I saw this one over at Lost In Literature and knew I had to join in! I love all of the Disney Princesses. My favorites are Aurora and Ariel, in case you were wondering. Obviously the categories are below, matched up with each princess and my book pick. I created all of the graphics myself, but the tag was created by Of Stacks and Cups. Here are my picks below! (Links go to my review or GR.)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald | This one was hard for me to pick! That’s not because I read a lot of classics, but because there are only a few I really loved… and I love them a lot. It was close between this and To Kill a Mockingbird, but this is the most memorable for me. I loved reading this in high school and learning about all of the symbolism. I’m totally due for a reread.Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius | This is the most recent book that kept me up reading late, at least! I read the book in three sittings (almost two) after Chris went to bed. Bless Kindles with backlights. I really liked this book a lot even though I don’t know much about the actual history of Henry and Anne. I almost stayed up WAY too late reading, but decided to finish the next morning. 😉I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios | I feel like I haven’t read a lot of books where the main character is financially struggling as much as Skylar does in this book. She works very hard to keep herself and her mother afloat. They live in a trailer in a poverty-stricken town and helped her mom pay the bills. She had to decide if she could go away to college or stay in town to help more. It was a hard choice, but Sky fought for her dreams.The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks | I know, I know. Of the classics I’ve actually read, none of them are really romance-oriented. I had to copy Lisa for this one. I was on a huge Nicholas Sparks kick one summer and read the book after seeing the movie. I still really love this story, no matter how cheesy it feels sometimes.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Yeah, it feels a little weird matching Cinder up with Belle for this tag, but I think it’s really appropriate! Cinder was super inventive, smart, and independent. She was a mechanic cyborg who was adopted by a woman who didn’t even want her. She was able to stay strong in a less-than-ideal situation and I can’t wait to see what happens for her next. (Yes, I’m reading this series right now for the first time!)Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally | Ah, Jordan. She was a very real and very flawed Kenneally character (but who isn’t?!) that I totally love. Football is my favorite thing in the universe, so kicking this series off with a book about a female quarterback was amazing. Jordan is well-respected by her peers at the school, but it’s a little different when they play other teams or when she plans on playing college football. It’s hard for her to be taken seriously and she definitely challenges the social norm that all football players are men.
The Good Girls by Sara Shepard | As usual, I’m tempted to include all of Sara Shepard’s books here. I never am able to predict what’s going to happen at the end of her stories! This one was particularly jarring; I absolutely did not see it coming. I love her stories because even if they all kind of feel the same, I always manage to be surprised.The Falconer by Elizabeth May | I don’t think this book gets enough love! I really, really enjoyed it and have been SO EAGERLY awaiting the second book in the series after that cliffhanger. Aileana was an absolute badass. It really says it all in the book’s synopsis: she has “brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty” but she’s also “dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.” LIKE COME ON, HOW KICKASS IS SHE?!The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase | This one was a little harder for me to pick! Sarina is completely dedicated to her career and thinks she has it all figured out. She’s certainly hardworking and self-made. She totally puts people in their place as a female architect and works ridiculously hard to keep her private practice going. I loved her.The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett | Both Beatrix and Jack are artists in this one. Their story was so unique! Beatrix had a knack for drawing cadavers and wanted to illustrate medical texts. Jack was a (secret) graffiti artist all around their city. I loved reading this story and hearing about all of the crazy, artsy things these two were doing.Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy | This is an interesting topic because I really struggled to find a book where the mother-daughter relationship is positive! I think there are way more books where the girl and her mother aren’t close or struggle to be connected. I ended up choosing Dumplin’ because Willowdean and her mom clash on a few things, but ultimately are able to figure their shit out. When you’re a fat girl entering a beauty pageant that your mother runs each year, there’s going to be some tension.My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick | Oh, the Garretts. I love this family. This was another one that was hard for me to pick too. Sam and her sister were certainly not that close, but the next door neighbors had a whole crew of kids who were amazing. I love Patsy and George so, so much. I can’t really pinpoint a single relationship between two siblings that I loved, but I just think it’s awesome to see an entire family pitching in, helping each other, and being so open and loving.