I Heart Characters! #2: Shapeshifter God Neighbor

I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Perspective of a Writer to share our love of great characters. Each week Dani will assign a topic/type of character that we must find examples of in the various media we consume (books, TV shows, movies, comics, podcasts, etc.).

For now, it seems that my timing will always be off for this meme. Maybe in June I’ll get back on track and post according to the dates Dani has listed. Since I missed last week’s topic (I was on vacation and didn’t post anything) and will most likely be busy next week, I’ve decided to complete all the topics for May in this post.

Starting with last week’s topic:

Shapeshifter idol

A shifter character whose abilities and life I’d love to lead…

an animagus

This made me realize that I’m not a fan of shapeshifters, though I think it’s a cool ability. It was hard to think of an answer for this, but I settled on animagi in the Harry Potter books because their shapeshifting abilities give them freedom (the Marauders), allow them to conduct clandestine operations, and have fun entertaining others (Tonks). I chose to highlight Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because I think this is where we first meet Tonks, whose shapeshifting abilities I admire the most. I’d like to have her abilities so I can make my hair a bright shade of bubble-gum pink at will, but not her life.

This week’s topic:

God or Goddess BFF

A mythological character I’d want as a friend would be…


Gods are fickle, powerful beings. I don’t think I’d want to be besties with one. Suppose I annoyed them? I mean, besties annoy each other at some point. They’d blast me apart, regret it, then bring me back to life (that’s if they regret it), which would be okay since I’d continue living, but I’m sure the blasting apart part would really hurt.

Anyway, since I had to choose a character, I went with Inanna from the Wicked + the Divine comic book series, which is about gods from several cultures’ pantheons incarnated as humans every few years. This time, they’re incarnated as pop superstars. Inanna is the “Sumerian goddess of love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, combat, justice, and political power,” who was later worshipped by the Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians under the name Ishtar. She is associated with the planet Venus and her symbols are the lion and the eight-pointed star (which you can see Inanna from WicDiv sporting above). (I got all that from Wikepedia, btw.)

In the comic book series, Inanna is male and is illustrated as the pop star Prince. I can’t say much about him because it would mostly be spoilers since Inanna appears in the second volume of the series, but I like Inanna because he seems the nicest of the bunch. Dionysus seems cool too, but his parties are way trippy and makes me feel borderline mad or blazed out my mind. I’d burn out quick if I were friends with Dionysus. Lucifer is probably my favorite character in the series, but I think that’s because I really like how she’s drawn. She makes me think of David Bowie. Don’t think we’d make great friends though.

Next week’s topic:

Man you want next door

A male character I wouldn’t mind having as a neighbor:

Mr. Complainer

No, I wouldn’t want a neighbor who’s a complainer, but I’d love to have one who’s an architectural historian. I think it would be cool to have such a person as a neighbor or friend. They could share a bunch of interesting tidbits and facts with me that I’d be eager to learn.

Mr. Complainer is a customer from Sal’s cheese shop in Ruth Reichl’s Delicious!, a contemporary novel about a woman in her 20s who moves to New York City to overcome her grief and secure a position at a food magazine.

And that’s it. My plan for June is to publish these posts on time, but we’ll see if I stick to that.

Well, which characters would you choose for these topics?

Down the TBR Hole #6: It’s Been a While…

Here’s another edition of Down the TBR Hole, a meme created by Lia at Lost in a Story where we decide whether to keep or remove books on our TBR.

The rules for Down the TBR Hole:
  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’ve switched it up some and will only list the books I plan to remove from my Goodreads TBR. Those with a green Kick Off are ones I’ll probably change my mind on and read at some point.

Batch #1

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“Dread Nation” by Justina Ireland

Another surprising read I didn’t expect to enjoy.

I’d given up on YA books because I became annoyed that they were mostly romance novels touted as other genres. Whether they are categorized as fantasy or horror or sci-fi, the main focus of the story is always the romance and often it is the weakest part of the story. Because of that, I stopped reading YA books for a while. But the few rave reviews I’ve seen of Dread Nation, as well as this article, got me curious and made me want to read the book. So I did.


Historical fiction — alternative history; Horror (it’s not scary)



Goodreads summary:

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

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I Heart Characters! #1: Warrior Woman Fae Love Pet Sidekick

I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Perspective of a Writer to share our love of great characters. Each week Dani will assign a topic/type of character that we must find examples of in the various media we consume (books, TV shows, movies, comics, podcasts, etc.).

I’ve wanted to participate in this meme since I first heard of it but kept forgetting to do it. So for my first post, I’ll combine all the ones I’ve missed. I’ll start with the topic that kicked off this meme:

Warrior woman

I take this to mean a powerful female character so I choose:

Jane McKeene

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“Geekerella” by Ashley Poston

I’m surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did.


Contemporary; Romance



Goodreads summary:

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

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Top Ten Tuesday #34: My Favorite Colors — Wishes for My TBR Pile #24

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover

Yea, I know I’m late with my TTT post, but I’ve been a bit lazy lately about drafting posts so this slipped from me. But I really wanted to do it because I love featuring my favorite colors. I thought I’d combine it with my Wishes for My TBR meme and feature instead:

Books in My Favorite Colors That I Want to Get


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What’s on Your Nightstand: April 2018

What’s on Your Nightstand is a monthly meme hosted by 5 Minutes for Books on the last Tuesday of every month that summarizes what you’ve read for the month, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan to read next. For my posts, I also include articles, music, art, TV shows, and whatever else I did in the month.

April: the month in which I realize I’ve been decieving myself this whole time about accomplishing personal goals. April: the month in which I realize my setbacks are actually MAJOR setbacks and I probably won’t accomplish my goals by my appointed date. This was disappointing and dampened my month some, but April was also filled with lots of fun moments: enjoying the arts with friends or just by myself.

April wasn’t all bad and realizing those major setbacks now is actually a good thing. It’s still early in the year and though I’ll have to adjust the timeline for my goals, there’s still time to correct the mistakes I made so I won’t have to do a huge reshuffling of my plans. April was a busy month. I had lots to do at work and because I enjoy my job, the busyness was invigorating. I also reconnected with some friends, attended a parody of the Harry Potter books, which was loads of fun, and got a private tour of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which, if you’re in D.C. and you love art, you should totally do too.

So it was a decent month, though I’ll continue to gripe about it because GRRR!!! I fucked up with them goals. At least my reading and blogging were on track. Here’s what I read in April.

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