What would my perfect book look like?

Hi guys! How are you? Did April treat you well? Mine was pretty awesome. I took some time off work and it was amazing! I went to London (for the 6th time??!) with my lovely sister and we had such a great time. It was SUPER sunny during the whole trip and we discovered lots of new amazing spots. If you haven’t already traveled to London, you really should. At this day, it’s my favorite city!

Anyway, back to work and back to blogging. I discovered this awesome tag created by the wonderful Β Sofii @ A BOOK. A THOUGHT. She came up with this brillant idea to create our own perfect book choosing only the best of the best from our past readings. I just HAD to do it. Let’s dive in, shall we?

πŸŒͺ THE PERFECT GENRE

What genre would your perfect book be?

I’m torn between dystopia and contemporary, my two favorite genres. It’s really hard to pick because they are so different from each other and yet both pretty awesome. Okay…I need to stop stalling. I’m going to go with contemporary and, in my opinion, the book that perfectly fits that genre is Just For Clicks. It’s got the romance and the family dynamics. This story depicts really well our society and its issues, we can easily relate.

πŸŒͺ THE PERFECT SETTING

Because every story needs the perfect setting

Since I picked a contemporary for my perfect book, it would be kind of obvious to pick a litte town that smells like summer and adventures. But you know what? I’m not going to pick that. I would choose something original like the setting in The Thousandth Floor. It takes place in New York City and in 2118 please! It’s got a bit of a dystopia vibe with the privileged inhabitants in the upper floors and the lower-floor workers tempted by that luxury world dangling just out of reach.

πŸŒͺ THE PERFECT MAIN CHARACTER

Because every book needs that brave and amazing MC

I would choose someone bold, someone who isn’t afraid to be who she really is (yeah, I’m picking a girl…girl power all the way!), someone flawed. I’m totally thinking about Cameron Bright from If I’m Being Honest right now. I absolutely loved her. She can pass up as a bitch but she’s a bit more complex than that. She’s fiercely honest and goes for what she wants. Plus, I really enjoyed her growth as I turned the pages.

πŸŒͺ THE PERFECT BEST FRIEND

Because we always love that character who supports our MC, no matter what

In my opinion, the perfect best friend anyone could have is Hermione Granger from Harry Potter! She’s loyal, kind and always there right next to you during the good and bad times. You can always rely on her, she’ll be there to listen to you AND to kick your ass when it needs to be done!

πŸŒͺ THE PERFECT LOVE INTEREST

Although not all stories need it, we all love a bit of romance

PEETA! From The Hunger Games if you’ve been living in a cave or something, haha! He’s perfect boyfriend material. I love the fact that you don’t see it coming, that he’s this kind boy, this amazing friend but he’s got all these layers and he’s just so much more than that. He’s also thoughtful, brave and handsome! And you see yourself falling for him pretty easily…

πŸŒͺ THE PERFECT VILLAIN

Because even when sometime we hate them, we always need them

SPOILER FOR THE BELLES! Don’t read this paragraph if you don’t want to be spoiled!

The perfect vilain is the one you don’t see coming. In that department, I think Sophia from The Belles is a great illustration of that. She is well fleshed out and I liked the subtlety of her actions. She’s manipulative and represents perfectly the dark side of beauty and ambition. She’s a powerful and yet a very complex woman.Β 

πŸŒͺ THE PERFECT FAMILY

Our book wouldn’t be the same without that unconditional support from the MC’s family

The Lara Jean family from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before! It’s Lara Jean and her two sisters. Their mom passed away and they are alone with their dad but damn what a wonderful father he is! He would do anything for the family, he’s kind and funny. Plus, he cooks Korean food for his daughters so they can stay connected to their cultural roots, how amazing is that ? I also LOVED Lara Jean’s relationships with her sisters and how they were portrayed, like no matter what happens, sisters are forever.

πŸŒͺ THE PERFECT ANIMAL OR PET

Because we all need a good loyal companion

I’m more of a cat person than a dog person but right now I can’t think of any book that has a cat in it?! Anyway, since my memory is failing me, I would go with Nellie from Heartstopper. I know it’s a graphic novel, but that still counts doesn’t it? That dog is cheerful and energic and just plain cute! I bet he can lift up your mood any day you’re feeling down.

πŸŒͺ THE PERFECT PLOT TWIST

β€œOMG, how I didn’t see that coming!”

We Were Liars! I still can’t get over that plot twist! It was THAT good! I didn’t see it coming at all and looking back it all made perfect sense. I’m not going to spoil anything for those who haven’t read it so I’m going to stop right here…

πŸŒͺ THE PERFECT TROPE

Because we all have a trope we can’t get enough of

I’m a sucker for β€œennemies to lovers” relationships, you know when they can’t stand each other and as you turn the pages an unexpected desire comes up! It’s exciting to read and it’s not boring even if… YES sometimes you see it coming. I think the perfect example for that trope is in The Wrath and The Dawn with Shahrzad and Khalid. The dialogue between them and the whole romance development is purely addictive!

 

πŸŒͺ THE PERFECT COVER

Because we all love a good, beautiful and artistic cover

Oh my…though question! There are SO many gorgeous covers out there! How am I supposed to choose only one??! I love it when there is a candid photo on the cover. I adore when bits of people are being displayed, it’s like you get an idea for the characters but it doesn’t prevent your imagination from running wild. It’s honest, it’s not too staged (of course it is but if it’s well done it doesn’t feel like it!). You’d Be Mine is the perfect example! It screams freedom and summer, what’s not to like?

πŸŒͺ THE PERFECT ENDING

Because every great adventure has an ending

I love happy endings, who doesn’t really? But what I enjoy the most is when the ending is realistic! I mean it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, I want to be able to relate. I’ll Meet You There fits that description pretty well I think. It ends well but it’s still “believable”. The girl doesn’t “save” the boy, the problems are not all magically resolved but yeah they’re happy and on their way.

.What did you think of my choices? Which elements of which book would you pick to create your own perfect book?

Do you think you need to like everything in a book to really enjoy it? What are the things that you absolutely can’t and won’t tolerate in a book?

Let’s chat in comments πŸ’¬

 

 

 

 

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54 thoughts on “What would my perfect book look like?

  1. Ah Peeta! I always thought he was such a refreshing character to have as a love interest in a YA book because he was the perfect foil to Gale and an interesting match for Katniss because despite their external differences their morals were aligned. There was such a warmth to his character and I really enjoyed his character arc.

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  2. This is SUPER interesting to me because the first thing that came to mind was completely away from the overall elements you associate with a book (cover, setting, main character etc.). Instead it was HAS TO MAKE ME EMOTIONAL. I want to be deeply touched, my heart needs to get involved and has to be affected. I want to be invested in the happiness/sadness/anger that the book wants to convey.

    Though, the elements named in the Tag definitely made me think really hard about the books I read and why I love some of them over others. Which is so cool. I really like your choices and I can 10/10 agree with plot twists that totally make sense when you go back to the beginning and just work so well. Plot twist that you don’t see coming are such an awesome experience if done correctly. I love it. Thank you so much for sharing! c:

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    1. I totally agree with you!! If the book doesn’t make you FEEL, it’s just not a good book! Yaaay, it makes me so happy that you liked my choices, it was NOT a easy task πŸ˜… Yeees, plot twists are awesome! I love it when I’m gasping literally out loud while reading 😁 Thank you so much for you kind words 😘😘

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    1. Awww, thank you! 😘 Yeees, it was tough to choose but really fun to do 😊 Yaaay! So hard to pick, love both genres so much 😍

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊 Oh nooooo, that’s too bad! But I get it, if you already know the end…it’s just not as fun. Same here, I love it when I’m like literally gasping out loud while reading haha 😁

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  3. Ooooh I totally agree though!! I love me an enemies-to-lovers romance, aaah. Something that I feel I wouldn’t tolerate is insta-love where I absolutely do not feel the chemistry, at all?? I HATE INSTA-LOVE. Also, I love the setting in The Thousandth Floor so so much it’s so mystical and enticing and addicting.

