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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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 

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M: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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I: It by Stephen King

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L: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 

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

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S: Stardust by Neil Gaiman 

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U: Ulysses by James Joyce 

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E: Eragon by Christopher Paolini 

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The Wonder Woman Book Tag

Hello all! I may have not mentioned this but I’m a big fan of superheroes. I’ve been in love with Marvel since the first Iron Man movie and I watch all of the CW superhero shows like Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl. I also have a pretty decently comic book collection that I’d be happy to share with you if you’re interested. In honor of Wonder Woman, I’m going to do this tag that I found on the Coffeeloving Bookoholic‘s blog.

Wonder Woman: Your Favorite Badass Female Book Character 

I’m going to name a few here. Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, Annabeth Chase (The Percy Jackson Series), Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments), Tally Youngblood (The Uglies Series), Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief), and Tris Prior (The Divergent Series)

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Themiscyra: A Book Setting You Want to Escape to 

Hogwarts (obviously) and Kings Landing would be pretty awesome. I’d also like to spend some time in Camp Half-Blood

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London: An Overhyped Book that let You Down

I was disappointed that I didn’t care for The Clockwork Angel series and I also didn’t care for The Catcher in the Rye. 

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Steve Trevor: A Book with a Beautiful Cover and Great Story

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller has a gorgeous cover with a gold-leaf helmet on the front and the story is fantastic. (Bonus points for being a Greek Mythology based story). Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also has a lovely cover. The Great Gatsby has classically beautiful cover as well.

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Lasso of Truth: A Book You Hated 

Real talk: I hated The Circle by Dave Eggers, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyers, and Anthem by Ayn Rand

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Wonder Woman’s Shield: A Book So Sad You Needed a Shield 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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No-Man’s Land: A Book you wanted to send through No-Man’s Land to get shot

See the Lasso of Truth tag above.

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Ares: A Villain that is Scary, but You can’t seem to Hate

Voldemort is kind of a badass along with the whole crew of Death Eaters. Hannibal Lecter is also a great horror villain. Bonus: Professor Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes series.

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Dr. Poison: A Villain that had no reason to exist

I honestly can’t think of any. Even if the villain wasn’t very great, they still had a purpose.

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The Amazons: A Book that You wish has better LGBTQIA+ representation

I mean, a lot of books can fit under this category so I can’t name any one in particular. There is no doubt in my mind, though, that there needs to be more representation.

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That’s the end of the tag. I tag everyone who is a fan of Wonder Woman or superheroes in general. Have fun!

 

Creepy Quotes and Spooky Short Stories for Halloween

Hi Everyone! Since Halloween is this upcoming Tuesday, I decided to share some quotes to get you in the mood for something frightening then some short stories for us bookworms to enjoy if you’re planning on staying in. Some of these stories will be classic Halloween tales while other will be “creepy-pastas” but I hope you check them all out. I will try to leave links for you. Anyways, here we go.

“There is something at work in my soul which I don’t understand.” – Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

“It is only when a man is face to face with such horrors that he can understand their true import.” Bram Stoker, Dracula 

“I have meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at the belly and it might slide out meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you can stomp on it.” – Gillian Flynn, Dark Places

“Deep in that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” – Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

“Hell is empty and the devils are all here.” William Shakespeare, The Tempest

“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“Sometimes human places create inhuman monsters.” – Stephen King, The Shining

“You said I killed you – haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! Only do not leave me in the abyss where I cannot find you!” – Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

“A thick, black cloud swirled before my eyes, and my mind told me that in this cloud, unseen as yet, but about to spring upon my appalled senses, lurked all that was vaguely horrible, all that was monstrous and inconceivably wicked in the universe.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot

Short Stories to Scare You:

“The Pit and the Pendulum” by Edgar Allan Poe – This one is my personal favorite Poe story. It has some very creepy sensory details that will send chills down your spine as you wait to see how the narrator tries to escape.

“The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs – I remember reading this one in middle school. Jacobs’ twisted take on being careful what you wish for will have you holding your breath as the suspense grows with each page.

