A musical Disney book tag? Count me in!
I found this tag through Kim Chance’s video about three years ago, and I’ve been wanting to fill it out ever since. I haven’t done a writing or book tag in a long while, so I decided to do one again just for fun.
So, get your Disney music playing in the background, and let’s get to it!
1. A whole new world – Pick a book that made you see the world differently.
I think I have to go with “1984” by George Orwell. I read this book my senior year of high school, and at the time, it really opened my eyes to the impact society has on humanity. In school, I had learned about different government systems and ideologies, but this book gave a more human voice to those text book definitions.
Orwell highlights a concern we don’t talk about with societal ideologies, and I think that may be because it’s hard to talk about. With everything in life, there are positives and negatives to everything, and through the characters in this book, we have a view into his perspective on the world. That exposure will inevitably shift the reader’s perspective, and I think it definitely shifted my mind to be more open-minded and inquisitive about society and humanity.
2. Cruella De Vil – Pick your favorite villain.
I usually don’t have favorite villains or villains I love to hate, especially because I enjoy reading about complex people who have a reason behind their evil doings, rather than your typical Disney villain.
With that said, I think my favorite character that just boils my blood would have to be Ambrose Jakis from “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss. As Kvothe’s rival at the university, he is a villain that drives me absolutely insane. If a character gets me to the point where I want to jump into the book to deal with them myself, then they’re a great villain.
I don’t think I can say I love to hate him, but I can definitely tell you, he is the most memorable villain for me.
3. I won’t say I’m in love – Pick a book you didn’t want to admit you loved.
With all the hate it got back in the day, I think the “Twilight” series by Stephanie Meyer would have to be the one book I didn’t want to admit I loved. It became a phenomenon, and yet I couldn’t ignore all the people who made fun and hated the book.
Still, I read the first book in three days. As I grew older and learned more about the writing world, I realized that it was just a teen romance novel. I feel like people were judging it as something more, when if you just read it for the genre it is, it’s a good romance. I’m not ashamed of loving the books now. I have all the books still on my bookshelf.
4. Gaston – Pick a character that you couldn’t stand.
Holden Caulfield from “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger. I just really did not like that book, and Holden was a big reason for it. I know it’s a classic many say you have to read again when you’re older to appreciate it, but I don’t see myself picking up that book again any time soon. Not when there are so many other great books waiting for me to pick them up and read them.
5. Part of your world – Pick a book set in a universe you wish you could live in.
I always find this to be a difficult question to answer, because when we read about these worlds, we see it through the adventures of the protagonist. We often don’t get to see what the average lifestyle is like in that universe.
Still, I’d have to go with the Avatar The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra universe from the comics. Even if I wasn’t a bender, I would just love to travel around the world the way the main characters do and then settle down in Republic City.
6. A dream is a wish your heart makes – describe what the book of your dreams would be like
The book of my dreams is the book with my name on it. I write the stories I want to read, and I write stories in the worlds I dream about. I’m just waiting for the day for my first published book to be in my hand. What a dream come true that will be.
7. Someday my prince will come – What book character would you marry if you could
My heart will always belong to Peeta Mellark from “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. He is probably the first book character I’ve truly swooned after. I love him with Katniss, but if she wasn’t in the picture, I would totally marry him if I could.
8. I see the light – Pick a book that changed your life.
I don’t think I’ve read a book that has truly changed my life, but there is one book that gave me the story I needed in a certain time of my life. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams gave me a new attitude about life when I was going through some major life changes. My life didn’t change because of the book, but the book really helped me cope with the changes that were happening.
9. When you wish upon a star – Pick a book you wish you could reread for the first time.
I have an awful memory, so there are some books that I plan to reread, because I remember loving them, but I can’t exactly remember what happened. If I can remember the ending, though, then it defintiely won’t feel like rereading it for the first time.
With that in mind, I would have to say “The Selection” series by Kiera Cass. I read through those books so fast when they were coming out, and I still remember the story despite how long it’s been since I’ve read them. I remember absolutely loving those books, and I definitely wish I could relive the series for the first time.
10. I just can’t wait to be king – Pick a book with some kind of monarchy in it.
The monarchy in “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi is the perfect root for the problems in Orïsha. Despite the king being solid in his beliefs and hatred against the maji, there is an added complexity to the monarchy with the prince who has magic in his blood and the princess who rebels against her own father. It adds a lot of different layers to the story which makes it all the more enjoyable to read.
11. Colors of the wind – Pick a book with a beautiful colorful cover.
Even though each cover features a monochormatic style, the books of the series all together show a variety of beautiful and colorful covers. The new covers from Robin LaFevers of the “His Fair Assassin” series are absolutely stunning. I’ve been wanting to buy them for so long now. I already have the old cover version of “Grave Mercy,” but I can’t help myself. I’ll probably buy all the new covers just because of how gorgrous they are.
Let me know if a book immediately came to mind for any one of these! I’d love to read about it.