Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

Happy Tuesday!! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is the Top Ten Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In. Something tells me that there are plenty of unpleasant bookish settings to choose from and that most of these are pretty self-explanatory, so let’s jump right in!

What bookish worlds would you never want to live in? What do you think of the ones I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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STRANGER THINGS Book Tag

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First, let me get this out of the way: I LOVE Stranger Things. I love its creepy vibe, the multiple story lines, the characters that you can’t help but support even when though they might make mistakes (I’m looking at you, Steve). As soon as I finished watching the first season I immediately felt the desire to go right back to the beginning and watch it all over again. (I didn’t, but if I had had a smidgen less will power I definitely would have.)

With that being said, I was ecstatic when I discovered that a book tag had been created by Nisha @ A Running Commentary based on this brilliant show. I haven’t been officially tagged by anyone, but I couldn’t resist joining in! Besides, it’s the perfect book tag for this Halloween season!!

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES THAT LEFT YOU INTRIGUED AND SLIGHTLY CONFUSED

IlluminaeIlluminae by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I feel as though I’m destined to mention this book in nearly every book tag that I do. It just applies to so many different scenarios! This first installment definitely left me intrigued and excited for the next book, though I was a bit confused by the sudden burst of information released at the very end. I can’t wait to read the sequel!

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I feel like this is a pretty obvious choice, especially since both Panem and the Arena have been made even more gruesome by their time up on the big screen. Living in the Arena would be absolutely terrifying, though I imagine that living in Panem in general wouldn’t be much better. These settings are horrific enough to be the fuel for nightmares!

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A BOOK YOU OWN THAT IS SOMEWHAT DAMAGED, BUT LOVED TO PIECES

the outcasts of 19 schuyler placeThe Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg

I bought a copy of this book at a Scholastic book fair when I was in third grade (remember those golden days?) and I have read it countless times since then. My copy is pretty beat up and torn in some places at this point, but it holds too many memories for me to part with it just yet!

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A TRILOGY YOU ALWAYS GO TO WHENEVER YOU NEED A PICK-ME-UP

lord of the rings coverLord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I have read this trilogy so many times that I feel like I could recite it by heart at this point. I first read them as I was entering middle school, a time when I definitely needed the comfort of a captivating story. These will forever be three of my all-time favorite books, and I cannot wait until the next time I sit down to reread them again.

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A BOOK WITH A TERRIFYING BEAST YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO FACE IN A DARK ALLEY

438353-2The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Is it just me, or are the R.O.U.S. (Rodents of Unusual Size) that Westley and Buttercup encounter in the Fire Swamp super terrifying?! (No? Just me?) They’re huge, they’re hairy, and they’re not afraid to pounce unexpectedly whenever the opportunity to attack arrives. Despite their numerous frightening qualities, I can’t help but adore their acronym. It’s so clever!

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A BOOK WITH A VILLAIN WHO IS BOTH MANIPULATIVE AND DEDICATED

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There are so many great villains out there, but I think I’m going to have to agree with Nisha and go with Eli Ever. Not only is he incredibly intelligent, but he’s also extremely talented at getting what he wants from people. He sort of reminds me of Moriarty in the BBC Sherlock series (at least, that’s how I picture him in my mind).

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A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT TO LOVE

10974As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Although I enjoyed reading Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, it didn’t quite resonate with me as did As I Lay Dying. I love how this seemingly simple story unfolds with countless wrinkles and surprises as the tale is told. Faulkner is a master of authentically capturing dialect on a page. Long story short, this novel has officially converted me into a Faulkner fan.

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A BOOK WITH A SETTING THAT’S JUST A LITTLE BIT STRANGE

497118The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Somehow this is yet another fantastic children’s novel that evaded the reach of my reading radar when I was younger. The Phantom Tollbooth is honestly one of the most clever, creative, witty, and hilarious books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I’m so glad I finally read it… it only took me nineteen years!

Since I don’t know who has seen this show and who hasn’t, I’m going to tag ANYONE AND EVERYONE. Feel free to do this tag if you’d like to!

Do you like Stranger Things? (Who am I kidding– what’s not like?) What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish TV Show Recommendations

Foodie Facts About Me-9Happy Tuesday! September is finally here, which in my mind means that it is officially autumn. There of countless reasons to love autumn, but today I’m here to talk about one very specific reason: TV shows. So many shows– both new and old– begin in the fall, and it can be difficult to know what to watch. Since this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is based on TV shows, I thought I would share a list of my Top Ten Bookish TV Show Recommendations in case you’d like to coordinate what you watch with what you read, or vice versa.

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miss peregrine's home for peculiar children coverMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Creepy, mysterious atmosphere | Kids with unusual powers | Suspenseful with unexpected twists

far far away coverFar Far Away by Tom McNeal

Small town setting | Creepy vibes | A chilling mystery | Young protagonists

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455373Sphere by Michael Crichton

Science fiction | Incredibly suspenseful with plenty of plot twists | Potential for alien contact | Unique setting

ten little aliens coverTen Little Aliens by Stephen Cole

Based on the TV show | An additional adventure with the Doctor and companions | Alien contact | SUSPENSEFUL!! | A fun “Choose Your Own Adventure” section

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IlluminaeIlluminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Spaceships | Adventures in outer space | High pressure situations | Many different characters

 

11The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Outer space setting | Alien contact | Adventures on other planets | Cheesy humor (in a good way!)

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84943Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Stranded on an island | Need to work together for survival | Ensuing chaos and drama

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Unexpected adventures on an island | A bunch of strangers brought together | Dangerous creatures | A bit terrifying | Suspense

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the secret adversary coverThe Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

A snarky problem-solving duo | An intriguing mystery | London setting | Surprising twists

the rook coverThe Rook by Daniel O’Malley

London setting | Mystery to be solved | Crazy adventures | Unexpected twists | Witty, intelligent protagonist

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attachments coverAttachments by Rainbow Rowell

Office setting | Adorable office romances | Witty sense of humor | Lincoln sort of reminds me of Jim Halpert (kind of)

is everyone hanging out without me coverIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Written by Mindy Kaling, a writer and actress in The Office | Absolutely hilarious | A humorous perspective on real world situations

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23453112Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari plays a character in Parks and Recreation | A lot of personality and humor, especially listening to the audio book | The new methods of “modern romance” play out in the show

jane eyre coverJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Strong, independent, intelligent female protagonist (like Leslie Knope) | Witty sense of humor | Overcoming obstacles

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nick and norah's infinite playlistNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Crazy adventures in a city | Wild schemes and plans | Romance | Funny characters, great sense of humor

the opposite of loneliness coverThe Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Living life in your twenties | Interesting perspective on everyday situations | Witty sense of humor

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anna and the french kiss coverAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Adorable romance | Private school setting | Fitting into a new school | Teenage struggles

the disreputable history coverThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

School setting | Struggles of growing up and being a teenager | Independent, intelligent, witty female protagonist

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pride and prejudice cover 2Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Everyone is trying to get married | Family and relationship drama | Adorable romantic moments | Comedy

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Intense competition to achieve a common goal | Certainly tense, potentially violent | Competition ends when one person is left standing

What are your favorite TV shows? What do you think of the ones on my list? Any book or TV show recommendations? 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