I came across this cute little tag on Bree’s blog over at Words About Words and I wanted to take part because it looked like fun.
I haven’t played New Horizons, but I loved Wild World (released in 2005, which I played on my Nintendo DS) and Let’s Go To The City (released for the Wii in 2008) and they were just as important to me then as New Horizons has been to a lot of people over lockdown.
The tag was created by Angharad & Becky at Two Bookish Thieves.
Past Villager: Who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart?
I have to pick Harry Potter for this one. The series was still fairly new when I started reading it, and the hype for the upcoming final film was like nothing I’d ever experienced before.
The race to finish Order Of The Phoenix and Half Blood Prince are still ingrained (vividly) in my mind to this day, and while I didn’t finish Deathly Hallows before Part 2 was released in cinemas, it was still an emotional experience saying goodbye to these characters after we had gone on so many adventures with them since that first book.
Blather’s Blatherings: Recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read.
I hadn’t heard anything about All The Light We Cannot See so I had no idea what to expect when I started reading it. It’s set during the second world war, and gave us two wonderfully vivid and intriguing stories through the characters of Marie-Laure and Werner.
Celeste’s Wish: What is a future book release you wish you could read now?
I’ve loved all of Karen McManus’ books (One Of Us Is Lying, One Of Us Is Next, Two Can Keep A Secret), so I’m looking forward to the release of her latest novel.
It’s set for publication in December, which is only three months away, but I missed getting my hands on an arc through Netgalley so I’d love to be able to read The Cousins today.
Timmy & Tommy: What is your favourite sibling relationship in a book?
I think that would have to be either Cath & Wren from Fangirl, or Ellery and Ezra from Two Can Keep A Secret.
The Easter Bunny: A popular book character that you’re not a big fan of.
There aren’t many book characters I don’t like, for the simple reason that if I don’t like the character within the first few chapters, I usually end up putting the book on the dnf pile.
But two characters whose popularity led to me giving them another chance were Kim Stone from the Angela Marsons series and Lindsay Boxer from the Women’s Murder Club books.
I’ve reviewed the first three Kim Stone books earlier this year, but in case you missed those posts, the main reason I didn’t like or connect with Kim is because she was so holier-than-thou, and I grew to dread her interactions with other characters because she would be incredibly rude towards them and treated her team as if they were stupid and hadn’t gone through the exact same training as she had.
As for Lindsay, her personality underwent a transplant between Book 1 and 2, and she went from a tough-but-caring detective with a healthy relationship with her sister (who is her only remaining family) and a dedication to getting justice for the victims of the crimes she works on to becoming whiny, jealous, and indecisive (both in her relationship and her career.)
Nook’s Loans: An author you’d give all your money to.
I’m kind of cheating, but there are two authors I want to pick: James Oswald and Karen McManus.
I’ve bought books by both without knowing anything of the synopsis because I’ve loved their previous novels and trust that their next one will be just as good.
The Sisters Able: What is your favourite fictional family (found or otherwise)?
I’ve recently started reading Robin Stevens’ Murder Most Unladylike series, so the Detective Society formed by Hazel and Daisy is my pick for this category.
Hazel feels homesick at her boarding school, so solving mysteries (and eventually murders) with Daisy gives her a sense of purpose and support, and the Society grows to feel like Hazel’s found family.
It’s a C+: What is a book trope you don’t like that keeps popping up?
My number 1 pet peeve trope has to be miscommunication. It made an appearance in The Flatshare, though thankfully was resolved pretty quickly, but in other books it’s key to the plot, and I don’t agree with it.
I can’t think of a good example in a book, but if you’ve watched Friends, you’ll know that Ross and Rachel’s relationship didn’t last very long in the earlier series because he thought she was cheating and she thought he was jealous, and neither of them considered sitting down together and having a rational conversation.
The Wander Camel: What is your favourite book set in a land far away from yours?
I’ve just finished Quichotte, and although it’s not technically set in a land far away from mine (it’s set in America) the line between reality and fantasy was often blurred for the characters, so technically I’d say it still counts.
What Would Dodos Do?: A fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment?
Hogwarts? (Because who doesn’t want to go there and learn magic?)