Lately, I’ve been feeling like I am possibly the only person in the world who isn’t playing Animal Crossing? Who has never played Animal Crossing? I am not really a gamer but I seem to have many, many friends who are, so I always know when things like New Horizons are out, but I never touch them myself.
Anyway. If I keep up the schedule I am planning for myself, this will be the first of a few book tags based on fandoms I have no idea about! Wheee! I wanted to mix things up a bit so it wasn’t always just reviews and Down The TBR Hole all the time.
This book tag was created by Angharad and Becky over at Two Book Thieves and I am shamelessly stealing. So without furth ado, here we go:
Past Villager – Who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart?
I always say Winnie-the-Pooh for these types of questions so I thought I’d mix it up a bit. But apparently I can’t get past the bears of my childhood. Paddington! I love the mischief he gets up to. Even reading this stories as an adult just makes me giddy with delight and happiness. When I visited the UK for the first time in 2013, I got off the airport train at Paddington Station and immediately went to find the Paddington Bear statue.
Blather’s Blatherings – Recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore tells the story of “the war of the currents” between Thomas Edison, commonly considered the inventor of the electric light bulb, and George Westinghouse. It’s told from the perspective of Paul Cravath, Westinghouse’s lawyer, and most of the events described in the book actually took place in one way or another. I kept turning off the audio book to go and google people and events and I learned so much from this book. This is why I’ll take historical fiction over a non-fiction book any day.
Celeste’s Wish – What is a future book release you wish you could read now?
Definitely Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. It’s a fantasy with elements of Moulin Rouge and Phantom of the Opera… gimme now!
Fun story: my phone wasn’t giving me notifications for the email I use for Netgalley for about a month… and when this finally occurred to me and I went in to see what I had missed, there was an invitation from Wednesday Books to join the blog tour for this book… but I’d missed the deadline to sign up. And then they’d already reached their limit on NetGalley so I was declined… so now I have to wait until August? Ugh.
Timmy & Tommy – What is your favourite sibling relationship in a book?
Possibly this is an odd choice given that the Thornthwaite twins, Lorelli and Ovid, send the first thirteen years of their lives trying to kill each other? But deep down, they do care about each other. And they’re not trying to kill each other in the sequel, just dealing with other people trying to kill them. 😛 These books are lot of fun. Big Series of Unfortunate Events vibes, but British.
The Easter Bunny – A popular book character that you’re not a big fan of
Oh gosh I don’t read a lot of popular books (or the popularity has usually died down by the time I get to them, anyway). Does Harry Potter count? Does anyone actually especially like Harry or is everyone on board the “the wizarding world wouldn’t have been saved without Hermione” train?
Nook’s Loans – An author you’d give all your money to
I’m going to go with Patrick Ness for this one. His books can be a little bit hit and miss for me? But generally I have loved them and would take a chance on anything he puts out.
It can be a bit interesting… I loved the Chaos Walking trilogy (in the image) and A Monster Calls, but I DNFed The Crash of Hennington… and I haven’t even tried the whales one (I can’t remember the title. But it’s the Moby-Dick-from-the-whales’-POV one?). And there have been some in the 3-4 star range.
The Sisters Able – What is your favourite fictional family (found or otherwise)?
It’s a C+ – What is a book trope you don’t like that keeps popping up?
Ugh. I hate in romance where the male love interest is a complete jerk but he’s ~sexy~ so the woman falls for him anyway? And puts up with his crap. And often the jerkiness is “justified” because of some ~deep dark past~. Ew.
The Wandering Camel – What is your favourite book set in a land far away from yours?
I absolutely loved Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia-Moreno-Garcia, which is set in 1920s Mexico and California. I felt like I was there. It was wonderful.
What Would Dodos Do? – A fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment?
Growing up in Australia, I’ve always felt like I wanted to be in Narnia when it was always winter and blanketed in snow. It sounded (in the books) and looked (in the 90s TV series) so beautiful. I guess the White Witch was a bit of a problem. So I guess for my answer, I’m saying a regular winter in Narnia. Like when the Pevensies were monarchs. 😂
Well, this was fun! I’m not going to tag anyone but feel free to join in with your own post, or let me know in the comments what your answers would be! I’ll see you soon!