I haven’t done a book tag in awhile and I thought today would be a perfect day for one. I’ve been wanting to do the 2021 Good News Book Tag for a minute for two reasons. First, because I think everyone could hear a little good news about our world that is usually just negativity 24/7. And, second, because I really love the graphics that Laura @ The Corner of Laura made for it!
This tag was inspired by the 2021 Book Tag by Phoenix @ Books with Wings and tweaked to the one I’m doing by Laura herself. She wanted to make a tag that highlighted some of the good news stories that might have gotten lost amongst the bad in 2021. I want to thank her for tagging me, as well! Y’all should definitely give her blog a peek because she has a lot of great content.
Alright, let’s get to the tag!
- Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to this page (otherwise, the original creator won’t get a notification).
- Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post (Thanks, Laura!)
- (Optional) Use the graphics and don’t forget to credit the original creator (All the graphics were created by Laura @ The Corner of Laura)
- (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.
Gay marriage was legalised in Switzerland:
A book with LGBT characters who live happily ever after
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
It took me a second to think of an answer to this one and then I remember this gem of a book! Arthur and Linus are, hopefully, living happily ever after in their island orphanage! Both of them kicking up a fuss about the rights of magical children and then going home for some tea. This was such a heartwarming story and it made me want to read more from this author.
Giant Pandas are no longer classed as Endangered:
A book with a fantastic animal companion
NB: Giant pandas are still classed as Vulnerable but it’s progress!
Stones of Light by Zack Argyle
I really loved Asher and his bond with Laurel in this book, the sequel to Voice of War. Asher is a chromawolf (and featured on the cover) and it was incredible to see the way these two worked together. Also, I just love the concept of a giant, green wolf that could one day be my friend, okay? Asher is also a wonderfully loyal companion to Laurel, which is something she truly needs.
Studies show that the HPV vaccine has cut cervical cancer rates by almost 90%:
A book where science plays a big part
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Well, the main character in this is made by science and they are protecting a bunch of scientists. So I think this fits perfectly! It’s also a good reminder that I really need to continue this series. I loved the first book so much and it’s all because of Murderbot. They are so wry and funny and intriguing! There are a lot of layers to Murderbot and I can’t wait to see more of them as I continue the series.
Josephine Baker became the first black woman to be inducted into the Pantheon in Paris:
A book that celebrates Black culture
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
I’ve long been a fan of mythology and myth retellings. Though I love Greek mythology, the market seems to overflow with retellings from that culture. So it was quite refreshing to read this middle grade novel filled with African and Black American myths! I also really need to continue this series, if only to find out what antics Gum Baby gets into next.
Chloe Zhao became the first woman in colour to win an Oscar for best director:
Your favourite book by an Asian author
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
I’ve read a good number of fantastic books by Asian authors in the past few years, but this book definitely reigns supreme! I was completely sucked into the world that Chloe Gong painted for us with her words. She has a way of writing that makes you eat up the pages and, before you know it, you’re wondering how you finished so quickly. I’m eager to get my hands on the sequel!
Rose Ayling-Ellis, the show’s first deaf contestant, won Strictly Come Dancing:
A kickass disabled character
Noor by Dr. Nnedi Okorafor
AO, the main character in this story, has prosthetic legs and an arm because of various reasons. She is an incredible character who fights for what she believes in, as well. I loved reading about her and following her journey. Honestly, I could have read a full length novel surrounding AO and her life. Still, this novella was a great read and has solidified Okorafor as a go-to author.
I’m tagging anyone and everyone who would like to participate in this fun tag! And I’m going to look up some more info about this good news from 2021. I barely knew any of it, which shows I need to pay more attention to world events!
Until next time, y’all… happy reading!