Mardi Gras Book Tag

It’s CARNIVAL time y’all!! 😀 That’s why I have here the Mardi Gras Book Tag for you.

I saw it over on Madame Writer and knew I HAD to do it because I’m here seriously wishing I either went to Mardi Gras or had FINALLY made it to Trinidad carnival. Instead I’m stuck at home. Cold. Bored.

The Mardi Gras Book Tag was created by booktuber Randomly Bookish Gina.

Designated Driver
What re-read book is reliable to get you out of a reading slump?

Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples

This sort of question pops up so many times in a book tag that I’ve decided to choose something a bit different. My answer here is comic books. They are quick and easy to read, and the ones I own are often fast-paced and filled with crazy adventures, so I’m sure they would perk me up and get me out of a reading slump.

The Saga comic book series is a sci-fi/fantasy story about a couple on the run from their respective governments, which are at war against each other, while trying to raise a family.

The Drunk Best Friend
Which character(s) would you like to grab a drink with or simply hangout with for a night on the town?

Clay Cooper and his crew

Definitely Clay Cooper and his crew from Nicholas Eames’s Kings of the Wyld. We can grab couple drinks at a bar and see what crazy shenanigans we get into simply by being there.

Kings of the Wyld is a fantasy novel about a band of veteran warriors who decide to get back into the fight to save one of the members’ daughter. They quickly realize they’re out of shape but have a few tricks left still.

Fat Tuesday
Which book on your TBR can you not wait to devour?

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

I’m holding out until my excitement for this book calms down some. Marlon James is one of my favorite authors. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is his first fantasy novel; it incorporates some African folklore.

I think it’s about a mercenary who’s paid to find a kid but the kid is dead and we learn that on the first page…?? I’m not sure and I don’t want to know for sure until I read the book, so don’t feel the need to correct me.

Lent
Which genre would you give up reading for 40 days?

Fantasy

Fantasy is my favorite genre, but I think I could do without it for 40 days in honor of Lent. I’m pretty sure I’d survive, I think.

Masquerade Masks
Which book do you mask that you have read? (Ex: a book you’re embarrassed about, a book or author you’re embarrassed by having not read yet, a guilty pleasure book, something you hide behind, etc.)

anything by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I haven’t yet read anything by her, though I admire her, so I’m a smidgen embarrassed about that because I own a few books by her. I need to remedy this this year.

The Annual Mardi Gras Party/Parade
What classic could you read time and time again?

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

It’s my favorite classic; I love this book so much! I love the story, the writing, the storytelling, the characters, and how it all comes together. It’s a powerful story — for me, it’s about an African American woman achieving freedom and independence. LOVE this story!

New Orleans
In which fictional place would you like to party?

Brakebills University

— From the TV show — They seem to have pretty wild parties. Would be fun to attend one.

A bit like Harry Potter and a bit like Chronicles of Narnia if both stories were darker and the protagonists were always either drinking, partying, having sex, or fucking things up on a higher scale.

Jazz Music
What book just makes you want to dance? (Could be when you received it or as you read it)

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I couldn’t remember if I’ve ever read a book that made me feel like dancing. However, The Diviners comes closest to doing so. It’s set in New York City in the 1920s and in one of the scenes, the protagonist, Evie O’Niell, visits a jazz club (if I remember correctly). It sounded like fun.

The Diviners is a historical fiction, supernatural novel about a girl whose parents send her to live in New York City with her uncle following a scandal. While in NYC, she uses her extraordinary ability to help solve a series of murders.

The Colors of Mardi Gras
Purple represents justice: Which character do you feel got justice at the end of the book or series?

Hest Finbok

Definitely Hest Finbok. He’s such a horrible person and dislikeable character. I was hoping he would get his comeuppance by the story’s end, and he did; but I was of two minds about it because by the middle of this book, I was hoping his experiences on his adventures would instead cause a change in his character and thus make a painful end for him unneeded.

Blood of Dragons is the last novel in the Rain Wild Chronicles, a quartet that makes up the larger Realm of the Elderlings fantasy series.

Green represents faith: Which character would you put your complete faith in no matter the situation?

Yemoja (a.k.a. Yemaya)

Umm… I guess a diety of some kind, like the Yoruba water diety Yemoja, who makes an appearance in Zetta Elliott’s novelette Mother of the Sea, which is about a girl who is stolen from her village and sold into slavery.

Gold represents power: Which book gave you a very powerful emotion after reading it?

The Stand by Stephen King

The emotions I felt: pure loathing and pissed the hell off!

Lol okay, maybe not those exactly, but I didn’t like it.

I read the unabridged version — BAAADDD decision. It’s a postapocalyptic novel about a virus that was accidentally released that wiped out 99% of the population; the remaining 1% gather in two separate group for a good ole good vs. evil face off.

Show Your Tatas, Get Those Beads!!!
Which character would you throw beads to?

Jason Momoa…. 🙂

He’s not a character, but I’d sure through him some beads!

The End.

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10 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Book Tag

  1. Saga is perfect for a slump! I don’t think I could manage to do without fantasy for 40 days to be honest! It’s my favourite too and I just don’t think I have the willpower 😉 I’d happily reread their eyes were watching god too!

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  2. I JUST got a notification that Black Leopard Red Wolf just came in at the library for me! I am beyond excited to pick it up this month 🙂

    I’ve seen the Saga comic book series EVERYWHERE but I still can’t figure out if it is for me or not…

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    • That’s awesome! I hope it’ll be a great reading experience for you especially since it’s your first Marlon James book.

      Saga is pretty awesome but most who dislike it are turned off by how graphic it is. The story is strong but maybe you should just flip through the pages of the first volume to see if you can handle how graphic it is.

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    • I think I could as long as I tell myself that I’ll dive deep into fantasy at the end of the 40 days. It’s my fav genre too. It would be tricky deciding what to read during those days. I’d probably not read at all.

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  3. I haven’t read comic books in a while. Love that cover, it’s artistic.

    If you’re drinking with the men on that cover….could be fun and scary!

    African folklore! Sounds intriguing. I may add it to my TBR. In fact, I added it.

    That’s a really long lent! It would be hard to give up a genre. I’m good with giving up thrillers

    Loved the question about the embarrassing books. I would say for me, it would be pure romance. I have one pure romance novel on my bookshelf.

    freedom and independence are one of my two favorite things

    I never heard of the magicians but sounds like college days I never had

    added The Diviners by Libba Bray to my TBR

    I thought you would have mentioned Game of thrones for the justice one. that’s what came to my mind

    Never heard of that deity, need to learn about her

    yikes about the stand

    lol nice choice for the beads throwing

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    • Hope you like the Diviners. It took a bit for me to get hooked on the story but I enjoyed it.
      Lol I did consider Game of Thrones for that question but decided to go with something else.

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