Marvel Avengers Book Tag


I have yet to see Endgame (please no spoilers!), but this tag looked like fun. I saw it over at theorangutanlibrarian’s blog. Check it out! If you know who the original credit goes to, please let me know so that I can add that to this post. Here goes:

Iron Man – a book that made you laugh out loud: I am America and So Can You by Stephen ColbertImage result for iron man  imagesImage result for i am america and so can you

It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but this book made me full-on guffaw.

Captain America- A Book that Sends a Positive Message: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

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“One of the things that baffles me (and there are quite a few) is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls. Not unlike a tour of Afghanistan (though the bombs and bullets, in this case, come from the inside). At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.”

Having been diagnosed with Bipolar 1 several years ago, I find this book incredibly empowering. The fact that it’s also often hilarious is an added bonus.

Thor- A Book With a Character Whose Strength You Admire: Oddmire: Changeling by William RitterImage result for thor imagesImage result for oddmire changeling images

I love the twins’ mom in this book! She charges into the Wild Wood after her sons with no thought for herself or her safety, simply because they might be in danger. She’s a hardcore mom and I love seeing that kind of bravery represented in a book. Being a parent is definitely not for the weak.

Black Widow- A Book With a Hardcore Female Protagonist: Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Image result for infinity war black widow imagesImage result for crown of feathersVeronyka pretty much rocks. I mean, she is willing to disguise herself to join the phoenix riders, fight while on the back of a giant bird, as well as defy her very manipulative and controlling sister (which might be the scariest of all).

Hulk- A Book that Made You Incredibly Angry: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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I went into the reasoning behind my absolute disgust with this book at length in its review (which I will link at the end of this post, if anyone is interested). Suffice it to say, it was so bad that it ruined the entire trilogy for me.

Hawkeye- An Underrated Book that You Think More People Should Pay Attention to: The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

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More people need to read this book. It’s a fast read, with a deliciously eerie feel to it. This is a great one to read on a stormy day.

Loki- A Book With a Twist or Surprise that Tricked You: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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I’m not sure I’d believe anyone who told me that they’d called every twist in this book. It was absolutely wonderful.

Reviews I’ve done:
Oddmire: Changeling by William Ritter
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge
The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

If you decide to participate, please link back to me. I’d love to see what your answers are!

“I should have read that” Book Tag

I saw this tag on Mah’s blog. Check it out if you haven’t already! I truly love reading posts by so many bookish people! Without further ado, here are my answers:

  • Thank the person who tagged you, and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog.
  • This was originally created by Beth from Books Nest.
  • Answer the questions below.
  • Tag 10 others to take part.

    A Book that a Certain Person is Always Telling You to Read-My husband is one of those ridiculously intelligent people. He loved E=MC2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation, but I was very intimidated by it. I’m planning on reading it eventually- it sounds fascinating- but I might have to ask him to explain it to me.

    A Book that has Been on Your To Be Read List Forever, that You Still haven’t Picked Up-I want to read The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. I know it’s one that I’ll only read once, so I’m waiting for my library to get it, instead of buying it.

    A Book in a Series that You’ve Started, But Haven’t Finished-A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab. It’s the second in a series, the first being A Darker Shade of Magic. I loved that one, but have yet to read the second. I have no idea why I haven’t gotten to it yet.

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    A Classic that You Always Liked the Sound of but I Haven’t Read-The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I quite enjoyed both This Side of Paradise and The Great Gatsby (this hipster reader says “I liked it before it was a movie!”, while pouting), but still need to read more of his.

    A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet-      Codename Villainelle by Luke Jennings. I absolutely love Killing Eve, the show that is inspired by the book series. I have to read the book because the show is so, so good!

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    A book you see all over Instagram, but haven’t picked up yet-     I don’t do the Instagram thing, but I keep seeing A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer all over Twitter. To be honest, I’m really not all that interested. I leave it to you, readers, to convince me to give it a go.

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    What about you? What are your answers to these questions? Weigh in!

The 80’s Movie Tag

I saw this tag on paperroyalty’s blog , which you should definitely check out, if you haven’t already. I just finished listening to the theme from The Breakfast Club, so it seems appropriate to write this post now. Here goes:

 Nightmare on Elm Street: A Book that Kept You Up All Night-

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I had the hardest time putting this one down, it’s so incredibly well-written! Read my review here.

