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The Narnia Book Tag

on December 20, 2016

Hi lovely people! Today, I thought I’d do The Narnia Book Tag, which Diana over at Diana Prince Reviews kindly tagged me to do back in October. I know, I know, I’m very behind on my tags (and this isn’t even the oldest on my list… the shame!)

Please make sure you go and check out Diana’s fabulous blog here.

The Narnia books make me feel Christmassy (well, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe does, at any rate) so I thought this would be the perfect book tag to get me in the festive mood.


NARNIA – A magical world you would like to visit

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Is it cheating if I choose Narnia itself? All that lives at the back of my mundane wardrobe are some squished old clothes I never wear… it would be far more exciting if said wardrobe were carpeted with snowflakes, and enabled passage to a magical frozen forest filled with talking animals and enchanted Turkish Delight.


THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW – A book you think is underrated

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All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman

I don’t know anyone else who’s read this quirky, strange, and lovely little book. It’s about a man named Tom whose wife, a superhero known as “The Perfectionist”, has been hypnotised by her ex boyfriend “Hypno” into believing Tom is invisible. As she can no longer see or hear him, The Perfectionist assumes Tom has abandoned her, and this story follows Tom’s final attempt to convince his wife he’s still there before she gives up on him forever. I read this at least ten years ago, but I can still remember how much I adored this small, but satisfying love story.


THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – A classic that you love

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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

This classic could probably also be classed as a YA novel. It’s a coming-of-age story about a girl named Cassandra who writes a diary about her experiences when her family go to live in a falling-to-pieces castle in the middle of nowhere. I remember loving the descriptions of the family and their everyday lives in the castle (which were a lot less grand than you might expect). The castle was given so much personality in the story it could almost have been a character itself. I must re-read this book soon!


THE HORSE AND HIS BOY – A book you picked up without knowing what it was about

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

This is what was written on the back cover of my edition:

 “Not everyone has to be the chosen one.

What if you were Mikey? And just want to graduate and go to prom before someone blows up the high school again?

Patrick Ness’s bold and original novel shows how ordinary lives can be extraordinary and that there are many different types of remarkable.”

How vague and intriguing is that blurb though? If you’d like to know more, you can read my review here.


PRINCE CASPIAN – A sequel that you loved

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I feel like I mention this book at every opportunity I get, and I’m sure you’re all sick of my unintelligable blathering about it by now, but how could I have chosen anything else for this question? This book enthralled and obsessed me (well, more specifically, Rhysand enthralled and obsessed me.) I’ve never read a 600-page book so speedily, and I’ve never shipped two heterosexual characters so hard before. I need A Court of Wings and Ruin like air, and the wait is going to be torturous.


THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER – A quest you’d like to be a part of

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From what I can remember of A.A. Milne’s wonderful books, Winnie the Pooh spends a not insignificant amount of time on quests to find food. That’s definitely something I can see myself getting involved in; I’m only really valiant when a mission involves breakfast.


THE SILVER CHAIR – A book you didn’t expect to love

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A book I was pleasantly surprised by was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I’m not a big reader of YA contemporary romance, and I couldn’t get into this book the first time I picked it up, but I revisited it when I was in the mood for fluffy feelings and I ended up adoring it. Minimal angst, and full of warm fuzzies, this is the perfect book to read when you’re in need of a literary hug.


THE LAST BATTLE – A perfect ending to a series you love

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Will I ever have a different answer to this question?

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THE PEVENSIES – A siblinghood of friendship you’d love to be a part of

The Weasleys, obvs.

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I so desperately want to live in The Burrow, y’know.


EUSTACE SCRUBB – A character who grew on you

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Sam Kingston, the protagonist of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, was something of a ‘mean girl’ stereotype to begin with, and I found her shallow and difficult to like. But, as the story progressed, she went through an incredible character arc and by the end I had connected with her so strongly that this book found a permanent place in my (shattered) heart.


