Category: Blog Tag

The Beauty & The Beast Book Tag

Posted October 17, 2019 by Fictional Fox in Blog Tag / 0 Comments

This tag is from a blog called Kirsty and the Cat Read. Check out Kirsty’s blog for more info!

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.

Feel free to try this tag yourself!

Lauren x

The Autumn Tag

Posted October 9, 2019 by Fictional Fox in Blog Tag / 0 Comments

Today I will be answering the prompts Jenn created for her Autumn blog tag. Check out the link for more info about Jenniely’s Autumn Tag and feel free to respond to the tag on your own blog (or on any other social media space) x

1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

This is a great question. I have a lot of comfort reads that each calm me down in a particular way.

The book that has been on my comfort read list for the longest time, though, would probably be Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. I have a soft spot for time travel story lines. I also loved that Harry’s circle of found family grew in this volume and that he got to reconnect with his parents through the memories of his father’s best friends.

I also have fond memories of reading this book late into the night. I remember being caught by my parent’s and told to go to sleep more than once 😛 . I’m so glad I managed to convince my mum to buy this for me from Tesco all those years ago.

2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favourite creative outlet?

Writing. I love writing stories. When I was a teenager and not enjoying school I spent a lot of time distracting myself by writing radio play scripts, fan fiction, short stories and poems.

I have two writing projects simmering at the moment. One involves faerie court politics and the other is a twist on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

Moving somewhere new. On the one hand you have to say goodbye to friends and places but on the other hand you get to start a fresh chapter in your life, make new friends and see new places. You can even use it as an opportunity to reinvent yourself, if you want to.

Moving has always evoked a mix of emotions for me.

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

Just staying at home of an evening with my dog and a book . I don’t enjoy parties and I’ve never gone out to get drunk-it just does not interest me. I’m also terrible at small talk and socialising with people I don’t know very well.

5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

This fluffy face. She’s my little princess 💙

6. Fright Night – favourite scary book or film

I do not watch horror films, generally speaking. The only one I’ve watched and really enjoyed is The Woman In Black. I like it because it has a strangely happy ending. I also like how it is essentially a supernatural period drama.

7. Halloween candy – favourite thing to eat

At the moment I adore Cadbury’s big white chocolate bar. It’s amazingly delicious and perfect picking at on a rainy afternoon, curled up with a book.

8. Scarves – your autumn ‘must have’ accessory

Easy! My Gryffindor scarf. My mum got it for me when she was working in London a few years ago. I adore it and can’t wait for it to be cold enough for me to wear it more often.

9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Honestly, this book burned a hole in my heart. It’s tragic and poetically beautiful.

10. Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This book blindsided me. When I read the blurb I assumed it would be a light, fantasy read with a splash of teenage, tragic romance. The key points I picked up on in the blurb were about true love and destiny. It seemed interesting (that’s why I picked it up, after all) but there is so much more depth and quirkiness to it than I picked up on in this blurb.

Romantic love is not really the focal point. It’s more about the complex relationships the titular ‘Raven Boys’ have with each other. They are, in summary, a dysfunctional family on a quest for a dead Welsh king . The Raven Boys is also about what happens when the boys collide with Blue and her tight family of psychic women.

The character dynamics are 👌. The writing style is quirky and brilliant. I also loved that I could make a lot of connections to The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper (which is one of my favourite series ever).

Have you tried Jenn’s tag? If not, feel free to consider yourself tagged by me 🙂

Lauren x