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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lady Janies:
Two or more authors you wish would write a book together
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?
- Aimee at Aimee, Always
- Cal at Cal’s Constant Raving Reviews
- Caro at CJR the Brit
- Sophie at Blame Chocolate
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.