The Disney Book Tag

Hello everybody! 

Today I’m combining two of my favourite things in the world; books and Disney.

This tag was created by Kat from katytastic, and I was tagged for this by Meg , and I loved coming up with my answers (although I found a few super tricky!)

Let’s begin! 

1. THE LITTLE MERMAID- A CHARACTER WHO FEELS LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER

I don’t think it’ll come as a surprise to many of you that I’m choosing Harriet Manners from Geek Girl. Harriet doesn’t feel that she fits in, and I love her journey of realising that she doesn’t need to be super cool, she just needs to be herself, as she’s pretty awesome.

2. CINDERELLA- A CHARACTER WHO GOES THROUGH A MAJOR TRANSFORMATION 

For this I decided to go with Hazel Wong from the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries. Hazel has developed so much from when we first met her in Murder Most Unladylike, and it’s been a privilege to see her change into someone much more confident and happy with themself.

3. SNOW WHITE- A BOOK WITH AN ECLECTIC CAST

For this, I’ve picked Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren, which has a really awesome cast of characters who are all trying to break out of prison. I loved all of them and I cannot wait for the sequel (I’m also really looking forward to this actually coming out so I can rave properly about in my review on the blog tour and also so you can all read it and rave with me!)

4. SLEEPING BEAUTY- A BOOK WHICH PUT YOU TO SLEEP

For me, I think this has to be Sea by Sarah Driver. This was the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month back in March and I was super excited when I bought it, but I just couldn’t get into it at all, and it felt like a chore to get through it. I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel.

5. THE LION KING- A CHARACTER WHO HAD A TRAUMATIC CHILDHOOD 

The only character who immediately comes to mind for this is Suzanne from Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (which you should definetely read if you haven’t yet, it’s phenomenal). Her childhood was so horrific and it’s watching her recover from it that makes BBT a hard read in places.

6. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST- AN INTIMIDATING READ

I’m unsure whether this means intimidating in length or content, so I’ll answer both. The longest book I’ve read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but in honesty I was so hooked by this point that I devoured it in a single day. In terms of content, I think a book I found intimidating in content was To  Kill a Mockingbird, which I had to read for English last year.

7. ALADDIN- A CHARACTER WHO GETS THEIR WISH GRANTED 

I really struggled with this question, so I fell back on my trusty old BSC to help me (if you don’t know what the BSC is, it’s the Babysitters Club, which in my opinion are amazing and I will not hear A SINGLE WORD against, unless you want to moan about some characters with me 😊)

Anyhow, my answer to this is Stacey (one of the characters I most like to moan about, but I digress), who gets to move back to Stoneybrook from New York, at the cost of her parents getting a divorce.

8. MULAN- A CHARACTER WHO PRETENDS TO BE SOMEONE THEY’RE NOT

This was another question I found tough, but in the end I chose Scarlett from the Secret Cooking Club series by Laurel Remington. Scarlett really finds herself in these books, and she has to pretend to be very different to herself for a few reasons in the first book, and in the second she juggles with being true to herself online (can you tell I’m trying not to spoil the storylines of these for you? 😂)

9. TOY STORY- CHARACTERS I WANT TO COME TO LIFE

This was hard for the opposite reason to the past two- I have so many characters I’d love to meet! I think my top picks would have to be The Gods from Who Let the Gods Out (especially Hermes, who I hated in book 1 and adore after book 2), the Spinster Club Girls (for obvious reasons; they’re totally awesome and have good snacks) and also the characters from Geek Girl as I’ve read them so many times I feel like they’re my friends already. 

10. DISNEY DESCENDANTS- FAVOURITE VILLAINS

I’m hoping to do a full post about this to tie in with Halloween in October, but a few of my absolute favourite villains are every villain from Who Let the Gods Out, they’re all such incredible villains, Lucretia Cutter from the Beetle Boy books and also Cruella de Vil, from the One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith.

I’m tagging Charlotte, Rosie and Andrew! If you’d like to do this, please feel free!

See you soon with a new post

Amy xxx

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My 5 Favourite Feelgood Disney Songs 

Hello everybody!

For today’s post, I thought it’d be fun to talk about the Disney songs that always bring a smile to my face, especially as this was the post you said you’d like to be my next Disney one when I did a poll on Twitter. Let’s get started!

In no particular order…

FROZEN- IN SUMMER (sang by Olaf)

This probably won’t be the song that first springs to mind for you when you think of Frozen, but it is for me! It’s such a cheerful, happy, hopeful song and it totally captures Olaf  as a character. The animation throughout the scene where he sings it is superb too; especially the part where he tap dances 😍

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST- BE OUR GUEST (sang mainly by Lumiere and Mrs Potts)

I’m not sure why I like this song, I just do! It’s silly and fun, and I think it’s one of the happiest moments of Beauty and the Beast (which is quite a melancholy Disney film a lot of the time, in my opinion). It’s definetely not my favourite of this list, but I still like it a lot.

THE ARISTOCATS- EVRY’BODY WANTS TO BE A CAT (sang mainly by Thomas O’ Malley. The alley cat 😉. Top points to you if you get that reference 😜😂)

This song is amazing. I love everything about it. The slow bits, the fast bits, the instrumentals, the scene. A fabulous song that really makes The Aristocats that little bit more special (and it’s already pretty fantastic). Also,  Marie the kitten’ s line is ultra adorable and never fails to make me smile and melt my heart a little!

THE LITTLE MERMAID- UNDER THE SEA (sang by Sebastian)

If this song doesn’t make you sing along, I’ll be surprised. Sebastian isn’t my favourite in the Little Mermaid (that honour is reserved for Flounder. He’s a close second though), but this song is easily a Disney classic. It also holds a special place in my heart because when Saffy (my 3 year old Golden Retriever, if you’ve not read this blog before 😘) was a puppy she was a terrible sleeper (she was quite badly behaved in general/exuberant, even more so than she is now). As in, she basically turned into something out of the Exorcist when you left her in the kitchen to go to sleep. This song was one we used to play/sing to her and it did the trick more than some! Even now she’s a big 3 year old, I still sing it to her when she’s scared or upset. Hope you like these photos of her as a crazy pup!

Paws in the air, she definitely just didn’t care…
Stealing a toy from big sis
Stealing from washing line!

My final choice of song may be my favourite of all…

TANGLED- I WANT SOMETHING THAT I WANT (sang by Grace Potter, in the credits)

I know, I know, it’s not technically a Disney song. But, have you HEARD it? It’s one of my favourite songs pretty much ever, and every single time I hear it I want to shout out all the words and just dance. I’m never happy that Tangled is over, but I also kind of am as I get to hear this playing ❤

So those are my favourite feel good Disney songs, what are your’s? I’d love to hear about them in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl 

See you soon with a new post

Amy xxx