Top Ten Tuesday

Ten Literary Characters I Would Dress Up As For Halloween

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Happy Halloween Bookworms! This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is a Halloween Freebie!  I decided to do Ten Literary Characters I Would Dress Up As for Halloween!  There are plenty more, and I probably could have done an entire list of Harry Potter characters alone, but I tried to spread the love 🙂

1. Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling *Spoiler* I did this already…
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2. Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
3. Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Scarlet O’Hara from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
5. Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl by Cecily von Zeigesar
7. Pam from the Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris
8. Betty Cooper from the Archie Comics (and Riverdale on the CW)
9. Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein
10. Nancy Drew from The Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene

What were you guys for Halloween this year? Any great ideas I missed? Let me know in the comments, and I would love to see pictures of your costumes 🙂 Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Book Tag

 

With Halloween celebrations in full swing, what better time to do the Halloween Book Tag! Thanks to my friend The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me to do this! 🙂  Here we go!

1. Carving pumpkins- What book would you want to carve up and light on fire?

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This might possibly be the worst book I have ever read.

2. Trick or Treat- What character is a trick, what character is a treat?

I am currently obsessed with the Sookie Stackhouse books (and have been binge watching TrueBlood on HBO), so I have to say Bill Compton is the trick, and Eric Northman is the treat! #teameric

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3. Candy Corn- What book is always sweet?

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I gotta say Harry Potter.  It always makes my heart happy and my soul feel good.  It never gets old.  That’s as sweet as it gets.

4. Ghosts- What character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

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Albus Dumbledore.  I feel like he’d have something very insightful to say for whatever situation is going on.

5. Dressing up in costume- What character would you want to be for a day?

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Hmmmm… this is a tough one.  There are so many.  Right now, I’m gonna say Avery Fuller from The Thousandth Floor.  I would love to experience life on the top floor of The Tower.

6. Wizards and Witches- What is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

How am I supposed to pick just one!? Ahhhh. I also have different favorites from the books and the movies… OK.  One of my favorite book moments is “Not my daughter, you BITCH!” and one my favorite movie moments is “obviously…”

7. Blood and Gore- What book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for a while?

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I don’t really read a lot of dark books, so my options for this question are limited. This one was a little too messed up for me.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

I tag BlondeVsBooks, The Revenant Reader, Dressed to Read, and anyone who wants some Halloween Fun 🙂

Book Reviews

Netgalley Review: Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous

cover118067-mediumGoodreads Summary: Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy. Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Inkshares for this ARC copy of Sparked in turn for an honest review*

My Thoughts: I was super excited to read this book.  I had heard great things, and I was drawn immediately to its dark enchanting cover.  Sparked was a perfect fall read, with a fast paced plot, a bunch of twists and turns, and a group of interesting characters.  The plot of this book was clever and exciting, and I couldn’t wait to see where it would go.  Although I picked out the major ending twist towards the beginning of the story, there were plenty of other minor twists that kept me thoroughly entertained.  While I loved the concept of “the sparked,” and the ancient prophecy, I wanted more information about how it came to be, and how it all worked.  It felt a little underdeveloped and rushed through.  The way it was presented made it hard to follow, and I found myself having to reread those bits to make sure I hadn’t missed anything important.  The prophecy came out of nowhere, and with very little detail and explanation was just accepted by everyone.  I was along for the ride, so it didn’t take me out of the story completely, but I definitely had a “That seems fake, but ok.” moment.  I absolutely loved the different powers that emerged within each of the characters, but I really wanted more detailed information about how they worked and grew and where they came from.  Laurel was a surprisingly likable narrator, despite her “I’m not as beautiful and special as my sister” syndrome.  She annoyed me a little at first with her whining, but I grew to like her as her character developed and the story progressed.  I admired her courage and drive to do whatever it took to find her sister, Ivy.  I loved their close relationship, and how they helped each other through their rough family history. Her romantic interest, Jasper, however; was so bland to me.  I felt completely indifferent towards him throughout the book, and while I appreciated the slow burn of their relationship, it felt really anticlimactic and I felt no chemistry between them.  My favorite character was Peyton.  I liked her immediately, even when she was the classic mean girl, and couldn’t wait to see how her character developed.  I was hoping for a bigger arc for her and Mei, but as most of the story is Laurel’s perception and journey, I understand why it developed as it did.  I was pleasantly surprised by the perspective switches, and I felt that they worked really well in furthering the plot and giving us better insight to each of the “sparked”.  Even with its faults, I had a good time with this book.  Sparked was a fun, fast read that fans of the Supernatural YA genre will definitely enjoy.

