Disney Song Book Tag

Y’all. This tag. The Disney Song Book Tag was created by Aria’s Books, and I picked it up from Rachel at Life of a Female Bibliophile.

1. “A Whole New World” – Pick a book that made you see the world differently.

A Whole New World

This may not count, because I barely saw the world at all prior to reading these books. However, I’m still choosing the Chronicles of Narnia. My mother read these books to me and my sister starting when I was three, so there’s not much in my life that didn’t get put through the Chronicles of Narnia goggles. I still experience quite the frisson when I see a lamp-post. Esp in the snow.

2. “Cruella De Vil” – Pick your favorite villain.

Gotta be the other mother from Coraline. In case she’s been missing from your nightmares lately, permit me to refresh your memory: SHE HAS BUTTONS FOR EYES.

Coraline

3. “I Won’t Say I’m in Love – Pick a book you didn’t want to admit you loved.

Honestly, as I get older and older, I am less and less closety about reading non-prestigious things. I’m going to say P. C. Wren’s Beau Geste and its sequels. They are those Edwardian-era adventure novels that are ideologically troubling on, like, a lot of levels? My fave is problematic.

4. “Gaston” – Pick a character that you couldn’t stand.

The thing is that I love Gaston. Instead of picking a character I couldn’t stand, I shall pick a character who I would hate in real life, but because they’re fictional, I get a huge kick out of spending time with them. And I choose Henry Winter from The Secret History. That dude is creepy? Yet so plausible that he’s capable of convincing people to commit legit murder.

5. “Part of Your World” – Pick a book set in a universe you wish you could live in.

actual footage of me reading Harry Potter

OBVIOUSLY HARRY POTTER.

6. “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” – Describe what the book of your dreams would be like.

Gosh. What would it be like. It would probably have a boarding school. Maybe there would be a dystopian situation? Like a boarding school in a dystopian universe? Plus with lady characters forming bonds and showing up for each other?

7. “Someday My Prince Will Come” – What book character would you marry if you could.

This gif does not match this song. I don’t care. Snow White sucks and Ariel is amazing.

Sherry from Greensleeves. Greensleeves is an amazing book by Eloise Jarvis McGraw that people do not appreciate enough even though it is now available for purchase through your favorite online retailer. Sherry from Greensleeves is curious about everything, reads constantly, and pays attention to other people. Best.

8. “I See the Light” – Pick a book that changed your life.

Oo tough one! Let’s say, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. They at least changed my reading life. Prior to reading Sandman, I was not a comics gal. If you’re not a comics gal, I do not recommend making Sandman your gateway drug. It has kind of a challenging panel structure. However, if you do make it through ten volumes of Sandman, you will come out the other end a legit comics gal. So it was with me.

9. “When You Wish upon a Star” – Pick a book you wish you could reread for the first time.

Jane Eyre. Of course, Jane Eyre. No, it’s not my favorite book of all time, but it’s not not my favorite book of all time, and reading it for the first time was, and would always be, an incredible experience.

10. “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” – Pick a book with some kind of monarchy in it.

How about Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall? I read this last year and was surprised to find that it’s wonderful! Mantel is brilliant at bringing historical figures to life, even ones who are larger than life in the first place like Henry VIII. WHY MUST ANNE BOLEYN DIE IN THE SECOND BOOK WHY OH GOD.

11. “Colors of the Wind” – Pick a book with a beautiful colorful cover.

Maggie Stiefvater’s Blue Lily Lily Blue. All of the books in this series actually! But Blue Lily Lily Blue has to be the most beautifulest one of all!

Blue Lily Lily Blue

GLORIOUS. DISNEY SONGS.

  • Rachel

    Love love love this! That Lion King gif is epic! I agree with you about Coraline and Narnia. Coraline’s “fake mom” is absolutely terrifying especially in the movie version and Narnia has changed my world as well. Everytime I see a large cabinet I hope to open its doors and find a magical world on the other side, lol. I’m glad you had fun doing this tag! 🙂

  • Amanda

    Always Harry Potter!! This is super fun. I so terribly need to read Wolf Hall.

