Top Ten Tuesday: July 27th

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July 28: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.) (inspired by my Top Ten Characters Who Love Words)


This is when you stop and look at your bookish and think “Ugh why do I read so many action & adventure books or books set when literacy wasn’t widespread.” It’s an issue, but I managed to find 10 characters who are fellow book nerds. What I’m a bit proud of, is the fact I managed to find more females than males. Although, I suppose the female “brain” is a bit of a trope to play against the male “brawn”.

In no particular order, unless you count in an order that allows me to evenly spread out the GIFs.

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1.) Hermione Granger – The Harry Potter Series
I’m going to be a bit disappointed if she’s not on 90% of the lists. She’s the idol to all the 90’s little girls who grew up with their nose in a book. I have to say, as much as Harry Potter had an impact on my interest in reading and writing, Hermione had a hand in that too. Hermione was nerdy and read and was awesome, and if you wanted to be as awesome as Hermione you had to read a lot too. While Hermione is what I call a “Knowledge Book Worm” she still appreciates the power of the written word, and so a book nerd she shall be.

2.) Scout Finch – To Kill A Mocking Bird
“I could not remember when the lines above Atticus’s moving finger separated into words, but I had stared at them all the evenings in my memory….-anything Atticus happened to be reading when I crawled into his lap every night. Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
As someone who used to butt heads with teachers for not doing things as they would teach them, but as I found easier to do I sympathized with this subplot of Scout’s.

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3.) Klaus Baudelaire – A Series of Unfortunate Events
One of the thousands of things I loved about ASOUE is the fact it was the girl who was the engineer and inventor, and it was her brother who was the bookworm and grammar nut. While both children were intelligent in their own right, Klaus held a special place in my heart because while his sister focused her knowledge on her interest in inventing, Klaus had a broad knowledge of a lot of subjects. If ASOUE was set in present day Klaus would be one of us who gets lost on Wikipedia. Odds and ends of trivia was his addiction, and I could relate. (Didn’t hurt I had a crush on this kid when the movie came out.)

4.) Elphaba – Wicked
She was literally ready to die over a book, you guys. Before she had a broom, books were Elphaba’s weapon. She didn’t just read for pleasure, or to gain knowledge, she used them to guard herself. For those who have only seen the musical, the book goes way deeper into the politics of Oz and Elphaba throws herself into the thick of it. Plus, before the whole being condemned as a witch and stealing a lion and fleeing for her life, Elpahaba was a really good student. She put what she read into action.

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5.) Catherine Morland – Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey and Catherine Morland don’t get enough love from the popular mass of Jane Austen fans. The entire book is a satire of the Gothic Novels that were popular at the time. At one point, Jane Austen speaks directly to the reader through the narration in defense of the writers and the genre. It’s beautiful, I highly recommend it. But with every Jane Austen Novel there must be a Jane Austen Heroine. Catherine Morland is Jane Austen’s youngest, she’s 17, and an avid reader of the popular gothic novels. So much so, when she visits Northanger Abbey her mind instantly races to the darken corners, the squeaky floor boards, and just what happened to General Tilney’s Wife? It must have been murder!

6.) Aziraphale – Good Omens
Aziraphale is livin` the dream before it all goes up in smoke. He’s an angel who owns a rare books shop, and using his angel powers convinces everyone not to buy any of his books. Thus, he gets to keep them all for himself and reads them whenever he likes. What a life. Until it all goes to hell, that is.

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7.) Tyrion Lannister – A Song of Ice and Fire
Ah, Tyrion Lannister, my sassy jilted booknerd. He used what he was dealt in life. Knowing he would never been a great knight or fighter, he read. Tyrion is a walking encyclopedia of Westerosi history and houses. He read enough to design his own saddle as a teen. He thought a rare book would be the perfect wedding present for the king (side note: totally was Tyrion, he didn’t deserve your awesome book). He doesn’t get to read as much in the later books (running for his life and all that) but Tyrion can always appreciate a good book and it’s one of his better qualities.

8.) Addison Early – Wit’s End
This book is a newer read and it wasn’t a mind blowing, epiphany style read but I’ve decided I’d like to be Addison Early when I’m older. She’s a recluse murder mystery writer who lives in a beach house and spends all day in her writing room. She gets drunk and complains about the Republicans ruining the country. Her fans and the press are hounding her for her next book and she just goes on with her life (her rather humble life considering she’s the writer of a widely successful book series). Then she plays board games with the woman she hired to cook for her and falls asleep in front of the t.v. #Lifegoals

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9.) Bilbo Baggins – The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings series
I feel like Bilbo is every booknerd’s best dream and worst nightmare all at once. He finally got the chance to go out and live one of the adventures like he had read about and it scares the shit out of him and he almost dies like 5 times. Eventually he comes back and writes it all down, putting his story telling skills to good use. While many of the Hobbits’ tales are oral story telling, Bilbo’s the writer that started it all (well by it all the book that you’re reading…) and passed on his work for Frodo to finish.

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(“Alyssa, you used two gifs in a row!” I knooow I didn’t plan well! As if I was going to not use this gif tho)

10.) Elizabeth Bennet – Pride & Prejudice
Elizabeth isn’t exactly what I would call a booknerd but she respects the written word above the company of others, so I think that makes her an honorary one. The most noted case of this is when Elizabeth would rather read than play cards, she’s scrutinized by Caroline Bingley for it (Who uses reading as a way to flirt with Mr. Darcy, and thus gets credited with the most out of context Austen quote “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”), while Elizaeth herself admits she is no great reader. However, from this one scene we can assume Elizabeth would rather read than poorly play the piano or sit with idle needlework.


Do you have a favorite bookish character from literature? Or do we share the love of the same great nerds?
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Top Ten Tuesday – July 20th

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July 21: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.) 600full-the-outsiders-screenshot 1.) The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton: Socioeconomic Diversity, the physical conflict driving the plot is between the Greasers and the socs. Ponyboy Curtis and his brothers are apart of the greasers, the poorer kids at school. Not only that, but Ponyboy and his brothers are all orphans being raised by the eldest brother Darrell (money issues are hinted at throughout the novel).

2.) Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: The central family and main characters  in the novel is made up of a first generation Chinese American man and his Caucasian wife with their three children.  One of the main sources of conflict between the mother and father is their own opinions and views of the father’s race and others’ reaction to their relationship. Sexuality is also briefly discussed with a minor character. tumblr_m5an5yGuqX1ry3ibho1_500 3.) The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins: Okay, now you’re looking at me like “Whaaaaa?” There is actually a lot of diversity in the books that the movies chose to ignore. Infamously, the casting call for Katniss specified only Caucasian actresses were to apply; in the books Katniss is described as having olive skin and dark hair. This has led many to believe she was written as either Italian-american (as there were many immigrant mine workers in West Virginia of Italian decent) or Native American (as there are many groups of Native American people in the West Virginia-Virginia-Penn. area). Additionally, at the end of the first book, the explosion that was shown in the movie caused Katniss to go deaf in one ear; for the rest of the books she wears a hearing aid. Additionally, Peeta is attacked by the mutts and his leg is amputated and replaced by a prosthetic. There is also a very sound argument for Katniss being asexual, but I won’t dig into that.

4.) Q & A by Vikas Swaurp: You might know this novel by the film name “Slumdog Millionaire”; the book, like the film, is set in India. All the characters save for very few are Indian. Additionally, like the film’s title suggests, the book is about a very poor boy from the slums of India reaching manhood and attempting to win the top prize on an Indian game show. example3_edited 5.) Fun Home by Alison Bechdel: From the infamous creator of the Bechdel test, Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic novel about herself discovering her sexuality (as a lesbian woman) growing up while also dealing with the realization that her father is a gay man. The graphic novel has now been turned into a Tony winning musical of the same name.

6.) Beauty Queens by Libba Bray: A YA novel I was weary of reading but it was suggested to me as an “all girl alternative to Lord of the Flies” and oh lord it played on my satire lovin heart strings; a group of teen beauty pageant contestants crash on a desert island and must survive. From memory (its been almost 5 months since I read it) the different types of girls present throughout the novel include: a transitioning girl, a lesbian, a questioning girl, a girl of Indian heritage, and I believe as well as one black girl and one of hispanic heritage.

