30 Day Book Challenge: Day 25

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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Day 25: A Character Who You Can Relate To The Most

Every year, on the first day of school, my parents remind me of my very first day of kindergarten: all of the children were standing with their parents, and I was the odd one out, lined up against the wall waiting for the bell to ring so that I could finally start school. So I’m sure it comes as no surprise that this love for learning has remained with me to this day.

In the same way that Hermione read Hogwarts: A History in advance to prepare herself for the school, I would spend the last few weeks before high school started up again reading and reviewing my notes just to make sure I wasn’t behind. (I also get to do that next week, to make sure that I’m all ready for university classes again). I would have a different book with me every day at school that I would read between classes, much like Hermione who seemed to live in the library.

I was called “Hermione” by one of the boys in my grade five class when I was new to the school and had a habit of answering all of the teacher’s questions and correcting his mistakes (much to his annoyance). It got to the point where I was given a limit of how many times I could correct my teacher or comment on a topic per day, probably because I came across as an “insufferable know-it-all.” That certainly wasn’t my intention; I have always researched topics that interest me, and can therefore speak (somewhat) intelligently on a variety of topics. Of course, it also meant that I had to help others with their homework and proofread essays… but I can’t say I minded that too much.

I’ve always greatly admired Hermione for her intelligence, her bravery, her fairness, and her loyalty. She’s been my role model since childhood, and I can guarantee that she’ll continue to influence my decisions in the future.

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What character do you relate to the most?
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Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week she posts an idea for relating to books, and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own “top ten” list.

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This week’s topic is “top ten most memorable secondary characters.” It was quite difficult for me to narrow this list down to just ten characters, since secondary characters are often just as intriguing as the main protagonists.

1. Rue (The Hunger Games)

Rue is sweet, adorable, and completely underestimated in the Games. She survived a lot longer than people expected her to, and her story impacted Katniss’ story in so many ways.

2. Finnick Odair (Catching Fire)

There’s a reason that the sugar cube scene in Catching Fire is remembered by most readers, but Finnick’s charming nature isn’t the only reason to love him. He’s loyal, brave, and strong, and his relationship with Annie is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever read.

3. Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter)

I loved watching Neville’s transformation from a scared, forgetful boy who was constantly bullied to a strong, incredibly important young man. This transformation starts in the first book, when he shows a great deal of bravery standing up to his friends, and continues until the end of the series.

4. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

Luna is one of my favourite characters in the Harry Potter world. She’s quirky and slightly crazy, but she owns it and doesn’t let anyone’s negative opinions get her down. She’s so true to herself and comfortable in her own skin, and I admire her so much for that.

5. Manchee (The Knife of Never Letting Go)

I love talking animals in books, and Manchee reminded me so much of Dug the dog from Up! His relationship with Todd was heartwarming, and many of his thoughts made me laugh. His story made me cry so much, even though I realize that certain situations were necessary for Todd’s character growth.

6. Sturmhond (Siege and Storm)

Sturmhond is witty and charming, which made me instantly fall in love with him (and made me wish more than once that he was a real person). He’s also incredibly well composed, calculating, and adaptive, which are necessary qualities given his agenda.

7. Magnus Bane (The Mortal Instruments)

I love Magnus so much. He comes across as witty, charming, and entertaining, and his time as an immortal has given him many insights on what it means to live and to love. He’s easily the most interesting character in The Moral Instruments series, and I can’t wait to see where his story goes next!

8. Patrick (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

Patrick is so much more than just comic relief; he broke my heart, made me laugh, and inspired me with his unfailing optimism. He goes through some tough times, but still manages to be the light that Charlie needs in his life, which Ezra Miller captured perfectly in the movie.

9. Isaac (The Fault in Our Stars)

I loved his friendship with Gus, and how he bridged the gap between Gus and Hazel. The fact that he was more concerned about how his girlfriend would take his blindness than the actual blindness itself speaks volumes about his character, as well.

10. Tiny Cooper (Will Grayson, Will Grayson)

Tiny was definitely my favourite character in this book, since his personality was just as large as his exterior. His musical was flawless, and he’s so much fun! I need to find myself a friend like him.

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Who are some of your favourite secondary characters? Leave me a link to your post or a list of your favourites in the comments below.
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Top Ten Books That Should Have Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week she posts an idea for relating to books, and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own “top ten” list.