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    1. Yeees, enemies-to-lovers are my favorite kind of romance 😁 Oh my…same here! Insta-love sucks! Yaaaay, you just described it perfectly. I love it 😊 Thanks for stopping by 😘

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  4. I love all of these! I sososo agree with the setting– it’s got all of those dark and perfect vibes, and now I wish I could go to new york πŸ˜† dystopia is one of my favourite genres because of that intrigue.
    And yesss, insta-love is THE WORST. Like, “I saw him/her for the first time, and their eyes, their hair, I knew they were the one.” Yea, no.
    we were liars is on my t.b.r. list, so I have to watch out for that plot twist..
    this was a really fun post to read ❀

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    1. Yeees! It’s the perfect atmosphere 😊 I totally agree with you! Hahaha, you just described insta-love perfectly πŸ˜‚ I hate it, it’s just not believable! Oh yeees, can’t wait for you to read it! Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did 😏 Thank you so so much, that makes me really happy 😘😘

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  5. Nyx, this is SO cute. A lot of the books you mentioned are ones I have not read or have heard of, which is awesome because I could use some underhyped books. You picked Peeta Mellark and therefore you have your the best views on love interests. I love Peeta. Hermione is wonderful. I do love Ron, too, but Hermione is a winner.

    I am hoping to give “The Wrath and the Dawn” a second try because I keep thinking of Shahrazad in that story. She was kind of sneaky but also not often as subtle as she could be.

    I love how you use your space when posting a blog. Like, you pay close attention to your words and then you use graphics to balance out the word use. I am still learning how to do that so I thought I’d share how cool your post was as a learning tool (and as a communicative piece as well).

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    1. Thank you 😊 Yaay, that’s awesome! All the books I’ve mentioned are awesome, if you give them a try I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did 😁 I’m so in love with Peeta, how it is possible not to fall with him? 😍 Totally, Hermione is a winner and I really like Ron too! Oh yeees, I hope you’l give The Wrath and the Dawn, I really really enjoyed it 😊 Oh…that is SO sweet of you to say! I’m working in communication and it makes me really happy to read that! Thank you 😘😘

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  6. Oh no. I tried to comment on here and then my comment disappeared. So, hopefully, you don’t get double comments from me! First, I like that the books you shared in this post are not all hyped books. It’s nice to find little treasures in posts like this. I also know that you clearly know what’s up by you mentioning Peeta Mellark and Hermione Granger. They are among my favorites ever.

    By the way, I like how you use your page’s space to balance between words and graphics. I am still learning how to work that out–I talk too much in my posts. I just had to let you know that your post was not only wonderful to read, it was also a great educational tool for me. Keep on rocking!

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    1. Ugh, I hate when it does that! Got a double comment, I answered to the first one 😊
      Thank you for stopping by and for all of your kind words 😘😘

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  7. I don’t need to like everything in a book to enjoy it. But I definitely can’t dislike too much of a book! I think that if I like everything else about a book, there could be one thing that bothers me and it can still be a five star. But to be a favorite it needs to be pretty much perfect in my eyes!

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    1. Yeaah, that’s exactly how I feel! It doesn’t need to be perfect, sometimes the little imperfections are exactly what makes it unique 😊 Totally!! 😁😁

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  8. YAY!!!!, makes me immensely happy that you’ve made the tag, Marie!!, and I love your answers SO much ❀️
    I’m so happy to see that you’ve chosen We Were Liars as the perfect plot twist because I couldn’t agree more, I remember reading the book in one sitting and being in shock for hours after that thinking “what just happened!?” πŸ˜‚ , it really makes sense, though, after you know it.
    OMG, I’ll Meet You There, I’ll LOVE it. I think it’s one of those books that deserve more love because it’s great, I really remember that made me feel SO much, it was like an emotional rollercoaster, and I agree with you, I prefer a 100% realistic ending, always, it makes you feel more close to the story in some way 😊
    I hope you’re having an INCREDIBLE start of the month and you’re such an amazing person! πŸ’•

