Tag: Bookish Superlatives

Today’s post is something I saw while I was perusing through Jamie’s, The Perpetual Page-Turner, Friday fun blog posts.

While my high school didn’t do superlatives for graduating seniors, I have always wanted to hand them out.

Interested to see what characters and books won my bookish superlative awards? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

Characters

Most likely to change the world: 

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins – I mean, she did, right?

Cutest couple: 

Lina and Andrius from Between Shades of Grey by Rita Sepetys – if you need an explanation for this one, I won’t ruin it for you but read the epilogue.

Class clown: 

Fred or George Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling – no explanation needed.

Most likely to become famous for their athletic/musical/artistic abilities: 

Etta Spencer from Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – the girl is a violin prodigy for goodness sakes.

All around good person:

 Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – she didn’t deserve anything she went through, and it still makes me cry thinking about what could have been…

Biggest flirt: 

Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – in a note he calls himself a flirt, so it was a self nomination.

Most likely to be fought over: 

Bella Swan from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. – because the first three books were a ‘blood bath’ between Edward and Jacob.

Most likely to be friends forever: 

Piglet and Pooh from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne –  ‘We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet. ‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered.’

Most likely to have their own reality show: 

The Plumb family from The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – seriously, I’ve never read about so much drama contained in one family.

Most unique: 

Ava Lavender from The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton – I mean, the girl has wings…

Most likely to survive an apocalypse: 

Arya Stark from the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin – because she is a bad ass.

Most likely to be a villain: 

Sauron from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien – I think I would have some villainous tendencies if I was just an eye.

Biggest wallflower: 

Charlie Kelmeckis from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – the novel is called The Perks of Being a Wallflower, seems like a given?

Most likely to break your heart: 

Jest from Heartless by Marissa Meyer – he certainly did a number on Catherine’s heart.

Most changed: 

Katharine or Arsinoe from Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – I am so pumped to see what these two do in One Dark Throne.

Most likely to get arrested: 

Any of the crows from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo – they are all criminals after all.

Self proclaimed God/Goddess: 

The Darkling from The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – with a name like the  Darkling it’s no wonder he self proclaims godhood.

Best person to bring home to mom and dad: 

Henry Sturges from Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith -knowing my parents, I think they would get a kick out of talking to the vampire who trained good ol’ Abe.

Books

Most likely to make you cry: 

Marley and Me by John Grogan – the book, the movie, either way bring some tissues.

Dares to be different (in world, plot, storytelling, etc.): 

Crank by Ellen Hopkins – the book outlines the dangers of crystal meth in verse style, definitely original.

Best dressed (prettiest cover): 

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – while I have yet to read this book it was a cover buy for me, therefore making me give it best dressed…for now…

Most likely to make you swoon: 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – this book was so delightful, that it’s hard not to swoon.

Loveliest prose: 

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – I never knew I needed so many descriptions of the city of New York.

Most likely to be a favourite of 2017: 

A Court of Wings and Ruin – because I cannot not talk about how excited I am for this book.

Most likely to change the world (or change your life): 

Columbine by Dave Cullen – this book was poignant, heart-rending, tear jerking and tragic. It only added to the reasons as to why I believe in gun control.

Book you are most likely to keep putting off: 

The Summer Garden by Paulina Simons – I don’t want to keep putting this book off, but I also don’t want the adventures of Tatiana and Alexander to come to an end.

Most likely to end up as a Christmas gift for everyone you know: 

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling – because I am sure everyone is getting sick of me buying them Harry Potter.

Mostly likely to be thrown: 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – because I’m sure I’ve already said that I’ve tossed this book, but it never hurts to reiterate.

Most likely to be reread more than once: 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – because by now I am sure you’re sick of me saying Harry Potter.

Most likely to make you read through an earthquake because its THAT good:

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill – this book was THAT good.

