Good morning bookworms!! Happy Tuesday!!
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I think we all need a little sunshine and rainbows in our lives sometimes, and this week’s topic is here just for that!! To talk about all the times that things went right!! (Unexpectedly or as planned…)
And, please don’t forget to either link back to a specific post of mine, or drop your post link below in the comments – either way hopefully I will see it (but I’m not sure what’s going on with my pingbacks right now… I only got 2 for last week)!!
The Bride Test – Helen Hoang
I think this is honestly my favourite example of a time something went right. Esme was cleaning bathrooms in a hotel in Vietnam when this rich lady came and offered her son’s hand in marriage. In America.
Sure, nothing ever went quite to plan after this, but this was a seriously amazing offer from a perfect stranger. It’s this perfect instance of right place, right time. Like buying the winning lottery ticket the one time you decide to play.
This book is super cute in a bunch of different ways though – so if you haven’t read it (or The Kiss Quotient) please try them!!
The Boy Who Steals Houses – C. G. Drews
Why yes, it has been a while since I screamed about this book… but what a perfect opportunity to start again!! Yes, so despite all of the VERY many things that go wrong for my poor babies, Sam and Avery, the one thing that did go right, was Sam totally screwing up which house to sleep in.
Yes, this could have gone about in a totally different direction, but LUCKILY it was the De Lainey family that decided to come home early, out of every house that Sam had borrowed. It was… as you might say… just right!! (Yeah, yeah, it was a cheesy reference to the genderbent goldilocks retelling that this amazing book is…)
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
I must say, there are a lot of things to be thankful for in this story. Firstly that Bingley rented a manor house in the country for a season. Then that Jane was gorgeous enough to tempt him. Darcy’s inherent refusal to dance and just be a complete and utter bore in general. Lizzie’s sass and “bright eyes”… the list goes on, really.
Honestly, I’m just kind of thankful that Austen wrote books with happy endings, rather than gothic tales of woe. Because even though Darcy and Lizzie might not have souls made of the same stuff, at least they aren’t in an emotionally abusive relationship… *cough* Brontë *cough*
Enchantment – Orson Scott Card
This really is the week for me to yell about books that just aren’t hyped enough, isn’t it. Look, this one is an oldie, but still one of my absolute faves. A retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but set in both, the present (ok, the 90s) and a middle ages, Slavic folklore inspired alternate universe. Things that go right in this are Ivan studying literature and deciding to go back to Russia for additional research. And also taking that run on his uncle’s farm… and coming across a slightly ominous clearing he remembered from his childhood.
There’s also lots that goes wrong… but we won’t be talking about those today!! I must say, this book totally inspired my love for Slavic folklore, and is the reason that I’m currently reading The Bear and the Nightingale.
The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
I am fully aware this sounds like an odd choice, but hear me out. If Jude hadn’t seen her parents be brutally murdered and then adopted by the killer… then she would probably be leading a very tragic life in the foster home system in the US.
Instead, she’s alive in Elfhame, very bright because she has to be to remain alive, a little bit bloodthirsty (I’m a stan of the stabiness), and very much the apple of someone’s eye. *wink, wink*
I have to say, knowing what we know now, I really want to go back and reread this entire series just for all the little Jardan moments. To watch him squirm as he twists his words to make everyone think that he doesn’t love her. You have to be very good at word play to get away with that for so long!!
Please don’t forget to link to one of my posts (not my home page), and I will link back to all of your posts within 36 hours!! (Because I know it’s Tuesday morning here, but it’s probably still Monday lunchtime elsewhere…)
What are some of your favourite books where things went right?