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…

Inanna

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?
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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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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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Sunday Brunch Book Tag

There’s a book tag for just about every topic. Since it’s Sunday, I wanted to do a fun, relaxing post to match my mood: The weather is great, so I’m mad chill right now (and lazy). It’s one of those kick-back, chill, and watch Netflix type of Sunday, and I’m loving it.

I couldn’t find a book tag themed specifically for the day (and didn’t feel like creating one), so I was glad when I found this Sunday Brunch Book Tag because the second best thing to do on Sunday (the first being chilling and reading) is to have brunch. I love party brunches, though I’ve yet to make it to one. I’m always too lazy to leave my house to attend them, but they sound so fun! Anyway, the tag…

It was created by Deborah, the Reading Chick, and I was doubly happy to do it because I love breakfast food, so this is now one of my favorite book tags because of all the yummy food.

American classic: eggs, bacon, and toast

Woo!!!… it’s simple and ordinary, but I love it. Easy to whip up and there’s bacon. Bacon makes everything better. 🙂

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Weekend Reads #86: High-School Experiences

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I’m currently reading.

This week’s topic:

High-school experiences

That just popped into my head. I didn’t have a topic for this weekend but when I started writing about not having a topic, I thought back to a podcast I listened to a while back where two authors of YA novels said “everyone’s high-school experience was horrible” and if your experience wasn’t horrible, then you were doing something wrong. (Not the exact words, but that’s the gist of it.)

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Weekend Reads #85: Book-to-Movie Adaptations – not everyone likes them; not everyone wants them

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I’m currently reading.

This week’s topic:

Book-to-movie adaptations

Not everyone wants a book-to-movie adaptation to happen. But those who think this are few, fortunately…or unfortunately. The majority of us, me included, are open to seeing a beloved story told in another format or reimagined as something else.

From a reader/fan point of view, adaptations provide a new way for me to engage with the story and might even provide a fresh perspective. There’s much debate among book bloggers about how to approach adaptations, especially movie adaptations, which often doesn’t closely follow the source material.

Some peeps prefer to first read the book then see the movie so they can make comparisons or critique how closely the movie follows the book or simply understand what inspired the movie. Others, like me, prefer to read the book after seeing the show. Some people avoid this because watching the movie first spoils the book, but seeing the movie first makes me judge it a lot less harshly and stops me from becoming annoyed when I realize how much the movie had deviated from the book. I enjoy the movie more when I see it first, usual YA book-to-movie adaptations. Instead of focusing on the differences between the book and the movie, I just accept the movie for what it is.

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Cake Flavored Book Tag

This is probably the fastest I’ve ever seen and done a book tag because I saw this on Rachel’s blog, Life of a Female Bibliophile, yesterday and BOOM! I post it today. 😀

I’d give myself a pat on the back if I could reach it, but I’m too lazy to stretch that far right now.

Anyway, I love me some cakes and books, so I thought “Hell yeah, I’ll do that cake flavor book tag!” I just wish I had some cake while I do it.

Chocolate: a dark book you absolutely love

That photo is actually of a chocolate tart, but I decided to use it because it makes my mouth water. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a chocolate tart and that picture makes me think they’re scrumdiliumcious. I need one in my life!

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

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