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How Do You Prefer To Read A Book Series?

How Do You Prefer To Read A Book Series?

I think it’s time for a discussion post. ‘Nuff with all of these reviews and what not! I’m kidding, I’ll be posting another later today 😛 Anyways, I thought it would be fun to take a break from this April ARC madness and pick all […]

Thursday Blog Trot #7

Thursday Blog Trot #7

I seriously can’t believe how quick the week flies by! It’s Thursday again, and time for another Thursday Blog Trot! I really don’t know where the time goes. It seems like I was just writing last week’s TBT post yesterday. Alas, here we are–already the […]

My 5 Favorite Literary Pranksters

My 5 Favorite Literary Pranksters

This has been a surprisingly difficult prompt for me to meet.

I love humor. I mean, who doesn’t? When I went through my “read” list on Goodreads, I realized that I haven’t read many books that weren’t serious in some sense. So, this prompt was a difficult one for me to meet. 

However, the more I thought about a “prankster,” I began to realize that I don’t necessarily think of a prankster as someone who is just funny–I think of someone who is tricky. This opens the doors to allow  the character to be either a protagonist, antagonist, or both. 

Before we get started, I’ll need some help from Count Olaf to clear the air as to what this post is about: 

Okay, maybe that was more funny in my head than it really was. 

Either way, let’s move on to the list I compiled of my favorite (heroic or villainous) literary pranksters. 

Chip Gaines

So, Chip Gaines is not a fictional character, but he technically is a literary character because he's in two books (written by himself and his wife, Joanna Gaines.) If you aren't familiar with this couple, they have a show on HGTV called "Fixer Upper," where they renovate houses for people around Waco, Texas.
Chip is absolutely hilarious and was one of the main reasons why I became hooked on the show. In all honesty, he reminds me of my Dad with the sense of humor he has but he is way more over the top. He's constantly playing pranks on those around him, especially his wife, and that same spirit comes through his writing.

The Phantom (Of The Opera)

The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera is one of those antagonist pranksters I mentioned in the intro. This is the trait that made me like his character so much. While he's definitely creepy, he's constantly taunting the opera, and it adds some unexpected humor to this rather dismal tale.

Count Olaf

Count Olaf from The Series of Unfortunate Events is yet another antagonist "prankster" or more appropriately titled, trickster. Constantly hunting the Baudelaire orphans in order to get their fortune, he's a pro at tricking everyone but the orphans with his appearance . His strange, eccentric, and rather comical character adds such a unique twist to each installment in this series.

Merry & Pippin

Peregrin Took (Pippin) and Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry) are two of my favorite characters from The Lord of the Rings series. These two add comic relief to a rather serious plot line. When they aren't pulling pranks on each other and other characters, they are getting in trouble with someone (normally Gandalf.)

Fred & George Weasley

These guys are probably the most obvious choice out of all the characters in this list. The fact that they are pranksters is why people enjoy their characters so much. They always show up at the right times to ensure that the serious parts aren't too serious.

Who are your favorite literary pranksters?
What about them stand out to you the most about their characters besides the fact that they love to play pranks, or cause problems for others?

Thursday Blog Trot #6

Thursday Blog Trot #6

I think ya’ll know what THursday means on my blog now. It’s Thursday Blog Trot time! Oh yeah, we are heading to some different blogs today, and some pretty cool ones that that!  This week, I’ve had a lot on my mind regarding blogging. While […]

My Favorite Teachers/Mentors Found In Books

My Favorite Teachers/Mentors Found In Books

I think we all have someone that we looked up to, or still look up to, throughout our lives. I know for myself, there were several people at different times of my life that have had a large impact on forming the person that I […]

Thursday Blog Trot #5

Thursday Blog Trot #5

Well, it's a late night for me this Thursday.

Sorry I’m getting this post up so late. I’ve been working a lot of overtime lately, and it’s been eating into my blogging time a lot. Either way, my schedule doesn’t stop other book bloggers from keeping up with their blogs and posting some fantastic and helpful posts! 

I normally try to feature different bloggers each week, but this week is a bit repetitive because some people just have too many goodies to share!

Thursday Blog Trot is a weekly meme dedicated to passing along great information provided by bloggers from all over the world. If you like the sounds of this Thursday Blog Trot Meme, feel free to use it, along with the image provided! Be sure to comment below if you do!

Privacy Policy

Simant at Flipping Through The Pages had a fantastic post (that I had never considered myself) about having a privacy policy on your blog. Create Your Blog’s Privacy Policy breaks down what a privacy policy is, why it’s important, and what it should include. This is some very valuable information, folks! Be sure to check it out!

Bookstagram: Photo Props

Pamela at Reverie Society wrote a wonderful guest post on AvalinahsBooks about Bookstagram props. Looking at a lot of feeds out there, it seems that people spend a lot of money for props in their photos. Pamela, however, gives affordable tips for anyone to use in Bookstagram Myths: Are Props Expensive?

Audiobook Love

Tiffany at Read By Tiffany shares about why she loves Audiobooks. I have to agree with you Tiffany, they are definitely efficient! Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Audiobooks gives some great pointers as to why this format of reading is so handy. If you haven’t tried listening to and audiobook, do it!

Linking Up

If you are unfamiliar with “linking up,” be sure to check out Nicole’s post over at Feed Your Fiction Addiction! She wrote a guest post for AvalinahsBooks about linking up, what they are, and how great they can be for becoming participated with other bloggers. Be sure to check out the post a What Are Linkups All About?

Get Back To Writing!

I also like to share writing tips because even if all book bloggers aren’t aspiring authors, we are all writers. But also, I hope to be an author someday, so this may be more for my reference than others 😉 Maria at A Writer’s Journey posted about How to Get Back To Writing After A Long Break. Writing slumps, reading slumps, all sorts of slumps can happen. It’s getting back into it that matters—and how that is accomplished matters too. I’ve taken a somewhat forced hiatus from writing, but have wanted to get back into it recently. This post has motivated me to do so. Even if I only get 100 words down on paper a day, it’s still writing! Be sure to check out Maria’s blog for more wonderful writing advice!

I hope you find these great posts helpful and useful! Be sure to give these bloggers some love by checking out their blogs, and leaving a comment or a like!

Thursday Blog Trot #4

Thursday Blog Trot #4

Why hello there, and happy Thursday to you! This post totally snuck up on me this week. Since the time change, I’ve been so off with time and day of the week, that I didn’t realize that it was Thursday until…Thursday. So, sorry for getting […]

Five Children’s Books To Read As An Adult

Five Children’s Books To Read As An Adult

We all remember one of our favorite childhood books. Majority, (if not all) of mine were horse-related. I grew up eating, breathing, and sleeping horses. I even had a shirt that said so, so I naturally leaned towards stories influenced by the lovely creatures.  Don’t worry, […]

Thursday Blog Trot #3

Thursday Blog Trot #3

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Just a spot of good news – in case you didn’t know, Thursday is basically Friday, so, it’s basically the weekend!

I have great logic, yes I do.

Along with the fact that it’s practically the weekend, it’s also International Women’s Day!

I have some great posts to share with you today! We have a wide variety of topics and resources, so lets get to it! 

Thursday Blog Trot is a weekly meme dedicated to passing along great information provided by bloggers from all over the world. If you like the sounds of this Thursday Blog Trot Meme, feel free to use it, along with the image provided! Be sure to comment below if you do!

Book Community Media Dashboard

I’m coming across this post a bit late, but thought it important to share! Austine at NovelKnight created a Book Community Media Dashboard. It’s a spreadsheet that she created to compile a list of book bloggers, and have a place to easily find them. Anyone can add their information, and access it to find other book bloggers as well! Be sure to check it out!

Celebrating Women Around the World

This is the perfect post for International Women’s Day! Etinosa at Uwadis shared a lovely post called Celebrating Female Nigerian Authors. She shares about five women who have written across the genre board, including Tomi Adeyemi, Nnedi Okorafor, Ayobami Adebayo, Buchi Emecheta, Chimamanda Adichie. If you are looking for some new authors to check out, be sure to read this post!

