Captain Hook [A Book That Made You Wish Time Stood Still]
The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork
Frankly, I want to go back and reread this book already and I finished it just recently. But this story was just so amazing and is, by far, the best Nutcracker retelling I’ve come across in my entire life. And I’ve read a number of these, so that’s saying something. I’ve always loved the story and Dixon Wallwork just made it so much more wonderful that I simply could not help wanting the story to go on and on and on forever. And there’s going to be a sequel, which frankly makes me excited and terrified all at once. I don’t want it to ruin the beautiful and perfect story that this one created. But then, I feel like Dixon Wallwork is a brilliant enough writer that such a horror wont actually happen.
Cruella De Ville [A Book That Made You Angry]
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
I feel so much hatred toward this book for all of its disgusting abuse romanticizing. Honestly, books like this make me sick. I can never seem to end with how much trash this book is because of the treatment Juliet suffered from Warner and Mafi’s despicable decision to make him a love interest. Say it with me, ABUSE IS NEVER OKAY. Stupid, convenient as hell excuses for why someone is an abuser does NOT make their abusive actions forgivable. I don’t care that this boy had an abusive father–which frankly is the DUMBEST excuse to give a character for their own disgusting and abusive behavior–because that doesn’t make it forgivable IN ANY WAY that he abused Juliet. His ridiculous and pathetic reasons for traumatizing her repeatedly do not make it suddenly alright that Mafi presented him as a romantic interest. Everything about this book series makes me want to tear my eyes out at this point because I simply cannot abide by ROMANTICIZING ABUSE. It needs to stop. And so I really abhor this disturbing novel so much. Especially since the first book had a lot of potential.
Maleficent [A Book Full of Magic]
Another Faust by Daniel Nayeri and Dina Nayeri
I mean, this can be taken a number of ways and there was certainly a large selection of books from which to choose this one. But, on account of the fact that this is referenced by Maleficent, the Mistress of all Evil, I think I really had no choice but to go with Another Faust. And really, I can’t get too deeply into why without ruining the brilliant story for you guys, but believe me when I say that this book fits this particular category so perfectly.
Queen of Hearts [A Book That Made You Cry]
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I mean, honestly, if you didn’t cry at this book I can’t imagine what book actually made you cry. There’s a lot to love about Me Before You and certainly a lot of reason to cry when you reach the end of it. My emotions were not stable once I’d finished this one and while I love it for numerous reasons, I find that one of the best reasons is its ability to bring out such a strong emotional response for its readers. That, I think, is exceedingly important for any great story to have.
Scar [A Book You Want to Read Again]
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Frankly, this is a hard one for me because there are simply far too many books that I’ve been meaning to and wanting to reread. But, I think this one really fits in here simply because of how long it’s been since I read it and the fact that many of the others have not had such a long break in between the readings. I loved Delirium when I first read it and it’s certainly high time that I do so again. Though, something unrelated-ish, I don’t quite understand how Scar represents a book I want to reread?
Jafar [A Book That Made You Wish You Were Part of the Story]
Cress by Marissa Meyer
I mean, I already feel as though Cress is me and I am Cress, but I just really connected with this book so much that it seemed that I truly was in it and therefore when I finished reading it was kind of devastating. I felt as though I had been ripped from something integral to me. Cress and I are so similar as people simply on the personality level that it was exceedingly easy to put myself in her character. Add in the fact that I’d already fallen madly in love with Carswell Thorne from the previous book and she and I are basically the same. I’m still madly in love with him and they are hands down my OTP for the rest of forever. I literally have no others (as it should be for an OTP, in my opinion). [Also, as a side note…shouldn’t this be Ursula on account of the whole “part of your world” thing? Idk how the categories for these villains were decided.]
Shan Yu [A Book That Was Dark But Good]
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
If you’ve read it, you’ll understand. If you haven’t, my telling you would ruin the story. And, truthfully, there’s really nothing more I can say on the subject other than the fact that The Cemetery I’d Forgotten Books and the devastation of this one life were truly wonderful and heartbreaking in their mix.
Ursula [A Book You’d Recommend to Everyone]
Do such books even exist? I mean, there are books that I love deeply and would want everyone to read…but I’m well aware that not everyone is the same and therefore not everyone is going to fall in love with the books I’ve fallen in love with. Even The Hate U Give, which is an important novel for society, isn’t one I’d recommend to everyone. Some people don’t like fiction and can learn about this subject via books that don’t fall into that category.
I think, ultimately, it’s impossible for me to say that I’d recommend a singular book to everyone I know. But, if I had to choose it very well might end up being John Oliver and Jill Twiss’ A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo for it’s promotion of voting and democracy as well as it’s very important middle finger to trash man Mike Pence. I’d even recommend it to Pence himself.