All the Extras
This page is where I'll discuss a mix of other topics which either are important or I just want to discuss and let you know about.
After doing the Harry Potter tag, I found this tag also floating around. Since both Hogwarts and Narnia were my childhood- and I'm currently re-reading The Last Battle- I figured it was only right to follow up with the Narnia tag.
In the spirit of things, I'm most likely going to be hard pressed for just one single answer to some of these. I apologise for, and regret, none of it. :)
Narnia- Magical world you would like to visit
Simple answer- Narnia itself. I've always loved Cair Paravel. The film made the location even greater than in my imagination- and actually is not a million miles away from the illustrations Pauline Barnes did for the books.
In other worlds to visit, I would also choose a) the Grishaverse and b) Prythian, in particular the Night Court. Perhaps whilst being here those years that I spent doing karate would come in handy...a little bit, at least.
Finally, Hogwarts. Of course.
Oops, that's four answers...I told you so. :)
The Magician's Nephew- Book you think is underrated
Continuing with the theme of 'I can't follow the rules', I have two books for this category. The first one is Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, which I adore. I'm not sure if it's because it's set in the UK, but I haven't seen many international readers talking about this.
Please do. You won't regret it.
Secondly, I vote for Frostblood by Elly Blake. It's a great fantasy YA story with more to it than what there may first appear. Basically, I love it and am excited- yet nervous- for the final book to be released next year.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- A classic you love
The first one that always comes to mind is Black Beauty, so this is my nomination. Of course, the book heading this particular section is also a classic, but I'm going to be good and pick one book.
The Horse and His Boy- Book you picked up without knowing what it was about
I clearly remember when I picked up Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. The cover caught my eye and I was rather intrigued by the blurb too. Yes, I know we shouldn't take one look at pretty covers and buy the book, but come on...I know full well I'm not the only one who does that!!
Anyway, long story short is that Leigh Bardugo became one of my favourite and auto-buy authors after I read it- and the rest of the trilogy. Then the Six of Crows duology. You get the picture.
Prince Caspian- A sequel you loved
As with Black Beauty, the topic of sequels comes up and my mind goes straight to A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, another of my favourite authors. The reasons why I love ACOMAF are long and you've heard most of them before, so it may not come as a complete surprise of me picking it for this part of the tag.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader- A quest you'd like to be part of
Honestly, I'm really struggling to come up with a decent answer for this part. So I'm going to be really unoriginal and say I would like to join Caspian's voyage in this book. Which I would. It's still an acceptable answer.
The Silver Chair- A book you didn't expect to love (as much as you did)
There are many books that I could talk about here, but I'm going with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I'd looked for it for a long time before buying it, then waited even longer still before I finally read it. But the book has so much to it and the whole thing is so rich in many ways, so yes, I love it and it's an easy five out of five from me.
The Last Battle- The perfect series ending
Erm...The Last Battle itself.
The Black Key by Amy Ewing- that one hurt in places, but I loved the ending.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Again, I cried, but it was still fantastic.
Finally, I have to say that the ending to the Heartland series by Lauren Brooke, Always There, brings a huge mixture of emotions out of me, but it's still a great ending. And that series means a lot to me, as I mentioned in this Top Ten Tuesday post.
The Pevensies- Siblinghood or friendship you'd love to be part of
Oh look! It's time for another list.
The Pevensies themselves- plus the other Friends of Narnia.
Harry, Ron and Hermione- and add Neville and Luna in there too.
Honestly, the whole of the Weasley family, even Percy.
Inej and Nina from the Six of Crows duology. They're amazing and always support and look out for each other. What more could you want from a best friend?
Safi and Iseult from the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. I've only read the first book so far but those girls have each other's backs now and always.
Finally, I couldn't write this list and not mention the Inner Circle, that wonderful group of family/friends from the Night Court in the ACOTAR series. They'd literally die for each other and I wish they were real.
This piece of fan art from the amazing Charlie Bowater is my favourite of them which she's drawn. All credit goes to her and check out her DeviantArt page here.
Eustace Scrubb- A character that grew on you
I think this has to be Matthias Helvar from Six of Crows. At a time when I already loved the rest of the group, I just wasn't feeling great about his character at first. I was proved wrong, in the end. He's still not my favourite character out of the six (see above), but I grew really fond of him and cared about him a lot.
Mr Tumnus- Your favourite mythical creature
So in the interest of you not reading this blog post for the rest of the year, I've made a conscious decision to keep this a small section. You're welcome.
I love dragons and the Fae the most I think. I suspect I'm at least a third part dragon, since I have a soft spot for shiny things and all. And by the Fae, I of course mean the warrior, have dubious morals and would-kill-you-in-your-sleep-if-you-wronged-them kind.
Thinking on it, I also have a place for centaurs and selkies. However, while seals are cute, in real life, you don't want to make a seal angry.
Caspian- A character with regal qualities
I have two. The first is Nikolai Lantsov from the Grishaverse books. He's a charmer and slightly reckless at times, but loyal and cares so much about his people, so don't cross him. Enough said about the kind of king I think he'll be when his own series gets here in 2019.
We all know of the various retellings of Arthurian Legend- I've read and watched many and never get tired of it...perhaps why I've written my own retellings too! :) However, I really liked The Road to Avalon for many reasons. Throughout the legends, Arthur makes Camelot a place of stability, equality and fairness for everyone in the kingdom. What else would you want in a king? So he gets my vote.
The Wardrobe- Your favourite hideout/place to read
The majority of my reading takes place in bed. I love getting settled and warm, knowing that I'm going exploring in some other world with characters. Plus, my bedroom is my own personal space with minimal distractions.
That's it for this tag! It was actually harder than I imagined, but lots of fun regardless.
All the best.