Sorting Hat Sunday: The Lord of the Rings

Frodo looked gloomily out of the window of the Hogwarts Express. The countryside was beautiful, he supposed, but it was nothing to the Shire. His home. Which he might never see again.

“Cheer up, Mr. Frodo,” Sam said, patting his back. “It can’t be all bad where we’re going.”

Frodo smiled at his friend, though the smile didn’t quite reach his eyes. “No Sam, I don’t suppose it will be all bad.” He sighed. “And if Gandalf says I need to go, well, there’s nothing else for it, is there?”

“Mr. Gandalf thinks the Ring will be safe at Hogwarts,” Sam said.

Frodo watched all of the children, all bigger than he, running past his windows through the corridor. Once again he felt the familiar urge to disappear. His hand itched to grab the ring. Frodo turned back toward the window.

“I hope so, Sam.”


Frodo

“I will take the ring to Mordor, though I do not know the way.”

Any other arguments aside, this is Frodo’s defining moment, and he does the right thing even though he doesn’t want to.

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Soul Ripping Romance Tag

Way back around Valentines Day The Orangutan Librarian tagged me in this very simple yet obviously-I-have-to-do-it tag. If you aren’t following The Orangutan Librarian yet, you are seriously missing out and you need to go fix it NOW. That being said, you are probably going to see a lot of the same things in this tag, because we are too much alike considering we are, in fact, not even from the same species.


The Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author – Nel at Reactionary Tales.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)

My Favorite Romances

Ron and Hermione

My OTP. Forever. I will fight you to the death on this one, especially if you’re going to try tell me that Hermione aught to have ended up with Harry. Or if you are going to tell me that Harry Potter is horrible.

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Sorting Hat Sunday: Runaways

Alex Wilder looked at the kids in his compartment with him and rolled his eyes. How was he stuck with these idiots? They didn’t have half a brain to rub together between them! And was the little girl actually crying?

But if he was being honest, this group had some possibilities. They might not seem like much, but they would probably be pretty easy to manipulate. He could probably get them to do exactly what he wanted. And, let’s be honest, the girl with the black hair was really pretty. Really REALLY pretty.

He relaxed in his seat. He was going to have to play it cool. Make them think he was just another kid like them. Alex smiled. He was going to like Hogwarts.


Alex Wilder

Okay, so if you’ve read Runaways, this is a no-brainer. If you haven’t, GO READ IT! It’s amazing. I’m in love.

Alex is … a tactician. He knows how to play the people around him, what they are likely to do next, how to get them to do what he wants them to do. He’s a huge asset to the Runaways because he can almost read their parents’ minds, so great are his tactical skills. But … he doesn’t always use his skills for good. He’s grown up in a life of luxury, so he is accustomed to getting what he wants. While he is horrified by the evil his parents do, he is often the one leading the Runaways to make questionable choices of their own. And he is ambitious in that the whole group was HIS idea, and HE is keen to take charge. Then in the final episode of season 1…. well, he knows what he wants and he takes it. So even though he could be sorted into Ravenclaw for his smarts, that’s definitely not where he belongs.

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The 90s Kid Book Tag

I AM A 90s KID AND I AM PROUD!!!!

Seriously, I love the 90s. My childhood was so amazing. We had video games and computers and stuff, but it wasn’t as constantly invasive as it is now. (I say on my BLOG which I am writing instead of sleeping…) (The hypocrisy is not lost on me.) We had the best TV shows, the greatest music, and just generally happy lives. I am so nostalgic for 1999 pretty much all of the time.

So when I saw this tag on The Literary Phoenix a few months ago I couldn’t resist bookmarking it for a later date. I don’t do as many book tags as I used to, so it’s taken me a while to get to it, but I love tags and I’m so happy this is how I’m spending my Sunday night. 🙂

Rules:

  1. Please, please, please steal this tag and spread it around!  I only ask that you link it back to The Literary Phoenix so that I can see everyone’s answers!
  2. Freeze tag was all the rage in the 90s.  Tag someone (or many) you think would have fun with this!
  3. Have fun!