7.) Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen: Guys, these girls were so poor they almost died. No seriously, Marianne didn’t get a husband and was so poor she almost died. Jane Austen has a habit of writing about girl’s with the “threat” of destitution but the Dashwood sisters were seriously poor and there was no threat, it was there. (I mean the cheapest tea you can get at the Jane Austen tea room in bath is Tea for the Dashwood Sisters, which I got…cause it was the cheapest.)

8.) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I think everyone knows this is one of the classic novels on race relations. It also does a pretty good job on touching classism as well, specially socioeconomic classism that plagues the south.

9.) The Help by Kathryn Stockett: Another one I’m pretty sure most know for it’s commentary on race relations, this time during the 1960s. (Also no joke, I read this book one afternoon when I was babysitting and sat there bawling trying to not wake the kids up.)

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10.) Deadpool: Deadpool is the center of one of the most highly anticipated comic book movies coming out next year. Many who have just picked up info about him from around the interwebs will likely think of him as just a crass, vulgar, violent dudebro who likes chimichangas and you would be right; except for the just. When we meet Wade Wilson, soon to be named Deadpool, he finds out he has inoperable cancer and it’s bad. Thinking he has no other choice he agrees to an experimental procedure; lets just say it goes a little wrong and a little right. The new regenerative healing powers (thanks Wolverine) doesn’t kill his cancer as so much as….well he produces new cells to replace old cells much faster than us and this sort of…exasperated the cancer but because he is immortal and constantly healing himself…he doesn’t die. Wade Wilson also lives with schizophrenia and ADHD. He also has a seemingly “If you’re hot, we’re okay” sexuality, at least when it comes to flirting. (Despite the new Deadpool movie being rated R they’ve already had children from a local cancer ward visit the set and I’m so happy they did that, and Ryan Reynolds was so excited they got to do that. To show children with cancer that even super heroes can get cancer and even one became a super hero because of his cancer.)

Top Ten Tuesday – July 14th

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July 14: The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession. IMG_1363

This post is not going to be at all pretty because I’m writing it from my ipad at work (and the app keeps crashing when I try to add images). I promise when I get home I will add images to make it all the more appealing. *

My Top Ten Tuesday today is actually going to be a Top Tweleve Tuesday.  As this week’s prompt reads “The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession.” The last ten books that I’ve received have actually come in two hauls from book sales. The first (books 8-12) from a local library book sale, and the second group (books 1-7) from a Half Price Books clearance sale. Rather than just leave out 2 books I decided to list them all.

booksalebooks1.) Atonment by Ian McEwan
2.) Othello by Shakespeare
3.) Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
4.) Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Feilding
5.) Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison
6.) Violin by Anne Rice
7.) Horns by Joe Hill (previously read)
8.) Lady Oracle by Margret Atwood
9.) Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (read)
10.) Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Feilding (read)
11.) The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
12.) Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

For an added bragging bonus all 12 of these books cost me a total of $21. (You really start to appreciate bargain books when you’re the one paying for them.)

*I have arrived home and made it pretty.

#24in48 Wrap Up

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As with most posts I’ve made recently, this one is late. But as the saying goes “Better late than never.”

Stats for #24in48 readathon

Hours read: 20-24*
Pages read: 722
Books read: 3 (1 completed)
Graphic Novels: 2 (completed)
*I’m guest-a-mating, I read from 9am – 11pm both days, so give or take for meals and other breaks.

I made a serious dent in Madame Bovary that I dearly needed. I thoroughly enjoyed The Hedge Knight, which has beautiful cover art, and I’ll likely now go find more of the other prequel graphic novels. I then reread The Bad Beginning, which was just as I remembered it, I plan to slowly reread through that series. The Pride & Prejudice graphic novel was to be expected, a literal book-to-graphic novel adaptation (it was amusing which characters looked like their movie counter points and which looked different). I finished  by starting a reread of To Kill A Mockingbird before my childhood gets set ablaze tomorrow by klan meeting attending Atticus.

In all, it was less stressful than the previous 24 hour straight marathon I attempted. I didn’t feel as though I HAD to be reading the entire time. The graphic novels definitely helped, I don’t know if its because they’re shorter or because they’re a different format but I would highly suggest them to anyone doing a readathon.

