willow- character you’d follow anywhere
Cosmo from I, Cosmo. I think we all knew it was going to be an animal, didn’t we? Why would you follow a human anywhere when you could pick a dog instead? Golden retrievers are legends.
champagne problems- dual POV
One by One has two narrators, and it’s very fitting for this prompt in that it’s about incredibly rich people’s “champagne problems” leading to murder, while on a corporate vacation in the Alps. It’s so brilliantly creepy and atmospheric and tense.
gold rush- anticipated release
My most anticipated release this year is probably the Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll. She’s been one of my fave authors for long before I started blogging and I feel like I’ve been waiting forever on it since it keeps getting postponed! I’m also absolutely dying to get my hands on Once Upon a Crime.
’tis the damn season- small town romance
Weirdly, given how much romance I read, I’m kind of struggling with this. Most of Rachael Lucas’s books would work I think, so I’ll go for her latest release The Telephone Box Library, which was a super lovely comfort read last year (I think I was reading it on/around Valentine’s Day maybe and it renewed my faith in love a little bit).
tolerate it- lost love, failed relationship
Ahhh this is too hard to answer without spoiling a book!! So instead I’m going to tell you about a relationship I HATED, which was the one in Here’s Looking at You. Who would ever fall in love with someone that was evil to them at high school??? Just completely unbelievable and impossible to root for.
no body, no crime- character who’d get away with murder
Can I answer anyone OTHER than Daisy Wells for this? Of her and Hazel, I think she’s more likely to kill someone (who did something to her/her family/her friends, not just at random…), and since she’s so amazing at solving murders I reckon she’d know how to get away with it.
happiness- a book that makes you suffer but you find comforting
I’ve only read it once but I already know I’ll suffer again when I reread it, and that’s the Skylarks’ War. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever read, and one bit of it broke me to be honest. But at the same time, it was so warm and lovely and gave me such comfort overall.
dorothea- nostalgic read
Oooh this is a hard one. A lot of the books that make me nostalgic are relatively recent given I’m only 19, but one series that defo gets me misty-eyed is Pony Club Secrets. These were THE books of my childhood, I was obsessed.
coney island- star crossed lovers
Oooh, I think most of the main romantic relationships in Daisy Jones and the Six would work for this (basically the two that aren’t Billy and Camila… trying so hard not to give spoilers here)
ivy- crept up on you
Okay, so my interpretation of this is like a book I wasn’t sure about that I came to really like, and I’m choosing Evernight by Ross Mackenzie. It was the first thing I’ve read by him that’s got nothing to do with the Nowhere Emporium, and to be totally level with you, I reckon I might have DNF’ed it had I not read and LOVED other books by him. But I stuck with it and grew to love it so much I was kind of gutted when it was over.
cowboy like me- cat and mouse games
Oooh the Hating Game feels like a good pick for this, seeing as it’s an enemies to lovers romance. I’m not usually a big fan of that trope but I did really enjoy this one.
long story short- never read it again, painful experience
Okay, so I loved the Lost Wild trilogy and I did reread it once, but I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. I’m actually pretty sure I gave my copies away so I couldn’t cave if I was tempted. The level of worry I had for the (animal) characters was just too much to cope with, they made me even more anxious than I am normally. They’ve made me wary of reading any books with animals as the central characters as well!
marjorie- book with a beautiful message
This answer is probably going to sound a little odd, but I think the message of the Geek Girl books is incredibly special. Nobody ever really metamorphoses, but being who you already are is exactly the right thing anyway so it doesn’t matter.
closure- a book with bad rep (a betrayal)
I can think of a couple of things I consider bad rep, but I’m struggling to think of any specific examples I can give since it kind of spoils the plot. Something I really, really hate is when characters get magically cured of an illness (physical or mental) at the end. Real life doesn’t work like that, and it upsets me that some able-bodied people don’t think disabled people could possibly get a happy ending if they’re still disabled. Stephanie Burgis wrote a really amazing twitter thread about this last week and it resonated with me so much.
evermore- a journey of self discovery
I could pick a lot of books for this, because like a lot of bookworms, reading is one of the main ways I can make sense of the world, and as such, so many authors and stories have transformed me. But I think I’m going to say Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll, because there are parts of it I just found so painfully relatable and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so seen by a book.
What’s your favourite song from Evermore? Do you have any thoughts on any of the books I’ve chosen for the prompts? What would you have chosen? I’d love to hear in the comments!