Happy Thursday everyone! Recently, I have been tagged with yet another book tag. Thanks Riddhi @ Whispering Stories for tagging me to this interesting bookish content. Honestly, I haven’t watched Enola Holmes nor do I have any plans (I am not really into watching series) although I am cognizant that this is a new and popular series about Sherlock Holmes’ lesser known sister. I hope I give justice to this book tag. And yes, do check Riddhi’s book blog. It is filled with fun and insightful bookish discussions.

Let’s begin!

Rules

  1. List the rules and the prompts of the tag in your post
  2. Thank the person who tagged you and pingback to their post
  3. Give credits to the creator of the tag, Bellerose Reads, and pingback to her post.
  4. Tag at least 5 people to do the tag.
ENOLA HOLMES: An independent and smart female protagonist

The first name that came to mind was Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. She is the female counterpart of Christie’s more popular sleuth, Hercule Poirot. It is perhaps the main reason why Miss Marple was the first name that came to mind. However, whilst searching for Miss Marple, I came across Harry Potter series’ Professor Minerva McGonagall. I was about to include her but then I came across Hermione Granger, another favorite character of mine.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: Your favorite mystery/thriller book

I have to agree with Riddhi and go with the Queen of Mystery herself, Agatha Christie. Speaking of Hercule Poirot, Murder on the Orient Express is easily one of my favorite all-time reads and its timing couldn’t be any better. My first Christie novel, I was on the cusp of giving up on mystery fiction when I read it. It helped greatly in renewing my interest in mysteries and thrillers. I have since then read nearly 30 Christie novels, with a couple more on my stack.

EUDORIA HOLMES: A character that defies the rules of their society

Although I haven’t watched the movie yet, I do love Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Its primary heroine, Josephine “Jo” March, is said to have been molded after the author herself. In a way, she was an anomaly. She was never afraid to speak her mind and was to anger. She defied the gender norms of her time, a free spirit who would rather write, learn, and travel. She refused to be weighed down by what society expected of her, i.e. getting married.

MYCROFT HOLMES: The most annoying character you know

I have watched the movie adaptation before I read the book, but yes, I was annoyed with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan. Her sense of entitlement was just annoying, especially towards the end. There was an inauthentic veneer to her demure personality. Or maybe because it was easier relating to Jay Gatsby’s story and his depiction?

LORD TEWKSBURY: A character you want to protect at all costs

Connor from Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls. Jess and Leslie from Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia is a great choice. Yes, I want to protect the young from grief. But then again, grief and death are both inevitable.

INSPECTOR LESTRADE: A loyal side character

I have said it time and again that Fermín Romero de Torres is one of my favorite sidekicks, despite his flaws as a person and as a character. He was a great company to Daniel Sempere Martín, the primary hero in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind.  

MISS HARRISON: A book that aged like milk

I know it is a beloved classic but… Herman Melville’s Moby Dick was just too out there for me. I couldn’t find my footing in the tedious narrative. James Joyce’s Ulysses is another choice but, unlike Moby Dick, I never managed to complete it. It remains one of my reading projects.

LINTHORN: A character you hated from the very beginning

Don Quixote from Miguel de Cervantes’s “timeless” classic. I was annoyed with how Don Quixote was blinded by his delusions where windmills turn into giants. But I guess that was the purpose of the book, to satirize the conditions of its period. Miguel de Cervantes certainly did that.

EDITH: Your favorite book with Black rep

Does Ifemelu from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah count? I loved her wit and her incisive lens that dissects the intersection of American and African culture. Her blog (fictional it maybe) was insightful and thought-provoking.

And that’s it for my version of the Enola Holmes Tag. I hope you enjoyed it. As per practice, I am not tagging anyone but if you are interested to do the tag, please do so. Just don’t forget to tag me. 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone!