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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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 6

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 6: A Book That Broke Your Heart

I’m not going to go into details because I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t read it, but The Fault in Our Stars is one of the many books that turns me into an emotional mess. The first time I read it, I had to stop reading at certain points because my tears made it hard to read the words on the page. You’d think that the second time around I’d be able to make it through without this happening, right? Even though I know what’s going to happen, I still end up crying. Every. Single. Time.

I don’t think my reactions were nearly as great as my mom’s though. When I lent this to her, I told her nothing about the plot; only that it’s an excellent book. She read it in one sitting and then came into my room crying and asking, “how could you do this to me?” She now explicitly asks whether or not a book is going to make her cry before she borrows it.

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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Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

ImageDespite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

My Rating: 5 cupcakes

The Fault in Our Stars is my favourite John Green novel. Since its release, I’ve read it at least four times and I’ve recommended it to absolutely everyone I know. I even own two copies of it; a signed copy that stays on my shelf looking pretty, and a second copy that has been lent out more times than I can count and whose pages are marked by the bright yellow highlighter that covers all of my favourite quotes.

The Fault in Our Stars is not your typical cancer novel: the characters are refreshingly real, as opposed to the stereotypical martyr, and all of the ugliness associated with cancer is not glossed over or glorified to spare the reader any unpleasant details.

Cancer is a heavy topic to write about, so naturally the book is very emotional. While I did spend a good portion of my time crying over the book, I spent an equal amount of time laughing and having fun. This is mostly due to the fact that Hazel and Augustus were just like any other teenager – they played video games, watched movies, became obsessed with books, fell in love and traveled. They had cancer, but their cancer did not define them.

The Fault in Our Stars is beautifully written and is littered with many incredible, memorable, thought-provoking quotes. While John Green himself is in his 30s, he is able to create such authentic voices for his characters, including his sixteen year old female protagonist. It’s a fairly short book and can easily be read in a sitting – which is good because you’ll likely want to read it again as soon as you’ve finished.