Trusting the Author

Ruby over at Ruby’s Books had a wonderful discussion in her reoccurring Wednesday Chatter post about Trusting the Author – Take 2. This was a follow up post to her previous one, also titled Trusting the Author. I appreciated her overall etiquette when discussing the topic, and thought it was a great reminder of factors to keep in mind while reading. We all have different takes and expectations for books. But in the end, we are not the author. It’s good to appreciate what the author delivers to us, even if we do not necessarily agree!

Blogging 101

If there are any new bloggers out there, be sure to check out these Blogging 101 posts written by Becky at Uptown Oracle!  She gives all sorts of great tips for your blog, especially if you are new to the game. These posts are simple, concise, and easy to follow for anyone!

Books and Tea Book Club

If you are looking for a book club to join, (and are 18 years or older) you should check out Lauren’s group, over at Northern Plunder! Her Books and Tea Book Club are just starting their March read-alongs, so be sure to see the details on her most recent post!

Be sure to check out each of these amazing book bloggers, and all of the hard work that they do! Stop by next Thursday to see more great posts and bloggers!

Books That I’m Thankful For

Books That I’m Thankful For

As readers, we are always searching for a book that impacts us. “Impact” can be taken in a multitude of ways—it’s basically the reason why we read in the first place. I love books with deep-rooted meaning. They can be from any genre, as long […]

Thursday Blog Trot #2

Thursday Blog Trot #2

It’s Thursday already, and boy, are there some great posts to share this week! I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt like I was slammed  this week with blogging. I really didn’t have much time to blog-hop, which was really disappointing. Even so, I came […]

My Favorite Bookish Friendships

My Favorite Bookish Friendships

Have you ever read a book that had a friendship that gave you all of the feels?

I can honestly say that I haven’t read many books that actually have made me feel much towards the characters. I’ve read a decent number of books, but perhaps not enough to have a wide enough variety to pick and choose from. However, out of the books that I have read, there have been a few friendships that I really admired, for varying reasons. 

This is a difficult topic for me to discuss because I’m very picky when it comes to this! Quality always trumps quantity for me. I feel like characters who are able to obtain that sort of relationship really need to be something special. Each of these examples are definitely special in their own way, and have been inspiring for me throughout my reading journey, as well as in everyday life. 

I won’t be putting these in any particular order, because they each hold about the same amount of importance in my eyes.

Albert & Joey from War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Freshly coming off from this read, I absolutely adored the bond that developed between Joey and Albert. Even though Joey is a horse, there’s something to say about the ties we create with our animal companions. 

Albert and Joey are similar in many ways. Both having suffered poor treatment by Albert’s father, they are able to grow to trust one another from that common ground. Not only that, they are able to replace fear with hope, anger with love, and abandonment with belonging through the bond that they have. The story these two have is just beautiful!

Frodo & Sam from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. TOlkien

This may be an obvious pick, but this timeless friendship is, and always will be one of my favorites. While Frodo has his (several) moments were he doesn’t deserve Sam’s friendship, Sam doesn’t even consider abandoning his dearest friend. In the midst of utter chaos, Sam is the steadfast character that never falters. He puts Frodo before himself, and sacrifices his own needs in order to keep a close eye on Frodo who is heavily burdened with the ring. This friendship is build around utmost sacrifice, loyalty, and pureness of intent, and Frodo becomes all-the-better because of Sam.

Jane Eyre & Helen Burns from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

While this friendship doesn’t last long, it is one to cherish. Jane and Helen both attend Lowood Academy when they are young girls. The conditions at the school, and treatment from the teachers to the students are ghastly. It isn’t an inviting atmosphere to consider making friends in, yet, Jane and Helen are drawn to one another.

Several times, the two take punishment for the other. Having a deep understanding of suffering in their young ages, Jane and Helen are able to grow close to one another, and support each other until Helen’s tragic death. This friendship may be brief, but the amount of time cannot account for the depth of empathy these two had for one another.

