Avatar: The Last Airbender – Book Tag!

This tag was created by A Clockwork Reader on YouTube. As I just finished my rewatch of Avatar and am making my way back through Korra and loving it, I thought this was a cool time for this tag. I loved this tag and thought the questions were really fun. What type of bender would you be? I would for sure be a fire bender.

Water


1.) Katara and Sokka: The Best Sibling Relationship

For this I am going with the Penderwick series by Jeanne Birdsall. In the first book we follow Roselind , Skye, Jane, and Batty who are on summer vacation with their father. They are such a sweet family. The say they care for each other and the frustrations they have with each other are so real and grounded. I love that they each got their own path.


2.) Yue: Favorite Star-Crossed Lovers

The Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds: I’m not sure there is a correct way to define this love, but star-crossed seems close enough. I loved this story and it did in fact bring me to tears more than once.


3.) Blood Bending: A Book With A Disturbing/Unsettling Content

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett: This books place in a dystopian community where girls are banished for a year when they are 17 to rid themselves of the “magic” that corrupts the men in the society. It follows through in all the ways this can be interpreted the vulnerable year of banishment and how a society throughout it’s years places blame on young women for corrupting.

Earth


1.) Toph: A Character Whose Strength Surprised You or The Other Characters In The Book

Jude and Noah from I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. We follow these twins three years apart and through the story it is slowly revealed just how much weight they were carrying.
2.) The Tales of Ba Sing Se: Best Short Story/Poetry Collection

There are a lot of really good ones. I think the one that has the most stories that stuck with me is Paper Cities edited by Ekaterina Sedia. Each story is a fantasy set in a city whether real or fictional. I really like most of the stories and loved the way setting was used as the common thread.


3.) Kioshi Warriors: Best Warrior Character

This answer is only ever going to be Paks from The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon. She starts as a sheepfarmer’s daughter and joins up as a foot soldier. Then… everything else happens but she is always a warrior at heart.

Fire


1.) Zuko: Best Redemption Arc

In general I don’t think these are well done. Zuko tends to be my number one example. I feel like the best example I have is Alabaster from The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin and it still doesn’t totally count. Also spoilers…


2.) Iroh: Wisest Character

Elodin from The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. He is the Master Namer at the University. It is literally his job to have an understanding of things as to name them. He is also an incredible teacher and his patience while people are taking in his learnings is unmatched.


3.) Azula: Best Downfall

Xifeng from Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. This is a East Asian inspired Evil Queen (ie. Snow White’s step-mother) origin story. So we go in knowing it’s going to end badly, however Xifeng’s descent and how far she is willing to go to get what she wants is so spirally and good.

Air


1.) Appa: Favorite Fictional Animal/Pet

Gleep! The purest little dragon in the world from Myth Adventures by Robert Asprin. He is a baby dragon and he would think you are wonderful.


2.) Aang: Purest Cinnamon Roll

Chestnutt from Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia is the first one that comes to mind. Not only is she the softest character (personality wise and literally) but she reminds me a lot of Aang. Chestnutt wants to help people but struggles with being seen as capable.


3.) Avatar State: A Stubborn Character/ A Character That Struggles With Letting Go

Stevie Bell from the Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson is incredibly stubborn. Yes, she is smart and passionate, but she is so stubborn. Stevie has a hard time letting go of a puzzle and initial perceptions of people. She makes a lot of mistakes when she can’t let go of the reins and let someone else take care of it. Super fun character to read though.

Mid-year book Freakout Tag

Holy poop the year is half way over! Also I really read a lot of books, almost 60! Working weird hours and having an easily accessible library has really helped my reading life. So I have always seen this tag going around booktube and book blogs and I thought I would try my hand at it.

  1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018?
    • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. The hype is real but also well deserved. I thought it was beautifully written and I love fantasies that seemly integrate politics and religion. cbb
  2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018?
    • Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire. The third in the Wayward Children series but this is the first direct sequel to Every Heart a Doorway. I love seeing so many worlds and finding out about different travelers and magic systems and it was delightful.beneath the sugar sky
  3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
    • Either Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian or Furyborn by Claire Legrandash princess
  4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2018?
    • Either of Kiersten White’s new books: Bright We Burn or The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankensteinbright we burn
  5. Biggest Disappointment?
    • The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser. I really wanted to like but I didn’t know Melville enough and I feel like there wasn’t enough suspense to care about the twists.
  6. Biggest Surprise?
    • To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. It was really good and I don’t usually like contemporary. to all the boys I've loved before
  7. Favorite New Author?
    • Maria V. Snyder. I read the first 3 of the Study Series in like a month and am totally obsessed. I want to read the rest of the series this year!poison study
  8. Newest Fictional Crush?
    • Cassian from ACOTAR
  9. Newest Favorite Character?
    • ISEULT! from the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. I have never felt so connected to a character and her arc and I just feel like we need more always because she is smart and fierce and scared and important and I love her. truthwitch
  10. Book That Made You Cry?
    • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Obviously spoilers involved.the lies of locke lamora
  11. Book That Made You Happy?
    • The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. This is the last book in the Heroes of Olympus Series and it made my heart feel so good and wrapped up.
  12. Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
    • N/A
  13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?
    • N/A
  14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?
    • So I only recently borrowed this from the library but Death Sworn by Leah Cypess is stunning so I’m saying it counts.death sworn
  15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?
    1. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
    2. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
    3. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
    4.  Captain’s Fury by Jim Butcher
    5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley