Hi bookish friends! Welcome back to the Books and Mischief blog where I discuss my love for books, reading, and above all the adventures I embark on through literature. With today being Valentine’s Day I figured this would be the perfect time to complete the Cupid Book Tag created by Noelle Gallagher. I’ll link the original tag video below. In this tag I discuss the perfect candy to eat while reading, the perfect reading date and probably the most anticipated question, which characters would I like to drop in and visit not for a whole novel but maybe a short story. These were a fun set of questions to answer! I absolutely enjoyed answering them.
And to everyone out there, Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re in a relationship or single (such as myself) today is ultimately about love so make sure to remind yourself that you are loved and adored.
Link to original video here: Cupid Book Tag
- What’s the perfect candy to eat while reading? 🍭
Typically, I do not eat while reading; however, if the mood strikes, I do have a few on hand. Starburst, Sour Patch Kids, Airheads, sweet tarts, skittles and I really love those Starburst jelly beans. The thing is because of going through chemotherapy and radiation my taste buds haven’t fully recovered. Probably never will unfortunately, yet these candies trigger the best taste sensations.
- What’s a song that reminds you of your favorite romance (or just your favorite romantic song in general)? 🎧
Call me a cliché, I really don’t care, my favorite romantic song is Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me). Idk. I feel like I have to happy dance every time the song comes on!
- If you were to go on a perfect reading date, where would it be? It could be somewhere across the world or something more general like a beach, the forest, etc. the skies the limit! 🏹
This is something I have never shared with anyone, especially on a public platform, however, my perfect reading date would qualify for the perfect date in general. That being, we would go to a bookstore, split up, and choose a book that we think the other would like but also pick up a copy of our top tier favorite book. Granted this could go so badly; however, the romantic side of myself thinks that this would be an excellent idea.
- What’s the best friendship you’ve read in a book? 👩🏻🤝👨🏼
Okay. This isn’t a “romance novel”, however, I don’t care. The best friendship in a novel that I’ve read to date, would have to be the relationship of Elwood Curtis and Jack Turner from Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys. I read this book in 2020 and I still think about these characters constantly. Possibly a reread in the future?
Harry Cameron and Evelyn Hugo’s relationship from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Read. These two characters are each other’s ride or die and their relationship is goals. The relationship I have with my best friend Brittney is very much the equivalent to these two characters. Maybe I need to add this to my reread collection as well!
- Create the perfect bouquet for your favorite book or character. 🌻
I’m going to sit this question out. 🙅♂️💐😂
- What romance do you not necessarily need a whole sequel for, you just want to check in on them and make sure everything is going well? 👨🏽🤝👨🏼
My favorite romance novel is Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I don’t necessarily need a whole novel because that would require the characters to have to go through some trials and tribulations. So… I would love a short story check in. How are Alex and Henry’s relationship? What are they up to? Married yet? Where are they at in their careers? All the things. Hmm. Maybe there could be a spin off with June Claremont-Diaz, Alex’s sister, and they are popping in and out of the story.
- What date in a book or movie do you wish you could go on yourself? ✨
In Red, White, and Royal Blue (spoilers ahead) Henry takes Alex to the Victoria and Albert Museum where they explore the exhibits late at night and with privacy. That date is so beautiful, full of magic, and if there were one date that I could go on myself it would be that…
- What is your favorite nickname from a romance? 🤔
To be honest… I don’t actually have a favorite nickname from a romance.
- What are your most anticipated romances of 2022? (Could be a new release or just romances you’re excited to finally get to!) 🤗
Two romance novels came to mind when answering this question. The first is Husband Material by Alexis Hall, which is the sequel to Boyfriend Material. I adored Boyfriend Material and what caught my eye regarding this follow up was the quick synopsis, ‘Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc’s feeling the social pressure to propose. But it’ll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a bowl full of special curry to get these two from, I don’t know what I’m doing to I do.’ I mean come on; this is definitely going to be a fun read!
Emily Henry’s Book Lovers! I really liked Beach Read by Emily Henry and the thoughts of a romance that takes place around books makes it even more intriguing.