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The Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

I’m having a little bit of a writer’s block right now, even though I’ve taken the long weekend to focus on reading and writing for the blog. Hopefully I can get my groove back sooner rather than later; for now, though, some fun stuff to brighten the mood.

Many thanks to the ever-fabulous Azia @ The Uncharted World for tagging me in this delightful book tag! I highly recommend checking out her incredible reviews, as well as her awesome answers to one of my favorite book tags ever. Shout out to Kirsty @ Kirsty and The Cat Read for creating this tag (truly, a gift to bloggers everywhere. Check out her blog as well for more quality content!)


1. “TALE AS OLD AS TIME” – A popular theme, trope, or setting you will never get bored of reading

Honestly, I’m a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings. I’ll give any book even loosely based off of the original story my time for simply pulling themes from my favorite fairy tale. I’ve read countless retellings of this story across genres (from recent YA adaptations to romance from the early 70s to actual fairy tale erotica) and I know I’ll read many, many more. At this point, I could read the transcript to the 1991 movie and give it 5 stars. What can I say? I’m obsessed.

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2. BELLE – A book you bought for it’s beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful on the inside

I don’t consider myself a cover buyer – at least, not a book I haven’t already read yet. I’ll check books out from the library based on their cover, or pick books up that people have recommended to me or sent to me that have beautiful covers, but I’ve only once bought a book I hadn’t read yet because I thought the cover was gorgeous, and I didn’t enjoy the book at all.

I did, however, totally spend money on international shipping so I could own the Vintage Classics UK edition of The Night Circus. I also made plans to purchase the UK editions of 3 different V. E. Schwab books, but you’ll have to check back to find out if I think Vicious is just as mesmerizing as the cover suggests.

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3. BEAST – A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you 

I had already liked Neil Gaiman before I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane, after reading his work geared for younger readers and absolutely blowing through Stardust before the movie came out. I’m not sure what I expected from this book, since it wasn’t high fantasy and relatively short at less than 200 pages. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve read it, but I remember finishing it and thinking that this is the kind of book I want to read in 10 years’ time and see how I feel. It was a very grown-up book for me at the time. I’m still waiting to read it again because I was pleasantly surprised and a bit awed the first time around, and I want to know if I was right about it affecting me differently at different points in my life.

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4. GASTON – A book everyone loves that you don’t 

Not everyone loves this, from what I’ve seen, but enough people liked it for me to decide to pick it up…and I hated it. I didn’t like the writing style seriously why keep doing this and it made it so hard to focus on the plot because I was so annoyed before I even hit the halfway point it sucked so bad. I keep hearing it gets better, so Unravel Me is sitting on my TBR shelf waiting to be picked up. I know I’m waiting because I’m not in the mood to be disappointed again. I’ll read it. Eventually. Maybe.

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5. LEFOU – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart

Although I loved Nikolai more than both main characters, I have to say that Tolya and Tamar were the real loyal sidekicks that stood out in my mind from this book and the next. I cared about those two more than a majority of the other characters, to be brutally honest. So glad to see them have such a large part in the final book of the trilogy.

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6. MRS. POTTS, CHIP, LUMIERE, AND COGSWORTH – A book that helped you through a difficult time or taught you something meaningful 

My parents got divorced when I was four, and while it wasn’t a difficult split by any standards, I had a really hard time coping when they both got remarried four years later. My mom moved to Hawaii with her new Navy-man husband, and I was stuck with my dad and his new wife that disliked me about as much as I disliked her. Although this book has nothing to do with divorce or evil stepparents or anything like that, it was one of my mom’s favorite books, and I cherished it greatly when she was away and I was only able to see her twice a year. I really think this book kept me from feeling so alone, and I found comfort in knowing that Mandy was alone, too, and eventually found a family that loved her.

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7. “SOMETHING THERE” – A book or series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end 

Man, did I hate this protagonist! What a whiny, spoiled brat he was throughout the entirety of this book. I went up to the guy who let me borrow it and nearly threw the book in his face when I returned it, because I was so upset that there was just about zero redemption for his crappy attitude. Luckily the series picked up and Merlin seriously improved along with the rest of the characters, but hot damn did I hate him at the start.

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8. “BE OUR GUEST” – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner 

Molly Carpenter seems like the kind of person I would meet at work, who would be a regular with her ever-changing hair and a new tattoo peeking out underneath tight shirts and ripped jeans every time she swung by. I’d love to befriend her and invite her over for Chinese food and 80’s movies and maybe even convince her to dye my hair again. She seems like the kind of person who would be a great female friend.

