Happy Monday! To shake things up a little bit, I’m doing a book tag today. While I was BookTube-channel hopping based on a tweet, I found the Potato Book Tag on Bookworm Heath, and it was created by Ola Quinn. These BookTubers reminded me that in two weeks it will be the Posen Potato Festival in Posen, Michigan, near where I used to live. That makes this tag perfect for this time of year.
So, on to the questions!
They’re raw, ok? But they can become whatever you wish: A character with the potential to be anything they wanted.
I will choose Tris Prior from Divergent. I’m going for her having more choices to be anything she wants because she qualified for Dauntless, Erudite and Abnegation, making her Divergent. She had more opportunity to be whoever she wanted because she qualified for more than one faction. Later, she is at the top of her class in Dauntless, so, had she not revealed her Divergent identity, she could have chosen almost any job she wanted in Dauntless.
It goes well with anything or alone: A character that would get along with anyone, in any book, in any world.
My mashed potatoes character is Haruhi Fujioka from Ouran High School Host Club. As far as I’ve gotten in the manga series (5 or 6 volumes) and as the anime shows, there are few people in the world Haruhi wouldn’t get along with. Excluding the occasional jealous customer of the Host Club, almost everyone seems to like her. She adapts pretty well to many situations, and the rest of her club does attempt to make everyone happy.
Delicious also thanks to their filling: A book or series that is packed with information but it’s still enjoyable.
I love the Ologies series (most of which is written by Dugald A. Steer). My continuing favorite two are Dragonology and Wizardology. When I was in elementary school, I poured over these books again and again. I loved opening the flaps and letters. I couldn’t get enough! I think the last time I saw one was at the library, and it was still fun to look over the pages and learn about dragons and wizards.
You can’t stop eating them once you’ve started: A book or series you couldn’t put down.
I still remember the release day for Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire. I devoured the book in a day or two, and nothing could stop me from putting it down. I read it at school, at home, and at the coffee shop I liked to hang out at. I didn’t do that with the rest of the series, but I was so invested in what was happening after I read and reread City of Lost Souls.
They are potatoes but not “real” potatoes; they’ve been processed too much: A book or character that is labeled/label themselves as something they’re not.
In The Hate U Give, Khalil, Starr’s childhood friend, is labeled a “thug” by the media after he was shot by a cop. One of the major conflicts Starr deals with is trying to tell everyone, namely the people at her school and her friends, that Khalil was not a thug. She even starts a Tumblr site to honor him.
By the way, who can’t wait to see this movie?
Plain. They would need some condiments, but what?: A book that wasn’t either bad or good and what was lacking in your opinion to make it better
I’m not sure this is the best pick, but I’m going with In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and art by Jen Wang. It has a decent, if predictable, plot, and the artwork is beautiful. I want more of the themes that the original short story had, and I want more of the promised teaching economics. I think that would require adding more to Raymond and his life.
It will always make you feel better: Anti-reading slump book.
I’m not really sure that I have a go-to book to get out of a reading slump. I seldom re-read a book, so that’s not how I really get out of a slump. I usually have to keep trying other books and let myself do something else, like watch the entire first season of Outlander.
What about Harry Potter? I don’t exactly re-read the series, but I do end up reading a ton of fanfiction. That doesn’t always help me get out of a reading slump for books, but it keeps me reading. Actually, one of my go-to fanfic authors whose stories I do re-read is Lomonaaeren. Most of the fanfics I re-read are of the Drarry and Veela variety.
A foreign potato recipe: A diverse book or character.
For something different, I’m going with Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Shimura Takako. It’s a manga with LGBTQ+ friendly themes. Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki negotiate with themselves how they can express their genders. They also have each other to confide in.
Crunchy outside, soft inside: A character that goes through hardships but stays soft inside.
I think Princess Amari from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi counts for this one. For all that she suffered at the hands of her father, she was still a sweet, kind person. She does what is right. Amari is also a good friend to Zélie when she needs one. She does have the crunchy outside when it counts, like in the final battle.
Pick your fave type of potato. Create your own question and answer it yourself. Feel free to pick from the previous ones but still create a new question or give another different answer!
I think my favorite potato is hash browns. For some reason, Google Images loves joking about loving hash browns more than hashtags, so my prompt is “a book that involves the Internet or social media in general.”
Faking Faith, by Josie Bloss, is very wrapped up in the Internet. It starts with an sexting incident that makes her a social pariah, and it’s all over the Internet. She finds solace in fundamentalist Christian blogs, and she develops her own blog of the same type to try to make friends with these people she’s fascinated with—not because she suddenly wanted to convert. It is one of those books that involves fake identities and people discovering said identities, but I love that it shows her trying to find friends through blogging.
Anyone who wants to do this tag. It looks pretty new, but I don’t know who has and who hasn’t done it. Consider yourself tagged if you would like to do it!
That’s it for this tag! What’s your favorite potato? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Let me know in the comments!