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TTT: Character Traits I Love.

xxTop Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday and I’m, surprisingly, going on the theme! I know, shocking, right? I thought it was an interesting premise, to pick ten traits that I particularly enjoy in a character. I think these are traits I look for in people too; though I admit, some might find them to be a turn-off, as they say. 

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Apologetic. I like a character who can look at themselves and realise when they’ve been a bonehead about something and can apologize. Whether it’s through self-realization or someone pointing it out to them, I like it when they’re genuinely apologetic for whatever they’ve done. 

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Adventurous. I enjoy a character who likes adventure. For this, I’m definitely eyeballing Lestat de Lioncourt. He’s such a card. Adventure fuels him and it’s that joie de vivre that most certainly makes a book entertaining. Lestat has many of these traits, to be frank. (If you’ve not read the Vampire Chronicles, I highly recommend them. I didn’t enjoy the last two books though.) Though, one who is reluctant to get into one is equally amusing. (Looking at you, Neville Longbottom and Louis de Pointe du Lac.) 

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Confident. Confidence is a trait that I like in a character and in those who I know personally. I find it to be infectious; you may not be as confident on your own, but sometimes someone can inspire it within us. Whether it’s a fictional person or someone right beside me…I never can look at it as a bad thing.

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Imaginative. Self-explanatory, isn’t it? Dream big! 

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Loyal. This can be for good or bad. Loyalty to someone is commendable…even if you’re on the wrong side. I think loyalty is a trait that is underappreciated. 

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Observant. Maybe because I’m like…the most unobservant thing in creation…I appreciate it in others, lol. 

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Outspoken. We get one life. I think speaking up is super important. The problem is you have to know when to speak up. There are definitely wrong times to speak up and say things. (For example, politics. Unless there’s a segway into a said conversation? I wouldn’t go there.) 

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Sentimental. I love it when a character gets sentimental over things. It’s relatable. I find I look at pictures and get sentimental. It’s like Dumbledore or Harry when they look in the Mirror of Erised. They see what they want to see; what they desire most. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to do that. I think everyone has that within them. Some don’t show it; others do.

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Quirkiness. I love a character who is quirky and owns it. Take Luna Lovegood for example. She’s unusual. She knows it. She also knows what other people think of her and she doesn’t really give two figs. She is unapologetically herself. Luna has the confidence as well. I know I’ve used a lot of Harry Potter references, but I think they’re the perfect series of characters to use. 

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Bravery. I know I was going in alphabetical order, but I wanted to put something in here that I think everyone appreciates. I think bravery is to be commended; especially if it’s for a cause you believe in. We all have the ability to be brave, to read someone’s journey to becoming said brave character is something I forever find enthralling. Such as Harry Potter himself. He knows how to be brave. He knows things are coming. But he faces a lot of trials before ultimately braving the ultimate one. You can apply that to someone like Katniss Everdeen too. There are many protagonists who go through a journey…and that’s why we keep reading. 

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What did you think of my list? What do you like in a character? Sound off in comments and let me know! 

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TTT: What I Eat/Drink When Reading…

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This weeks theme made me chuckle because I don’t generally like to eat or drink when I’m reading. I’m a messy person in general. but when it comes to my books, they’re pristine. Still, even I break my own rule and so, I’m going to call myself out. Five of each. So…after being absent for this for several weeks….I present my return to Top Ten Tuesday and these are my choices.

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1. Hot Chocolate. MY FAVORITE. Seriously, this is one of my favorite drinks ever. It doesn’t matter who makes it, the brand, anything. Add some whipped cream and I am a happy soul.

2. Pumpkin Spice Latte. This is a seasonal thing, obviously, but here in Florida, Autumn doesn’t really happen. We go from hot to dead leaves. So when I can embrace something ‘autumn-ish’, you know that I do. I don’t go as crazy for PSL as I did a few years ago, but when I have a few bucks, I get one and I enjoy it.

3. Peppermint Mocha Latte/Frapp. I don’t care what time of year it is, if I can get this, I do. It’s definitely an all-time favorite of mine. Starbucks holiday beverages are my jam and I definitely enjoy the hell out of them. Shoutout to Dunkin too, because they have awesome drinks as well.

4. Coke or a Pepsi. I like soda, okay? And I don’t have a preferred one. It’s whichever brand is on the best sale.

5. Water. If I’m thirsty enough, I’ll drink water. It’s not my favorite thing in the world.

6. Chips. (Crisps, for my UK friends). It’s seldom that I eat when reading. But if I do, it’s usually plain chips. Though, salt & vinegar are others that I like.

