Hamlette graciously tagged me with this tag – otherwise, I’d have totally stolen it. I mean, Disney + books? Works for me! And I’m just going to say right now that I tag anyone and everyone reading this post who wants to participate. Go have lots of fun. 🙂 (After reading my post, that is. *wink*)
1. Snow White – Name your favorite classic
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. There are so many outstanding classic works that I hold dear to my heart, but since GWTW is my second favorite book of all time, I kinda had to pick it. And it truly is an amazing classic.
2. Cinderella – Name a book that kept you reading well past your bedtime
The Scarlet Pimpernel and El Dorado by Baroness Orczy. I say both of them because when I finished reading TSP for the first time, it was already quite late, but I dove into ED right away because I wanted to stay with the characters and story world longer. I stayed up ’til past three in the morning, as it turned out.
3. Aurora – Name your favorite classic romance
Emma by Jane Austen. *swoons* Emma and Mr. Knightley’s relationship began as friendship, which has always been my ideal. And the way Emma grows and Mr. Knightley guides her and helps her, all the while falling in love with her…it always makes me happy.
4. Ariel – Name a book that’s about making sacrifices and fighting for your dreams
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. Okay, first of all, do not get me started on this book, because I will not shut up. I think it’s about as close to perfection as a middle-grade book can get. All the characters in here fight for their dreams in one way or another – for the competition, definitely (except Daisy?), but also in their own personal lives. And the sacrifices made at the end of the book…well, I might just cry.
5. Belle – Name a book with a smart and independent female character
The Cherokee Trail by Louis L’Amour. Mary Breydon is one of the very best female protagonists I’ve ever come across. In the wake of her husband’s death, she travels on to the stagecoach station he had agreed to run and fights off all sorts of unsavoury types as she makes a life and a name for herself on the frontier. So great.
6. Jasmine – Name a book with a character who challenged the social conventions of his or her world
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. So many of the characters in this book challenge the conventions and ideas held by Nazi Germany. The Hubermanns and Liesel hide a Jew in their house after all. Liesel becomes friends with Max and she and Rudy give bread to starving Jews and their courage is incredibly inspiring.
7. Pocahontas – Name a book with an ending that was a roller-coaster of emotions
Above All Earthly Powers by Jack Cavanaugh. Pretty much everyone survives, but Jack Cavanaugh doesn’t wrap everything up with a neat little bow, which always leaves a bittersweet ache in my heart. It was one of the first books I read where not all the ‘good’ characters are totally happy by the end and that’s stuck with me.
8. Mulan – Name a book with a kick-youknowwhat female character
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfield. Tally Youngblood is a great female character. She doesn’t have all the answers, but she’s willing to fight to find them. And she’s a great ‘action girl’. However, it wasn’t until I read Extras that I realized just how amazing, ferocious, and wonderful she is – the main character in that book was horrid, so she provided a nice foil for Tally.
9. Tiana – Name a book featuring a hardworking, self-made character
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer. And all the other books in the series. Enola works hard to solve her cases and she is very, very much self-made, though probably not in the way the tag creator meant.
10. Rapunzel – Name a book that features an artist
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. In the second book in the trilogy, Peeta really comes into his own as an artist, since being a victor means that he has to have a talent…and that talent is painting. From what Collins describes, Peeta’s paintings are truly breathtaking (in a slightly scary way) and he also taps into his artist’s side to comfort the dying morphling.
11. Merida – Name a book that features a mother-daughter relationship
Eve’s Daughters by Lynn Austin. My sister and I are kinda obsessed with this book, and as the title hints, it includes several good (and not so good) mother-daughter relationships. My favorite is the one between Emma and Grace. Emma loves her daughter with everything in her and goes to great lengths to make sure that Grace has a sheltered, happy childhood even in the middle of the Great Depression.
12. Anna and Elsa – Name a book that features a great relationship between sibling
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Just thinking about Darry, Soda, and Ponyboy makes me grin. They might not always agree – what siblings do? – but they’re always, always there for each other. I feel like Hinton did a very good job of portraying accurately the complicated relationships that siblings can have with each other. And I love her image of Soda being the person pulling the whole family together. ❤
13. Moana – Name a book where the main character travels a great distance (note: Moana was not included in the original tag. This category is my own addition.)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. From the earth to the stars and all that. 🙂
What did you think of my answers? If you do the tag on your blog, please share a link in the comments – I’d love it read your answers!