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1. “Tale As Old As Time” – A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored of reading.
Enemies to something more. So many of my favourite pieces of media feature this story line. From the Descendants movies to The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Oh, and Sophie and Howl in Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
I also have a soft spot for time travel. For example, I love Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the time travelling twists.
2. Belle – A book your bought for it’s beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too
I bought the hardcover edition of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo because I thought it looked beautiful- it has rose gold lettering and a stunning cover design. The inside is just as lush (if not more so) because it is illustrated and the stories are sumptuous. You can more about my thoughts on this short story collection in my review.
3. Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you.
This pick might be a surprise to some. I’ve never been shy about discussing my love of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. But did you know that I wasn’t very interested in it when it first came out? I had it on my shelf for ages and only read it around about the same time as the sequel, The Wicked King, came out. At least I didn’t have o wait long to read on once I knew I loved it!
4. Gaston – A book everyone loves that you don’t
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I did not get on with this book at all. I really wanted to love it so my expectations were super high, which did it no favours, unfortunately.
5. Lefou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counter part.
Christopher Chant in Conrad’s Fate by Diana Wynne Jones.
This book is quite a turned around story. It’s part of the Chrestomanci series of which Christopher Chant, being Chrestomanci, is a huge figure.
Christopher certainly behaves like he is the main character in this story but it’s all told from Conrad’s perspective so really Conrad is the main character. This story plays with the idea of untrustworthy narrators. Conrad does not have the right information to interpret what is going on around him correctly, while Christopher runs around on his own private mission. It’s a very interesting character dynamic.
Like Conrad, I found Christopher super interesting and mysterious and I love how his involvement helps turn everything Conrad believes on it’s head by the end. I love them both but having read the rest of the series I love the insight this book gives into Christopher’s life and how he can functions as a side character to other people’s stories.
6. Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumier & Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable
I have a lot of different answers for this question. The most recent example, however, is Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn. This was my fluffy and safe escape during a difficult time.
7. “Something There” – A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. I struggled with this one when I started reading it. It was taking me forever to get through. But at some point I started whizzing through the pages. By the end I had quite a high opinion of it and what it’s doing. Check out my review for more of my thoughts.
8. “Be Our Guest” – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner
Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle. In particular the book version who is a mysterious wizard on the outside and a cowardly modern day Welshman on the inside.
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