7. M&Ms. You can hold the bag and just pop them into your mouth. Easy enough. (Peanut or plain, please.)

8. Gingerbread Men. Seasonal. But so good. I’m not fussy. Just give me my Gingerbread. Though the best was from Disney. I bought it from the actual human-sized Gingerbread House they made. (That was so cool! I definitely want to go back and buy a shingle of Gingerbread, haha.)

9. Peppermint Bark. I stock up so I have it until at least Valentine’s Day. (I hate V-Day.)

10. Candy Canes. I guess it’s obvious that I love seasonal stuff. I have always loved mint. Candy canes have always been a favorite of mine, especially when I’m reading. I don’t have to hold them, Just peel the cellophane as you go and there you go.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday!

I have never taken part of this before and I thought I would give it a try! Since this is my inaugural Wednesday post, I thought I’d go with a favorite of mine, the incomparable Kate Quinn. This is a Kate Quinn-stan blog, ya’ll. She is quite loved here. 🙂
1926361t70bnztsmwCan’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

My pick this week is…

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Publish Date: February 26, 2019 (Not too long, yet so far away! haha!)


From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, THE ALICE NETWORK, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina’s bravery and cunning will keep her alive.

Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancée, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow. Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother’s past—only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear.

In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Kate Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth.

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Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with “The Alice Network” and “The Huntress.” All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with two rescue dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.

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Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s theme is The “Last Ten Books I Added To My TBR”. For this, I referred to my Goodreads list. If you’re not my friend on there, please feel free to click and you’ll be brought there. I don’t deny anyone. 🙂 I welcome your friendship and I love reading what you guys are reading.

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“Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own. Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant and alluring investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.

Release: April 2nd, 2019.

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Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this sweeping tale of ambition, sacrifice and betrayal for readers of Sabaa Tahir and Alwyn Hamilton.

All hail the Girl King. 

Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead—a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally—and an army—if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Nok wants to keep his identity secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved…

Alone in the volatile court, Min’s hidden power awakens—a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign…or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.

Publish Date: January 8th, 2019.
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Inspired by author Tori Telfer’s Jezebel column “Lady Killers,” this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages.

When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, Kate Bender? The narrative we’re comfortable with is the one where women are the victims of violent crime, not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally, overwhelmingly male that in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood infamously declared in a homicide conference, “There are no female serial killers.”

Lady Killers, based on the popular online series that appeared on Jezebel and The Hairpin, disputes that claim and offers fourteen gruesome examples as evidence. Though largely forgotten by history, female serial killers such as Erzsébet Báthory, Nannie Doss, Mary Ann Cotton, and Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova rival their male counterparts in cunning, cruelty, and appetite for destruction.

Each chapter explores the crimes and history of a different subject, and then proceeds to unpack her legacy and her portrayal in the media, as well as the stereotypes and sexist clichés that inevitably surround her. The first book to examine female serial killers through a feminist lens with a witty and dryly humorous tone, Lady Killers dismisses easy explanations (she was hormonal, she did it for love, a man made her do it) and tired tropes (she was a femme fatale, a black widow, a witch), delving into the complex reality of female aggression and predation. Featuring 14 illustrations from Dame Darcy, Lady Killers is a bloodcurdling, insightful, and irresistible journey into the heart of darkness.

Publish Date: October 10th 2017.

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You, After You, and Still Me, the story of a young woman who finds safe harbor after opening an eclectic shop as she reckons with the troubling mystery of her past

In the sixties, Athene Forster was the most glamorous girl of her generation. Nicknamed the Last Deb, she was also beautiful, spoiled, and out of control. When she agreed to marry the gorgeous young heir Douglas Fairley-Hulme, her parents breathed a sigh of relief. But within two years, rumors had begun to circulate about Athene’s affair with a young salesman.

Thirty-five years later, Suzanna Peacock is struggling with her notorious mother’s legacy. The only place she finds comfort is in the shop, The Peacock Emporium, a coffee-shop-cum-gift-store she opened, which provides a haven for other misfits in the town. There she makes perhaps the first real friends of her life, including Alejandro, a male midwife, escaping his own ghosts in Argentina.

