Enola Holmes was one of my film highlights of 2020 (and not only for Henry Cavill ofc) so when the lovely Livy from Shelves of Starlight tagged me to do this post I was super excited!
- List the rules and the prompts of the tag in your post.
- Thank the person who tagged you and ping back to their post.
- Give credits to the creator of the tag Bellerose Reads, and ping back to her post.
- Tag at least 5 people.
Enola Holmes: name an independent and smart female protagonist.
In true Enola fashion, I’d have to say Pip from A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. There aren’t many people (or characters I guess!) who’d take on their town’s unsolved murder case with no help and bring justice to those involved.
Sherlock Holmes: name your favourite mystery/thriller book.
I’ve really got a thing for Karin Slaughter at the moment having read the first two books in her Grant County series (a recommendation from my nan 😂). They’re particularly gory and full of trigger warnings but I can’t seem to put them down!
Eudoria Holmes: name a character that defies the rules of their society.
Probably no surprise at this point but my go to is Vasya from the Winternight Trilogy by Katharine Arden. Rather than play by the rules and marry when she came of age, Vasya runs away to the forest, dresses as a boy and surviving in the wilderness!
Mycroft Holmes: name the most annoying character you know.
Annoying is probably the wrong word (try awful, horrid, etc.) but the teacher from A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll. It pained me to read the scenes where she, as not only a teacher but a supposed responsible adult, picked on and belittled one of her students just because she was different.
Lord Tewkesbury: name a character that you want to protect at all costs.
Felix from the Once series by Morris Gleitzman. This is another series that I bang on about all the time but for good reason! In the first book especially, Felix is so innocent and has no idea what’s going on around him that I just wanted to reach into the pages and protect him from it all.
Inspector Lestrade: name a loyal side character.
Julia from Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. I read this one recently and still can’t stop thinking about it. When Emilia calls on her friend to ask a big, dangerous, dark magic favour, Julia accepts with no hesitation. We all need a friend like that!
Miss Harrison: name a book that aged like milk.
It’s probably a popular choice for this question but I have to say Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I remember really enjoying this book when I read it years ago and even wrote a glowing review of it on here (since been deleted!) but taking another look at it now I definitely can’t say the same.
Linthorn: name a book or character you hated from the very beginning.
I read Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan last year so I’d have to say Veronica’s boyfriend, Kevin. He seems whiny, self entitled and has no problem getting his girlfriend pregnant without her knowledge by poking holes in their condoms – and then can’t wrap his head around why she’s angry about it. He made my blood boil!
Edith: name your favourite book with Black rep.
One I read most recently was The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. I loved that it was written in verse and told from the point of view of a young Black girl finding her voice. I’m looking to diversify my reading even more this year so it’ll be interesting to come back to this.
Are any of our answers similar? Or maybe you know exactly how you’d answer these prompts? I’d love to know!
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