Another month, another tag.
I have a shelf called “Mother of All Books Sweet and Pure” on Goodreads. It’s an exclusive Harry Potter shelf. Nothing will ever be put in that shelf besides HP. So basically, it’s the highest, untouchable, not for comparison shelf. Number 0.
My number 1 shelf is called “My Friends You Bow To No One” and it is where my all time favorites go after Harry Potter. Percy Jackson happens to be on that list.
LET’S DO THIS!
PART I: GODS OF OLYMPUS
(God of Sky and Thunder, King of the Oympians)
I’ve recently read To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo and I was struck dumb with awe. It was electrifying, the chemistry between the protagonists was sizzling. Okay, I’ll stop. Tee Hee. It’s a retelling of The Little Mermaid while I was under the false impression that it was a villain origin story of Ursula. It’s the tentacles. Anyway, it didn’t end tragically is what I’m saying.
(God of the Seas and Earthquakes)
A Book that drowned you in feels:
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi. BY GOD. You will experience the depths of despair. It’s the subject matter as much as the beautiful writing. It’s unlike anything I’ve read (I say that to all the books ssshhhh) and I felt such overwhelming love and adoration for the main character.
(God of the Underworld)
Favorite book with a dark/ominous plot:
IT by Stephen King. Come now, can there be anything else? Like no book can compete. Dark, ominous, disturbing, revolting, horrifying, it’s got all the ingredients that can cheer you up.
(Goddess of Marriage and Family)
Cutest fictional couple:
Vasya and Morozko from the Winternight series by Katherine Arden. A brave girl and the god of Frost and Death, yes, they are extremely cute.
(Goddess of Wisdom, Handicraft and Strategic Warfare)
Series with the best world-building:
All of the books I mentioned above have excellent world-building. It’s hard to choose one in this category. A series that I read recently called The Mortal Engines is a delightful hybrid of whimsical and serious and it features one of the grimmest and darkest settings I’ve ever read about.
(Goddess of Love and Beauty)
Book with the most beautiful cover:
There are many but I haven’t read most of them. I do feel, however, that The Shape of Water has the most gorgeous cover I’ve seen in a while.
(God of War and Bloodshed)
Most violent book you’ve ever read:
The Red Rising formerly trilogy now a series. The people in those books are all insane and blood-thirsty. They legit look for excuses to murder each other for the stupidest of reasons not the least of which is ‘honor’. Feh.
(God of Blacksmiths and Fire)
Scorching-hot swoon-worthy character:
It might be a little inappropriate since he’s borderline crazy. He also doesn’t fit the typical description of such a character but I LOVE him. Locke Lamora from the Gentleman Bastard series and Prince Elian Midas from To Kill A Kingdom who totally fits the description and is not crazy at all. Green eyes and jet black hair is my weakness.
(Goddess of Hunt and Virginity)
Favorite Kick-Ass Heroine:
Vasilisa Petrovna from the Winternight series. She’s stunning.
(God of Light and Healing)
Sequel book that redeemed its series:
Rebel Spring or maybe Gathering Darkness from Falling Kingdoms. I didn’t like the first book when I started reading this series last year but by the second and fully by the third, I was hooked.
(Messenger God of Thieves and Commerce)
Book with the best message:
Jannat Kay Pattay and Naml by Nemrah Ahmed have great messages. Both were inspiring, the former was life-changing. It made me a bit more self-assured and confident in how I chose to be.
(Goddess of Hearth and Home)
Book with the most relatable story:
Again, Jannat Kay Pattay. It means ‘Leaves of Heaven’ and it’s partially a love story and partially about a girl named Haya finding her footing in life after a life-altering decision she makes.
(Goddess of Fertility and Agriculture)
Favorite bookish setting:
There are SO many answers to that. If I loved a book, I most probably liked its setting so all of the above books? Also, The Lunar Chronicles.
(God of Wine and Celebration)
A new release you’re most anticipating:
Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman. Those two can whip up a storm. The first two books punched me in the gut, repeatedly.
Part II: Heroes of Olympus
A brave, spirited natural leader with a sarcastic sense of humor, and a will to save friends and enemies alike
Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, all the characters from the Lunar Chronicles, Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle, Septimus Heap from Magyk, Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen from The Gentleman Bastard series, Shahdil from Dil Ka Nagar, Cihan Sikander from Jannat Kay Pattey, Faris Ghazi from Naml…
Intellectual genius with a strong mind, brave heart, and a love for architecture
Series/book with the cleverest plot:
The School For Good and Evil series with its amusing conflicts is super fun. Another one that comes to mind is the Illuminae series.
Has a moderate sense of humor, but a strong sense of honor, justice and compassion, often described as perfect
Book with an epic finale:
A Darkling Plain (Hungry City Chronicles # 4) was pretty epic. This series is underrated as heck. It deserves more recognition and praise. The mixed tones of the books is what sets them apart. One minute they’re fun and amusing and then BANG murder slash kill.
Fierce and persuasive but down to earth, caring and loving towards her friends and family
Book with a tempting synopsis (one you haven’t read):
Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson. Apparently it’s sci-fi. The title and the cover have me super duper hyped.
Good-natured and energetic, funny but intelligent, honest and witty, and is skilled with machines
Book that made you laugh:
The Princess Bride and My Lady Jane were pretty hilarious.
Bright and outgoing despite an unfortunate childhood, is mature for her age
Favorite character with a tragic past:
Hester Shaw from the Hungry City chronicles.
Somewhat shy, cynical, and clumsy, though he possesses a strong sense of duty, loyalty, and love
Book you loved more than you thought you would:
Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It’s just a few shades behind IT in terms of being disturbing and totally riveting. I had to just take some time to get over it because it affected me.
And also, the Hunter trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. I had read nothing but negative reviews of the first book but I still read it and it was awesome.
NICO DI ANGELO
Grim, solitary, powerful and mysterious, highly unpredictable and selectively affectionate
Most mysterious character you’ve ever encountered:
Morozko, the Frost King from the Winternight series. He’s ancient and besides has this elusiveness that makes me a delightful enigma.
Cheerful, upbeat and protective satyr who chews on furniture when he gets nervous
Book you won’t read due to warnings against them:
Every Sarah J. Maas book. But especially the A Court of dramatic word and dramatic word series. I will, however, be reading Catwoman.
CLARISSE LA RUE
Arrogant and hot-tempered, but brave, strong and protective of camp
Most annoying character:
Delilah Bard from the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab.
Uff, I can’t. Even thinking about her makes me mad. I’m quoting myself from my review of the second book in the series:
Hey there, Delilah
What’s it like being so nutty
I feel grateful that your fictional because,
You’re disturbing, I mean no kidding
Yes, I do
Nutcases are sane compared to you
I swear it’s true
I’m being a little dramatic. Just a little. The girl’s intriguing I’ll give her that. You want to know what she’ll do next. My grudging admiration of her from the first book turned to total dislike in this one. I tried to find a reason behind her vicious nature at first but I came up with nothing because I’ve read characters with pasts worse than hers and they’d look like fluffy bunnies next to her. No, there’s no reason behind this. She’s like that because she just is. And I’m sure I don’t like it. Kickassery, arrogance and recklessness are fine and good, up to a certain limit. She’s too cocky, too audacious and over adventurous. Cross-dressing and being courageous and daring is one thing, this is quite another.
I’ve been writing this post for FIVE days. And now I’m done. SWEET RELIEF.
Consider yourselves tagged!