I would want to be friends with SO MANY CHARACTERS. Why aren’t any of them real!? (Not that I wouldn’t want be caught in their situations most of the time haha).
Below are a handful that came to mind when I wrote this post! I know there’s plenty more that will cross my mind before I even publish this. Lets talk in the comments about what character you’d love to be friends with!
Sevro – Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown
Okay, who WOULDN’T want to be friends with this Howler? Especially after just finished Dark Age I am so down for being besties with Sevro, ALWAYS.
Night Court – ACOTAR Series by Sarah J. Maas
I can’t even pick one. I want to be a part of this whole dang court. Fictional characters can be made real, right?
Fenrys – Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
Honestly, I’d love to be friends with pretty much anyone in this cast, but Fenrys has a special place in my heart. I love him so much!
Kestral – The Winner’s Curse Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
I flippin’ love Kestral. She’s brave, kind, and amazingly smart. I love how her scheming mind.
Vhalla – Air Awakens Series by Elise Kova
AH I LOVE HER SO MUCH. I am almost finished with the last book and I can’t get enough of Vhalla. I would love to be her best friend. She’s seriously the best.
Lira – To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Quite frankly, I just want to be best friends with a mermaid. That is all.
Elizabeth Bennett – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I think I would have an absolute ball being friends with Elizabeth. She is a kindred spirit in many ways.
Spensa – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Not only would I love to have Spensa watching my back, her friends M-Bot and Doomslug would be the most amazing side kicks ever. I love them all.
Annabeth Chase – Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
I need Annabeth keeping me in line and not letting me get away with anything. We all need a friend like that.
Kazi – Dance of Thieves Duology by Mary E. Pearson
I am obsessed with Kazi as a person and would love nothing more than to be her sister. We would be as thick as thieves.
Fictional characters need to be real. I could use some friends like this in my life! What about you? Are any of these on your list? Who would you want to be friends with?
I can’t say I know any character that exactly reminds me of myself. I can think of a few who may present an aspect that would remind me of how I am.
So this list may be scatter-brained. Lets see what happens. Might be a few spins on things because I am only so clever.
And yes, I know I could do a backlist version, but I personally have made it a goal to push myself outside my comfort zone. In this way, I’m trying to do the post regardless because it causes me to think a bit more about my choices.
Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
She’s a baker, I’m a baker. Though granted she can bake cookies and THAT IS SERIOUSLY WHAT I’M WORST AT BAKING. I’m trying though.
Feyre goes through some really crappy things, but I’m focusing on the fact she got away from a male who never saw her true worth and who she thought she loved. I went through the same kind of thing before I met my husband (and y’all, I’m so glad I went through that storm to get to him).
Hazel reminds me of myself because she’s often been described as having a flair for the absurd, but also owning who she is. Do I dance in the middle of an aisle when my jam comes on? YES. Does my husband think I’m silly? YUP. But I never want to lose doing this simple silly things in my life.
As Rasmira faces her battles in the wild, the phrase warrior of the wild is used. Like the title it reminds me of how determined she is to face the problems before her. We all have our own wild and I often find myself remembering this quote to persevere.
Love you Forever by Robert Munsch
This book reminds me of the kind of mother I hope my children remember. Because oh how I love my babe (and any future children we’re fortunate to have).
Y’all, I did it! Have you read any of these books? What’s a book that reminds you of yourself? Lets talk in the comments!
Scrolling through the pages I follow I saw that Ally Writes Things had posted about the lowest rated books (on Goodreads) and what she rated them.
Y’all. THIS WAS A BRILLIANT IDEA.
So here I am, definitely doing this. Let’s go. This will be a handful of the lowest rated books based off of Goodreads and then what I ended up rating them. I hope to do one with the highest rated books from my GR as well, future post alert!
