Beauty and the Beast has always had a special place in my heart. Belle is my favorite Disney princess, someone who is bookish, nerdy, and odd like me. I feel like she is a kindred spirit to me, so I was happy to find this tag on the blog, This Splendid Shambles. It was originally created by blogger, Kirsty and the Cat Read.
- “A Tale As Old As Time”-A popular theme, trope, or setting you’ll never get bored of reading
Fake Dating! I know it’s starting to get a bit cliche and you can always see where it’s going but I love it. I will read all the fake relationship stories.
- Belle-A book you bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful on the inside too
I’ll have to go with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I just read it two weeks ago but I intially got it a year ago in a book exchange for the beautiful starry cover. Inside though, was this amazing saga of a circus and all it’s participants, particulary two magicians in struggle against one another.
- Beast-A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you
For this, I’d go with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. As someone who typically reads fantasty or YA romcoms, I was scared I wouldn’t like a more “grown-up” literary fiction, but it ended up being a five star read for me.
- Gaston-A book everyone loves that you don’t.
Shadow and Bone. I mean, it’s okay, but I really don’t think it’s worth the hype. I hate the main character.
- LeFou-A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart.
I always love the sidekicks more! For example, Quint is my favorite character in Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer.
- Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, & Cogsworth-A book that helped you through a difficult time or taught you something valuable.
The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black. Helped me escape the reality of the pandemic.
- “Something There”-A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but it picked up towards the end
Probably A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. It has a slow start.
- “Be Our Guest”-A character you’d love to have over for dinner
Rhysand, if you know what I mean.