Which Characters from my Favorite Books am I?

I saw this from Margaret at Weird Zeal this summer, and loved it. Mostly because I’m secretly in love with Buzzfeed-style quizzes. So even though it’s not really a tag, I am unabashedly stealing it. Hope you don’t mind Margaret!

Six of Crows

Quiz: Which Six of Crows character are you? (Grishaverse.com)

What I think I’ll get: I don’t know, I haven’t read this series. So sue me.

What I got: Kaz

Y’all tell me, is that good? I don’t know that I completely agree with this assessment, I’m not usually considered a leader or tricky… but I do like to plan things!

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The Wonderstruck Book Tag

Confession time: I’m a Swiftie!. After I graduated from college I listened to Speak Now basically on loop. I have all of her albums memorized beginning to end. Except for the newest one… Reputation. Not as much my thing.

So a T-Swift book tag??? YES PLEASE! When I saw this on Hammock of Books I knew I had to do it.

RULES

  • Link back to the creator: Olivia from Purely Olivia
  • Answer as many or as few of the questions as you’d like.
  • Feel free to use any of the graphics in her post. 
  • Tag however many people you’d like at the end!

You’re Not Sorry

A book that unapologetically broke your heart

You guys are probably going to get tired of hearing me go on about Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, but it 100% qualifies for this question. I ugly cried for about 30 minutes after I finished reading it. In the best possible way. God, I am obsessed with this book.

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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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My Son, Baggins

I just have to share this story from last night, because it was just too adorable to keep to myself.

So we were video-chatting with my mom last night. My four-year-old was very adorably telling her what he had for dinner, what he is going to play tonight, and whatever other random things four-year-olds talk about. And then he stuck his hand in his pockets, and I saw his eyes light up, and he asked:

“Nana, can you guess what is in my pocket?”

And then, and y’all, you can’t make this stuff up, HE PULLED A RING OUT OF HIS POCKET.

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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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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Six Degrees of Separation: Atonement to Wolf Hall

Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly blog event hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavoriteandbest. This is my first time participating, and I’m pretty excited. My brother-in-law play 6 Degrees every weekend, movie version of course, and I always thought about how this could be applied bookishly.

If you’ve never played the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon, the idea is that any actor can be connected to Kevin Bacon by going through other actors they were in movies with in six actors or less. You don’t have to connect to Kevin Bacon if you don’t want, you can use any two actors. For example, can you connect Julia Roberts to Steve Carrell? I can do it in one…

This month we’re starting with Atonement by Ewan McEwan.

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Top 5 Animal Sidekicks

One thing that can really make a good book GREAT for me is a fun animal buddy. You know, that fuzzy companion that just really gives you the feels. The one that if anything bad happens to you WILL take down the author, and I think you all know which one I’m talking about. Today I want to celebrate these wonderful creatures in all their fluffy glory!

1. Hedwig

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Art by rattenfanger

from Harry Potter
If you don’t care about Hedwig you either haven’t read Harry Potter or you don’t have a heart. There, I said it. She’s beautiful and sassy and affectionate and Harry’s first friend. An entire generation adores owls because of Hedwig. Continue reading “Top 5 Animal Sidekicks”

The Great American Read Recap

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Last night PBS launched a new mini-series called The Great American Read. They have compiled a list of the 100 most popular books in America, and over the course of the summer have asked viewers to vote for their favorite. The winner will be crowned Americas Favorite Book. The 2-hour launch was last night, and they touched on all 100 books. They featured some books over others, interviewing celebrities and authors about their favorite books.

Here are some of the books they featured:

  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Tom Sawyer
  • Things Fall Apart
  • Harry Potter
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Outsiders
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • The Color Purple
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Dune
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Invisible Man
  • Bless Me, Ultima
  • Tales of the City
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Great Gatsby

I loved listening to people talk about why they love a book and how it impacted their lives, sometimes in huge ways. Because of the show I’ve added several books to my tbr, and I’m itching to re-read a few that I might not have completely understood in my younger years! Continue reading “The Great American Read Recap”

5 Books That Changed my Life

I saw this as a discussion post on reddit, and it really piqued my interest. I thought it would make an interesting blog post, although I’d much rather hear about books that changed YOUR lives, to be honest. So I’ll make y’all a deal. I’ll give you 5 books that changed my life if you’ll tell me about one of yours in the comments. Sound good? Great.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

51HSkTKlauL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_I’ve been an avid reader literally my entire life. I can’t remember a time when my nose wasn’t lodged in a book at every possible moment. I started reading Goosebumps when I was five years old. Books have always been a huge part of who I am. But when my fifth grade teacher started reading us the first book in the Harry Potter series, a whole new world opened up for me. It was the first book I’d read that was over 150 pages. Honestly, it was probably the first book I’d read at my reading level in YEARS. Prior to Harry I’d basically been reading the same couple of books over and over and over again because I didn’t know how to find new books I would love. Harry Potter launched me into higher reading level books and a whole new set of options that I loved to explore.

Aside from that, it launched a love affair with Harry Potter. Before fandoms were a thing the Harry Potter fandom was forming, and I was in it. To this day it remains one of my all-time favorite series, and I never hesitate to share it or talk about it with random strangers. I can’t wait to read this book with my boys, especially my beautiful illustrated editions. ❤ Continue reading “5 Books That Changed my Life”