Tom Hanks Book Tag

I found this on BookTube and had to.

1. Big

A book you read when you were young that was intended for a more mature audience?

The only answer I can think of is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It wasn’t really intended for an older audience, but I was in the third grade when I first read it and the dementors scared me so bad I stopped reading the series altogether for a while. At age eight, I was not ready for them. At least not beyond Chamber of Secrets.

2. Forrest Gump

Books are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. What book did you pick up not knowing anything about?

For this one, I’m gonna have to go with The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. I saw this book in the bookstore and the title intrigued me. Plus it had a blurb on the cover from R.L. Stine. It was around Halloween, so a creepy book sounded good. All I knew was it was a book made of testimonials, witness footage, and case files because of a fire that killed some high school kids and that the main character is actually the alter ego of another girl. It sounded compelling, so I went for it.

3. Sleepless in Seattle

Last book to keep you up late (sleeeeepless) reading?

This is a tough one because I read late into the night like all the time, but the last book I remember staying up literally all night reading is Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, the last book in the Vampire Academy series. I just remember reading and reading and suddenly it was 5am and I was like, “shit, I should go to sleep.”

4. Toy Story

A timeless book you plan to share with any offspring you create?

I’m gonna be clichéd and repetitive, but Harry Potter, hands down. This series was my everything for so long. It gave me a childhood and got me through high school. This series has meant so much to so many people, there’s no way I’m not sharing that experience with my future children.

5. You’ve Got Mail

A book you heard about on the internet and where you heard about it from?

This is a very tricky one because I get the majority of my book recs online. But the most recent one was the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. I’d heard mixed things about it in the past, but BookTuber A Clockwork Reader said it was one of her favorite series and I trust her recommendations, so I finally gave it a shot. I started book one yesterday and I’m already almost all the way through. I am loving this series and Karou is my wife.

6. Castaway

If you can only bring one book to a deserted island…what would it be?

Yikes! This one is super difficult. But I guess… Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. The Infernal Devices means so much to me and that book is my fave in the series. I don’t think I could ever get tired of these character or certain events that take place in this book.

7. Cloud Atlas

What book did you have high expectations for you that didn’t quite meet them?

A lot of books, but I’m gonna pick a recent one. And that book is As I Descended by Robin Talley. If you read my review, you know my in-depth thoughts. But for now I’ll just say, as a Shakespeare fan and Sapphic supporter, this book was such a let-down. A bigger tragedy than Macbeth itself.

8. Saving Private Ryan

Favorite ensemble cast

I’m going to have to pick two for this. The first is the Dregs from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. What an excellent, well-developed rag-tag group of lovable criminals. I love their dynamic and how it changes over time. I love how they unite when it becomes them vs. the world. The second is the Rampion crew from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I love how their relationships slowly form and grow. I love the united, loyal friendship they have, so strong they literally invade the moon together. Plus, both of these groups are very diverse. Like honestly, if you want to talk about “squad goals,” these are fucking squad goals.

9. The Green Mile

Most hated villain

This one was actually really tough for me because I love villains as characters and can often understand their motivations, even if I don’t condone them. But I guess one villain I just do not like is Valentine Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Literally all he is is a racist. He’s the magical version of a white supremacist. And that is the one type of villain I could never like. Oh yeah, and he’s a child abuser. And he manipulates people. Plus, why did he never bother to tell Clary and Jace they weren’t related? It wouldn’t have altered his plans whatsoever. Pretty fucked up, if you ask me. And Valentine? What kind of name is that for a villain? I hear that name and get un-scared. Honestly, Sebastian ended him.

10. Turner and Hooch

Animal character that stole the show

How do I choose just one? I love Hedwig from Harry Potter and Church from The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices for their sassiness and loyalty. But I guess to stop some of the redundancy, I’ll pick Fleetfoot from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I’m a sucker for a runt. Plus, she brought together my former OTP Doraelin (I’ve since dropped it because I hate Aelin now and the series as a whole… I’m just over it). And I love her distrust of Rowan. Same, girl. Honestly, at this point, she’s the only character I want to survive this series.

11. A League of their Own

Favorite female friendship

It’s sad that I had to dig deep for this. Female friendships are not at the forefront of, well, anything. But I think my number one would have to be Rose, Lily, and Daisy Calloway from the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series by Krista and Becca Ritchie. Yes, they are sisters. But not all sisters are friends. These ones are. They are so supportive and protective of each other and it’s honestly beautiful. They know each others’ likes and dislikes inside and out and how best to make each other happy. I care about their friendship more than I care about any of the ships in this series. And I love the ships. (Also, an honorable mention is the friendship between Daisy and Willow Moore/Hale.)

 

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