Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week! 💕 Seriously, my own was such a disaster that it’d be nice to know that there are people out there who are having a much better start to 2021.
One of our cats died on Monday, and to say I’m not dealing well with it is an understatement. I guess one advantage of having online classes is that I can easily hide my tear-stained face and puffy eyes by not turning the camera on…
Losing pets is always hard, but I think what is making Lorra’s death particularly horrible is that my gut instinct is telling me that we should have just let her die naturally rather than having the vet put her down. Yes, she hadn’t really been well since November and was suffering horribly, rasping for every breath, but she was fighting until the very last minute, snuggling up to us, and licking the only food she could still eat from our fingers. And the look she gave me when the vet poked her with that needle… I really felt like she desparately wanted to live those last moments of her life on her terms, even if they were awful.
And we took that choice away from her. Which feels like just another instance of human arrogance. Who are we to make decisions about who lives and who dies, especially when we can’t ask the animals in question what they would have wanted? Shouldn’t we listen to signs that point to that they were still trying? Would we want someone to murder us, just so we could escape the pain of dying? And is death really better than staying alive and suffering? Obviously, I don’t have any answers either, but the guilt has just added to all the torturous thoughts already keeping me up at night.
So yeah, overall, I’m really not in the best place at the moment… Which is why I put the more creative post I originally wanted to write this week on hold for a while and decided to go with something that would require less brain power, keep me distracted, and make me think (mostly) about books that made me happy!
And at exactly the right time, Pilar at The Bookworm Shelf tagged me for the 2020 Superlatives tag 🤗 Thank you so much, Pilar, you have no idea how much I needed a fun post like this! This tag was created by Alex over at The Scribe Owl, and it’s such a wonderful way to reflect on some of my 2020 favorites all over again. So yeah, even though I also have a ton of older tags to get to, we’re doing this now! Besides, I think I kind owe you something cheerful after dumping all of this awfulness on you… 😅
- Fill out each of the prompts with your answer. Each character/book you choose has to be one you read in 2020.
- Tag as many or few people as you want, but preferably somewhere around 10.
- Have fun and happy new year!!
😈 Best Villain 😈
Coriolanus Snow, hands down. I mean, now that I’ve actually seen firsthand how his mind works, I hate him even more than I already did. Talk about a twisted, lying, manipulative, self-centered creep… Why couldn’t Sejanus have become president of Panem instead?
😍 Best Main Character 😍
Emma 😍 She’s so wonderfully stubborn and obnoxious, and I had a great time watching her make an absolute mess of things. She’s such a realistic character who shows amazing development! If you ask me, this story is even better than Pride and Prejudice… Though before you kill me for saying that, I do also love Lizzie and Mr Darcy!!
(Also Vasya from The Winternight Trilogy, but it felt like cheating to use that book for more than one question. But of course, I’m cheating anyway by sneaking her in this way 😁)
👯 Best Side Character 👯
Solovey from The Winternight Trilogy. I mean, he’s a horse. And generally amazing 😍 There is honestly no competition. Unless maybe Morozko… 🤔🌨 Let’s just say all the characters in this series are pretty awesome, so you should most definitely read it if you haven’t yet!
😬 Tough Luck 😬
A character that you’re glad you aren’t
Mary B. Addison from Allegedly. Having been locked up in prison since childhood and being physically, sexually and emotionally abused are things I wouldn’t even wish on my worst enemy. I mean, not that I actually have worst enemies, but if I did, I certainly hope I wouldn’t want them to experience this kind of stuff! So I definitely don’t feel as if I’m missing out on anything when I say I don’t want to be Mary. Plus, she’s genuinely creepy! After all, there’s got to be a reason why people think she was a nine-year-old baby-murdering psychopath, right?
