Halloween Creatures: A Tag.

I had meant to do this before Halloween, but I honestly forgot. So…I’m a little late, but I hope fashionably so, lol. Enjoy! xx


  1. Answer all prompts.
  2. Answer honestly.
  3. Tag 1-13 people.
  4. Link back to his post.
  5. Have fun!

Witch | A Magical Character or Book

I bet you thought I would pick Harry Potter, didn’t you? I am presently on book two in this series and I’m hoping that there will someday be more!

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Werewolf | The Perfect Book to Read at Night

I realise the irony of putting a vampire book under ‘werewolf’, but I have yet to read a good werewolf book. I tried the ones from Anne Rice and I quit after chapter four.

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Frankenstein | A Book That Truly Shocked You

IT by Stephen King. I believe that the authors name explains that, don’t you?

The Devil | A Dark, Evil Character

Pennywise. C’mon. That is so obvious.

Grim Reaper | A Character Who Should Never Have Died

I’m still salty over Finnick Odair’s death.

Zombie | A Book That Made You “Hungry” for More

Interview With A Vampire. I was seemingly bitten by Louis and his story and I wanted to know more about him, Lestat, Claudia, and all of the others. I was 14 or 15 when I read it. I saved lunch money to buy others that weren’t bought for me. As much as I love Lestat, Louis is my favorite.

Random but do any of you watch Versailles? Because Alex Vlahos would be a perfect Louis!

Gargoyle | A Character Who You Would Protect at All Cost

‘A’ Character? How the hell can I just pick one?! This is torture, I tell you! I think I would pick.. Cersei Lannister. I know, I know. But I’d protect her until Arya Stark arrived. Then I’d give her up. I would not want to be on the pointy end of Needle.

Of course, that isn’t really protecting her, is it? So with that said, I’d pick Louisa Clark from Me before You. I found her delightfully quirky. I also related to her. So yes.

Vampire | A Book That Sucked the Life Out of You

I will say Miss Peregrine. Because i read it one evening and began on the next. It sucked the life out of me because I didn’t sleep that entire night, nor the next. I was a zombie…but the books were so good!

Ghost | A Book That Still Haunts You

I have to say The Yellow Wallpaper. That story haunts me. Anytime I see yellow wallpaper? I’m brought back to that horrific story.

Demon | A Book That Really Scared You

I can’t tell you how much math books scared me. I still have nightmares. This is a serious answer, guys. I hate math, I’m dreadful at it and I had this one teacher who just seemed to think I was an idiot and she made me miserable. In addition, (pun unintended!) all the hours I labored over books like this? Horrifying.

But a pleasure book. Hrm. This is hard!

Skeleton | A Character You Have a Bone to Pick with

I love how cruel the world is in the book. In order to get the crown, three sisters must kill each other. But I hate two particular characters. I hope they face horrible deaths.

This is a perfect answer. I can’t change it because I am right there with you.

Mummy | A Book You Would Preserve throughout Time

This is hard. I can only pick one? Well, the classics are saved already by the library of congress. I would pick ‘In My Father’s House’ by Ann Rinaldi. It was such a good read. I read it 21 years ago and I have the same copy now. Yes, that’s my choice.

I like headstrong Southern Belles. Huh. I just realised this.

Creepy Doll | A Cover Too Scary to Look At

It’s absolutely horrifying!! 😂😂 4y, 2x…ughhh. No, but if you put a lotus pod on a cover? Or a honeycomb; anything with holes? I can’t. It triggers something in my head that makes it uncomfortable to look at. So, yeah. It’s a weird fear but it’s mine.

The Monster Mash

Don’t feel pressured. If you have too many posts to do, you don’t need to do this one. But if you’re interested, link back to my post. I’d love to read your answers!

Jennifer ~ Tar Heel Reader
Brianna the Bookworm
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Elaine Howlin – Literary Blog
Phannie the ginger bookworm
Erik McManus | Breakeven Books
Amorette’s Reviews
A Girl Named Felicity
Kalina Reads
Mani’s Book Corner


Top Ten Thursday.

