I’ve been on the lookout for some interesting book tags lately, and saw this one over on Stephanie’s Book Reviews, so I decided to do it. I think Stephanie has some great answers, so be sure to go check out her post as well! The tag was originally created by BookTuber Jay G. I’ve always loved birthstones, I think this is a brilliant tag, and I really enjoyed doing it! I’m not going to tag anyone specific, so if you want to do it, consider yourself tagged!
GARNET (JANUARY)- Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies, name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.
Honestly, Professor Umbridge is one of the darkest characters I can think of. Yes, even more than Voldemort. She’s pure evil.
AMETHYST (FEBRUARY)- Purple is associated with royalty, name a book with regal qualities…You can base your choice on characters or choose the king (or queen) of all books.
For this one, I’m going with A Darker Shade of Magic, because royalty plays a huge role in that series. And if you haven’t read it yet, what are you doing?
AQUAMARINE (MARCH)- Washed out, name a ‘wishy washy’ character, a character who is not strong or is a follower.
It took me a while to come up with a character I think is weak, but I’m going with Richard from The Secret History. Definitely a follower.
DIAMOND (APRIL)- A diamond in the rough, name a book that you loved but is not well known.
This is almost always my answer for questions like this, but: Language of the Bear by Nathanael Green and Evan Ronan. This book was an unexpected favorite, and one more people should definitely read!
EMERALD (MAY)- Said to balance energy, name two characters who balance each other well.
Darrow and Mustang from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy. The fact that they balance each other so well is integral to the plot, and one of my favorite parts of the story. (Love that I could use one of my favorite books for the question about my birthstone!)
PEARL (JUNE)- Associated with loyalty, name a character who is loyal to the end.
Easy: Neville Longbottom.
RUBY (JULY)- Blood red, name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry.
I’ve mentioned this a few times, but, for some reason, Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy really made my blood boil. I hated it, but still read the entire thing. Don’t ask me why. I didn’t hate the writing, but the story was just too juvenile for me, and there were a lot of things that didn’t make sense.
PERIDOT (AUGUST)- It pales in comparison to other gems, name a supporting character who you like better than the main character.
In The Circle, I liked most of the secondary characters more than the main character, Mae. My favorite was probably Kalden.
SAPPHIRE (SEPTEMBER)- Blue like the ocean which is calming, name a book that had a calming affect on you.
One book that always makes me feel warm and cozy is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I read it every year or so, and it makes me feel amazing every time.
OPAL (OCTOBER)- Iridescent, name an iridescent book; this can be with a beautiful cover (shiny, colorful) or you can base it off a character (quirky? unique?).
My special edition of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere is so shiny! It’s green leather with a gorgeous gold geometric print. I love it! (I got it from Easton Press in case anyone was wondering.)
TOPAZ (NOVEMBER)- Associated with resilience, name a book with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity.
Since it’s still fresh in my mind, I’m going to say August from This Savage Song. I really love the journey he goes through in that book.
BLUE ZIRCON (DECEMBER)- Associated with friendship, name a book with a friendship you want to be a part of.
Obviously, the golden trio from Harry Potter. I just really want to live in those books, okay?
I’d love to hear what your birthstones are, and what book you’d choose for that question, so let me know in the comments!