The Princess Bride: A Wonderfully Quotable Book-

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If you haven’t read this book, you are missing out. It’s beautiful, heart-wrenching, and inspirational. My next tattoo will feature a quote from this book: “So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad, and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
It’s going to be a very large tattoo. Ha ha!

Ferris Beuller’s Day Off: A Character Who Loves Breaking the Rules-

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The musketeers (plus D’Artagnan) have a rather contemptuous attitude towards the rules. They do meet during an illegal duel, after all.

4. When Harry Met Sally: A Book Couple that Took Forever to Get Together-

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Ron and Hermione took their sweet time, didn’t they?

Back to the Future: A Book Involving Time Travel- 

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I don’t read too books that involve time travel, because they have a tendency to feature some glaring plot holes, but I did read  A Map of Days not too long ago.

Pretty in Pink: A Character With a Unique Style-

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I have to go with the incorrigible Amelia Peabody. Sharply-pointed parasols aside, she also ends up wearing a belt with all kinds of “useful” items hanging from it, constantly clanking. By the way, this series is a blast to read.

The Karate Kid: A Book Involving the Mentor/Student Trope: 

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This is the most recent book I’ve read with a focus on the mentor trope. It’s a slower-moving fantasy, which I actually really enjoyed. I guess that’s a rather unpopular opinion, though.

Die Hard: A Book With a Trip that Doesn’t Go According to Plan- 

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I just started reading this yesterday. I can say with confidence, though, that Magnus was not planning on chasing down a murderous cult (that he may have started as a joke) while on a romantic getaway.

Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: A Book With the Main Character’s Name in the Title- 

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This book belongs on your shelf, filed under “emotionally devastating books”. It’s available to purchase on the 16th. The books is told from Lenny’s point of view. 

Dirty Dancing: A Female Character Who Came Out of Her Shell-

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I read this to see what all the hubbub was about. Meh. It’s not my thing, but if you enjoy it, more power to ya.

E.T: An Ending that Left You Both Happy and Sad-

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The ending is perfect, as is the rest of the book, but why did it have to come so soon? I wasn’t ready to re-enter the real world! I wish I could read this incredible book for the first time all over again.

What books would be on your 80’s list?

Harry Potter Spells Tag

I saw this great tag on Becky’s Book Blog and I just had to do my own. If you don’t follow her blog, you’re missing out.

Expecto Patronum- A Childhood Book Connected to Good MemoriesImage result for trixie belden booksI remember my mom reading the old Trixie Belden books to me, a chapter a night. I loved those things! Of course, they’re completely dated, but that’s part of the charm.

.Expelliarmus- A Book that Took You By Surprise:

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Daisy Jones & the Six completely blew me away. I read it simply because several bloggers whose taste I trust had raved about it and I am so, so glad I did! (Read my review: here).

Prior Incantato- The Last Book You Read:

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Shadow Frost by Coco Ma. I don’t want to mention to much about it because I’m going to post a review in the next day or so, as soon as I gather my thoughts, but if you’re interested, this book will be available to buy on October first.

Alohamora- A Book that Introduced You to a Genre You Had Not Considered Before:

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I will read pretty much anything, except for romance and erotica, but I guess I’d have to say that The Clockmaker’s Daughter is the first that comes to mind. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but this book makes me willing to read outside my usual genres more often.

Riddikulus- A Book that Made You Laugh:

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I haven’t read all of Janet Evanovich’s books (I think I stopped around nineteen or so), but the first few cracked me up. They’re zany fun

.Sonorous- A Book You Think Everyone Should Know About:

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record (yes, I’m aware that phrase dates me), I have to go with the Dragonlance Chronicles. Again. I will never stop suggesting that everyone read these.

Obliviate- A Book or Spoiler You’d Love to Forget Having Read:

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Honestly, I wish I’d never read The Hunting Party. I am not going to say why, because it’s a major spoiler, but I ended up being very, very disappointed. I’m taking a break from that crime/thriller genre for a bit specifically because of this book

Imperio- A Book I had to Read for School:

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Narrowing it down to one book is difficult, but I remember loving the Beowulf unit we did in eleventh grade. I’ve reread that one several times and I still think it’s fantastic.

Crucio- A Book that was Painful to Read:

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This book is a gut-punch. I could not believe what this poor child went through. I cried through most of the book, only finishing because I had to know that things got better.

Avada Kedavra- A Book that Could Kill (interpret as you will):

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I was in danger of choking from laughing too hard. It’s so ridiculous!

Feel free to participate if you want! I would love to read other answers!

The Fairy Tale Book Tag

This one is fun! It’s also a lot more thought provoking than I thought it would be. I originally saw this here on this great blog: bookishwisps.

Here are the rules:

  1. Answer as many questions as you can!
  2. Tag five fairy tale lovers.
  3. Creator of the Tag Adele of Dellybird

Have fun!

The Questions

1. Beauty and the Beast

“He’s no monster…” A character that makes mistakes but redeems themselves in the end.

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Wow, there are some seriously terrible mistakes made! Hal, in particular, comes to mind when I think of a character who redeems himself.

2 – Sleeping Beauty

“One upon a dream…” A book that put you to sleep

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I tried so hard to get into this book, but it just…never…started. I ended up not finishing it. Look at the fantastic cover, though!

3 – The Little Mermaid

“Nothing gave her greater pleasure than to hear about the world of human beings up above” – A book that excites you or is full of adventure.

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Anyone who loves fantasy needs to read this book! The setup is fantastic, the story is interesting, and the battle scenes are epic! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I could go on at length about this book, but I already did in a previous post, so I’ll refrain.

4 – Cinderella

“Perhaps the greatest risk any of us will ever take is to be seen as we really are” – A book where a character is mistreated.

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I was first drawn to this book by the somewhat eerie photographs; writing a book around them was a very unique idea. I’d really love to ask Ransom Riggs how he was able to come up with the story he did, based on just a few odd photos. Kudos to him for creativity! I must say, though, that poor Miss Peregrine, among others, wasn’t treated all that well by the villains in this series.

5 – Peter Pan

“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away, and away means forgetting” – A book that you will never forget!

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I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 1 about twenty years ago. Reading Kay Redfield Jamison’s account of her life with bipolar was an incredible experience for me, partially because she’s incredibly successful in her field, despite having mental health setbacks along the way. There were a few times where I had to just stop reading and sit for a minute because I had that “Finally, someone understands what it’s like!” moment. I’ll never forget that.

6 – The Ugly Duckling

“It is only with the heart that one can see clearly, for the most essential things are invisible to the eye” – A book or character that you love but others don’t see the same way.

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For some reason, this one seemed to slip under the radar. It’s very well written, with a bit of a spooky feel to it, which I really liked. I would absolutely love to read a book of short stories based around the Hinterland (read the book; you’ll know what that means)!

7 – The Princess and the Pea

“She had felt one pea all the way through twenty mattresses and twenty more feather beds” – A book or character that made you uncomfortable.

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Neither Victor nor Eli are what you’d call nice people. Their moral compass seems to be skewed. Unfortunately, even though the writing was superb, I was unable to finish this book because there was a lot of self-mutilation which really bothered me. If that sort of thing is something you can handle, please read this book and tell me how it ends. I’m dying to know!

8 – Little Red Riding Hood

“Oh Granny, what big teeth you have!” – A book or character that wasn’t what they seemed.

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I refuse to give anything away, but I will say this: I guarantee you’ll be surprised. Read this book!

9 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

“I’ll take a chance for her” – A book with great friends.

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If you have a friend as loyal and considerate as Charlie, you’re a very fortunate person.

10 – Alice in Wonderland

“Who in the world am I? – A book about identity or a character who questions themselves.

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I’m about three quarters of the way through this book and the main character, Jetta, definitely has some questions about who (what?) she is. Some of the tidbits that I’ve read about her throughout the book are very intriguing. So far, this has been an excellent read.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Feel free to write your own post – I’d love to see more answers!

The Liebster Award

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Thank you so very much for nominating me for this award,  waytoofantasy. This is my first award nomination, and it made my day!

The Liebster Award Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

    If there was a book that ticked all the boxes of stuff you liked, what would it be about or have in it?

    This is a hard one, because I like so many different kinds of books. As long as the story is cohesive and the characters are believable and interesting, chances are I’ll find something to like about the book. That being said, I love dragons, a bit of a dreamlike quality, magic, an original plot line, and I love it when the characters are so well written that it feels like the ending of the book isn’t really the ending, like it’s just continuing off the page.

