I was nominated for this tag by Sammie from Bookshelves & Biros, and I’m so excited about this because Narnia is one of my all-time favorite series. This was a bit harder than I expected, but it was a lot of fun to reminisce on what I have read and finding the perfect book for each option.
NARNIA – a magical world you would like to visit
Westeros from A Games of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
While this might surprise most readers, I’m very fascinated by Martin’s complex world. Now, I don’t know how long I’d want to stay there lol, but a nice visit to my favorite parts (Winterfell, High Garden, and whichever city Khaleesi is liberating).
THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW – a book you think is underrated
Tiger Lily by Jody Lynn Anderson
I recommend this to anyone who loves Peter Pan. This book is a retelling of the original story, but follows Tiger Lily and her experiences on Neverland before and leading up to the Darlings’ arrival. Few books have the ability to break my heart the way this novel did–I still think about the ending quite often, and it’s definitely one that I’d like to reread.
THE LION, THE WITH, AND THE WARDROBE – a classic that you love
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
I love this book SO much. Of course I fell in love with the Disney animation, but as I got older I knew I needed to read the novel, which is significantly more dark than the movie’s portrayal. The writing is beautiful, and I gave the Barnes and Leatherbound Classic edition, which contains gorgeous illustrations.
THE HORSE AND HIS BOY – a book you picked up without knowing what it was about
Firstlife by Gena Showalter
This is one of the books I am currently reading, and I’m not that impressed yet. I’m only about 50 pages in, but it’s definitely not blowing my mind. Might be kicking myself for not looking more into this novel before purchasing it, but pretty bookcovers are my weakness.
PRINCE CASPIAN – a sequel that you loved
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
I read the first two books in this trilogy and was so impressed by the sequel. Sometimes sequels tend to feel like filler-novels–in my opinion anyway–but that was not the case here. I felt like this sequel propelled the story even further and helped me better understand the world that Spotswood created. Definitely give this series a try if you’re into historical YA fiction about witches.
THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER – a quest you’d like to be a part of
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I’ve always wanted to join the Pevensie siblings on their magical journeys to Narnia. At least if something bad happens, I know Aslan will be there to save the day (or Peter, which might be better *swoons*).
THE SILVER CHAIR – a book you didn’t expect to love
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
I did a full review of this novel and stated that I was not typically drawn to science-fiction novels. I’m very particular when it comes to the types I’ll read, and from there I don’t always enjoy them. I’m glad that I gave this book a chance though because I was very intrigued by its complex political societies, and the main character Nemesis was a great protagonist.
THE LAST BATTLE – a perfect ending to a series you love
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
It’s been really hard for me to not use a Harry Potter novel for most of this tag, but like fellow blogger Sammie I have to agree that I’ve never been more satisfied to the end of a series as I am with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Rowling’s set the bar high in terms of conclusions, and this novel not only ties up all the loose ends, but it also gives the readers closure in terms of what happens to them (19 years later, anyone?).
THE PEVENSIES – a siblinghood of friendship you’d love to be a part of
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
This might seem a little odd. I’ve never read the entire series–it was always very frustrating for me. I couldn’t understand how the adults in these children’s lives did not know that all of this peculiar and horrible things that happened were BECAUSE OF COUNT OLAF. But the loyalty and love between the three Baudelaire children is what got me through the first six novels of the series. It is a series I’d like to revisit as an adult because I loved the novels well enough and adored the film adaptation.
EUSTACE SCRUBB – a character who grew on you
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
From a writer’s standpoint, I understand that readers were not supposed to love Katniss the way they would any another heroine. She’s stubborn and not that fun to be around, which is how the people in the Capitol perceive her, and I think it was very clever of Collins to craft Katniss’s character in a way that our feelings towards her are the same as their’s. But as the story progresses, I gained a level of respect for Katniss and was able to empathize with her and even though her personality kind of sucked, you root for her anyway.
MR. TUMNUS – your favorite mystical creature
Dobby from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Does this little love even need an explanation?
CASPIAN – a character with regal qualities
Tris from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth
When I think of a person with regal qualities, I think of someone who is a good leader who takes the political part of his or her job seriously, but also who connects well with the people she or he is leading. While I’m not a huge fan of this series, Tris–specifically her choice in the third novel–makes it clear to me that she understands the roles of a true leader. She puts her loved one’s lives first and foremost, which I think is very admirable.
THE WARDROBE – your favorite hideout/place to read
I don’t really have a cool answer for this. Because I need absolute silence to read, I usually just lock myself in my bedroom and read from the comfort of my own bed lol. I’m the type of person who reads when I’m relaxed, so I’ll light a few candles and snuggle up with my book and a cup of tea. Not anything too special, but I quite enjoy it.
- Lauren from The Lauren List
Thanks for reading, everyone! If you decide to do this tag, leave a link to your post in the comments below. 🙂