Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Minor Characters

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday, and the topic is,

May 24th: Favorite Minor Characters
–Minor characters are less than a sidekick or a side character (but not in our hearts!) Everyone will have a different definition of what makes a minor vs a side character but just as an example, I’d consider Ron and Hermione side characters, while Lavender Brown, Oliver Wood, and Dean Thomas are minor characters. Results may vary so don’t get tooooo caught up in it 🙂

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I always do like minor characters, mainly because they always add to the ensemble and make the book better.

Detective Boney from Gone Girl

She’s the lead detective in the case of Amy Dunne, and she always tended to give Nick the benefit of the doubt. Even after Amy is found she still knew something was up in Amy’s story.

Iko from the Lunar Chronicles

She is Cinder’s android, and she is hilarious, while you were sad that she was decommissioned she still stayed around in Throne’s ship and was still hilarious.

Olenna Tyrell from A Song of Ice and Fire

She maybe old, but she still a lot to say. I liked her mainly because she served as support to Sansa when she was a King’s Landing. I also love how her doesn’t put up with any of Queen Cersei’s shit either.

Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games

One of the most popular victors from The Hunger Games, he does have a cocky attitude. But underneath the cockiness is his love for Mags; his mentor and his girlfriend Annie.

Oliver Wood from Harry Potter

Harry’s first Quidditch captain. He cared about his team and wanted to win the cup. Even if some of his methods were questionable like waking his team up early in the morning for practice he was a very good captain.

Those are my favorite minor character. What are your favorite minor characters? Let me know in the comments below.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Summer reads

Happy Wednesday everyone, here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

May 17th: Summer Reads
–The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?

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Yes, Summer is coming, and even the Boston weather says so, also Summer is usually when I get a lot of reading done.

Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is always good at making small cute stories really good, and Fangirl is no exception. It has great characters and nice story about fandom in general.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Summer is also good for a nice thriller book, and Gone Girl is just that. It has a nice mystery to it, and a very compelling character in Amy Dunne.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is one of my definitive summer reads, mainly because I first read it a few summers ago and always read it every summer because it is that good. This is a very good book especially for those who are fans of 8-bit games and science fiction in general.

This Savage Song by: VE Schwab

This was by first taste of the amazing works of V.E. Schwab, and it wasn’t my last. This is an extremely great book to read over the summer, and I cannot wait for the sequel Our Dark Duet.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

No Mourners! No Funerals! One of my favorite books I read last year, and then I read Crooked Kingdom and loved that too. It was a really good heist book with amazing characters.

Those are my summer reads, while most of these books could be read at anytime. What are your favorite summer reads? Let me know in the comments below.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books to Get you out of a reading slump

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:
February 22nd: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump
–Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let’s talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump!

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Another great topic, mainly because I have reading slumps and it took a really great book in order for me to get back on track.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I read this book during one of my reading slumps in which before that, the previous books I read I either DNF or was just plan bored by them. An Ember in the Ashes got me back on track. I was action packed, had well developed characters and left you wanting more.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Another great read, especially if you haven’t read anything in a while. While it may seem like a beach read. It is a very dark and disturbing book that you wouldn’t want to put down.

Legend by: Marie Lu

Another great and action packed book with a lot of twists and turns, especially if you haven’t read something in a while or was just burned by the previous books you read.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

If you are looking for something unconventional to read, I would recommend Illuminae because of how different it is from everything else that I have read and it seems refreshing to read a book like that.

The Shadow Queen by: C.J. Redwine

As a fan of fairy tale retellings, of course this you get me out of a slump. I read it just last summer and really loved the book and it got me back on track with reading. Also the cover looks amazing.

Those are the books that I would recommend to get me out of a reading slump. What books are great to get you out of a slump? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Villians

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday.

Today’s topic is favorite villains: While we all love our heroes, but a great villain really makes the story great.

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Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles

Both an evil queen and a wicked step mother. She is willing to do anything and everything to get what she wants, including setting a plague on Earth and using an antidote as leverage to marry the Emperor. She also kills her sister and almost kills her niece, and keeps trying to kill her niece in order to become Queen.

Commander Jameson from Legend Trilogy

A cold hearted commander who is willing to everything to maintain the status quo and killing anyone who gets in her way. She is even willing to kill the Elector, in order to keep things how they are when he wants to change things.

Amy Dunne from Gone Girl

She sets up her husband for her murder, in order to send him to jail and give him the death penalty. She manipulates everyone in order to get what she wants. Her punishments also ruins the lives of other people, including an old prep school classmate and an ex-boyfriend.

