Happy Thursday! I stumbled across the How to Train Your Dragon book tag on a recent new follower’s page (thank you, Sophie @ Blame Chocolate!) and I knew I had to give it a go, even though I wasn’t directly tagged. I loved the movie and really enjoy book tags with themes like this!
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Hiccup started out as a failure to his people. He wasn’t adept at dragon killing. Suddenly, he knows the ins and outs of the creatures he is supposed to despise. He becomes popular, and in turn he tries to use his fame to create an alliance between the humans and the dragons. In the end, he changes the minds and hearts of everyone in Berk.
Astrid is the fierce female viking. She is strong and smart, the perfect contender to be a dragon killer. She is suspicious of Hiccup and eventually discovers his secret. Once she sees the beauty in and of the dragons, she is usually by Hiccup’s side. She stands for her beliefs and helps her friend to the very end.
Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I love her so much. She is strong, creative, clever, and just all around a great leading female character.
Stoick the Vast. He is the leader of the vikings of Berk. He is strong, determined, and caring. He can be thoughtless, but he does feel responsible for his people. He loves his family. After a while, he sees reason and recognizes his son’s greatness. He is a proud man, but he is even more proud of his son in the end.
Stephen King. He is definitely a leader in the horror genre, and also seems like a good person when it comes to those he loves, his fans, and social justice.
Valka goes out on her own to live with the dragons. She knows untold secrets and comes out of nowhere in the second movie. She sees the world in a different light, like her son. Nowadays, most books are a part of a series. Authors have a hard time containing their words and creative worlds = lucky us!
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. I got this book in an OwlCrate and didn’t expect to fall in love with it, because at first it seemed like just another fairytale retelling. But it was so imaginative and weird and brilliant.
Gobber is loyal and funny. He is a teacher, friend, blacksmith, and so much more. He supports Stoick and Valka, Hiccup, and all others. “He’s a bit gruff, but his heart is always in the right place.” (credit) If you were Gobber, which book characters would you ship?
In this case, I AM Gobber, because I ship so many characters! Scarlet and Wolf from The Lunar Chronicles, Wylan and Jesper from Six of Crows, Simon and “Blue” from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Hanna and Nik from Gemina… just to name a handful!
Snotlout is impulsive. He speaks his mind and does what he wants. He is rude and also flirty. If he was a book lover, I’m sure he would buy a book because of an enticing cover, intriguing synopsis, or just because he can. Is there a book that you bought simply because?
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I actually bought it in a boxed set with the sequel, Glass Sword. Someone on Bookstagram was talking to me about it, so when I saw the set at Half Price Books for pretty cheap, I snagged it without any idea of when I’ll get around to reading it.
Family and friends are the most important aspect in one’s life. Sometimes the representations in books are optimal (while other times the representation is non-existent). Books can contain perfect, desirable relationships that we all want to be a part of, so choose a book with a family or friend bond that you wish were real in your own life.
The Golden Trio in Harry Potter! Or even the Silver Trio. Or a Weasley. Really I just want to be a witch at Hogwarts and I’ll figure out the rest later.
Fishlegs is intelligent. He knows dragons by the book, and by the book only. He inspires knowledge in himself and in others. As with Fishlegs, sometimes books make one want to learn something new, research a new topic, try a new experience, or go somewhere exciting. Name a book that makes you want to expand you horizons.
The Hunger Games made me want to learn archery. I also am very intrigued by ley lines and the stuff Gansey talks about in The Raven Cycle. (But Gansey makes me interested in pretty much anything, tbh.)
Toothless is a Night Fury. He is the only one left of his kind, making him extremely rare. He is loyal, fast, intelligent, and cute. Find the bookish equivalent to Toothless, a novel that is not read too often/under-hyped that you adore.
Once I Was Cool by Megan Stielstra. No one I know ever talks about this book, and maybe don’t even know it exists. But it’s one of my favorite memoirs/books of essays, and Stielstra is a writer in Chicago, so I just identify with her a lot!
Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Poor guy can never seem to catch a break, yet he constantly outsmarts and outlives his enemies, while still experiencing positive character growth.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I looooove mysteries and thrillers, so I could name a bunch here, but this is the most recent I’ve read. (And you can read my review of it here!)
“Sharp Class dragons are vain and prideful, and they all possess sharp body parts.” (credit) These dragons are sleek and shine, honor, and self-respect. They are beautiful and graceful with their pointed limbs and they know it.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Queen Levana disfigures her own family member because she was born more beautiful than her. If that’s not the most extreme type of vain, I don’t know what is!
Stoker dragons are small and unruly. They can literally set themselves on fire making them hotheaded. This class is an explosion in a tiny package. Find a book that is small, in physical size or page number, that is full of action, mystery, or willful characters.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s literally a very small book and only about 60 pages long, but it tackles so many important things.
Rare, powerful, inflexible, and loyal. These are some of the descriptor words for a dragon in the Strike Class. More prominent traits of the Strike Class also include blazing speed, cleverness, strength, and navigation. They are very rare, but very mighty. They are like a wild mustang horse: hard to train but loyal in the end.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Even though it’s an alternate format, it’s a bulk of a book. Yet I read pretty much all of it in one night!
As the title suggests, Tigal dragons are associated with water, specifically the ocean. Those in this class are usually larger than most other classes. Water can be soothing, but not with dragons. For most book lovers, we enjoy a relaxing read near the water (as long as your book doesn’t get wet). For dragons, find a book that matches their habitat in setting.
“Natural born hunters, Tracker Class dragons have a highly acute sense of smell or taste that enables them to track down and find things.” (credit) Sadly, we humans are not trackers. There are some forms of books that are hard to find, like versions from other countries, special editions, hardcopy vs. paperback, ARCs, and more. Like Stormfly, these books are a torturing “mix of beauty and brutality.”
I really want the UK versions of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, but they aren’t easy to come by in the US!
I’m not 100 percent sure if she is a debut author, but I am interested in Angie Thomas’ upcoming book, The Hate U Give.
I don’t necessarily refuse to read anything, but it’s not likely that I’ll pick up very many romance or contemporary books, because I enjoy fantasy and mystery/thrillers way more (if you couldn’t tell already!)
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