Monday, November 16, 2015

The Disney Princess Tag

I know, I know, it’s supposed to be Writer’s Life today but I haven’t done a tag since ‘Nam (okay, just since a week and a half ago) and I have a lot of tags to clean out of my do-list. Forgive me.

Today I am stealing Romi’s Disney Princess book tag because A) I can and B) DISNEY PRINCESSES. I do so love Disney princesses, and thus you are getting an extra helping of bookish life today. You’re welcome.

1. Snow White—a favorite classic

If Pride and Prejudice and Zombies doesn’t count (THE MOVIE IS COMING GUYS), then it is Jane Eyre. I sympathized and did not get bored.


2. Cinderella—a book that kept you reading well past your bedtime

Don’t laugh at me but I’ve been rereading Zero Hour by Mark Walden and it certainly keeps me up.

3. Aurora—a favorite classic romance

*cough* Let’s go back to that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies thought…


4. Ariel—a book about making sacrifices and fighting for your dreams

Oh, oh! This graphic novel called Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge, because it had a familiar message about sacrificing privacy and devoting yourself to following your dreams.

5. Belle—a book with a smart, independent female character

It’s funny, because Belle isn’t smart OR independent, haha. Okay, fine. She just made poor decisions and is perpetually under the protection or influence of Adam, Maurice, or Gaston at all times and—never mind.

I liked Cynthia in Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudson. Even better, I liked the Evil Librarian. Oh, if ever there were a role for Tom Hiddleston… but I digress. Cyn is street smart and capable of dealing with demons and enjoying Sweeney Todd more than anything, and saving everybody’s butts single-handedly. I need to reread that book.


6. Jasmine—a book with a character who challenged their world’s social conventions

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. Captives by Jill Williamson. Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood. George by Alex Gino. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Also, Six of Crows. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. The Giver by Lois Lowry. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Do I need to keep going?

7. Pocahontas—a book whose ending was a roller coaster of emotions

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I had to read it twice to fully understand what happened, but once I did I had ALL THE FEELINGS and I had ALL THE HAPPIES and there was SO MUCH LOVE and WHAM POP STUPID FURIES.


8. Mulan—a book with a kick-ass female character

Elvie Nara from Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal. If you do not think a 16-year-old who is pregnant with a space alien and capable of mechanical wonders and intelligent thought is not badass, then maybe you should redefine badass.

9. Tiana—a book featuring a hardworking, self-made character

Francisco Jiménez wrote three books about his childhood, teen, and new adult years, rising from poverty as an illegal immigrant to his success in college. His perspective on education and immigration were eye-opening.


10. Rapunzel—a book featuring an artist

Mia’s mom in the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot was an artist.

11. Merida—a book featuring a powerful mother-daughter relationship

I’m going to say Renée Dwyer and Bella Swan from Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. I just find it kind of interesting that while Bella is often the more mature one of the two, Renée has her own wisdom to her and really does have Bella’s best interests in mind. It’s sweet.

Also: can’t find other girl characters whose moms are alive and/or beneficial to their lives.


12. Anna and Elsa—a book featuring a great sibling relationship

Butler and Juliet and Artemis and Beckett and Myles from the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer. Because they are all devious and all united through bonds of genetics and love and they are all amazing. *embrashes them*

Since I wasn’t tagged, I shall not tag; however, feel free to steal this for your own book tagging delight.

All right, you know the drill. Gimme two book recommendations based off of the questions above!


  1. OMG artemis!!! <3 <3 <3 (my fictional crush; also those books are amazing). I think one amazing thing about YA in general is that while a lot of people *cough* mother *cough* don't think it's deep, it manages to challenge popular culture and the horrible way the world works and still be deep and interesting. I really want to read mothership (I love teen pregnancy books, don't ask me why), and I am totally stealing this tag, Heather! :)

    1. Oh, I love Artemis, too. <3 I do think that YA can totally offer some very interesting thoughts on life and existence and all those other components, too. I hope you like Mothership, and I look forward to seeing your tag!

  2. Cool tag! And Oh my goodness, YEESSSS!!! The Artemis Fowl books were amazing in every way, but the relationships especially... :D Just top-notch. <3


    1. Yes. I LOVE THEM. They are so cute. I would want my own Artemis Fowl action figures.

  3. Gosh, I adore Butler and Juliet. And Beckett and Miles. And every single character in that entire series, even Opal Koboi (you can't deny she's a fantastic villain).
    Evil Librarian sounds awesome (you had me at "a role for Tom Hiddleston) :)

    1. She IS a fantastic villain! I need to analyze her sometime, I think.

      And also, yes. Like, I need to reread it, because seriously, he would just be IDEAL. *sighs happily* Yup, I need to reread it.

  4. I ADORE Artemis Fowl. Just adore every aspect of that entire series.

    Yeah, that's all I really have to say on the matter.

    1. I completely agree. *nods* And that's all I have to say in response.

  5. Isn't this the most fun tag? Your stealing of it is legit viable.
    Aah, ever since I first read about Mothership, when you showcased it here a couple months back, I've wanted to read it so badly, and it just sounds *awesome* and intriguing and I want to read all the things. You've definitely got me impassioned for that one.
    Juliet and Butler (and Juliet and Artemis, because I was shipping them when I was, like, eight) are one of the best sibling-hoods in books, although I do love the Quagmires and Beaudelaires, too. They're kind of all such passionate, clearly caring siblings. The way their relationships were showed was really beautiful.

    1. Very legit, eh?

      I hope you enjoy it! I just got the conclusion of the trilogy and it made me soooooo happy and laugh so much! :)

      Oh, I didn't even think of the Beaudelaires! I haven't read that series in a long time, but you're totally right, because they're awesome too. :)


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