Jules & Arsinoe from the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake

Jules and Arsinoe have an enticing friendship. I find it so refreshing that a character can simply be happy for another without envy! Arsinoe, who is supposed to be the Naturalist Queen, has little-to-no ability with her gift. Yet, her best friend Jules is the most powerful Naturalist in generations. Time and again, Arsinoe shows her disinterest in coveting Jules’ ability, and is content with her own person. She does try some tactics to obtain some form of ability, but her endeavors do not cause a rift between herself and Jules. There are other factors in their friendship that cause some tension, but for the most part, they are not impacted by them. 

Corona & Mora from The Lily of Life: a fairy tale by Carmen Sylva

Corona and Mora’s friendship is yet another example of unconditional love. Similar to that of Frodo and Sam’s friendship, Corona cares immensely for her sister Mora. She too, goes to the ends of the earth in order to save her sister’s beloved. While Corona’s intentions may be slightly jaded initially, she gives up her own desires in order for her sister’s to be fulfilled. 

Question time!
What are your favorite bookish friendships? Tell me why and how they have inspired you!
Let me know in the comments below!

Why I Started Blogging & Why You Should Too!

Why I Started Blogging & Why You Should Too!

I’ve been blogging for over a year already… It was Winter 2016 when I decided that I really needed to do something in order to keep me sane (for lack-of-better-terms). Being a wife to an amazing husband, mother to an adorable toddler (we are also expecting a baby boy), a […]

Thursday Blog Trot #1 Let’s Get This Thing Started!

Thursday Blog Trot #1 Let’s Get This Thing Started!

It’s Thursday, and it’s time to start a new Meme! What is Thursday Blog Trot? Well, since I don’t have all the time in the world to spend following my lovely fellow book bloggers, bookstagrammers, booktubers, and the like, I wanted to dedicate some time each […]

My Favorite Romance Novels

My Favorite Romance Novels

Since we are still in February, let's talk Romance, shall we?

I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of romance in books. That doesn’t come to say that I don’t appreciate a good romance if I come across one! 

If we want to be really honest, then if you get to know me a bit, you’ll find out I’m not really a romantic. You’re a girl, and you aren’t romantic? Nah, not really. I grew up with horses, dirt under my nails, and biceps which could contend with most guys my age.

I think it’s also due to the fact that our society has dumbed-down romance and made it into something meaningless and shallow and I don’t want to read about it! But, that’s a topic for another discussion.

These five books are focused on romance, or dance around the topic, and have become favorites for reasons of their own (which I’ll be sharing). The first two are a TIE–I cannot choose which I prefer more, so a tie will have to suffice. 

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

I know I won't be alone here on this one. Where are all my Mr. Darcy fans at? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen has always been, and will always be one of my absolute favorite romances. This book has the perfect combination of wit, complexity, simplicity, irony, and...everything else that makes a novel a good novel. Not to mention, Elizabeth Bennett is one of my favorite female characters, ever!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

If you like suspense in your romances, then Jane Eyre takes the cake! I remember the first time I read Jane Eyre, and how utterly enthralled with it I became (and still am) afterwards. There's a reason why this is my all-time-favorite book! The dark setting, the cranky and moody Mr. Rochester, Jane's meekness, and the secret makes this book a splendid read.

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Published in 2018, The Girl in the Tower is the sequel to The Bird and the Nightingale. This series is based off of Russian folklore, primarily focused around Father Frost. As the plot unfolds over the course of these two books, a steeping paranormal romance buds between Father Frost and Vasilica, the main character. Again, if you are one for amazing atmospheric tales, check this series out!

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

The Wings of the Wind is the third and final book in the Out of Egypt series. These are Christian fiction retellings, sprinkled with romance. The story overarching all three books tells of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt, and the years following. In this final installment, a fiery Canaanite woman named Alanah is found after a battle between the Jews and the Canaanites by a Jewish man named Tobiah. Due to customs and other complications, the two are forced together. If you love tales of redemption, healing, and so much more, check out this series!

The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross

The Queen's Rising is another new release for 2018. I was skeptical when I picked this baby up, but boy, was I blown away by this read! This book is the epitome of forbidden and slow-burning romances. I won't tell you who falls in love for spoiler's sake, but if you like a book that has a solid romance that doesn't take front and center stage, you might want to give this one a try!

That's it for today! Tell me, what are your favorite romance reads? Let me know in the comments below!


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