The Lady Janies Tag

I posted my review for My Plain Jane yesterday, so in my opinion there’s no better time to take part in The Lady Janies Tag than today. I was tagged by Nia at Shades of Paper. Thanks for the tag Nia, I had a lot of fun answering the questions for this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

The Lady Janies Tag


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Jane Lynch:
A favourite book featuring a character on the LGBTQ+ spectrum

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Ahh, this was so hard to narrow down to only one book because I’ve read some amazing LGBTQ+ releases, but The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is one of the stand-outs for me. I love the characters, there’s so much incredible rep even beyond the LGBTQ+ aspect.

Also from what I’ve heard The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy also features incredible rep, and I am so hyped for that release.

Montague Siblings Duology

Lady Jane Grey:
A short book that packed a punch

A Monsters Calls by Patrick Ness

This is such a short read I sped through it in maybe an hour and a half, and before I’d finished the last page I was crying on the train on my way into work (where I was reading this book). It’s such an emotional story, and I loved how so much of the lessons are told through the monsters stories to Conor. Plus the artwork just makes the whole reading experience all the more memorable.


Jane Austen:
Favourite heroine in a classic book

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I’m not sure if this counts as a ‘classic’ book, but in my mind it does because it’s such an important read and I know ten/twenty/thirty years down the line it’s still going to be an important read. Liesel is an incredible character, and it’s not just her individual journey in this book that stands out for me but the connections she makes with all the other characters; with her foster parents, with Max Vandenburg, even with Death itself in a way.

The Book Thief

Jane Eyre:
Your favourite retelling

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Fairytale retellings are a weakness of mine, and The Lunar Chronicles isn’t just one of my favourite fairytale retellings but one of my favourite series full stop. It was kind of refreshing seeing tales like Cinderella and Rapunzel told with a sci-fi twist, and I loved getting to know all the characters; from Cinder and Iko in book one to Winter and Jacin in book four.

The Lunar Chronicles

Calamity Jane:
Your most anticipated release

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

There are so many incredible books coming out this year and next, and a lot of them (like Muse of Nightmares and King of Scars) I’ve spoken about a hundred times before (or so it seems). One release I haven’t mentioned yet is Samantha Shannon’s upcoming stand-alone fantasy tome.

Samantha Shannon is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I am so excited for this book because the hype I’ve seen so far is unreal. It’s massive, nearly 900 pages according to Goodreads, but it’s high-fantasy with dragons and magic and it’s basically everything I want in a book.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Jane Fonda:
A character who upholds feminist ideas

Charlie and Taylor
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I can’t pick one or the other, it has to be both. Charlie and Taylor are incredible characters, and their individual representations are so important not only to them as individual characters but to each other as best friends. For Charlie it’s her identity as a Chinese-Australian bisexual actress, and for Taylor it’s her struggle with anxiety and autism and managing both while at SuperCon.

Queens of Geek

Jane Krakowski:
An underrated book you wish more people would read

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

I’ve mentioned this book a lot in the past, but the fact that it’s so underrated honestly feels like a crime to me. This is one of the most moving books I’ve read in a while, I loved the story and really loved Esther’s character. There’s also some incredible mental health representation and the bond Esther has with her brother was both beautiful and so heartbreaking at the same time.

Basically if you love magical realism books definitely, 100% pick this one up.

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

The Lady Janies:
Two or more authors you wish would write a book together

Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor

Combine Leigh Bardugo’s talent for writing dark-fairytale-esque stories with Laini Taylor’s epic world-building and beautifully lyrical writing, and you have a book I know will be an automatic five star read for me. Imagine The Language of Thorns mashed together with Strange the Dreamer. Doesn’t that sound like a book you’d love to read, because it sure sounds like a book I’d love to read?

The Lady Janies Tag (1)

My tags:

What’s your favourite book featuring a character on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, would The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue be your pick or have you read too many amazing books to just pick one? What’s your most anticipated release, and what two author do you wish would write a book together? Let me know, and if there’s anyone out there who wants to take part consider yourself tagged.

35 thoughts on “The Lady Janies Tag

  1. This was so much fun to read !! And yes of course I need to read The Gentlemas Guide soo bas 😭😱 AND THEY HAVE A SEQUEL!! But most importantly THE LUNAR CHRONICLESS HELL YESSS 😍😍

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  2. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares is on my TBR. And you are perfectly safe choosing the Book thief, one of my favorite books, as a classic.

