I’ve been tagged to do this a few times now. It’s a lengthy tag, hence why it took me so long to get to it, but it was so much fun to do! So thanks to Mandy at Book Princess Reviews and to Grace at Grace Gets Books for the tags. Please check out their site if you have the time – you won’t be disappointed!!

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SNOW WHITE (THIS BOOK, LIKE THE MOVIE, STARTED IT ALL) –  Favourite debut book from an author 

It still blows me away that this was Sarah J Maas’s debut novel! Not to mention the fact that she started writing this series when she was only a teenager!! It started my complete, head over heels obsession with her and she will forever remain one of my favourite authors ever! Other debut novels I loved are Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling, The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, and Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

CINDERELLA (A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH) – Just like Cinderella, you either didn’t expect much out of this character in the beginning but turned out to be a total gem

Shazi from The Wrath and the Dawn. I don’t hide the fact that I assumed I would hate this book. It was a retelling of a story I wasn’t all that familiar with and it had been getting great reviews so I picked it up. But my assumption was that she would be weak and blinded by insta-love. SOOO not the case! She was strong, feisty, determined and so much more. I absolutely loved her on every level!! Other characters that turned out to be gems were: Iko from the Lunar Chronicles, Kvothe from The Name of the Wind, and Ronan from the Raven Cycle series

AURORA (SLEEPING BEAUTY) – A book that makes you sleepy or just couldn’t hold your attention

I wanted to love this book. I really did. I loved the Twilight series and I loved The Host even more! The Host was actually one of the first books that made me cry! But this one missed the mark with me. I couldn’t relate to either the story or the characters and found myself falling asleep as I tried to read it. I pushed through just to say that I read it but it was one of the biggest struggles of my bookish life. Sorry, not a fan of this one! A few others I struggled through were An Abundance of Katherines by John Green and Slade House by David Mitchell.

ARIEL (UNDER THE SEA) – A book with a water/ocean setting

This tag made me realize that unfortunately this is the only book that I’ve read with an ocean or water setting!!! This makes me so sad! I love water and the ocean. In fact, I love it so much that I have a tattoo on my leg that starts at my toes and almost reaches my knee that is dedicated to water! Someone please help me fix this – I am totally open to any recommendations for books with a water/ocean setting! Life of Pi was a good book though 🙂

BELLE (BEAUTY AND THE BOOKS) – Name a book with the best bookworm/book lover

Lazlo from Strange the Dreamer. He was such a sweet and genuine character as a whole, but the fact that he was so obsessed with books brought him even closer to my heart! His obsession with books and knowledge was so infectious. Not to mention Laini Taylor’s descriptions of the library – so beautiful! There are so many quotes that I found myself relating to in this book. For example:

“What’s a horizon?” Lazlo asked, straight faced. “Is it like the end of an aisle of books?”

Most of the time that’s the only horizon I see too Lazlo! LOL Another bookworm in books are Beauty from Hunted (go figure)

JASMINE (THE THIEF AND THE PRINCESS) – Name a book with an unlikely love story (either in terms of romance or a book you didn’t expect to love so much)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. From reading the synopsis I knew that I would like it. But I didn’t expect to LOVE it! The writing was so incredible that the setting of the circus has stayed with me. The colours, the lights, the magic, the smells – everything! I even had dreams about the circus for weeks after reading it! A few other books I didn’t expect to love are Cinder by Marissa Meyer, the Martian by Andy Weir and the Illuminae Files series by Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

POCAHONTAS (THE REAL LIFE PRINCESS) – Name a book that is based on a real life person you want to/have read

Candy Girl is written by Diablo Cody and documents her year as a stripper. If she sounds familiar it’s because she’s the woman behind the famous movie Juno! I wonder how much of this book is really truthful, but I don’t really care. It’s just SOOOOO funny! Other books based on real people are I am Malala, Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, and The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory. A book I want to read is Finding Me by Michelle Knight – written about her time in captivity in Cleveland.

MULAN (THE PRINCESS THAT SAVED HER COUNTRY) – Name the fiercest heroine you know

It has to be Aelin Galathynius/Celaena Sardothien!! I try not to mention the same book twice in a tag but I had to – she’s just so bad ass! There are so many characters you read about that start off weak, timid, and unassuming, but not her! She was a trained assassin from the beginning and morphed into the Queen of Kick Ass as the series progresses. Another insanely fierce heroine is in this book as well! Manon, leader of the 13. Is she really a heroine, you ask? She is in my eyes! Other fierce heroines I would like to mention are: Hermoine Granger (Harry Potter of course), Inej (Six of Crows), Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games)

TIANA (THE PRINCESS WITH THE COOLEST AND MOST DIVERSE CREW) – Name a book with a diverse set of characters, or just diverse in general

I don’t think there’s any way to get more diverse than this book. There were humans, multiple alien species, skin, scales, feathers, bisexuality, gay, transgender (in a way), non specified genders, and so much more! Almost no one in this book was the same as any other. I went into this one expecting a space adventure (which I did get) but it was more a story about societies with so many differences working together, loving and accepting each other. Other diverse reads include – You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner, Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

RAPUNZEL (LET YOUR LOOOOONG HAIR DOWN) – Name the longest book you’ve ever read

Under the Dome by Stephen King – this thing is so heavy I could use it as a weapon!! It only took me about 4 days to finish all 1,074 pages of this book. I expected that it would take me months! But I was so into the story that I didn’t pay attention to the page numbers and breezed through this as fast as I could. Three other long books I’ve read are – The Name of the Wind – 672 pages, City of Heavenly Fire – 725 pages, Winter – 823 pages

 MERIDA (I DETERMINE MY OWN FATE) – A book where there is no love story is one isn’t needed

This book is probably in my top 3 of all time favourite books. I loved the story and the characters more than I can explain in words. If there was an element of romance in it then I don’t think there would have been such an impact. Not to mention it’s a story about a very young girl. There were hints of a crush but it was harmless and never amounted to anything. Another book with little to no romance is The Help by Katherine Stockett.

ANNA/ELSE (FROZEN HEARTS) – A book in a winter/cold setting

Wow this was a hard one too! I didn’t realize how many books aren’t set in the winter months. City of Thieves by David Benioff is not only set in the winter season but it’s also set in Northern Russia which boasts some of the coldest climates on Earth at times. This was also only one of two books on my shelf that has snow on the cover! Another book that I thought of was Good Morning Midnight, which is set in Alaska (partially)

MOANA (HOW FAR I’LL GO) – A character that goes on a journey

Mia from the Calendar Girl series was the first thing that popped into mind. This is very much NOT a YA book. It’s an erotic romance series but it’s the best written romance series I’ve ever read! Mia goes on a journey in every sense of the word. She has to pay off her fathers gambling debts so she takes a job working for her aunt as an escort. She’s to take on a new client every month but is not required to “get personal”. Throughout her year as an escort she travels all over the US – LA, Miami, Chicago, Virginia, NYC and more. But it’s the journey of what she learns about herself during this year that’s just soon beautiful!! This series has taught me so much about myself and my own self confidence.

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Whew! That was a long one! I’m not going to tag anyone because I’ve seen that most people have already done this one. But if you haven’t and it looks like fun, then consider yourself tagged!

Until next time, happy reading!

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