Peculiar Book Tag

I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a zillion years ago when it first came out.

I had mixed feelings.

I want mixed-media books to be better than they often are.

The book starts great, declines in quality, and ends on a sequel hook.



Still, I liked the book and its creepy, off-putting tone.

And…it’s almost Halloween.

Creepy and off-putting sounds perfect to me.

(Thanks to Megan for your post.)


Abandoned House

A book that you once abandoned but then gave another chance and ended up enjoying

Pride and Prejudice, like most classics, bored me to death.

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I was not a teen who inhaled classic literature, which makes me suspicious of Rory Gilmore’s characterization. What teen likes old books that much?

I crammed the book in a single afternoon for a school project and ended up liking it.

Though it’s not my favorite of Austen’s novels, I buy all the copies I can.


Vintage Photographs

A book you would have loved to see illustrations in

I like a good illustration.

I wanted pictures in the original Avalon: Web of Magic books.

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So many exciting things, from unicorns crashing Homecoming to Kara meeting a masked marauder, happened that I wish I could have seen.

The series’ reprint included illustrations.


I mean…not completely.

The art style was pretty cartoony, whereas I preferred the trippy realism of the original covers.

Say there was a re-re-release of this series. Photorealistic art with models, please?

Or like…line drawings?

Take a page from My Lady’s Choosing. That book had great artwork!



A series you wouldn’t mind reading on loop

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Reading The Raven Cycle on loop would be…thematically appropriate…


Peculiar Children

A character’s ability that you desire to have for yourself

I’m jealous of any character with supernatural baking abilities.

Cady from A Tangle of Knots makes everyone she knows the perfect recipe for their personality.

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I want to do that SO BADLY.


Miss Peregrine

Your favorite character that is a leader

While I’m not a fan of Little Women, I’m all about Jo.

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I enjoy enthusiastic tomboys who can talk their friends into anything.

I can relate.



Your favorite story where a regular kid discovers an extraordinary world

I hate to do this twice in one post…

…but here’s the thing:

Finding a forest full of magical creatures as a teenager would have made my life complete.

Emily does just that in Circles in the Stream.

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So many “regular kids” in magical stories are boys.

Emily, a normal girl, meets a giant purple panda who changes her life.




A fierce and fiery character

Yeaaaah, Liraz!

Literally made of FLAME!

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The proud warrior/ice queen trope is kind of my jam.

Listen, internet: all of your fantasy casts for this series are terrible…

…but I would take Gwendoline Christie as Liraz.

You made a great choice there.



A book that seems to be invisible but needs to be read by more people

No one is freaking out about The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You!

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That’s so WRONG!

It’s fun, it’s fluffy, and it’s hilarious. I THOUGHT PEOPLE LIKED THAT IN A BOOK!

It’s. Great.

Buy it. Read it. Cry.



A book you bought that floated to the top of your TBR

I haven’t purchased this book yet.

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I shouldn’t. I need to save money for class.

But I want it.

And it’s only $9.99 at Elliot Bay!

Once I buy Tash Hearts Tolstoy, I’m going to read it.



A book that stung and caused a lot of feelings

Oh, Tiger Lily.

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(This was the retelling I forgot the other day.)

I like Pan. I’m a Pan fan.

By the time I read this book, I’d learned that Christian characters, in books, are almost always bad guys.

That is certainly true here.

My heart is broken.

I reeled with this book’s heaviness for days.

The ending is so sad, but Tiger Lily heals.

Wow…thinking about this book brought up a lot of memories.



Without spoiling, a book character that you would bring back to life

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An awful, unnecessary death occurs toward the end of this book.

I somehow FORGET every time I reread this.

This death ruined a covert ship I had going.

That is unforgivable.



A physically strong character

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Oooh, watch Wolf carry Scarlet in his arms through the forest!

That ability alone shouldn’t be enough to turn me on.

………it is.



A book you read that felt like an experiment gone wrong

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Teens love dystopia, right? And love triangles?

What about terminal illness? Or child marriage?

How do they feel about slavery? Or sister-wives? Or basement corpses?

We’re envisioning a new trilogy, you see…



A book that felt like it consumed tropes that you’ve seen done in other books

How ya been, Eragon? Grand? You felt grand lately?

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As an adult, it’s easier for me to see that Eragon is a fine first effort.

I’m not perfect. I once wrote a hacky, cliched, katana-filled garbage adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.

And Christopher Paolini adapted “Tolkien writes Star Wars” for youngsters.

But his book became a best-seller…and it should not have.

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