When I (Malka) first saw this tag going around, it looked like so much fun! It was created by Sofii @ A Book A Thought, and these questions have you discussing your favorite aspects of different books! We were tagged by Noémie @ Tempest of Books so we got to try our hand at answering these questions. AND IT WAS SO MUCH MORE DIFFICULT THAN IT LOOKS! One of the rules mentions no repeats, which we interpreted to mean that not only could we not repeat an answer in two different questions, we couldn’t repeat each other’s answers, which definitely made it tough! But we did have lots of fun doing this tag and so without further ado, here are our answers! All covers link to Goodreads!
- Answer honestly, there are no wrong answers
- To make it just a little harder, you can’t mention the same book twice
- Have FUN!
- Tag me if you decide to do it, I would love to see your answers
- Tag at least 5 people
The Perfect Genre
What genre would your perfect book be?
Pick a book that represents perfectly its genre.
Malka: Romance. It’s the genre I love reading the most, and I search for romance in practically all the books I read. You can read more about how much I love romances in books in the very first Debate It that Chana and I had. #shamelesspromo.
ANYWHO back to the question at hand, I think The Kiss Quotient is the most perfect romance I’ve ever come across. The two characters actually INTERACT the entire book, instead of fighting for most of it, which was very refreshing to find. It was cute, and fluffy, and filled with romantic dates and snuggles, and was absolute perfection. If you can’t tell by now. I’m a teensy bit obsessed with this book.
Chana: Gaaah, I hate making decisions! Asking me to choose a perfect genre is like asking a mother to choose her favorite child! I usually just default to answering fantasy, but I’ve started to really enjoy some contemporaries! And I also love sci-fi/fantasy. Soooo… I guess I’m going to have to choose a genre that’s a mush of all three. Or as I like to call it, contemporary but weird.
A perfect example of a book in this genre would honestly be most books by Patrick Ness. The two that stand out the most to me in this regard would be Release and The Rest of Us Just Live Here.
The Perfect Setting
Because every story needs the perfect setting.
Pick a book that takes place in a perfect place.
Malka: Bloom is a graphic novel about a romance set at a bakery. What could be better than falling in love with yummy baked goods surrounding you!
Chana: I’ve spent a lot of time deliberating over this answer because I’m terrible at decisions. But I’ve decided to choose SPACE like from The Disasters. I love books that take place in space, since space ships, aliens, and otherworldly planets are always the best.
The Perfect Main Character
Because every book needs that brave and amazing MC.
Pick the perfect main character.
Malka: I’m going to go with Simon Snow from Carry On here. But kinda for the exact opposite reasons that the prompt gives me. Simon is a small, helpless child. He’s kind of useless, and he wasn’t my favorite character in Carry On. (Baz has my heart.) Then why am I choosing him, you may ask. Well, because he’s so useless! It’s endlessly entertaining! He needs so much help, and it’s quite refreshing to see a main character that doesn’t have everything figured out even though they’re the hero of the story.
Chana: I’m going to pick Luna Lovegood for this one. Because we have enough books about normal, average fellows. Or people who are weird but know they’re weird. We need a book about someone unique who thinks that they’re normal.
The Perfect Best Friend
Because we always love that character who supports our MC, no matter what.
Loyal and supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever.
Malka: This may sound terrible, but I couldn’t think of a single best friend that I wanted to choose for this question. I think it’s because all my favorite BFFs are a part of a friends to lovers trope. But I’m going to go with Gertie from The Flatshare for this one in the end because I really enjoyed her. My review for this book is already up, and in it I mention how Gertie is the most supportive best friend and I how I love that she will protect her friends at all cost!
Chana: I would pick Charlotte from Everything Leads to You! She’s the ultimate wing-woman and super supportive!
The Perfect Love Interest
Although not all stories need it, we all love a bit of romance.
Pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner.
Malka: WHAT DO YOU MEAN NOT ALL STORIES NEED IT?? OF COURSE THEY DO!
I used so many of my go-to answers in other questions but I still have plenty to choose from! I’m going to go with Rhysand because he’s absolute perfection!
