Mardi Gras Book Tag

For those who don’t know, tomorrow is Mardi Gras. As I know some of my readers who aren’t in the US, Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Tuesday) originally started as a celebration before Lent (beginning the next day on Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, Lent is a time of fasting in the Catholic Church, so Mardi Gras was a celebration day (or week) before where you could eat the things you couldn’t eat during Lent. Pretty much, it was a way to eat up a lot of food that would spoil over Lent if not eaten beforehand.

Nowadays, though, most people probably don’t know anything about the origin of Mardi Gras, and instead think of a week of debauchery, drinking, and partying. Perhaps the biggest celebrations take place in New Orleans, Louisiana. I’ve never been to New Orleans during this celebration, and I don’t think I would want to. Apparently, it’s pretty much an excuse to do drugs and get drunk, two occupations I have no interest in.

However, I discovered this book tag in celebration of Mardi Gras, and so I figured it would be fun to do. Here is a link to the original tag video at RandomlyBookishGina.

1. Designated Driver: What re-read book is reliable to get you out of a reading slump?

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

Is it weird that I’ve never been in a reading slump? Sure, I’ve been too busy at some points in my life to read outside of school, but never did I feel I didn’t know what to read. Saying that, whenever I don’t have the time to read a serious book, this is my go-to book to reread. I’ve mentioned this book quite a few times on my blog, but I never get sick of reading it.

2. The Drunk Best Friend: Which character(s) would you like to grab a drink with, or simply hangout with for a night on the town?

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Death from the Discworld Series

I personally think Death would be awesome to hang out with. On one hand, he’s takes everything literally. Also, since he’s Death, he doesn’t really drink. But he would be the best person to hangout with for a night on the town.

3. Fat Tuesday: Which book on your TBR can you not wait to devour?

The Brothers Karamazov

After reading and loving Crime and Punishment, this is the next long book on my TBR I can’t wait to devour! I just have to finish Les Misérables first…

4. Lent: Which genre would you give up reading for 40 days?

Classics

The point of Lent is to give up something you will miss. Since I’m currently on a classic book binge, classics would be the hardest genre for me to give up during Lent.

5. Masquerade Masks: Which book do you mask that you have read? (Ex: a book you’re embarrassed about, a book or author you’re embarrassed by having not read yet, a guilty pleasure book, something you hide behind etc.)

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Since I’m not embarrassed about any book I’ve read and I don’t think I have a guilty pleasure book, I’m going with the book/author I’m embarrassed by having not read yet. I have read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, but I haven’t read the three books of The Lord of the Rings, of which my sister never lets me forget. Everyone I know who has read the books absolutely loves them and I do want to read the series eventually. I just haven’t gotten to it.

6. The Annual Mardi Gras Party/Parade: What classic could you read time and time again?

Pride and Prejudice

I know, I know, it’s such a cliched answer, but I love this book so much. It never seems to get old, even after reading it nearly a dozen times!

7. New Orleans: Which fictional place would you like to party?

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You’ve got talking animals, magic God-lions, and Turkish Delights! Why wouldn’t you want to party in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia?

8. Jazz Music: What book just makes you want to dance? (Could be when you received it or as you read it)

Any book I receive as a gift! Anyone who knows me knows my favorite type of gift is a book. Because I don’t have that much money to afford buying lots of books, every time I receive any book as a gift, I do a little dance inside!

9.The Colors of Mardi Gras: Purple represents justice: Which character do you feel got justice at the end of the book or series? Green represents faith: Which character would you put your complete faith in, no matter the situation? Gold represents Power: Which book gave you a very powerful emotion after reading it?

Alright, those have three questions in one, so I’ll answer them in order.

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Rodion Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment

He did kill three woman, and he does receive punishment for his crime, so I would say that justice has been served!

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Sherlock Holmes

God from the Bible? Not a character, I guess. Instead, I’ll go with a fictional character. Sherlock Holmes seems like a good person to rely on. He’s brilliant and can figure out the most complex case, but he’s also a moral, good person. I’m talking about the Holmes from the books, by the way, as all the TV series present him as being quite different.

The Rape of Nanking

As for the emotion question, I’m going with this recent read. I left it feeling very emotional, mostly because of the horrible incidents described in this book. It took my a few hours to feel like I wasn’t so traumatized.

So, there you have it! I hope you eat and don’t party too hard this Mardi Gras! As always, I’m not tagged and I’m not tagging anyone, but if you do end up doing this tag, I’d love to read your answers. Do you have any traditions for Mardi Gras? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

14 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Book Tag

  1. What a great idea for a post/tag! I would like to participate in this tag too, if it is ok? I love New Orleans and I think the Mardi Gras celebrations are something special. The celebrations in Brazil are pretty big too.
    That is very interesting that How’s Moving Castle is your favourite re-read because I am huge fan of the Studio Ghibli animation, but have never read the book. I now probably will. Austen and Dostoyevsky are great choices too, and I see that you have a pic of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. I think he is the best portrayal of the legendary detective. He is such a pleasure to watch on screen.

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    1. I would love to read your answers if you do participate! I didn’t know Brazil had Mardi Gras celebrations. That’s so cool!

      As for Howl’s Moving Castle, the book is entirely different than the movie, but I love them both for different reasons. And Jeremy Brett, in my opinion, was the closest actor to how I pictured Holmes from the books, so I agree with you!

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      1. I am actually also finding similarities between Beauty and the Beast and Howl’s Moving Castle. I wonder if the book makes them clearer or not. There are also some elements from The Wizard of Oz there too, I think. I do not criticise at all, it is just fun to notice.

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        1. Weird, I never thought to compare Beauty and the Beast and Howl’s Moving Castle, but you are right. Both feature a kind girl who helps to make a horrible guy better. Except, in Howl’s Moving Castle, Sophie is cursed as a “beast” (or old woman) while Howl is literally a “beauty.” But the fairytale qualities of The Wizard of Oz is in Howl’s Moving Castle too.

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  2. It’s my first time to hear of Mardi Gras!
    Speaking of the characters I have faith in, I’d like to pick Hercule Poirot and Marple, for they are intelligent and easy-going ( I’ve only watched the adaptation, though). And the person I want to hang out with is the little prince, for he is so pure, lovable, and He has great insights!

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    1. I agree with you! Similar to Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are intelligent and wise characters to put faith in. I haven’t read The Little Prince, but I can imagine a child would be so adorable to hang out with and surprisingly wise!

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