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The “Me in Book Characters” Tag

Ever wonder what kind of book characters I would be? Well, I’m here to tell you exactly that. Thanks so much to Ash and Lo @ Windowsill Books for tagging me in this original tag that they created!

  1. Thank the creators of the tag (Us! Ash & Lo @ Windowsill Books)
  2. Thank whoever tagged you!
  3. List 5 book characters who you are most like and explain why.
  4. Tag your friends!

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I would be amiss if I didn’t include Hermione at the top of this list, mostly because she was such an influential character to me when I was growing up. I definitely prioritize academics and studying, but I also really value friendship and I’m not afraid to confront someone when I really feel strongly about a cause.

Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Like Bilbo at the start of this novel, I would certainly consider myself a homebody. I like being cozy at home instead out on risky adventures– that is, until I inevitably find myself tugged out the door! (I’m looking at you, study abroad…)

Pip from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Pip isn’t really sure of himself and is definitely still trying to figure things out even when he’s matured in age… sounds familiar!

Jane from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Perhaps this one is more aspirational, but I really admire and identify with Jane independence, wit, and thoughtfulness. I’ve always loved her as a character, especially her way of reflecting on her past. Besides, she says the best quotes:

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” 

Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl

Reading, reading, reading– that’s me!! When I first read Matilda this past summer I immediately saw myself in this voracious little bookworm. So many trips to the library, so little time!

What book characters are you most like? What do you think of the ones I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Discussion

Why I Love Character Maps | Discussion

Today I’m here to discuss one of my recent favorite things: character maps. I discovered the greatness of character maps while trudging through all of my required reading for my year at Oxford this past summer. Although there may be many differences between Victorian literature and the works of William Faulkner, there is one important feature that they have in common: SO. MANY. CHARACTERS. Fortunately, character maps are incredibly helpful in these bookish situations. Here’s why:

They help you keep everything straight while you read.

Map for THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

If I know or even suspect that a novel will be confusing due to the sheer number of characters or complicated relationships between them, then I always look up a character map before diving into the actual book. Chances are that for most well-known classics there are character maps already available online, which is where I usually find mine. It’s so helpful being able to quickly refer back to the map whenever you’re unsure about who is related to who or where their marital status stands.

They give you valuable context before you start reading the novel.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte

Context is always key before starting a new text, especially if it’s something you’re reading for a course. Not only is context important for better understanding the novel itself, but it also helps get you in the right mindset to read the book. This latter aspect is also a valuable effect of writing down a character map before opening the first page.

They keep you accountable for actually understanding what is going on.

Map for AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

Usually I write down character maps before I start reading a novel, but it can also be useful to create them as you read. Although you won’t be able to use it as a reference point in the beginning, creating a character map as you go along is a great way to make sure you’re following what’s happening in the story. You can always look up an actual map later on to ensure that you’re on the right track.

Do you ever create or use character maps? Am I the only one who always struggles to keep all of the characters straight in Wuthering Heights?  Do you have any helpful tips and tricks that you use while reading challenging books? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Non-human Characters

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic highlights characters that share specific qualities. This could be literally anything under the sun: gender, race, location, beliefs, names, magical powers, etc. In no particular order, here are ten great books with non-human characters: 

What are your favorite books with non-human characters? What do you think of the books that I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Awards

The Mystery Blogger Award | 2

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Does this award sound oddly familiar? That’s because I’ve been nominated for it once before! Thanks so much to Marta @ The Book Mermaid for nominating me!

suspense-40 1.Put the award logo/image on your blog
2.List the rules.
3.Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4.Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well – Okoto Enigma 
5.Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
6.You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
7.Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
8.Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
9.Share a link to your best post(s)

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  1. I’m in a tap dancing group at my college.
  2. I have two dogs: a miniature dachshund and a pug/chihuahua mix that we affectionately refer to as a “chug.”
  3. I have never seen the movie The Wizard of Oz. (*gasp* I know, I know)

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What kind of posts did you write most this year?