Most likely to be passed on to your children: 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 20th Anniversary Editions by J.K. Rowling – my best friend and I have already discussed that when our hypothetical children are old enough, we will just point to the bookshelf and say pick your house.

Most likely to break your heart into a million pieces: 

Sold by Patricia McCormick – this book is quite a difficult one to read, but if you can make it to the end there may or may not be a ‘happy’ ending.

Most likely to brighten up your day:

Redshirts by John Scalzi – this book is hilarious, especially if you are a fan of Star Trek, or any other science fiction related movie, tv, or the like.

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And those are my choices for the bookish superlatives tag.

Have a book that you think deserved an award? Leave it in the comments below.

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Tag: A to Z Bookish Survey

I have been blogging for about a year now, and I’m starting to fall into the slump of only doing review posts.

Therefore, as a challenge to myself, I am going to try to post one review and one ‘fun’ post a week.

For my first ‘fun’ post I’ve decided to do the A to Z Bookish Survey, a tag with questions corresponding every letter of the alphabet to bookish related questions.

Interested to see how I answer the questions? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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Author you’ve read the most books from:

Scouring my shelves, the two authors that came up time and again were J.K. Rowling (or Robert Galbraith) and Philippa Gregory.

Best sequel ever:

In my opinion, Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen is hands down one of the best sequels ever written.

Currently reading:

Physical Book: The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp, Audio Book: The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Drink of choice while reading:

Nothing, I have an irrational fear of spilling liquid on my books and ruining their physicality

E-reader or physical book :

Physical book. There is noting more cathartic to me than hearing a book spine crack for the first time.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:

If I am being honest to 15-17 year old Sara, my fictional high school boyfriend will always be Edward Cullen from Twilight. Now that I am older, and some might say wiser, I can recognize the faults in Mr. Cullen, but back in the day I wanted nothing more than to be in the sparkly arms of a character that redefined the vampire.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer. When I picked this book up, I had not read a book by Meyer. Now that I have, I know to pick up The Lunar Chronicles one at a time, to amalgamate myself to Meyer’s writing style.

Hidden gem book:

Mischling by Afinity Konar. If you like books with a WWII setting, and are willing enough to read about twins in Auschwitz, this book is a must read.

Important moment in you reading life:

Becoming a reader? Having my mom read The Chronicles of Narnia to my sister and I? My Uncle buying me the first three Harry Potter books? Take your pick.

Just finished:

The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb

Kinds of books you won’t read:

I try not to limit myself in regards to what I read because I am a firm believer in the best books are the ones you aren’t looking for. As for genre I read least often, that would be contemporary.

Longest book you’ve read:

I’ve only just started finding myself in between the pages of epic fantasy novels, so for the time being it would be A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin.

Major book hangover because of:

Either Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling or A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

Number of bookcases you own:

I have four in the room my boyfriend has dubbed ‘The Book Room’ and one that houses my most beloved series in my bedroom.

One book you’ve read multiple times:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling.

Preferred place to read:

Much like my answer for my drink of choice while reading, I won’t read anywhere near water. Anywhere else is fair game.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.’ – George R.R. Martin.

Reading regret:

I try to live my life without regrets so I regret nothing when it comes to books.

Series you’ve started and need to finish (all books are out in the series):

The Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paulina Simons. I have yet to read The Summer Garden, for reasons unbeknownst to even myself.

Three of your all-time favourite books:

In no particular order: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, and Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

Unapologetic fangirl for:

All of the books?

Very excited for this release more than all the others:

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. 43 days and counting.

Worst bookish habit:

Having to read to the end of a chapter before I put a book down. This is even worse for books that don’t have chapter’s in the traditional sense.

X marks the spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.

Your latest book purchase:

Hunted by Meagan Spooner.

ZZZsnatcher book (last book that kept you up too late):

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. Still sad this series is over.

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And those are my answers for the A to Z Bookish Survey tag.

Have some answers? Leave them in the comments and we can gawk over books together.

A Reader’s Freedom

At age five she met a doctor, Seuss her parents called him.

He spoke of cats in hats, one fish two fish, green eggs with ham, and the places she could go.

The Doctor prescribed her to find the wild things, not be afraid of where the sidewalk could end, and never to eat a bear’s porridge.

It was there in her bedroom, surrounded by books, that she realized ‘I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living a reader I’ll be.”

At age 11 she met a boy with a lightning shaped scar.

She didn’t know it then, but the boy would take her on a magical adventure that she would carry with her for the rest of her life.

His series of adventures taught her the courage of a lion, the ambition of a snake, the intelligence of an eagle, and the tolerance of a badger.

But above all things, she learned that whether she visited by page or screen, “Hogwarts would always be there to welcome her home.”

At age 15 she met a man.

An Alabama lawyer who showed that the colour of one’s skin shouldn’t matter.

This family man, who taught his children that they deserved honest answers from the adults around them, brought her to court to teach her a lesson she’d never forget.

She sat on the balcony, with Jem and Scout, and saw evil could transcend the pages that once made her feel safe.

She lost her innocence that day, but never forgot that “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

At 18 she took her hobby to university and began to turn it into a degree.

She studied historical backgrounds, thematic traditions, and analytical models.

The literary theory began to overtake everything she thought she once knew about reading.

At 23 she took a class that changed her outlook on literature.

“These books have all been banned sometime during their publication history,” her professor lectured.

The doctor came up, and the boy came up, and the man came up, and she couldn’t understand how the characters who shaped her life could be censored for others.

Green Eggs and Ham by Doctor Seuss was banned in 1965 because he didn’t conform to Maoist China.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling was banned in 2007 because of a reverend in Wakefield, Massachusetts, thought the books were not upholding Catholic views.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was banned in 2016 because of a parent in Accomack County, Virginia, complained about the use of racist language.

The banning of books baffled her because she was always taught everyone should have the freedom to read.

At 25, I can say I’ve lived a 1,000 lives while those around me have barely lived one.

I’ve hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, even though Moby Dick was banned in a Texas school district in 1996 because it conflicted with community values.

And I’ve thrown the one ring into the fires of Mount Doom, even though The Lord of the Rings was banned in New Mexico in 2001 because it promoted witchcraft.

I’ve fallen through the looking glass, and found myself on the other side, even though Alice in Wonderland was banned in the Chinese province of Hunan in 1931 because the animals could speak.

And I’ve flown B-52 bombers with Yossarian and Clevinger, even though Catch-22 was banned in Strongsville, Ohio in 1972 because of indecent language.

The annual Canadian Freedom to Read week is from Feb. 26 to March 4, 2017.

The event is encouraging Canadians to stand up against censorship in Canada so that everyone has the freedom to pick up whatever book they so choose.

It happens, even in Canada, where the people are ‘glorious and free.’

So from the little girl, who started out reading about cats in hats, one fish two fish, green eggs with ham, and the places she could go, pick up a book or magazine that has been challenged in Canada.

Let everyone know that you will not stand by while the freedom to read is being tested.

And who knows?

You may find, that in yourself, a reader has been waiting for you too.

2017 Reading Resolutions

Happy New Year!

Hopefully everyone is ready to put the worst year in recent memory behind us and look to the bright future that is 2017.

With a new year comes new goals and this post is all about the reading goals I hope to accomplish.

Interested to see what goals I have set for myself? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

Goodreads

Last year I set myself a goal of 100 books on Goodreads.

I am happy to say that I surpassed that goal and read 112, not too bad for a full-time student, with a part-time job, who still manages to have somewhat of a social life.

This year, I thought long and hard about updating my goal to be 125 books over the coarse of a year, but after thinking about it I am going to stick to a goal of 100 books.

Why you might ask?

I think it has something to do with my competitive nature, given that I only read 12 books more than my goal, and something to do with not adding too much pressure to an already pressure filled 2017.

 

Classics

I read my fair share of classics in 2016, nine to be exact, but as an English major that simply isn’t  satisfactory enough.

Which is why, in 2017, I am making the goal of reading at least one classic a month, putting my total, hopefully, in the 12 marker range.

If I choose to read more, great.

But I want to at least say to myself next year that I made a conscious effort to read more of the words that shaped my literary world as it stands today.

An authors entire work

Now this is an interesting goal, and one I cannot take credit for.

If any of you are as obsessive as I am about BookTube you may have seen Shoutame‘s 2017 Reading Resolutions video.

In the video she mentioned reading all of an authors published works, and after hearing that I knew I had to do the same.

I scoured my shelfs for an author that I have read and decided that my author this year is going to be Alison Weir.

Now if you know anything about Weir she has published quite a few books, however, I plan on sticking to her fictional works for the sake of my own sanity, which brings her count down to seven books in total.

TBR Pile

Every readers nightmare right here.

The dreaded ‘I want to tackle my TBR pile/book banning’ goal.

Now, I am not stupid, I know I will succumb to purchasing more books through out 2017, but my hope is that I can cut my TBR pile down a bit.

Currently, my unread books total is around 54, which isn’t bad, but it would be really nice to cut that down to around 20, maybe even 10.

 

Do you have any reading resolutions? Leave me a comment below.

The Paperback Pilgrim’s Perfect Panel

Hello All!

Today’s post is going to be a little different because I was inspired by Eventbrite  to plan my perfect panel of authors that I would love to hear speak at a conference.

The rule were simple in that I could pick authors, alive or deceased, or characters to speak at my dream conference.

And I must say, I went a little spooky for my theme.

Intrigued enough to read on? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions, if you dare.

*mwa ha ha ha*

The Panel 

947William Shakespeare – Ghosts and ghouls appear in many of Shakespeare’s most prominent works, and I feel that it would be a disservice to The Bard not to recognize just how dark his dramas could be.

King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth and Titus Andronicus are all examples of Shakespeare’s foray into the macabre and for that he earns a spot on my perfect panel.

 

11139Mary Shelley – Where would the perfect spooky panel be without the inclusion of the creator of Frankenstein.

A novel that has spanned countless retellings and adaptations, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus has captivated readers since its anonymous publication in 1818, and for good reason.

If grave robbing and reanimating corpses doesn’t make you stay up at night, Victor Frankenstein’s creature might…

 

44407Lord Byron – Byron was quite the character in and of himself but he also wrote some very dark work.

One such story was the unfinished “Fragment of a Novel” published in 1819 by publisher John Murray unbeknownst to Byron.

The story itself explored the theme of vampirism, but because the story was published before it was finished, the character of Augustus Darvell never reappeared to the narrator as a vampire.

 

4624490Edgar Allen Poe – In my opinion, and probably going against popular opinion, Edgar Allen Poe is the King of Horror.

From “The Raven” to “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” to “Lenore,” Poe has an ability to masterfully craft dark and twisted stories that make even the toughest blood freeze in terror.

 

 

3565Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my all-time favourite spooky stories, so of course Wilde would be invited to speak at my perfect panel.

Though categorized as philosophical fiction, The Picture of Dorian Gray is full of corruption, greed, murder, and revenge. Oh, and did I mention a magic painting.

 

123715Agatha Christie – The only other lady to make it on this panel, Christie is on here because — oh boy – does she know how to write murder well.

One of the best-selling authors of all time, Christie’s novels have spanned many adaptions, and was the inspiration behind Murder She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury (who as fate has it, also starred as Sibyl Vane in a 1945 adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray.)

 

5773Tim Burton – Though most think of Burton as a director, he published a book of poetry in 1997 called The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, which therefore makes him eligible for this panel.

“Voodoo Girl” is by far my favourite poem in the book, but others that stick out are “Staring Girl,” “The Pin Cushion Queen,” and “Stick Boy/Match Girl.”

If you haven’t checked out this book I highly recommend it, it’s quite the experience given that the poems are accompanied by Burton-esk cartoons that can make the hair stand straight on the back of your neck.

1221698Neil Gaiman – The last author on this list, and by no mean the last in my bleak heart, but rounding out the panel is Gaiman himself.

Coraline, both the graphic novel and the movie still scare the bejesus out of me.

Add that to Neverwhere and The Graveyard Book and you’ve hit the trifecta of spooky stories!

The Moderator 

e9054d79334077e2fcdf9dfaf5bd3fceA spooky panel calls for a spooky moderator, and who can you think is a better choice than the velvet voice, the king of horror movies, the master of facial hair, Vincent Price. And why did I pick Vincent Price as moderator, you might ask?

For starters, he’s either preformed works or portrayed many authors on this list.

Diversions and Delights had Price portraying Oscar Wilde, he did a spine tingling performance of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, and he narrated Vincent, which was written by Tim Burton, and tells the story of Vincent Malloy a boy who wants to be just like Price.

Second, Price would have to be dressed as ‘The Inventor’ from Tim Burton’s masterpiece Edward Scissorhands, but I see nothing wrong with that, do you?

Third, and probably most important, he could do the *mwa ha ha ha* from above in the style of “Thriller” and I could probably guarantee everyone would loose their collective minds.

The Questions

 

  • What do you think makes a good story?
  • What scares you?
  • Are your stories the products of nightmares, childhood experiences, fantasies?

(“Byron, Wilde, stop making googly eyes at one another”)

  • What are your favourite horror stories? Do these works inspire you to write the things you do?
  • Do you have any tips on how to scare your reader?
  • Do you have a nickname for your readers?

([Poe acting delirious] “Poe sit down!”)

  • What is the scariest thing you’ve ever read?
  • What attracts you to the macabre?
  • What is one thing you’d like people to know about you?

([Shakespeare speaking in iambic pentameter, Mary Shelley and Tim Burton discuss Frankenweenie, Neil Gaiman and Agatha Christie begin planning a Jane Marple/Chad Mulligan cross over story.])

 

Literary Conference

Talent this good demands its own literary panel.

But if I had to pick one, I’d have to pick Wordfest because then at least I’ll be able to purchase tickets to see it.

If only all of my authors were living, then maybe I’d be ambitious enough to use Eventbrite conference management software to host my own book conference.

Well, there is always a seance!

 

 

Goodreads: Choice Awards 2016

Costa, Hugo, Man Booker, Pulitzer, these are just some of the most prestigious literary awards in the world.

For readers, however, no award is more coveted than the Goodreads Choice award.

Beginning in 2009, readers from around the globe have been able to voice their opinions on the best books read and written in any given year, and this year is no exception.

With authors such as Stephen King, Paulette Jiles, Emma Donoghue, J.K. Rowling, and Sarah J. Maas all vying for the win in their respective categories, voting is now open for the semifinal round.

The semifinal round will run until Nov. 13, 2016, and the final round of voting will take place from Nov. 15-27, where after 20 authors will be named winners of a variety of categories.

 

Wordfest: After the Festival – Roméo Dallaire

With the 10-day festival completed for another year, Wordfest is continuing its post-festival momentum by hosting a conversation with retired Lieutenant-General and Canadian Senator Roméo Dallaire.

The discussion, being held at the John Dutton There in Calgary on Nov. 21, 2016, will revolve around Dallaire’s new memoir Waiting for the First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD. 

Dallaire is set to have a personal conversation with Calgarians about how he was promoted to force commander for UNAMIR in 1993, as a result bearing witness to the Rwandan genocide, and the aftermath that followed living through 100 days of slaughter.

Tickets for the event are $20, and can be purchased here.