Pokemon

Gotta Catch ’em All! The author you need every book from.

I don’t typically auto-read an author, I still have to find the synopsis interesting before I’ll want to read it. But I have read literally every single book by Rainbow Rowell except Carry On, and a friend recently convinced me that I need tor read that one, too. I mean, I started reading comics just so I could read her Runaways run, okay? Y’all, my love for this woman and all of her books cannot be understated.

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Sorting Hat Sunday: Emma

Emma laughed gaily. She was surrounded by friends and family, and she was the queen of the carriage. Though she was only a first year, see how they flocked to her? Frank, Jane, Isabella, John, George, they were drawn to her like a moth to the flame.

The Hogwarts Express zipped along at a marvelous speed. What a wonderful way trains were to travel! Emma made note to send her father an owl that evening so that he too could delight in the wonder of the train. Besides, it would be a comfort to him to know that they had been so comfortable on their journey. Nobody was foolish enough to open the windows at this speed, so there was not a draft to be found on the whole train.

“Isabella, John, what are you whispering about over there?” Emma called, delighting to see her sister blush. She had teased her to no end about John this summer, though Isabella had admitted nothing.

Her best friend, Anne, elbowed her hard. “Be nice, Emma!” she whispered. Emma rolled her eyes. Anne was just afraid to rock the boat. Emma had nothing to fear. She could do no wrong.


Emma

I don’t think there can be much doubt here. Emma is extremely dedicated to keeping the status quo and making sure that the upper classes of Highbury stay upper class, and that the lower classes know their place. She sees herself as the center of the Highbury social circle and is willing to be not very nice to keep herself there. In particular, her wish that the Coles would send her a party invitation just so she could refuse it is very telling.

Sorting Hat Says: SLYTHERIN!

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Harry Potter You’re Not Good Enough Tag

Because I haven’t done enough Harry Potter tags, am I right?

Just kidding! You can never have enough Harry Potter tags! HUGE thanks to Kay at Hammock of Books for tagging me. I know that it’s been approximately a million years, but I’m finally getting around to it, and thank goodness because this tag is SO MUCH FUN! Now excuse me while I try find 30 small pieces of paper… Or maybe I can do this in a spreadsheet?

Rules:

  • Write 30 character names on pieces of paper.
  • Put them in a jar/mug/cup.
  • Randomly choose two pieces of paper for every question. In each of the 15 questions, you have to decide which of the two characters fits the question and which one is not good enough.

I tried to do all female characters, because why not?, but it was REALLY HARD. Gee, who realized HP was so male-centric? So some of these people are a little random! Oh well, just makes it more fun!

1. You only have one more spot on your spelling bee team. Who do you pick to complete your team?

Winky vs. Parvati Patil

Oh god, not Winky. She barely speaks understandable English, and I can’t image anyone bothers teaching house elves to read and write. I don’t think Parvati is probably a particularly good speller either, but she’s got to be better than Winky.

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Discussion: Waiting to Read a Series

So it has come to my attention over the course of the past year that there are people who actively avoid reading unfinished series.

This is something that would never have even occurred to me. Possibly in part because I got hooked on the Animorphs series in the 4th grade, and the author didn’t finish it until I was in sixth, so I guess I’m just used to waiting. I also grew up waiting on Harry Potter, so there’s that too.

But mostly I don’t even bother to find out if a book is even a part of a series before I start reading. I pretty much assume anything is either a stand-alone or a part of a never-ending-mega-series-that-I-will-never-finish until told otherwise. Finding out how many books are in a series is so far removed from how I pick books that I would never have even considered that.

So I was a little shocked the first time I heard this. Not because I was appalled or anything, just because I’d never thought of it and it’s kind of weird to me. But over the last year I’ve just come to accept that there are people out there who won’t read a book unless they know the whole series is available to them.

And as I sit here, twiddling my thumbs and waiting for the conclusion of The Kingkiller Chronicles which may never come, I have to say, It kind of makes sense. But, at the same time, it kind of makes me feel icky all over. So, like I do, I thought I’d make a pros and cons list. Continue reading “Discussion: Waiting to Read a Series”