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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Would Never Switch Places With

Hello!

Welcome back for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday!

You know how sometimes you finish a book and you just wish you could trade places with the main character and live their charmed life for a little while?  Well, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish) is about the opposite of that! This list is all about those “Characters I Would Not Want to Switch Places With”. The lives of the characters on my list are not charmed, and are in fact, pretty terrifying. Are you ready?

Nick and Allie from The Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman. I hope and pray that Everlost is is not Everlost by Neal Shustermanreal because this place freaked me out so much when I read these books. There is just so much creepiness that happens in Everlost that I think I’d rather just sink into the Earth rather than tough it out with the Afterlights.

Aria from from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.  Aria undergoes some major character growth while traveling through “the Deathshop” with Perry, but the dangers she encounters while there are not something I’d want to mess with. First you have these terrible ether storms, then you have the cannabalistic Croven with their sinister jinge bells, and dweller society that isn’t as safe as it first appears. No thank you!

Any person living in one of the Panem districts from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This one is obviously easy. Why would I ever trade places with anyone from any of the districts when you have to live in constant fear of The Hunger Games?! Not only is there the fear that you might get chosen as tribute, but think about all the other people afraid for their children?! And even if you’re lucky enough to never get chosen, you still have to live in a world where killing kids is entertainment.

Anyone in a Soviet work camp from Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. This is really a hard one to talk about because Between Shades of Gray is based on actual events. Thousands of people (men, women, and children) were forced into Soviet work camps and lost their lives during Stalin’s cleansing of the Baltic region. Sepetys’ writing is beautifully haunting and you get good understanding for the horrors these people experienced. I debated adding this one to the list, but this story and setting still stick with me months after reading it and reminds me to be thankful.

Ender Wiggins from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Ender’s life kind sucks. He thinks he’s in charge of his life, but the whole time someone else is pulling the strings purposefully testing him and making things difficult to bear. Not my idea of fun!

May from May B. by Caroline Starr Rose. May thinks she is going to work for this nice young married May B. by Caroline Starr Rosecouple as their housemaid only to be abandoned in a snow covered prairie homestead with winter coming in full force. May has to struggle to survive all alone and no one knows she needs help. Talk about feeling helpless!

Sam from In Too Deep by Amanda Grace. The amount of guilt Sam experiences due to the choices she makes is just overwhelming while reading this book. I’ve gotten myself into bad situations where the guilt just slowly eats away at your insides and I never want to go through that again! So, no. I will not be trading places with Sam.

Pippa from the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. I can’t say much about this without things becoming majorly spoilery so I won’t got any further. Just know that I wouldn’t switch places with her for anything.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittThe Tuck family from Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. The poor Tuck family never got a choice in the whole eternal life question; it happened to them with out them even knowing it. I even can’t imagine knowing you are forced to live eternally and you had no say in the matter.

Thomas and The Gladers in The Maze Runner series. A life of hardship and fear forced on you by a government stuck in a desperate situation. Nope. I would have never made it out of the tunnel in the second book because those orbs are so terrifying, not to mention “the cranks”. I can’t even…

All of the books mentioned above were great reads, I just have no desire to trade places with the characters! haha So, what characters would you never trade places with?

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Sequels

Hello and welcome back to BookTasty!

I’m a big fan of book series. I just adore how they allow me to continue living in a world that I don’t want to leave. They allow me to just keep on doing exactly what I want to do!

Well, today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) theme gives me the chance to highlight some of my favorite sequels ever.

Are you ready to see some of my favorite sequels? Here we go!

Catching_FireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My favorite book in the trilogy because Katniss’ world opens up and we meet more of the past tributes. Tick-tock!

Rebel Angels by Libba BrayRebel Angels by Libba Bray

This second book in the series has the Spence girls in London attending fancy balls. Oh and more Kartik.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally CarterCross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

This sequel introduces a brand new group of spies to the Gallagher Academy!

The Scorch Trials by James DashnerThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This series is awesome, but there was something more frenzied and creepy about this sequel, which I loved.

The Crown of Embers by Rae CarsonThe Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

This series is just perfection.

The Madness Underneath by Maureen JohnsonThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

It’s not as atmospheric as the first book, but suddenly there is a new enemy that I didn’t expect!

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann BrasharesThe Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

Honestly, I read these books so long ago that the plot of the last three kind of run together for me (thanks to that mashed up second movie), but I just remember my love for this series growing with each book.

The Boy Book by E. LockhartThe Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them by E. Lockhart

Ruby Oliver. She just gets better and better.

Fire by Kristin CashoreFire by Kristin Cashore

Cashore is the queen of awesome, sexy fantasy. I loved Graceling, but I REALLY LOVED Fire.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

The wizarding world finally opens up and we get to meet other schools of wizardry when Hogwarts hosts the Triwizard Tournament

Are you a fan of any of these sequels too? What are your favorite sequels? Please feel free to share in the comment section!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Qualities that Instantly Make Me Pick Up a Book

Hi there everyone!

It’s time again for Top Ten Tuesday! Every week the wonderful people at The Broke and Bookish post a theme to create our lists by.  This week the theme is qualities that will instantly make me pick up a book. I have a few that will guarantee I pick up your book. Chances are that if I pick up a book with some of these qualities I’m going to enjoy it! (I’ve done extensive “research” on this topic…)

Entwined by Heather Dixon The Luxe by Anna Godbersen The Selection by Kiera Cass

1. Girls In Pretty Gowns.

I just LOVE pretty gowns and want to wear them. I also generally enjoy books with this type of cover.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

2. Romance Included.

Not romance novels, but novels with some romance in them. Le sigh…

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale Cinder by Marissa Meyer

3. Fairy Tales.

Yes. I will most likely pick up the book if its a retold fairy tale. Fairy tales are just so classic and I love the magic of them.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore Smile by Raina Telegmier  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

4. Female Main Characters.

I just have a hard time connecting to male main characters so it’s always a tough sell for me.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

5. England.

If your book is set in the UK in some way…historical, contemporary, fantasy whatever. I want it. I am 100% Anglophile.

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter HarryPotter & the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

6. Boarding Schools.

I have always loved boarding school books. Boarding schools just seem so fun without your parents watching you all the time!

Austenland by Shannon Hale prada and prejudice Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris

7. Jane Austen Related.

If your book relates to Jane Austen because it’s a retelling or something similar then I’m probably going to pick it up.

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins The Parting by Beverly Lewis

8. Amish People.

I’m just so intrigued by their community and culture! I want to read about them!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

9. Husband Appeal.

If you’re book has qualities that both my husband and I will like, then the chances that I’ll pick up your book increase greatly. I’m not sure what those qualities are though…murder (judging by the three books above)?!

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

10. Audiobooks Narrated with a British Accent.

Yup. I’m 100% Anglophile.

So there you have it.  The qualities that will instantly make me pick up a book…all laid out in front of you.  Some one should write one book to rule them all….one that fits all of my favorite things! haha

What book qualities always entice you to read?  Thanks for visiting!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I am Constantly Recommending

Hello!

Each week I participate in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Broke and Bookish.  It’s a really fun meme where book bloggers create lists based on a common theme.  To find out more about it, click here.

This week the official theme is Top Ten Favorite Books from Before You Were a Blogger, but I kind of did that list already. So since I skipped the theme for March 26, I’m going to do that one this week. The theme is Books that I am Constantly Recommending to people, whether it be students or friends! Seriously, I recommend a lot of books in my job as a Media Specialist, but these are the ones on my “go to” list because they’re usually winners!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

It’s usually a win with the boys, especially the older  “reader boys”.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This one is a win for new 6th graders who are excited to read the popular book that their elementary school didn’t have!

Smile by Raina Telegmier3. Smile by Raina Telgemeier 

This is just such a fun book that pretty much everyone will love it.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson4. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I always recommend this one to my older 8th grade “reader girls” and their friends.  It’s usually a big hit!

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart5. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

I recommend this quick series to my contemporary loving girls. 

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen6. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

I tend to recommend Sarah Dessen to my friends to introduce them to YA.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Another one I recommend to my friends to introduce them to YA.

The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante8. The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante

My go to Sunshine State book for my kids who want to read about drama.

Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson9. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

The action packed short chapters in this one make it the book I recommend to my reluctant readers this year.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer10. Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

I recommend this one to my guys who are interested in supernatural fiction but avoid Twilight-like books! Of course my girls usually love it too.

For some reason I’m constantly recommending these books to my kids or friends.  Every once in a while I add a new one to my repertoire, but these are my current go to recommendations! What are some of your “go to” books for recommending?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fictional Guys I Crush On Even Though They’re Fake and I’m Real

Hi there everyone!

Every week I participate in the Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly event where we create bookish top ten lists centered around a common theme.

This week’s theme is Top Ten Fictional Characters I Crush On.  This is not a difficult task for me! I can EASILY name ten of my many book boyfriends! Oh yes, I’ve always been a little boy crazy (never had a lot of boyfriends, I just crushed on them from afar….) especially when it comes to my reading habits. So, today I share with you some of my favorite fictional guys that I love to love!

Mr. Darcy1. Mr. Darcy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Because he is loyal and brooding and oh so British.

ClockworkAngel2. Will Herondale

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (YA)

Apparently I like brooding and loyal guys from the UK! (Surprise! Surprise!)

Can those just be #s 3-10 as well?! No…okay…

GreatAndTerribleBeauty3. Kartik

The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray (YA)

He is so mysterious and again…loyal! Oh yeah… and sexy.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins4. Etienne St. Clare

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (YA)

He is just so cute and he has an accent!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins5. Cricket Bell

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (YA)

I love the ways Cricket loves Lola!

Henry Tilney6. Henry Tilney

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

British and has a quirky sense of humor.

thorton_467. Mr. Thornton

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Brooding, loyal and…BRITISH! (Do we notice a theme?!)

Graceling by Kristin Cashore8. Po

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (YA)

Po is just hot stuff. Plain and simple.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater9. Sean Kendrick

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (YA)

Sean is the epitome of mysterious and smouldering!

Peeta Bread10. Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (YA)

He’s loyal, sweet and he bakes bread.  What else do I need?!

BE STILL MY BEATING HEART! Seriously this post is so swoonworthy, it’s kind of making me want to re-read a lot of these books….What would my husband say?!?! :p But then I’d miss out on all the book boyfriends I could be meeting if I read new books! What to do?! What to do?!

Do you have any book boyfriends?  Go ahead and declare you love for them!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever

Happy Tuesday BookTasty readers! It’s nice to have you back!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever. Now, let me say that I’m sure there are tons of obnoxious or frustrating characters that I just can’t remember, so the ones on my list today are not necessarily the most frustrating, they’re just some of those that fit the bill.

Heist Society by Ally Carter1. Bella from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.  Okay. No Twilight bashing. I don’t think I need to say anymore about this!

2. Katarina Bishop from the Heist Society series by Ally Carter. I love these books and I love Katarina, but I really don’t understand why Kat pushes people away and thinks she doesn’t need help from people. I know she does it…but why?

3. Jane from My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison. She steals her sister’s boyfriend and then gets annoyed when her sister wont speak with her. Uh..duh!

4. Conrad from The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han. Now, I have only read the first two books in this trilogy so I may not have the whole picture here, but Conrad! ARRRGGHHH You love Belly so just be nice to her and let her know how you reallyThe Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han feel.

5. Charlie Joe Jackson from Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald. Seriously, just read the darn book Charlie Joe! Seriously.

6. The Capital from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Yes. The entire capital.  For the love of all things holy, just leave the districts alone!

7. Greg Heffley from The Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. Greg, you are super hilarious, but you’re not a really nice person.  Stop being rude to your loyal friend Rowley!

8. Lexi Smart from Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella. This one is not YA, and I didn’t really like it. I think Lexi is selfish and obnoxious. I can’t really find anything redeemable in her at all. Wow that was harsh.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney9. Ruby Oliver from the Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart. I adore Ruby! She is one of my favorite characters ever, but sometimes she is sooo darn frustrating! But I really do love her so much despite this!

10. Gale from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Okay, so I love these books. A lot. But Gale! You can’t get so upset at Katniss for being interested in Peeta if you never once told her you loved her! Plus it was a classic case of “don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone”. For reals.

So there you have it! That is a list of some of the fictional characters that frustrate me the most. Which characters just really get to you? Go ahead and share in the comments :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Read Alikes

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome back!

Every Tuesday I participate in the Top Ten Tuesday Meme which is hosted by the wonderful people over at The Broke and Bookish.  Every week they post a theme for others to create lists so that us book bloggers can get to know each other better and talk about what we love… books!

This week’s list is Books for People Who Like X book…in other words its read alike week! Today I’ll be giving read alike suggestions for some popular Middle Grades and Young Adult fictions titles. Hopefully this list will be helpful to you in figuring out what to read next!

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day GeorgeIf you like Princess Academy by Shannon Hale… try Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Both Hale and George are the queens of middle grades fairy tales retold! And they’re friends in real life.  They’re perfect read alikes.

The Loser List by HN KowittIf you like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney… try The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt

Both books are about boys who are struggling to make it through their teenage year and are told in words and doodles.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny HanIf you like  Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen… try The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

These two rock the summery contemporary YA world!

The Maze Runner by James DashnerIf you like the The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins… try The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

Both dystopian novels feature strong characters fighting against corrupt governments.  Both are pretty intense reads!

Death Cloud by Andrew LaneIf you like the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz… try Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Alex Rider is the modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes.  Both are British teen spies/detectives attempting to save the world. Fun stuff!

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny RorbyIf you like Hatchet by Gary Paulsen… try Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Both tell the stories of teens attempting to survive in the wilderness.  One in the Canadian mountains and another in the Florida Everglades.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather BrewerIf you like the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan… try the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Although one is about Greek gods and the other focuses on vampires, both stories are about boys who uncover their true identities.

Football Hero by Tim GreenIf you like The Underdogs by Mike Lupica… try Football Hero by Tim Green

Both authors write books about regular kids and sports. Both are really fun middle grade reads!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret StohlIf you like The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray… try Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Both are paranormal young adult novels with a dollop of romance thrown in!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten WhiteIf you liked The Mortal Instruments series or The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare… try the Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White

Both series center on a teen girl who thinks her life is pretty normal until she realizes her connection to the supernatural world.

Do you recommend any other read alikes for the books I’ve mentioned above?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Supporting Characters in YA/MG Fiction

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome back!

Remember that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish to encourage community among book bloggers and to talk about books, our favorite things!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is supposed to be Books on My Summer To Read List, but I feel like it would be me just talking about the same books that have been on my to read list for a while now, so I decided to mix it up a little and pick an older topic to do a little rewind.

So, my top ten for the week is My Top Ten Favorite Supporting Characters in YA/MG Fiction.  We all love the main characters because they’re usually awesome and they’re the focus of the story, but sometimes there are some amazing and lovable minor characters that we just can’t seem to forget. Today I want to share those supporting characters that I just love.Foxface Hunger Games

1. Fox Face from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Foxface makes me laugh.  She always turns up right when Katniss least expects it and is, I think, a lot like Katniss.  I love how Katniss respects Foxface and even gets a kick out of seeing her out in the Games.

2. Newt from the The Maze Runner series by James DashnerLuna Lovegood Harry Potter

Oh Newt.  I love him.  Newt stands by Thomas pretty much from the beginning.  He is funny and  loyal, and has an Irish accent (I listened to the audiobooks).

3. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Luna is so awesomely nerdy and cool.  She is her own person and does things her own way.  She doesn’t really care too much that people think her and her father are odd, she knows who she is.

4. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Magnus is someone I’d just love to hang out with.  He is always up for fun, but is also incredibly loving and thoughtful.  Plus he wears glitter.

5. Severus Snape and Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harroy Potter series by J.K. RowlingSnape

Snape! Snape is like the most bad-a character ever.  His loyalty and willingness to sacrifice everything is mind-blowing.  And Bellatrix is the world’s most awesome villain!  She is the BEllatrix Lestrangeperfect combo of fabulous and evil mixed together.  I think I want to be her for Halloween…hmmm…

6. Dwight from The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

I just love that Dwight is nothing less than a weirdo.  A loveable, observant and smart weirdo, but a weirdo none-the-less.  I mean this guy digs wholes in his back yard, sits in them, then fills them back up.  That just cracks me up!

7. Maggie, Esther and Leah from Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

These girls are willing to overlook Auden’s bad judgement and befriend her anyway.  They don’t give up on Auden when she tries to push them away either (which she does, a lot).  They continue to pursue her because they understand the value of deep relationships.  They seem like the type of people I’d like to get to know.

8. Marcie Millar from the Hush, Hush books by Becca Fitzpatrick

I know Marcie is suppReepicheep Narniaosed to be Nora’s arch nemesis and everything, plus she says some mean things about Vee, but things are just more colorful and fun with Marcie in the story!  I really enjoyed the second book and I’m convinced its because there is more Marcie in it.

