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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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The Mystery Blogger Award

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I was nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award by the lovely Rose from Tea with Roses Tomes. Her blog is fantastic, and her tea recommendations are on point!  This award was created by Okoto.

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me:

  1. I am blind as a bat.  I have had glasses since third grade, and contacts since 6th.  I cannot see ANYTHING without my contacts/glasses.  I even have to special order lenses because my prescription is too thick for most frames.
  2. I have been dancing since I was two.  I grew up in my Grandma’s dance studio, and then my parents took it over when she retired. It’s my second home.
  3. I still sleep with my stuffed Bunny (Bun Bun) from when I was a baby.

Questions From Tea With Rose’s Tomes:

What is your favorite trilogy of all time?

Dang. This is a hard question. The Spoils of Time Trilogy by Penny Vincenzi, The King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss will be once that third book comes out……

What is your most loved and hated trope?

I’m kind of indifferent towards tropes.  I think it depends on the book and how well it is written.  I’m not the biggest fan of insta-love though.

Favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Jamie Fraser, Rhys, or Eric Northman… I can’t pick one.

What is your favorite beverage?

COFFEE.

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?

Hmmmm… A day is not very long… I feel like this should be some sort of spiritual answer, but all I can think of is playing with tigers.

My Questions for Nominees: 

  1. Who is your favorite author?
  2. Who would play you in the movie about your life?
  3. If you could be any animal for a day, which would you choose?
  4. Which character would you like to bring to life?
  5. What was the last book you read?

My Best Posts:

Broadway Book Chat: Blaire Baker

Love & Gelato Review

I nominate Amy at Inkyspells, Sarah at Book Hooked Nook, Kelly at Kelly New Book, Jessica at Reading With Jessica, Kathy at Books & Munches, Paige at Books and Belle, Mikaela at The Well-Thumbed Reader, Holly at Dressed to Read, Kat at A Bookie’s Books, and Caro at CJRtheBrit

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Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award by Ash at For The Love Of Books! Check out her blog for some really great reviews and posts!

Here are the rules for the award:

-Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
-Write a post to show your award.
-Give a brief story of how your blog started.
-Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
-Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
-Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

The Beginning of Reading In The Wings:

I have been very fortunate in my acting career to have been working pretty consistently since I graduated college, but as a performer your work is never steady. You have to find ways to keep yourself creative and sane during those lulls between gigs. I have always loved reading, and it’s one of the things that helps me to escape the craziness of my career for a moment.  I was looking for something to fulfill me while working through the audition and “survival job” grind, and Reading In the Wings was born.  It gave me a creative outlet, and became something that I looked forward to working on, which helped me stay positive.  It recharged me when I’d come home frustrated from doing 2 auditions and then going to my day job and dealing with cranky customers.  It refreshed my love for theatre by making me noticeably happier in everyday life.  I am so thankful to my amazing roommates, Joey and Michael, and my boyfriend, Conor, for not laughing at me when I came home from work and said “I think I’m gonna start a blog about books.”  It really has turned into something I love and am proud of, and I can’t wait to see where it will go!

Two Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers:

1. Do not be afraid to share your blog with your real life people!  At first, I was so nervous to tell the people in my life that I had started a blog, and I stuck to the book blog community.  When I eventually shared it, the responses were overwhelmingly positive and supportive, and it has made it that much more rewarding and fun!

2. Don’t stress about trying to be original.  Just write what you want to write, and eventually you will find your voice, and figure out what works for you and your blog.

 

I nominate Rose at Tea With Rose’s Tomes, Arya at Fan Girl Arya, Elise at Roaming Reader, Breeny at Breeny’s Books, Maddie at Well-Read Twenty Something, Jodie at Read the Write Act, Sea at Sea Reads, Destiny at Howling Libraries, The Orangutan at The Orangutan Librarian, Aentee at Read at Midnight, Stuart at Always Trust in Books, Kris at Boston Book Reader, Sarah at Book Hooked Nook, Carissa at Carissa Reads It All, and Erin at A Redhead’s Rambling.

 

 

 

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

In honor of our favorite hero’s birthday, I decided to do the Ultimate Harry Potter Tag created by Isabeau’s Literary Musings.  I have seen this tag everywhere, and as an avid Potterhead, I just couldn’t resist!

General

What is your favorite book?

Half-Blood Prince is without a doubt my favorite.  I love that it’s a bit darker, and that we get to see more of how Voldemort came to be.

What is your least favorite book?

I honestly can’t answer this question.  I love all of them, and each one is so important.  Whenever I try to think of my least favorite, I’ll re-read it and find a million brilliant things that I forgot about.  They’re just so good.

What is your favorite movie?

Chamber of Secrets.  Whenever I need a Harry Potter fix, this is my go to movie.  I can quote it verbatim.

What is your least favorite movie?

I have to go with Order of the Phoenix.  They just left so much out of it.  Whenever I read it I realize how much more happens that we don’t get to see on screen.

What is your favorite quote?

Ahhhhh. There are so many from the books, but I honestly think my favorite quote is from the queen herself:

“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”-J.K. Rowling

I literally get emotional every time I hear it.  Seriously, sometimes my love for this series overwhelms me.

