My Favorites of 2017

Hello all! So my finals weeks has ended and I will be home tomorrow. Overall, it felt like a successful week, even though it felt as though Kent State was out to get me with my finals schedule. Regardless, I am feeling incredibly relieved and decided to celebrate some of the ups I experienced in 2017. I won’t just be sharing books but I will also be tell you about my favorite movies, songs, podcasts, and even some of my favorite memories of this year. I hope you enjoy.

Favorite Books: 

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Artemis by Andy Weir
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher

Favorite Movies: 

  • Wonder Woman
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Spiderman: Homecoming
  • Baby Driver
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Logan
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (I technically haven’t seen it yet but I know I’m going to love it)

Favorite TV Shows: 

  • Stranger Things: Season 2
  • Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1
  • Gotham: Season 4
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1
  • Crisis on Earth X (Second Crossover between Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. I love all of these shows so I’m just listing the crossover)
  • Supernatural: Season 13
  • Lucifer: Season 3

Favorite Albums/Songs: 

  • “Zombies on Broadway,” Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (album)
  • Human by Rag n’ Bone Man (song)
  • “+” Ed Sheeran (album)
  • “After Laughter,” Paramore (album)
  • “One More Light,” Linkin Park (album)
  • New Rules by Dua Lipa (song)
  • “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” Halsey (album)
  • Wolves by Rise Against (song)
  • “Lust for Life,” Lana Del Rey (album)
  • “Evolve,” Imagine Dragons (album)
  • “Melodrama,” Lorde (album)
  • Darkside by Ty Dolla $ign, Future, Kiiara (song)
  • Drive You Mad by Amy Shark (song)
  • Find Me by Sigma feat. Birdie
  • Hold Me Tight or Don’t by Fall Out Boy (song)
  • World Gone Mad by Bastille (song)

Favorite Podcasts: 

  • Alice Isn’t Dead
  • Small Town Murder
  • The Hilarious World of Depression
  • Lore
  • Steal the Stars

Favorite Classes I Took This Semester: 

  • Colloquium: Roman Decadence
  • Literature for Young Adults
  • British Literature from 1800-1900
  • Cicero

Favorite Moments/Milestones: 

  • Turning 21
  • Getting my Driver’s License
  • Having my First Internship Interview
  • Going to Kent’s Potter Fest
  • Starting this Blog

That’s all I have for 2017. Let’s hope to making even more good memories in 2018.

Be Prepared for a Semi-Hiatus

Hello all! I just wanted to give you a quick heads up. You may not be seeing my reviews that regularly as December rolls on. For starters, I don’t really have anything to review at the moment and I’m anxiously waiting to see what books I might get for Christmas. I might even do a post about my Christmas book haul. The next thing is that I’m about to run a gauntlet of finals because my schedule is crazy this time around. Afterwards, I’m going to need a break.

I also wanted to take your attention to my previous post regard my idea for Bad Fan Fiction Fridays. I really want to do a regular blog series and I think this would be a hilarious and interactive way to do so. I outlined my ideas so you can check out my previous post for that. I also wanted to give a shout out to mistybookspace for tweeting out my post. To summarize my idea, I want to have you guys send me a variety of bad fan fiction from across the internet and I will do an in-depth review of one every Friday. I really hope that this takes off because it would be so much fun.

Anyways, thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope the holidays are good for you and that you feel confident that 2018 will be fantastic because you are going to succeed.

I want to try something and I need your help!

Hello everyone! So I’m here to pitch you an idea that might be crazy but also fun. In order to execute this idea I need your help. Now, let me give you my elevator pitch.

Pretty much all of us have read fan fiction at one point and maybe some you still read it. We all have to admit, though, that we’ve read some pretty bad fan fiction in the past. I want to review it. Here’s where I need your help. I want you to send me bad fan fiction and, on Fridays, I will post a review/analysis of the fan fiction that you send me. I will obviously only doing one per week but I will keep a stock pile of the other ones I don’t choose. I don’t even care which fandom it’s from. If it’s bad, I will read and review it. In order to give a proper review, I have devised a point system that I will use to score those fan fictions.

  • Bad Grammar/Poor Sentence Structure/Bad Spelling
  • Really Awful or Prolonged Scene Description
  • A Mary Sue Protagonist (or a self-insertion of the author) ‘
  • Bad and/or Convenient Plot Twist
  • Inconsistent Character Personalities
  • Cringey Romance
  • Awkward Dialogue
  • Bizarre Pairing/Ship (By this, I mean the pairing has to be two characters who have never interacted or have no logical reason to be together. My example for this would be, like, Voldemort and Hagrid. The ship just has to be as far from logical as possible and not solely based on your opinion of a ship you may not like)
  • Overall Believability (even if it’s far-fetched, does the plot still follow some kind of logical progression or all come together in the end?)
  • Melodramatic Emotions

I will be accepting fan fictions from any fandom, even if it is one that I am not familiar with. I am not here to shame any author but, you have to admit, sometimes their writing isn’t that good. I would really love to get this going and I would love if my followers were to join me on this. You can leave me a link to a bad fan fiction you find in this post or you can send it to me via email. The email should be on my contact page. If it is not, I will fix that.

Note: I’m looking for unintentionally bad fan fiction. I will not be accepting parodies or spoofs of bad fan fiction.

I hope all of you are as excited for this as I am because I think this could be so much fun. I’m really looking forward to your responses.

The Joy of Christmas Tag

Hi everyone! As I panic about my upcoming finals, I realize that I need to take my mind off of things. I am so excited for Christmas just for the sake of being able to relax. I found this tag on The Giraffe Files so check out her blog. I also hope that you all have happy holidays.

Anticipation: What book release(s) are you most excited about?

I can’t think of any upcoming book releases but I know what books I’m hoping I’ll get for Christmas.

christmas cat

Christmas Songs and Carols: What book(s) or author(s) can you not help but sing your praises to?

JK Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allan Poe, Andy Weir, John Green

christmas leslie

Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has the best world building?

The Song of Fire and Ice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, World War Z 

gingerbread house

Christmas Carol: Favorite classic novel or one you want to read?

I do love Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, and The Great Gatsby. I want to read 1984, Frankenstein, and Catch 22. 

christmas carol

Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?

I really want Bonfire by Kristen Ritter, Origin by Dan Brown, The Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, and  The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

christmas cookies

Candles in the Window: What book gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling?

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling, The Princess Bride by William Goldman

candle

Christmas Tree Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

I have a shirt with the cover of The Great Gatsby on it because I love it so much. My copy of The Song of Achilles also has a really pretty cover.

christmas decorating

Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas? Or do you have any Christmas memories that stand out to you?

I look forward to Christmas every year because I just love being home and feeling like I can relax for just a little bit. All of my Christmases have been memorable in some way or another.