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    1. I’m Nyx, Marie’s sister blogging here once a month but thank you so much for all of your kind words! Your tag is amazing, I had such a great time answering all of those questions 😊 Yeeees, We Were Liars plot twist is just legendary! I was so shocked, I didn’t see it coming at all! 😱Totally, I’ll Meet You There is such an underrated book and that’s too bad because it’s such an amazing story! 😍 Yeees, if the ending is “too” happy, it’s just not believable. Thank you so much for stopping by 😘😘

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  9. Such a cool post!
    You kinda made me think what would the perfect book be like for me.
    I do like settings like the 1000th floor. I also like small town setting. I think it depends on the genre. A dystopia set in a tiny town would be quite meh, i think, but murder mysteries work well πŸ˜€

    I love bold and honest main characters, but also enjoy reading about somebody nasty too.

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊 Same hereee, I really enjoyed the setting in the 1000th floor but I also like the small little town! You’re totally right, it really depends on the genre 😊 Haha, yeees!!

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  10. Ooh, I love this post so much!!! My ideal book would definitely bee a contemporary too, and I absolutely agree that a good enemies-to-lovers trope, Hermione-like best friend, and Peeta-like love interest would be necessary! Haha. I also have never truly gotten over the ending of We Were Liars! It was SUCH a fantastic plot twist! To this day, I still gush about unique it was! And I definitely agree that the ending of the I’ll Meet You There is so great and relatable!

    Wonderful post, Nyx! ❀

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    1. Awww, thank you so so much 😊 Haha, YEEES! So happy you agree, those are the must 😁😁 The We Were Liars plot twist was…brillant! I don’t think I’ve ever read a better one! I’ll Meet You There is such an underrated book, I feel like we need to tell the whole world about it 😊 Thank you so much for your kind words Kelly, talk to you soon 😘

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  11. Oh wow I love this tag Nyx, I may have to add it to my list to take part in myself one day! πŸ˜€
    I really loved New York when I visited there on holiday a good few years back now, I love reading books set there and a book set in the future New York? Sign me up! Also I haven’t read If I’m Being Honest yet but I loved the main character in the authors first release (Always Never Yours) so if Cameron is written anything like Megan was she’s going to be a favourite character of mine for sure! Also I love dogs, and the dog from Heartstopper (it definitely counts to include this book on your list) was so adorable. πŸ™‚
    Great post, and great answers for this tag as well. ❀

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    1. Thanks! Yaaay, you absolutely should do it, it was really fun 😊 Also visited New York a few years back and it’s such a great and dynamic city! Yeees, a future New York, I was hooked from page 1! 😁 Cameron is exactly written like Megan, she’s bold and flawed. If you enjoyed Always Never Yours, you’re going to love If I’m Being Honest, no doubt about that 😊 Yeees, the dog was SO adorable, a real character of its own 😍 Thank you so much Beth 😘😘

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      1. That’s all right, and in that case I definitely do.
        I want to go back to New York one day, until then though I’ll just have to settle for reading books set there.
        Oh that’s good to hear, I need to get around to it soon then, and that’s all right. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  12. I love all your choices! Especially We Were Liars and I’ll Meet You There. They really are the ultimate twist and the ultimate ending.

    I don’t think I have to like every element of a book in order to really love it. Sometimes it’s really interesting to see tropes that I generally speaking don’t enjoy done in such a way as I find myself loving it. Like The Belles, actually. A lot of that book seems like something I wouldn’t enjoy (I’m not a big dystopia person, they often feel like the same book to me) and yet I LOVED it. Dhonielle Clayton had such a unique and interesting approach to her subject matter that it’s one of my favourite ongoing series.