Who is your favorite Weasley?

Fred and George

Who is your favorite female character?

Molly Weasley.  She is the ultimate mamma bear.

Who is your favorite villain?

Lucius Malfoy for sure.  I don’t know what it is about him, but I’ve always had a thing for Lucius Malfoy.  I also love his character arc throughout the series.

Who is your favorite male character?

Remus Lupin.  He is such a complicated character.  His struggles with Tonks and fatherhood are heartbreaking and frustrating, but underneath it all he is truly one of the best men Harry has in his life.  I love him.

Who is your favorite professor?

McGonagall. Duh.

Would you rather…?

Wash Snape’s hair or spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

Wash Snape’s hair. Just get it over and done with.

Duel an elated Bellatrix or an angry Molly?

Oooh. It depends on what Molly is angry about.  If she’s defending her children, Bellatrix all the way.

Travel to Hogwarts via the Hogwarts Express or Flying Car?

Hogwarts Express 100%

Kiss Voldemort or give Umbridge a bubble bath?

OOF. Kiss Voldy I guess…. there’s no winning here.

Ride a hippogriff or a Firebolt?

I’m gonna go with the Firebolt because I would rather be in full control.

Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies vs. books?

Lavender Brown.  The first time I read it, I loved Lavender (probably because I was in love with Ron, and wanted to be her), but in the movies she was so annoying and cuckoo.  Now when I re-read it I like her less than I did originally.

Is there a movie you prefer instead of the book?

No.  I love the movies.  I think they are amazing, but they cannot compare to the books.

Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

Richard Harris.  Michael Gambon’s Dumbledore was too harsh.  I also take umbridge with the fact that he never read the books.  As an actor, how can you have a good grasp on your character without having read the source material?  Especially in a fandom like Harry Potter, you have a job to do to bring these characters to life, and if you don’t know who this character is supposed to be, how can you do it justice?  I understand wanting to make your own choices as an actor, but I feel that some of his just didn’t fit the character we know and love from the books. (DID YOU PUT YOUR NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIYAHHHHH)

Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you the most?

Hmmm… I do actually think they did a good job of editing for the movies.  It’s mostly just little things that I miss.  I guess I would have liked to have seen Peeves on screen, but I understand the omission.  I also love Voldemort’s memories in HBP, and would have liked to see those as well.

If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?

Order of the Phoenix

 ❤ Happy Birthday Harry Potter ❤

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Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

Since we’re well into July, I decided to do The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag created by Ely and Chami at A Book So Fathomless.  I keep seeing this tag pop up everywhere, and I just couldn’t resist joining in the fun!  I have read a bunch of great books this year so far, and I’m excited to see where the rest of the year takes me!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I absolutely loved this book. It was everything I wanted and gave me my first book hangover of the year.  You can see my full review here.

Best Sequel of 2017 so far?

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. This sequel blew away the first book, and was easily one of the top 3 books I’ve read so far this year.  I feel like it’s rare for a sequel to actually be better than the original, and this one was so beyond the first one in every aspect.  You can see my full review here.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

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The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder. I’ve been eyeing this book for a while, and I am really excited to read it.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

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A Column of Fire by Ken Follett. I. Cannot. Wait. For this book. The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End might be my favorite books of all time (excluding Harry Potter of course), and I am so ready for the next installment in The Kingsbridge Novels. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a book release.

Biggest disappointment?

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The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. I wanted to like this book so much.  Anne Rice has such a cult following, my lovely roommate included, and this book has really polarized reviews.  People either love it, or hate it, and unfortunately I was one of the latter.  There were some interesting scenes, but overall it was a huge snore, and I almost DNF’d it.

Biggest surprise?

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.  I had never heard of this book when my roommate brought it home.  It sounded like it had a really great premise, and we were not disappointed.  I DEVOURED this book and it gave me the biggest book hangover.  I cannot wait for the second one to come out in September.

Favorite new author? (debut or new to you)

I’m torn between Kate Morton and Sarah J. Maas.  They’re very different though, so they speak to different parts of me.

Newest fictional crush?

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.  Move over Feyre.

Newest favorite character?

Sookie Stackhouse from The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris. She is just so damn loveable.

Book that made you cry?

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Uncontrollable sobbing. I scared my boyfriend.

Book that made you happy?

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Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham.  I love Lauren Graham.  Her book was so inspiring and had me smiling the entire time.  I want to be her best friend.

Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year?

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I thought the HBO show was really well done.  The acting was fantastic.  See all of my thoughts here.

Favorite review you’ve written this year?

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I had a lot of fun reviewing Strange Medicine by Mike Russell for StrangeBooks.  It was one of my first reviews ever, and it was a completely new genre for me.  See my review here.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year? (or received)

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This book wins again for most beautiful cover and content.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

There are too many to list all of them, but one book that has been on my list FOREVER and I need to finally read is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

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What are some of your favorites so far?  I’d love to hear some more recommendations to add for the second half of the year! I tag anyone who, like me, wants to join in the fun! Happy reading!