I’m resurrecting an old book tag back from the days when people had fond feelings about Pixar.
A book where you wanted the characters to come to life
The Castle in the Attic was one of my favorite childhood reads.
In it, a tiny toy knight COMES TO LIFE and begs the protagonist for help.
I wanted to help Sir Winthrop!
I wanted him to shrink me with a magic amulet (or sigil or whatever) so I could join his quest!
A Bug’s Life
Big beautiful butterfly. Name a character that goes through a wonderful transformation or development arc
(Spoilers for Fruits Basket)
Both Kyo and Yuki learn to be vulnerable.
They admit to being jealous of the other.
They don’t become friends, exactly, but they set aside their feud for good.
This series is FULL of transformations.
It’s sad and fluffy and wonderful.
Please read it.
Name a book where a strong or scary character develops a soft spot for someone else
IOREK BYRNISON, KING OF THE BEARS, BEFRIENDS A SMALL CHILD AND DOES EVERYTHING HE CAN TO PROTECT HER.
I am somewhat gratified that he dislikes Will.
Will is the WORST.
P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. Name a book that has an address or other quote within that’s been burned into your memory forever
WE ACCEPT THE LOVE WE THINK WE DESERVE.
I SWEAR, IN THAT MOMENT, WE WERE INFINITE.
There’s a really sad poem in The Perks of Being a Wallflower that I haven’t memorized, but I think about it from time to time.
The last lines are hard to forget.
Name the coolest book family
The family Patrick Ness sets up in The Knife of Never Letting Go doesn’t last very long, but I love it anyway.
Ben and Cillian raised Todd after his parents pass. That’s love!
My utopian dream is working on a farm with a couple of dads and a talking dog.
1,2 and now 3. Name a book that keeps getting sequels that you feel are not needed
I can’t think of a single long-term fantasy series that this prompt applies to.
Not a one.
Nobody writing prequels out here or anything.
I would really love if authors tried new things instead of beating a dead franchise horse, hello J. K. Rowling, I am TALKING to YOU.
Name a book whose main character is not a human nor a humanoid figure
Technically the main character of Stealing Thunder is a human, but a horse is heavily featured.
AND WHAT A HORSE IT IS.
I think this book qualifies as a thriller.
It’s been years since I read it.
Name a book that made you feel lonely
Reading a moving romance makes me VERY AWARE of my singleness.
I want what these characters have…minus the drama, hurdles, and shitty friends.
Call Me By Your Name made me miss the longing that comes with romance.
Andre Aciman nails the emotional torture of yearning.
Name a book whose characters you became very quickly emotionally invested in
William, a nobleman, and Emma, a maid, fall in love.
As soon as I met this couple, I wanted them to find happiness.
William’s father immediately conspires to keep them apart.
Then Emma’s boss dies and she’s sent away.
Then William gets engaged to someone else.
I have never screamed more while reading a manga.
Name a book with a strong mother/daughter relationship
Miss Havisham isn’t Estella’s actual mother, but she does raise Estella to be a maneater.
Just two bitter women out here destroying men.
Someone is going to write a YA feminist retelling one day and I will FLIP FOR IT.
Name a book that you would say could be one of your core memories
This first book isn’t a traditional book.
There aren’t stories of any kind.
It’s literally a giant book with pictures and words…from Disney.
My brothers and I LOVED this book. We made our parents “read” it to us all the time.
One of my favorite books OF ALL TIME came out when I was four.
I read The Carousel by Liz Rosenberg with illustrations by Jim LaMarche (my favorite children’s illustrator) dozens of times.
It’s magic, it’s about sisters, and it’s a grief book.
The sisters visit an old carousel and the horses come to life.
The narrator rides a dapple-gray beauty.
I was obsessed with dapple-gray horses for years afterward.
This next book isn’t as much of a core memory, but I’ve been trying to find it for years and I finally did it.
Turns out my man Jim LaMarche is not only prolific, but he illustrated my favorite book from the year 2000.
The Raft is gorgeous and magical and takes place during the summer.
I am the LEAST outdoorsy person alive and I still love this book.
After reading it, I wanted to live on a lake for a summer and befriend many a woodland creature.
This tag brought up a lot of memories.
I now feel like listening to One Direction and eating comforting snacks.
And no one can stop me.