Once upon a time, I wasn’t as TV noob as I am today—well, okay, I keep track of what’s out there except I do not watch them. But then, I had multiple television shows I was tuning in to, and one of them was The CW’s Gossip Girl, based on the novel series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar. Looking back, to say I was into it would be a grand playing-it-cool. I was obsessed. It match-aired here in one of our local networks and I’d watch multiple replays—aside from the episode’s first screening—every week. My best friend and I would even talk in length about certain scenes, like the characters were friends of ours. Or, at the very least, schoolmates.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when fellow fans JM (of Book Freak Revelations), Kevin (of Tomebound) and Salve (of Cuckoo For Books) decided to initiate a book tag featuring the one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite, I was on board tout de suite. And without further ado…
…or not. There are two things to consider if you were to peruse this post, viz. a) it is based on the TV series, not the books, and b) some items contain substantial spoilers for the TV series.
*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*
SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN
The “It” book of YA fiction.
Not only do I now realize how dreadfully Herculean the term “The “It” book” puts in one’s choice, it also requires a compelling argument. Hence, allow me to take a slightly different angle and pick Lara Jean’s story. Just because of how often I see this book (or the sequel) on Instagram.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
A book/character you love to hate.
Since my introduction is a trip down memory lane anyway, let’s carry on. I’m going with Jane of the Volturi. I recall hating how unfair her power is. Or maybe because it was sick and I wanted me some sick power? (What, don’t tell me you don’t ponder these philosophical stuff?)
Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
A roller coaster ride of a book.
There’s a collection of reasons why The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my top ten all-time favorite books, one of them being it made me feel all of these emotions.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A book cover eye candy.
Fun fact: I’m responsible for this particular item. Not-so-fun fact: I CAN PICK A MULTITUDE OF COVERS. Why do I have to do this on myself? In fact, I can dedicate a whole article about #coverlove and—oh wait, I did. But I’m zeroing in on Sarvenaz Tash’s upcoming 2016 novel. Look at the color scheme and overall vibe!
The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
A book you think deserves more love than it gets.
Oh! I have a bunch of titles but I recently finished Ford’s Suicide Notes and this was published in 2008 but why haven’t I heard of it?
Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford
A character that went through the most drastic transformation, for better or worse.
A piece of (lemon) cake! Sansa Stark. Enough said.
A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin
A book that doesn’t have a lasting impression.
So I picked this graphic novel during last year’s MIBF thinking there’s some awesome Starlord action. But what did I get? NO STARLORD! But I digress.
The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin
RUFUS & LILY
An OTP that could have been.
I usually don’t use the same title or series in a single tag but for this one I’ll bend. Okay. This is straight up fanfic, right? Someone write me my Sansa x Ser Loras story!
A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin
A villain who’s killing it with villainy.
The Dark Fairy from Cornelia Funke’s Mirrorworld Series easily comes to mind. I’d consume a whole book dedicated to her complexity.
Mirrorworld Series by Cornelia Funke
A favorite sidekick character.
Given that Nico di Angelo isn’t one of The Seven, he’s basically a secondary character. And next to Annabeth and Percy, he is my favorite demigod from Uncle Rick’s Greek mythology retelling. It has always been this way, ever since the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series. And in fact, I was more invested in his and Reyna’s arc in The Blood of Olympus.
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
A book you always mistake for something else.
Not necessarily “always.” But somehow there was a phase when I almost always confused Half Bad and Red Rising. I DON’T KNOW WHY.
Half Bad by Sally Green • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
A book/character you want to like more than you actually do.
Yesterday, I talked about how Neil Gaiman touched my life. It still saddens me how my first foray into his extensive list was a bit underwhelming. I did like Coraline, however.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
A Prince-Charming-turned-A-plus-jerk character.
Due to the spoilery nature of this one, I will leave it blank and instead give you this:
You know you love me. XOXO.
Tag you’re it:
Cristian @ The Bookish God
Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions
Jayvee @ Writer For Misfits
Jem @ The Bibliophile Confessions
Justine @ Bookwormaniac
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Miggy @ The Quirky Reader
Shannelle @ The Art Of Escapism
And oh. JM posted his entry yesterday, Kevin’s will be up tomorrow and Salve’s on Friday.
Who is your favorite Upper East Sider?