    What’s the last TV show/movie you watched and loved?

    Killing Eve. It’s about a female MI6 agent who has the theory that an extraordinarily dangerous killer is actually female, instead of the male everyone is looking for. What ensues is a fascinating game of cat and mouse-but who’s the cat, and who’s the mouse? Since watching it, I’ve learned that it’s based on a book series called Codename Villanelle. I’ve added it to my ridiculously long tbr list.

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    Have you ever written a book or thought about writing a book?

    Many times, especially children’s books. But honestly, I wouldn’t be a very good author. I’d get ahead of myself and my story would end up not making much sense.

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    I love cheese and crackers, and tortilla chips and cheese. Hmm…there’s a bit of theme here. Usually after a long day, though, I want an iced coffee based drink that tastes absolutely nothing like actual coffee.

    Describe an ideal day.

    Whatever I’d be doing would be with my husband and kids for at least half the day, then just with my hubby for half. I’d love to go somewhere new and find cool little bookshops (I think the idea of driving across country and looking for little bookstores that have a book cat would be wonderful), and hidden gem restaurants, but I also would love to go hiking again. I moved from a state that had beautiful mountains to a state the has the ocean. While the ocean is pretty, I’m not a beach girl and I really miss hiking.

    What is your most prized book in your collection and why?

    Ooh, this is a hard one! I have a copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends that is the first book I remember picking out to buy myself. I bought it at an elementary school book sale, and it has the principal’s initials on the inside to prove that it was paid for. It’s a little trip down memory lane. Or, it could be Goblins by Brian Froud. Years ago, my husband and I went to see a move: he said he needed to run to the restroom, and ran across the entire mall to the bookstore, bought the book for me, hid it under his coat for the entire length of the movie, and surprised me with it afterward. It made the book twice as special.

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    Vanilla or chocolate?

    Neither, really. I prefer mocha or cappuccino flavors.

    Do you have pets, if so tell us about them.

    I don’t, although I’d love to have a couple of cats.

    What is your favorite genre of books to read and why?

    I’m partial to fantasy. I love the feeling of leaving the ordinary behind. There’s something special about going on a literary journey like that.

    Why did you decide to start blogging?

    I love talking about books, to the point where I’ll almost waylay someone to ask what they’re reading or to recommend a favorite. Not to be too self-satisfied; I’m pretty decent at recommending books that I think someone will like based on their personality, and I’m not wrong often. My husband encouraged me to start a book blog so that I could make new bookish friends, get suggestions, and basically just discuss all the amazing things about books.

    What is your dream job?

    I’m kind of already doing it: I’m a stay at home mom to two wonderful kids. If I ever go back to a job that actually pays me (I keep saying I need a raise), I would like to be a book editor.

    11 Random Facts About Me:

    1.  I have trichophobia, which is phobia of hair, especially loose hair. I hate touching it. Being a hairstylist is my nightmare job. Oddly enough, I love having my hair done. But, guess what: Tesla had it too. I figure this just means I‘m a genius (laughs at self).

    2.  I homeschool my oldest. He had a disastrous foray into pre-k, and homeschooling him works better for his learning needs. I can go at his pace, which is fantastic: he was reading at an eighth grade level in first grade.

    3. Despite being a rather quiet introvert, I love hard rock and metal music. There’s nothing quite like singing along to my angry songs after a hard day.

    4. I’m a major Browncoat. Firefly is amazing, and so is Serenity. I have even read the comics, despite the fact that my brain struggles to process the small print with the big colorful artwork. Which leads me to my next “about me”, and the reason I struggle to process comics:

    5. I have grand mal epilepsy. I was diagnosed with it years ago. Thankfully, at this point it’s mostly under control. I just have to be careful to avoid strobe lights, smoke machines, and to try to get a decent amount of sleep (again, I’m laughing: I have a toddler who still wakes up multiple times a night).

    6. I despise green beans. I even have a patented “green bean face.” I’m an adult, so darn it, I don’t have to eat them! Bwahaha!

    7. I enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons. It’s fun, and I love using my imagination. Just because I’m an adult doesn’t mean I can’t still be creative.

