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 […]
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, […]
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!
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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!
Books and Tea Book Club
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!
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.
What are your favorite bookish friendships? Tell me why and how they have inspired you!
Let me know in the comments below!
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Since the topic of the day (and this month) is LOVE, let’s talk about something that has captured my affections. I’m sure you’ve all heard of it. Or maybe, you haven’t… Either way, it’s the topic of today’s Top 5 Wednesday, […]
There’s no denying that YA Fantasy is a common genre read among book lovers. Many books in this genre have become powerhouses of attention. No wonder why it’s so difficult to get to all of these books because there are just so many! While there […]
Andddd we're back with another Top 5 Wednesday! And this one may be filled with a little bit of...
I guess we'll find out...
Let’s be honest here, folks, we’re all here to have a little fun and discuss some books! (What’s better than that!?) We all have books that we absolutely adore, and absolutely dislike. This list will encompass books that I have a hankering to talk about in regards to the latter. So! Feel free to comment and let me know what you think about the books I’ve designated to my “dislike” shelf.
Disclaimer: Nothing that is said here is against the author. I'm only critiquing the book!
Don't disown me already!
I see you giving me the stink eye, there! Yes, I'm well aware that I have an unpopular opinion of this book. While I've seen people literally gush over the writing in this book, I absolutely struggled to complete it because of the writing. The use of random colors to explain emotions was so off! As a person who loves the arts, these random expressions of feelings made the characters disjointed and frankly, not making sense.
Not only did the color thing bother me, I felt that the writing was redundant and...could have been edited better. So many times I found the text ruminating over the same point, just saying it in different ways. If you know me, then you know I'm not one for redundancy. So, this may just be because I have a pet peeve with it.
The concept of the story was quite intriguing. However, the execution wasn't smooth, and didn't always string together with coherence. I'll still read the sequel, Renegade, but I'm not sure what my reaction will be. Hopefully it will be a better one!
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Again, please don't abandon me here...
This series has some serious super fans, yet, I'm not one of them. While I thought the premise of this book was fantastic, the characters fell flat, and it became too drawn out, and predictable for me.
The only character I really liked and felt had some real "skin" to her was Scarlet. The rest, mainly Cress, were infuriating for different reasons; Cinder, because she was insta-everything; Winter because she just needed more to her; Cress because of her immaturity. Yes, I do know this is a YA series. I'm glad it is, too! It was rather clean, and didn't have a bad plot. However, it just wasn't up to high bar that everyone had been saying it was at for me.
I went into this book with high hopes. I thought the synopsis sounded promising. However, the further I went into this read, my dislike for it grew.
I really think this book missed a massive opportunity. The main focus is on a girl who can feel other people's feelings. Specific people with this ability often-times resort to self-harm in order to feel a "release" from the overwhelming emotions within them. So...basically they are cutting. Some girls even wind up dead because they go to far with this form of "pain management."
When I came across this in the beginning, my teeth were set on edge. I kept thinking that there better be some reconciliation, or some teaching/learning points that didn't approve of this behavior. BUT THERE WASN'T! I was literally gasping in the end. This book opened a huge can of worms and...didn't care that it had in the end. You can see a further breakdown of this book in my review by clicking on the cover image.
Ugh. My heart broke with disappointment after reading this book.
I don't have much good to say about this book. While this is a feminists' favorite (or so it seems), it's not one of mine.
I think some people may be shocked to hear that I'm a female, but I'm not a feminist. At least, not a feminist in the form that it has been established as in today's era. OF COURSE I believe in equal rights as men. However, this book is a strand of feminist propaganda that I just don't agree with. Not only that, it takes verses from the Bible, misrepresents them, and throws it back in the face of the reader in a context which is completely wrong. Not only does my womanhood feel attacked, so do my beliefs.
I found the premise, characters, and just about everything to be repulsive. Especially now that it is a TV series, it's a constant hot-topic. My dislike for it won't stop me from discussing it though!
While this is on this list, I have a little confession to make. I don't remember a whole lot about this book. I remember the premise, just not the intimate details.
What I do remember is how much I disliked it, and how I kept wondering how it was even considered to be a classic? The premise revolves around adultery, which, I personally don't want to read about. Enough said.