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I’ve gotten a handful of new followers this week – hopefully you all enjoy this tag as much as I enjoyed seeing you in my notifications. Thanks so much  ❤

Ami @ Luvtoread

Leah @ Reading Cavy

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo, and Tea

Liam @ Hey Ashers!

Anne @ Inked Brownies

Lashaan & Trang @ Bookidote

Happy Blogging!

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30 thoughts on “The Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

      1. ACOTAR is a book I’ve had since its release and I’ve tried to read it but have yet to get around to finishing it. I’ve never heard of the other one, I must check it out. Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll be sure to check out that second one 💙

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      2. I had that problem to, but I loved listening to the audiobook version. It definitely gave me a greater appreciation for the book. The person who reads it has the best voices.
        I hope you enjoy Beauty! Robin McKinley has many fantastic books that are all worth checking out 🙂

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    1. Retellings are trendy right now, and I’m glad that so far (in my experience) they’ve all been good. There’s a few I plan on picking up soon (including a handful of Beauty and the Beast retellings I have yet to read) and I can only hope the good continues.
      I can’t wait to see your answers! 🙂

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  1. Awesome answers! I did NOT like Shatter Me either. I couldn’t even finish the book, tbh. Didn’t like the writing style or the characters so I donated the book to my local library, hoping someone else might enjoy it more than me LOL. And that cover for The Night Circus is beautiful!! I need it now. I actually really loved The Night Circus, even though it took a few chapters for me to get into.

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  2. LOVE THIS TAG !! 🙂 I FELL in love with Night Circus too!! I head Shatter Me has some pretty good and pretty bad reviews so I guess I have to read it to judge it 😦 Altho its not on my priorities list hahah – Trang

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    1. Have you done this tag yet?? I will literally edit this just to tag you if you haven’t. It is SO FUN and you deserve fun tags always. ❤
      I adore The Night Circus more than life itself, and I'm so glad you love it too!! That cover had me swooning, no joke. Shatter Me has a gorgeous cover, but I couldn't take the inside; I'd love to hear what you think of it, if you get around to it, haha!

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  3. Man, these answers are awesome!! The Ocean at The End of The Lane was such a gem for me as well. I mean, I expected to end up liking it because it’s Neil Gaiman, but never expected to be able to identify with it as much as I did!

    Sounds like you had a rough childhood, not being able to see your mother more than twice a year, that’s just awful! 😦 Glad to see you found some comfort in books.

    80’s movies and Chinese takeout? And that dog? Count me in! 😉 Thank you for tagging me!!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! Neil Gaiman is such a fantastic writer, literally all of his books are so spectacular. I highly recommend checking out his audiobooks, too – he reads them himself! I could fall asleep listening to the sound of his voice and be completely at peace.
      I try not to complain about my childhood, because it ultimately shaped the rest of my life in a positive way that I’m grateful for. I think it made me closer to my mother for sure, because we talk more than ever when we’re apart, but I also got closer to my siblings when the only people we had to rely on was each other. I’m truly the most thankful for them every single day.
      Molly is my fave, but Mouse is the best dog in the universe. Can’t wait to see your answers! 🙂

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      1. Tell me about it…I’ve basically stopped reading his books, but listening to them instead now :’). He’s an amazing narrator! With such a soothing voice indeed <3. That's good that you can look at it that way! Some people can only look back in anger and stay bitter for the rest of their lives. But other people, like you, can see the big picture of things. His name is Mouse? 😀 ❤

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  4. How’s that writer’s block coming along?

    That Night Circus cover is amazing. I haven’t read the book yet (for which I am DEEPLY ASHAMED), but if I do love it, I’d definitely have a mind to buy that edition specifically.

    I haven’t read Shatter Me either, but I’m now adding it to my list of potentially snarkable books. Color me intrigued by its awfulness.

    It’s amazing how therapeutic and supportive a book can be, especially as a child going through a difficult or traumatic experience. I’m glad you found Mandy, and that it helped you as much as it did.

    Thank you for the tag! This’ll be fun. =D

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    1. DUDE, I have SO MANY copies of The Night Circus *specifically* to give or mail to people who haven’t read it yet. It’s my favorite book of all time and I cannot recommend it enough.
      To combat my writer’s block, I bought a pocket notebook for myself yesterday that I’ve been jotting my thoughts down in, and I think it’s helping. I’m about halfway done with my review of ACOMAF (finally!) and working my way through The Reader with my handy-dandy notebook at my side.
      Honestly, I’m only suggesting you read Shatter Me so I can watch you tear it apart. There are people who like it, bless their hearts, but I couldn’t stand it. I’d be surprised if I didn’t have a permanent handprint mark on my forehead because of how many times I smacked it while reading.
      Thank you for your comments, always. I can’t wait to read your answers! 🙂

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      1. I’m horrified and confused, because (as you just convinced me to bump The Night Circus up to #2 on my Goodreads TBR, and so I hastened to Goodreads to adjust its ranking) it turns out I’d somehow removed the book from my list at some point? I recently went on a TBR-list-reducing frenzy (going from over 500 books down to a bit over 100); it must’ve been an accidental casualty. Without you, I wouldn’t have noticed, and who knows how long it would’ve taken me to read it?