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Broadway Book Chat

Broadway Book Chat: Conor McGiffin

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As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family.  There is something special about theatre and it’s ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other.  I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature.  Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!

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Conor McGiffin

Currently on tour with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

www.conormcgiffin.com

instagram: @mcdiva92

What are you currently reading?

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

What is your favorite book series?

The comic book series Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.  It is the only comic book series I have read multiple times.  It is so deep and intense and the mysteries that are put forward are some of the most engrossing stories I have ever read.  It takes the whole genre and turns it on its head.

Who is your favorite author?

Can I say more than one? When I was in 5th and 6th grade I had a very intense book affair with R.L. Stein.  I would sneak away at lunch to finish my book and check out a new one from the library.  Throughout my life, I would have to say J.K. Rowling.  As a total acting nerd, I also have to mention Uta Hagen.

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What book inspires you and why?

The book I am currently reading, Shantaram, inspires me.  It really gets me to not take things for granted, and to know that no matter bad you think your life is right now, it can always be worse, but you can climb out of it as well.

Which literary character would you like to play?

Richard III

What book would you like to see turned into a movie/musical/play?

I would like to see The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien as a movie.  The Vietnam backdrop would be cinematically enthralling.

What book is next on your reading list?

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

 

Check out Conor and the rest of the cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on tour throughout the US!

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I will feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions you would like to ask, or things you want to know!  Leave them in the comments and I will add them to future interviews! Thanks to my amazing boyfriend, Conor, for sharing with us! 🙂 ❤

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give Me the Fall Feels

Happy Top Ten Tuesday bookworms! This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is books that make you think of Fall (cuz it’s the best season ever).  My list is made up of a combination of books I have read and books on my TBR list.  I clearly have a thing for witches…

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Petty Magic by Camille DeAngelis, Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

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The Emperor’s New Clothes Tag

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The fabulous Organgutan Librarian tagged me in her new Emperor’s New Clothes Tag, and I am excited to share my answers!  Here we go!

“Your majesty, this is a magic suit!”– An over-hyped book that promised to be *something more*:

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I was so excited about this book, and I was very underwhelmed.  I still plan on continuing the series, but it keeps getting pushed farther down the TBR list. You can see my full review here.

“Somebody send for the queen!”– A love interest that wasn’t called for:

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Quinn from The Sookie Stackhouse novels was pretty insignificant.  I liked him, but meh.  He was cut out of the Trueblood TV show for a reason.

“The doublet is a lovely shade of green”– A book that seduced you with its cover (that you ended up disliking):

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Witches in France?! Count me in! Unfortunately, the story inside this beautiful cover did not live up to expectations

“Summon the court to convene”– A book where you were swayed by public opinion:

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I read this book because everyone was talking and raving about it.  I thought it was pretty good, didn’t die for it, but I jumped on the band wagon anyway.  The second book though, made me obsessed.

“Look at the king! Look at the king, the king, the king!”– A stark raving mad book that just boggles the mind:

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This book was crazy.  There was hardly any forward moving plot that made sense.  So boring.

“It’s altogether the very least the king has ever worn”– A tropey get-up you’ve seen before that probably needs redressing (AKA a trope you’re bored with seeing):

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Enough said.

“Summon the court physician! Call an intermission!”– A book that needs medical attention (AKA a rewrite):

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I LOVED the first two books in this trilogy, and I loved this one until the end.  WHO ENDS A TRILOGY LIKE THIS!? WHY!?

“It’s altogether the very least the king has ever worn”– There’s no hiding this one: A book that is just nakedly bad:

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So bad.  How I got through this book I will never know.

 

I tag Three Cats and a Girl, Darque Dreamer, and coffeelovingbookoholic!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Book Boyfriends

When I saw this week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish, I was giddy with excitement.  I have many book boyfriends, but there are some that have stood the test of time.  Here are my Top Ten Book Boyfriends:

  1. Jamie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  2. Eric Northman from The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris

  3. Rhys from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

  4. Fred/George Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

  5. Cooper Cartwright from The Heather Wells Series by Meg Cabot

  6. Jondalar from The Earth’s Children Series by Jean M. Auel

  7. Aragorn from The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

  8. Sebastian Brooke from No Angel by Penny Vincenzi

  9. Kostos from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

  10. Walter von Ulrich from Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

 

Happy Top Ten Tuesday ❤