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.
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.
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.
Which genre would you give up reading for 40 days?
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.
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!
In which fictional place would you like to party?
— 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.
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?
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!