Top Ten Tuesday and its a freebie! I also meant to post this on Tuesday, so it’s a Top Ten Thursday post, haha. I was going to do something spooky but I really just wanted to do something fun and I decided I would list my top ten Harry Potter characters. And since it isn’t Halloween anymore…it doesn’t make much sense to do something spooky.

1. Hermione Granger. I saw a lot of myself in Hermione. That I’m a bookworm and I da282ace-4063-44b8-be42-a95428403fb2.giftend to follow the rules–unless I found/find a cause worthy enough to bend them. The bushy hair, the big front teeth–I had my adult teeth in and they stuck out for awhile there, lol. Really, the whole experience of being a girl who was bullied and wanting a friend or two, I felt it deep down. I’d been there. Not to mention growing up struggles! I love Hermione and I always will. She stood up for her beliefs (SPEW, anyone?) and wasn’t afraid to put hard work into things. She is definitely a bad ass.

2. Dumbledore. I know many people see him as being problematic because he never told84bd859e-fab6-46f2-b896-48e5efeb68ce1049539708.jpg Harry certain things until after he needed to know or not at all. But I trusted him and I still do. He was a flawed man as most are but I found him to be kind with good intentions and rather wise. Whether or not he is actually gay has never mattered to me. I always saw him as Dumbledore. Headmaster. Defender of Hogwarts. He saw wrongs and tried to right them. He was a good man.

3. Bellatrix Lestrange. I love an unrepentant villain and villainess. There is no denying 1eecce54-296e-4992-981d-3c75f426e149.gifthat Bella is one of those. I almost wish we had gotten more with her because I’d have no issues reading more about her earlier life, her years at Hogwarts and then as a Death Eater. She was so dark and mysterious, evil and as I said, unrepentant. I was disappointed when she died, because she was one of my favorites. (I know! What’s wrong with me?! Lol.)


4. Hagrid. I find it impossible not to love Hagrid. I absolutely fell in love with his character from the first page we are introduced to him to the very last. (“Yer a wizard, Haree!”) His was a heart of gold and he was a fellow who you found you would be happy to call ‘friend’. As I wish he were real, I suspect that I am not alone in that.

5. Professor McGonagall. I said in a previous post that if ever I have a daughter, I would a200b70b-dade-4a09-a0f7-d4e236a19fb6.gifname her Minerva. I love her because she is a firm figure, one whom you could always reply upon. She was strong and wise, sassy and graceful. (Like a cat, one might say. 😂) she also had those unexpected moments where she could make you burst out loud with laughter.

6. Percival Graves. Whilst I realize we know little about him, Colin Farrell played him amazingly. He was a well dressed man, one who clearly knew his job and did it well. add3677e-a263-4ede-bb65-5f41e1d3a27c.gifHow did he become Seraphina Piquery’s right hand? How did he get his job at MACUSA? What house was he in at Illvermorny? Give me a life story, please! Haha. I need to know if he is dead or a prisoner. I really want to see Percival get revenge or at least to help rid the Wizarding World of Grindelwald. I admit I am also a teensy bit biased. I just really love Colin too.


9a3a5e7d-c824-4651-9fa1-f35d65aa6fe2.gif7. Luna Lovegood. I have so many friends who dislike Luna and I just can’t understand why. I adore Luna and perhaps its because I feel such a connection to her being so whimsical. She is a good hearted person, quirky but delightfully so. She means no harm to anyone and is really just a joy. I always enjoyed her, both in the book and on screen.

8. Draco Malfoy. The boy who had no choice. I truly believe that he was in possession of6d41d22e-ce50-4df1-bab0-63fc21b80b5c.gif a good and kind heart. However, the machinations and ambitions of his father made him think he had to have this hard shell that oozed confidence and made everyone believe in the superiority of the pureblood Malfoy family. I get the distinct impression that Narcissa encouraged that tender side of Draco. I always will believe that Draco grew to be a good man, a good father with no prejudice and that his mother had something to do with it.

9. Hogwarts. Does the school count as a character? Because it’s pretty vibrant and lively. 1de51f19-bf6a-4665-9514-31de31b80f3a.gifI always felt that it was a character in itself. A home away from home. I could envision myself there, could hear the students, the ghosts. I could feel the excitement as if I were heading into the Great Hall or to the common room. (Slytherin for me, cheers!) But you get what I mean. Hogwarts is more than a place. It has a heart, a pulse. It is just as alive as everyone and everything.

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

10. Snape. Before anyone tells me what a horrible person he was, trust me, I know. I still 15ae0f0e-fdda-4ef9-8e4e-03b40eb35e2c.giffelt something for him. He was this terribly lonely boy who grew to be a bitter man because a lot of people were shitty to him. However, he was also horrible to people, so there’s that. Yet..despite this. He steps up when asked to be this double agent. It must have been undeniably hard for him. He is a cruel character and so very flawed but I still love him.


Get to know me: Writer’s Edition. :)

Another tag! I am hoping it keeps my muse going. I also thought you would be amused to see that it’s the ‘writer’s edition’. You’re likely thinking, “Clarissa, you’re not a writer.” But I am, after a fashion, actually. It is a goal of mine to write and publish a book someday. I may, one day, post a blurb I have to gauge your thoughts to see if it’s worth a try. Regardless, I saw that Lady S. at Sage in the Meadow filled this out and I thought, why not?

This tag was created by Savannah Grace. No one tagged me and I welcome any of you to fill it out. I’d love to see your responses. 🙂 

Vital Stats and Appearance. 

Name:   Clarissa Marie. I have a last name obviously, but I’m not about to put that here. But it’s pretty cool.

Nickname:   Riss, Rissa, Crissa, Clari, Clare.

Birthday:   The 9th of September.

Hair color/Length:   Dark Brown with a lot more grey than I’d like to admit. Around my shoulders.

Piercings/Tattoos:   I have my ears done three times. Though I should put some earrings in so they don’t close.

Righty/Lefty:   Righty

Ethnicity:   I’m biracial; I’m adopted, so we’re not quite sure what half of me is. My maternal half is Irish, German, Italian.


First Novel Written:  I wrote one in high school, but I used my own original character paired with a very canon character–one whose author hates fanfiction–so it will never see the light of day. I was ambitious. I have since destroyed it. I have the beginnings of one with my character. Maybe someday I’ll finish.

First Novel Completed:   Again, I mentioned it above. I don’t remember what I named it.

Award for Writing:   None.

First Publication: I wrote an article with Newspaper Club in high school that was printed in our local paper. It was pretty cool to see my name there.

Conferences:  None. Ew, people attend those.

Query/Pitch: None.



Novel (that you wrote):  The one that’s half-written, of course. It’s the only one I have. A vampire, history, it’s fun.

Genre:  I would say it’s historical fiction, though I find I enjoy YA works now. Dystopian, fantasy. I like biographies too. Save for erotica and saccharine romances, I like to think I am open-minded.

Author:  My favorite author is hard to choose because I have many. It’s hard to pick one. C.W. Gortner and Stephanie Thornton are definitely high on my list. I love Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie’s collaborative efforts. Karen Harper for her Elizabeth I mysteries, Susan Elia MacNeal for Maggie Hope. Choosing is hard! Boo to you for making me choose!

Writing Music:  I love classical music when I’m writing. It can be modern songs done in an instrumental way, like The Piano Guys or Two Cellos. But I also adore the maestros of the past. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven. If I’m listening to vocalists, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman.

Writing Snack/Drink: I try not to eat if I’m writing. But I enjoy pretzel rods. They’re quite delicious and I can kind of gnaw on it whilst writing.

Movie: Picking one is difficult, admittedly. However, I’m going to say Beauty and the Beast. Yes, I know, all the films in the world and that’s what I pick. But it is my favorite and I adore it. I always have and I suspect I always will. Honorable mentions to Gone With The Wind and the Wizard of Oz.

Writing Memory:   I do some writing on a roleplaying site and I was writing with someone. And they told me that I was one of the best writers they had ever had the pleasure of writing with. Definitely, a boost to the ego, but also a hit to my anxiety because I am not good with compliments.

Childhood Book:  I loved the American Girl series and the Dear America series too. I guess I’ve always loved history!