🏔 Best Place to Raise a Family 🏔
A setting (preferably not in our world) that you wouldn’t mind settling down in
*Desparately tries not to mention The Winternight Trilogy again by saying Baba Yaga’s or Morozko’s house*
So I guess maybe the underground library from The Starless Sea? That place is pretty amazing 😍 Though I’m not sure if it’d be a good place to raise a family. I’m pretty sure I’d lose my kids in all its sprawling rooms and corridors pretty much the minute they were born… And, of course, I’d want to live there before any of the weird stuff at the end of The Starless Sea starts happening 🙄
🌋 Uninhabitable 🌋
A setting you would never want to live in
The Ward from Marie Rutkoski’s The Midnight Lie. Honestly, the place is so awful that it’s important enough to deserve a mention in the book’s synopsis:
Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.
Yeah, I kind of don’t want to live there… Especially since said “tithe” involves lots of blood and sometimes severed appendages 😅 And do you know how addicted I am to chocolate? No sweets would be an absolute nightmare! So no thank you!
😎 Most Likely to Succeed 😎
An indie or underhyped book that everyone would like it they just tried it
Hmm, this is hard. Poems for the End of the World, maybe? I’m a little biased since I’ve beta-read several of Katie’s novels and genuinely love working with her [You should totally check out her YouTube channel to see what a precious human she is!], but I didn’t read this poetry collection before it was published, so I think I’m at least semi-objective on this one 😉 Many of these poems about being in your twenties really resonated with me, and I’ve gone back to read them several times over. Which is saying a lot, because modern poetry is not something I pick up very often…
🥳 Life of the Party 🥳
A book that kept you laughing and having a good time
Serpent & Dove, for sure. This book has received a ton of backlash for being too trashy, but guys: It is trashy in the best kind of way possible!!! The hate-to-love romance? The witches? The France-inspired setting? The smut? Sign me up! I definitely need to get to the sequel soon 🤗
🤯 Most Unforgettable 🤯
A book you couldn’t forget if you tried
I’m just gonna go ahead and copy Pilar’s answer here, but it is just so true… There’s just something about Twilight that has made me return to it again and again, and reading the same story from Edward’s point of view in Midnight Sun was, if possible, even better 😂 Edward’s dark, overthinking mind is one of the most hilarious places I’ve ever been in. And oh my, I got so many precious details I didn’t know I needed! Such as Edward oiling Bella’s bedroom window so he could stalk her more easily 😂😂😂 Seriously, I was dying of laughter the entire time, and buddy reading this with a friend was one of the best reading experiences ever 😊
💎 Most Unique 💎
A book unlike anything you’ve read before
There’s really only one book this could go to, and that is John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. This 17th-century play completely destroyed any notions I ever had about society being made up of prude Christians back then. This has some pretty graphic incest. Lots of scheming. And then we have incesty-brother stab incesty-sister’s heart onto a dagger and run around with it like a maniac. It was certainly … something else. And weirdly enough, I actually did like it? I predicted pretty much nothing that would happen – I mean, with that plot, who would? – and the play also got across some pretty poignant social commentary about the status of women. It was actually quite forward-thinking! But yes, also really vulgar 😀
Anyway, those were all of the questions! So finally, to spread the bloggosphere love, I’m gonna tag the following people:
- Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds
- Chelsey @ The Travelling Reader
- Emme @ A Literary Latte
- Georgia @ Lost in Neverland
- Marta @ Monogamist Reader
- Meena @ Strawberry’s Corner
- Nehal @ Books and Words
- Sam @ Dear Bookshelves
Remember, you are in no way obligated to do this! I completely understand if tags are not your thing, or if you just have a lot going on right now. [Or if you’ve already done this and I somehow missed it 😅]. And you’re also free to take months to finally get to this, since I’m no better with my own tags. Who says you can’t do a 2020 tag in the middle of 2021? After all, the two years are already starting to blend together in my head… But anyway, I just thought people should check out all of your wonderful blogs!! 😉
And that’s it for today! As always, do let me know if you’ve read any of the books I mentioned and what you thought of them, or just share something positive that happened to you recently! Good news and cheerful thoughts are always more than welcome! ☺