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Pick One: Book Characters

While writing my Pick One: Book Series blog post, I was inspired to pit fictional characters against each other. Enjoy!

Peeta or Gale? Hunger Games 

They’re both cool characters. Younger Herminia just thought Gale was cooler.

Edward or Jacob? Twilight 

Probably Jacob. I’m old, but I believe younger me was a bigger fan of the latter.

Dorian or Chaol? Throne of Glass

I liked Chaol’s character and his relationship with Celaena.

Rhysand or Tamlin? A Court of Thorns and Roses

Rhysand. He was more interesting to me even in the first book.

Darrow or Sevro? Red Rising

Darrow is amazing, but Sevro is somehow even more amazing. But I love them to pieces.

Minho or Newt? The Maze Runner

Minho in the books, Newt in the movies. So much got lost in the film adaptations. It’s such a shame.

Brenda or Theresa? The Maze Runner

Theresa in both the books and movies. She had greater depth to her character.

John or Robert Puller? John Puller

Robert. I’ve said this before, and I’m going to say it again: I love the older brother’s brain. I need a series that exclusively follows him everywhere.

Safiya or Iseult? The Witchlands

Iseult. She helped me remember the word, homeostasis, which I coincidentally learned in my biotechnology class. That’s enough to win me over. I have low expectations, okay.

Clary or Isabelle? The Mortal Instruments

Isabelle all the way. She’s one of the few characters I grew fonder of.

This was such a struggle to write. I hope you appreciate my suffering.

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Pick One: Book Series

I force myself to choose between book series to figure out which ones I love with my broken heart.

Hunger Games or Divergent?

Considering I read all three books of the former and I only read the first book for the latter, it’s no contest. The Hunger Games takes the cake. I’m not usually a big fan of love triangles, but Gale and Peeta didn’t annoy me. Maybe I also need to do a post where I pick between two characters. That’ll be fun.

Twilight or Thirst?

The latter. It’s not as well known, but I enjoyed reading Christopher Pike’s novels in high school. I finished all of the Twilight books in 22 days, something I don’t do very often nowadays. By something I mean I don’t read a whole series all at once in such a short span of time. I miss the good old days where I had no responsibilities.

Throne of Glass or A Court of Thorns and Roses?

The Throne of Glass novels will always have a special place in my heart because I started that series first. But also because I love the characters so much it’s not even funny.

The Maze Runner or The Mortality Doctrine?

I read all the books in the former and only The Eye of Minds for the latter. I even watched The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trial films alone because I have no friends.

Lorien Legacies or Legend?

Legend. I’ve been trying to pit similar series together or books written by the same author. This one is slightly questionable. I digress. I liked Legend. I didn’t like I Am Number Four.

The Ender Quintet or Red Rising?

There isn’t a series that can rival my love for Red Rising, despite my four star ratings on GoodReads. Take those with a grain of salt. I’m all over the place and have yet to get my act together. I’m not sure how I’m 20 years old.

Writing this post has made me realize how many series I haven’t read but need to. And that my memory is bad (re: I am 20, so old; did you get that memo?).

Let me know your picks down below!

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Completing The 30 Books Challenge

1. A book you love:

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

I love this book with all my heart. And I’m trying to make other people love it too.

2. A book you can’t forget:

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

My grade five teacher recommended it to me. Bless her for doing so.

3. A book that motivated you:

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

King makes me want to be a better writer.

4. A book that made you think about life:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

It’s thought-provoking.

5. A book with a colour in its title:

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I adore Brown and his brain.

6. A book with a number in its title:

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

I had to read it for school, but I liked the modernized zombie tale.

7. A book everyone needs to read:

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Timeless classic. What more can I say?

8. A book that was recommended to you:

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

A good friend of mine made me pick this one up.

9. A book you didn’t expect to like as much as you did:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Because of the hype surrounding Maas and her work, I thought I wasn’t going to like her novels. But I enjoyed ToG so very much.

10. A book that made you cry:

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

It didn’t directly make me cry, but I was holding the book while I cried. Does that count?

11. A book that reminds you of your childhood:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I was a naïve child.

12. A book you have reread or would reread:

Thirst No. 4 by Christopher Pike

I reread the fourth book prior to reading the fifth in order to jog my memory. The second read through was just as good, if not even better than the first.

13. A book that was turned into a movie:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I read the book before I watched the movie. If you know me at all, you know I’m firmly in the camp that the book was obviously better.

14. A book you wish was turned into a movie or TV show:

The Escape by David Baldacci

This needs to be made into a movie.

15. A book you couldn’t put down:

Endgame: The Calling by James Frey

Action-packed fun.

16. A book that kept you up at night:

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

I remember finishing the novel late at night and being blown away by the ending.

17. A book you travelled with:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

I carried the novel in my bag with a water bottle I didn’t close properly. Safe to say water and paper don’t mix unless you’re painting with watercolours.

18. A book you wanted to toss across the room:

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Because of how it ends.

19. A book you received as a gift:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

From my one and only older brother. Thanks.

20. A book you gave or would give as a gift:

The Elements of Style by E. B. White and William Strunk Jr.

I would give it as a gift, especially to someone who likes writing.

21. A book you think is underrated:

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

I don’t see or hear many people talk about Norris and her books.

22. A book that lived up to its hype:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I didn’t think it would, but it did.

23. A book that broke your heart:

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

It was my first Picoult novel. I’m happy to say it was not the last. I really felt for the characters in this one.