Reading:  I am going to pick up the second book in the Discovery of Witches series. I don’t remember the name of it, but I need more Diana and Matthew adventures. They’re so good. I definitely need more with them. So, I do hope that Ms. Harkness writes more with them.  

Writing: This. I should be writing my part of a group story. But, alas. I am lazy.

Listening To: Pray For The Wicked by Panic! At The Disco.

It’s so funny, I did a tag a few months ago and I was like, “yeah, they’re cool” but a friend got me into them and well, damn. I listen almost everyday. I’ve got two of their albums on vinyl now and plan to get the rest…lol.

Watching:  I finished Versailles season two the other night and I am dying for season three. I think I may begin season two of Harlots later. I’m not sure. Castle Rock is creepy and I want some Halloween feels as they say. (I welcome suggestions!)

Learning:  More about the French Revolution. When your vampire character comes of age during that time and is in the heart of it, you want to be accurate.


Want to be Published:   Yes. I suppose I ought to finish first.

Traditional or Indie:  I dream of traditional but my insecurity tells me I am nowhere near good enough for that. We will see.

Wildest Goal:  Get published! Or move to England for a time. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, so that killed that dream/goal, lol. We’ll see. 😉



Fall Into Fall Book Tag!

I was going through my comments and I spotted that I had been tagged in this by Heather at The Sassy Book Geek! She tagged me a month ago, so firstly, I am SO sorry it took me so long. I’m so damn ditzy. Secondly, how could I resist? I love Autumn, even though we don’t it really get it here in Florida. It sucks. :/ I love the crisp air, the changing and falling leaves, the cooling temperature…(Take a hint, Mother Nature!) I definitely miss living up in Pennsylvania at this time of year.

Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color. Choose a book that has reds, oranges, and yellows on the cover.

This book flashed in my mind instantly! 

Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

I love the feeling of nostalgia, which I find to be warm and fuzzy. So, for me, I go back to the books that made childhood wonderful. Be it something from Lucy Maud Montgomery or Little Women, or something from Ann Rinaldi, it’s something I read when I was younger.

Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

I love historical fiction. (You’d never guess, right?) I love to play classical music and listen to it. Sometimes I might even break my no eating or drinking rule and have a hot chocolate (lots of whipped cream, of course!) as I do. Stormy days are good for naps and reading. 

Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Do I get to come back? I think I would want to switch with Hermione Granger. I’ve always wanted to go to Hogwarts and be part of the Wizarding World. I think it would be a lot of fun! Except, I would not marry Ron. I’m definitely a Harry/Mione girl. But I’d be too busy focusing on all the fun Wizarding stuff! 😀 

Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D Barker. I need more people to read it so I have someone to flail with, damn it. It was such an amazing read and spooky, perfect for this time of year!

Coat, Scarves and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

I don’t have one. And even if I did, it wouldn’t embarrass me because it’s my book and I’m enjoying it. I don’t honestly care what people think of me.

Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite fall time comfort food/foods?

And it’s also my favorite drink ever. ❤

Tag! You’re It!
Kristyn (The Bibliophile Empress)
Sara @ The Bibliophagist
Siobhan  @I  Am A Book Drunkard
Jen @ The Bibliofile Book Reviews
Kiersten Once Upon A Spine



Sunshine Blogger Award!

Thank you so much to Mani at Mani’s Book Corner for the nomination! 

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Mani asked me….

1. Do you lend out your books?

Rarely. If I lend you a book, you have to be someone I know well and someone who I know takes care of things. 

2. Do you write in your books?

I used to write my name in my books and date when I got them. I don’t do that anymore because as my mother says, “Everyone knows they’re yours, Clarissa.” 

3. What is the one book you will always recommend to everyone?

I always recommend Little Women, but if we’re going with more contemporary reads, Harry Potter, lol. 

4. Can you read on the bus/in the car?

I can! And I like to read with my headphones on and some sort of music playing. Lately, it’s been Panic! At The Disco. 

5. What makes you love a book?

When it makes me forget where I am. If it can bring me into that world and make me forget everything else, I’m in love.

