Hello friends! On the 15th of March, 2014 I created the original version of this blog – it looked bad, was full of grammatical mistakes, and its name was overly long and kinda unfit for a blog, tbh. 😅
But I loved that motherfucker, and it’s brought me so much joy – Marie Kondo would be PROUD, you guys – throughout the years, especially after I was joined by Ruzi, Clare and Sabrina. 🥰 Even though Clare was forced to leave us, and Ruzi is on a hiatus, we wouldn’t be where we are without them, and we’re very thankful for them. 🥰 We’re also grateful for all our readers and blogger friends, who have supported us. You are amazing!
To celebrate our 6th blogiversary, Sabrina came up with the idea to create a book tag, and because Wordy & Whimsical is all about flowers and plants, we decided to create The Flower Book Tag. As I mentioned, the blog is six years old, so we both came up with 6-6 questions, and we’re tagging 12 of you (+ anyone else who wants to do it) and all we ask is to link back to the creators (us!) if you do it.
Quick note: all pictures are from unsplash, and we recommend using that site if you decide to do this tag. 😃
🌸 Roses are traditionally given as an expression of love: what’s your favourite romance in a book?
Sabrina: I have a lot of favourite romances in books, but I think the end result in a lot of them was more important to me than the build up. However, Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali has an incredible romance that is formed, forged and tested over the novel which is both adorable and, dare I say, realistic.
Vera: I love romance so much so this is a challenging question for me! I’ll have to pick one of my favorite books so far this year, Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills, which had the cutest, softest romance ever.
🌸 Stargazer Lilies are named for their blooms that face toward the sky: who is your favourite ambitious character?
Vera: Even though I lost much of my love for the series after the first book, I can’t possibly ignore the fact that – for better or worse – Jude from Folk of Air is the most ambitious character I’ve ever read about. She is human in the land of the fae and she wants to advance to the top of the food chain… phew.
Sabrina: Most recently, my favourite would have to be Emoni from With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. She has a lot of goals and she’s not going to let anything get in the way of her achieving them.
🌸 Peace Lilies are known for being one of the easier houseplants to care for: what is a book you think anyone could love?
Sabrina: I think The Inventors, a middle grade book by Alexander Gordon Smith and Jamie Webb has the potential to be loved by a wide range of people. It’s a fun and exciting sci-fi featuring a great friendship at its core, so I think it could do with more attention!
Vera: Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day is a quiet but powerful novel that could work for most people, I believe. It’s not extremely happy, and yet, it has a comforting feel to it – perhaps because of the writing. An excellent modern classic.
🌸 Chrysanthemums are given on Mother’s Day in Australia: who is your favourite fictional mother?
Vera: I absolutely adored Ruth and Hannah’s mother in the Ravenswood novels. She is kind and patient but will absolutely speak up if it’s necessary, like when her daughters are quietly ignoring each other. Ah, she is amazing.
Sabrina: Lauren from Little Darlings by Melanie Golding is a treasure and a great mother. I really felt for her while reading the book, so I couldn’t pick anyone else.
🌸 Spider Plants are easy to propagate: what is a hyped-up book that you love?
Sabrina: I have to go with Divergent by Veronica Roth. I absolutely loved it and the feeling it gave me when I first read this classic hyped up YA novel. I felt like I could do anything when I closed its pages.
Vera: If we’re talking about classic hyped YA, I feel the need to mention my utter love for the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I know these books are imperfect, but god, they are so entertaining and always make me emotional, because yes, I reread them to this day. 😅
🌸 Lily of the Valley is pretty but poisonous: share a book with a beautiful cover that was actually disappointing!
Vera: I can’t tell you how utterly excited I was for Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, and how that excitement grew exponentially after that lovely cover was revealed. Unfortunately, I could not for the life of me get through this novel, as I found it boring and disappointing.
Sabrina: For a long time, I didn’t want anyone to know that I had picked up Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, because it became very clear to me very quickly that I was not going to enjoy it and I put it down. It was quite a shock to me as I am so in love with all of the other books of the author’s that I have read.
🌸 Orchids are one of the oldest flower types known to man: what’s your favorite classic novel?
Sabrina: I am sure I wouldn’t have as much love for The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton if it wasn’t for my mum’s own undying love of the movie, but it has a permanent spot in my heart.
Vera: I have many, but I’ll go with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, as I saw a theater adaptation of the book a couple of months ago, which made me an even bigger fan of the story than I was before. I love the atmosphere of the novel and the subtle character development of the protagonist.
🌸 Peonies require lots of care: share a bookish friendship that was caring and supportive!
Vera: Have a Little Faith in Me by Sonia Hartl is an incredibly underrated novel, even though it has one of the most beautiful examples of female friendship and support. On top of that, it has a very nice friends to lovers couple, as well.
Sabrina: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman is all about a great friendship – definitely caring and supportive. Frances and Aled do amazing things together and are better for having each other in their lives.
🌸 Hyacinths have a sweet, lingering fragrance: what’s the sweetest novel you’ve ever read?
Sabrina: This is a tricky one for me, and it’s been a while since I read this, but I’m going with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Winter Romances edited by Stephanie Perkins. I remember a few of the short stories in the collection vividly, and they were very sweet.
Vera: I feel like I’ve mentioned The Last Word by Samantha Hastings way too many times on this blog, but I loved how sweet and cozy this read is. It combines romance, feminism and mystery in an endearing way and is bound to make you root for the main characters.
🌸 Tulips are bright, popular, and showy: who’s your favorite larger than life character?
Vera: I’m currently rereading The Diviners series by Libba Bray so I can start the final novel with a full recollection of what happened before, and this reading experience has reminded of how much I adore Evie. She is not a perfect person – but then, who is? – and she definitely fits the larger than life description.
Sabrina: Bright, popular and showy are great adjectives to describe Lord Akeldama from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. I love how over the top he is, and how I was never quite sure if I could trust him.
🌸 Certain type of Water Lilies are difficult to eradicate: What is a novel that has stood the test of time, and remained your favorite through the years?
Sabrina: Look, you get no prizes for guessing this one as it has been my favourite for the longest time and I can’t shut up about it, apparently. It is of course Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
Vera: I started the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh when I was, tbh, way too young for it, and it has remained such a big part of my life as a reader. Firstly, the series is still on-going, so I get a new sequel each year, but also I usually reread at least five books from the series every year, because I love the stories and these characters so much.
🌸 Lavender has many uses, from landscaping and food to cosmetics and essential oils: name a book you love that fits in more than one genre!
Vera: Alyssa Cole’s The A.I. Who Loved Me is romance and sci-fi novel, spiked with some mystery elements. It’s a fun book that only exists as audible original right now, but I heard that it’s going to be published in physical/digital copy as well.
Sabrina: Angelfall by Susan Ee is a great fast-paced book that is both paranormal and post-apocalyptic. The main character is awesome and I love the relationships she has and forms.
Emma @ A Few Chapters ’til Love, Caro @ BookCheshireCat, Sophie @ Me And Ink, Olivia @ Olivia’s Catastrophe, Emily @ Paperback Princess, Chana and Malka @ Paper Procrastinators, Tasya @ The Literary Huntress, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads, Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity, Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea, Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books, May @ My 1st Chapter
How long have you been blogging (if you’re a blogger)? Have you read any of the books mentioned in our post? What’s your favorite flower?