Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Birthstone Book Tag

  I stole this one from Joni. It looked way too cool to pass up.

  January - Garnet
  Name a character who you think is evil/dark
  The Governor from The Walking Dead comics is pretty much irredeemably bad (the guy could eat puppies for breakfast and it wouldn’t surprise me). Opal Koboi from the Artemis Fowl books is pure evil but also hilarious. The Beast from The Magicians is terrifying.

  February - Amethyst
  Name a book you think of as regal
  The Lord of the Rings trilogy, obviously, but also the Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin, especially book number three, The Farthest Shore.

  March - Aquamarine
  Name a character who you think of as weak, or as more of a follower
  My birthstone is aquamarine, so I kind of resent the “weak” implications. :) I’m going with Clover from Entwined. On first impression she is more of a follower (quiet, cripplingly shy, avoids conflict), but as the story goes on she proves herself just as strong as her sisters.

  April - Diamond
  Name a book that you love, but isn’t very well known
  Her Own Song by Ellen Howard is one of the saddest, sweetest middle grade books ever, but it’s been out of print for a while. On the plus side, you can still find cheap used copies on Amazon. It’s about a white girl growing up in the early 1900s who discovers that her first adoptive parents were Chinese.

  May - Emerald
  Name two characters who balance each other out.
  Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson from Marvel’s Daredevil comics, Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth from DC’s Batman comics, and Willy Henry and Pellinore Warthrop from the Monstrumologist series.

  June - Pearl
  Name a character who’s loyal
  Leo Demidov from Child 44.

  July - Ruby
  Name a book that aggravates you/makes your blood boil
  Not too many. I tend to be pretty laid back about most books. Charles Dickens’ treatment of most of his female characters does get on my nerves, and anything with a really strong patriarchal bent (so, some classics and a certain subset of Christian books) rubs me the wrong way.

  August - Peridot
  Name a supporting character you preferred to the main character
  I waver back and forth on whether I prefer Susan to Lucy in the Narnia books.

  September - Sapphire
  Name a book that you found to be calming.
  Reading anything by Susanna Kearsley is very relaxing.

  October - Opal
  Name a book with a pretty cover
  I ADORE this copy of Peter Pan.

  November - Topaz
  Name a book with a resilient protagonist
The first one to jump into my mind was The Outsiders. Pretty much all the main characters are resilient, in their own individual ways. S. E. Hinton’s other book, Tex, has a main character who doesn’t appear to be resilient at first, but actually is.

  December - Blue Zircon
  Name a fictional friendship you’d love to be a part of
The entire gang in The Outsiders (kind of feel like a girl would throw off the dynamic, though). Most superhero groups, but especially the batfamily. Hanging out with the Pevensies (or just C. S. Lewis) would be fantastic. Gen and Costis from The Queen of Attolia have the weirdest, most adorable bromance ever, so I wouldn’t want to intrude, but then again...


  1. Super cool! Haven't seen anything like this!

    1. I love the birthstone theme of this tag. I hadn't seen it anywhere else, either, and it's so much fun.

  2. You have such fun, varied answers!
    And I LOVED "Illusionarium" by Dixon so I know that I need to get on reading "Entwined"!

  3. This is such a fun post!
    Awww yes LOTR! It's one of my favorite series; I've read Fellowship of the Ring more times than I can count.
    As a fellow born-in-March person, I agree with you about aquamarines!
    That Peter Pan cover is brilliant - one of my favorite covers is The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valante.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. The Fairyland books all have amazing covers. And it's always wonderful when you find a really good book with an equally gorgeous cover.

      Thanks so much for commenting!


    Opal Koboi really is dark. But in a lighthearted way, I feel like... Like, she's meant to be scary, but I think there are often little quirks of hers that are meant to make her seem childish and reduce her evilness. The patriarchal bent thing? That is me. Me me me. Also? The Outsiders. The Outsiders. The Outsiderssssssssss.

    1. The Outsiders is so wonderful and has influenced me in so many ways...I just keep coming back to it. :) I'm torn between hating and loving Opal Koboi, because on the one hand she's sadistic and pure evil, but on the other there's something very fun about her character. It's a good problem to have.

      Steal away!