Things I’d Rather Do Than Die by Christine Hurley Deriso
Goodreads Rating: 3.25 || My Rating: 2.50
You can actually find my review for this here. Though please pardon the baby blog formatting as it was one of the first Netgalley reviews I ever did. I could not believe this book at all. It tried way too hard to create drama and purpose, but not. Just no.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (original story from Jane Austen)
Goodreads Rating: 3.29 || My Rating: 4.00
I can’t help it, I thought this book was fun. I even loved the movie (and that never happens!). It’s quirky, ridiculous, but that’s the whole point if you ask me.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Goodreads Rating: 3.39 || My Rating: 2.00
Granted, I read this in high school so it probably deserves a re-read to get a new rating, but I have NO DESIRE to do this.
The Dysasters (The Dysasters #1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Goodreads Rating: 3.41 || My Rating: 2.00
If you want to see a rant filled review: click here! My first physical ARC was unfortunately…an absolute dud. Really, a dud. *sigh*
Beowulf by Unknown (Seamus Heaney — Translator)
Goodreads Rating: 3.43 || My Rating: 3.00
This was another read in high school. I remember thinking it was fine overall. Interesting enough.
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
Goodreads Rating: 3.45 || My Rating: 3.00
Tried my best to enjoy this because I thought the story was amazing, but unfortunately the way this was portrayed I couldn’t get into the story. I hardly remember it now because I scanned so much of it.
Evenfall (Shadowfire #1) by Gaja J. Kos & Boris Kos
Goodreads Rating: 3.51 || My Rating: 4.00
This was my version of a tale of two books. The first half almost had me DNF but then somehow the second half was astounding enough for me to think highly of it. I’m actually excited for the second book! (AND ALSO SHOUT-OUT TO THIS GORGEOUS COVER Y’ALL)
Have you read any of these? Did you love them more than their average rating? Lets talk in the comments!
I was nominated by TheGeekishBrunette for this award! She is so sweet and I’ve loved following her blog and Instagram! Definitely make sure to check her blog out and give her a follow.
The Liebster Award Rules:
Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
Give 11 random facts about yourself
Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
Give these blogs 11 questions to answer
What is the weirdest book you have read?
While my husband loved this series, I unfortunately thought it was just to strange for me. I thought it was odd and weird and wasn’t for me.
Favorite book to movie adaption?
ALL TIME favorite book to movie adaptation (The Kiera Knightly version).
What is your favorite book series, and why?
SJM’s ACOTAR series is my absolute favorite. The story that Feyre goes on really hits me in the feels every time. I love the emotions, the plot, the characters, the romance, everything. It has yet to get old to me in any way.
If you could collide two book worlds together, what would they be and why?
Okay, I’m not even really sure which ones. But an interesting concept would be somehow combining a Sci-Fi book like The Illuminae Files with something full of fae (i.e. The Cruel Prince, etc.).
Just thinking about faeries dealing with flying spacecrafts is making me chuckle.
Who is your favorite book couple?
Oh of course, Feysand.
If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Guys I’m beating a dead horse, A Court of Mist and Fury. I could re-live that romance all day.
Besides reading, do you have another hobby?
I absolutely love running! Unfortunately at this time I’m still in a boot so I can’t do anything but arm weights. But hopefully I’ll be healed in the next few months.
I also love baking muffins! I make them often and for everyone.
What is a favorite quote of yours?
“There are good days and bad days for me — even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”
Morrigan – ACOMAF
Favorite book genre and why?
All things fantasy! I love reading worlds that I have no way on conceiving myself. It’s nice to be taken away from the real world for a bit while reading.
What was the last book you gave 5 stars?
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. This book was so cute y’all!
You are to go on a date with your favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend, who is it and what would your date consist of?
Since we already know my love of Rhysand, I’ll go with Rowan Whitethorn. Y’all I have no idea what we would do. I’m too starstruck by even the thought of these males being real to concentrate on a date. I’m also a fan of really simple dates. Dinner and a walk through a bookstore. I’m not sure what a date with a fae might consist of, I wouldn’t be mad about it though haha.
