The lovely Julie from Pages and Pens made a video on this tag. I thought it would be nice to do my own take on it. Essentially, it’s a list of all birthstones and each stone correlates with a book related question. Ready? Let’s go!
1. January (GARNET): Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies – Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.
Umbridge from the Harry Potter series is a terrifying person. I know she’s not even the main villain, but I find Dolores Umbridge terrifying because she’s rather relatable. This is particularly true given the extra info JK Rowling provided on her.
2. February (AMETHYST): Purple is associated with royalty – Name a book with regal qualities… You can base this off of characters of choose the King of all books
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab has one of my favorite royal families in literature. I think of Rhy fondly.
3. March (AQUAMARINE): Washed out – Name a ‘wishy washy’ character, a character who is not strong or a follower
UM. Luc’s brother in Weight of Feathers was so wishy washy and abusive, I can’t even begin to explain. I have surprisingly suppressed knowledge of his name. That’s how much I dislike him.
4. April (DIAMOND): A diamond in the rough – Name a book that you loved but is not well known
Oh no. I think most of my books are fairly well known, but the Falconer trilogy by Elizabeth May doesn’t get enough love.
5. May (EMERALD): Said to balance energy – Name two characters who balance each other well
First, I want to go on record to say that Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger balance each other beautifully. While I see the appeal of Draco being with my favorite bookworm, I much prefer Ron as a companion to her.
6. June (PEARL): Associated with loyalty – Name a character who is loyal to the end
Derrick from The Falconer. Loyal to the end.
7. July (RUBY): Blood red – Name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainanni. Here’s another one, too, that ticked me off: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
8. August (PERIDOT): Pale green (it pales in comparison to other gems) – Name a supporting character who you like better than the main character
I have to agree with Julie on this one, Kenji from Shatter Me. Also: Nikolai from Shadow and Bone or Grisha verse, in general, is exceptionally awesome. Simon Lewis, Maia Roberts and Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments series are people I wish had bigger roles in the story. I love Lissa Dragomir way more than Rose Hathaway in Vampire Academy.
9. September (SAPPHIRE): Blue like the ocean which is calming – Name a book that had a calming affect on you
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I am surprised by this experience, honestly. The book is set so far in the future, and it is in outer space, that I am mostly amused by the resilience of human nature. Plus, it’s really funny. (I am about 25% of the way through).
10. October (OPAL): Iridescent – Name an iridescent book, this can be a book with a beautiful cover (Shiny? Lots of color?) or you can base it off of a character (Quirky? Colorful?)
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi is fairly centered on colors, and the setting is rather peculiar.
11. November (TOPAZ): Associated with resilience – Name a books with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity
August Flynn from This Savage Song along with Kate Harker.
12. December (BLUE ZIRCON): Associated with friendship – Name a book with a friendship you want to be apart of
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater has one of the most precious friendships I had ever encountered. I love everyone in this friend group.