        The pocket notebook is a fantastic idea! Especially if you have the self-discipline to use it (which I don’t, personally). I’m glad it’s serving you well so far.

        Congrats on making progress on your ACOMAF review! My review of it was a beast to write, and I’m still not entirely happy with it. Hopefully I won’t have to wait as long for yours as you will mine (anticipated posting date: December 4). I can’t wait to see what you say about it!

        “There are people who like it, bless their hearts, but I couldn’t stand it. I’d be surprised if I didn’t have a permanent handprint mark on my forehead because of how many times I smacked it while reading.”

        Ha! I feel awful for your abused forehead, of course, but it’s an excellent sign of the book’s snarkability. If/when I do pick it up, you’ll be the first to hear about it.

        😀

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      2. I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but I desperately need to do a TBR cleansing. I’m so glad we were able to rescue The Night Circus from wandering into the great beyond! It’s absolutely worth it.
        I cannot wait to read your review of ACOMAF. I am planning on having it finished & posted before Thanksgiving, but cross your fingers for me…I need to tie it all together still! It’s very emotional so far, which isn’t too far off from how I felt when reading it, so I will take that as a good sign. I’m seriously resisting the urge to read it AGAIN. The only thing holding me back is the #acomaf tag on Tumblr, although I had to switch to #rhysand because I was getting spoilers for Empire of Storms in the other one 😡
        The snark is strong with that one, so good luck. Even if you DNF it, I’d still love to hear what you thought! 🙂

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      3. I hope your impending TBR cleansing is a brilliant success.

        Oh, good; glad to hear I don’t have too long to wait! It’ll be an excellent review, of course, no finger-crossing necessary. Feeling all the emotions is definitely a good sign. I don’t know about you, but my worst reviews are for the books I just feel meh about.

        Wait, hold on. Forgive my ignorance, but: is there an immediate connection between ACOMAF and the Throne of Glass series? I know TOG involves the High Fae, and Celaena is all magical and whatever, but I’ve avoided most spoilers and haven’t actually learned if the two series are connected. Because, lord, if someone tells me I need to read all the TOG books before the next ACOxAx comes out, my head will explode.

        *Salutes.* =)

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      4. I can totally see the worst reviews being the meh ones…the feeling of disappointment, that something full of potential ended up being a total let-down, is the absolute worst. It really bums me out, especially for a book so hyped about that I wanted to love.
        OKAY, SO – there is no *confirmed* connection between ToG and ACOMAF, and nothing in either book explicitly eludes to the other series, ~but~ some fans are pretty convinced after literally a single passing comment by Rowan in EoS that Prythian is in the same overarching world as Adarlan, though not anywhere close by. I’m personally not sold on it, but it’s an interesting rumor. You definitely don’t have to read all the ToG books before ACOxAx unless you’re really feeling deprived of Quality Literature. 😉

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      5. Agreed! Hopefully you don’t read too many meh books, overall.

        Oh, whew. I believe that Quality Literature should be savored, not binge-read, and would’ve hated to do the TOG books injustice by reading them too quickly. Thanks for the info and good news!

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      6. I am so guilty of binge-reading (re-reading, really) my favorite books when I’m stuck between series. Just yesterday, I found the 8th Mercy Thompson book at Goodwill, and got halfway through the book before I realized I actually had other errands to run, LOL. Something about certain series just grabs my attention, and at this point I’ve read them so many times that I could pick up any book in the series and not feel lost. New books, however – those are ones I savor, favorite chair and a mug of tea style.

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      7. Yes and yes.

        Oh man, I binge re-read Mercy Thompson through book five this summer, but stalled out because I can’t find my copy of six. (Yet another casualty to loaning my books out, I think.) I haven’t read beyond six yet, but it’s on my to-do list. Sounds like book eight is amazing, if it could distract you for so long! Hopefully your other errands weren’t time-sensitive.

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  5. I am also a hater of Shatter Me. I listened to most of it on audiobook and the narrator made Juliette sound really pathetic. I don’t know what I would have thought about all the striking out and repetition if I’d read it, but when I reached those sections in the audiobook they grated my nerves. I have heard that the series does get better but I’m someone who’s certainly not picking them up.

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