    • It’s good! I was shocked at how much I liked Wolf Hall. I don’t even like historical fiction!

  • 110% agreed on Ariel being the best. Fun family story time: My mom got Ariel printed as the custom image on his debit card because he apparently thinks she’s a hottie.

    I think that, so long as you know why and can articulate why your faves are problematic, you’re good.

    What would you to say to someone who’s semi-comics-gal? I do really enjoy some but they aren’t, like, my one true medium (OTM). Would I dig Sandman?

    Oh, and of course, *takes deep breath* YOU CAN OWN THE EARTH AND STIIIILLLLL ALL YOU’LL OWN IS EARTH UNTILLLL YOU CAN PAINT wiiith all the colors… of… the… wiiiiiiiiiiiind.

    Judy Kuhn is my queen. I know it’s super weird that she’s really white and singing about racism/white colonization, but y’know, problematic faves.

    • Oh gosh. What WOULD I say to someone who’s semi-comics gal. It’s tough because Sandman is a pretty foundational comic in terms of shifting away from a certain type of storytelling and also, like, casually assuming the presence of women as comics readers and characters. It’s also a little hard to get into (the first volume is just not the best), and there’s elements in some of the stories where you’re like, ah, yes, the early 90s.

      BUT. There’s some really amazingly great stories in there, and I cherish them forever and they are part of my brain’s narrative vocabulary. So, uh. Maybe. I would say, a solid maybe. Do you like Neil Gaiman otherwise?

      • I read American Gods a while ago, and his narration of The Ocean at the End of the Lane squashed my heart in the very best way. I’d give it a shot!

        (The new lab manager at my old lab says that Gaiman recently joined her alma mater’s staff and is a bit of a jerk. I feel like this is always how these things go.)

  • Akilah

    Your answer to #5 is the best because obviously Harry Potter, yes.

    In our new place, we have what my daughter calls a “creepy Coraline door,” so obviously she is not sleeping in that room. The other mother scarred her for life.

    • I am a fully grown adult woman and I would not sleep in a room with a creepy Coraline door. FACTS.

      • Akilah

        My dad is sealing it off for me hahahahaha.

  • Jeanne

    Love the gifs!
    We just did Beauty and the Beast with the community theater in my small town, and I overheard a conversation (on FB) with a mother trying to explain to her 3 and 6 year old daughters why Gaston is “creepy.” He was played with huge verve by a tall community actor with big white teeth; the guy is about 6’6″ and outsized in every possible way.
    I wish I could read The Gone-Away World again for the first time…

    • Hahahaha, what did she say about him? Did the daughters like him? I always got why he was terrible, but I also always found him extremely hilarious. :p

  • Ooh! Excited about Greensleeves!!

    • Oh my gosh, I hope you do actually read it. It’s been out of print for years and years until just very recently, and it’s one of my favorite books of all time and sooooooooooo few people have read it.

  • Kristen M.

    Okay, so I just finished a book that maybe might be close to your ideal book criteria – Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. Totally dystopian and partially boarding school-ish and some nice strong girls in it, though they aren’t super awesome friends because it’s a competition situation so mostly everyone is standoff-ish. I guess I’m saying that you might want to take a look. The second book in the series just came out!

  • Stefanie@SoManyBooks

    This was fun to read. When oh when is the last Cromwell book coming out? I am tired of waiting.

  • I love this SO much!

  • Read Diverse Books

    Oh, this tag. This tag is precious!
    I’m going to shelve this one and tag myself incase I need an emergency blog post in the future.

    I kind of hated all those damn kids from The Secret History, tbh. But I also loved them. x)

  • This was fun! My daughter would love this – she has a shiny new book blog – I think I’ll tell her about this tag!
    I do love Ariel, except for the fact that it’s made very clear that she is 16 (only just turned!), and she gets married at the end of the movie. Even for Disney, that seems kinda young (even creepy). How old is Prince Eric?

  • This is so amazing I don’t even know what to say. You do make me giggle.

  • I somehow missed that you read Wolf Hall. So satisfying that you liked it.

    I am about to post my review of Greensleeves, the recommendation for which I got from you, of course.