#24In48

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#24in48 is a weekend reading marathon with the goal of reading for 24 hours of the 48 hour span. You can find out more and sign up (while there’s still time!) here.

The Game Plan

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The books in my Stack for the readathon

1.) Madame Bovary by Gustave Faulbert
2.) Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
3.) The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
4.) The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
5.) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6.) Pride & Prejudice Graphic novel
7.) Sense & Sensibility Graphic novel
8.) The Hedge Knight Graphic Novel

I’ve switched up my stack from my previous strategy for my last readathon. I’ve added shorter books and graphic novels to change it up between the longer novels. I’ve also added in a couple rereads to add a boost.  At the current time the plan is as follows:

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The Hedge Knight graphic novel
The Bad Beginning
To Kill a Mockingbird
Pride & Prejudice graphic novel
Reach page 300 in Madame Bovary
Sense & Sensibility graphic novel
Pope Joan

I of course do no anticipate finishing this list but as it stands that’s the schedule.

I don’t have any plans for the weekend but I’m not the type who could sit for 12 hours and not end up getting distracted by something so I’ve planned out for distractions.

IMG_1387The first is Netflix. I’m the type who needs background noise, and while typically classical music (music without lyrics, because I end up singing the lyrics in my head instead of reading) would be my go-to with reading, as it was in school, I can’t take that for more than a couple hours. So, I’ve found watching reruns on Netflix gives me enough background noise and eventually when it gets to a part I like I work my neck muscles by looking up to watch. Gives the eyes a break too. I’ll likely go with my standby; Parks and Recreation.

Also, around 2 on Saturday I plan on relocating to my local Starbucks. This is planned because I suspect around this time I’ll be needing a caffeine fix. Also, this gives me just enough time to read comfortably in one place and leave around time for dinner which I can then pick up on my way home. I’m also going to Starbucks because I’m an addict and have a free drink which means FREE GRANDE WITH EXTRA SHOT TO GET ME THROUGH THE DAY.

Sunday’s going to be a straight marathon until I need to go get groceries (real life gettin in the way of readathon -sigh-)

I’ll be keeping updates mainly on twitter and instagram, with a closing post on Monday back on here.

Will you be participating in the #24in48? What’s your game plan?

Top Ten Tuesday

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July 7: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

I’ve decided to break this week’s Top Ten Tuesday into two groups; the first is books I’ll probably never end up reading, the second is books I might actually try eventually.

1.) The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: Those who know this was based on Harry Potter fanfiction are often shocked I haven’t read these books, but that’s kinda the reason I haven’t. There’s something sacred about Harry Potter to me. Also, Cassandra Clare ripped off and plagiarized a whole hunk of these books, and she’s not particularly a nice person so I don’t think I’ll give her books a chance.

2.) Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James: I actually read the Twilight books, and by the 4th one it was just a matter of getting through them so I could make fun of them and feel okay in it because I read them all. However, I have not read or intend to read these books. I’ve read excerpts and while I find them amusing for none of the intentions the author desired I don’t think I could get through an entire book, let alone a series, of them.

3.) Judy Blume books: I feel like a lot of readers now a days site Judy Blume as being a big influencer in their adolescence. Arguably, I didn’t really read in my adolescence, not until I was 12 with Harry Potter. So, I feel like I skipped the age group for these books.

4.) The Giver by Lois Lowry: While I understand this as the “Grandfather” of the “YA Dictator Ran Post-apocalyptic Universe”  I never really had the desire to read it, even when everyone in Middle School was. To be honest, I had no idea what it was about until I saw the trailer for the movie, I thought it was more fantasy (specially cause the cover) and didn’t care for it. I didn’t even try out the movie, but I heard it wasn’t close to the book.

5.) A Million Little Pieces by James Frey: While the Oprah drama was HILARIOUS I feel like there was a time where a lot of people were reading this book just because of the drama and it sort of made me spiteful of it. I’m finding myself getting like that with personal memoirs of people who aren’t famous to begin with (See: Julie and Julia because Julie cheated and then divorced her husband post memoir; Eat, Pray, Love because it was hinted that the woman fabricated a lot of it).

