Here are three options for next month’s books. These are from different fairy tales- once you guys vote on a book, that fairy tale will be our choice! As you can tell, I’m doing things a little differently each time the first couple months until I can figure out what way works best.
1) The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. Based on the Grimms’ fairy tale Girl With No Hands, Minnow Bly is about a girl escaping from a cult that has taken her family, her freedom, and her hands. After she’s escaped, the cult leader is murdered and Minnow is a suspect. I think this book could be a good choice because it’s based on a fairy tale that doesn’t often get many reimaginings. It’s also much darker than our last book club choice, and it’s a modern retelling. Trigger warnings for graphic violence and implied sexual abuse (based on Goodreads reviews- I have not personally read this book.)
2) Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. Based on the Russian tale Vasilisa the Beautiful, this book tells a modern fantasy story about a girl named Vassa who lives in a fairy tale version of New York, complete with talking wooden dolls. Vassa finds herself one night in the convenience store owned by Babs Yagg, a vicious witch. This book might be a fun choice because it’s based on Russian folklore, it’s a modern fantasy which I know many of us adore, and every single review on Goodreads says it’s “really weird.” Trigger warnings I’ve found include blood and violence, but I have not personally read this book.
3) Ash by Malinda Lo. Based on Cinderella, this book tells the story of Ash who meets a dangerous and dark faerie. But she begins to fall in love with Kasia, the king’s huntress and she is torn between faeries and true love. I think this could be a good option because it is one of the rare LGBT fairy tale retellings around, it is another “classic” fantasy setting, and seems to be about grief and recovery. I could not find any trigger warnings for this book. Once again, I have not read the book.
Please vote! The books not picked will be considered again at a later date. Please vote on this post or send me an ask if you prefer to be on anon. So tell me: 1, 2, 3?
HEEEEY! which things 104th + vets are really interested in? Which sciences, themes and/or fandoms they would like to learn, read about? I like your ideas much, wanna try something like that someday :)
Eren: His favorite subjects in school are biology, history, and computer science. He’s a big fan of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, as well as a Potter nerd (but he has other friends that are more into that, so he usually lets them be the representative geeks of that fandom.) Love all superhero things, Marvel and DC, movies and comics. Will get into sports if his teams are doing well. Not a huge reader, but always has some adventure or sci-fi novel with him. He really likes adventure stories, things that follow Campbell’s Hero Cycle.
Mikasa: Favorite school subjects include English, math, and chemistry. She’s also really interested in foreign languages and exploring other cultures, even though she has to go outside of school/wait until college for most of that. No interest in sports whatsoever except maybe the Olympics, (but will get caught up in Eren and Armin’s hype if their teams are doing well.) Loves romance novels as well as mystery novels (big into Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.) Is a fan of Sherlock the series, Doctor Who, and Stranger Things. Intrigues by fantasy, romance, sci-fi, and that semi-horror suspense.
Armin: Loves everything about school; all classes interest him in some way. He does really like math and English, though. He’s huge into Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, a little into Star Wars, and super into Marvel. He does like DC too, but he’s definitely more of a Marvel guy. Reads pretty much anything, but his favorite are sci-fi adventure series. He likes to pick apart Young Adult fiction too, finding what’s actually good and what’s cheesy and trope-y and not good. Would definitely dabble in anime; he wouldn’t watch everything, but would watch any series that can keep him hooked for the first few episodes. Also into Doctor Who and Sherlock, and also is a sucker for sit-coms. Will get super into sports if his teams are winning, but otherwise neutral to them.
Tbh the main reason they gave him the job is cause cause he’s fUCKING T A L L
Which he’s fine with
Money is money
His coworkers REALLY enjoy his presence
You’ve been a classmate of his since the end of elementary
So you definitely know of Kim Mingyu
Is really fucking popular
You don’t understand it tho
Why does everyone like him so much??
He’s just a flirt
And a jerk
He gets asked out on the daily
But he?? Always turns them down
No one knows why but it only adds fuel to his fangirls fire
You find it kinda weird that he decided to work at a library tho
Like you’d think that someone with his looks and social skills he’d be
Kim Mingyu is a shelver at your favorite library
Which kinda pisses you off but it’s your favorite library and you’re not gonna ditch your favorite place just cause of some playboy butt face
That’s Kim Mingyu
“Why do you hate him so much? He’s such a nice person!”
Tell that to your stuff that somehow always ends up on the very top shelf of the book shelves in the fiction section which just so happens to be Mingyu’s favorite spot to hang out and he for some very odd reason is always around when you arrive to get you stuff yet again
You’re a little pissed
“Wow! What a surprise to see you here! Did you come to find me~?”
Shove it up your ass Kim
“You know why I’m here.”
With an (over exaggerated) huff, you, once again, grab a step stool
You make sure to send a very hard core glare in his direction after you have retrieved your things
To which he responds with the stupid adorable smile of his
Fuck his stupid adorable smile
He’s the worst
You hate how cute he is
Like yeah you hate him but you know handsome when you see it
Kim Mingyu is out of this world
And you hate it so much
You like to imagine just rubbing dirt all over that pretty face of his
One day you were in the library working on your homework
There was no Mingyu in sight
But y’know whatever you hate him anyways???? Why are you worrying about some jerk??
But then it like
Goes on for over a week
And you start to get worried???
Woah feelings are weird things man
Finally you just give up and walk over to another shelver
“Hey… uh… where’s Mingyu?”
She begins to look a little worried
“He’s been out sick… Poor kid! If I could I would make him some nice, warm soup and heal him back to health!”
You leave because you were done with that conversation
And as much as you wanted to just forget it
You were totally worried
Seriously though feelings are freaking weird
So you gather up all of your things and head to the nearest store to buy the kid some microwavable chicken noodle soup
You’re too poor and lazy to make him legit soup
He’s just gonna have to deal
Luckily you remembered where his apartment is from that one party you attended
That was an awful party btw
You ring the doorbell
Mingyu opens the door
And kinda just
“Huh? Uh? Wha-? Why-?”
“Close your mouth before you catch bugs.”
Without even asking you stride into his apartment
He goes along with it but it’s SUPER OBVIOUS that he’s nervous
Also he looks like shit and you have to hold back from making a comment
You grab the soup out from the bag and pop it in the microwave
And then you head to the door
Cause this is really awkward and you kinda just wanna leave
“I bought you some chicken noodle soup. Make sure you eat it because that was 2 dollars more than I ever want to spend on you.”
Before you open the door you turn back to see a very shocked and VERY red Mingyu
You assumed the redness was from his sickness
Hesitation…. Just say it god dammit
“Get well soon. The library is boring without you”
AND THEN YOU RUN
DON’T LOOK BACK
YOUR FACE IS ON FIRE BUT WE JUST DON’T TALK ABOUT IT OKAY??
Mingyu shows up to work the next day
And guess what ends up on the top shelf in the fiction section?
“You’re antics will never change, huh?”
You sigh as you grab for the step stool
After picking up your things
There’s a note underneath everything
“I like you”
You immediately whip around to see Kim Mingyu directly behind you
And because you’re standing on a step stool you’re finally his height