The Lady Janies Book Tag

I was tagged to do the Lady Janies book tag forever ago. Like, late May or June sometime? it’s just been awhile since I’ve been in the mood for a tag, ha! Filling out tag posts is kind of hard? Maybe because I don’t want my answers to look stolen from the million and a half other people doing the tag. (Am I over stressing about this? Very much probably)

Anyway, back to this post and not my mini-sidetrail. If you haven’t read my My Lady Jane, go read it. It’s comical and funny and a perfect spin on history. And as soon as my library has the latest book, I’m grabbing it! And this tag is all about celebrating the Lady Janies authors and My Plain Jane’s book releases. 

Rules of the Tag 

  • Thank the person who nominated you. Can I remember who nominated me? Pretty sure it was Ellyn and Malanie
  • Answer all the questions down below. (so bossy!) 
  • Pingback to the creators: Rebecca @bookishlyrebecca and Ellyn @Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag

The Little Prince! I’ve actually not read this in English? I read it in French class last fall, so I have it all down in French. And believe me, reading in French is difficult but incredibly fun. I also managed to read the first 7 chapters of Harry Potter in French AND the first book of Les Miserables in French.

Let me just take a moment to celebrate that I NEVER HAVE to read anything in French again. 

But The Little Prince was short and incredibly powerful! I mean, it’s all about NOT taking life for granted AND seeing things from a child’s perspective.

Anne Shirley! I do love Jane Austen’s heroines, especially Lizzy Bennet. BUT Anne of Green Gables will always and forever be my favorite.

My Granny gave me Anne the summer after I was adopted, and I read it at least once a week for a year. I basically memorized every page of my paper copy of Anne. And that poor copy of this special book is tattered and falling apart.

I just love Anne. Her spunk and originality. The way she holds grudges, and loves deeply. Her imagination and drive to be the best she can be. Anne always inspired me and made me dream bigger.

Ok, so I just read Dress Codes for Small Towns and it’s my new favorite diverse read. It’s just so realistic and good.

(But I don’t have any pictures of it? Because it was a library book and I never stopped to take a picture, oops!)
Anyway, I hadn’t heard much about Dress Codes BEFORE reading this treasure and it’s simply breathtaking. I couldn’t really put this book down, in fact I think I read it in two days. 

And maybe I just read it last month and have mentioned it a dozen or more times in my recent blog posts??? Am I obsessed? #sorrynotsorry

Also, on a side rant… I saw someone on Goodreads say Dress Codes was too wordy and over-the-top because it was a teenagers narrator? Ok, let’s just say this person has never met me as a teenager.

I was so over the top and wordy THAT one time when I was depressed and upset I ran outside at 11pm and shook my hand at the moon and promised that I would wreck my vengeance wherever the moon shone. SO yes, teenagers can be over the top and wordy. 

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Simon Vs the Homosapiens’ Agenda

They Both Die at the End

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

Queens of Geek

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Do I have an absolute favorite retelling? This is hard. because I really, really love Pride by Ibi Zoibo. It’s diverse and the storytelling is rich and so great!

BUT then I remembered Cinder! And the entire Lunar Chronicles. And how much I ADORED that series. It’s the best retelling, ever, really it is. 

My absolute favorite is Cress because it’s a Rapunzel retelling and apparently that’s my actual favorite fairy tale? 

Me @ all things Tangled and cuteness 

Gosh, there’s so many. Like a hundred anticipated releases. But let’s start with a very basic book release that I’m absolutely dying to hit the bookstores! 

King of Scars! Not only are we returning to the world of Grisha, but we get the Pirate Prince’s story! On top of that, Nina is a major character! I am ecstatically anticipating this story. I may have squealed when this book was announced and it’s only 5 months away???

Besides all of that happy goodness, Leigh Bardugo is also writing another book in the Six of Crows world? Very much anticipating that volume.

The Wicked King

On the Come Up

Muse of Nightmares

Queen of Air and Darkness

I Wish You All the Best

Now if any of you guys have any ARCs, you can send them my way 😉 

Also, me with all the ARCs I need to read. So don’t be sending me any more. 

Felicity Montague! I LOVE Felicity and I cannot wait for the entire world to read her book coming out in October! Felicity is from the 1700’s BUT she’s one of the BEST feminists I’ve ever read.

Not only is she stubborn and independence and smart, but she overcomes her own prejudices and grows as a character. I think, that’s what I appreciate the most. The LAdy’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is an incredible discussion on colonialism and internalized homophobia and feminism.
Can I say much more without spoiling the entire plot? Probably not. Just know that you should read this book. And adore Felicity Montague along with me. 

The Scarlet Pimpernel! I mean, it’s an old classic and the 1980’s movie is an absolute treasure. This book is hilarious AND emotional.
Also, I deeply love any book or movie or story set during the French Revolution and this book is ALL that PLUS spies and adventures.

Yes, it’s older. Yes, it might be tad wordy. But it’s completely lovely and you’ve got to read it. 

Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Schwab! I mean both of these ladies are crazy creative, and I love thier world building. I also feel like their characters could get along really well? And have these crazy adventures that would just be fantastic to read about!

Rick Riordan and Laini Taylor! Oh my goodness these two could pack a punch of a mythological magical book! I don’t even know what this book would be but I do know there would be a killer cliffhanger and incredible characters who I will die for. Imagine Percy Jackson and Lazlo Strange in the same book???????

I mean, there’s probably more but those are the top authors pairings I could think of at the moment!

