I thought about doing a book tag and found it didn’t exist yet. CAN YOU BELIEVE? Because I certainly can’t. You might’ve noticed my slight “obsession” with Queer Eye on Netflix. In case you have no clue what I’m talking about: Queer Eye is a make-over reality show in which five gay guys – the Fab Five – makeover (usually) straight men. Each of these guys have a different area of expertise: food, fashion. grooming, design and culture. I definitely recommend you check it out because it’s absolutely incredible. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen it yet, this tag is made to be fun for everyone!
How It Works:
The Queer Eye Book Tag consists of five categories (one for each of the Fab Five – Food & Wine, Fashion, Grooming, Design & Culture). For each category, just pick a book that comes to mind (or two, or more…) Have you recently read a contemporary that was full of delicious foods? Use it in the “Food & Wine” category! Know of a super fashionable character? Maybe you can talk about that book/character for Tan’s “Fashion” category (which, by the way, IS MY FAVE!) And there’s a “bonus” category inspired by the QE Hip Tips at the end of each episode: #QEBOOKTIP. This is where you can talk about your favourite queer book(s). When you’re done, tag your bookish friends to do this as well!
Food & Wine // Antoni
I went for Geekerella by Ashley Poston for the food category! Elle works in a food truck and I just feel like that’s fits really well? Even though it’s vegan, it might not be as healthy as Ant’s guacamole (since all the food truck stuff is fried) but it still sounds pretty good! Although… There’s this other book that literally just made my mouth water when I thought of it and that’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Lara Jean is ALWAYS baking and wow I wish I could do the same. I mean, imagine just always having freshly baked food in the house?! Also, how fun would it be to bake cookies with Antoni!?
Fashion // Tan
For this one, I went with The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross. I’m sure there might be a “better” book on my shelves for this category, but I can’t think of it at the moment! I chose The Queen’s Rising because cloaks play a big part in the story. And I mean, have you even seen that cover? It’s gorgeous! I’m afraid it’ll be slightly difficult to french tuck a cloak, but Tan can make it work, right? And let’s be honest, he’d look fantastic wearing a cloak.
Grooming // Jonathan
Holy moly! It was so difficult to come up with anything for this one! I know books with awesome transformations but I couldn’t think of titles! Eventually, I realised Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas works perfectly for this category! Aelin looks stunning with her short-ish hair on the cover of that book. I actually prefer it over the long hair that’s on the cover of Heir of Fire. I bet she went to see Jonny for that #TransformationTuesday!
Design // Bobby
I don’t think I’ve ever read any books about (or that feature) interior design, but I do want to mention Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody because the vibe I get from those casino’s and hotels and places are just THE BEST?! I mean, that’s some top-notch design right there. Maybe Bobby gave Amanda some advice on how to design the perfect casino? Who knows? Anyway, he can come design my room anytime!
Culture // Karamo
I love everything Karamo does on QE but I’m also like… WHAT does he do? (Besides being awesome, of course!) But then I started thinking about how he always has these incredible ways to help people in any way he can and he gets to know the Heroes (as they call the guys they make better on the show) on a much deeper level than the other characters do. I love Angie Thomas’ The Hate You Give because it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. I loved reading from a PoC’s point of view and I learned so much from that book! I also loved The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas because of the Autismn rep and A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard since it’s about selective mutism and deafness and thinking about all these books just amaze me because it’s crazy how much you can learn about other people and there ways and cultures through books!? Like… woah.
As I mentioned before, this is where you share your fave queer read! Props to you if you managed to pick queer books for all categories, by the way. I failed big time and need to read more queer books, y’all! Anyway, I want to mention The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzie Lee here because it’s my absolute favourite. I’ve listened to the audiobook twice and it’s just super hilarious. I might actually listen to it again when I start college just to get through those long train journeys that I’m totally not used to anymore. It’s gonna be fun! I also love V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series. Some relationships really came as a huge surprise for me but I love it SO MUCH!
I can’t simply start an original tag and not tag anybody, right? I went over to Twitter to ask who’d like to be tagged and WOW-WEE, I didn’t expect so many responses! So, *deep breath* here we go! Tagging: Lara, Imo, Simant, Harker, Aimee, Leslie, Patricia, Roxanne Michelle, Kristina, Inge, Suz, Alexia, Ruby, Linda, Bex, Rain, Dalindcy, Laurie & Noly! I know lots of people liked the tweet as well, so please feel free to do the Queer Eye Book Tag on your own blogs if I haven’t tagged you! And if you’ve been tagged and are like “whaaaat are you even on about?!” don’t feel pressured into doing this! I mean, you got no idea what you’d gotten yourself into, hunny!