Hello one and all! It’s a lovely day for a tag! Last month I had so much fun composing my answers to the Folklore tag that I wanted to do something similar with my all-time favourite band the Beatles… and since I couldn’t find an existing tag, I decided to create my own! Taking some key songs from their repertoire (not just my faves), I did a mash up with some questions and jammed in some graphics (which anyone is welcome to use).
And now for some (pretty straightforward) rules…
- Tag back to the original creator Orang-utan Librarian (me)
- Thank whoever tagged you
- Tag people and keep it going!
Okay let’s rock ‘n roll!
Mr Knightley from Emma– because he is the best Austen heartthrob- and Darcy’s girls can fight me on that 😉
Big Magic– this is so perfect for any creative type! It felt like it was giving me a great big hug!
The Hating Game– this working girl’s rom com is just the antidote to a hard day’s night!
Big Little Lies– I know this may seem like an unusual choice, yet when I was going through a tough time, this really helped me get out of my own head for a while. And sometimes that’s the best thing a book can do for you!
Noughts and Crosses– oof this gives me a book hangover whenever I read it. I also learned a lot about the world from this as well. It definitely knocked me for six.
Bronze Horseman– I thought long and hard about this one (because I’m a cantankerous monkey and there’s a lot of books I don’t like). I went with Bronze Horseman in the end, since it has so few redeemable features! I hated the romance, I despised all the characters and the plot was dumb… apart from that the Russian setting was rather appealing. So maybe I’ll just jet off to Russia (Covid allowing) and leave this book behind 😉
Fangirl– there are quite a lot of books about aspiring writers, but I chose this one because, not only does it capture the feeling of trying to find your footing in the world of stories, it’s also as fun as the song!
Long Way to a Small Angry Planet– because of the lizard sex.
Eleanor Oliphant– I mean, it’s meant to be because they both have Eleanor in the title 😉 In all seriousness, this book had a far more poignant note to it than I expected and spoke volumes about the nature of loneliness in our society.
Neverwhere– I love this mythical take on London!
Wideacre– this is a weird one, because it’s a supposedly feminist story… and yet the heroine is a raging sociopath who sleeps with her brother. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for femme fatales… it’s just (call me crazy) but this doesn’t scream empowerment. I don’t really get what Gregory was going for here (and I’ve spent wayyy too long trying to puzzle the message out of this message-driven-book). If it’s that the patriarchy makes women evil, then it takes away what autonomy women do have. And if it’s that women who defy men and take power turn into lunatics… then YIKES!
Good Omens– not only did this make me laugh (because *duh* it’s by Pratchett and Gaiman) it also has a beautiful moral about the value of humanity.
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society– short and sweet, this epistolary novel delivers on *every emotion* under the sun. It packs in character’s experiences, different war stories and a huge amount of heart.
Daisy Jones and the Six– I jived with this story set in the rock ‘n roll scene so much- not least because the audiobook was such a fun time!
The Bride Test– Hoang’s contemporaries just make me so happy!
13 Reasons Why– I truly believe stories featuring suicide, depression and mental health are important… just not like this. I do occasionally hear that this helped some people and don’t want to take that away from anyone, yet I’ve always felt this particular novel (and subsequent show) does more harm than good. It teaches quite a lot of misinformation and ideation in its desperate attempt to get a message across.
Peter Pan– this was my favourite story growing up… because I didn’t want to grow up at all!(some might argue I have achieved this goal mentally, if not physically 😉 )
Catcher in the Rye– this is such a popular book to hate on- and yes I get it, Holden’s annoying, but he also speaks with such a strong teenage voice and I recognise so much of him in real life!
Circe– I genuinely think this is genius. It not only reimagines the Greek myths, it gives them new life and a new voice. There’s something infinitely magical about Miller’s retelling.
Perks of Being a Wallflower– well, more like this shouts infinite wisdom! There are still lines from this book I murmur to myself, messages that I pocketed away for rainy days and thoughts that I needed to hear.
Secret Countess– it’s not just Ibbotson’s hopeful story that brings a smile to my face, it’s her wonderful leading lady, who represents a kind of fairy tale goodness that’s rare and rewarding to read.
The Hobbit– easily my most reread book, I find new wonders each time I go there and back again.
Annnd time for a quick Bonus Question: What’s your favourite Beatles song?
That’s a hard one for me, because it often changes, but right now it’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
Alrighty then! Since I don’t know who likes the Beatles, I’m going to be tagging some lovely people at random: Meggy @ChocolatenWaffles, Journey into books, Sam @RivermooseReads, Kay @Hammock of Books, Kristin Kraves, Meeghan, Katie @Never Not Reading, Evelyn Reads, Ruby Rae Reads , Read Between the Skylines, Laura, Meltotheany, Embuhleeliest and anyone else that wants to do it!
And that’s all for now! Are you a fan of the Beatles? If so, what’s your favourite song(s)? Let me know in the comments!