11 Random Facts About Me:
I am terrified of flying. I take so much Dramamine before I even get near the terminal. It’s unfortunately hindered me from traveling.
I was bitten by a Copperhead (very poisonous snake) 2 weeks before I got married.
I got married really young (20 years old!) and we’ve been together for 7 years.
I played year-round competitive basketball for 15 years, but didn’t want to play in college.
I love painting/crafting, but haven’t gotten to do it much since I had a baby.
I’m left handed (so is my husband — we’re cool).
I am a true Southerner and NCAA football is my religion (GIg ’em Aggies).
My favorite spice is Lemon Pepper, and I put it on almost everything.
I am a roller-coaster fanatic and love theme parks!
My perfect place to live is a bungalow on the beach.
I am obsessed with french fries, the best kind you ask? Chick-fil-A.
Okay, going a little off the path here and only nominating 5 bloggers and giving 5 questions. Holy mackerel 11 is a lot!
Howdy to everyone! Hope your day is going splendid and that your week has started off well.
This weeks theme is all about finding those diamonds in the rough. Though upon looking through my Read list I realized, most books I have read have way more than 2,000 ratings. It honestly makes me want to find more books where fewer people have heard of them.
With so few to choose from, these weren’t all books I LOVED, but at least 4 stars and enjoyed overall. Here’s to Top Ten Tuesday!
Evenfall (Shadowfire #1)
By Gaja J. Kos & Boris Kos
Number of ratings: 161
I called this book, a tale of two stories. It was almost a DNF til about half-way, then I felt like I was reading a whole new tale and it ended really well! I was lucky enough to receive this from Netgalley and I am looking forward to book two.
by: Chelsea Dyreng
Number of ratings: 177
Unfortunately, I read this four years ago and hadn’t gotten into review writing quite yet. From what I remember it was a romance filled with a lot of allegories. A big theme of redemption that will tug at your heart strings. I even hosted this as a book club book at my house!
The Wren Hunt
by: Mary Watson
Number of ratings: 675
I read this through Netgalley and thought this was so stinkin’ good! (Review here). I’m actually really surprised it has such a small amount of ratings. It was loosely based on Romeo & Juliet. I found it a unpredictable and stayed up way too late flying through this book. Did I mention the romance is my favorite trope? Hate to lovers!!
What the Wind Knows
by: Amy Harmon
Number of ratings: 1,327
I finished this a few weeks ago, this was one on the list that I LOVED. Oh so good. Swoon-worthy romance, beautiful writing and a heartfelt story. Makes me want to discover my own history.
Sweet Black Waves (SWB #1)
by: Kristina Pérez
Number of ratings: 777
I happened to go into this without knowing the legend behind it, and honestly, I think that made me love it even more. I had no expectations. And wow, holy twists Batman! I saw none of that coming, and can’t believe I still have to wait til the fall for the next book.
Where the Watermelons Grow
by: Cindy Baldwin
Number of ratings: 821
This book is all about mental health. This sweet daughter struggles to deal with her Mom having schizophrenia. A lot of poignant moments and tough conversations. Books like these are important, and as this is a children’s book (recommended for 8-12) , I thought it was all approached in a thoughtful way.
A Thousand Perfect Notes
by: C.G. Drews
Number of ratings: 1,774
Ooo, this book will make you want to throw things. It is a heart-breaking, growing-up story that was fabulous. It was her debut novel and I am stoked to order her next one!
The Lost Queen (The LQ Trilogy #1)
by: Signe Pike
Number of ratings: 1,830
A little known historical fiction/fantasy based off of the wizard Merlin, but focusing on his sister, Languoreth. If you take this as a fantasy only, I think you’ll really enjoy it. There’s romance, war, and making hard decisions.
Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1)
By: Emily A. Duncan
Number of ratings: 521
While I figure this will actually eventually have more than 2,000 ratings since it isn’t out yet, BUT that means I can currently use it for this TTT. Y’all, this book is good. I’m excited to see where the series goes. A solid foundation has been built.
