The Birthstones Book Tag

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I saw this on Thrice Read.

In the spirit of reading more (much, much more) this year, I’m going to talk more about books and reading, as well as literature in general.

Anyway, here goes. Birthstones book tag (I did some editing because the formatting of this was driving me crazy.)

January (GARNET): Associate with warding off negative forces and dark energies – Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of:

I was going to say Melkor from the Silmarillion, but then I remembered Levana from Marissa Meyer’s Fairest. She. Was. Terrifying.

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:

A Darker Shade of Magic. I haven’t actually read all the way through this book yet- my husband and I are reading it aloud, but it’s a bit of both: Kell seems royal-adopted, and so far it’s one of my favorite novels.

March (AQUAMARINE): Washed out – Name a ‘wishy washy’ character: a character who is not strong or a leader:

I’m going to assume that we mean ‘main character’ when we say ‘character’ because there are a whole passel of side characters that would cease to be so if they actually led instead of followed.

I’m going to say Violet from The Jewel by Amy Ewing. {SPOILERS} She’s put in a position where she can’t very well be a leader. And she does lose her resolve near the end of the book.

Oh, here’s a better example: Fayre, from A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s too bad there’s not a ‘character that drove you into madness’ because Fayre did that thrice over. She’s reckless without being a leader, extremely wishy-washy when it comes to whether or not she’ll stay at the Spring Court. (Boring) (Also, this book is NOT PG. NOT AT ALL.)

APRIL (DIAMOND):  A diamond in the rough- name a book that you loved but is not well known:

Oh! The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson! It’s brilliant, but nobody I’ve talked to (outside my family) has read it.

May (EMERALD): Said to balance energy – Name two characters who balance each other well

While we’re on the topic of Brandon Sanderson… Vin and Elend, from the Mistborn trilogy. Hands down.

JUNE (PEARL): Associated with loyalty- name a character who was loyal to the end:

Samwise Gamgee, of course.

July (RUBY): Blood red – Name a book that made your blood boil- one that made you angry:

America’s First Daughter. {SPOILERS} It made me mad, it made me sad, but it was beautiful. I wouldn’t say that I was blood-boilingly angry, but between Patsy’s husband’s actions late in the book and Patsy’s separation from William Short…

AUGUST (PERIDOT): Pale green (it pales in comparison to other gems)- name a supporting character who you liked better than the main character:

First of all, peridot does NOT pale in comparison to other gems! Who wrote this? Peridot is the color of a forest in the summertime. That’s not pale at all!

Ahem.

I’d probably say Halt from the Ranger’s Apprentice Series. I liked him SO MUCH more than Will. Or Horace. Or Alyss.

September (SAPPHIRE): Blue like the ocean which is calming – Name a book that had a calming effect on you:

It’s hard to say any book has a calming effect on me since my brain gets all kinds of ideas and runs amok with them. But The Queen’s Agent: Francis Walsingham in the Court of Elizabeth I was pretty calming. Don’t read into that! I didn’t say boring. I said calming.

OCTOBER (OPAL): Iridescent- name a book that has an iridescence, whether in character or in form: 

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher has an iridescent cover.
I also think that The Wrath and the Dawn was such a beautiful, well-told story (at least the parts that were from Shahrzad ‘s POV, I would call that iridescent.

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

Now that I think about it, I’d say most main characters do this in one way or another. All of the heroines in Marissa Meyer’s Books: Cinder, Cress, Scarlet (and presumably Winter- I haven’t read that one yet) rise to the top. Katsa, Po (dear Po), Fire, and Bitterblue rise to the top in Kristin Cashore’s books. Vin rises to the top in Mistborn.

Rising to the top in times of adversity is present in most novels of any genre. Think about it.

DECEMBER (BLUE ZIRCON): ASSOCIATED WITH FRIENDSHIP – NAME A BOOK WITH A FRIENDSHIP YOU WANT TO BE APART OF:

I want to be a part of the friendship between Isabella Camherst and Natalie Oscott, from The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan.

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