MR. TUMNUS – Your favourite mystical creature

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I really love the idea of the daemons from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. In the world of these stories, your daemon is a talking animal which remains by your side throughout your life, and is supposed to be representative of your spirit/soul. Lyra, our heroine, has a daemon called Pantalaimon who is constantly shifting into different forms (moth, wildcat, mouse, etc.), and I adored the bond between them.

I love the idea of having a constant creature companion like Pantalaimon by my side, but if I had my own daemon, I’m pretty sure he’d look something like this:

(Yes, yes, those ARE pictures of my stuffed pig in various locations around the city of Edinburgh. I’m a real adult, I swear.)


CASPIAN – A character with regal qualities

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Fan art found here.

Princess Nehemia from the Throne of Glass books by Sarah J. Maas embodies every quality needed to be a strong leader of her people; loyalty, integrity, and courage being the most important, and the reasons why she is one of my favourite characters in the entire series.


THE WARDROBE – Your favourite hideout/place to read

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I really wish I had an actual hideout because I’m anti-social af, but my warm, snuggly bed is a pretty good alternative, especially when accompanied with hot chocolate and Christmassy scented candles.

All GIFs sourced from: Giphy


I am tagging the following lovely ladies who have all been there for me in some way this year, even if they don’t realise it. No worries if you don’t fancy doing the tag – I just wanted the opportunity to let you all know that I appreciate you muchly and think you are wonderful human beings! ❤

Anne @ The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

CW @ Read Think Ponder

Amanda @ Cover 2 Cover Mom

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

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32 responses to “The Narnia Book Tag

  1. I always take pictures with a stuff animals on vacations. I think it’s HILARIOUS

  2. Ahh I love daemons too!! I also adore I capture the castle and didn’t expect to like to all the boys I loved before!!

    • mudandstars says:

      Ahh glad you love them too! What form would your daemon take? Xx

      • Pretty sure it’d be an ocelot (obviously not an orangutan cos that’d be like a human having a human daemon- *that* would be silly 😉 ) I take it yours would be a pig in a tartan hat lol 😉 Love those pics btw! I used to live in Edinburgh 🙂

      • mudandstars says:

        Haha, yes an orangutan with an orangutan daemon would just look like two orangutans hanging out… 😛 Ocelot is an excellent choice! Hahah yes mine would definitely be a pig in a tartan hat 🙂 And oooh I’m so jealous you used to live in Edinburgh, it’s such an amazing city! I went there for the first time this year and already want to go back. What was your favourite thing about living there?

      • hahaha exactly!! aww so cute!!!! It is an amazing city! This will sound really weird, but walking everywhere! I got really used to walking everywhere all the time 🙂 Plus I miss all the picturesque walks! So yeah, walking! (and the quirky pubs and the fantastic independent food places!) I miss a lot about it… just not the weather!

      • mudandstars says:

        That makes sense, it’s a beautiful city to just wander around, and there’s so much amazing architecture and cool stuff to look at. The pubs were awesome too – we went to one which used to be a jailhouse or something, and all the food on the menu has themed names – that was pretty cool! Surprisingly we actually had pretty good weather when we were there 😛

      • Absolutely!! Yes- there’s so many cool things like that!! Ahh that’s nice!! When did you go?

      • mudandstars says:

        I went at the end of October 🙂 Was great as it’s such an atmospheric place for Halloween. We went round the underground streets (Mary Kings Close I think it was called?) and the Castle and things like that, and it was just the perfect time of year to do it 🙂

      • Ahh awesome- it’s wonderful at that time of the year! Ooh such fun! Yes it really is the best time to do that! (although I never went inside the castle the entire time I was there- there was a superstition I’d fail my degree if I did 😉 but luckily I’d been before 😉 )

