Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you celebrated it, I hope you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family and good food and lots of laughter. If you didn’t celebrate it, I hope you had a wonderful day filled with great people, good food, and lots of laughter. 😀
Beauty and the Beast:
Pick a book where love triumphs everything.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
It’s the first book that came to mind. Love is the major reason used to explain much of Harry’s successes over Lord Voldemort, either because Harry has a great capacity for love or because his mother sacrificed herself to save him because her love for him was that great. I like these reasons — love is a great thing — but I wish the reason for Harry triumphing over Lord Voldemort was because of something other than love. I mean, other characters are just as giving and caring and loving.
Pick a book with a beautiful cover change.
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
A charming romance novel about the estranged Waverley sisters who reunite. The Waverleys are a quirky bunch and are known for their garden that has an apple tree that bears prophetic fruit. This was such a wonderful read. I was so swept up in the story and the prose that I completed it in a day. I couldn’t get enough. I’m showing it for this category because I prefer this cover to the other of a lady stooping by a pond or something.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves:
Pick a book with a large cast of characters.
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Certainly the Song of Ice & Fire series by George R.R. Martin. There are so many characters in this epic fantasy story that it’s a wonder that I’m able to keep up with them and Martin is able to keep track of them to continue and hopefully complete the story.
Pick a book that put you to sleep.
Dracula by Bram Stoker, illus. by Becky Cloonan
I’ve been reading this book since October last year and I’ve yet to complete it. It’s interesting, it’s atmospheric, and I wanted to read it just to try the classic that has inspired so many vampire books, but OH MY GOSH!!! It bores me to sleep every time. This is probably my second time trying the book.
Red Riding Hood:
Pick a book with a “big bad wolf” in it.
The Devourers by Indra Das
A literary fantasy novel in which a mysterious man shares the fantastic tale of his life with a historian…something like that. The story contains shapeshifters that resemble werewolves that both devour and take on human shape. This was a difficult read for me because it was off-putting in some parts. However, I admired the prose. The book is extremely well written.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:
Pick a book with a world that sucked you in.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, illus. by Jim Kay
Can you tell that I have Harry Potter and my mind and am feeling like rereading the books? There are many fantasy books with worlds that sucked me in as soon as I started reading, but the Harry Potter books were foremost in my mind, especially the fourth book, which is when the world becomes more immersive for me. It’s also my favorite Harry Potter book.