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It has been so long since I’ve completed a TTT Post (my last one)- Hosted by the lovelies at The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Literary Turn-offs

This was an interesting one. I struggled to come up with more than five at first, but then I got on a roll and realized there were lots of things that will make me put a book down.

1. Arrogance in a main character. Let me get a little more in depth on this one. I don’t like it when a main character has a sense of superiority over others that doesn’t get squashed fairly quickly in a novel. If, by halfway through the novel, the character is still acting high and mighty I have to put it down and move on.

2. Everybody dies at the end.I know this sounds stupid because you’d already be at the end and there wouldn’t be much you could do about it – THAT’S EXACTLY WHY THIS IS A TURN OFF. If I spend hours of my life investing in characters to read every single one of them die…. *shakes head*

3. Lots of little chapters.
I need to be able to get into each chapter and read for a while before it switches character or scene. If there are 4 page chapters that make your mind jump all over, I just stop after a few awkward chapters and call it a day.

4. Someone spoils the ending.Not really something the author does here, but if I’ve started reading and don’t know what the ending is like and someone tells me how it’s going to end…. That is just so annoying.

*I feel like this is such a negative post.. I don’t know if I like it…*

5. Too many characters.
This is probably why I don’t like “classic” novels. Anything that introduces tons of characters, and then proceeds to list each of their brother’s best friend’s next door neighbor’s and their dogs, I just don’t get. Life is too short to know the names of someone’s great-aunt’s best friend from elementary school.

6. Big confusing words.
There are some texts out there (read: most things from my literature classes) that use words that we just don’t use now. I’m not talking about reducing literature down to txtin spk – BUT if I have to look up the meaning of every second word then I’m not interested.

7. Vulgar language.
One novel sticks out as an example – Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. As soon as I see the ‘C’ word I shut the book forever. ‘Nuff said.

8. E-BooksI have never been able to finish a book on an e-reader. If the book only comes as a pdf online or on a kobo then I doubt I’ll ever get around to reading it. I like to be able to actually turn the pages quickly during an exciting part. Tapping the screen just isn’t the same.

9. Someone I don’t like recommends it.
This is wrong – and a flaw in my personality for sure. I’ll automatically associate the book I’ve been recommended with the person who recommends. If I don’t like that person then that book will probably never be read. Every time Lauren says I should read something (Me Before You – waaaaahhhh) then I at least try to get into it.

10. If one of the characters is unreasonable / pathetic.
I can’t deal with protagonists that are helpless and/or unreasonable when it comes to conflicts. If the girl has been told that the guy she’s falling in love with is an axe murderer and yet continues to be all like “omg but I love him and we’re going to be together forever” then I’m like, OKAY FINE *slams book shut*. Same goes for pathetic people. I feel like this also applies to movies. Troy sticks out in my mind for an example – when Paris crawls away from his fight like a big lame baby – automatic turn-off.

What are some of your Literary Turn-Offs? Send me comment so I can see!

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly discussion hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is top ten most memorable secondary characters – wow! What a topic. This one had me stumped for a while but I eventually

1. Haymitch from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
At first, I hated Haymitch.. quite literally. I thought he was an arrogant and unnecessary character. Eventually, he grew on me and by the end of the series he was was of my favourite characters in the story. (Maybe even possibly over Katniss…woops!) When the movie was announced he was one of the first character I was curious about and I was definitely NOT disappointed.

2. Jasper from The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
When Jasper explains to Bella what his life was like before he became a vampire I just remember melting. This well-mannered, southern accented, confederate soldier on horse back? Oh my! Insta-jealous of Alice and her wonderful husband.

3. Minny from The Help by Kathryn StockettI’m not sure if she would even count as a secondary character, more of a primary, but I had to include her. Minny Jackson is hilarious – her mouth consistently gets her in trouble. In the novel, she is everything she shouldn’t be: A loud-mouthed, stubborn, angry, black, housemaid. Reading about her home life made me want to run and hug her, but her antics at work just made me laugh. I wish I had half of her attitude.

4. Professor Sybill Trelawny from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Although this character has shown up in previous HP books, I’m going to allocate this one as the one in which I started to love, and connect to, her. When Dolores Umbridge (read: bitch) fires Trelawny my heart dropped. I hadn’t realized but this character had been built up to be super lovable! It made me sad to think she was not going to be involved in Harry’s school year anymore.

5. Bailey Graffman from Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares
The bond that Brashares created between Tibby and Bailey was unbelievable. When this little girl suddenly left I cried and cried and cried. UGH. Heartbreaking. What an adorable, annoying little sister-type-girl. Can’t say much more other than LOVE!

6. Mo from The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
Even though I just finished this story I have to mention Mo. She is sassy, and loud, and boisterous, and confident. Exactly what Liv needs to waken her from her bland, non-existing existence! I really like how Moyes created this black and white contrast between the two characters. Without her, Liv’s section of the book would’ve sucked.

7. Eileen from The Josie Smith Books by Magdalen Nabb
If you have a little girl, or are going to have a little girl, or know a little girl that has never had the opportunity to read these books PLEASE give them this gift! These books are my entire childhood – I read them from such a young age and, as I just discussed with my friend, I clicked with Eileen so much. Eileen is Josie’s best friend who always has the prettiest ribbon in her hair, and who is never dirty, and who never gets in trouble. As you can imagine, Josie is the complete opposite. I loved the way these two contrasted each other and, looking back, I realize that my friendship with my best friend, paralleled theirs.