This week’s topic is top ten books that should have sequels. There has been many a time where I’ve fallen in love with a book and its characters only to discover that it’s a standalone. Or where I’ve finished a series and found myself saying, “but this can’t be over… I want to know what happens to ___.” When a book is really close to my heart, I want it to continue forever – even if the ending was perfect. Here are some of those books:

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I know that she wrote seven books and a few companion books, but after reading this article about what happened after the series ended, my desire to go back to Hogwarts has returned full-force. I wouldn’t mind a series about Harry’s children or even a Marauder’s series… I just want more.

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I fell in love with Marco, Celia, Poppet, Widget, and the circus itself. I would love to read more stories set in Le Cirque des Reves, even if it’s just a description of what each tent holds.

 

 

 
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I absolutely loved reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails to one another. I want to see Beth and Lincoln go on dates – and read Jennifer’s thoughts about it, of course!

 

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Christopher is endearing, and I loved viewing the world through his eyes. It would be so much fun to go on another adventure with him, especially if he’s channeling his inner Sherlock Holmes again.

 

 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Yes, I know that Lola and the Boy Next Door is a companion novel to this. And, yes, I did enjoy it. But I want a true sequel – after all, I need more Etienne St. Clair in my life.

 

 

Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
The ending of this series left me in shock. While the open ending seems somewhat hopeful, I need to definitively know what happens to Todd. I’d also like to see the new settlers arrive, and see more about Wilf since he’s adorable.

 

 

Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
This is another example of a final book in a series having an open ending. I didn’t mind the ending, but I would love to see what happens to the world, what happens to Alex and Lena’s relationship, and just more Alex in general.

 

 

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I know that Fire and Bitterblue are companion novels, but I’d love to see another book dedicated to Katsa and Po. Their relationship dynamic is excellent, and they’re both likeable characters, so I would be more than okay with visiting their world once more.

 

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
This series feels like it ended mid-sentence. I have a lot of questions that remain unanswered, so I would love to see another book just to finalize the Baudelaire’s story.

 

 

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
If Frankie managed to cause all of these shenanigans at her prep school, I can’t imagine what situations she’d get herself into in college.

 

 

What books do you wish had sequels? Leave a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.
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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 1

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Day 1: A Book You Wish You Could Live In

Since I first read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I’ve desperately wanted to go to Hogwarts.

Imagine running through the barrier to get to Platform 9 3/4, taking the Hogwarts Express, purchasing chocolate frogs from the trolley, trying out for the Quidditch team, learning Defense Against the Dark Arts… it would be a dream come true!

On my eleventh birthday (and the weeks that followed) I ran to get the mail every morning in hopes that my Hogwarts letter would finally arrive. It hasn’t… yet. When it does, though, I’ll be ready: I learned all the spells and potions, read up on the magical creatures, studied the rules of Quidditch, and even practiced wearing robes and ties. Now I just need my owl to arrive…

Top Ten Beginnings/Endings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week she posts an idea for relating to books, and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own “top ten” list.

This week’s topic is top ten beginnings/endings in books. Both of these are incredibly important: one is the first impression that you’re given of a story, the other is what will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading. There have been so many times when a book has failed to capture my attention at the beginning or has let me down in terms of the ending, whether it was rushed, there was no resolution, or it just wasn’t as well-written as the rest of the book. Here are some of the books that got it absolutely right:

Best Beginnings

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“The circus arrives without warning.

No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

3b“To say I’d been kept prisoner my entire life in an attic wasn’t quite true. It was only fifteen years out of eighteen, and I was allowed to walk in the gardens for a half-hour some days.”

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“Once upon a time, there was a girl who was special. Her hair flowed like honey and her eyes were as blue as music. She grew up bright and beautiful, with deft fingers, a quick mind and a charm that impressed everyone she met. Her parents adored her, her teachers praised her, and her schoolmates admired her many talents…

This is not her story.

Unless you count the part where I killed her.”

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“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well.”

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“You saw me before I saw you. In the airport, that day in August, you had that look in your eyes, as though you wanted something from me, as though you’d wanted it for a long time.”

Best Endings

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“The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.”

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“A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR. I am haunted by humans.”

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“For the living and the dead, she would make herself a reckoning.

She would rise.”

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“I do, Augustus.

I do.”

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“And if the Thames that ran beside them, sure and silver in the afternoon light, recalled a night long ago when the moon shone as brightly as a shilling on this same boy and girl, or if the stones of Blackfriars knew the tread of their feet and thought to themselves: At last, the wheel comes full circle, they kept their silence.”

What are some of your favourites? Leave a list or a link to your post in the comments below.
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