I came across this book tag that was created by silverwolfreads (which is an amazing name tbh), and while I haven’t read To Kill The Kingdom, the book the tag is based on, it’s definitely on my TBR. I rarely read dark stories, but I make an exception for dark fantasy and fairytales, especially with mermaids.
You’re going on a vacation on a cruise boat for a week. Which book(s) would you pack to keep you entertained as you explore the seven seas?
A week? I pack one or two physical books and my entire Kindle library for a 2-hour train trip because I’m so indecisive. I love physical books, but honestly, nothing beats the convenience of carrying around hundreds of books on your phone/tablet.
Still, if I had to pick – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy would both be great for a cruise trip, but also they are quite heavy. Maybe the Murderbot Diaries? It’s four short novellas that are easier to carry. Those are all old favourites I’d love to re-read, which are safer than picking up new books.
You’re on the boat, and you start to hear your favourite song being played out from a nearby island. Which song would this be? What book do you associate with this song?
I’m bad at picking favourites, and the song I listen to the most change a lot. But I quite like Jet Pack Blues by Fall Out Boy and Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time by Panic! at the Disco. I can’t say I really associate books with them, although… I feel like the second one would definitely fit Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide.
You go to the side of the boat and notice a mermaid sat on the rocks. She seems pretty bored. And you know of loads of awesome books. Which one book do you always recommend to people without fail?
I’d be really boring if I said The Gentleman’s Guide again, and I already mentioned The Murderbot Diaries as well. The other books I always recommend would be Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver, The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin, and Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sonderby! The sequel, Tone of Voice involves aquatic creatures as well, so maybe a mermaid would appreciate them.
The mermaid seems pretty happy with your suggestion, and swims off. You hear the song from a moment ago has stopped. And there doesn’t seem to many people about. Creepy, huh? What book gave you the chills whilst you were reading it?
I always have trouble with these questions because I rarely read creepy books… Although I just finished In The Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard and there was a part that definitely gave me the creeps.
Oooh, and Penpal by Dathan Auerbach. Technically, I haven’t read it in book form, but I remember reading it when it was only online creepypasta, and wow. I kind of got scared sitting in my own home in the dark yesterday when I remembered it.
The song picks up again. But this time, it doesn’t sound like the normal version you’re used to. It sounds eery, and you can feel yourself walking towards the sound. You’re in a trance. Which book hooked you in from the very first page?
Okay, I totally love how this book tag is telling a story, but I’m kind of afraid of where it is going.
I feel like the most boring person in the universe if I say The Gentleman’s Guide again, so I’m forcing myself to pick something else. My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih fits this question perfectly, I think. The title, the cover and the very first few sentences absolutely hooked me. In the end, I struggled with finishing the book, but it was an eery and important read. And it definitely gave me the chills, so it could work for the previous question as well.
You’re climbing over the rails of the ocean, moving towards the sound of the singing. You jump into the ocean and a rush of cold hits you. What book has the biggest plot twist that you weren’t expecting?
Hm… this isn’t really a plot twist, and I hate when orientations are treated as plot twists, but I remember being pleasantly shocked when it turned out that the infamous leaked chapters about Nico di Angelo being gay were actually real. That was the beginning, and since then, Riordan has included genderfluid characters and bi protagonists in his work as well.
You begin swimming on instinct, nothing has come to get you yet. You feel like you’ve been swimming for hours. What’s the biggest book you’ve ever read? (Or the one that’s taken you the longest time to read).
I made an entire post about this recently. The funny thing is that the top 10-15 are mostly from the same 3 authors: Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling and Cassandra Clare. (I only really like one of them lately though, so it’s double ironic.)
Something grabs your leg. You start kicking. Which book deals with heavy/underdiscussed that always makes you want to put up a fight for righteousness?
I’m not sure how to interpret this question and I think there might be a word missing? Hm. I’m going to say Chameleon Moon because damn if I can’t relate to “hey, the world sucks and it’s literally on fire, but we’re still here, and we’re together, and we’ll protect each other”. Or at least, I want to relate to it.
They’re pulling you under the water. Which book had you on the edge of your seat, unable to breathe as you turned to the next page?
I’ve gotta say this one has to be The Gent— Okay, okay, I’ll pick something else!
I really don’t want to repeat the same 2-3 books all the time, but also no wonder that they are my favourite books when they fit all these questions. Hm, I’m going to say Sadie by Courtney Summers. It was a quick and action-packed read, but also heavy and kind of messed up in a real way.
You notice a glimpse of red. You notice a fish-like tail. It’s a siren. Which book would you recommend for people who love the ocean’s mythical creatures?
Darker fantasy with mermaids: The Seafarer’s Kiss / The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember (F/F), Still Waters by Alex Gabriel (M/M), Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner (F/F), The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang (F/NB)
Selkies: The Witch Sea by Sarah Diemer (F/F)
Less dark, with mermaids: Out of Her Depth by Pike Martell (F/F), The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (F/M), Moon-Bright Tides by RoAnna Sylver (F/F)
On my TBR: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (duh), The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb (F/F), Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
There is an enormous screeching sound. The siren lets go. You float to the top of the ocean surface, gasping for air. You’re alive. You get onboard the boat, dry off and clutch your books to your chest.
Which bookish-friends would you call to share your experience with? Who would you believe you? Who should do this tag?
I’m going to tag Avery and also everyone who wants to do this!