This tag is so unbelievably long??? But it’s also so fun! I mean, isn’t fangirling about all your favorite reads and authors fun???

And now, to tag 5 other bloggers. WHY? I tag everyone who reads this, haha. But I’m also a rule follower and tagging 5 people is part of the rules, so here goes. 

By the way, if you’ve done this tag already, I’m so sorry for double tagging you! 

I tag…

May @ Forever and Everly

Olivia @ Purely Olivia 

Marrill @ Books and Ravens

May @ My First Chapter 

Analee @ Book Snacks

lets chat

Have you read any of the Janie books? Or done this tag? If you’ve done the tag, link it below so I can read all your answers! (mainly because I’m nosy and want to know, hehe) 

Also, do you know all these Janes this tag lists? Because I do NOT. I need to research some of these ladies.

What authors would you love to see write a book together? Do you have a favorite classic or retelling? What feminist character inspires you? 

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18 Comments

  1. August 7, 2018 / 9:39 am

    This is such a creative tag! I’ve read My Lady Jane, but I haven’t read My Plain Jane yet. About the last picture: I have both The Hazel Wood and American Panda checked out from the library right now! I’ve been told by a friend that the Hazel Wood has a crazy plot twist that will blow my mind. And nope, I haven’t heard of so many of the Janes on this list either. Ooh, favorite retelling? Okay, the only one I can think of off the top of my head is the Lunar Chronicles, which are great. Specifically, I really like Cinder and Cress. YES, I’m so glad you like Cress too! My friends who’ve read the series are not fans of Cress and Thorne.

    • August 13, 2018 / 9:43 pm

      It’s such a fun book tag! I hope you love American Panda! I didn’t enjoy The Hazel Wood, but I know other people did! And how can people not be fans of Cress and Thorne? They’re the absolute cutest!

  2. August 7, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    Thank you so much for the tag!💓I was tagged a couple months ago and it has been patiently sitting in my drafts ever since, so you’ve motivated me to actually write and post this. XD I agree that Anne is THE ultimate heroine, I’ll always have so much love for her. Have you watched Anne With an E on Netflix? If you have, what are yours thoughts?

    • August 13, 2018 / 9:44 pm

      Yay! I can’t wait to see your answers to this tag! And I’ve only watched a little bit of Anne with an E, it’s on my radar but right now I just keep watching Scandal, ha!

      • August 13, 2018 / 9:49 pm

        Haha! I watched the first season, and I need to start the second season because it just recently came out. I liked it, not really because it’s exactly like the books, but just because the cinematic qualities (that is definitely not what it’s called, but oh well XD) are SO good!

  3. August 7, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    I loved all your answers! I love Anne (have you seen the Netflix show?), she’s such a fun mc!
    Also, you’re totally pushing me to want to pick up Dress Codes for Small Towns, I’ve heard only good things about it!

    • August 13, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      Ah, I know I need to finish watching Anne with an E, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet!

      • August 13, 2018 / 10:09 pm

        Season 1 was really good but I still haven’t managed to get around to season 2 yet!

  4. August 8, 2018 / 12:56 am

    I think I’ve only read Jane Austen and Jane Eyre, but I really enjoy your answers! I can’t wait to read King of Scars too!

    • August 13, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      Jane Austen is pretty great! I love most of her characters. And King of Scars looks so good!

  5. August 8, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    Oh lovely answers, this is such a fun tag! I loved The Little Prince as well – though I read it in French and… well, since French is my first language, maybe I saw this differently? It was such a good story though, I loved it very much <3
    I loved The Lunar Chronicles series so, very much as well, it's one of my favorites and Cress is my favorite character of the lot as well! <3 <3

    • August 13, 2018 / 9:47 pm

      I wish I could enjoy reading French as much I do books in English, but right now it’s always a let me look up this word, or sit down and conjugate that verb. Frustrating but definitely worth it!
      Cress is the cutest and sweetest, ever!!!

      • August 18, 2018 / 2:32 am

        I get that, it has to be frustrating to stop every now and then. Hopefully soon you won’t have to stop while reading, at all 😀

  6. Ilsen Leon
    August 12, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    Omg all of these books sound so good! I’m not really a fan of classics though but I did love Lady Audley’s Secret so I have some exceptions! I don’t know how Anne of Green Gables! I’ve read some of these like Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda and They Both Die At The End! A lot of these books are on my TBR! My most anticipated is King of Scars but I need to read Six of Crows first! Ugh so many books, so little time!

    • August 13, 2018 / 9:48 pm

      Ah, same! So many books on my pile and time runs away from me! I hope you enjoy Six of Crows, it’s one of my all time favorites!

  7. August 12, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    YES FELICITY MONTAGUE OH MY GOSH. I loved how she was a passionate strohng amazing feminist but she also had internalized prejudices she had to overcome, it just made her flawed but more lovable once she overcame themmmmm. AND HER MONTAGUE SIBLING SELFISHNESS WHICH IS TRADEMARKED. lksjdflksj
    And I’m so glad you brought up dress codes for small towns, I still haven’t put it on my Goodreads tbr after you recommended it to me, but i’m going to do it rn, it seems so good!!!
    also I’m so glad you loved Pride, I want to read it sm. THAT COVER???

    • August 13, 2018 / 9:49 pm

      I SAW you ADDED Dress Codes on Goodreads, yay!!!! And Felicity Montague is my hero! Also, she and her brother are so cute! And the friendships are iconic!!! Also, I’m reading your review and just grinning because that book is so good!

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