9. Reepicheep from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Oh. My. Gosh. Break my heart! I honestly can’t think of Reepicheep too long without my heart hurting.  This little guy is the epitome of courage, faith, and perseverance.   Plus he is an adorable, talking, sword wielding mouse!!

10. Macey, Bex and Liz from The Gallagher Girl Series by Ally Carter

These girls are part of the reason why I wish I was a Gallagher Girl!  They’re loyal, fun and smart, but also (best of all) they’re spies!  I love the banter between these girls in this series so much!

So, those are some of my favorite minor characters in YA and MG fiction.  I have tons more but these were the ones that popped into my mind first.  Who are your favorite characters in supporting roles?

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fictional Female Characters

Top Ten TuesdayAnother week another Top Ten Tuesday! YAY! I think it really is my favorite meme, even though writing these posts take the most time. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish to encourage interaction between book bloggers.

This week’s theme is favorite fictional characters, but I decided to narrow it down and make it my favorite female fictional characters. I’m in the mood for a little girl power this week!

Spice Girls

Ummm…not exactly that kind of girl power.

All the characters I chose as favorites are strong, yet also vulnerable and not afraid to be themselves. They’re girls that I see pieces of myself in at times, which I think is why I feel a connection with them. So, lets get started with my ten (okay eleven!) favorite fictional female characters!

Katniss EverdeenKatniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Girl on Fire! I mean, need I say more? I don’t, but I will. Katniss takes care of those she loves, and she even makes major sacrifices for those she loves. She is strong, but is also not perfect (she can be pretty clueless at times) and she’s okay with that. Katniss is awesome.

Hermione GrangerHermione Granger from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Hermione is a reader. She’s always reading more and more to learn more and more. She also doesn’t let bullies get her down, and is extremely loyal to her friends.

Fire by Kristin CashoreFire from Fire by Kristin Cashore

What I like about Fire is that she is both strong and incredibly sad and guilt ridden. She is strong and powerful but vulnerable and gentle. She’s a pretty awesome heroine.

Divergent by Veronica RothTris Pryor from Divergent by Veronica Roth

Tris has a deep sense of who she is. She knows she can’t live a certain way and doesn’t try to mold herself into an impossible mold for the sake of others. But at the same time, she is incredibly caring and loyal. She is also so strong that she forces herself to face her fears head on.

Real Live Boyfriends by E. LockhartRuby Oliver from The Boyfriend List series by E. Lockhart

Ruby is so hilariously obnoxious. She is so self absorbed but is, at the same time, improve herself and her relationships. She isn’t satisfied with her status quo and pushes through the pain to get to the joy.

Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover by Ally CarterCammie Morgan from The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

Cammie is awesome. She is normal – for a teenage spy in training. Despite all the things that make her extraordinary (like all her covert ops capabilities), Cammie is really just a normal girl who likes to be with her friends and talk about cute boys. I feel like I could hang out with her!

Nancy DrewNancy Drew from the Nancy Drew series by Carolyne Keene

Nancy Drew was probably my first favorite heroine ever. I started reading these books in early elementary school with my mom. Nancy is smart and doesn’t take no for an answer. She always manages to solve the mystery while looking fabulous the whole time (in perfect 1950s fashion!).

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareTessa Gray from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Tessa is one of my favorites for many reasons but one main reason is that she’s an American girl in love with a Welsh guy. So romantic… yes I just said that. Also, Tessa doesn’t let herself believe the lies about her that others try to convince her of. She isn’t perfect, but she knows she is a person of value despite what others may think.

Princess Academy by Shannon HaleMiri from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

She is smart, brave and loyal. Miri is the one in her family who takes care of the business side of things, she does this even better than her father. She also doesn’t really believe she is brave, but can be courageous when its necessary. Miri is also incredibly loyal to her family, friends and hometown. She will do, and does, whatever she can to make sure they’re safe.

Raina Raina from Smile by Raina Telgmeier

I feel like Raina’s preteen years were exactly like mine! For so many reasons! I literally turned every page in Smile thinking, “That is SO me!” From embarrassing middle school moments to a love for New Kids on the Block! For more about this check out my review of Smile.

Elizabeth BennetElizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I know this is #11, but the “fine eyed” Elizabeth Bennet cannot be left off this list. She is witty, intelligent, and confident. But she also recognizes her mistake and changes in the end. I totally believe we’d be friends in real life.

Who are your favorite fictional female characters? Are there any I’ve forgotten?

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Tasty Thoughts on The Hunger Games Movie

Okay, so I will preemptively say that although I don’t think there are actual spoilers in this post, if you’re afraid then stay away!

Hunger Games movie posterMy husband and I went to the midnight showing of The Hunger Games movie Thursday night!  What an experience!  I’d never been to a midnight showing before and I’m so glad I did for this one.  There was such an energy of excitement and community  in the theater.  I even made friends with the teenage girls next to me and we discussed cute boys and books.

So, what did I think of the movie?   Overall I was incredibly happy with the film adaptation of one of my favorite books!  It has some small flaws, but they were so minor I’m not even going to discuss them here.  I want to focus on why I loved The Hunger Games movie, so here are some reasons why I loved it!

1. Jennifer Lawrence.    I mean, come on!  This girl is the real deal (She’s already been nominated for an Oscar ie. Winter’s Bone)!  I can’t even imagine any other actress playing her, she did such a good job.  She played Katniss’ strength and vulnerability to a T and her fake “smile for the Capitol” act was so awkward (in a good way) and believable.  At the risk of sounding mean, someone on Twitter summed it up by saying, “I just feel sorry for the Twilight fans; they got Kristen Stewart.”

2. Caesar Flickerman.  Stanley Tucci was fabulous as the flamboyant talk show host.  In my mind he and Jennifer Lawrence completely stole the show.  Every time he was on-screen I was enthralled laughed so hard Cesear Flickermanat that almost insane and also charming smile.

3. The costumes. Costume designer Judianna Makovsky is a genius!  From the garish fashion of the Capitol to the stark clothes of The Seam, I was in awe.  The two are strongly juxtaposed against each other and the result is pure awesomeness.  I also particularly loved how the clothing of District 12 was very reminiscent of fashion during the World War II era.  Maybe its the History Major inside me, but it makes so much sense that they’d go that way.

4. The Tribute Parade scenery.   Was I the only one thinking, “Uhhh Nazi party?!”  RueThe way the banners hung reminded me of Nazi Germany circa 1939, which makes total sense because the Capitol mimics this similar totalitarian regime.  Again its the History Major inside of me, but that was what came to mind during that particular scene.

5. Rue.  Oh the cuteness is just too much!  Those sorrowful yet hopeful eyes killed me!  Oh please tell me that there will be Rue flashbacks  in the Catching Fire and Mockingjay movies!

6. The Peeta flashbacks.  I was wondering how Gary Ross would explain the strange history between Katniss and Peeta and I was very pleased with the almost stilted way he chose to do so.  You saw the story in actual choppy images, which was great because  my memories don’t flow like movies or plays, they’re all Peeta Breadchopped up into scenes.  (Hopefully that doesn’t mean I’m crazy).

7. The Father flashback.  Again, I loved the choppy way of showing this part of the story.  But I also thought the timing was right.  Ross chose to make this what Katniss thinks of while unconscious from the Tracker Jacker stings.

8. Fox-Face.  I’ve always been intrigued by Fox-Face, the sly and mysterious Tribute form District 5.  The scenes where she is just dashes in, grabs what she needs and dashes out again are so funny!  I love how Katniss keeps coming across Fox-Face and is both amused and hugely respectful of her.  I think Katniss feels a small semblance of connection with Fox-Face.

9. The Cave Scene.  I LOVED the book’s version of the cave scene and all the kissing. But I’m actually kinda happy that the movie’s version was much milder. Hollywood has a tendency to make romantic scenes mildly pornographic, so I’m surprised that they chose to do a chaster version.  I’m glad, I like my imagined version much better anyway  hehehe :p

10. Effie and Haymitch. These two were so well casted.  I’ve always liked them and their reluctant Hunger Games movie ticketpartnership and the film does a good job of illustrating this.  It seems like they don’t hate each other, but that they do put up with each other. In my dream world Effie and Haymitch would eventually realize they’ve loved each other all along!

Obviously there were tons of other things I enjoyed about the movie, but this post would be miles long if I wrote about all of them!  Have you seen it yet?  What were your thoughts?  (PS Don’t mind the creepiness of the picture, it was dark and I wanted to get close enough to read the ticket!)