My regular posting schedule usually consists of a mix of book reviews, tags, and Top Ten Tuesday posts. I think it’s a good balance, especially since I’m away at college for most of the year and can’t devote a lot of time to blogging then.

What’s the accomplishment you’re most proud of?

Hmm… this is a hard question! Academics are really important, so probably the progress that I’ve made over the years as far as school and college goes.

Random: what’s your favorite food?

I have two: pizza and pancakes! You can’t go wrong with either, no matter the time of day!

jane eyre coverWhich character’s name would you give your future child/pet?

I actually wrote a whole post about naming PLANTS after characters, but I think a lot of them can transfer over to children or pets. In particular, I would definitely love to name a daughter Jane after Jane Eyre.

Random again: how old are you going to be next year?

21! It’s a little scary to think about, actually… I feel so old!

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Once again, I’m going to use the same questions that the person who nominated me asked. Here are Marta’s questions:

  1. What kind of posts did you write most this year?
  2. What’s the accomplishment you’re most proud of?
  3. Random: what’s your favorite food?
  4. Which character’s name would you give your future child/pet?
  5. Random again: how old are you going to be next year?

Thanks again to Marta for nominating me! ❤

What are your answers to these questions? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: “Unclickable” Characters

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Some characters just aren’t meant to be your favorite fictional people. You know the characters I’m referring to- the ones that eh, you could do without. For some reason (or many reasons) you and them don’t see eye to eye. We’ve all experienced this, and it’s not a huge issue if they’re side characters. But it IS a problem when you crack open that new book you’ve been dying to read and… you and the main character just don’t click. 

This has happened to me a few times in the past, and it’s unbelievably frustrating. Books and even whole series that I otherwise would have loved have been sort of ruined by main characters that simply irked me in one way or another. In this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list, hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish, I’ll be sharing with you the Top Ten “Unclickable” Characters. In other words, these are the characters with whom I just didn’t “click”. If you want to check out my reviews of these books, feel free to click the bold titles- they’re links!

the summer i turned pretty cover1. Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

In this book Belly is around fifteen years old, but HOLY COW is she petty! Her personality really annoyed me because she seemed very immature for a girl her age. Having been a fifteen-year-old girl once, I think it’s safe to say that most of the time they try to act more mature, not like a twelve-year-old.

Ony Everything by Kieran Scott2. Eros from Only Everything by Kieran Scott

My feeling of dislike for this character may come from the writing style of the author, but I’m including her in this list nonetheless. Here’s the thing, people: TEENAGE GIRLS DON’T ALWAYS TALK IN “HIP” SLANG OR WITH SASS AND/OR SARCASM. If Eros was a real person, she would possibly be one of the most annoying people ever.

gone girl cover3. Nick and Amy from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I didn’t like Amy for obvious reasons *cough* psychopath *cough* but I wasn’t completely supportive of Nick, either. I don’t want to spoil anything huge, but he did some pretty bad things himself that I think a lot of people blindly overlook. It’s definitely a two-way street!

please ignore vera dietz4. Vera Dietz from Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

There wasn’t anything really specific about Vera that I disliked, it was just that she was sort of… bland. I understand that she was sad and grieving and all that, but as a consequence of her blue mood she was rather difficult to relate to and like. Poor Vera and I, we just didn’t click!

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway5. Jake Barnes from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

If you read my review of this book, then you probably already know that I have a rather rocky relationship with Hemingway’s novels. This is the second one I’ve read, and I just can’t seem to connect with the characters. Maybe that’s the point, with them being of the Lost Generation and all. Still, it would be nice to feel as though I could empathize with Jake and root for him. Instead, I found myself wondering why he doesn’t just get over Brett and move on. So… yeah. I’ll certainly keep trying, but Hemingway and I don’t really mix.