6. How often do you agree with the critics about a book?

I don’t read a lot of reviews prior to a release, ironically. It’s not a slight to them, I just like to form my own opinions. After I read whatever it is, then I look at reviews and I find that it’s hit or miss. 

7. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

Some might say I enjoy doing so because I seem to take a bit of glee in being so brutally honest, lol. I don’t enjoy it–especially if I was excited for the book. No, I take that back. My sarcasm comes out especially well when I am being brutal.

8. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?

French. I just love the language.

9. What’s the longest you’ve gone without reading?


10. Favourite film adaptation of a book?

I love the Harry Potter movies. (Except for the third film, I just didn’t enjoy that.) Gone With The Wind, Little Women (with Winona Ryder), I love Forrest Gump too, the book was terrible, but the movie was so good. (Then again, I love Tom Hanks.)

11. Which book character strongly resembles your personality

I always say it’s a tie between Scarlett O’Hara and Jo March. But I think it could be Lou from Me Before You too!


My Questions!

  1. What is your favorite movie?
  2. If you could fancast your favorite book, which would it be and who would you pick?
  3. If you could jump into one of your books, which one?
  4. What’s your favorite color?
  5. What is your biggest pet peeve in books?
  6. Do you lend your books out to people?
  7. What do you like to do beyond reading?
  8. What’s your favorite food?
  9.  Do you listen to music when you’re reading?
  10. You’ve just won the lottery.  What is the first thing you’re going to do with the money?
  11. What is one random fact about you?



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Bree @ In Love & Words
Jill’s Book Blog
Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
Ashley @ Book Tales
Sarah @ Murder by Tomes
Alyssa – alovelybookaffair
Elaine Howlin – Literary Blog
Whit @ Whit Reads Lit


Blogger Tag!

This looked like a fun tag! The Original creator of the tag is Amber Elise @ Du Livre. I figured I could get one more post in tonight before I called it quits for the night. So, here we go, let me get going!

When did you start blogging and what was your first review?

Almost four years ago exactly. August 7th, 2014!

Who/what inspired you to start blogging?

I have answered this in other posts but I started on a whim, actually. I was bored and I was in the midst of a book that I wasn’t enjoying at all. I wanted to rail at it, to scream and rant and rave…and I did so. I found I liked trying to put into words what I was feeling and voila! It was actually author Susan Elia MacNeal who pointed me to NetGalley and well, from there…as they say, ‘the rest is history!’

What is a blog-related goal that you have?

The answer that was here previously was to ‘have fun’. And that’s the goal here too. To have fun. The day this stops being fun and feels like a chore, I’m probably going to take a break or I may write up my ‘Farewell’ post. Fortunately, I’ve only one had one break and I have no inclination to stop.

What is one thing you wish someone told you about blogging?

Oh gosh. That other people may have posts that look better than mine. But not to let it get to me. (I’m insecure, what can I say?)

What was your biggest blog-related accomplishment?

I think that I’m close to 400 followers is pretty spiffy!

What types of posts do you enjoy writing?

I love to do there bookish-memes! I like to write reviews too, haha. Spotlights…I don’t think there’s any type of post that I don’t really enjoy doing.

Where do you usually blog? What does your setup look like?

I have a recliner out in the living room and I sit there on my laptop. It’s a bit messy at the moment, so I won’t share a picture, but usually my dog, Tessie, is scampering around the room, my mother is watching TV and my aunt is on her laptop or in her office working on her jewelry and Tupperware sales. I usually have my headphones on, a million web tabs open, Spotify playing (I love to blog listening to classical music) and Discord on, so I can talk to my friends. Yes, if you ask, I do have ADHD, ya’ll. 

What was your last 5-star read?

C.W. Gortner’s ‘The Romanov Empress.’

What was your last 1-star read?

I believe that was Lili de Jong. Ugh. I gave it a one star and that was because I liked the cover, I think. I know that’s mean, but I’m not going to sing the praises of a book I did not enjoy in any way, shape or form.

What are three words that make you pick up a book?

Fiction, adventure, interesting.

What is your Hogwarts House?
Did you not take note of my house badge? No?

What is your favorite reading environment?

