Monday, February 8, 2016

We Slay // The Beyoncé "Formation" Book Tag

I just might be a Beyoncé stan in the making...

Because I cannot stop listening to and watching Bey's newest song, "Formation". In case you haven't the slightest clue of what I'm talking about, go check out the video and then come back. 
I'll wait...

There were a lot of reasons why I've had this song on repeat for the past three days. First and foremost: it's meaningful. The song is about pride, feminism, empowerment, and black identity.  "Formation" is a powerful, unapologetic political statement. And, second? It's catchy as hell. If this song doesn't make you want to get up and dance, then I don't know what will. (I've been having impromptu one-woman dance parties all weekend.)

I found myself wanting to do something fun with the song, to write about it or incorporate it into this blog somehow. So, here we have it: a book tag! If you'd like to participate (all are welcome!), be sure to answer the questions below, tag some peeps, and link back to Girl Writes Reviews!

Now, let's get in formation...

"I'm Back By Popular Demand" // A Sequel Or Series Continuation You're Excited For
There are a lot of readers who think that Cassandra Clare should have stopped writing The Shadowhunter Chronicles a long time ago -- I am not one of those people. I absolutely love the Shadowhunter world and the characters. So, I am very excited for Lady Midnight, the first book in Cassandra's new series, The Dark Artifices. Much like Beyoncé, Cassie's back and she's just giving her fans what they want.

"I'm So Reckless When I Rock My Givenchy Dress" // A Flawless Book Cover
I am very guilty of judging books by their covers. If I see a book with a gorgeous cover, I'll probably buy it, even if I have no intentions whatsoever of reading it. But, I did read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. So, I got to have my cake and eat it, too. The cover is just as flawless and unique as the story on the inside. It's bright and eyecatching and unlike any other book cover I've seen. Basically, if this book cover was turned into a dress, I'd wear it. So, someone should get on that, STAT!

"I Like My Baby Hair With Baby Hair & Afros" // Favorite Black Girl Book
For this one, I'm Choosing a book that I never hear people talk about: Imani All Mine by Connie Rose Porter. The story details the struggles of an impoverished African-American teen mother. I remember first reading this book back when I was in 7th grade, and it astonished me. The ending is so surprising and unexpected and heartwrenching. I recommended it to my 7th grade English teacher and she read it and loved it.  And now, I'm recommnding it to you. Imani All Mine is a meaningful, honest story about faith and love. You should definitely pick it up!

"I Came To Slay" // A Character Who Kills It In Every Way
Of course, of course, of course I'm choosing Celaena Sardothien for this one, aka the "Fire-Breathing-Bitch-Queen" from Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series. Celaena is sassy, confident, and powerful -- a beautiful creature who could set the entire world on fire. She has been beaten down, broken, and put back together again. And yet, she continues to fight not only for herself and the people she loves, but also for the voiceless others who can't stand up for themselves. Also, she's a notorious assassin, so she literally slays.

"Okay, Ladies, Now Let's Get In Formation" // A Book With Well-Written Female Characters
I'm going to turn to the Throne of Glass series again for this one. Specifically, Queen of Shadows. We already know that Celaena is amazing. But then, Sarah J. Maas gave us Manon, a badass witch who feeds on the blood of men and rides a freaking dragon (!!!). And then, there's Nehemia and Nesryn and Lysandra and Elide and Kaltain and Asterin who are all incredibly beautiful and complex characters. The Throne of Glass series feeds my feminist soul.

"I Might Take Him For A Flight On My Chopper" // Ultimate Book Boyfriend or Girlfriend
Honestly, I wanted to choose Rowan Whitetorn for this. But, alas, this is not the Throne of Glass book tag. So, I'm picking the next best man: Teach from Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman. (Yes, that would be Blackbeard.) Teach is so swoonworthy. He's not the nices guy in the world, but his heart isn't completely black either. He's respectful, open-minded and kind-hearted. I'd definitely take him on a flight in my *hypothetical* chopper and show him the whole world. Because that's what he wants the most -- to get away from Bristol and travel the world.
Shadowhunter Tarot
by Cassandra Jean

"I Might Get Your Song Played On The Radio Station" // Favorite Character With A Musical Talent
I must mention Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters once more, because I'm picking Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices and his beautiful violin playing for this category. He has a deep connection with his violin, treating it as if it were an extension of himself, or an extra limb. "'Wo wei ni xie de (You are what I love the most),' he said as he raised the violin to his left shoulder, tucking it under his chin. He told her many violinists used a shoulder rest, but he did not: there was a slight mark on the side of his throat, like a permanent bruise where the violin rested." If he wrote a song for me, I'd get it played on ALL the radio stations. 

"Prove To Me You Got Some Coordination" // A Book With A Gripping Plot
Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski. I swallowed this book up like it was air and I was drowning. I could not put it down for anything. This is a story that hooks you from the very beginning and never lets you go. It's action-packed and twisted and sexy. And, the characters are beyond flawed and complex and morally ambiguous. Killing Sarai's got a bit of everything. But, most important is the story's tension and intrigue.

"You That Bitch When You Cause All This Conversation" // A 2016 Release Getting A Lot of Hype
There are a ton of great books coming out this year, most of them sequels. But, one of the books that I'm really anticipating is Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I've been seeing that beautiful blue and gold foil cover everywhere and I need it in my hands! Of all the ratings and reviews I've seen so far, people have had nothing but good things to say about this story. I am very eager to get my hands on this one and I'm sure that it won't dissapoint. (I mean, it's not causing all this conversation for nothing, right?)

"Always Stay Gracious, Best Revenge Is Your Paper" // A Book That's Underrated
Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond. I think that this is a book that's not on a lot of people's radar. While this wasn't a 5-star read for me, I still enjoyed it. I found the book interesting because of its relevance to current events and modern issues of racism. Emond does an exceptional job of portraying how complex situations of racial profiling and police brutality are. He forces readers to look at both sides of a situation, never giving us any real answers, but rather making us challenge ourselves by considering the perspectives of those who are different from us. And, the romance is adorable, too. This is a unique, thought-provoking read for young readers that I think deserves more attention!

I'm tagging
Mariah @ Vibin' With Books // ALL the Book Bloggers & Book Tubers & Bookish People

Now it's YOUR turn to get in formation and do this tag! I look forward to seeing your answers!


  1. Really love this tag! Also I'm obsessed with this song and the meaning behind it. It's honestly perfection!

    1. Thanks, Giselle! I'm glad you like the tag. And, yes, the song is a fabulous power anthem! It IS perfection. I'd expect nothing less from Queen Bey:)