The Inside Out Book Tag

Main ImageI have a love for Disney and Pixar movies and I really loved Inside Out! I found this tag over at Big City Bookworm and I thought I would give it a shot.

The Inside Out Book Tag features five different books based on five different emotions that star in the film.

Let’s get started!




The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

I read this book exactly when I needed to. After reading some really heavy and dark and twisty thrillers (Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girls, With Malice) I needed something a little lighter.

The Invisible Library is the perfect read for bibliophile. The main character Irene, is a woman who’s job is to hunt down rare books while living in this place called The Library.

The book hooked me within the first chapter and I suddenly had to know more about this organization. It is smart, action-packed, and thrilling all at the same time.

The best thing about it is, it’s the first book in a trilogy. So while it may be a new love, it’s not one I have to say goodbye to anytime soon.


Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Read this book and then re-watch Inside Out and you will see why I say this one brings me sadness. It’s sad but still hilarious and a good example of the bond between humans and animals.

I read this book and cried for hours afterwards and then hugged my dog. Then proceeded to fall in love with my dog all over again. So maybe this book could have worked for Joy too. (In my opinion most good books make me laugh and cry!)

Actually, you may want to avoid re-watching Inside Out, because you may spend a lot of time crying from the adorably sad nature of this book.



Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

I can’t think of a book that keeps me up at night more than an Atwood novel. Oryx and Crake in particular has some themes that I think really resonate with the world today and in particular an obsession with perfection and beauty.

When all of these fears culminate I think that the world we end up with is even scarier than anything that might happen in real life.

Oryx and Crake is part of the Madaddam Trilogy. I will probably pick up The Year of the Flood and Madaddam soon, but in the meantime, this installment left me with a pit in my stomach.



City of Thieves by David Benioff

This isn’t bad anger. The book itself is actually good, but some of the situations in it make me want to scream.

City of Thieves tells the story of two convicts who get the chance to earn their freedom by procuring a dozen eggs for a high-ranking Colonel’s daughter’s wedding cake. Oh, and they’re in Lenigrad in the 1940s. So it’s not nearly as easy as you’d think.

In fact, if it was an option, City of Thieves would probably be the king of all the emotions because this book has you laughing one minute, crying the next, fearing their survival in the following chapter, and describes something so despicable that you can’t help but be disgusted.

Still, I think the strongest emotion I left this book with is anger, and I can’t tell you why because that would be a spoiler.



Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

I had the hardest time picking a book for this because I find it say that a book disgusts me. The character of disgust is supposed to keep Riley from being poisoned so I tried to get away from the idea of making me sick and think of a book that made me ill on a social level.

I want to make it clear that I really enjoyed this book! I picked it for disgust because of what happens to Ani and some of the trauma that Ani goes through. There’s no way to explain my decision without giving away too many spoilers.

When I put down Luckiest Girl Alive, I felt like there was something bigger to be said in these pages. It wasn’t just about this character but it was also about our society and how we shame and blame victims for the crimes committed against them.

That is what I found disgusting and I think that’s why this book is important for a generation. I think people need to read this to see the consequences of that trauma.


Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

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