I was a huge fan or the original Animal Crossing game (released on the Nintendo Gamecube in 2001 – boy do I feel old haha!) but hadn’t picked up any of the subsequent games in the series until Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I was really into NH for a time there; not quite when it was first released (I didn’t have a Switch then) but just around the time the first (and only! *sobs*) DLC ‘Happy Home Paradise’ was released. I was addicted to it for ages but slowly lost interest over time. More attention seems to be paid to Pocket Camp (the mobile game) which I do like as well but it’s a shame as NH is a great game – I just wish more new stuff was being added to keep my attention.
I recently starting playing my game again, after not picking it up for around 6 months, and I’m finding it fun again (though not playing for hours on end like I was before). It is a nice way to relax a bit and I have been at a bit of a loose end with gaming lately after I finished another replay of Dragon Age: Inquisition. I haven’t wanted to dive into another engrossing game right away and NH is a great palette cleanser because it’s fun and chill.
I was having a nosey about some new blogs I’ve started following and I found this Animal Crossing Book Tag (on Blogging With Dragons). It was originated by fellow bloggers at Two Book Thieves a number of years ago (blog is no longer active, unfortunately…)
I thought it would by fun to take part (even though I’ve never been tagged but when have I ever let that stop me haha?!) I’ve been trying to branch out a bit into other topics and tags are also a great way to connect with fellow bloggers. So, without any further delay, here are my picks (please note: images used are from my NH game lol).
1. Past Villager – Who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart?
A character I found when I was younger who still means so much to me would definitely have to be the Fool from Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series. I love Fitz (even though he can be frustrating at times) but the Fool is the one who owns me – heart and soul.
2. Blather’s Blatherings – Recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read
I read a lot of historical fantasy but also enjoy historical fiction. Some of my favourites have been written by Amy Harmon so I’m going to have to go with A Girl Called Sampson – Harmon’s latest. It’s brilliant stuff.
3. Celeste’s Wish – What is a future book release you wish you could read now?
It has to be A Curse For True Love by Stephanie Garber – I am champing at the bit for this book and it doesn’t help that it has been put back (though luckily only a month!) I can’t wait for the resolution to Evangeline and Jacks story…
4. Timmy & Tommy – What is your favourite sibling relationship in a book?
Hazel and Ben from The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. I love a good sibling story and this is probably one of my favourites. I like the fact that they have each other’s backs even though they are not always good at sharing stuff (in more ways than one haha!)
5. The Easter Bunny – A popular book character that you’re not a big fan of?
I’m probably going to get rocks thrown at me for this answer but I’m not a big fan of Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (ACOTAR) by Sarah J. Maas. I liked him just fine when he got to be a grey character but I pretty much hated how he developed in later books. I don’t have a problem with his relationship with Feyre (I wasn’t that attached to Tamlin so it didn’t bother me that a bait and switch was enacted in the second book) but I am not a fan of his deification. It’s like Feyre (and the author) think the sun shines out of his ass and it is annoying to me. 🤷♀️ (Plus, I’m a Lucien girl – through and through!)
6. Nook’s Loans – An author you’d give all your money to
Yikes, I have so many; Robin Hobb, Juliet Marillier, Gregory Ashe, Amy Harmon, Sarah Monette (Katherine Addison), Karin Lowachee, Holly Black, V.E. Schwab, Jacqueline Carey… to name just a few! I can’t narrow it down any further (and there’s loads that have probably just slipped my mind!) 😉
7. The Sisters Able – What is your favourite fictional family (found or otherwise)?
It’s got to be the foxes from the All For the Game series by Nora Sakavic! Found family is one of my favourite tropes so this series really found (heh) its way into my heart quickly! I love those foxes!
8. It’s a C+ – What is a book trope you don’t like that keeps popping up?
I absolutely abhor insta-love! I’m more of a slow-burn fan (which is why I love Mariana Zapata books). I can deal with insta-attraction/lust but I just can’t with insta-love… and it is so common in YA books! 😠
9. The Wandering Camel – What is your favourite book set in a land far away from yours?
I love Red London in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series! It’s like our London except… not. I like the idea of there being other worlds with similar places to ours. I would hate to visit White London (or Black London for that matter) though!
10. What Would Dodos Do? – A fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment?
I would love to visit Terre D’Ange from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s series. It sounds like a beautiful city that would be lovely to visit – would be a great place to get away from it all haha!