miss peregrine's home for peculiar children cover6. Emma from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Although I really enjoyed this book, I could have gone without Emma (the love interest). For some reason I felt like she was trying to be an awesome Hermione-ish character, but it just fell flat. Also, I couldn’t help feeling like there was a mission to be done and she was distracting the main character from it with her emotions. I don’t know… maybe I’m missing something? Or being too harsh? I did like her more in the second one, so at least it’s moving in the right direction!

love letters to the dead cover7. Laurel from Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Laurel was okay and I enjoyed this book when I first read it, but looking back I feel as though she was a sort of girl version of Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She was quite depressing, but least in Stephen Chbosky’s novel there are awesome side characters that make it all worth it. When reading Laurel’s letters I simply felt… sad. I guess that was the point of the book, but some positivity would be nice!

me and earl and the dying girl cover8. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I didn’t really care for this book, and the primary reason was because of the main character, Greg. His sense of humor never really did anything for me, and I just thought he was sort of lazy and odd and awful for not wanting to spend time with a dying girl because it would be “awkward”. SHE’S DYING. GO HANG OUT WITH HER.

being henry david cover9. Hank from Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

The concept of this story is that Hank wakes up with no recollection of who he is- which is precisely why I felt barely any connection at all with this main character. And then he goes and decides to walk right into a random high school- yup, that’s a good idea! GO FIND THE POLICE.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins10. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I know, I know- it’s Katniss!! Everyone loves her, right? WRONG. I did enjoy this series (for the most part) but Katniss and I never really saw eye to eye. She’s BA and all that, but I completely disagreed with her taste in guys. Here was Gale, a nice guy from her District willing to help her hunt and stuff, but OH NO she had to go after Peeta, who she didn’t even really like at first. It just put a sour taste in my mouth. TEAM GALE FOREVER.

What do you think of the books on my list? What characters have you not “clicked” with in the past? Let me know in the comments section below!

Happy September everyone!!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

top ten tuesday: books for readers who like character driven novels

top ten tuesday graphicOnce again Tuesday has come around, and you know what that means: another Top Ten Tuesday, a fantastic weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels. I think that character driven novels are fascinating reads if they are executed well, but that’s the thing: it takes a masterful writer and storyteller to craft such a compelling story. Here are some of my favorites- in no particular order, of course!

1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

2. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

4. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

8. Looking for Alaska by John Green.

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

What are your favorite character driven novels? What do you think about the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

top ten tuesday: book characters that would be sitting at my lunch table

top ten tuesday graphicIt’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish. In the spirit of the back-to-school season, the theme this week is Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table. So, in no particular order:

  1. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
  2. Ben from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. 
  3. Cassidy Thorpe from The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. 
  4. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. 
  5. Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
  6. Simon from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. 
  7. Jane from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.
  8. Cullen Witter from Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. 
  9. Blue from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. 
  10. The Colonel from Looking for Alaska by John Green. 

Wow, I wish this was my actual lunch table at school! I would never want the lunch period to end!

What characters would be at your lunch table? Do you agree with any of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Bookish

TCWT August Blog Chain 2014

teens can write too graphicHi everyone! This month I’m taking part in the Teens Can Write, Too! Blog Chain!! The question for August is:

What character are you most like?

This question was a really hard one for me to answer, most likely because there are just so many characters to choose from! Trying to rack my brain of every character I’ve ever read about took quite a while, but I think I finally have come up with an answer.

fangirl coverI’m most like Cather from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

I certainly not as extreme as she is-  I do like to go out and have fun with my friends. But I have the same shyness that she has, and I really enjoy and appreciate some alone time.

What really makes me feel like Cather and I are alike is the fact that we share the same focus. Cather was extremely focused and motivated when it came to writing her fan-fiction. I’ve never written fan-fiction before (actually, I’ve never even read it) but I have that same concentrated energy when it comes to school work, writing, reading, blogging- anything bookish, basically. I felt so connected to Cath while I was reading Fangirl because I recognized the focus in her instantly as something that also resides within me. Leave it to the amazing Rainbow Rowell to write such realistic and easy-to-relate to characters!

What character are you most like? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY