of fairy creatures, and apparently, they are extremely loyal.
The Angel Stone is the last novel in Juliet Dark’s paranormal romance trilogy (there might be more books in the future but for now I’ll consider it a trilogy) that begins with The Demon Lover, which is about a woman who gets a job at a college in upstate New York and has nightly trysts with a succubus.
The Wardrobe: Your favourite hideout/place to read
Anywhere that’s warm and has a comfy armchair or bed. I’m not too picky these days.
That’s it for me.
If you love the Chronicles of Narnia series too, consider yourself tagged! 😀