Top 5 Wednesday #7: Used and Abused But I Like Them

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group. This week’s topic:

Favorite character tropes

The chosen one

— Of the many, many fantasy novels, I like how this plays out in the Wheel of Time series. Well, in the first three books of the Wheel of Time series. We, the series and I, do not always get along well.

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Top Ten Tuesday #8: Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.)

I've always liked this cover best.
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Tyrion from The Song of Ice & Fire series by George R.R. Martin

— an obvious choice. He’s one of my favorite literary book nerds.

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“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth
Some people liked the illustrations but I didn’t. 😦

Totally wacky but adorable read. The Phantom Tollbooth took me on a wild ride that I, unfortunately, could not appreciate at the time I read it.

A quick summary:

The Phantom Tollbooth is a middle-grade novel about a boy named Milo who is bored by his everyday life. Nothing appeals to him or surprises him. One day he comes home to find a phantom tollbooth in his room with instructions for getting to the Lands Beyond, a perfect place for Milo to pass the time. He sets off and meets strange people and creatures — a dog with a clock for a body, a boy who grows down instead of up and whose feet doesn’t touch the ground until he’s an adult — and visits even stranger lands — the Doldrums that makes people there listless; the kingdom Dictionopolis, where one can buy words and letters on market day; the island called Conclusions, where people appear on if they’ve jumped to a conclusion.

“This is Dictionopolis, a happy kingdom, advantageously located in the Foothills of Confusion and caressed by the gentle breezes from the Sea of Knowledge.”

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Weekend Reads #12: Pre-Orders….again

Weekend Reads is a Goodreads group created by Nici, a booktuber over at LitPixie. Basically book lovers can record a video or write a blog post about what they plan to read on the weekend, and also answer a fun question.

The question for this weekend:

Christmas in July! What are some pre-orders/ new releases you’re looking forward to over the remainder of the year?

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Exploring My Bookshelves: Ahh….Janie & Tea Cake

My plan was to get all caught up on things this weekend, but again it was upended by unexpected visitors, who turned out to be awesomely fun folks.

I’m back with another “Exploring My Bookshelves” post since I skipped it last weekend. The meme was originally created by Victoria at Addlepates and Book Nerds but since she’s on vacation, I’m following along with Shannon at For the Love of Words since she has created her own topics.

How it works:
  1. Take a “shelfie” (a picture of your bookshelf). Preferably literal, but e-shelves work too.
  2. Write something on the day’s prompt.
  3. Give the blurb and the cover of the book (and what you thought of it if you’ve read it).
  4. Link back to Victoria’s post.

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Wishes for My TBR Pile #6: A Mixture of Contemporary and Classic

I am mighty overdue for a Wishes for My TBR post. I wasn’t going to do one at first because I’ve acquired many books due to discovering Book Outlet, but I’ve changed my mind.

My TBR pile is ever growing and I hardly place limits on it. Some people have bookshelves dedicated to their TBR piles, others, like me, have a digital list. I simply add books to my Goodreads “to-read” list and name it TBR pile. There are currently over 500 books on that list, some of which I’ve already read but have forgotten what they’re about. Will I ever whittle it down? I doubt it. Will I stop adding books to catch up? Nope. If I’m at a bookstore with a coupon in hand intent on purchasing a book, that’s the list I refer to. So it will stay as it is, growing larger and larger until it hits Goodread’s limit, whatever that is. The only pruning I’ll probably ever do is to remove a book that I’m no longer interested in reading. Anyways, let’s move on to the recent additions.

— Well, some aren’t recently added so let’s just describe them as recent mental additions. Hehe.

Hidden Bodies

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes (February 23, 2016)

Charmingly murderous antihero Joe continues his twisted quest for the perfect love in this thrilling follow-up to the “deeply dark yet mesmerizing” You (Booklist). When Joe follows the woman he wants to marry to the West Coast, he never imagines that his obsession will lead him to such tragedy…

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Top 5 Wednesday #6: Get Your Own Series!

I don’t know why but this week has been exhausting though I haven’t done anything strenuous. I was so tired last night and the night before that I forgot about Top 5 Wednesday and skipped Top Ten Tuesday. But since the steam from Wednesday is still lingering around, I decided to go ahead and do this post.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group. This week’s topic:

Side characters that deserve their own series

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Liebster Awards

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This week is dedicated to catching up on numerous posts so to kick off the week, here’s a Liebster Award post!

I was nominated for the Liebster Award in early June by Broken Heart Designer and in late June by Sara LeTourneau. These are my second and third Liebster Award nominations but I am so grateful for the recognition. Thank you! 😀 I’ve decided to combine both award nominations into one post because I’m tired it seems practical.

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Weekend Reads #11: You

Weekend Reads is a Goodreads group created by Nici, a booktuber over at LitPixie. Basically book lovers can record a video or write a blog post about what they plan to read on the weekend, and also answer a fun question.

The question for this weekend:

Tell us about your favorite book you’ve read this year.

That would be You by Caroline Kepnes. OMG, this book blew my mind. It was great and I love how all its components worked together to create a believable character and an engrossing story. I loved the narration, the character development, the pace, the voice, everything.

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“You” by Caroline Kepnes

YouThis one blew my mind and corrupted it. And it didn’t help that I read The Phantom Tollbooth around the time I read You, not that they’re the same since one is a children’s fantasy novel and the other is a psychological thriller but they both are so mind-boggling that together they will twist your thoughts leaving you lost without your inner voice because whenever you think of something, it will be in the vein of one of these books. Maybe it’s just me who gets so affected by reading these two books at once but even so, I don’t recommend it.

Quick summary:

A guy meets a girl and stalks her.

My thoughts:

Sorry, I can’t do better than that. You can visit the Goodreads page to find out more but it is hard to summarize this book without giving anything away. Shit, it’s hard to summarize it while giving away spoilers. But one thing’s for sure — the story is damn good. Bits of the story will come out as I discuss my thoughts so be wary. There will be spoilers. It you’d rather avoid them, you can just jump to the Overall section below.

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