One of the people who participates in #BookishBloggersUnite found this GREAT Justice League Book Tag for our topic this week. Thanks to The Book Cover Girls for creating this book tag!
I should start by saying that I will be spoiling some plot points in the answers below so you’ve been warned! Since I’m the host of #BookishBloggersUnite, I didn’t get tagged by anyone, but here are the rules:
- Copy these rules onto your post
- Mention creators of the tag: Angelica and Rosie @TheBookCoverGirls and link to the original post
- Mention and thank the person who tagged you and link to their post
- Answer all the questions
- Since there were originally seven members in the Justice League, tag 7 people
- Also, you can use the images provided, but don’t have to if you don’t want to
- Have fun with it!
Batman: Favorite anti-hero
When I saw this prompt, the first character that came to mind was Tender Branson from Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk. This was my first Palahniuk and so I probably hold it to a higher regard than I should. Tender is a member of the Creedish cult which committed mass suicide a decade earlier. Since the Creedish sent members out into the world to work as servants, Creedish members have been slowly killing themselves off since the mass suicide. Tender is telling his story of being Creedish then being a survivor then becoming a televangelist taking advantage of people. At the end, he escapes the police, killed someone, and inadvertently becomes the hijacker that his lover Fertility predicted. Palahnuik has called Tender a hero in interviews, but it’s very hard to see him that way. The book ends without knowing if he lived or died, but Palahniuk did spill the beans on how this book worked if you’re interested.
Aquaman: A book or character that turned out to be better than you expected (because let’s be real, we did not expect Khal Drogo to make Aquaman cool)
This answer might surprise some people, but my character for this is Lady Sherlock from the Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas. I think it took me 2 months to finish the first book because I just wasn’t connecting at all with Charlotte as the main character. I don’t need to LIKE a main character to enjoy a book, but I was having a difficult time seeing her point of view in some places. I think about midway through the book, I started to really enjoy it and I put book 2 on my TBR immediately.
Wonder Woman: Most badass female character (not necessarily in a physical sense)
I almost ALWAYS answer this one as Veronica Speedwell, but I’m going to change it up this time. I just finished A Princess In Theory and I think Naledi Smith is pretty badass. First off, she’s in school for infectious disease and she tries to make herself stand out as a star in her (pretty sexist) school. When she finds out the truth Thabiso, she doesn’t forgive him quickly. In fact, I think it’s over 200 pages before they seem to get along again. She is a scientist first, a princess second, and it was very refreshing to read a romance with nuance and rich character development.
Cyborg: Favorite science fiction novel
A lot of the science fiction I read is usually snuck in with other genres, but the most recent (sort of?) sci-fi book I read that I enjoyed would be Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. It was told in a non-linear fashion which can be annoying, but it’s used very well here. Pieces of the story are revealed right when you need to know then during the current day timeline. It’s been several months since I read it, but I’m still thinking about it from time-to-time which means its worth picking up.
The Flash: A book you sped through
The last book I rushed through was A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire because…well duh. October Daye is awesome. End of story.
Superman: Saddest character death (although we all know there’s no way Superman is going to stay dead)
This prompt is pretty funny for a very not funny question. Unfortunately, the character death that struck me the most is from a series I would absolutely never recommend any child (or adult) read. It was Ryan’s death from Book 13 of the Left Behind Kids series by Jerry B. Jenkins, Tim LaHaye, and Chris Fabry. These authors are really problematic in the Evangelical communities as well as outside of it by Ex-vangelicals. I was traumatized as a child when I read about how Ryan died (and really the entire series). Not only is it pretty graphic, but his body was subjected to indignities (after buried) by the government. Even as I write this, my eyes are watering because it was so upsetting.
That’s all for today! Leave the link to your blog below if you decide to join us in the Justice League Book Tag. Until then…