So, a lot of people on Instagram recommended this booktag to me and I have to say: I LOVE the idea. I think we all need a little hope at the moment, due to the current situation and what is going in our lives. As far as I can think of, books have always brought me a lot of joy and hope in moments I highly needed it. So this tag really sounds like something I am going to love answering to.
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A book world you want to escape to
Some times ago, I would have said the Shadowhunters world, because it used to be my ultimate obsession. Those books saved my life in many ways, helped me grow and gave me so many feelings I some times am still overwhelmed just thinking about it. But the Shadowhunters world is also a very dark one, with death and demons and a lot of sad stories and deep heritage. Of course, this is what makes it so good, but it might not be a world I want to escape to when I want to be given a little hope. So I will say Calidia from Silver Batal and the Water Dragons race by K.D.Halbrook. If you don’t know this series, it is a middle-grade fantasy story set in an Arab-inspired world with water dragons and badass races.
Romance that left you melting inside
I won’t lie, I had to scroll through my Goodreads to answer this one, because I haven’t read any romance for months now. But I am reading one now, even if I don’t really feel like it is a romance, more of a coming-of-age story – anyway. I would say Love from A to Z by S.K.Ali. It is one of those books I really remember where I was when I finished it, and what I was doing. I melted because of how true their love is, how pure and hopeful, you know? We have two characters struggling with life and expectation and future but they still make it work.
Friendships we should all inspire to have
The friendship between Zuzana and Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This is my absolute favourite fictional friendship ever. Karou and Zuz are amazing, not only because they are both very fun and sassy, but because their actions tell a lot about their feelings and the way each will always be there for the other. When reading it for the first time I was impressed by the fact Zuzana would follow Karou anywhere just because she loves her to death, even though it is dangerous as fork.
Intermission: Take a break to show a cute photo of your pet or of a cute animal photo you have found online
I do not own any pet (I mean, I barely have enough space for my books and my plants and myself in my room) but did you guys know there is a cat version of Corgi dogs? I am obsessed with Corgis -as many people are- so when I discovered this cat, the Munchkin cat, I got hyped. Here, have a nice and cute picture of a Munchkin cat, you are welcome.
A character in a leadership role that inspires you
Definitely queen Sabran the Ninth from The Priory of the Orange tree by Samantha Shannon. She is such a strong and empowered woman. Through the story, you might hate her for her decision and her coldness and the way she acts. But all she does, she does it because she is a woman in a position of power, a high figure who needs to keep her chin raised at all time. But behind the wall, in her core, she is deeply emotional and acts a lot to protect people she loves.
Recommend 3 books that fill you with hope.
- The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta. Rise and shine, beauty. You have power in you and nothing should be stopping you from reaching your goals. What it takes for you to touch a little of your dream is to take a step forward. Even if life is happening and problems will always be there, you are strong enough to face it at the end. Spread your wings.
- Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. Nothing is set in stone, and the person you are will always be fluctuating. And of course, of course it is very scary. But if people really love you, they will accept you for who you are, and whoever you choose to be.
- Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. No matter the distance. No matter your life and theirs. No matter your families. No matter life and the world and its mess, if you have love, it should be strong enough to fight through it all. But what it very important is to stay true to yourself, as people won’t ever be able to love the true you if you don’t even know who this person is.
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