In this post, I thought I’d do something a bit different, something more lighthearted and fun… the Disney book tag! I saw this over on Ashley Rae’s blog Thrifty Bibliophile and have also seen a few other bloggers do it and it looked like a lot of fun. So I thought I’d tag myself and give it a whirl!
1. A whole new world – Pick a book that made you see the world differently.
Oh my goodness, I could name SO many books that would fit this question. I love reading books from diverse perspectives, along with dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels, so between those two areas, there are a lot of books I could choose from.
If I had to pick one book, though, I think I’m going to choose Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
We think about it all the time: What would the end of the world look like? This book perfectly captures these very thoughts and fears in such a raw, realistic portrayal. What exactly would happen if the human race became mostly wiped out? What would it look like in the beginning phases? What would be left in its wake? How would the remainder of humanity survive and recover from such a tremendous loss in human history? Besides that, this book also made me think a lot about how we would find meaning and significance in our lives after we’ve been reduced to nothing, as well as how we would preserve the past. There’s so much packed into this book, it’s definitely one that will make you think and force you to have a renewed perspective on humanity and its future.
2. Cruella De Vil – Pick your favorite villain.
Ooh, I like this question. Let’s see… I think I’m gonna have to go with the Others in The 5th Wave series, because just the level that they go to in strategically wiping out humanity over the course of the novel is so messed up in ways I wouldn’t have even thought of.
3. I won’t say I’m in love – Pick a book you didn’t want to admit you loved.
Hm… This is really hard because I generally don’t feel very bad for liking the books that I read?
I mean, the closest thing I can think of is when I sometimes omit talking about YA novels with certain people, just because I know that a lot of people consider YA to be “childish” and “juvenile” and they would probably tell me things like “Oh… isn’t that under your age range? What reading level is that? You should read more challenging books.” Honestly, I’d rather just avoid that entire conversation, so most of the time in real life I do sadly avoid talking to people about books unless I can gage their judgement of books and how they feel specifically about YA.
4. Gaston – Pick a character that you couldn’t stand.
Oh… For this, I’m gonna go with Toni from Robin Talley’s What We Left Behind.
Dear lord. In general, this book was an absolute train wreck in terms of queer positivity and representation. I read this in 2016 because it has genderqueer rep, which is an identity that I hadn’t read at all from in books. Unfortunately, the main character, Toni, is an extremely problematic queer character. I found it SO hard to get through this book simply because I just found Toni to be incredibly obnoxious and unpleasant.
Throughout the novel, they’re very vocal about identifying as genderqueer, yet it doesn’t appear that even they know what genderqueer is and they frequently throw around misconceptions about what genderqueer actually is. And just the level of arrogance and superiority that Toni expresses throughout (despite not actually having a clue…) was so irritating. Oh, also there was a scene where Toni slut-shamed her roommate and friends, stating that they shouldn’t consider themselves feminists if they’re going to post pictures of themselves wearing bikinis. Yeah. Toni is the actual worst.
Runner-up awful character in this book! Carroll, who befriends Toni’s girlfriend (Gretchen) and who is also gay. Despite being gay, however, he has zero compassion for all other identities in the LGBTQ community, which includes frequently eroticizing Gretchen’s bisexual identity and using extremely transphobic language that doesn’t ever truly get corrected or challenged on the page.
Yeah, this book is the worst, guys.
5. Part of your world – Pick a book set in a universe you wish you could live in.
I think this one’s pretty obvious. There isn’t any other universe I would want to be apart of than the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
I know, I know, this answer is so cliche. But I grew up with the world of Harry Potter, and to me it was so enchanting and magical—there’s nothing else like it. Just imagine how amazing it would be to grow up in that world: to be able to go to Hogwarts every year and learn these different magical subjects. Even just growing up in a wizard home with magic all around you seems so quaint and wonderful. (I’ve always been fond of the Burrow and would be lying if I said I’d never fantasized about being in a wizard family like the Weasleys).