    8. I love Frostbeard Studios’ literary candles. At the moment, my favorites are Winter Keep, Sherlock’s Study, and Stay Home and Read.

    9. I have three siblings. My youngest also blogs: she’s a mommy blogger.

    10. I don’t actively watch sports on TV (we don’t get channels, but do quite well with streaming movies and TV shows), but I get way too excited when I do catch a hockey game. It’s a wee bit intimidating if you don’t know me.

    11. I collect dragons. Figurines, artwork, plushies, you name it. I love them and have for years.

    Nominations:

    @RoseMarie https://booksandstuff.blog
    https://lightofthebookworm.com/
    https://princessandpages.wordpress.com/
    https://theelvenwarrior.com/
    https://spasciuti.com/
    https://crooksbooks.blog/
    https://manisbookcornerblog.wordpress.com/
    https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.com/
    https://likeherdingcatsblog.wordpress.com/
    https://adancewithbooks.wordpress.com/
    https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/

    My Questions:

    1.What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year and why?

    2. Would you rather meet your favorite book character, or your favorite author?

    3. What movie/show do you think is better than the book?

    4. What do you like to do, other than read (and talk about books, and hoard books, and sniff books…)?

    5. Do you prefer sweet or salty?

    6. How do you describe why you like reading to non-readers?

    7. Do you have a yet-to-be-realized dream?

    8. What’s a book genre that you never read?

    9. What’s something about you that might surprise people?

    10. Who is the least likable character you’ve ever read?

    11. What’s your favorite genre and why?

Unpopular Opinions Tag

The Orang-utan Librarian did a lovely book tag called Unpopular Opinions (you can find hers here: https://theorangutanlibrarian.wordpress.com/2019/02/03/unpopular-opinions-tag-2/) . Since I have many of those, I just had throw in my two cents’ worth.

A Popular Book or Series That You Didn’t Like: Nope, no, uh-uh. Sarah J. Maas is not an author I enjoy. At all. To each their own, but I definitely feel like she’s a very overrated author and I wanted to smack the main character the entire time.

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A Popular Book or Series that Everyone Else Seems To Hate That You Love: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I’m right there with you, Orang-utan Librarian: this book is great! Eerie, with a dark fairy-tale vibe, I quite enjoyed it. I’d love to read a book of short stories that take place in the author’s Hinterland. Plus, look at that gorgeous cover!

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A “One True Pairing” That You Don’t Like: I really don’t mind most canon relationships as long as they don’t detract from the story. Hmmm…I can’t think of a single one. Moving on!

A Popular Book Genre That You Hardly Reach For: I don’t read romance or erotica. It’s not my thing.

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A Popular/Beloved Character That You Do Not Like: Snape. He was a Deatheater (basically the KKK of the wizarding world), he only decided to change his ways, so to speak, because he was in love with another man’s wife, and he was just an all-around jerk (and kind of a lousy teacher. Ha ha!).

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A Popular Author That You Can’t Seem To Get Into: Ah, this is where I lose blog followers. Ha ha !
I’ll narrow it down to two:

Gillian Flynn. I hated the movie Gone Girl, and I found the one book I read that she’d written (Dark Places) to be predictable. She’s an author that I feel writes the most messed-up things, not to further a story line, but just because she can. However, that’s a very unpopular opinion.

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John Green: He’s the Hallmark commercial of the fiction world. You know, going into the book, that’s he’s going to do his level best to make you cry. Not my thing.

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A Popular Book Trope That You’re Tired of Seeing: “I hate him, but I love him, but I hate to love him, but he loves this girl, and this girl loves a different girl…” ad nauseum. Oh- I also hate it when the main female character thinks it’s attractive when ye random guy she just met messes with her hair, or tells her how to wear it. That’s not hot. That’s creepy and possessive.

A Popular Series That You Have No Interest In Reading:

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Both of these series, are ones that I know are too harsh for me to be able to get through. I stay away from certain subjects for my own mental and emotional well-being.

The Saying Goes “The book is always better than the movie”, But What Movie Or TV Show Adaptation Do You Prefer To The Book? The Fellowship of the Ring. The book spends so much time describing places that I’d often lose track of what was happening. The movie was able to show those places without slowing the story down.

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I tag anyone who wants to participate! Have fun!