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.

Quotes to Consider

Hello everybody. I am back at college and already feeling the pressures of upcoming projects and finals week. Some of you may be stressed out university students as well or you’re stressed out by work, or family, or just life in general. In order to combat this, I turn to some of my favorite quotes to give me some reassurance that I will make it through all of this. I haven’t posted about quotes in a while so I am going to share with you more of my favorite ones. Please enjoy.

“May the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me.” – Anonymous

“Words are the antidote for everything that’s ever hurt, ever stopped, ever bruised my heart.” – Noor Unnahar

“The courage it took to get out of bed each morning to face the same things over and over again was enormous.” – Charles Bukowski

“In all you do, absolutely everything, may love be the core, may love be the essence.” – Christopher Poindexter

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood

“You’re feeling burnt out and discouraged, but you’ve made it this far and I think that’s really brave.” – Anonymous

“Strange as it may seem, I hope for the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely it arrives, and when it does it can be lost so easily.” – Lemony Snicket

“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain.” – Sylvia Plath

“Let me be that I am and seek no to alter me.” – William Shakespeare

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce

“In the world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.” – Anonymous

I hope you enjoyed these quotes. I would love to hear some of your favorite inspirational quotes so leave them in the comments. Share your inspiration with everyone who may need it.

 

The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

Hello everyone! My Thanksgiving vacation is reaching its end which means that finals week is fasting approaching. To alleviate some of my anxiety, I think it’s time for another tag. I found this on Chloe @ the bookdragon’s blog so check out her stuff. Now, I’ll tell you about my book sins.

Greed: What is your most expensive book and what is your least expensive book?

I honestly can’t tell you what my most expensive book is. I know I’ve paid more than I wanted for those godawful college textbooks. As for least expensive books, I have gotten some books for free.

greed

Wrath: Which author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Rick Riordan has caused me a lot of stress in the Percy Jackson series and The Heroes of Olympus series. Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, and George RR Martin have also stressed me out to no end but I’m still a fan of their novels.

rage

Gluttony: Which book(s) have you devoured over and over again, with no remorse whatsoever?

Of course, I’ve read the Harry Potter books more than I can count. I’ve also read American Gods and my Sherlock Holmes collection over and over. Bonus: I’ve listened to the audiobook of The Martian more time than I care to tell you.

eating

Sloth: What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

I keep wanting to read more of the longer Stephen King novels but they are just so damn long. My attention span isn’t that great.

sloth

Pride: Which book do you like to talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I do bring up the classics like Paradise Lost, Pride and Prejudice, North and South, and any Shakespeare plays in order to sound fancy. I also like to bring up that I’ve read Roman history books, plus the Illiad and the Odyssey. 

pride

Lust: What attributes do you find most attractive in male and/or female characters?

I’m a sucker for a sarcastic loner who covers up their pain with snark. I also like characters that embrace their imperfections. Bonus points for secretly sensitive characters.

flirt 2

Envy: What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

I don’t want a book necessarily but I really want more of The Walking Dead comic collection.

envy

That’s the end of the tag. I’m interested in seeing what you all say for this tag. Have a good one.

 

 

The My Name In Books Tag

Hi everyone! I decided since I’m on a short vacation so I’m going to do a short and easy tag. I’ve seen a bunch of people do this one so thanks to everyone I’ve seen do this. I tag the rest of you. This is super easy. You just have to spell out your name in book titles. I’m going to do my first and middle name. My last name is too long. So here we go, time to spell out Emily Sue in book titles

E: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card 

ender's game

M: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

macbeth

I: It by Stephen King

it

L: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 

Les Mis Poster

Y: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day 

you're never weird on the internet (almost)

S: Stardust by Neil Gaiman 

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U: Ulysses by James Joyce 

ulysses

E: Eragon by Christopher Paolini 

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Counting Stars, Cars,and Prime Numbers: Reviewing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

Since Thanksgiving is approaching soon, I decided that I wanted to tell you all something I’m thankful for. I’m thankful that we live in a world where more and more people are getting the representation that they deserve in the media. Mark Haddon’s novel is one example. This is the last book I have to read for my YA Literature class and I was surprised by how much this novel sucked me in. I will now tell you my thoughts about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. 

