Easing back into blogging by dipping into my tag hoard, so today I’ve got the Perfect Book tag. I was tagged by Emma @ Emma’s books (over a year ago … but it’s not like tags expire 😅) and it was created by Sofi @ A Book. A Thought.
- Answer honestly, there are no wrong answers
- To make it just a little harder, you can’t mention the same book twice
- Have FUN!
- Tag [Sofi] if you decide to do it, I would love to see your answers
- Tag at least 5 people
The Perfect Genre:
What genre would your perfect book be?
Pick a book that represents perfectly its genre.
Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is, like, the platonic ideal of a fantasy adventure. There’s whimsy and wordplay, a plucky young protagonist who meets charming companions along the way, and of course wonderfully vivid and weird settings.
The Perfect Setting:
Because every story needs the perfect setting.
Pick a book that takes place in a perfect place.
Would it be cheating to pick Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire? Because it literally contains a perfect place for each of the kids, and theoretically for every reader who picks it up. And okay, it’s not “perfect” that these poor children were returned to our world with only dreams of finding their way back through a door … but the places themselves are still pretty perfect.
The Perfect Main Character:
Because every book needs a brave and amazing MC.
Pick the perfect main character.
I used to want to be Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones) when I grew up. She’s definitely “brave and amazing,” as well as practical and clever and loyal — well prepared for adventure despite not expecting to ever have one of her own.
The Perfect Best Friend:
Because we always love that character who supports our MC, no matter what.
Loyal and supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever.
After wracking my brain for a long time, I had to go with Noah Czerny of the Gangsey. I didn’t want to relegate any protagonists to best friend/sidekick status, but it was hard to think of a more loyal, self-sacrificing friend in the books I’ve read recently. I mean, the guy [spoilers redacted; if you know you know].
The Perfect Love Interest:
Although not all stories need it, we all love a bit of romance.
Pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner.
My first choice was going to be Alex Claremont-Diaz, but I use RWRB below so I picked another bisexual fave: Babe Vogel from Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale. She’s independent but loyal, passionate about a lot of things, and a fantastic baker. Not to hype myself up too much, but I think we’d have a lot in common.
The Perfect Villain:
Because even when sometimes we hate them, we always need them.
Pick a character with the most sinister mind.
There are definitely bigger and badder antagonists, but Maven Calore from Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series haunted my teenage nightmares for a while. That boy is seriously messed up.
The Perfect Family:
Our book wouldn’t be the same without that unconditional support from the MC’s family.
Pick a perfect bookish family.
Since I just finished Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, the Claremont-Diaz family was the first one that came to mind. Although Ellen Claremont and Oscar Diaz are divorced, they’re both still very involved in Alex and June’s lives. I love their playful affectionate banter, all their traditions; their unconditional love and support for each other had me tearing up several times throughout the book.
The Perfect Animal or Pet:
Because we all need a good loyal companion.
Pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see on a book.
I love dragons as much as the next bookwyrm, but I just think there’s something to be said for a faithful dog — whether it’s Prince Terrien of Terabithia or Adam Young’s hellhound Dog from Good Omens or the Wurse (My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry) or any of the others.
The Perfect Plot Twist:
“OMG, how I didn’t see that coming!”
Pick a book with the best plot twist.
As a reader who’s always on the lookout for the next twist, I was pleasantly surprised to be, well, surprised by several of the big reveals in Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. Seriously, if you still haven’t read it, do yourself a favor. (And the rest of us — please please please support this book so we can get a sequel.)
The Perfect Trope
Pick that trope you would add to your own book without thinking.
Give me childhood friends to lovers any day. I love all the variations, from reunited after years apart to not-actually-unrequited to oh my gosh they were roommates.
The Perfect Cover:
Because we all love a good, beautiful and artistic cover.
Pick that cover that you would easily put on your own book.
Anna-Marie McLemore’s books all have such lovely covers, but When the Moon Was Ours is one of my all-time favorites. I love everything about it: the color palette, the use of silhouettes, all the little details you have to look closer to notice.
The Perfect Ending:
Because every great adventure has an ending.
Pick a book that has the perfect ending.
If not absolutely perfect, Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds at least has a very satisfying ending — in my review I wrote that it “brought well-earned closure without cheapening everything that came before.” The characters undergo a lot of struggle and change and growth; the plot is thoughtfully developed, as are all the interpersonal relationships.