Hello and welcome to the Mean Girls’ book tag! Thanks to Ari from The Daydreaming Bookworm for tagging me. I’ve had this pending for a while and absolutely loved the questions, so I hope you do too. 🙂
1) Which fictional character’s names did you get completely wrong?
This is perhaps really dumb but I can’t seem to correctly spell Lo-Melkhiin from A Thousand Nights. Every time I typed his name (and this time too) I’ve had to Google it and then copied-and-pasted it so I got it right. I keep forgetting what letter comes first in the second half of his name. L? K? H?
2) Which character would you like to place in a fictional world from another book or series?
God, I am the worst at these types of questions. Permission to skip? Okay. Okay. D:
3) Repetition. Repetition. Which book gave you dejavu of another book whilst reading it?
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard reminds me of tons of other YA books (The Selection, The Hunger Games, Red Rising), and not in a good way.
4) Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?
I’ve mentioned this time and time again but Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt. It’s not the main character, necessarily, but her mother absolutely angers me as she’s responsible for gems such as this and does not get called out for it:
“Mallory, did you give a piece of yourself to this boy? It only takes one bad act to ruin a girl’s reputation.”
Personally, it’s absolutely wrong and damaging to teach women that our worth is only in what we should be holding back from giving men (i.e. sex, virginity, and the like). It cheapens the progress that we’ve made in the past few decades and makes the progress we still have to make that much more difficult.
5) Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate has a whole cast of characters for whom I feel like cheering… and yup, all seven.
6) How long do you typically spend at a book shop?
Half an hour to an hour, just browsing the shelves and going from book to book? Many of my dates have involved unplanned excursions to the bookshop or occasionally the library — I’m thankful my boyfriend also likes to read and some of our books overlap. 😛
7) Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?
This is a hard question. In all truth, I don’t like any character enough to badger them and spend all my time on them, but that’s not a fun answer. Maybe Charles Xavier from X-Men? He has a crazy scary superpower but he also thinks very idealistically and wants to do right by the world. I’d follow him. 😛
8) Which overhyped book were you cautious about reading?
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. And for good reason, too–I ended up not liking it at all, although I did continue with the series. I now have mixed feelings about the book: I dislike the main character so much that I want to give up on her and her story already, but I care for the other characters and really want them to be okay. 😦
9) We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.
Not from a book, but does anyone also love to hate X-Men’s Magneto? His powers are crazy amazing, he’s really quite violent and has no care for other people, but his love for the theatrics makes me laugh out loud almost every time. Also, I think Michael Fassbender is kind of cute.
10) Your favorite fictional parent.
Molly Weasley, no question. Warm and ridiculously loving towards her many children. ❤
11) Which book or series would you love to catch on?
I feel like answering this question might jinx just about any book into oblivion. Uhhh. SKIP!
12) Describe your ideal character to read about!
Oh dear. There’s no single perfect combination of personalities, likes, dislikes, views and beliefs, but I’m generally fond of characters who are:
- Flawed. They make mistakes or are terrible people. They may (or may not) try to make amends.
- Complex. They doubt themselves. They question their feelings and choices. They may be sometimes inconsistent the way real people are sometimes inconsistent.
- Imperfect. They suck at certain thing and admit it. Perhaps the odds are stacked against them.
- Strong. By this I mean knowing when they have to make difficult choices, and knowing when to depend on themselves and when to depend on others. ❤
13) What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of ‘the feels’?
I discuss it with my cousin and more occasionally my boyfriend; both have been so patient in listening to my rants and ramblings despite not always being interested in the kind of books that I read.
Other than that, I write a review. It’s usually unnecessarily long and doesn’t get to the point, after which I cut it down because hell, who would want to read 1,500 words of my word-vomit?
14) Which characters one lines would you love to claim for your own?
Let’s get this out of the way: I don’t tend to remember quotes very well. Oops. Sorry. 😛
15) Name a character’s decision that has made you roll your eyes.
Goodness. SO MANY, but I’m going to go with the King and Queen in Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen.
They granted Mare’s request for her family to be given an allowance and for her brothers to be brought home from war–it’s nice, to be sure, but they’re technically supposed to be evil and cruel and heartless, and honestly? Mare would probably have a lot more to risk if they had held her family’s safety as a threat in a true display of Villainy 101. Always go for the family. Always.
- Marina @ Tiny Reads
- Jacquie @ Rattle the Stars
- Kirstie @ Upside-Down Books
- Claire @ Cup of Books
- Jolien @ The Fictional Reader
- Ishita @ Bookmyopia
- Jorelene @ Page Chronicles
Feel free to ignore this tag if you have done it or can’t be bothered, but otherwise enjoy! Happy weekend, loves. ❤