I am currently in a MASSIVE reading slump. Which basically means I’ve been playing a lot of Animal Crossing New Horizons. I had no idea what I was doing when I got the game (and bought my first Switch) at the end of March, so I recently erased all of my save data and started completely from scratch. Still not quite back where I was, but I’m coming in with some idea of how to actually play this game, so my island is in a much better place.
Since I had nothing planned for today’s post, I thought it might be fun to embrace the Animal Crossing and do the Animal Crossings New Horizons Book Tag created by Two Book Thieves. Full disclosure: I am going to go right back to playing Animal Crossing the second this is over (I’m trying to get some villagers to leave).
Past Villager – Who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart?
This one is hard, because the character that came to mind first is from a book/series I am no longer mentioning on this blog. Next one up on the list is from what is probably my very first favorite book: Max from Where the Wild Things Are. This book just still has so much nostalgia for me. I love it so much. I think, in a way, I wanted to be Max when I was a child. The idea of being able to escape home for someplace magical is probably what fueled my love of books. And it all started here.
Blather’s Blatherings – Recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read
Let me just say, I love Blathers so much! Maybe because I just adore any and all museums. This is not an easy question – I’ve read so many wonderful historical fiction novels. But, as for one I think everyone should read, I have to do with Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Not only is this just an absolutely brilliant and wonderful book, it does a great job of illustrating the black experience throughout history in America. I’ll be recommending this to everyone for a very long time.
Celeste’s Wish – What is a future book release you wish you could read now?
I don’t think it has an official release date yet (maybe next year?), but I would give ANYTHING to read The Seven Sisters by Neil Gaiman. Which is the sequel to one of my favorite books of all-time, Neverwhere. It’s literally the answer I give when someone asks what my favorite book is. I cannot wait!
Timmy & Tommy – What is your favourite sibling relationship in a book?
The first literary siblings that came to mind are the Pevensies from The Chronicles of Narnia. I really love how they stick together, but also forgive each other for mistakes (Edmund). They are so different, but you really get that they love each other unconditionally. This is another book that really impacted my childhood and let me escape into a wonderful world that I am still in love with. (I actually went to Narnia earlier this year – at least where they shot the film – and it was breathtakingly beautiful and one of the highlights of my entire life).
The Easter Bunny – A popular book character that you’re not a big fan of
I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like Bunny Day! Really hope that the other holidays are less annoying. Anyway, I feel like I’m going to get some hate for this, but Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass. I read Throne of Glass and did not really enjoy it. Calaena annoyed the hell out of me, and I am very disinterested in continuing this series. I also realize that SJM is pretty problematic, too (but no one seems to want to talk about that).
Nook’s Loans – An author you’d give all your money to
Can I choose them all? This is too hard! Fine, I will go with Victoria Schwab. I love her and her books and she is just a genuinely good human being (I’ve actually met her and it was amazing). It makes me so happy to see that she’s able to do so well with her books. She deserves it.
The Sisters Able – What is your favorite fictional family (found or otherwise)?
Oddly enough, the first one that came to mind was The Bennets from Pride and Prejudice. Yes, they are insane. But, in a way, they kind of remind me of my own family. Crazy, narcissistic, outspoken, embarrassing mother? Check. Dad who’s kind of the background, but is always supportive? Check. Lots of sisters, including some who are a little too much? Check. (Okay, I only have two sisters, but one of them definitely reminds me of Lydia. I am obviously Elizabeth.) Honestly, reading this book made me feel a little better about my own family, so they’ll always have a place in my heart.
It’s a C+ – What is a book trope you don’t like that keeps popping up?
I’m not sure this counts as a trope, but one thing I would like to never see again is authors using diversity (in any form) as a selling/plot point. I have seen so many times where the fact that a character is LGBT+ is a “spoiler” or the “look I’m a white author and have one black or disabled side character, I’m being inclusive!” thing. While I totally appreciate that there needs to be stories about people struggling with their sexuality or diverse characters fighting against being marginalized, I also really love stories where a character is just gay or black and it isn’t a whole “thing”, they just live their lives like the rest of the characters are allowed to. I absolutely love seeing books that have LGBT+ characters with absolutely no romance in them. Or ethnically diverse characters that are treated like white characters have been for so many years (as in, they just exist in a world that mirrors our own). Books should reflect the world we live in, and that world is wonderfully diverse, books should be, too. Ok, rant over.
The Wandering Camel – What is your favourite book set in a land far away from yours?
Honestly, most of my all-time favorite books are set in lands far away from mine. So, I decided to choose a recent read that I absolutely loved and is not set in Europe. Because we should all read more books that aren’t set in the US or Western Europe. I’m going with Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, which is set in Japan. I was a little late to the party on this one, but it was totally worth it. I absolutely loved this book!
What Would Dodos Do? – A fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment?
Right now, pretty much any of them, if we’re being totally honest. Normally, my answer to this would be Narnia. But, since I have already been there (kind of), I honestly think Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings would be pretty cool! More specifically, The Shire. Since that seems a lot safer in general. Not really in a hurry to visit Mordor.
That’s it for this tag! I hope you enjoyed this post! Now, I’m going back to playing Animal Crossing! Let me know if you play, too – I definitely need some more Animal Crossing friends!