Back to School Book Tag

I am once again shamelessly reviving an old book tag that I found via Google and which no one tagged me to do. Can’t stop, won’t stop. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This tag is originally by Lucy @ That Book Gal.

English: Name Your favorite author’s (or book’s) Writing Style

I guess, for the purposes of this prompt, my favorite author is Maggie Stiefvater? Every single book in her oeuvre is distinctively atmospheric, with a vivid setting and evocative mood that totally immerse the reader. Her characters are super memorable, with nuanced personalities and interpersonal dynamics. The callbacks, parallels, and allusions may take a reread or two to catch, but they enhance and even subtly transform the narrative. This is such stuff as teenage fandom dreams are made on.

Maggie Stiefvater is one of my major role models as a writer; I’ve taken two of her writing seminars. Her books are consistently great, 4+ star reads for me. (And yes, I am beside myself with anticipation for Greywaren; I am also still recovering from Mister Impossible.) 

Math: A book that made you frustrated

Book frustration, for me, often comes from a mismatch between expectations and reality. Unfortunately, sometimes the marketing department does their job too well and I get super excited about a book, preemptively deciding that it is exactly my cup of tea — only to find that it is really, really not.

Such is the case with Battle of the Linguist Mages by Scotto Moore. I’m a linguistics BA and a polylinguist, from California, who is interested in video games (though admittedly not very good at them), so I was disappointed that I really did not like the progressive gamer-girl protagonist with the name so similar to mine and the judgmental attitude. The plot also just didn’t make sense; there was just so. much. going on.

Science: A book that really made you think or question things

I think Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods by Catherynne M. Valente is my most recent 5-star read, and for good reason. Sure, it’s technically Children’s/ Middle Grade, but CMV has a talent when it comes to writing For All Ages. The combination of fairy tale elements and subtle social commentary keeps the reader on their toes even as they enjoy Osmo’s adventure.

History: Your favorite book from a different time period

The legal/linguistics nerd part of me kinda wants to be pedantic and question whether the prompt is requesting a book that was written/published in a different time period or simply set in a different time period. I know they’re not mutually exclusive, but there’s still a distinction to be made.

While I suppose I could find one that’s both, that just seems like too much work when I could just go with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I’m not super into historical fiction or Capital-C Classics in general, but I do have a soft spot for slice-of-life/ coming-of-age stories with interpersonal relationships and personal growth at their heart.


Art: Your favorite book with pictures

Again, pedantic: I feel like the spirit of the prompt is asking for a picture book or a graphic novel/ comics collection, but hey, this is my post. So as much as I love Olivia by Ian Falconer, a more interesting and equally true answer is Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda, illustrated by Jonny Sun. Just all-around great vibes from this one.

Drama: A book you would love to see turned into a movie

I couldn’t resist the meta/ movie-ception appeal of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. With the titular protagonist being a literal movie star, this book absolutely lends itself to a big-screen adaptation; I’d love to see the Hollywood glamour and diverse cast represented in a visual format.

Music/Band: A character with a similar music taste to you

Honestly, I cannot think of a single character whose music taste is detailed in their book; the only thing that comes to mind is Cath from Fangirl throwing an Emergency Kanye Party, but (a) it seems implied that Kanye is not on Cath’s usual playlist, and (b) I don’t listen to Kanye. Oh, and I guess several YA Contemporary protagonists like K-Pop, which again isn’t really my thing.

So I don’t have an answer for this one.

Lunch: A food from a book you would love to try

In contrast to the last question, this one has too many potential answers — some of which feel a little boring because they exist in the real world, so I could fairly easily actually try them. But look at this passage from The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers:

She bit down into a smoky bun. The bread was airy soft, the unidentified filling rich and savory, somewhat reminiscent of roasted mushrooms. Smoky, yes, but also lightly spiced, with just the right amount of salt.

Now look me in the eyes and tell me you don’t want a smoky bun. Bet you can’t.

Bus Ride Home: A book or author that is relaxing

This was surprisingly difficult, because I tend to reach for books that make me Feel Things — which almost always entails conflict and tension. I guess I’ll lean into “beach reads” and one of my favorites of the subcategory: Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale. Idyllic small tourist town, baker-barista protagonist, and of course a swoon-worthy summer romance.

Extra Credit: A book someone recommended that you enjoyed

(Really wishing I’d written this post before I decided to delete my “recommended by others” Goodreads shelf, but what’s done is done.) I am unfortunately a very picky reader, but I will wholeheartedly join Soph and Clo in recommending The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee. While I was specifically drawn to the SF Bay Area setting and Chinese folklore of my childhood, you definitely don’t need that preexisting personal connection to enjoy this one.

I tag:
as always, anyone and everyone who wants to participate!

4 thoughts on “Back to School Book Tag

  1. Oh Becky Chambers has that line in that book? Always up for a roll that tastes like mushrooms – or just like I’m good with a bucket of them 😄
    oh no I was interested in that Linguist Mage book but I don’t like a judgemental attitude. By a progressive gamer-girl do you mean that it wasn’t written well? Tried to hard to be ‘cool’ or something?

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    1. mmm, bucket of mushrooms 😋🍄

      yeah, i don’t have enough info to judge the author’s intentions, but the execution could’ve been much better. like one character is introduced in the middle of an action scene as “an Asian kid, maybe twenty years old, probably identified as a dude if I had to guess” and the narrator self-describes as “(I’m she/her by the way; also I’m white. I realize when I introduced myself as the Queen of Sparkle Dungeon that she/her might arguably be a fair assumption, but I prefer to be crisp about this.)”. it’s kinda long-winded and showy, and this happens with pretty much all the new characters and social issues that come up 😕

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