Ramsey Bolton

I was thinking of other villains from the Song of Ice and Fire; King Joffery, Tywinn Lannister and Queen Cersei. But Ramsey Bolton in another kind of evil, while King Joffrey was more drunk with power, Ramsey takes a pleasure of killing and sees it as a game. While I am mostly going by the show he kills his infant brother and its mother in order to maintain control of the North.

The Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes series

She is another military leader who rules with an iron fist. It is also scary that she is mother of Elias, the main protagonist and even has an almost hatred of him. She even tries to kill him slowly and painfully by poisoning him. She also manipulates everyone and even sets up Helene in A Torch Against the Night.

Those are my favorite villains. Who are your favorite villains? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters You Wouldn’t want to Switch Places With

Happy Wednesday everyone, I am here with another Top 5 Wednesday and today’s topic is:

September 21: Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With
–We always talk about how cool it would be to be a character in our favorite books, but who would you not want to trade places with?

This is another topic I love, mainly because while I love most of these characters I would not want to go through what they went through.

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Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

Yes, she is one of my favorite YA protagonists but I seriously could not survive The Hunger Games. Most likely I would have been killed within the first few minutes.

Cleo from Falling Kingdoms series

In first book she loses her father, her sister and her kingdom. She is also engaged to something she hates and than engaged to another person she hates. She spends the series basically a prisoner in her own kingdom.

Nick Dunne from Gone Girl

When his wife goes “missing” he is the prime suspect. He had to deal with the media, police investigations and suspicions from the community. Yes, he may have done some bad things but he didn’t deserve what happened to him.

Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars

Because cancer sucks, and being diagnosed at a young age is terrible, but I love her spirit.

The Stark Family from A Song of Ice and Fire

I was thinking about putting just Sansa on the list, but than I realized that the entire Stark family has went through hell. Hopefully thanks to the show the Starks are finally come up.

There is my list of characters I wouldn’t want to switch places with. What characters would you not want to switch places with? Let me know in comments below.

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite First Sentences

Happy Wednesday all,

For this weeks top 4 Wednesday it is Favorite First Sentences.

What is great about first sentences is that it sets the mood for the book and makes you want to keep reading.

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“When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.” from Gone Girl

When I first read Gone Girl, this line stood out for me because it had a mystery behind it. It introduced both Nick and his Wife Amy. It was also the first line of the movie as well and that really set the tone of how the movie is.

“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”  from Harry Potter and the Sorecers Stone

What I liked about that first sentence, is that it introduced the Dursleys as a normal family who don’t know that their lives are about to change.

“He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air” from the Maze Runner

I know a lot of people didn’t really like the series, but I really did. What I liked about that sentence was that it set up the plot of the book and also the mystery about the book. How the character feels a sense of unknown when waking up in a new place.

“This is what I remember. My lips were cut. I bit down on them as he grabbed me from behind and covered my mouth” From Lucky by ALice Sebold

While a very triggering line. It was a very powerful sentence and changed Alice Sebolds life, as she was about to get assaulted.

“MOON. GLORIOUS MOON. FULL, FAT, REDDISH moon, the night as light as day, the moonlight flooding down across the land and bringing joy, joy, joy. Bringing too the full-throated call of the tropical night, the soft and wild voice of the wind roaring through the hairs on your arm, the hollow wail of starlight, the teeth-grinding bellow of the moonlight off the water” from Darkly Dreamy Dexter

This was an excellent first sentence. It sets upon the eerie tone of Dexter, and it goes inside his head and what a serial killer is thinking. It made me a fan of both the book and the show.

There’s my list. What are your favorite first sentences. Let me know in the comments below.

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I Defend

Happy Wednesday everybody,

For this weeks top 5 Wednesday it is Characters you defend.

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Sansa Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire

While she has gotten much better development as the series went on. Most hated her for doing stupid things. If you think about she was a 12 year old girl (going by the book), and she didn’t really know how to play the game yet.

Peeta Mallark from The Hunger Games

Peeta has always got the complaint that he was a weakling and not good enough. Also a lot of the short jokes, but he did survive the Hunger Games, and also cares about Katniss. The fact that they both share trauma about the Hunger Game adds to their relationship.

Amy Dunne from Gone Girl

I know, she has done terrible things and is basically an awful person for what she did. So why do I defend her, because she has an interesting character to her and as you read the book you start to find out why she does what she does.

Four from Divergent series

While the Divergent series isn’t one of my favorite series, I do like Four though. While he does come across as emo, but if you look at his upbringing you kinda feel for him.

Ron Weasley from Harry Potter series

While he isn’t exactly a hated character, he isn’t well loved either. He mainly has the sidekick role but he really cares about his family and friends Also a master at wizards chess.

There is my list. What Characters do you defend? Let me know in the comments below.