Yep, it’s Day 3 of BOOK TAG WEEK!!
And this time, I’m doing the February Book Tag — in March. But let’s pretend it’s still February. I mean, if February had the usual 30/31 days, we’d still be in February, so it fits, right?
Anyway, the February Book Tag was created by Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog.
The shortest month of the year: A short story or novella that you would like everyone to know about
The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb
If you are a fan of Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series but haven’t yet read this novella, I highly recommend you do… after at least completing the Farseer trilogy. This novella helps explain why the Wit magic system became taboo in the Six Duchies.
Valentine’s Day: Your favourite romance novel
Unteachable by Leah Raeder
I believe it’s new adult romance about an 18-year-old girl who has an affair with her high-school teacher. I really liked the story, and I think I’ve reread it at least once (or attempted to). I wonder if I’d love the story as much if I should reread it now.
Leap Year — ‘One Ring to Rule Them All’ — The year for proposing: A book with your favourite couple
Ista & Illvin from Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
Peat reminded me of these two in a recent post he did. The development of their relationship is probably the most level-headed and adult one I’ve read in a while, despite their circumstances. Paladin of Souls is the second novel in what’s becoming one of my favorite fantasy series.
Romeo: Could be a book boyfriend, could be your favourite male character
My mind is still on the world Paladin of Souls is set in, so I’m going with Caz for this. He’s the protagonist in the first book, Curse of Chalion, which is about a veteran returning home in search of rest and peace but gets caught up in political intrigues instead. That and much more. I just can’t do it justice.
Juliet: Could be a book girlfriend, could be your favourite female character
Nanny Ogg from the Discworld series
Mostly because I just want to mention Nanny Ogg. She’s from the Witches books in the Discworld series and is one of the most fun characters I’ve read about. The Discworld is a fantasy series set on a flat world that lies atop the backs of four elephants standing on top of a huge turtle that’s soaring through space.
Love Triangle: Love it or hate it
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
I hate love triangles. The only novel I didn’t mind it in was Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes, a YA fantasy novel I read years ago. Now I wonder if I’d be annoyed if I should reread it now.
Enemies to lovers
Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
If I remember correctly, this is an enemies-to-lovers romance. It’s the first novel in the Winston Brothers series, of which each book is about one of the brothers. I forgot how many there are. The books are all set in Tennessee. I’ve only read two of them so far, but both were enjoyable.
Sweet like chocolate: A book that is positively delicious
Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O’Neill (illus.)
Any one of the Tea Dragon books are sweet reads. They are great if you want something light, quick, and cute. They are middle grade graphic novel fantasy series about miniature dragons that grow tea leaves from their horns.
A Rose by Any Other Name: A book with a romance that you didn’t expect
Cari and Miren in The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan
Not that what they had was romance, but the connection was still unexpected. I assume that the sexual connection is due to a deeper connection they share (which would be spoilery to mention), but it’s still weird.
A book that broke your heart
Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb
It’s the last book in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy and the last book in the larger Realm of the Elderlings series, and for that it broke my heart, not to mention all the stuff that happens in it.