The Pixar Book Tag

Main ImageI found this at The Reader in the Chef. Pixar is kind of my childhood in a nutshell. I still remember when Toy Story came out and I ran to the theater to see Brave when it was released.

Now that Finding Dory is out and crushed the competition at the box office for the opening weekend, I thought it would be fun to do this tag and revisit some of Pixar’s biggest hits, with books.

Toy Story


There have been so many books with characters that either just jump off the page or who I wish I could sit down and have a cup of coffee with.

I think I have to say City of Thieves by David Benioff for this one. I know you guys are probably sick of me mentioning this book, I just did a Book Traveling Thursday featuring all the international covers, but I really think these characters sound so real that I would love to have some eggs with them.

A Bug's Life

I think that Lena in The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver fits this one perfectly.

It’s not a literal transformation, she isn’t turning from an ugly duckling into a swan, but she has to learn how to accept her emotions and the euphoria and pain that comes with them.

She’s not a soldier, she is by all standards ordinary in the truest sense of the word. She’s not even the center of the battle. She’s not a symbol of hope, but her transformation is personal in a world that is much bigger than she is.

If you read my reviews of Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem you can follow my logic as to why this story is just as likely as some other young adult dystopias. Her journey is relatable.

Monsters Inc


This is a tough one but I think Fanny from Under the Wide and Starry Sky  by Nancy Horan is a good example.

She’s not really a monster, she’s just fiercely independent. That independence is offset by Louis who she finds herself taking care of throughout most of the book.

Although this is based on the author of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde so it could really be seen from either angle.

If you read the book you will understand what I mean.

Finding Nemo


I will forever remember this quote from Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. Upon being asked why she has a lighter in her glove compartment of her car, the mother of the two girls responds:

I’m bored with knitting. I am taking up arson.

The Incredibles


I am just going to say it! It’s The Weasleys from Harry Potter. I can honestly say that I can’t imagine one day with that family is ever boring.

Plus, I really want the knitting needles that Molly has that knit automatically. Imagine how many Christmas gifts I could have handmade this past year. Although, if they are made with charmed needles are they gifts really handmade?



I don’t normally read long series of books. Most that I seem to get now are planned trilogies. There is one that I am skeptical about now, but since it isn’t out yet it also feels like I am jumping to conclusions.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child may be the book on this list. I believe this mostly because of a Buzzfeed plot spoiler article (not even gonna link to it, because I don’t want to spoil it for you other fortunate souls).

I am convinced something in that article just doesn’t add up, but before I strike it from my canon I am going to acquire a copy of the play. Read it, and then come to my own verdict.

Expect a long discussion here when the time comes.



Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley is a great story about a man and his dog. I love the relationship between Ted Flask and Lily and his dedication to Lily is inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time.
The book itself is a rollercoaster of emotions but I think it is so beautiful and artful that I can’t help but praise it.



The second I started listening to The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins I got overcome with loneliness. I thought that might ebb, but the book left me with the same feeling of loneliness as it did when I started it.

That is not to say that it is a bad book, the fact that it left me feeling anything for a character is a good sign. I just didn’t expect to spend the whole book feeling so very alone.

It is unlike me to get invested in characters from a young adult romance novel, but Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell seems to have me under that spell.
I wouldn’t say that the book itself would have done that, but the audiobook version narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra is what did it. Malhotra’s first line just draws me in.
He’d stopped trying to bring her back. She only came back when she felt like it.
He delivers it with such deadpan sullenness that you can just tell that you’re in for an emotional ride.



I find that I don’t read a lot of books with a strong mother-daughter relationship but I suddenly remembered this book I read back in 2012 called In the Bag by Kate Klise.

The premise of the book is that there’s a mother and daughter who go to France for a vacation and a father and son who are also on a trip. The children mix up their bags and a serendipitous chain of events unfolds.

I remembered loving the book and the relationship between the mother and daughter so much that I decided that I need to put it in my pile of books to reread.

Inside Out


This is the hardest for me to answer, but I have to say Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer. I don’t remember too much of the book but I remember the premise.

A girl moves around the country with her aunt, they work at different diners, and before she leaves she writes: “Hope Was Here” under the counter.

I remember that part and that might be why I love to travel or why I want to take in all the new places I can.

I also remember that she was allowed to change her name because her mother stuck her with Tulip. I am forever grateful that I am not named Tulip.

There you have it. Pixar Book Tag has been achieved! I am going to tag a few people. If you have already done this tag or don’t want to, don’t worry about it, but if you are interested I can’t wait to see what you pick for these topics. 

Em @ Keystroke Blog

 If I didn’t tag you here but you really want to do it, then consider yourself tagged! Can’t wait to see your picks! 

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.

26 thoughts on “The Pixar Book Tag

  1. This is such a cute tag! I love the way you formatted it too 😊 I should really read Eleanor & Park, it’s been on my shelf for two years haha. I’m really interested to see how I feel about The Girl on The Train. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews. And I am so nervous for The Cursed Child. I haven’t read any spoilers, but if it’s going to mess things up too much I’d rather it have just not existed haha.


  2. What a cute tag!! I’ve been meaning to read Lily and The Octopus since it came out… And the cover for it is so pretty!
    I read delirium, but not the sequels. I guess I probably should. Especially since they’ve even changed the covers since I got my copy and the new covers are absolutely stunning!


    1. Thank you. This tag was honestly one of the hardest ones to complete. I have a bunch of them in my drafts started that I add a book to here and there as I think about it. I had a hard time with Wall-E and the Brave categories for one and then I was trying to think of a “core memory” book that wasn’t Harry Potter because I still remember when my third grade teacher read the first book to us.

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      1. I bet, I think this tag is one of the hardest one’s that I’ve seen! Trying to match a movie with an unrelated book is always difficult. More kudos to you 🙂


      2. I loved the prompts because Disney/Pixar movies always make me feel all these emotions, but the creator came up with some really cool prompts so it was worth the thought it took. Now I want to reread Hope Was Here.

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    1. I know and I don’t want to spoil anyone but what I found out just made me go: “WHAT THE…!” I am still going to read it and review it for myself because maybe there is more meat to it than what I am seeing but…yea.

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