Pride & Prejudice: Baby Counter
by: Jennifer Adams & Alison Oliver
Number of ratings: 1,239
Okay, adding this because it is totally adorable. If you have kids and love P&P I would definitely look into this board book! My babe loves it and I found it really clever. [I was also basically out of few ratings books too *shrugs*]
Have you read any of these? What’s one of your few rating favorites? Let’s talk in the comments!
I’m a closet Taylor Swift fan, but that won’t stop be from doing this tag. I love her work. I can’t deny it.
You’re Not Sorry
A book that unapologetically broke your heart
I apparently don’t read many books that try to break me. Tender-hearted much? (It’s being a mom, it makes you soft). The Great Alone really tore me up. Leni deals with SO MUCH CRAP and all I wanted for her was to be happy. And when she had it, it was ripped away and given back in this bittersweet, my heart is breaking, kinda way. Happy ending used loosely.
Back to December
A book you still think about even after you finished
I mention in my review that I truly believe everyone needs to read this book. A doctor, dying from cancer, writes a memoir that will make you cry. I contemplated how I was handling my life and it still comes to mind on rough days. What is a bad day, or a bad five minutes?
If This Was a Movie
A book you really want to become a movie
I think a million+ books I’ve read should be movies, but this is the most recent one in my mind. Imagining some time-traveling and old-timey 1920’s Ireland makes me want to swoon. This was a magical read.
A book with the most beautiful cover
I am so bad with pretty covers. I tend to not even notice the cover and buy it for the summary or hype. In this case I remember picking To Kill a Kingdom specifically for the gorgeous, dark cover. It promised sea battles and plenty of stabbing. And it did not disappoint.
Shake It Off
A book that gets hate but that you still love
It’s actually recently come to my attention that the Shatter Me series gets some hate. For me, it’s one of the few dystopian-based book that I’m invested in. The jaw dropping plot-twists, the swoon worthy romance, and the loyal friendships have made this a great series. Jury is still out with the “addition” of the next three books, but I loved Restore Me so there’s hope!
Never Grow Up
A book that gives you childhood nostalgia
Oh yes, yes. The A Series of Unfortunate Events brings on all the nostalgia. It was one of my first series that I read all the way through. I only vaguely remember the details now, but I can’t wait to read them with my children in the future!
A book that you instantly clicked with
This book was so stinkin’ cute. I immediately was captivated and it’s one of the few contemporaries I adore. The setting (Tuscany, Italy) and precious high school love was all I needed. It was a perfect summer read.
A classic that will never get old
I may not have time to re-read this all the time. But this book (more the movie) never gets old to me. I love the story and it’s classic style will always captivate.
A book with a romance you love
My dear sweet pair: Kestrel and Arin. They were so frustrating and I couldn’t believe half the actions that went down, but boy I was on their side from day one. There’s SO MUCH LOVE HERE. It’s one of my favorite series. Now I think I need to go do a re-read.
I Knew You Were Trouble
A book you couldn’t help but become obsessesd with
I may not talk about this series a lot, but I like doing tags to really branch out on my choices. So in this case, I was IMMEDIATELY obsessed with this series. Shusterman is a wizard with this story. It’s such a thinker. I continually panic over WHAT IF THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED? And you know what, I obsess over this anytime I remember the books.
A book where you loved the first one and hated the sequel
I’m totally using Arini’s answer because oh how I agree. I got through RQ (honestly wouldn’t say loved, but I liked it), decided to keep going. Made it through GS and thought, eh I’m not having fun, but I also want to know what happens. Then KC came out I skimmed read this and never bothered with WS. These progressively got worse with the cliches, the awful twists and more. I still haven’t read WS, but from a spoiler review I’ve seen, I’m okay with my decision.
Even if you weren’t tagged, totally feel free to do this! And if you don’t like TS, that doesn’t matter either! It’s a clever tag that was fun to do. Tag me in the comments if you happen to do this, would love to see answers.