Kristina Horner made this tag on her channel a while ago, and I’ve been wanting to do it on here ever since. It’s based on the movie “Inside Out,” which I LOVE. (I recently added a Sadness vinyl figure to adorn one of my shelves, and now I kinda want a Joy to match.) Here is a book for each of the feelings in the movie “Inside Out!”
Joy: Which book brings you the most joy?
Because I’m not letting myself say Harry Potter for this one, I’ve decided on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This book is just delightful in every possible way, especially if you are a book lover. It is an epistolary novel, so the story unfolds across a series of letters and is full of charming literary references. It’s a feel-good story that only the soulless would not be charmed by. It’s funny and touching and charming and heartwarming.
Disgust: Which book grossed you out the most?
Sorry, Anna, if you’re reading this, but I’m picking Child of God by Lolita Files. This book was mostly a shocker because I was not at all expecting the level of violence in it. It has a very graphic rape scene, as well as many graphic murder scenes, so “disgust” is appropriate for this novel. It was very disgusting.
Fear: The book that scared you more than anything.
As previously mentioned, I don’t read a lot of scary books. So for this one, I decided to think about the one that had me “on the edge of my seat” the most, and The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova came to mind. It’s kind-of a historical mystery/thriller in which a woman and her father go in search of the dark past and possible existence of Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula). It’s intense and awesome, and I actually quite want to read it again.
Sadness: Which book made you cry the hardest?
This is a no-brainer. I’ve cried at many books, but none so hard as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. I mean, I cried when I got the book in my hands the first time, before I even read a word. It was the end of my world as I knew it to be reading the final book in the series. Of course, reading the actual book then caused buckets and buckets of tears over the deaths of beloved characters (not to mention the forest scene). So adding the emotional impact of the actual story to the fact that the book was over was pretty much the worst sadness I’ve felt over a book.
Anger: Which book pissed you off?
I gotta go with Benito Cereno by Herman Melville. I read this for one of my American Lit Surveys in college, and it was one of the most frustrating books I’ve ever had the misfortune to read. This had nothing to do with the plot or the characters; the story itself is fine. I just hated Melville’s prose. HATED it. It’s such a slog. It’s like Herman Melville was bored and wanted to find out how many dependent clauses you can have in a sentence. If the long-ass sentences were witty and/or beautiful (like Dickens), I’d have loved it, but no; this was torture. I’m the type of reader who is more angered by shitty prose than by any sort of plot or character details. And being the person who read everything assigned (especially because I worshiped the professor of this class), I read it anyway.
I’m not going to tag anyone in this because I don’t know who has seen the movie (though you can definitely participate without having seen it!). If you do the tag, link it to me! I’d love to read yours!