The Inside Out Book Tag was originally created by booktuber Kristina Horner.
This tag is based on the Pixar movie Inside Out.
1. Joy – which book brings you the most joy?
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling / To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee / One Day by David Nicholls
These books need no explanation!
2. Disgust – which book grossed you out the most?
Misery by Stephen King
The bit with the thumb. *Shudder*
3. Fear – the book that scared you more than anything?
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
There is a stage adaptation of this book that I went to see in 2011 (or thereabouts) and I had nightmares for about a fortnight. (I was twenty.) Nonetheless, I loved the story and immediately bought both the novel and the playscript. Every time I read them I get nightmares again…
4. Sadness – which book made you cry the hardest?
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne / The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
These aren’t books you would ever expect to see next to each other, and that’s the beauty of reading – books can always surprise you. I knew that The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas would make me cry: I had already seen the movie and expected the book to be even more devastating. However, I picked up The Knife of Never Letting Go for 50p at a charity book stall and expected it to be a fun YA read. It was so much more than that. I was at work when I came to the part that made me cry (I won’t spoil it) and it was so hard to hide the tears.
5. Anger – which book pissed you off?!
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
I was both excited and worried for the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. I couldn’t wait to see what Harper Lee had in store for us, but at the same time I was concerned that whatever happened to Scout in the future might taint my view of her in the original book. I worried that once I read Go Set a Watchman, I would never be able to enjoy my all-time favourite standalone novel in the same way again.
But it never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t enjoy the book at all.
This did not feel like the sequel to an amazing classic: it felt like fanfiction. It was trite, unimaginative and read like it had been crapped out for the sake of the media – which it obviously had, and it makes me angry that Harper Lee would ever sell out like this. It had none of the simple charm of To Kill a Mockingbird, even in the flashbacks to Scout’s youth, and it makes me angry that anyone would consider this an appropriate follow-up to one of the greatest books of all time. Most of all, I felt let-down. And that makes me very, very angry.
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