But the specter of her mother still haunts Suzanna, setting off a chain of tragic events. Only by confronting both her family and the feelings she has disguised for so long will she be able to come to terms with the past. As she finds her footing, Suzanna discovers that the key to her history, and her happiness, may have been in front of her all along.

Publish Date: April 9th 2019.
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A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale.

All love stories are ghost stories in disguise.

When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turned post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh’s remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained glass folly set on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne’s last book, The Lost History of Dreams.

However, Ada’s grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle’s story of Ada and Hugh’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights.

As the mystery of Ada and Hugh’s relationship unfolds, so does the secret behind Robert’s own marriage—including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since the tragic accident three years ago, and the origins of his own morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn’t—things from beyond the grave.

Kris Waldherr effortlessly spins a sweeping and atmospheric gothic mystery about love and loss that blurs the line between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death.

Publish Date: April 9th 2019.
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Devoted maid Mary Ballard’s world is built on secrets, and it’s about to be ripped apart at the seams, in this lush and evocative debut set in 19th century New York, perfect for fans of Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith and Emma Donoghue’s Slammerkin.

By day, Mary Ballard is lady’s maid to Charlotte Walden, wealthy and accomplished belle of New York City high society. Mary loves Charlotte with an obsessive passion that goes beyond a servant’s devotion, but Charlotte would never trust Mary again if she knew the truth about her devoted servant’s past. Because Mary’s fate is linked to that of her mistress, one of the most sought-after debutantes in New York, Mary’s future seems secure—if she can keep her own secrets…

But on her nights off, Mary sheds her persona as prim and proper lady’s maid to reveal her true self—Irish exile Maire O’Farren—and finds release from her frustration in New York’s gritty underworld—in the arms of a prostitute and as drinking companion to a decidedly motley crew consisting of a barkeeper and members of a dangerous secret society.

Meanwhile, Charlotte has a secret of her own—she’s having an affair with a stable groom, unaware that her lover is actually Mary’s own brother. When the truth of both women’s double lives begins to unravel, Mary is left to face the consequences. Forced to choose between loyalty to her brother and loyalty to Charlotte, between society’s respect and true freedom, Mary finally learns that her fate lies in her hands alone.

A captivating historical fiction of 19th century upstairs/downstairs New York City, The Parting Glass examines sexuality, race, and social class in ways that feel startlingly familiar and timely. A perfectly paced, romantically charged story of overlapping love triangles that builds to a white-knuckle climax, this is an irresistible debut that’s impossible to put down.

Publish Date: March 5th 2019.

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives and A Certain Age creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. After all, American readers have an insatiable appetite for news of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, that glamorous couple whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to its knees five years earlier. What more intriguing backdrop for their romance than a wartime Caribbean paradise, a colonial playground for kingpins of ill-gotten empires?

Or so Lulu imagines. But as she infiltrates the Duke and Duchess’s social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands’ political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward’s marriage lies an ugly—and even treasonous—reality. In fact, Windsor-era Nassau seethes with spies, financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe: a scientist of tremendous charm and murky national loyalties. Inevitably, the willful and wounded Lulu falls in love.

Then Nassau’s wealthiest man is murdered in one of the most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting coverup reeks of royal privilege. Benedict Thorpe disappears without a trace, and Lulu embarks on a journey to London and beyond to unpick Thorpe’s complicated family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy, and a mother from whom all joy is stolen.

The stories of two unforgettable women thread together in this extraordinary epic of espionage, sacrifice, human love, and human courage, set against a shocking true crime…and the rise and fall of a legendary royal couple.

Publish Date: July 9th 2019.

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A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II—while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue.

Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful, every man appears witty. Favored guests like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor walk through its famous doors, where they’re welcomed and pampered by Blanche Auzello and her husband, Claude, the director. The Auzellos are the mistress and master of the Ritz, allowing the glamor and glitz to take their mind off their troubled marriage, and off the secrets that they keep from their guests—and each other.

Until June 1940, when the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the Ritz. Suddenly, with the likes of Hermann Goëring moving into suites once occupied by royalty, Blanche and Claude must navigate a terrifying new reality. One that entails even more secrets. One that may destroy the tempestuous marriage between this beautiful, reckless American and her very proper Frenchman. For the falsehoods they tell to survive, and to strike a blow against their Nazi “guests,” spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish.

But one secret is shared between Blanche and Claude alone—the secret that, in the end, threatens to imperil both of their lives, and to bring down the legendary Ritz itself.

Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages, the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.

Publish Date: May 21st 2019.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, an enthralling historical saga that recreates the danger, romance, and sacrifice of an era and brings to life one courageous, passionate American—Mildred Fish Harnack—and her circle of women friends who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi Berlin.

After Wisconsin graduate student Mildred Fish marries brilliant German economist Arvid Harnack, she accompanies him to his German homeland, where a promising future awaits. In the thriving intellectual culture of 1930s Berlin, the newlyweds create a rich new life filled with love, friendships, and rewarding work—but the rise of a malevolent new political faction inexorably changes their fate.

As Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party wield violence and lies to seize power, Mildred, Arvid, and their friends resolve to resist. Mildred gathers intelligence for her American contacts, including Martha Dodd, the vivacious and very modern daughter of the US ambassador. Her German friends, aspiring author Greta Kuckoff and literature student Sara Weiss, risk their lives to collect information from journalists, military officers, and officials within the highest levels of the Nazi regime.

For years, Mildred’s network stealthily fights to bring down the Third Reich from within. But when Nazi radio operatives detect an errant Russian signal, the Harnack resistance cell is exposed, with fatal consequences.

Inspired by actual events, Resistance Women is an enthralling, unforgettable story of ordinary people determined to resist the rise of evil, sacrificing their own lives and liberty to fight injustice and defend the oppressed.

Publish Date: May 28th 2019.

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Petrograd, 1914. A country on a knife edge. The story of two people caught in the middle – with everything to lose…

A stunning debut from a talented new Australian voice in historical fiction.

Valentina Yershova’s position in the Romanov’s Imperial Russian Ballet is the only thing that keeps her from the clutches of poverty. With implacable determination, she has clawed her way through the ranks to soloist, utilising not only her talent, but her alliances with influential rich men that grants them her body, but never her heart. When Luka Zhirkov – the gifted son of a factory worker – joins the company, her passion for ballet and love is rekindled, putting at risk everything that she has built.

For Luka, being accepted into the company fulfils a lifelong dream. But in the eyes of his proletariat father, it makes him a traitor. As war tightens its grip and the country starves, Luka is increasingly burdened with guilt about their lavish lifestyles.
While Luka and Valentina’s secret connection grows, the country rockets toward a revolution that will decide the fate of every dancer.

For the Imperial Russian Ballet has become the ultimate symbol of Romanov indulgence, and soon the lovers are forced to choose: their country, their art or each other…

A powerful novel of class turmoil, passion and just how much two people will sacrifice…

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Top Ten Tuesday!

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The theme this week is to pick anticipated reads…well, you can see. I’ve done that a few times already, so I thought it’d be fun to pick from one of the old topics that I hadn’t done yet. Thus, I picked:  Top Ten “Older” Books I Don’t Want People To Forget.

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1. The Diary of Anne Frank. I think it would be devastating to forget about this book. Anne’s voice is so pure and honest, painting the portrait of life in hiding, her hopes, dreams, fears. Her ideals. She was wise beyond her years and to forget her would be a tragedy. She died far too young and for what? Because she was Jewish. As though Jews were useless. One should never forget the Holocaust nor those who lived, who died and those who told/tell the story.

2. Little Women. I always live in fear that someday this will be an obsolete book, one that doesn’t inspire little girls as it did me. They won’t come to know Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy and to appreciate their unique stories, to learn how to forge a path when the odds are dead set against you. To grow as a person and experience the growing pains that come with age…such as when childhood events no longer have the same appeal, but instead have a warm place in your heart. This, to me, would be devastating were it to be forgotten.

3. Gone With The Wind. Don’t judge, haha. But Scarlett is a character that I think everyone should read at least once. Her life is the ultimate soap operator and yet, we come to see moments where Scarlett is the bamf we know her to be. She’s a pure spitfire and I adore her, even when she’s being bratty, for lack of a better term. Scarlett doesn’t accept things, she works for them. She is just a hell of a character.

4. In Cold Blood. Truman Capote wrote this and it’s absolutely heartbreaking, anger-inducing, it is a tumult of emotions. It is considered the first True Crime book and people just couldn’t get over it nor the author himself. Capote went to the town where the murders occurred and researched; with him, he brought Harper Lee, his best friend. It’s a sensational view.