  3. AWWWWW Jess, I loooove you ❤ #justsaying I'll love to do this tag – I'm really behind on all mine as well, haha! I loved your answers and OMG, the struggle of accepting that we are actually shipping two heterossexual people together and the quests for food… WE ARE SO TWINS, HAHAHA!
    Btw, did you enjou the His Dark Materials trilogy?? I have seen the first movie and thought it pretty cool, but a friend read the book and said it was awful and I trusted her, should I ignore her and pick it up anyway? #overthinking #curiosity

  4. This is such a nice book tag! I love that Prince Caspian is titled as ‘a sequel that you love’ because Prince Caspian is really a very good sequel. I wrote a film review of its adaptation yesterday, if you’d like to check it out: https://readandreview2016.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/what-i-watched-wednesday-12-days-of-blogmas-day-9-the-chronicles-of-narnia-prince-caspian/ Thanks! 🙂

  5. I love this tag! Especially since I read the book myself for the first time this year 🙂 I laughed out loud at your stuffed pig pictures. Being an “adult” is overrated anyways lol

    Thank you for the tag love! I, like you, have lots of tags to catch up on as well! We got this.

  6. Aw, thank you for the tag and kind words Jess! I’m glad I was able to be there for you ♥

    Those photos of the stuffed pig are amazing 😂😂

    • mudandstars says:

      You’re very welcome! ❤ Just having someone there on Twitter who understands and is there meant so much to me, as this year has been really difficult. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures haha, I had a lot of fun taking them because weird looks from strangers are everything hahah.

  7. […] me so welcome in the book blogosphere, but special mentions go to Lauren, Beth, Azia, Stephanie, Jess, Melissa, Jill, Amanda, Marie, Naz, Casey, Kai and the Orang-utan Librarian. You’re not […]

  8. I love Narnia! Thank you so much for the tag, Jess! 😀 I’ll definitely look forward to getting around to this one. I’m also so glad I was able to be there for you this year, even if it was only in a tiny little way. You’re an incredible human and I’m so glad I got to blog meet you! ❤

    Also, this explains exactly how I feel about ACOMAF too: "I feel like I mention this book at every opportunity I get, and I’m sure you’re all sick of my unintelligable blathering about it by now" – if you ever want to blather about Rhys and Feyre, head my way hahaha! xx

    • mudandstars says:

      Aww thanks Sammie ❤ I'm glad I got to blog meet you too! Hopefully we can meet properly at YALC next year if we end up going again 🙂 I love Narnia too, although I still need to read the final two books! Which is your favourite book in the series? I think mine was Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I will definitely take you up on that offer of blathering about Rhys and Feyre – I'm pretty sure I'm going to re-read the books before ACOWAR comes out. I can't cope with the wait! xx

      • God that was a shamefully slow reply, I’m so sorry Jess the last few weeks have been majorly hectic! I hope you’re settling in well in the Big Smoke and you’re enjoying your new pad?

        A YALC meet up would be amazing! I just need to make sure I’m free that weekend – everyone I know seems to be getting married haha. I haven’t read the last two either, I don’t think. Mine is definitely TLTWATW! You just can’t beat it for nostalgia. 🙂

        Haha yes we HAVE to! Have you seen the ACOWAR cover reveal? It’s so purdy! Me neither! EEK. xxx

      • mudandstars says:

        Aww don’t worry, my reply is similarly late!! Hope things are calmer and less hectic for you now 🙂 I’ve had a busy couple of weeks too. I can’t remember if I told you, but I managed to get a receptionist/admin job at a nursery, and I’m really enjoying it so far 🙂 It’s only 10 mins walk from my house too so I don’t have to take the tube, which makes me really panicky. I’m feeling really settled in and happy 🙂 Hahah I know what you mean about everyone getting married – there have been lots of engagements in my friendship group recently too! Make me feel elderly. I swear we were 13 like five minutes ago. Ahhhh omg I had not seen the cover reveal, but I just googled it and it is glorious. I LOVE that colour. I’m so excited for it to come out! xx

  9. […] to my book-twin Jess of the Mud and Stars Book Blog for nominating me to take part in this tag! Make sure you head over and check her answers out, […]

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