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  3. What an awesome tag! That first Q is so hard! But I’ll always support A Gentleman’s Guide. And I wanted to read A Semi-Definitive List of Nightmares when it was released. It seems like the kind of book you wouldn’t likely forget. And, girl, YES. A book written by Laini Talor and Leigh Bardugo would be a godsend. I’m certain it’d be one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read LOL

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    1. Oh yeah with so many amazing LGBTQ+ books out there how can you pick just one favourite?! It was a hard choice to make.
      A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares is incredible. I’d highly recommend it, and it would be incredible right? They’re two authors whose writing styles would work so well together. Someone get their agents on it! 😀

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  4. Ahh I’m so glad to see you ended up doing it! I absolutely loved your answers and seeing some of the books I’ve read in it (like Queens of Geek or ASDLOWN!). I still have to read The Gentleman’s Guide, but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it, so I cannot wait😊.

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    1. Yeah, and as I’d just posted my review for My Plain Jane it was the perfect time to take part in this one as well. Thanks so much. 🙂 Oh The Gentleman’s Guide is incredible, and so far I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the sequel if that makes you want to get around to it that little bit sooner. 😀

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  5. Awww yeah TLC!! I don’t think there is a better retelling out there, for sure 🙂
    And couldn’t agree more about the Taylor-Bardugo duo – absolute legends, together they would change the literary world hahaha (now seriously though, when will that happen??)
    I haven’t been able to pick up My Lady Jane yet (the shame is making my face burn, I know >.<) but this tag has definitely made me even more curious about it than before, if that's possible!
    Thanks so much for tagging me, Beth 🙂 I simply loved reading this post as always ❤

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    1. There definitely isn’t, and it seems to be a lot of people’s favourites which shows how amazing it really is. 🙂
      God I almost wish it was a thing in real life, can you imagine how incredible a book by both of them would be?!
      Ha, hopefully you’ll be able to get around to it soon though. It’s a good book it’s just the sequel My Plain Jane isn’t as good.

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  6. Oh this is such a wonderful list, Beth, I love your choices here. The Lunar Chronicles has to be one of my favorite retellings just as well, every book was amazing and unique in their own way and I loved it. ahhh, I need more of it ahah 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thanks so much Marie! 🙂 I feel like The Lunar Chronicles is a lot of people’s favourite retellings but it’s just an amazing series right?! In terms of fairytale retellings there’s nothing else like it.
      I’d love to see more of the characters too, maybe one day… 🙂 ❤️

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    1. Yeah I had to choose that book despite that question being the hardest in this tag, the rep is incredible and not just the LGBTQ+ but all of it. Plus I’ve heard great things about The Lady’s Guide already too.
      Simon Vs and Autoboyography are two of my top faves as well.
      Thanks! 🙂 ❤️

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  7. I think if The Book Thief isn’t considered a classic now, it will be soon in the future, from the little I’ve read of it, it’s amazing and definitely worth the classics title. I agree that Liesel is a great character!

    The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite retellings too, I really enjoy the dynamic between WInter and Jacin and I wish we’d seen more of them throughout the series!

    Thank you for doing the tag, I loved all your answers!

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    1. I hope so, it’s such a beautiful book and it’s a story that’s stayed with me for such a long time as well. If that’s not a classic I don’t know what is. 🙂
      Yeah it’s the problem with introducing characters in the last book, they never get as much development as the others, but I loved seeing Winter and Jacin together. 🙂
      That’s all right, I loved being able to take part in this one.

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  8. I completely agree with you about retellings, aren’t they just the best? AND YESHHHH THE LUNAR CHRONICLES IS MY FAV TOO. Cress is probably one of my favorite characters ever. She’s such a cinnamon roll, but also completely a BA too. Thanks for a lovely post 🙂

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    1. All a book has to do is reference a fairytale and it’s an automatic add to the top of my TBR list! 😀
      The Lunar Chronicles is my all-time favourite, and they’re my favourite kind of characters cinnamon rolls but BA too! 🙂
      That’s all right, I’m glad you enjoyed this post.

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    1. That’s all right, I’ll be looking forwards to seeing your answers for this tag then. 🙂 And oh that’s a shame about The Gentleman’s Guide but I guess with representation we all connect with different stories don’t we? At least you’ve found other books that have that.
      Yeah it was the first question that stumped me the most! 😀


  9. This is such a great tag! I am so excited for the third lady janies book, even though the second was a bit of a let down (I still enjoyed it though). Also The Lady’s Guide is great! There is lots of representation in it too, and it’s just an overall fun read!

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