5.  To Kill A Mockingbird. I was one of the few in my class who enjoyed the book. It’s important to history because it spotlights a true miscarriage of justice. And it also questions Human Nature, which I always thought a fascinating thing. There is no frivolous nature in this book. It is to the point and it is truly a masterpiece, in my opinion. I found I was always reading ahead in class when we were reading it. (If my old English teacher is reading, hi!)

6. The Phantom of the Opera. It’s one of my favorite musicals, though I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it in person yet. I love the story, which is essentially a Beauty and the Beast retelling. It’s splendidly written and I truly adored the story. (Susan Kay’s ‘Phantom’ was also brilliant.) I maintain I’d have chosen the Phantom. I’ve never liked Raoul.

7. The Color Purple. I don’t know if you’d consider it a classic, but to me it is. It’s one of those books that once you read it (or even see the film), it will forever stick with you. It’s full of tragedy and triumphs, joy, sorrow, for every good, there is a bad. But you stick with it because it’s so realistic. Miss Celie is one of those characters I will forever carry in my heart as is Sophia. (You may recall Oprah played her in the film and Whoopi Goldberg played Celie.)

8. The Portrait of Dorian Gray. I confess that I added this because I saw the movie before I read the book. I blame Ben Barnes (you may know him from The Punisher, Narnia, Westworld) for it. He is the perfect embodiment of this young man who slips further and further into corruption. A portrait keeps him young and youthful, the portrait ages and shows the effects. It’s a cautionary tale and a splendid read. (I am an unabashed fangirl, lol.)

9. Anything from Shakespeare. I know some find him terribly boring, but I think going back and reading his works are very beneficial. Besides, he coined many different terms that we keep in our lexicon today. It is also fun to see how the language evolves through the ages and how problems tend to remain the same, despite the eras changing.

Examples: 
–“Dead as a doornail” — (Henry VI Part II)
–“For goodness’ sake” — (Henry VIII)
–“Foregone conclusion” — (Othello)
–“Full circle” — (King Lear)
–“Wear my heart upon my sleeve” — (Othello)
–“Wild-goose chase” — (Romeo and Juliet)

10. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. I admit that I read an abridged version when I was 11 or 12, but I do mean to read the full novel. I absolutely adore the story. Quasimodo, born misshapen and abused, Esmeralda, a Romani (‘Gypsy’ as they refer to her) dancer/performer, Phoebus, the head guard, Frollo, the judge who is disgustingly corrupt though he tries to hide it by justifying it as “righteousness.” These characters are so fascinating and slip into your head, never leaving.  All of their lives intertwine in a highly dramatic manner. As they ask in the Disney film–“Who is the monster and who is the man?”

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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

Rules:

  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.


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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.)

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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.

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Dear 15-Year-Old Me. [A Tag!]

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Often times we may wish that we could go back in time and give our former selves advice and words of wisdom. If you could go back in time, what would you advise or encouragement would you give to yourself?

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Dear 15 year old me,

1. Don’t be hard on yourself because …

The world is a crazy place. Everything seems to be falling apart and high school is confusing. The sheltered world you knew is no longer that idyllic place, but you will find your voice. You will find your identity–your own, not the one you think you should be. Don’t let the pressure put on you by your peers make you try things, like that cigarette. Put it down, you asthmatic fool! Shut off the news and focus on your schoolwork. Things will get better.

2. The relationship you’re in ….

(I wasn’t in one! So I’ll touch on my friends.)

Some of them will last. Other ones will not. Hold on to those who stick around because they are the ones who matter. When you find your circle, hold on to them too. They will bring out the best in you. They’ll make you laugh, lift you up, pull you out of the depths of your despair. They’ll inspire you. But you have to find them and you will when you least expect it.

If it doesn’t work out, don’t stress and for the love of cheez-whiz, don’t accept them back. If they stabbed you in the back once, you know they’re gonna do it again. It’s high school! Drama reigns.

3. You will get through this because …

You are stronger than you give yourself credit for. You will find your inner strength and again, you will find your voice. When you do, you’ll be unstoppable. Stop worrying about what other people think and focus on the things that matter.

Read often, listen to music, do everything that helps you unwind. Play video games with your cousin and hang with family.

4. Don’t get caught up in thinking …

…about the news. About anything that isn’t school. It scares you and it isn’t helping you with your schoolwork and that needs a lot of attention. You’ll regret being lackadaisical about it when you get to 11th and 12th grade. Trust me.

Also, when your guidance counselor tells you that you’ll never get into college, ignore him. He was a creep and even though you won’t finish, you are not stupid. You just have limitations. It’s okay. You have learning disabilities but it doesn’t mean you’re stupid.

