Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Musings: Birthstones Book Tag

I got this from Amanda, who got it from someone, who got it from someone, who got it from the original poster.

The idea is to list a book or character who fits the associations listed with each month's birthstone. This should be fun.

1. January (Garnet): Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies. Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.

Seven Princes by John R. Fultz: The main villain of this book made me sick to my stomach. If I'd had the physical book for this, I'd have thrown it across the room.

2. February (Amethyst): Purple is associated with royalty. Name a book with regal qualities. You can base this off of characters or choose the King of all books.

The Lord of the Rings: It's regal. It has kings. It is the king of fantasy.

3. March (Aquamarine): Washed out. Name a 'wishy washy' character, a character who is not strong or a follower.

Georgiana from A School for Unusual Girls: She has very little drive for most of the book and isn't at all a strong person.

4. April (Diamond): A diamond in the rough. Name a book that you loved but is not well known.

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis is one of his less-well-known books, but possibly his best fiction. 
Plenilune by Jennifer Freitag is one of the best books I've discovered recently and everyone should read it.

5. May (Emerald): Said to balance energy. Name two characters who balance each other well.

Sophie and Howl from Howl's Moving Castle: Howl wouldn't survive without Sophie.

6. June (Pearl): Associated with loyalty. Name a character who is loyal to the end.

Samwise Gamgee! There are no other loyal people. I mean *ahem* Sam is the best.

7. July (Ruby): Blood red. Name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire: There's an unfair and unjustified dig at Narnia in this book that killed my enjoyment of the story.

8. August (Peridot): Pale green (it pales in comparison to other gems). Name a supporting character who you like better than the main character.

Wait. Peridot does what?! *sideways glances at the original poster of this tag*

Right. We're here to talk books. Supporting characters I like(d) better than the main characters include: the Persian from The Phantom of the Opera, Door and the Marquis from Neverwhere (although Door might be considered a main), Ariel in The Tempest, Robin Goodfellow in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Dustfinger in the Inkheart trilogy.

9. September (Sapphire): Blue like the ocean which is calming. Name a book that had a calming effect on you.

Narnia always does this, particularly the end of The Last Battle; the same goes for the end of The Lord of the Rings.

10. October (Opal): Iridescent. Name an iridescent book; this can be a book with a beautiful cover (Shiny? Lots of color?) or you can base it off of a character (Quirky? Colourful?).

Mirriam's book Paper Crowns has one of the most beautiful book covers ever.

11. November (Topaz): Associated with resilience. Name a book with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity.

The Hunger Games, The Lord of the Rings, Ptolemy's Gate, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix among others.

12. December (Blue zircon): Associated with friendship. Name a book with a friendship you want to be a part of.

The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy and her friends are steadfast companions.
The Lord of the Rings: See my response to #6.
Maniac Magee: One of the best books on friendship from my childhood.
The Secret Garden: I always wanted a friend like Dickon.
I also wouldn't mind being in Merlin's circle of friends in Albion Academy. They stick by each other no matter what.

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