I have a confession to make: I haven’t actually watched Inside Out yet. I know, know, I absolutely have to, but I’ve always been more inclined to read a book or start a new series (my downfall, really) instead of watch a film but I’ll get around to it eventually. I saw this tag on Kelly’s blog, Stellar Scrutiny, and decided to do it myself.
A Book That Brings You Joy
First question and I already had to struggle to choose a single book. After much deliberation, I chose The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke. This book is absolutely magical in the best possible! I loved reading about Ananna and Naji’s adventures as they set off to break the curse, while the ending surprised me so much because it was refreshing and satisfying in the way it didn’t make any of the characters compromise in any way.
A Book That Brings You Sadness
I was going to name The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller BUT I want to have some variety so I’m going to say Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling. While at first I breezed through this book, the second time I read it I cried my eyes out because I’d gotten very attached to Sirius (and Wolfstar in general) and reading about Harry losing him was a blow to my fragile little shipper heart.
A Book That Brings You Fear
At first I couldn’t think of any book because I tend to shy away from horror and thrillers (it’s not just books, its also films and series unless copious amounts of alcohol are involved where the last two are concerned) but I can think of one book that fits this catoegory. The Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff about a young Jewish girl who catches the eye of a nazi official while hiding her true identity, had my pulse racing with every new chapter.
A Book That Brings You Anger
No doubt about it, it’s Reawakened by Colleen Houck. I’ve read the first few books of The Tiger Saga so I was delighted when I found out she was writing a book about Egyptian mythology, one of my fvourite subjects. But no. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the concept, the characters, the story, pretty much everything actually but its the love story in this book that just drives me up the wall [I’ll explain further at the end of this post, as it contains spoilers for the story].
A Book Books That Brings You Disgust
Can I cheat? Imma cheat on this one. The entirety of the Fifty Shades trilogy by E. L. James. It’s bad guys, it’s so bad. Not only is the writing bad (this is an actual sentence that was actually published: ‘I feel the color in my cheeks rising again. I must be the color of The Communist Manifesto.’ ) but Christian Grey is an abusive, sadistic, man who barely disguises his disgusting actions. On top of that, the justification is that all of this is somehow part of the BDSM etiquette, and the only reason someone would willingly take part in that is because they were abused as children.
This song perfectly illustrates my feelings towards these books:
All of you! I want to hear which books make you see red and which make you squeal!
[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED ABOUT REAWAKENED. Also, some strong language]
I am very angry at Reawakened because at some point during the book, Lily makes a move to leave Amon and he literally controls her. She is forced to help him, against her own will, and makes it very clear how revolted she was by that. In fact, her entire life, she’s had her choices taken away from her by her parents, so this act is even more horrifying to her in that way. AND THEN SHE GOES AND FALLS HEAD OVER FUCKING HEELS FOR HIS ASS. I don’t know about you, but that ruined the rest of the book for me, I knew they were going to get together, that was obvious from the beginning and I shipped them like mad, but after that moment, it just left a bad taste in my mouth. I will be reading the rest of the trilogy because Houck hinted at it being about his other two brothers and not concentrating on Lily and Amon, BUT I’ll be much more apprehensive about the romantic pairings.