Endgame is here! I’m hoping by the time I post this I would have seen it (I have) but please keep any comments etc spoiler free for those that haven’t. I reached out to my lovely Twitter Blogger friends for an Avengers themed book tag and Su (Bemused Bibliophile) from Books Untold recommended this one, you can check her post out here. I realised I had done this same book tag last year for the release of The Gospel of Loki and so I decided to add some extra bits to this book tag to bring it up to date for Endgame!
Iron Man – A book that made you laugh out loud
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.
This book is SO adorable and full of cute funny moments that I laughed out loud quite a bit. The most feel-good book I’ve ever read, like a nice relaxing, comforting bath.
Captain America – A book that sends a positive message
The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James.
I can’t go too much into this without spoilers and there are plenty of messages in this book, including some serious warnings but there is also a beautiful message about life and what it means to be human.
Thor – A book with a character whose strength you admire
Izzy O’Neil from The Exact Opposite of Okay.
Izzy is so brave in TEOOO, even when she’s hurting she’s almost always ready with a joke or a sarcastic comment but more than that even when she’s down she never stops fighting and she thinks beyond herself even when others are trying to tear her down.
Hulk – A book that made you incredibly angry
The Island by M.A Bennett.
Link’s behaviour in this book makes me so DAMN furious. I’m pretty sure that’s the intended outcome in this book, I can’t imagine we’re meant to actually like him and I hate him more than any other fictional character.
Black Widow – A kick-ass female protagonist
Asha from The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli.
I adore Asha SO much. She is strong and brave, deadly and smart. I could read about her adventures all day.
Hawkeye – An underrated book you think more people should pay attention to
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson.
I loved this book to death (get it) and I hadn’t even heard of it until I got a copy of the ARC for free when I brought another book at YALC after it was already out and although I occasionally see it pop up on Twitter now and again I don’t hear about it often. It’s got some great twists and I love the friendships and how they evolve throughout this book.
Here’s where I change things up a bit – I wanted to make sure I included everyone on the Endgame poster
Ant-Man – A smaller book or novella you really enjoyed or found had a big impact
The Blue Salt Road by Joanne Harris.
There were a few contenders for this one but The Blue Salt Road had a big impact on me on so many levels. It made me really consider prose and the way I write, Joanne is an absolute poet and her writing is like art. It also made me consider how we as humans treat things we don’t understand and the human habit of taking what we want because we feel we are somehow entitled to it, not to mention the glorious art throughout as well.
Captain Marvel – A book or character who gave you hope or made you feel strong
A Boy made of blocks by Keith Stuart.
Although there was a good chunk of this book I didn’t particularly enjoy, the last third really spoke to me. This book is about a father and his autistic son who he has trouble connecting with. My little boy, Nate has some extra needs and is possibly autistic and a lot of the behaviours in this book really felt familiar which at first, I found a little scary thinking of everything that is to come as he gets older but seeing as the two characters become closer and begin to understand one another it really gave me hope for the future and gave me some extra tools that I didn’t have before.
Nebula – A character you feel is misunderstood or you were too quick to judge
Reiko from Only love can break your heart by Katherine Webber.
I spent at least one-third, if not more, of this book feeling pretty unkindly towards Reiko and wondering how on earth I was meant to feel anything for her but this book isn’t about loving the characters because they’re good, awesome people, it’s because we are human and we make mistakes, almost all of us are morally grey at some point in our lives and it took me finishing the book and reflecting on it to realise.
Iron Patriot – A book with disability rep
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman.
I know I already mentioned this in a book tag just last week and I’m sure there are definitely better ones out there (feel free to recommend more! Especially if Sci-Fi) but I love Harper so much.
Rocket – A character who comes across as overly tough or unfriendly but is a sweetheart
Nik from Gemina by Amy Kauffman and Jay Kristoff.
I hated him for a good chunk of Gemina but adored him by the end because he is precious and needs to be protected at all costs.
Okoye – A character that does not and will not take crap
Marcella from Vengeful by V.E Schwab.
I loved the ever loving crap out of Vengeful and Marcella MADE that book great. I just loved how done she was with everyone and everything, possibly one of my absolute favourite villains.
Thanos – A villain who truly believed they were doing the right thing
Arthas from Arthas by Christie Golden.
I first discovered Arthas’s journey through the story of Warcraft 3 and it was horrific then, it was painful reliving it through the eyes of Arthas himself in the self titled novel years later when you realise just how right he thought he was slaughtering all of those innocent people and the worse thing is…he might actually have been right.
I hope you enjoyed my updated Avengers book tag – The Endgame edition, feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to do it and let me know if you do so I can check out your post in return. Happy Endgame all.