6.) The Da Vinvi Code by Dan Brown: I think I’ve talked about this book before and my non-desire to read it. I can’t say much more about it besides saw the movie and was fine with leaving it at that.

7.) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: I actually keep going back and forth on if I actually want to read this or not. I mean it would be effort and stuff (-sigh-). It doesn’t help that I keep seeing it at clearance sales. I think I’ll have to get into a real odd mood to have to read this, but it’s still on the fence. There’s hope left.

8.) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Really, it’s all about finding a time when there isn’t something else I’d rather be reading for this one. I didn’t see the movie, and surprisingly I don’t feel like I ran into any major spoilers. So, hopefully one day I’ll have run out of things to read and get around to it.

9.) We Were Liars by E Lockhart: Okay, not going to lie, I had ran out of ideas by this point and went to Goodreads. Which according to it’s “Hyped books” list this one was on it. I have seen it on a few of my fellow bloggers’ GoodReads accounts. It looks interesting enough, another case of needing the right time for it.

10.) Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple: I have seen this on SO MANY people’s reviews. Seriously, so many people have read and reviewed this on GoodReads that I follow that I don’t know if I could count it. The cover kinda makes it memorable enough to stand out. I think at one point I read the summary and wasn’t that intrigued but the fact that apparently everyone else is reading it has got me interested enough to give it a second look.

Week In review. June 28th – July 4th

This post is coming rather late in the day but admittedly I have a pretty good excuse; I was finishing a book.

Considering not a terrible lot happened this week I wont bother to break this up by day.

I did sign up for the #24in48 readathon, which I think I might do better at than I did at my first attempt at the Dewey’s 24 hour readathon, considering i have 48 hours to read 24. Better still, I think I’ll do better than the week long readathon I attempted but found I did not have the attention span for. This very well might be a happy medium for me.

I’m almost 100 pages in to Madame Bovary and I finally hit the point where the main character annoys me. I don’t know what it is, I very rarely find a main character I don’t end up rolling my eyes at. Maybe it’s the Slytherin in me and the abundance of Gryffindor-ish protagonists (as a 90s child bookworm this is the only analogy that made sense in my head). (And yes I rolled my eyes at the Golden Trio many of times.) There’s a whole chunk of a book ahead of me so I’m hoping she doesn’t grind on my nerves too much, or in the very least is very unlucky in life to make me feel vindicated. I can be really spiteful towards characters that bug me.

And now for the reason I was late with this post; I finished Bridget’s Jones’s Diary. I feel like if I was my current age now when this book was first released and I read it then I would have been way more ecstatic about it. As it were, I know a majority of people have already read this book and loved it so I don’t feel the need to rush around asking anyone if they’ve read it or not. It’s not wholly eye-opening. It’s not epiphany worthy. Its fun to see yourself in Bridget, as a fellow pessimist I could rather easily. And as a Jane Austen fan it’s amusing to see where the author was inspired (the references are not so ‘in your face’ but they’re amusing when you catch them, they also might make some of the whackier plot twists make a little more sense). I ended up giving this book 5 stars on Good Reads because, in my mind, there’s something to be said for a book that delivers exactly what you expected/hoped for/wanted. This book was solid in that, plus it was properly funny at times. Not just on Bridget’s wit alone, which was spot on, but Fielding really used the epistolary format to her advantage to extend the funnier points. (I saw a few people complain about this in their reviews; why would someone write in their diary when they’re in the middle of a cooking crisis. To them I say shut up, it’s funny.)

With that, I’ve decided to finally get back and try to finish The Prince before I start anything else. The book is actually a lot easier to read than I anticipated, I don’t know why I keep taking huge breaks to read it.

Additionally, shout out to Jmillwanders for giving me the ever loving hardest #bookishletter this week you all can go view my pathetic stack of books that start with B on instagram.

Friday Finds

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


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Atonement by Ian McEwan
Othello by Shakespeare
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason By Helen Fielding
Enchantments By Kathryn Harrison
Violin by Anne Rice
(Horns by Joe Hill has previously been read)

Books added to my GoodReads “To-read” list

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George