High school. It’s great, isn’t it? (Cue the uproarious laughter.) Hormones making you do stupid things, classes you can’t remember why you’re taking (why did I put myself in Advanced Functions?), and somehow nobody has broken out into song and dance AT ANY POINT SO FAR? High School Musical lied to me, my friends.
Lies. All lies. (So far. There are three months left. I’m holding out hope.)
But at least they inspire fun books tags! Thank you to Alienor @ Meet the Book World for tagging me. Her post is here, so be sure to check that out. And the tag was created by Namitha @ TeenMemoir and Jasmine @ How Useful It Is, so be sure to give their blogs a gander as well. Ready?
A+ On The Test!
What book or character made you smile?
Everything about The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon was absolutely adorable. Natasha! Daniel! The Korean karaoke! Reading it made my heart glow like I was a character on Jane the Virgin.
A fictional family you want to be part of
Wow. There really aren’t that many alive families in fiction. And when they are alive, they tend to be the worst. But the Soria family from All the Crooked Saints was so beautiful and loving (plus they can perform magical miracles), that I couldn’t help wanting to be a part of it.
A book that tries to make a difference
I’m not sure what kind of Student Body Presidents you guys had, but they definitely were cooler than mine. (Not to say anything against my presidents. There’s just a difference between organizing a movie night and making a difference.) But I think that The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis makes a difference. It’s a hard-hitting look at rape culture and what it’s like to be a girl that really rang true for me. It’s a difficult book to read, but it’s an important one too.
High School Sweetheart
A book character you have a crush on
James Mycroft from Every Breath by Ellie Marney. He’s British, he’s a know-it-all, he’s a mini Sherlock, but he’s also so brave and loyal and his feeeeeeelings and that’s it, I’m done, take me, I’m yours.
A book with a beautiful cover
This question know what I really look for in a book. There are so many, but a recent love is The Hazel Wood. It’s so intricate and whimsical and dark and beautiful and okay you can hear me drooling through your screen.
A book you can always turn to when you need an escape
The Hating Game. It’s fast, it’s fluffy, and, best of all, none of the characters are in mortal peril, which most of my favourite books put their characters in. Perfect de-stresser.
Book characters you want to have lunch with
It would be awesome to have lunch with the Dregs. Come on. They’re just such a great team. Kaz would find some cool location that’s barely this side of sketchy, Inej would be the best for sorting out all your teenage angst with, Jesper would always have a fun idea for what to do after school, Matthias would have all his homework done so you could sneakily copy off him, Wylan would give great hugs, and Nina, naturally, would bring everybody waffles.
A character you would like to be for one day
It would be awesome to be Lila Bard from V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series for a day. She’s super badass, knows what she wants and goes after it, and also happens to become a pirate. Hell yes.
A villain you want to go to school with
Once again, I have no clue what your high schools are like to make you want to go to school with the bullies, but alright, I’ll play ball. And, really, was there ever going to be an answer that wasn’t The Darkling? I know, I know, this is my second Leigh Bardugo book on this list, but I can’t help it. She sure can write a sexy villain.
A book with a bittersweet conclusion
Oh boy. Graduation. It looms on the horizon and I’m still over here hiding going pshaw, ’tis not a real thing. Cause, as terrible as high school can be, what the frickity frack am I actually going to do with myself once it’s over. But I’m getting off topic. If I think of a book that perfectly captures the uncertainty and excitement and sadness and, yes, bittersweetness that I’m sure I’m going to feel, it’s The Graveyard Book. “It’s a kids’ book!” they said. “It’s a fun story about a boy raised by ghosts!” they said. No. No. It’s so beautiful and transcendant and the ending is just the perfect mix of hope and sadness and JUST READ IT AND BE HAPPY BUT ALSO SO SAD OH MY GOD IT’S SO GOOD.
Tagging other people
Okay, so I changed the title of this category to make it fit more, but it was boring old “I tag…” before and I am being creative, folks.
THE RULES are as follows
b) Thou shalt answer the questions. (With pictures, if thou so wish.)
c) Thou shalt tag about 5 more people. (Unless thou art a small blog who does not have a lot of mutuals, in which case thou shalt tag, like, two.)
You, if this tag sounds like it would be fun for you!