I know, I know, Thanksgiving was yesterday and we’ve already moved on to Black Friday. But this year I’ve been working on mindfulness and gratitude, so I still wanted to take a moment to reflect and appreciate some good things in my life.
(Mostly books, in this case, but hey it counts.)
Once again, today’s tag is a seasonal one I found via Google, which led me to Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek.
Name a book that made you thankful you live in your world and not the book’s world
One of the more recent examples coming to mind is The Grace Year by Kim Liggett: a highly patriarchal dystopia where the sixteen-year-old girls are banished into the wild to release their sex magic, and not all of them will make it back in one piece or even alive.
I’d probably get myself killed somehow, since I have absolutely no survival skills or self-preservation instinct. (Also, I wouldn’t want to keep living in a society that only values me for my body
oh wait. And on that cheery note, let’s move on.)
Give thanks to a book that changed your perspective
Hm, this was a tough one; it’s always hard for me to trace paradigm shifts back to a specific source. But I’ll go with Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, which helped me realize that female friendships and solidarity are much more valuable than we’re conditioned to think — both because it’s a theme in the book, and because reading it gave me something to bond over with a classmate! — and also that I’m incredibly lucky to have access to things like a good education and lots of books.
What character would you be thankful for if they were your significant other?
There are too many good potential SO’s across YA lit for me to answer this question. You can’t make me choose. (But, um, I wouldn’t say no if someone wanted to drop a Rhysand in my life.)
To what character would you say “thanks, but no thanks”?
Also a ton, if I’m being honest. I’ve read so many awesome villains and antiheroes and generally unlikable characters, characters I love to hate (Kavinsky, Minya), characters I love but would never in a million years date (Kaul Hilo, Cardan), etc, etc.
Name a book that made you laugh out loud, just like your drunk uncle earl at thanksgiving.
I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR A REASON TO USE THIS BOOK. (And yes, I like the TV tie-in cover better, fight me.)
Although I didn’t really “get” Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett the first time I read it, I absolutely adored the miniseries, which convinced me to give the book another shot so that I could more fully appreciate both.
It was a fantastic decision. No regrets.
Name a book that made you incredibly angry … just like your drunk uncle earl at thanksgiving.
I know The Wicker King by K. Ancrum touched a lot of people’s hearts, but I was not one of them. For most of the book I was disinterested, unable to get invested in the characters or plot; I kept contemplating DNF-ing, but I kept going because it was a book club pick.
The ending, though? Infuriating. While my heart goes out to anyone in any kind of comparable situation, I just can’t. I don’t want to lapse into another rant, so I’ll just link my Goodreads review in case you’re curious.
(This is a highly unpopular opinion and I hesitated to express it since so many people loved it so much, but I sat here for ten minutes and could not think of another book that made me nearly so angry. So.)
Finally, name one thing you are thankful for about
booktube the bookish community.
Blogging and bookish social media have introduced me to the loveliest, most supportive people! Whether I need to vent about a book I have A Lot of Feelings About or personal frustrations, my Discord friends in particular have always been there. (And timezones actually come in handy since there’s always someone awake and willing to listen.)
I won’t tag anyone since Thanksgiving’s already passed, but if you aren’t much bothered about timeliness or want to hoard it for next year, feel free to say I tagged you!