Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite Creepy Settings

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These don’t have to be from horror books, but any setting from any book that gave you the heebie jeebies…in a good way.

As a child anything remotely creepy, creeped me out completely. As an adult, not so much but I still avoid horror films at all costs. I don’t mine reading horror stories or watching shows like Buffy: The Vampire Slayer or Pretty Little Liars that have suspense / horror elements. But, I still and will refuse to watch horror movies like Saw or The Ring or any Rated R scary movies.

I know that the prompt says to put creepy settings, but I’m choosing to put in creepy anything. For me, most of the time it’s not the setting that makes the story scarry but the characters or events in the story. Continue reading

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Popular Characters I Don’t Like

There are a lot of things in pop culture I don’t care for or I just don’t understand the hype surrounding it. That includes some characters from popular shows and books. Before I continue, I want to say these are just my opinions. If you think differently, please let me know, I’d love to know why you do love these characters, maybe you’ll help me change my mind about them.

Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door

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I’ve never heard any one say something bad about this book or its characters, and I for the most part loved this book… except for Lola. In the book she spends the majority of her time making outrageous outfits to wear every day. I have no problem with that, but it always felt like she was hiding something and she was. I never felt like I knew who was the real Lola, and that really bugged me. In some ways it felt like she never once let her guard down, and from a reader’s standpoint, I would have liked to see some vulnerability from her. No make-up no big outfit, just her.

 

Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

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I’m sure I’m going to get crucified for this but, it’s true I don’t like Rory Gilmore. Why? She’s too perfect in an annoying sort of way. Even when she makes mistakes it’s not the type of mistake that is fun to watch on screen. She is beautiful, very smart, mostly rich, and everyone she ever meets loves her. Doesn’t that sound annoying? Maybe I am wrong, after all it feels like the entire world is in love with Rory and the show, but me. If you like Rory (or don’t) please let me know. I honestly don’t know why I’ve kept watching the show if I keep cringing all the way through.

 

Mako from Legend of Korra

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I’ll be honest, I once liked Mako in the beginning of the show. I especially loved him in the later seasons, but I did not like him in the first two seasons. Why? Because he was a horrible boyfriend to Asami and later again with Korra. He never officially broke up with Asami before he started seeing Korra. He then lied to Korra about ever breaking up after he had kissed Asami during their break! That love triangle was just one big clusterf&*@, and clearly Mako didn’t handle it well. I much prefer his awkward self in books 3 and 4 than his complicated relationship self from books 1 and 2.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Witches

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So there is a topic later this month about paranormal creatures, but 1. witches aren’t creatures and 2. they deserve their own topic. These can be “witch books” or books that happen to feature witches as characters, whether they are main characters or side characters.

Apart from mermaids I was fascinated by Witches, probably because I wanted to be as powerful as the witches I saw on TV and read about. Then again, the witches I cared about were of the nice and friendly variety. Anyway, here’s a semi chronological list of my favorite Witch stories. Continue reading

Books Before Blogging, Booktube, or Bookstagram

It’s hard to imagine a world without books and without all the platforms I’ve chosen to follow book bloggers from WordPress, Youtube, or Instagram. But, there was a time when the online book community was not part of my life. In some ways it was a simpler time for example, I had time to re-read more books, my TBR list was much smaller, and I didn’t have my book buying compulsion issue. This also means I would choose my books without reading reviews or recommendations!

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So here’s a list of books I read before following or joining the online book community!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Going in Blind

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–We all know that some synopsis writers spoil events that happen halfway through the book or have heard reviewers say “its best to go into this one blind.” Discuss those books.

Normally, I would give you my reasons as to why I chose the books I did for each Top 5 Wednesday prompt, but I’m not going to do that this time. These are the books or shows I that I didn’t read the synopsis for or the synopsis are so vague that you might as well not read them. Either way, just know that I have loved each and every book or show mentioned on this list. Continue reading

The Full House Book Tag

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This tag was created by Rose @ Stuck in Fiction and I was sort of tagged by Jessica @ Pore  Over the Pages

It’s been a while since I’ve done any tag (whether I was tagged or not) but I saw this one and I knew I had to do it. I loved the original sitcom and I’ve been watching the revival on Netflix, so how could I pass up the chance to talk about the Tanners and books? Continue reading