My Bed!

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Have fun. Keep an open mind. Pace yourself. ❤


The Infinity War Book Tag!

I absolutely love Marvel. Did you guys know that? I’m a total Captain America fan girl along with Agent Carter. There’s so many characters in the Universe that I like, but I’ve always been a Cap girl. The next Avengers movie is going to be amazing and likely break hearts. Anyway, when I saw this tag, I was down. I figured, “Why not?” And here we are. This wasn’t an easy one to fill out! It took me quite a bit to do. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my answers. I didn’t tag anyone because I did a lot of this mobile and I don’t know if tagging whilst mobile works! So if you do this, please, tag me and let me know. ❤ Have fun!



Does this have to be a current series? There’s one I love by Karen Harper; the Elizabeth I Mysteries. The first book is called The Poyson Garden. It begins when Elizabeth has been banished from court by her sister, Queen Mary. Whilst in exile, she recieves a letter from an aunt she thought was dead. The Boleyn family is in trouble and Elizabeth is being targetted by an expert poisoner. It’s an absolutely brilliant series. I hope that Ms. Harper comes back to it someday.

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The Battle of Hogwarts. Not only was it emotional to read, when the films came out, it was emotional as hell to watch. I mean, this big beautiful place that we came to love in the books and the films, burn. I cried. Both reading and seeing it on the screen. But…as J.K Rowling said…



Lestat de Lioncourt. He’s a vampire, that’s not human. Okay, he started out human, but he didn’t stay that way. I found myself utterly intrigued by the Brat Prince. Where Louis complained, I couldn’t help but wonder why Lestat acted the way he did. He is genuinely a brat. But he is so damned personable that I tend to look past his being naughty. I also love Louis de Pointe de Lac. There’s something about dark haired, green-eyed characters that draws me in.


Lestat!! I’ve always thought of him as the Loki of the vampire world, to be honest.


Hahaha, if you’ve followed me awhile, I’m sure you’ll guess what my answer is going to be. I had been going to answer ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Gilman Perkins but I just hated that book. It doesn’t make me angry; I just absolutely despised it. Alison Weir gets this spot. Yes, yes she does. She and her book on Anne Boleyn. I’ll let it go eventually. Maybe. It just made me so angry that she didn’t hide her obvious dislike of Anne when writing it. It comes through so much that even someone who has never read her before could tell.


There are two that I have from recent reads. First is Diana in the book, Warbringer. She’s young, but she’s still an Amazon! She begins to come into her own and begins to show us glimmers of the Diana Prince that we all know and love.

My other is Katniss Everdeen. I just love her; book!Katniss is more nuanced than film!Katniss, and whilst I liked Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal, I don’t feel she really 100% nailed Katniss. There was a quiet rage in her that I don’t think she entirely embraced. I also feel like they whitewashed her in the films. She’s described as having dark hair, olive skin, grey eyes. Except fortumblr_nnhf8wd3iw1sa13x9o3_r1_250 her eye color, that sounds like me. I’d have liked to have seen her played by a WOC. But in my mind, it’s alright, I have my ‘fancast’. I think Q’orianka Kilcher would have been an amazing choice, honestly. She is half Native American–I forget which tribe specifically–but I think she’d be a brilliant choice. Just my feelings.


I don’t know! I’m not one to read series, honestly. I’ll stick with the Elizabeth Mysteries that I mentioned in the Iron Man post. I think it’s fun to see people solve mysteries when they can’t CSI it.


“But, you see, Jo wasn’t a heroine, she was only a struggling human girl like hundreds of others, and she just acted out her nature, being sad, cross, listless, or energetic, as the mood suggested. It’s highly virtuous to say we’ll be good, but we can’t do it all at once, and it takes a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull all together before some of us even get our feet set in the right way.”–Louisa May Alcott.

“I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.”

I do love Jo. ❤


If you thought I’d say anything but the Harry Potter series, you’re a bit crazy. I’m just saying. C’mon, apparating! Floo Powder! The loo at the Ministry of Magic! The Wizarding World is goals.


For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you.

