Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winnie the Pooh (Book Tag) Day!

In 1882 on this day, January 18, A.A. Milne was born! A.A. Milne is the author who brought us all the Winnie the Pooh books and stories the generations alive today grew up on. From the books to the television shows, and to the movies Winnie the Pooh has been a well loved story. In honor of Milne's birth date and in honor of Winnie the Pooh Day I decided to do the Winnie the Pooh and 100 Acre Woods Book Tags. I like both, but they're so similiar that I decided to combine them and choose the questions I think best fit the characters they were paired with. This way both creators get a shout out! The Winnie the Pooh Book Tag was created by YouTuber InspiringAdria who, it seems, doesn't post videos to her channel anymore, but I still wanted to give credit to the creator of this tag. The 100 Acre Woods Book Tag was created by LeaningLights, who I believe deleted her original tag but is still active on her channel.


Your favorite quote from the book or Disney animation version. 

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Winnie the Pooh.

Christopher Robin - Name a book where the main character is a leader and takes care of others. 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Katniss Everdeen, in my opinion, seemed like a great leader. She provided for her family, volunteered for her sister in the games, and put her life in danger to be the symbol for a rebellion she never meant to start. I think although Katniss had moments of selfishness, as a whole she was a great leader and put others before herself.

Winnie the Pooh - Name a book or series you cannot live without. 

This seems like an obvious one, but the series I cannot live without is the Harry Potter series. My Nanny got me hooked on the series at a young age which really sparked my love for not only reading but reading fantasy stories. Reading Harry Potter is the first memory I have of really getting lost in a book and having time fly without me realizing. Harry Potter is an important story that tackles big topics that resonate with readers of all ages.

A book I cannot live without would have to be Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. When I was younger, if  I wasn't reading Harry Potter and I wanted to re-read something, Alice would be my go to book. I remember packing my backpack and I would pack either a new book I was reading and then I would pack Alice or Harry just in case the new book ended up being a bust.I found Alice's story to be hilarious and her adventure to make no sense but in the best possible way.

Piglet - Name a book or series that made you afraid and/or fearful. 

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics. I read this book late at night in two sittings and I remember being absolutely terrified. My hear was beating out of my chest and I even felt my fingers shaking as I read the book. I wonder if it was just the perfect setting, and I was caught up in the story, or if it is actually terrifying so I do plan on re-reading it sometime this year (probably around Halloween). Another book that is one that genuinely had me spooked is Bird Box by Josh Malerman. Bird Box scares you because it lets your imagination fill in the blanks so you're basically being tricked into scaring yourself.

Eeyore - Name a book that has a character that is sad all the time. 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Connor is sad throughout the entire book. I don't remember many scenes in the story where he had a moment of happiness. Granted, he has a very good list of reasons for being sad. His mother is dying of cancer, his father barely visits because he has a 'new family", and he's being bullied at school.

Rabbit - Name a book or character that annoyed you. 

Confess by Colleen Hoover is definitely a book that annoyed me. I didn't enjoy the sexist, misogynistic themes that were supposed to read as "romantic". I do not think Hoover is a great writer or a great story teller so the book completely fell flat. The women in her stories are always spineless and the men in her story are always a bit (or a lot) abusive but seen as "romantic" because hes "damaged" so his actions are okay.

Owl - Name a book that has a character who loves to tell stories. No matter how many times people express not wanting to hear them. 

For this one I pick Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Gilderoy Lockheart is a great example of a character who is conceited enough to continue on telling a story about themselves even if it's obvious to everyone else that no one wants to hear the story. He is a great comical character, but i know for a fact that people who are like this in real life aren't as funny when you are stuck listening to their stories.

Kanga - Name a book with your favorite motherly figure. 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Both Ari and Dante have amazing mothers whoa re important characters to the story. I love that the topic of family is so prominent and how they influence our two main characters. Both of their moms do stereotypical mom things like how Dante's mom hates that he refuses to wear shoes, so she forces him to. And how Ari's mom stops him from going to the pool until he has one of the good towels because she didn't want Ari to look like he came from a "poor" family. Both roll their eyes at their mothers but it's such a realistic thing that moms do.

Roo - Name a book that has a young character that is optimistic. 

Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia. Now I will admit, I have only read the first two or three books in the series, and I read them after seeing the movies so my images of the character is probably inspired by the actress Georgie Henley but when I think young optimistic character I think Lucy. She's got a pureness about her that I love to read about and her happiness is contagious.

Tigger - Name the funniest book you've read. 

Sacrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. I recently reviewed this book here and I absolutely loved it. It's been a while since I have read a book that had me laughing as much as this one. I highly recommend it if you're a fan of the actress or if you're in the mood for a funny autobiography.

Winnie the Pooh has been many people's favorite story for generations. The stories and characters are so pure and innocent but they also have important themes and content. I think Winnie the Pooh is a series (whether it be the books, shows, or movies) that is constantly passed on and experienced by many generations because of how timeless the stories are and how easy it is to love.

Thanks for reading! 

If you end up doing this tag please tell me in the comments so I can check it out! Don't forget to credit the creators of the tags. Who is your favorite Winnie the Pooh character? I'd love to know.