Chana: I’m scrolling through my Goodreads, trying to find a character that stands out, but the fact that I don’t generally read romance might be impeding that…so I’m just going to say, no love interest!
The Perfect Villain
Because even when sometime we hate them, we always need them.
Pick a character with the most sinister mind.
Malka: I’m going to go with AIDAN from Illuminae for this one. Because I think it’s unique enough to have an artificial intelligence system be a villain, but it’s even more impressive to have that same AI be a fully rounded, morally ambiguous, ruthless, and yet somehow lovable character in a series.
Chana: Marcella from Vengeful is my FAVORITE! She’s so ruthless and amazing, such an inspiration.
The Perfect Family
Our book wouldn’t be the same without that unconditional support from the MC’s family.
Pick a perfect bookish family.
Malka: For this one I’m going to go with a recent read. I finished Hot Dog Girl in May, and Elouise’s father is quite possibly the best fictional parent I’ve read about. He loves his daughter and is actively involved in her life, and they honestly just have SUCH a great relationship!
Chana: The De Lainey’s from The Boy Who Steals Houses are EVERYTHING. They’re so rambunctious and loveable and supportive, I could not get enough of them.
Perfect Animal or Pet
Because we all need a good loyal companion.
Pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see on a book.
Malka: I’m gonna go with a dragon that’s a character of its own. Dragon Slippers is a fantastic middle grade series that obviously centers around dragons. These dragons are fantastic and make such great companions, and friends as well!
Chana: Spitfyre from the Septimus Heap series! Because who doesn’t want a dragon?
The Perfect Plot Twist
“OMG, how I didn’t see that coming!”
Pick a book with the best plot twist.
Malka: I’m going to go with Strange the Dreamer for this one. There were a whole bunch of things that happened in this book that took me by surprise. It definitely helped keep my interest throughout the book. (Although the beautiful writing was already doing just that.)
Chana: I read We Were Liars almost a year ago and I’m still shook at that ending. It was like the plot took a breakneck sharp turn out of nowhere, and I loved it.
Pick that trope you would add to your own book without thinking.
Malka: Chana stole my answer, but I have a few romance tropes that I adore, so I’ll just use another. I was going to use the fake dating trope, but I actually couldn’t think of a good book to use as an example. So on to my third trope, best friends to lovers. I have a few books I could use for this one, but I’m going to go with Coming Up for Air. I just love how they remain, friends, as they also transition into more. It’s so good!
Chana: ENEMIES TO LOVERS. This is the only romantic trope that I will tolerate. It is glorious. I love when people hate each other. A spectacular example of this one is Red, White, & Royal Blue. If you’ve seen my review then you know I’m in love with that book, and you need to go read it now.
Because we all love a good, beautiful and artistic cover.
Pick that cover that you would easily put in your own book.
Malka: Pilu of the Wood is just adorable. And since my perfect book would be nothing but cuteness, I’d love to have a similarly drawn cover. One that manages to be beautiful yet endearing.
Chana: Emergency Contact has such a beautiful and calming cover. I was drawn in immediately by the cuteness emanating off of the cover.
Because every great adventure has an ending.
Pick a book that has the perfect ending.
Malka: Oh, this is tough because, to be honest, I dislike most endings. Finales are a struggle because of this, but even standalones tend to keep me wanting. I recently finished Little Fires Everywhere though, and the ending was fantastic! Everything wasn’t perfectly tied up in a bow, but it still managed to be the best ending I’ve read in so long! I was so happy with the way it ended that BECAUSE I didn’t know everything, which is super rare.
Chana: I don’t know!! I’ve just realized that it’s always the 5 most recent good books that I read become my top 5 books for that time, which means I’ve been refraining from answering the same book for like half the questions here. I am going to pick Kill the Boy Band for this question though. I’m not going to explain myself, because of spoilers. But! It was amazing!
What’s the most perfect book you’ve ever read? What is the perfect setting for a book in your opinion? Do you agree with any of our answers?