My love for Disney goes waaaay back. My childhood consisted of watching (and rewatching!) Disney movies over and over again. Most of my memories of that time are related to these stories! So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that there was a book tag about Disney princesses! I stumbled on it while reading Misfit Alexa’s blog and thought I would give it a try.
1. SNOW WHITE – NAME YOUR FAVORITE CLASSIC
If you’ve read my 5 Romantic Reads for Valentine’s Day post, you know how much I love Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I haven’t read that many classics (need to change that!) but this one is definitely my favorite so far!
2. CINDERELLA – NAME A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU READING WELL PAST YOUR BEDTIME
There are so many! Most books that I love, I end up reading late at night. The last one that kept me up late at night was A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. It’s a Sherlock Holmes retelling! You know my love for all things Sherlock, and this one doesn’t disappoint! What I found even cooler was that there’s a gender swap! Sherlock is actually a girl named Charlotte – and she is everything like him.
3. AURORA – NAME YOUR FAVORITE CLASSIC ROMANCE
I would have put Pride & Prejudice there too, but I decided to switch things up a little. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is second on my favorite classics list, and also happens to be a great romance. It’s set in the same era as P&P (Victorian era), and I found the book to resemble Jane Austen’s novels. The style and story are different, but there’s a certain vibe from it that reminds me of Austen’s books. Brontë created an epic love story that was able to pass time!
4. ARIEL – NAME A BOOK THAT’S ABOUT SACRIFICES AND FIGHTING FOR YOUR DREAMS
I tried. I really did. I’m sure I must have read a book about sacrifices and fighting for your dreams, but I just can’t think of any. I spent hours skimming my read shelf on Goodreads, but I couldn’t find anything. So if you have any idea of what I could put there, or if you know a good book that’s about fighting for your dreams, leave me a comment!
5. BELLE – NAME A BOOK WITH A SMART AND INDEPENDENT FEMALE CHARACTER
I thought putting Hermione here, but I thought it was a bit too obvious. Instead, I chose a heroine with a similar personality: Sydney Sage from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead! Sydney’s strength comes from her knowledge and that makes her fierce and, let’s be honest here, quite the bad ass. Her character development in the series made her more independent. She realizes that what she had always known might not be right and she stands for what she believes in. She learns to doubt what she learns, and that makes her even smarter!
6. JASMINE – NAME A BOOK WITH A CHARACTER WHO CHALLENGED SOCIAL CONVENTIONS OF HIS OR HER WORLD
The Help by Kathryn Stockett is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Here’s how the story goes: Skeeter returns home after graduating from Ole Miss, and her mother won’t be happy until Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Aibileen is a black maid who is raising yet another white child. Something has changed ever since she lost her son, but she is devoted to the little girl she looks after. Minny is probably the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like a chef, but she has a quick tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. These three women may be as different from one another as they can be, but they will come together for a clandestine project that may put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed. This story challenges social conventions of its world, aka 1962 Mississippi, like no other. It’s a must, and one of my all-time favorites!
7. POCAHONTAS – NAME A BOOK WHOSE ENDING WAS A ROLLER-COASTER OF EMOTIONS
I had problems coming up with only one book for this one. There are many book that emotionally wrecked me, but one I remember most vividly is The One by Kiera Cass. Even though you know (or at least think you know) how it’s going to end, the author always comes up with a new plot twist. Honestly, I was a ball of anxiety and emotions while reading this book. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, screamed “NOOOOO!” on more than one occasion, and, by the end, I was crying happy tears. This book was such a roller-coaster, but it was so worth it!
8. MULAN – NAME A BOOK WITH A KICK-BUTT FEMALE CHARACTER
I think I went with an obvious one, but Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is probably one of the most bad ass female characters I’ve ever encountered. However, Celaena is at her best in Crown of Midnight, in my opinion. I’ve only read the first two books of the series so I don’t know about the rest, but we finally got to see the true assassin that is Celaena Sardothien in the sequel. She didn’t really impress me in Throne of Glass, but Celaena truly knows how to kick ass! She could kill you with her eyes closed, within seconds. She knows how to win a fight and doesn’t let anyone get in her way.
9. TIANA – NAME A BOOK FEATURING A HARDWORKING, SELF-MADE CHARACTER
I had a hard time choosing a book for this one.I finally set my choice on Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Cinder works as a mechanic and has a reputation for being the one of the best (if not the best) in New Bejing. She works hard to earn her enough to sustain her family (no thanks to her stepmother and stepsisters). Cinder works hard, and yet, she can barely ever buy something for herself. All of her money goes to her step mother. She may have a great reputation, but it’s not always enough to cover for all of them. Cinder had to learn everything from scratch and it has gotten her far!
10. RAPUNZEL – NAME A BOOK THAT FEATURES AN ARTIST
That was an easy one. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson features not only one, but many artists! I would even go as far as calling the author an artist herself because the prose was so different and… artistic! The story revolves around art. It’s about coming at terms with who you are and self-discovery, and using art as a medium to do it. Noah and Jude are both artists, though they are different kinds, and seeing the world through their eyes was truly an amazing experience. If you read my Favorite Books of 2015 post, you know just how much I loved this book.
11. MERIDA – NAME A BOOK THAT FEATURES A MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP
Weirdly enough, I had a hard time coming up with a book for this one. I had to skim through my read shelf to find something suitable. But, in the end, I went with The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure it out because it’s one of the rare books in YA that actually features a parent – and doesn’t just toss it aside! While Maura and Blue’s relationship is not the center point of this series, it has an important part of the story. Not only does it influence the outcome, but it’s also crucial to Blue’s (one of the main characters) development.
12. ELSA AND ANNA – NAME A BOOK THAT FEATURES A GREAT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SIBLINGS
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han probably features one of my favorite siblings relationships. Lara Jean has two sisters: one older and one younger. The relationship she has with either one of them is very different and I loved seeing it displayed. Both of them have a crucial place in her life (and in the story). The bond these three share is strong, even if goes through some rocky roads. Reading this made me wish my own relationship with my sister was similar!
Do you agree with what I’ve chosen? Would you have put something else for any of the categories?