I love Disney. It doesn’t matter how old I get, the child within will always adore it. I’ve been wanting to take another trip to Disney World for some time now (despite my bank account pretty much screaming at the very idea). There’s just something about the rides, food, fireworks, shows and general sense of happiness wherever you go that’s irresistible. However, with the pandemic making a trip pretty much impossible for the foreseeable future, virtual travel will have to do for the moment. Cue this Disney Parks Book Tag created by Alexandra at Reading by Starlight. I stumbled across this one via Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable and knew I had to do it.
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It may not be a “jungle” cruise, but it’s definitely set along a river (which was a challenge for me to find in itself!) Just a more desert type one. Death on the Nile involves famous detective Hercule Poroit taking a trip to Egypt and, as usual, getting wrapped up in an investigation after a newlywed heiress and socialite is found shot to death in a cabin on his Nile cruise. As you’d expect from a Christie novel, there’s a solid cast of characters, each with mysterious backstories to unravel, and a vast array of clues, red herrings and motives. As far as quick, well crafted mystery novels go, and one from the queen of crime herself to boot, this is a good one.
Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle 3#) – Jay Kristoff
I have to say, I haven’t read all that many books which revolve largely around sea based travel. Maybe two? Three if I’m generous? While the majority of Darkdawn doesn’t take place on a ship, part of it does. A pirate ship to be exact, because any other kind wouldn’t be nearly as fun. The time on said ship introduces us to some quirky and memorable characters and gives us both sweet and angsty character moments. It also involves Mia & co. doing their best to stay afloat as they face off against a storm of epic proportions created by angry and powerful gods determined to stop them from reaching their goal. There may be a sea monster or two as well.
Verity – Colleen Hoover
I’ve read a couple of thrillers now and Verity by Colleen Hoover has definitely been my favourite, part of the reason for which is the creepy atmosphere created by the isolated manor house setting. The book centres around a writer named Lowen, recently hired to finish a series by bestselling author Verity Crawford who has been seriously injured in a terrible accident. Lowen visits the family estate to go through Verity’s notes but ends up finding a autobiographical manuscript which details some troubling revelations about the years prior to Verity’s accident. Next thing you know, Lowen’s questioning what’s real, what’s not, whether she’s being watched…you get the vibe. I highly recommend this one!
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files 1#) – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
YA fan favourite Illuminae will never not be a perfect answer for this type of prompt. It’s gripping from start to finish. I mean, the book opens with the invasion and evacuation of a planet and then later involves a zombie virus, crazy AI, space battles, and twists & turns galore. It’s just ridiculous amounts of fun. The characters are great, the story is super engaging and the writing format is really refreshing. Sitting down and reading this in one sitting is entirely reasonable because once you get stuck in, you have to keep going. Even if you’re not a huge sci-fi fan, there’s a high chance you’ll enjoy it.
The Sookie Stackhouse Series – Charlaine Harris
The problem with reading a bunch of fantasy novels is that when geographical prompts like this come up, finding a suitable book becomes a tad bit difficult. Even more so when it’s this narrow. Luckily enough, I’ve read several of the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris which are set in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. These are the novels that were adapted to create HBO’s True Blood. Just in case you weren’t already aware, the series is set in a world where humans know about vampires and it follows a telepathic waitress named Sookie who falls in love with a vampire, Bill. They’re not always the best written books but fun as far as paranormal romance goes. Plus, I quite enjoy the mystery elements in them. What’s love without a little murder?
Not a castle in the traditional sense of the word but hey, that’s what Howl’s magical moving home is referred to, so why question it? The castle is a significant setting in the book. While the outside is held together by magic and has stone walls and turrets which billow smoke, the inside looks more like a welcoming cottage with a hearth and plenty of knickknacks. It also happens to have a magical front door which opens onto several different locations in the land of Ingary depending on which direction the knob above it is turned to. The windows, too, will often look out onto different places. The castle is home to self-absorbed ladies man/wizard Howl, his crabby fire demon Calcifer, Howl’s teenage assistant, Michael, and later Sophie, cursed to look like an old crone.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
I don’t think anyone can debate my answer for this prompt (especially since the ride is the Mad Tea Party). Were you to investigate the themes and subtext in Alice it may bring you to some less than whimsical ideas, but just reading the book for what it is, it’s definitely strange and unusual in a fun and playful way. This is especially so if you’re a kid reading it for the first time. Food and drink which alter your size, babies changing into pigs, a grinning Cheshire cat, a court trial over the theft of some tarts, and a hare who’s somehow always late – it’s certainly magical and mesmerizing. Caroll’s use of parody, poetry and nursery rhymes probably also help its case somewhat in the whimsical department.
I’m having difficulty thinking of many books I’ve read that would fit this prompt (you’d think there’d be more mountain journeys in the fantasy I’ve read), so I’ll just go with the first thing that jumped to mind, The Lord of the Rings. If you’ve read the books or seen the amazing film trilogy, you’ll know that in the first entry of the series, The Fellowship of the Ring, the eleven members of the fellowship attempt to make their way across the narrow and dangerous pass of the Misty Mountains to reach the elven realm of Lothlórien. Due to a terrible blizzard, they’re forced to turn back. Instead, they take the route through the mountains and into the Mines of Moria which brings them a great deal of trouble and misery.
The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang
The Poppy War was one of my favourite reads of 2019. The first in an adult fantasy series, the world and story events are drawn heavily from China and its history, particularly the Second Sino-Japanese War including the Rape of Nanjing. For this reason, it can be a brutal read to tackle at times (the author doesn’t shy away from the atrocities of war), but it’s also exceptionally well done. The book follows Rin, an orphan who gets accepted to a prestigious military academy and works her butt off to eventually become a soldier in a long standing war. There’s action, great characters, magic, emotional moments, just an overall fantastic book.
Saga – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
I’m going with a comic series for this one. Saga is 100% one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever read and yes, some of the stuff in it may be for shock value but it’s also a lot of fun to read. The plot has fantastic momentum and is a perfect blend of action, adventure, romance and comedy. The series is narrated by a girl named Hazel who recalls how her parents met, fell in love and escaped with a baby despite being soldiers on two different sides of a never-ending galactic war. In their quest to find a safe place to raise their daughter, the two come up against a host of obstacles including bounty hunters, alien monsters, ghosts, and more.
Have you ever been to Disney World or Disneyland? If so, what was your favourite part? Mine was definitely Space Mountain and the Mickey ice cream sandwiches!
If you haven’t, and you had the chance to go, what would be the thing you’d be most excited to do/try?