5. These experiences will help you learn …

that you can overcome anything. You will learn about who you are and what your limits are. You’re going to go through a transformation this year, not physically, but mentally. There’s going to be a toughness but don’t be afraid to let your guard down. Cry, let it out. Write. You can face it all.

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Top Tuesday.

ttt-newThis week’s theme is villains and I’m so excited because I’m a lover of a good villain. I had to take my time in thinking about who I wanted to include here! I hope you enjoy my choices!

President Coin.

Aha, she was good. She had everyone believing that she was this paragon and this wonderful person, when in fact, she wasn’t at all. She was essentially gaining favor just to do the same thing over again.

“Alma Coin, the president of 13, who just watches. She’s fifty or so, with gray hair that

falls in an unbroken sheet to her shoulders. I’m somewhat fascinated by her hair, since it’s so uniform, so without a flaw, a wisp, even a split end. Her eyes are gray, but not like those of people from the Seam. They’re very pale, as if almost all the color has been sucked out of them. The color of slush that you wish would melt away.”

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Judge Claude Frollo, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

“It would have been difficult to say what was the nature of this look, and whence

proceeded the flame that flashed from it. It was a fixed gaze, which was, nevertheless, full of trouble and tumult. And, from the profound immobility of his whole body, barely agitated at intervals by an involuntary shiver, as a tree is moved by the wind; from the stiffness of his elbows, more marble than the balustrade on which they leaned; or the sight of the petrified smile which contracted his face,— one would have said that nothing living was left about Claude Frollo except his eyes.”

Frollo is underrated as a villain. He is a Judge, a priest. And yet, he is all powerful. He is abusive to Quasimodo, cruel to the Gypsies–and everyone in general, really, and he presents himself as this paragon of virtue, which goes straight out the window once he falls for La Esmeralda. He would literally stop at nothing to have her. Some villains are superhuman, some aren’t human, but that’s what’s terrifying about Frollo. He’s someone we could possibly meet in our own lives. In the book he attempts to rape Esmeralda–who is only sixteen. He beats Quasimodo, is racist against the Romani (Gypsies) and he’s just a really shitty person.

“She felt a touch along her body which made her shudder so that she straightened herself up in a sitting posture, wide awake and furious. The priest had just slipped in beside her. He encircled her with both arms. She tried to scream and could not.”

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Lord Voldemort.

My list wouldn’t be complete without him. There is no way of getting around the fact that

he is the ultimate villain. One with no redeeming qualities. He is a creature who has never known love and has never given it. It’s a foreign concept to him and there is nothing on earth that could compel him to understand it. He knew wrath, spite, hatred, and lust. A lust for immortality, for power…you understand. He was a monster in every sense.

“And his knowledge remained woefully incomplete, Harry! That which Voldemort does not

value, he takes no trouble to comprehend. Of house-elves and children’s tales, of love, loyalty, and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing. Nothing. That they all have a power beyond his own, a power beyond the reach of any magic, is a truth he has never grasped…”–Dumbledore.

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Pennywise.

Do I need to explain?! There’s a reason clowns terrify me and it goes back to childhood. Tim Curry freaked me out as Pennywise and Bill Skarsgard, I haven’t seen the movie for a reason, despite enjoying his work. Anyway. Yeah. Penny. (I should say his Tumblr fangirls who want to date Pennywise are creepy too.)

It held George’s arm in its thick and wormy grip, it pulled George toward that terrible darkness where the water rushed and roared and bellowed as it bore its cargo of storm debris toward the sea. George craned his neck away from that final blackness and began to scream into the rain, to scream mindlessly into the white autumn sky which curved above Derry on that day in the fall of 1957. His screams were shrill and piercing, and all up and down Witcham Street people came to their windows or bolted out onto their porches.

They float,’ it growled, ‘they float, Georgie, and when you’re down here with me, you’ll float, too. Everything down here floats,’ that chuckling, rotten voice whispered, and suddenly there was a ripping noise and a flaring sheet of agony, and George Denbrough knew no more.’

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Professor Moriarty

“He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city, He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. He has a brain of the first order. He sits motionless, like a spider in the center of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each of them. He does little himself. He only plans.”

Personally, I love Moriarty. I think he’s brilliant, which is the point. He rivals Sherlock.