24. A book that restored your faith in humanity:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Young, awesome characters tend to restore my faith.

25. A book with a pretty cover:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

It’s my aesthetic.

26. A book that reminds you of summer:

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The novel takes place in the summer.

27. A book that brings back good memories:

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Technically it’s a play I performed with some of my best friends in high school.

28. A book that makes you happy:

Nevermore by James Patterson

I enjoyed the entire series.

29. A book you will never get tired of talking about:

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

I could go on and on about this gem.

30. A book you wish you wrote:

Carrie by Stephen King

If I had to be honest, I wish I wrote every novel King wrote. Carrie is no exception.


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Questions And Answers: Reading Edition

I grouped questions together and answered them accordingly. This was originally going to be a spin off of Truth or Truth, but clearly that didn’t happen. If you want a Truth or Truth, let me know. I grant some wishes and ignore others.

Let’s not waste any more time.

Questions:

  1. What book surprised you in a good way?
  2. What book surprised you in a bad way?

Answers:

  1. I’m all for pleasant surprises. Sarah J. Maas definitely delivered with Throne of Glass.Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Endgame #1: The Calling was a bad surprise. The ending in particular. Not because of the writing. Don’t get me wrong: I love the book. I just didn’t love my heart getting ripped apart.

Questions:

  1. What book did you love?
  2. What book did you hate?

Answers:

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was so peculiar.
  2. I didn’t like I Am Number Four. Mostly because I read some incredible books beforehand.

Questions:

  1. What’s a series you never started?
  2. What’s a series you finished?

Answers:

  1. I’ve yet to read a single Harry Potter book.
  2. Many years ago, I read The Hunger Games.

Questions:

  1. What’s a series you would reread?
  2. What’s a series you didn’t finish?

Answers:

  1. The Maze Runner. I watched the movie twice so I might as well read the books again. It’s been a while.The Maze Runner Series
  2. I read Divergent, but I’ve yet to pick up Insurgent or Allegiant. I don’t think I will anytime soon, but I might in the far future.

I want to know your answers to these questions. Are you going to grant my wish?

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Books That Have Changed Your Life

Obviously I don’t know which books have changed your life, but I know mine. It’s about time I start doing more book related posts and I might as well reflect on my life while I’m at it. Besides I am who I am today largely because of books.

By no means is this an exhaustive list or else we’d be here forever. Also why would anyone want to be on my blog for that long?

This intro sounded much better in my head.

Below are a few of many books that have changed my life…for the better, of course.

The Maze Runner (series) by James Dashner

Diversity and representation. Enough said. Dashner did a WICKED job with everything else as well if you know what I mean.

The Maze Runner (series)-James Dashner

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

It was a recommendation from a teacher. I think I was in grade five. Ten-year-old me loved it. I’d love to reread it in my retirement. The book did something to me. I can’t explain it. Sorry not sorry.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I had to read this for school, but that didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the book whatsoever. Another story I would reread. I’m starting to think most of the books on this list are in my reread list. I didn’t realize I even had a list until now. Thanks goes to my subconscious mind.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The. Ending. Though.

Carrie by Stephen King

King is in a category of his own. So is Carrie.

House Rules/Nineteen Minutes/The Pact by Jodi Picoult

All her books are incredible and worth reading, but these ones, in particular, hit me the hardest. They’ll continue to stay with me.The Pact-Jodi Picoult

Don’t lie to me. I know books have changed your life as well.

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Q&A: Reading Habits

Thanks Charles for nominating me. This is late, but I’ve been getting worse and worse at being early.

I’d like to give more credit except I have no idea who came up with these questions.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I let fate decide for me. Most of the time, it’s quite random. Once I tossed some dice. Thanks Rachel for the suggestion.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?

Probably commit and hope that it gets better. Most books pick up afterwards anyway.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your GoodReads challenge. Do you quit or commit?

What’s the meaning of the word quit? I tend to have a winter break at the end of the year, which means more reading for me. Especially because it’s cold in December. The last thing I want to do is go outside and freeze to death before I read as much as Herminialy (humanly) possible.

The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?

I just do. The content of the series matters more than how the covers look.

Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Bloggers. No surprise there.

You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I’d run to the washroom.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a summary on GoodReads? Cry in frustration?

I tend to remember the previous novel the more I continue reading the sequel. Or I’ll skim through the prior book if it’s on my shelf.

You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?

One time, a friend asked to borrow my copy of The Maze Runner. I gave in. But I might try to lie and make up some excuse about not having the book they’re hoping to borrow. In the future, I’ll just buy them the book as a present because I’m nice like that.

You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?

Read something new by an author I like.

There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

As many as I can afford. Even though I accumulate more books over time.

After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?

This depends. Sometimes I’ll start a book the day I purchased it. Other times I leave the book sitting there for several months. Neglecting novels is what I do best.

I nominate all of you because I want to know your reading habits. Air them like laundry on your blogs for the world to see.

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On Lending Out My Own Books: Policies

Today some of my friends were wondering whether they could borrow “The Maze Runner” from me.

Which inspired me to write this.

  1. You must pick the book up whenever and wherever it’s convenient for me.
  2. You must read and return the item in question within a week.
  3. You must promise to wash your hands before reading.
  4. You must return the book in the condition it was in when you borrowed it.
  5. You must purchase a brand new book should you lose mine.

It’s not my fault I love my books. Come to think of it, I love all books.