The 4th of July is finally here! Normally, I don’t like this day at all because of all the loud noises and fireworks. They tend to kick up my PTSD in terrible ways. So, my cats and I will make a fort to cuddle and hide in with a stack of books and a fully-charged iPad for streaming comfort. However, today is different because today is the grand premiere of Season 3 of…
Since I can’t watch the series until Sir Besty gets home from work (BOOOOOOO), I’m going to return to The Stranger Things Book Tag as a means to celebrate in the meantime! Also, I’m streaming the second season while I type this up. It’s like an introverted book blogger’s dream, yo.
This is my second time doing this book tag. The very first time I did it was back in 2017 when the second season of Stranger Things premiered. I did it for my BookTube channel. Man, that feels like an eon ago even though it was only a couple of years. I had found an excellent BookTubing rhythm by then. Those videos are full of confidence and laid-back fun. Now, I’m the ultimate awkward potato from The Upside Down haha.
Feel free to visit my 2017 energetic video of this tag here. The tag was created by Sarah Elise and you can find her original vid here. Please note that there are spoilers for season one of the series in the questions for this tag, so if you haven’t seen it yet, but plan on watching it and don’t like major spoilers, you may want to avoid the rest of this gig.
1. EPIC INTRO: The opening sequence of Stranger Things is amazing and really grabs your attention. Name a book that grabbed your attention from the first page.
Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan. This is one of my recent reads—legit read this at the end of June—and it’s one of the best books I’ve read in 2019. That first page sucked me in like a black hole and it was fantastic.
2. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Name a fantasy world you would like to experience yourself.
Last time I chose the Eberron universe, so this time I’m going with my second choice, which is the Underdark from Forgotten Realms© because that is where Drizzt Do’Urden is from and I fucking love him. Granted there are lots of terrifying creatures and monsters there, so it’s definitely not the wisest of places to want to visit.
3. SQUAD GOALS: When Eleven met Mike, Dustin, and Lucas it was a mostly perfect team. Name your favourite bookish group of friends.
I’m going to cheat here because technically this squad is from the television adaptation of a book series, and the instalment of the book that would have this particular group of misfits hasn’t been released (yet!). But that group consists of Tyrion Lannister, Jamie Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, Tormund, Davos, and Podrick Payne. They all have such great chemistry and have their own little traits that would be an excellent contribution to any team.
4. ABC’s & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Joyce Byers goes mad with grief after Will goes missing. Name your favourite mentally unhinged character.
Yeah, my favourite mentally unhinged character hasn’t changed from two years ago, so I’m using it again here: The Joker. Many say he’s unhinged, and while that’s definitely true, he’s also the most brilliant character in the entire damned franchise.
5. THE UPDISDE DOWN: Name a book that was the opposite of what you expected.
Another one that was a recent read of mine, The Anomaly by Michael Rutger. I thought it would be an adventure type book with survival horror elements, following a dude who’s an archaeologist type. It ended up being a cringey story about a bunch of dude-bro YouTube morons who have no concept of decency or respect.
6. MAD SCIENTISTS: Dr Brenner likes to get freaky with humanity. Name the freakiest dystopian government you can think of.
Man, I’m tempted to use another title here that I did during my first run through, but I shall fight that urge. Instead, I’m going to name Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. You want to talk about some freaky arse government people who are after some sinister, selfish, power schemes, this book (the trilogy actually) has it tooth and nail (I think that’s the saying).
7. DEMOGORGON: Name a scary bookish creature that you would not want to come through your walls.
Aside from motherfucking Shelob, I’m going to have to go with the Demogorgon itself. That ooey gooey black tar of a piranha plant can stay the bleeding hell away from me! Nooooope.
Oh wait… that’s not a bookish character, at least not yet. Damn….
Sandworms from the Dune saga by Frank Herbert. I would kill to see them in real life from very, very, very far away (trust me, you’d still see them, they are gargantuan). Although if a sandworm came through my walls, it’d probably be to swallow my entire house and whatever is surrounding it…
8. CLIFFHANGER ENDING: Name a book that left you wanting more.
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad. Between the stunningly culture-rich settings and surroundings, kick-arse female characters, mouth-watering food, and a story that kept me gripped from start to finish with such hungry dedication, I crave so much more from that world and characters. It’s pure perfection.
Going to tag a few folks to do this tag, but it’s 100% optional. So, don’t feel pressured if you’re not really into it. Also, feel free to substitute book characters and stuff for anime ones if you’re more comfortable with that!