6. A dream is a wish your heart makes – describe what the book of your dreams would be like.
The book of my dreams would probably take place in a world sort of like Harry Potter—somewhere between our modern world and a magical aspect. The writing itself would be incredibly lyrical and beautifully written, but still have charming and witty dialogue when needed. The characters would all be very lovable, yet also very relatable and authentic—and also sort of a ragtag group who consider each other one big family. There would be adventure involved and some sort of traveling as the story progresses… but not too action-packed. There would be a lot of cozy, intimate scenes where characters stumble into a diner or a coffee shop and have deep conversations. The characters would be diverse and all have these different struggles they’re dealing with, but through it all still have each other at the end of the day. I have no idea what the plot would be because I’m terrible at that sort of thing, haha. But yeah. I just want a modern/magical world where there’s a group of friends that all feel like family and they have each other’s love and support and the writing is beautiful and the scenes are quaint and aesthetic. Ooh, also! Lowwww on the romance. This isn’t Twilight. Also presents the idea that romance doesn’t make a person’s life more whole or meaningful. An asexual character or two would be great!
… God, now I want this book to be real.
7. Someday my prince will come – What book character would you marry if you could?
For this, I’m going to say the sweet and soft boy Michael Holden, from Solitaire. I honestly love Michael. He’s so kind and lovable and exactly the kind of boy that I hope to meet one day. I also loved that he brought out the best in Tori in this novel and how he went out of his way to prove to her that life can be enjoyable and carefree and amazing. Everyone should aspire to find a partner like Michael Holden.
8. I see the light – Pick a book that changed your life.
When I think of books that changed my life, I think of a book that either made me feel extremely validated and where I found a part of myself in that book, as if looking in a mirror. Or… I think of a book that actually left a a great impact on my life. That being said, for this question I’m going to go with the Rainbow Boys trilogy by Alex Sanchez.
These books will always mean so much to me. I read them in high school and they were my first real encounter with queer literature. It’s through these books that I learned about coming out stories and the experiences of being a gay teen. These books were what began my passion in gay rights which would later become my passion for the queer/LGBTQ+ community. Ultimately from learning about the LGBTQ+ community and taking sex/gender classes in college, I not only went on to do a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, but I also came to my own conclusion that I am asexual.
So yeah. These books started it all, and I’m so grateful for the impact they’ve had on my life.
9. When you wish upon a star – Pick a book you wish you could reread for the first time.
Ahh, fight the urge to say Harry Potter again…. Okay, okay. For this, I’m going to say Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. That was one of the first books later in life that I considered to be one of my favorite books ever and the first where I truly, truly saw myself in a character. It would be incredible to read this as if for the first time and be swept up in all of that again, and to be reminded of why this book remained an all-time favorite in my heart. Also, the story is incredibly beautiful, so either way, I would love to re-read this again.
10. I just can’t wait to be king – Pick a book with some kind of monarchy in it.
For this, I gotta go with one of my favorite series of all time, the Lunar Chronicles series.
11. Colors of the wind – Pick a book with a beautiful colorful cover.
Behold… the beauty that is The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
Also, interesting thing about this specific cover: I’m pretty sure that it’s now out-of-print and that the only way you can find the book with this cover is through online used bookstores like abebooks. And believe me, I wanted this book SO badly with this specific cover, and I searched and searched and SEARCHED. Thankfully, I finally did manage to get a copy of this book with this gorgeous cover, and to me it is completely worth it. I still consider this to be one of the most beautiful books I own!
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And that is my take on the Disney challenge! I hope you enjoyed me answering these questions. Of course, I can never simply answer a question in one simple sentence, so my apologies if a few of these were rambly. But I encourage anyone to do this challenge if you think it looks fun—consider yourself tagged! Also feel free to go over and follow Thriftybiblophile, who posts wonderful content every single day (WHAT. Blogger goals.)
There’s also another Disney book tag with a different set of questions, and I might do that one as well—stay tuned! I also might start doing these kinds of “tag” posts more often because I really enjoy doing them and I love answering different questions revolving around books. Let me know: would you like to see me do more tag posts? Are these types of posts that you enjoy reading or even making yourself? I’d love to hear your responses!
Until next time!