Something a little unusual for me today… If you follow me on Twitter, it’ll be no surprise to you that I’m pretty much obsessed with the Niffler from the Fantastic Beasts movies, so when Jacqueline the Pufflehuffle Kitteh tagged me to do her Fantastic Beasts book tag, I was so excited!
Newt – If you had a fictional job, what would it be? And why?
I would love to be a witch, of course! I like the way that the witch placements work in The Apprentice Witch, where you become responsible for looking after a town or village. I could definitely do that!
Nifflers love beautiful shiny things. What book did you buy because I’d a beautiful cover?
I can often be tempted by a beautiful cover! It doesn’t always work, though, as in the case of Ink by Alice Broadway, which is gorgeous on the outside but really wasn’t my cup of tea. I have a real soft spot for the Jackie Morris covers of Robin Hobb’s books, and replaced all my copies with those pretty gold ones…
Credence – Name a favourite character who is a tortured soul.
Chiyo/Sayuri from Memoirs of a Geisha has so much hardship in her life, but she’s such a strong person.
Bowtruckles are one of Newt’s smallest creatures. What is the smallest book on your TBR list?
I’ve got a few novellas on there, so probably one of those? Maybe The Disastrous Début of Agatha Tremain by Stephanie Burgis.
Graves – Name a character who turned out not to be who they seemed.
Ooh, tricky to do without spoilers! I loved Marinka’s journey in The House With Chicken Legs, and I definitely think she qualifies.
Erumpents are one of Newt’s largest creatures. What’s the largest book on your TBR?
I’ve been reading The Eye of the World for several days, and at 770 pages (not counting the glossary) it’s definitely one of the biggest books on my list!
Queenie – Which fictional character would you like to get inside the mind of?
Locke Lamora – imagine being party to all those schemes!
Demiguise can see the future, unless someone does the unexpected. What book did you enjoy that was unexpected? Or, name a book that turned out different to what was expected.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – no spoilers, but at one point the story takes a vastly different turn, and it’s amazing!
Jacob – what piece of food that you’ve read about would you like to try in real life?
I think for me I’d just want to be let loose in Honeydukes!
Obscurials are feared in the wizarding world. What is the scariest book you’ve read?
I am so bad with scary! I have an enormously overactive imagination so horror is waaaay out of my comfort zone. I still remember being so terrified by Chris Wooding’s The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray at the age of 11 that I put it down mid-way through and never picked it up again.
Tina – Name a character who grows on you, or who you feel redeems themselves.
Rose in I Capture the Castle. Growing up, I always identified with the younger sister, Cassandra, and her idealistic view of the world, but a couple of years ago was the first time I’ve ever read the book and hugely understood where Rose was coming from with her practicality.
Swooping Evil – Which book would you like to reread for the first time if you could?
Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s magic from the first line.
Grindelwald – Name a character you grew to hate.
I’m struggling to think of one, because honestly, if I don’t connect with the characters, I won’t finish a book. I could pick an out and out villain, but again, they should still be interesting enough that you’re intrigued, rather than hating them!
No Maj – Name a contemporary book that you think everybody should read.
I’m going to wilfully misinterpret this one to mean ‘recent release’, because I just don’t do contemporary! So, I vote for the Heroine Complex series by Sarah Kuhn, because you didn’t know you needed sassy, wise-cracking, ass-kicking, Asian-American girl superheroes taking on demons and their twenties!
Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this one!