reading: the makeup book tag

December 30, 2016


I love makeup and I love books, so I was really excited to see that a makeup book tag has been floating around the internet that combines both. The tag asks for people to pick their favorite books in categories that match with the purpose of different types of makeup. The original video seems to have disappeared, but I found out about this tag from this lovely video created by YouTubers Ariel Bissett and Estée Lalonde. My picks include some books that I read a long time ago, and some that I have finished recently. Here we go!

PRIMER – PICK A BOOK THAT LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Jane's experience of coming into her own, and learning how to be strong despite hardships, is beautiful. I read this as a shy high schooler, and I was instantly entangled by Jane and everything that she went through. 

FOUNDATION – PICK YOUR FAVORITE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. I love this book so much. It blends my love for J. K Rowling, who wrote this book under a pen name, my love for British culture, and my love of mysteries and detective thrillers. It's a great first book as it introduces characters that I came to care for later, and was a riveting read.

CONCEALER – PICK A CHARACTER YOU WISH YOU COULD GET RID OF
Julia Greenfield from Losing It by Emma Rathbone. Recently, I finished this book for my upcoming book club. I was unimpressed by the whiny and self involved heroine, Julia, who was overly concerned with her virginity, and never really learned anything during the summer that she stayed with her great aunt who was also a virgin. Because Julia didn't really learn anything about herself or caring for others I, as the reader, didn't learn anything new either.

POWDER – PICK YOUR FAVORITE LAST BOOK IN A SERIES
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. Let me count the ways that I love this book as the ending to my favorite book series. This book has such a different feel from the rest of the Harry Potter books because the trio are on the run, rather than at school, and this change in pace was welcomed at the end of the series for me. The protagonists have come of age, and so the issues they deal with are much more serious. I loved the pressure of finding the horcruxes, and the devastating quality of the final battle. This book taught me so much about friendship, courage, and even death.

EYESHADOW – PICK A BOOK WITH YOUR FAVORITE COLOR ON THE COVER
Wild by Cheryl Strayed. This book's cover features a brown boot with bright red laces on a stark white background with a spindly black serif font title. I love those colors, and they make up the bulk of my wardrobe. The only color missing is a blush pink. This book was a wonderful read that I really enjoyed.

EYEBROWS – Pick A BOOK YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I felt challenged by this book, and appreciated that discomfort as a call to do more about racial injustice. I think that everyone should read it.

EYELINER – PICK A DARK AND MYSTERIOUS BOOK
The Bat by Jo Nesbø. I also recently finished this book, which is the first book in a Norwegian detective series. This book is set in Australia upon the murder of a young Norwegian murder, and it wends its way through bars and the homes of drug dealers, through boxing rings and theaters. After reading only female authored mysteries this summer, and Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø previously, I found The Bat to be a let down. Maybe this is because the character is a damaged man who damages those around him rather than a kick ass woman, or because this book isn't as inventive as the previous book I had read by the author. Still a decent read, though.

MASCARA – PICK A LONG BOOK
Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Ah, I love this one. Moby Dick was my favorite book that I read in college. The deep and multifaceted symbolism of the whale drew me in, as did the huge undertaking of reading this gigantic book. My favorite chapter is called the blanket, and talks about how a whale's skin allows it to remain the same temperature internally despite external changes. Here is my favorite quote from that chapter: "It does seem to me, that herein we see the rare virtue of a strong individual vitality, and the rare virtue of thick walls, and the rare virtue of interior spaciousness. Oh, man! admire and model thyself after the whale! Do thou, too, remain warm among ice. Do thou, too, live in this world without being of it. Be cool at the Equator; keep thy blood fluid at the Pole. Like the great dome of St. Peter’s, and like the great whale, retain, O man! in all seasons a temperature of thine own."

LIPSTICK – PICK YOUR FAVORITE BOOK KISS
Persuasion by Jane Austen. I don't even remember if there is a kiss in this book, but this is my favorite romance. The slow burn of the connection between two characters who had been in love and fell apart, and are pushed together again can't be beat. Something about the maturity and pleasure of their renewed love, despite everything they went through, makes this my favorite romance over even Pride and Prejudice. 

What is a book that left a lasting impression on you?

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