Christopher John Francis Boone sees the world differently than everyone else. He can count all the prime numbers, he knows all the capitals of every country, and he wants to be an astronaut. He has a hard time connecting to people but loves dogs. When his neighbor’s dog is found dead, Christopher decides to take the case into his own hands like his favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes. Soon, Christopher finds more secrets than he bargained for as he explores the world in his own unique way.

What I really enjoyed in particular about this novel is the authentic voice. The narrator, Christopher, has Asperger’s and has a particular way of viewing the world that makes you, as the reader, think more about how other people see things. I can’t speak for everyone but, in my experience, I have known people on the autism spectrum who are a lot like Christopher. Haddon creates a moving and heart-wrenching story that has poignancy and warmth. I found that I couldn’t put this book down. The voice feels so authentic in this day where things like autism are easily misunderstood. I recommend this book for anyone looking for such a unique narration and I hope it gives you some understanding of what the world is like for those whose minds work differently.

Dead Men Tell Tales: Reviewing Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Hi everyone. First of all, I’m really proud of doing two reviews in one weekend. Since Thanksgiving break is coming up for me, I’ve had a little bit of time to catch up on my reading. This book stood out to me in particular because I remember watching the movie adaptation when I was pretty young. It was the first R-rated movie I had ever seen. It’s certainly not the most intense movie but, for an 11-year-old, it was wild. We can all just admit that we went through a vampire phase in the early to mid – 2000s. I remember being obsessed with Twilight for a time. Dracula is still one of my favorite novels.I decided I wanted to read something in between Dracula and Twilight so I will now tell you what I thought about Interview with the Vampire. 

A young man named Louis was riddled with guilt over his brother’s death when the mysterious Lestat appeared in his life. Louis soon falls victim to Lestat’s charms and finds himself transformed into a vampire. He is pulled down into a dark world of the undead and must navigate the dangerous society with the young Claudia by his side. After hundreds of years, Louis decides it is finally time to reveal his secrets to a young man and hold back nothing.

Like I said above, It’s been a while since I’ve read a vampire book and decided to give this one a shot. Anne Rice has written some of the most popular vampire novels. After reading this novel, I can see why. Louis makes for a great narrator as he is sympathetic and a bit of an underdog. He’s the closest thing to a protagonist in a book where there are little to no “good” characters. Normally, a book with one character talking would be boring to me but I found myself enjoying it more than I thought. Lestat is one of the more intriguing antagonists with his charismatic and intense nature. Claudia was even creepier in the novel than she is in the movie but it makes for a good horror element. While the book isn’t super violent or graphic outside of what you might expect with all of the blood drinking, it has enough to make it intense. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in a supernatural novel, specifically a vampire one. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and I would read it again.

Note: Anne Rice is a bit of a controversial figure but her life is pretty interesting so I’m going to leave a link to her wikipedia page if you’re interested in reading more about her.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Steal: Reviewing Artemis by Andy Weir

You don’t even know how excited I was to finally get this book. I had been patiently waiting for the longest time for the release date. I don’t know how a bunch of you got a copy ahead of time but I’m glad that I can finally enjoy this novel with the rest of you. I’ve gushed over The Martian enough so it’s time to gush about another book. I will now give you my review of Artemis, Andy Weir’s second ever novel.

Life on the moon is great if you’re rich. If you’re not rich, then it sucks. Jazz Bashara has spent most of her life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, making a living meager living as a porter for the wealthy eccentric businesspeople. When one eccentric businessman offers her an opportunity to get rich quick, Jazz decides to take matters into her own hands in order to escape her crappy life. Soon, Jazz realizes that she is caught up in a much larger conspiracy that puts the entirety of Artemis at risk. Jazz must use her quick wit and tech knowledge in order to save her city and defeat the criminals who seek to control it.

Like I said before, I was so excited to finally read this novel and I was happy with what I had read. Weir incorporates his signature wit and humor into each character he created. It is not a fantastically futuristic book but it is founded in real science, much like The Martian was. I think what makes the setting more interesting is that it does have real science. I’m not a science person by any manes but I was fascinated with Weir’s realistic world he created. Jazz is a funny, sarcastic, and realistic heroine who definitely stands apart. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it for any of you sci-fi lovers out there. Andy Weir’s second novel is a fantastic and hilarious space thriller that will keep you turning the pages.