“The Children of the Corn” by Stephen King – I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with the movie based off of the story but you might want to check out the original story. It’s especially creepy if you live somewhere with a lot of cornfields.

“The Outsider” by H.P. Lovecraft – I could have composed this list of nothing but Poe and Lovecraft but I’m just giving you some of my favorites. This one in particular is really creepy as the narrator finally escapes the castle he had spent his whole life in.

“There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury – This is another one I read in middle school and this falls under sci-fi horror and I definitely recommend it if you’re into apocalyptic type stories.

“Snow, Glass, Apples” by Neil Gaiman – I would be remiss if I didn’t include any Neil Gaiman. This is a fucked-up version of Snow White that will never let you see the classic fairy tale in the same way again.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – I’ve found this one several times throughout my school career and its uniquely creepy as it follows the diary of a woman who is slowly being driven mad through her husband’s misguided attempts to help her. It’s also kind of a feminist story, if you’re interested.

Creepypastas:

 Candle Cove”

Anasi’s Goatman Story

The Russian Sleep Experiment

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I hope I gave you enough to keep you occupied this Halloween. I apologize if any of the links don’t work. Let me know if any of these scared you or if you have some other favorite scary stories that aren’t here. Happy Haunting! Stay safe if you’re going out.

 

 

 

Book Tropes I Have Yet To Get Tired Of

I already did my rant about book tropes that I hate and I’m glad to see that a lot of you feel the same way. As I was thinking about that, I realized that there are also book tropes that I still find endearing. I don’t feel books need these tropes in order to be be good but, if they show up, I thoroughly enjoy them. Let me know if any of you like these too or if you have some beloved book tropes that you enjoy.

Opposites Attract – I already talked about how I hate uneven couples but this is a bit different. I like the couples or friendships who have opposite personalities or ideas but still connect. Whether you have the optimist and the pessimist or the overachiever and the slacker, these relationships are charming in how they both see the world differently but compliment each other’s differences. These character pairs also provide a good foundation for character development. (The gif below is an example.)

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Villain Turned Weird Ally – I don’t see this one too often in literature but I love this trope regardless. There is nothing quite as funny (in my opinion) as seeing the once mighty villain end up befriending the hero in some way, even becoming their best ally. It’s a weirdly specific trope but I think it’s a good one. (Again, I present another example in gif form.)

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The Grand Romantic Gesture – I have never been a huge fan of romance novels but I’m a big sap at heart so when I read about some heartfelt romantic gestures I tend to melt inside. I’m a bit of a hopeless romantic somewhere deep in my heart so I can’t help but find some unique expression of sincere love.

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The “Alice in Wonderland” Plot – Honestly, I really don’t mind the plots that involve a relatively normal character suddenly finding themselves in a topsy-turvy world unlike their own. I think they can be done really well. As long as the story isn’t trying too hard to be like Lewis Carol’s most famous novel then I will continue to eat up the general plot.

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The Over-Eager Hero – While I am a fan of the reluctant hero trope, I do find the over-eager hero to be an enjoyable trope as well. I think it’s quite entertaining to have a character who only wants to help in whatever capacity that they can. They’re typically young and wide-eyed but they have all the best intentions. The budding young hero must transform and mature in order to fulfill their dreams of saving the world. (This character can sometimes come across as annoying but they mean well.)

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Girls Who Don’t Take Anyone’s Shit – You’ve got to love a well-written, strong female character who is not there to mess around. She knows exactly what she needs to accomplish and she will not let anyone stop her. The world may look down on her but she doesn’t care because she is so sure of herself. These fictional girls should be known the world over as the inspirations that they are. The world can never have enough of these characters in any medium, not just literature.

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The Reluctant Companion – This kind of ties into the “Opposites Attract” trope but I love the relationship between the one character who wants to do dangerous and stupid shit and the other character who can’t stop their friend from doing dumb shit so they might as well tag along to make sure their friend makes it out alive. I relate to both of these characters and I love to read about them.

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