Hey!! It’s my birthday week, so I’m celebrating it with a… BOOK TAG WEEK!! 🤣🥳🤪 Guess who’s excited?!
Well, I was going to stick with a tag theme for the week, but… I’m not feeling that. I’m just gonna consult the looooonngg list of book tags I’ve been keeping around and do the first one I see.
— Except for this one. Since it’s my birthday week, I thought I should at least kick it off with something birthday-related. So here’s the Over 30 Book Tag, which was created by booktuber InkNotBlood. I consider myself tagged by my buddy-reader in all things Robin Hobb (and probably Death Gate Cycle, lol) Emily at Embuhleeliest.
Name one of your favorite books that features a protagonist who is 30 years old or older.
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
I thought of The Curse of Chalion before I finished reading the instruction above. It’s such a good story and one of my favorites. The protagonist, Cazaril, is a few years over 30 (I think) when the story begins… (He’s certainly over 30 when it ends.) He is a veteran returning home after serving as a slave aboard a ship and is seeking to retire in peace and quiet work but instead gets swept up in political intrigues and the machinations of the gods. I love the story and what makes it so great was reading from Caz’s perspective. I like his dry humor.
Name a book that represents who you were when you were younger.
Hmm… it’s hard to answer this one with just one book because my childhood was so… diverse (I guess) since I grew up in more than one place and many people helped to raise me.
Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez (illus.)
Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi (illus.)
Both of these are fantasy stories. Nightlights is a middle-grade graphic novel filled with whimsical drawings about a girl with a strong imagination, so strong that some of her illustrations come to life. It’s a sweet story with a tiny hint of creepiness, and it’s beautifully illustrated. It reminds me of how artistic I was as a kid, drawing and inventing stories and sometimes illustrating the stories I wrote and even building houses out of chocolate boxes, which I really loved doing.
Kenny & the Dragon is an illustrated middle-grade novel about a young rabbit who befriends a dragon and learns that not all dragons are fearsome monsters. I had to include this because it reminds me of how carefree my childhood was and how independent I was allowed to be (and had to be) at a very young age.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
This is a YA fantasy novel set in Nigeria about an albino Nigerian-American girl named Sunny who learns that she belongs to a secret society of magical folk called the Leopard People. It’s such a fun read, and I seriously need to get to the second book already. This novel reminds me both of my childhood in Jamaica and my early teen years in the U.S. The setting and culture reminds me of my childhood in JA (actually, some parts made me a bit nostalgic), but Sunny’s feelings of displacement and feeling conflicted about who she is and where she belongs was relatable too to my early teen years.
Name a book that represents where you are in your life now.
Again, I had to choose more than one.
Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen (illus.)
Andersen’s humorous graphic novel is so relatable. Omg! The majority of it is my life laid out in a cartoon panel, lol, or, maybe it’s better to say it’s my internal life laid out. She captures how I feel sometimes, my hang-ups and silly thoughts and even how I sometimes interact with the Jinster (my bro’s cat who I sometimes pet and often take pics of).
Soledad by Angie Cruz
Soledad is a magical realism novel about a young woman who is living on her own but ends up having to move back home when she learns that her mom has fallen ill. I read this back in 2016. I could strongly relate to the protagonist, Soledad, then, and I can strongly relate to her now. Soledad is from a close immigrant family, who moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic. I could relate to her situation: very nosy family members who still see you as a kid sometimes, whose beliefs you don’t always agree with and who often annoy you but you can’t help loving them all the same. *Sigh*
Name a book that represents something that has never changed about you.
Ocean Meets Sky by the Fan Brothers (illus.)
Lol! I’ve included a lot of kids’ books in this over 30 tag.
I chose Ocean Meets Sky, a children’s picture book about a boy remembering what his late-grandfather told him about the magical place, because it’s another story about imagination, and my imagination is one thing about me that has not changed.
Name one of your favorite classics.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
It’s my favorite classic novel. It’s a great story that’s beautifully written and very engaging. I’ve seen the movie, but the structure of the book makes me want to see it acted out on stage. I think it would make a great play.
Name a book you like or would like to read that was published in the year you were born.
So I just chose 3 book that were published the year I was born.
Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon
I believe this was Moon’s first novel. I attempted to read it because I’d heard lots of praises about Moon’s work and wanted to try her stuff starting with her first book. It was a bad decision. The writing here was not good, so I ended up DNF’ing it. It’s a fantasy novel about a young woman who runs away to join the army to avoid having to marry a pig farmer.
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
This is part of the Discworld series and is actually the second book in the Witches subseries. It’s inspired by the Shakespeare play Macbeth and is about the Ramtop witches — Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick — having to meddle in politics because the king, a usurper, is a tyrant. It was a fun read.
Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
Lioness Rampant is the last novel in the Song of the Lioness quartet, a YA fantasy series about a girl who poses as a boy so that she can become a knight. I love these books. They are childhood favorites. I read them over and over in middle school and high school.
That’s it for this tag.
There was no reason for it to be this long, but I’m feeling chatty today, so… yeah.
I tag all my fellow Pisceans.