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    1. Thank you so much! Yeees, totally 😍 I really love what you’re saying and I totally agree with you! I don’t need to enjoy every little thing in a book, sometimes it’s the imperfections or the things that I don’t usually like that will hold my attention the most 😊 Oh yeees, The Belles is brillant 😁 Thank you for stopping by 😘😘

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    1. Thanks! Yeees, you really should do it, it was a lot of fun 😁 Yes, it was a tough choice, so I tried to mix it up a little. 😊 The setting for The Thousandth Floor is totally awesome 😍

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  13. OOO I love this tag so much!! I think my perfect book is also a contemporary, and I’d definitely agree that the perfect trope for me is enemies to lovers πŸ™‚ I’m not sure if you read it yet, but Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett has the best-friends-to-enemies-to-lovers trope, and I absolutely ADORED it!! Lara Jean’s family is honestly so wonderful too! ❀

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    1. Thanks, I had a lot of fun answering all those questions 😊 Yaaaay! 😁 I haven’t but it’s on my list, it seems exactly like my kind of book 😍 Yeees, I love them all 😊 Thanks for stopping by 😘

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  14. This is such a fun tag– it’s like build your own book!! And I loved your answers!!
    Peeta is amazing– he has so many good qualities in him and just wanted to be there for Katniss– it was so sweet. He would be an excellent boyfriend!! And Hermione is a great friend– very loyal and always happy to help!!
    I adore the sister love in ‘to all the boys I’ve loved before’– in fact every book should have sister love!! It is such a comforting constant in life!!
    And of course I love enemies to lovers– who doesn’t?? I love watching the development and there is always a lot of chemistry– I still have to read the wrath and the dawn though!!
    I don’t think I have to love everything in a book to enjoy it because the plot doesn’t have to be strong as I love watching characters develop. And sometimes it depends on my mood— if I want a light, fun read I think I would be less critical and enjoy it more whereas if I want an engaging novel if it falls short I might be more likely to have issues. I hope that makes sense. But if the characters choices/attitude annoy me (e.g sexist, always negative) then I think it will make it hard for me to enjoy the book. Characters are definitely a big thing for me.
    I loved reading this– I might do the tag myself at one point!! ❀

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    1. Thank you, I’m so happy you enjoyed it 😊 I’m so in love with Peeta, he’s perfect boyfriend material 😍 I would LOVE to have Hermione as a friend…we can dream right? 😁 Oh my god yeees to more sisters dynamics! I’m so close to mine @drizzleandhurricanebooks and I feel like we don’t talk about it enough πŸ’ž Enemies to lovers are my favorite kind of romance, if you’re also into it you should really give The Wrath & the Dawn a try! I hope you’ll like it as much as I did 😊 Same here, I totally agree with you! I really don’t need to love everything in a book and just like you said sometimes I just want a light and fun read so I won’t be as “critical”, I just want to have a good time reading it 😊 Yeeees about the characters!! If they annoy me, are not developped enough or I can’t relate and understand their motives, it’s going to be hard to like the book πŸ˜• Thank you so much, hope you’ll do it, it was a really fun tag to do 😊😘

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      1. It was great!! 😊 yes he would and we can certainly dream about having Hermione as a friend!! πŸ˜‚
        Yes I am close to my sister too which is why I love sister dynamics!! 😊
        Yeah I hope I get to read it soon!! I have heard a lot of good things and I am glad you enjoyed it!! ❀
        Yes exactly— you can just have a good time reading it!! 😊 I’m glad you agree!!
        Yes characters are a big thing so when you connect to them it can make a big difference!! 😊

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  15. This post definitely took a lot of thought and effort — nice! I ?You rock! It’s obvious you work hard on your posts. I honestly have no idea what my ideal book would be, because it really depends on what mood I’m in. It could be something different depending on the day. Some people crave specific foods when they’re hungry, and I crave specific types of stories depending on how I’m feeling.

    This was lovely!
    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? πŸ’¬

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    1. Aww thank you so so much, that’s so sweet of you to say!! 😊 YEEES, I totally get that! Sometimes you need a bit of light and fun reading and sometimes you want something more elaborate! Thanks for stopping by 😘

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