The Wrath and the Dawn Duology. Hnnng. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Lush and divine. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing and transcendent it is.


Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo. I thought it’d be a light read, I mean, it’s YA. I had the biased view that everything is light and fluffy. Welp. Can I say…woah!?


I think I will thoroughly enjoy the next one in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series:


I hate to think of Hermione Granger as a sidekick, but with her brains? There is no question. I might pick Bellatrix. She was pretty badass, even though she was crazy.


I don’t care about the number of pages. I am scared to read more of Stephern King’s stuff though. He’s…well. He’s Stephen King.


A wand, of course! Isn’t this one lovely? I’d like Percival Graves too; if I can have him. 😉


Tag! I’m It! #7BookishSins

We all have them, right? We all commit ‘sins’ in whatever topic it may be. I came upon this tag and I thought it would be fun. I seem to be falling back into a rut after posting with some regularity for awhile there. Not to mention, I’m kind of laid up with a sprained ankle and now cramps. (Yay PCOS! *sarcasm*) Thus, I’m not feeling my best. And my last post featuring Mrs. Obama didn’t quite go over well. (I never realized just how many of ya’ll hate her. 😦 ) Anywho…
here’s the #7bookishsins tag!

1. Greed. What is your most inexpensive book? Your most expensive?

My most inexpensive book is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. As I’ve mentioned, I borrowed it from school and it somehow didn’t make it back.

The most expensive…that’s hard to say. I have a lot of big books that I got discounted. I’ll say my illustrated Harry Potter books. They’re worth every penny though. They’re so beautiful and they add another dimension to the Wizarding World that we all know and love.

2. Wrath. What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
This is a good question…I can’t really decide on that, can I? Hrm. I think I would choose Alison Weir and also Phillipa Gregory.

As for reasons I have discussed, I hated Ms. Weir’s last book but I love some of her other ones. Her books about Anne Boleyn and Eleanor of Aquitaine have long been on my, DNF/will never finish pile because they read a bit like novels my Grandmother used to read.

Ms. Gregory deserves her own post of why I find her to be a love/hate figure.

This drives me crazy because they both take tawdry unsubstantiated things and try to present them as fact. Just because you are writing historical fiction doesn’t mean you should be loosey-goosey about facts. Your misinformation may be taken as someone else’s truth.


3. Gluttony. What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

 Harry Potter, obviously. Little Women, Gone with the Wind.

4. Sloth. What book/series have you neglected reading due to laziness?


A Court of Roses and Thorns. I devoured the first book but I haven’t gotten to the other two yet and I would like to before the novella comes out in May.
I really want to get back into it though because I was loving it.

5. Pride. What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

great-gatsby I don’t think I really do try to sound like something I’m not. I’m not an intellectual. I’m just me. I do love a good debate though. If I had to choose…there are so many good choices. Hrm. I know what I’ll choose. I read it for a Lit class I took.

The Great Gatsby is an amazing book and always debatable. There’s a lot of themes and it’s fascinating to hear what each person takes from it. I love the vivid description of the Jazz Age, the highs and lows.  What do you think, Old Sport?

6. Lust. What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?

I love a guy with a dark side and secrets. But I am picky; I don’t like the badassery to seem forced.I sort of have a literary crush on Tyrion Lannister. Blunt, jaded, smart, funny. His dark side comes from his experience, his bitterness. He’s still in possession of a kind heart, which most wouldn’t expect.


7. Envy. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

I am such a Hamilton fangirl!

I love the soundtrack and I really, really want to see it on Broadway someday. It’s going on tour next year, so I’d like to see it when it comes to Tampa. I want to get the soundtrack on vinyl too. But I can’t freaking afford it, lol.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius; I really love how his mind took a book he read and then made this amazing show. It’s funny to me because who would have thought that Alexander Hamilton would be such an apt topic. I couldn’t see a show about Jefferson or Washington work like this. They work as supporting characters. So, this would be a really nice gift. I’m not that optimistic it’ll happen though; I’ll probably end up buying it myself for my birthday or something.

This tag was a lot of fun!! For anyone who’s looking for a fun tag to try, feel free to do this! Consider anyone reading tagged. (: