I was tagged by Casey @ AdoptaBookAUS to do the Beauty and the Beast Book Tag 😀 Please all check out her awesome blog, her posts are always just amazing.
Tale as old as time – a popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored of reading
I know I mainly read fantasy and scifi, but you can never go wrong with a good murder mystery. Combine it with magic like the Peter Grant series, pump it full of story book characters like the Nursery Crime series, or give me Sherlock Holmes (or a book based on Sir Doyle’s work)… I do enjoy a good puzzle.
Belle – a book you bought for it’s beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too
Classics are my standard cover buys. Books I know I will read some day, but not necessarily now… until I see some beautiful print.
However, I have used this answer in so many tags already… so I will say something different now.
Trilogía Victoriana by Félix J. Palma (although I haven’t read the third book yet). I saw this cover and spotted H.G. Wells in the blurb, and I was sold. And these books turned out to be so so amazing.
This rollicking page-turner with a cast of real and imagined literary characters and cunning intertwined plots stars a skeptical H.G. Wells as a time-traveling investigator.
Characters real and imaginary come vividly to life in this whimsical triple play of intertwined plots, in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence.
Beast – a book you didn’t expect much from but was pleasantly surprised
I am currently reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I expected it to be a decent read. It must be a classic for a reason right? On the other hand, this was written 200 years ago, so maybe not completely up to modern standards… But I am absolutely loving it!
Gaston – a book everyone loves that you don’t
Don’t kill me please… but I have flung Throne of Glass against the wall more than ones. This was probably because I had the wrong expectations. I was promised a kick-ass assasin lady who has to compete in a dangerous test to gain her freedom. Yet, the lady doesn’t kick any asses, we get to read hardly anything of the tests, but instead we constantly get to see her swoon over two guys and worry about her looks. People die all around the castle but who cares about that,we just want to read about how pretty Celaena is.
Lefou – a loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counter part
I love Pippin from The Lord of the Rings. Sure, they could probably have finished their quest without him, but it would have been nowhere near as fun… He brings it all back down to earth. He isn’t perfect like Aragorn and Legolas. And all this fighting and being important is great, but what about a decent meal and a good drink? He is not your standard hero, but he definitely is one. He overcomes his fears to protect the simple things, he cares about all the individual lives instead of the survival of the whole group.
Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumiere & Cogsworth – a book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable
I cannot come up with a book that has taught me something valuable at the moment. But… Terry Pratchett never fails to put a smile on my face and make me laugh out loud. The things he wrote were so geniusly witty.
Something there – a book or series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end
I just finished Micro by Michael Crichton. This was the second try, I had to give up after a 100 pages on the first go. It is still not amazing, but certainly entertaining. I wrote a review in which I explain my thoughts on it.
Be our guest – a fictional character you would love to have over for dinner
Only one? Let’s make this a party…
- Mina Harker (Dracula) because she is one of the most amazing woman ever. Van Helsing may be the great vampire hunter but without her they would be lost. Also, she has been bitten by Dracula several times, but survived!
- Fred and George Weasley (Harry Potter) for some fun and jokes
- Lightsong the Bold (Warbreaker) because, he is a god… and he is really really witty
- Nanny Ogg (Witches Abroad) to make sure everyone drinks enough
- Sherlock Holmes to raise the level of intellect
- Mulch Diggums (Artemis Fowl) so that I am not the shortest at the party. And he has got some tricks up his sleeve
Oke, it may turn into a bit of a weird party. But those are the best
And I tag everyone whose name starts with a ‘B’… and everyone else who feels like doing this. It is a Lot of fun!