He is, along with Irene Adler, his equal. Whereas Sherlock uses his mind for good–or to challenge himself–Moriarty is the “Napoleon of crime”, running the underground of the city for his own nefarious purposes–and simply because he can.

I love the literary version and also, of course, BBC Sherlock’s Andrew Scott. He plays an unhinged version and it’s really perfect. I also enjoyed Jared Harris’s performance of him in the RDJ Sherlock films.

I also find it amusing that in my family tree, there are some relatives with the surname Moriarty…so.

I am Moriarty. (kind of.)

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Hannibal Lecter

“There is no consensus in the psychiatric community that Dr. Lecter should be termed a man. He has long been regarded by his professional peers in psychiatry, many of whom fear his acid pen in the professional journals, as something entirely Other. For convenience, they term him “monster”.

Again, I love this guy. When you think of a villain, he ought to come to mind. Both the

film version and the literary version are spine-tingling. I saw the movie before I read the books, but in this case, I don’t find it a deterrent. Anthony Hopkins played him perfectly. I could see him, hear him. He also added a level of humanity to him in certain moments, which struck me as terrifying. I never in my life thought I would feel any modicum of sympathy for a serial killing cannibal. What I also enjoyed was that he was a highly intelligent man, eloquent. Meeting him, you wouldn’t expect him to be this monster. He really drew you in.

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Miss Trunchbull.

Matilda was one of my favorite stories when I was a kid; I also loved the movie. Miss th (3)514541048..jpgTrunchbull is the most terrifying sort of villain to a child. A principal for one and one who loathes children. She was bitchy for no other reason really beyond she could be. No one would stand up to her. (If she were real, my mother would have.) Known for her torment of students, a temper triggered by the most ridiculous things–a girl with her hair in pigtails (which is how I wore mine!) and just, ugh, a truly foul woman.

“She was a gigantic holy terror, a fierce, tyrannical monster who frightened the life out of pupils and teachers alike.”

A fun fact about the actress who played Ms. Trunchbull is that she played another odious woman on screen too. Fortunately, she also got her comeuppance at the hands of a kid with abilities.

Well done, Harry!

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Dolores Umbridge.

Since I’m mentioning odious women, there was no way that Umbridge wasn’t getting mentioned. She is almost indescribably evil to me. I think Voldemort probably had more of a chance at redemption than she did, which is saying something. She is, like Trunchbull, cruel to children and hates them. Case in point, Harry Potter. Remember she made him do lines with a quill that literally drew his blood out as the ink, leaving him with ‘I Must Not Tell Lies’ on his arm. Obviously, he wasn’t the only student she did this to. She is cruel to those around her, such as Sybil Trelawney. Let’s not forget that she had all of her decrees and her own little narc squad.

They say her hatred stems from her Muggle-born mother and she became obsessed with purebloods and presenting herself as one, despite only being a half-blood herself. She took great glee in heading a department that allowed her to torture anyone who was Muggle-born. She has no redeeming qualities–not even that she likes cats.

When they entered the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom they found Professor Umbridge already seated at the teacher’s desk, wearing the fluffy pink cardigan of the night before and the black velvet bow on top of her head. Harry was again reminded forcibly of a large fly perched unwisely on top of an even larger toad.

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Frankenstein’s Monster

Let me begin by saying I see him as a villain, but not of his own making. Rather, I see him as being sort of forced into what he was. I see this ‘monster’ as being a victim of a man’s ego and ambition and also of humanity’s inability to accept someone who is different from them. Their cruelty to him makes him into the creature that he is; he began as an articulate, kind and caring creature.  Seriously. This is a quote from the ‘monster’.

“The words induced me to turn towards myself. I learned that the possessions most esteemed by your fellow creatures were high and unsullied descent united with riches. A man might be respected with only one of these advantages, but without either he was considered, except in very rare instances, as a vagabond and a slave, doomed to waste his powers for the profits of the chosen few! And what was I? Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man. I was more agile than they and could subsist upon coarser diet; I bore the extremes of heat and cold with less injury to my frame; my stature far exceeded theirs. When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?”

He became angry at his creation and went after Frankenstein’s family and friends, killing them, but again, I might do the same. He’s alone in this world. No one will ever really accept him, none will be like him.

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Marquise de Merteuil.

