Hey ho! Since it is Valentine’s day I decided to do an anti-Valentine’s day book tag (this has nothing to do with me being single for what is now my 7th year… *internally crying at the injustice*). This book tag was created by Maya at Maayasaurus, so do check her channel out.
So, how this book tag works is that you answer 6 questions and you pair it with a song that either suits your book or a book that was inspired by the song you chose. My playlist isn’t that different from Maya’s own playlist because my taste in music as well as books isn’t diverse enough apparently and thus….
A book featuring a toxic or abusive relationship
I chose It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover and Once and Always by Judith McNaught because both these books have very abusive relationships. In Colleen Hoovers book the protagonist knows its a problem and knows it shouldn’t be tolerated whereas in Judith’s book the abusive behavior is tolerated all because the hero has a sad sob story *barfs*.
A murder mystery or relationship featuring cheating
Song: It Wasn’t Me by Shaggy
Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie goes to this category and it fits both the topics because obviously its a murder mystery AND it is about this dude who is a serial cheater who drops dead and a re-investigation ensues years after he dies.
Your favorite non-canonical OTP
I feel like Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott from the Cormoran Strike series by J.K. Rowling should be together. They suit each other. They accept each other also Robin was having doubts with her marriage (Career of Evil) and I honestly have no idea why she married that douchebag she calls husband I will never know and ugh Strike get some balls and just gooooooo and get her!!!!!
A bookish guilty pleasure
Yeah you guys know my bookish guilty pleasure is my obsession with historical romance. I know I should diversify my reading. Read something else other than historical romance. Heck even read crime fiction but it is hard. They disappoint me man with historical romance. They’re my safety cocoon they rarely disappoint and if they do its usually just a fluke. It happens.
A book completely devoid of romantic relationships
Song: F*ck You by Lily Allen
Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri was chosen because I don’t think there is any romantic relationships in this book. I honestly can’t remember the specifics of this book just that the ending had me SHOOK!
A book featuring self-love or a fiercely independent protagonist
Okay for this one I chose three protagonist and I will be far more concise here than in my video.
- Sabriel (Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix) – I love how she knows what she wants, she knows how to get it and she is relatively unfazed by her surroundings. Yes, you can say she is bland and say she is generic but for a person who can’t get their shit together *COUGHS*ME*COUGHS* this girl is GOALS!
- Lisbeth Salander (Millenium Series by Stieg Larsson) – I love Lisbeth because she is bad ass, a genius, a rebel, misfit and an outcast yet she is also kind, sweet, caring, she got her heart broken in the first book when she realized Mikael didn’t feel for her how she felt for him. She was weak and got sexually assaulted and yet she became strong and got her revenge not only on her perpetrator but everybody that did her wrong. She plays chess with her old caretaker (I forgot the term used in the book) and for me she is so fascinating at how she can be everything yet nothing at the same time. Ya feel me?
- Alanna (The Song of the Lionness by Tamora Pierce) – I read this series when I was a teenager and I just rooted for Alanna all the way. She is just this girl who just wanted to be a Knight. That is it. She worked her ass off to be a Knight. She trained and trained and trained. She gave no excuses for herself. Her being smaller than the others didn’t faze her. I also liked how her relationships evolved over time and how it was okay to have more than just one lover in your lifetime. Your first lover doesn’t have to be THE ONE. Like all her relationships didn’t deter her or distract her from her main focus which was to be a BAD-ASS-KNIGHT!!!!!!