Top 10 Tuesday: Fandoms

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Writing prompts (posted in advance) for “10 Books That …” and other bookish prompts in a list.

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is all about fandoms – so I’m going to give you a little breakdown of 10 of my favorites, in no particular order.

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1. Star Wars – I’ve been a fan of SW since I was a kid. I love that the story arcs fit so well into Joseph Campbell’s archetype of hero stories. One of the few space themed fandoms that I love. The costumes, the characters, the worlds, etc. Fun fact: my husband and I are a part of the 50st Legion, one of the biggest SW costuming groups.

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2. Disney – I am a lover of ALL THINGS Disney. I love going to the parks, movies, music, etc. I don’t know if it’s the nostalgia factor or what, but Disney just makes me happy. If I could move back to FL, I would definitely move closer to WDW and even work there.

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3. Batman – This totally stems from something me and my dad share a love for. Being an only child and a girl can be hard to find common ground with your dad, Batman was the connection. I had a Batman themed mustang and when I played soccer, the Bat-symbol adorned my jersey.

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4. Doctor Who – so I was super invested in the Doctor Who fandom, up until the 12th doctor. The eleventh doctor is by far my favorite incarnation. There was child-like whimsy yet a wise man who was tired in this version. It’s such a quirky show and I love it!

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5. Lord of the Rings – Tolkien was the first bit of high fantasy I was introduced to. What’s not to like about elves, dwarves, orcs, hobbits, wizards?!

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6. Sarah J. Maas – This woman…the Court series is what got me hooked (HELLO Rhysand!) and her Throne of Glass series is what fills my time until I get my next dose of her books. She is the queen of book boyfriends.

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7. Final Fantasy – I’ve really enjoyed the Final Fantasy series, favorites being VII, X/X-2, and XV. The animation and stories are amazing…plus who doesn’t love some eye candy? Vincent Valentine is bae. I have some shameful fanfiction in some notebooks that my husband just recently dug up and I pretty much cackled reading the stuff my friends and I wrote in HS.

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8. Kingdom Hearts – I guess this could fall under Disney, but it’s definitely more than that. This was the first game that my parents bought for me on a game console – I wasn’t allowed to have one because they were afraid I’d slack off in school (LOL). Obsessed doesn’t even begin to cover my feelings about this game franchise and I CANNOT wait for the remasters at the end of the month!

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9. Harry Potter – Who isn’t in this fandom?! HP is like an old friend, especially if you grew up reading the books at the age Harry starts his adventures at Hogwarts. I’ll always be a fan.

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10. Game of Thrones – this is more of a recent fandom. I’ll admit that I’ve primarily gained my love for it through the HBO series, but a goal of mine is to attempt to read the books. I did get through most of GoT, but I know I can fall in love with the books as well.

Honorable Mentions:

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PotC Pirates of the Caribbean

What are your fandoms? Do we have any of the same?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to Meet

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Top 10 Tuesday – Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Writing prompts (posted in advance) for “10 Books That …” and other bookish prompts in a list.

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is about authors you’d like to meet or possibly get their autograph. I’ve got a little bit of a list of people that I think it’d be super neat to meet and will actually be meeting a couple of them in the near future! This list is in order of who I read the longest time ago and have kinda always wanted to meet and forward onto more recent authors I’ve found and would love to meet.

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J.K. Rowling – I cannot think of anyone I’d like to meet more than her. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to meet her since I read the Harry Potter series. She literally shaped my childhood.

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Stephanie Meyers – a lot of people gripe about the Twilight series and I’ve got my own thoughts on it as well, but this was the second series I picked up to take me out of my Harry Potter slump. I’ll always be #TeamJacob.

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Neil Gaiman – Talk about such detailed storytelling. Gaiman was introduced to me in High School by my friends.

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Orson Scott Card – Now this one I blame on my husband. He’s the BIGGEST OSC fanboy out there, which in turn got me to start reading his novels. I’m still working my way through the worlds of the Enders Saga, but I will say that his Pathfinder series is pretty neat.

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Ernest Cline – I’m HUGE on nostalgia and there’s something about the books that he has put out just keep me coming back and re-reading them, or well listening on repeat on audio book. I just want to geek out with him.

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Rainbow Rowell – I’ve read a few of her books and there’s something really authentic about all of them that I really would love to meet her in person to see where these stories come from. I may be seeing her at BookCon in NYC this summer.

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Jen Sincero – if you haven’t read You Are A Badass, get to your nearest bookstore and pick it up ASAP. Her humor and wit is awesome – plus the book really put things into perspective for me and I would love to thank her for that.

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Sarah J. Maas – I’ve had friends begging me to read the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series for FOREVER and I just recently was able to start digging in. This woman knows how to write up some book boyfriends and I just need to hug her for giving me all the feels. I will actually be meeting her this May while she is on the book tour for the third installment of the ACOTAR series.

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Cora Carmack – I’ve mainly had online interactions with Cora since I am a part of her Roar street team, but she is the NICEST person ever and I totally want to meet her in person to thank her for the opportunity. I’m totally stoked to start reading her other series (I think I’ll delve into the Rusk University series first) and I maaaayyyy be seeing her at BookCon in NYC this summer and again in 2018 when I hopefully go to Apollycon.

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Stephanie Garber – HAVE YOU READ CARAVAL?!?! I read her awesome authors note from my Owlcrate in February and we have a lot of things in common, so I’d love to meet her. I may see her at BookCon in NYC this summer.

I honestly have a TON of authors I’d love to meet and it seems that a lot of them are also on the lineup for BookCon this summer – that’s pretty exciting to me! Do we share any authors that you’d like to meet? Have you met any authors that were really cool?

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The Friday 56 [3]

 

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The Friday 56 (with Instagram 56) – Hosted by Freda’s Voice is an easy prompt where you grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% on your eReader. Find a sentence that grabs you and post it either on your blog or on Instagram tagged with #Friday56.

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“Libraries were full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

So I had seen this quote floating around the internet and I’m happy to see that it fell on one of my quote post days. It is true that books can help foster ideas which are powerful if you know how to use them. I will say that books have been a bit of my saving grace these past few months. I think my husband might have noticed a change too in how I’ve been acting. I received a diagnosis of depression back in middle school, along with ADD. Those paired along with the anxiety I have developed in college are a nasty combo. Books have been a great way for me to clear my head and to push the negative thoughts out the door. At least books are cheaper than therapy.

Do you relate to this passage in a way? Let me know in the comments!

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#WAYRW [4]

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What Are You Reading Wednesday – Hosted by It’s a Reading Thing

A weekly feature where you can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog via the link up.

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1. What’s the name of your current read?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.

“Above his unadorned white shirt was a fine cobalt-blue jerkin trimmed with gold. She would have snorted, but he did look rather good in his knee-high brown boots. And his leather belt did go nicely  – even though the hunting knife seemed a bit too bejeweled.”

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

I’m only a few pages in so far, so I’m not 100% sold on the world just yet. From what I have experienced so far, it seems that the ruling kingdom of the area Celaena is currently in uses their wealth too frivolously and is too hard on conquered people. So, with that being said, at this moment it’s a no.

I totally know that I’m WAY behind on reading this series (5 years too late), but I wanted to hear why others who enjoy SJM’s the A Court of Thorns and Roses series liked about the Throne of Glass series. Obviously, I’m a fan of the aforementioned series, but I need to keep reading ToG to see how I feel about it. It definitely starts off with a high-fantasy vibe which is WAY different than how ACOTAR started. I also have a crack-theory that the Fae that were driven out of the lands of Erilea are the same Fae that control the lands of Prythian.

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

acomaf-cover1Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 3, 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA/NA, Fiction
Series Information: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Source: Personal Purchase
Recommended For: Readers who loved/liked ACOTAR who want to go deeper into the world of Prythian that was set up in book one and the threats to the mortal and faerie lands that loom even closer
Goodreads Rating: 4.74
My Rating:✰✰✰✰✰

It is not very often that a second book in a series really outshines the first. More often I’ve seen this happen in movies (hello, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back), but not as often in books. I think A Court of Mist and Fury was what most readers expected out of A Court of Thorns and Roses, but from comparing the two works I don’t think it would have been as strong of a story if it was the other way around. I was blown away by the rich detail and elaboration of the world of Prythian in ACOMAF. It picks up right where ACOTAR ends, which helps with seamless storytelling, with a little bit of a refresher through the first few chapters as to what has happened and what is going to happen. I tried…I tried to dislike Rhysand with all my being, but that man moved up to Book Boyfriend of the Year (or forever, a title which had been held by Peeta of Hunger Games and Jacob of Twilight). There was so much that was explained! I learned more about the other courts of Prythian and their alliances with one another, found my new best friends (the Inner Circle), discovered my ultimate OTPs, and more. I finally connected to Feyre in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school (this is an emotional situation that I’m still working through and almost felt like I was getting a part of myself back that I had lost). But chapters 54/55, the chapters EVERYONE talks about…I had a feeling there was some connection when I read Feyre talk about the night skies she painted was somehow related to the Night Court…absolutely beautiful, breathtaking, and I cried like a baby.
I really wish those who may have some iffy feelings about ACOTAR to really come back and read ACOMAF – I’m honestly curious if their thoughts changed. I’m going to keep this review somewhat shorter than others because there is so much that happens of Feyre’s journey to discover her new Faerie self and helping to destroy the King of Hybern that I just don’t want to spoil anything!

Did you feel that A Court of Mist and Fury was better than A Court of Thorns and Roses?
I cannot wait until A Court of Wings and Ruin is released on May 2nd!
Purchase a copy for yourself here: A Court of Mist and Fury

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

77493_originalTitle: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 3, 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published May 5, 2015)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA/NA, Fiction
Series Information: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Source: Personal Purchase
Recommended For: Readers who go for the typical fantasy YA who want to push the limits of the push the limits of the genre with a sprinkling of fairytale re-tellings.
Goodreads Rating: 4.30
My Rating:✰✰✰✰✰

A Court of Thorns and Roses was probably the most recommended book to me – along the lines of the fervor that Harry Potter and Twilight fans encompass. I tried not to do any digging into the plot of the story and was told to stay FAR AWAY from Tumblr until I read both ACOTAR and A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF, book two). Heeding the advice of others, I dove in. I started this book a few months back, but stopped when work really picked up for me – with that came a lot of stress and thusly, I retreated back into the fantasy world of my bookshelf. The one thing I had heard tossed around about ACOTAR was that it was a Beauty and the Beast re-telling of sorts, that obviously was one of the main reasons I picked up the book.
I was pretty thrilled to be sucked into a new book series, one that I wanted to know more about the characters and their lands. Seriously, any free time I had available was filled with reading this and ACOMAF – now I’m on a book hangover waiting until May for A Court of Wings and Ruin. I feel like a lot of people who read this expected all of the faerie realms to be fleshed out and every detail about the characters revealed in book one. I think it did a pretty decent job of setting up the main character, Feyre, and how we moved into why she was brought to the faerie realms. It does have hints of a Beauty and the Beast retelling when you learn about the Spring Court’s high-lord, Tamlin, and his shapeshifting abilities, but I feel there is a bit of a Cinderella tone as well. Feyre had a life where she was considered rich, then her family hit hard times and she did a lot of the work for the family. Enter Tamlin who brings her back to riches and you’ve got a bit of a Cinderella story. I was pleasantly surprised when I found a few more steamy passages in this book – when you pick up a YA novel you don’t expect to come across passages like that, but they were well written without going into a lot of explicit detail (like the early days of smut I was sorta into). A beautiful romance blossomed between Feyre and Tamlin, and I sailed away on my newest character ship.* At this point I need to add that I’m going to try not to bring my thoughts in from ACOMAF because my world was turned upside down on what I thought my ships were and because I read both books so close together * There was consistent action presented with the oppression of Amarantha and trying to hide Feyre from other faeries in the lands of Prythian, whether from opposing courts or just downright evil creatures. Then there’s Rhysand (Rhys)… good lord, I had this inner feeling I was going to be into him (I have a thing for dark, tortured, brooding guys and he reminded me of a character from an RP I used to write with friends in HS), but I told myself that he was bad and it was Feyre x Tamlin all the way.
I need to also add that I did feel that Feyre was a lot like a lot of other YA heroines from some of my favorite books, but I guess that’s something that is almost expected in the genre. She was strong, yet at the same time she was weak. I didn’t necessarily relate to her (or anyone) in this book and while that is typically the driving force of my interest in a book (relating in some way is key), it was more of the interest in the story, world, and crisis that really hooked me.

I know I’m super behind in reading this series, but if you’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses, what did you think? I’ve seen a more critical reviews from my peers on the book, since reading it, and I wonder if there was too much expectation of it to fit a super unique mold. I think there’s almost this point where you need to step back from what you’ve seen time and time again in the YA Fantasy genre and know that if it works, don’t fix it. I can appreciate how there is a typical trope in the genre, but at the same time look at a work independently.
Purchase a copy for yourself here: A Court of Thorns and Roses

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#WAYRW [1]

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What Are You Reading Wednesday – Hosted by It’s a Reading Thing
A weekly feature where you can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog via the link up.

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Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:

1. What’s the name of your current read?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.

“High Fae males eyed her as they meandered past where we stood by the wood-paneled wall near the main doors, either from awe or lust or perhaps both, their gazes occasionally snagging on me. I knew the wide eyes had nothing to do with my bright green gown or pretty face (fairly bland compared to Ianthe’s). I tried to ignore them.”

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?
Even though the characters in the book are still healing after being tormented for 50 years and a new threat is awakening again from an old enemy or the dark creatures that prowl at night, there is a lot of magic in the Prythian lands that I’d love to see. Seeing what each court brought to the world and obviously staying in the Night Court lands of Velaris – their bustling yet quaint city full of dreamers. 

Are you reading anything fun this week? If you’d like to read ACOMAF, you can purchase it here or at your closest bookstore. I’d suggest reading book one, A Court of Thorns and Roses first though.

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