“When I came out into society I was 15. I already knew that the role I was condemned to, namely to keep quiet and do what I was told, gave me the perfect opportunity to listen and observe. Not to what people told me, which naturally was of no interest, but to whatever it was they were trying to hide. I practiced detachment. I learned how to look cheerful while under the table I stuck a fork into the back of my hand. I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn’t pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think, and novelists to see what I could get away with, and in the end, I distilled everything to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die.”

I love the story of Les Liasons Dangereuses, which literally translates to ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ in English. I saw the movie and then looked for the book. A rare case of the book and film being equally as good. The person I selected as my villain is the Marquise de Merteuill. Along with the Vicomte de Valmont, she seduces and corrupts younger courtiers. However, she is finally scorned by a lover–he breaks things off with her. This is a slight that she can’t forgive.  Using innocent people, the Marquise sets in motion a scandal that leaves her disgraced and Valmont dead. It really seemed like she had rid herself of all her rivals, however, Valmont and smallpox get the last laugh. It’s such a delightfully evil story, full of intrigue and everything one would expect of pre-French Revolution nobility.

 

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The Nope! Book Tag.

I will begin this by saying I started this several weeks ago and just found it in my drafts as I was cleaning them up. I decided to finish, but I do not know who to credit. If you happen to know, please give me a shout so I can credit them appropriately!! It’s Monday, I’m exhausted (was up binging season two of Versailles, whoops!) and I don’t have any reviews for today, so I thought I’d fill this out and see what came of it. I hope you like my answers and that you’ll tag me if you do this! ❤

Consider yourself tagged if you read this! 

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NOPE! Protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

I didn’t like Tris in the Divergent series. Just…I could not embrace her at all. There was just something about her that never quite clicked for me and I felt nothing towards her except disdain. I think it could have also been that I pictured Shailene Woodley, whom I think was rather wooden as Tris, since I saw the movie before I read the book. (It was on TV, my mother was watching and I joined her.)

NOPE! Pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.

Peeta and Katniss. I think Peeta deserved someone who really, really loved him. I didn’t know if Katniss really knew how. I admit, I sort of shipped Finnick/Katniss. I also liked the idea that Katniss and Peeta remained friends, but didn’t pursue anything romantic. I enjoy seeing a female lead on her own. (-gasp!-)

NOPE! Genre: a genre you will never read.

Erotica. It does nothing for me. I have friends who love it and they’ve tried to get me into it, but I’m just not interested. Maybe it’s because I’m single or because I genuinely have no interest in sex, but erotica is just a no for me. Not to mention, the few passages I tried, it was poorly written.

NOPE! Book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

There are some e-books where the formatting is so obnoxious that I was sorely tempted to throw my kindle across the room. It makes me lose interest REALLY fast. It is no fault of the author, but I literally can’t get around it.

NOPE! Trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

Instalove. Gag me with a spork. It just doesn’t happen that way! I mean, okay, maybe it does. But I think it’s more interesting to me as a reader that they work on things. Not that they just meet and it’s love. No. NO. (As I’ve read so many historical pieces, I’m used to people hating one another or not even liking each other. So that could be a contributing factor too.)

NOPE! Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

I am certain that you read this and knew what my answer would be. Unsurprisingly, that is 50 Shades of Grey. I know, you guys are probably laughing, knowing full well how I feel about this godawful ‘book‘. But my close friends swear I’ll love it if I give it another chance. Nope! And…with gems like this? HELL TO THE NOPE.

NOPE! Love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

Christian Gray. He is a guy you’d expect to see on Criminal Minds. He is not sexy, he is not hot, he is not someone you should aspire to date. He stalked Ana, he forced her into things, threatened her with physical violence, isolated her and he’s a jealous asshole. Aim higher, y’all.

NOPE! Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed.

See above two questions for this answer.

 

NOPE! Villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

Does Cersei Lannister count? I love her but holy shit, I have a healthy fear of her.

Cersei is as gentle as King Maegor, as selfless as Aegon the Unworthy, as wise as Mad Aerys. She never forgets a slight, real or imagined. She takes caution for cowardice and dissent for defiance. And she is greedy. Greedy for power, for honor, for love.

NOPE! Death: a character death that still haunts you.

Finnick.Will Traynor. Again, the Sam Clafin boys.

He’s adorable, isn’t he? 

NOPE! Author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

I’ll begin by quoting my favorite fictional captain as you can see here.

That said, I don’t consider it good form to bash an author so publically, and I won’t be doing that, no matter if we’ve had a bad experience or not. Their work is one thing, if I don’t like it, I will say so. But to speak of them? No.