Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s my first tag of January and boy am I excited. I love writing up tag posts, love being tagged and just love tags in general. I feel like everyone loves a good tag, though.
I especially love this tag because I was tagged by the original creators. Thank you to Ash & Lo for tagging me! I love your blog and you two are always so sweet and nice when I comment on your posts/talk to you! Here are the rules for participating in this tag 🙂
- Thank the creators of the tag (Us! Ash & Lo @ Windowsill Books)
- Thank whoever tagged you!
- List 5 book characters who you are most like and explain why.
- Tag your friends!
My 5 book characters
1. Molly Peskin-Suso
I feel like a lot of people will use Molly as an answer, but she’s a relatable character. As soon as I started reading Upside, I felt connected to Molly. Much like her, I always had a ton of unrequited crushes, am chubby and constantly feel like I won’t be good enough or no boy will ever want me.
By the end of the novel, Molly came full circle and I think the same can be said for me. A crush I thought was unrequited actually wasn’t and now he’s my boyfriend. (for almost 2 years, whaaat!) He didn’t play games similar to Reid and didn’t feed into my insecurities about myself or my body. Basically, my life and Molly’s were oddly similar.
When I read How It Feels to Fly in 2017, I really related to Sam. Throughout the novel, we watch her battle an eating disorder, body dysmorphia and anxiety. While my ED wasn’t as severe as Sam’s, it’s something I still battle with. The one way Sam and I differed was she thought she was getting better by being in a relationship.
I knew being in a relationship wouldn’t make me better. It might help me, but not completely cure me. By the end of the novel, she realized that and it was incredibly satisfying. Basically, Sam and I have similar struggles so there’s no way I couldn’t include her.
Hear me out for a second, here. SJ is Jewish which I’m not but I could see myself in her in a lot of different ways. During class, she would get in debates with other classmates over heated topics like racism, classism, sexism, and politics. That’s absolutely something I would do and have done on multiple occasions. Much like SJ, certain topics just get my blood boiling and I can’t hold my tongue.
The other reason why she and I are alike is that she doesn’t understand entirely how Justyce feels. Since we’re both white, we have no idea what POC deal with and it can get us in trouble. My boyfriend and I have gotten into multiple arguments about different issues where he makes a point as a POC I’ll never understand or know. It’s the same way with SJ and Justyce so I truly felt like we were one in the same.
A lot of people slept on this book, but oh well. A Season of Daring Greatly talks about the first female MLB pitcher. It’s such a refreshing book but at the heart, we watch Jill deal with being in a male-dominated workforce. Much like Jill, I want to be a professional sports writer and I related to her when she was trying to be one of the guys or do things like the guys.
It’s just hard when you’re trying not to stand out, but you can’t help it. I truly felt like I was in her shoes at times and have felt like that at times. I might not be on as big of a platform but I have had plenty of times where men tried to overpower or undermine me because I’m a woman.
While this book didn’t exactly blow me away like everyone else, I did see myself in Eliza in a lot of ways. She was obsessed with fandom, had her own project/empire and spent a lot of time on her computer. That was my life for a long time and it sometimes still is.
A lot of my life is online including my blog, my writings, my boyfriend and a lot of my entertainment. I can’t imagine my life without the internet. That sounds incredibly sad, but I really do love the internet and everything it provides. Much like Eliza, the internet is my escape and I enjoy it as frequently and as much as I can.
She and I might be different in a lot of ways, but our love for fandom and internet culture is one thing I couldn’t stop thinking about!
Tag! You’re it:
Sorry if you’ve already been tagged! I tried to look through Ash & Lo’s post so I didn’t double tag anyone so fingers crossed. ❤ Feel free to do this tag even if I didn’t tag you. I officially tag you now!! 🙂
Who are some characters you relate to or ones you can really see yourself in? I’d love to hear your answers in the comments or get links to your posts.