8. Doctor Dillamond from Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory MaguireFrom the first time he is introduced, Dillamond is extremely lovable. He reminds me of a philosophy professor I had in my first year of university. An intelligent, but nervous, man who is almost too consumed in his thoughts of the world to remember your name. As an Animal his fate is very sad and soon the super charming and friendly goat leaves behind a classroom full of students that are forever changed.

I feel so bad that I can’t come up with 10 – but I’ve been working on this post all weekend I really don’t think it’s going to happen. This week’s TTT is  tough! Can’t wait to read what everyone else came up with 🙂

S

Top Ten Tuesday

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It’s that time again, folks! Brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish, this post will be about resources that make my life easier as a blogger!

1. Friends – Professors have always taught me to write about what I know, therefore many of my posts relate to my friends or family. Without them I really wouldn’t have much to write about. As they build me up or tear me down I learn more about myself and my place in life.

2. Coffee – Writing this now wouldn’t be happening this early (10am) without my best friend: Coffee. I have a mug of freshly brewed coffee pretty much every time I sit down to write.

3. My Book Club – The ladies that form this group are spectacular. Although we’re all still getting to know each other, I respect their opinions and recommendations when it comes to the next-best-thing (I’ll forgive and forget the Inkheart incident). This evening we’re having our second meeting down at Stephanie’s house and I can’t wait!

4. WordPress – This blogging site has been a non-intimidating way to start a blog. The admin controls are relatively straightforward which allows me to focus on what really matters: the writing.

5. Lauren @ Books, Tea & MeLauren is one of the greatest people I know. Her blog (previously linked) is a testament to not only her abilities as a writer, but her true love of books, which is something we have bonded over throughout our friendship (see: reading Breaking Dawn instead of actually working). Her confidence in our friendship inspires me to be a better friend. Although she sometimes gets frazzled, she knows she can count on me to support her in the same way she does for me. Lauren? I’ll love you forever. You are the definition of a best friend.

6. My lovely followers – Every time I open up my page and see that someone has stopped by to read a post, or have signed up to receive notifications when I publish something… THAT FEELING! It makes me feel like I’m not just writing for myself anymore. People, like you, are enjoying my style of writing. Maybe that means you feel the way I feel about things? Or that you sympathize with my sometimes messed up life? Either way, I’m truly grateful for you all – Thank you 🙂

OKAY – So I know its ‘Top TEN Tuesday’ but I can really only think of 6… Think of your own list and post it!

S

Tuesday (evening)

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My friend Lauren (Books Tea & Me) is getting me going in the blogging world – she thinks it will be a good way for me to organize and understand my hectic life. My goal is to have a completely honest account of my daily life. I’m heading towards being a better person. I’m going to fuck up occasionally pretty much everyday, but I really am going to try to improve.

Exciting Times! Its time for my very first ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ (a weekly blog topic that the lovely ladies of The Broke and the Bookish publish). This week, the theme is Beginnings and Endings.

Starting a new book is always nerve-racking for me. I don’t use libraries because I prefer to make an investment with a book and as we all know, not all investments pay-off (see: 4-5 boxes of books sadly sat in the storage room of my house). I usually give the author two or three chapters of my time to really try and get into a book – if its not happening by then, it ain’t gonna happen! Endings are somewhat bittersweet. It’s always nice to find out what happens to characters and feel closure on any events that occurred on the pages past, and yet filled with sadness (especially at the end of a fantastic read) when the time to close the book and place it back on the shelf arrives. Here are a few (10 to be specific…duh) of my favourite beginnings and endings.

To begin…

1. Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay

“The girl was the first to hear the loud pounding on the door. Her room was closest to the entrance of the apartment. At first, dazed with sleep, she thought it was her father, coming up from his hiding place in the cellar. He’d forgotten his keys, and was impatient because nobody had heard his first, timid knock. But then came the voices, strong and brutal in the silence of the night.”[This passage really caught my attention and I remember feeling unsettled in my stomach. I felt scared for the girl, obviously young, frightened, and without her father. I finished this book so quickly whilst on holiday just because the author intrigued me by the middle of the first page.]

2. 1984 – George Orwell

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind…”
Setting the tone perfectly, Orwell quickly acclimatizes the reader to the harsh realities of life in 1984. That’s pretty much all I can say… you have to read the rest of the book if you haven’t.

3. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie

“All children, except one, grow up.”
If summarizing novels in the first sentence was a contest, Barrie would win hands down for his six-word summary of this classic novel. Peter Pan is one of my most cherished stories. In the form of pantomimes, graphic novels, Disney movies and staged productions, this story is timeless. I actually think I’m going to put this on my ‘to-read’ list once again!

4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon

“It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears’ house. Its eyes were closed.”I reluctantly read this book in my Grade 10 or 12 novel study.. can’t really remember the exact year. Wow I was not disappointed at all! The storyline was sharp and I fell in love with Christopher 🙂

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

“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved with anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.”
OKAY this… this first passage helped shape my childhood! Imagine, if you will, because I used to live in Northern Scotland, my primary five teacher, Mrs. Murray, sitting in the middle of a group of ten-year-old children and reading this first sentence out loud in a broad Scottish accent. After hearing the first few chapters I had to purchase a copy and take it to school to follow along from then on. I know I put this one last, but it must be counted as number 1 in this category because I had no idea how popular this book would become.

…in closing.

(To continue the theme of great writing…)
1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban –
J.K. Rowling

“‘Godfather?’ spluttered Uncle Vernon. ‘You haven’t got a godfather!’
‘Yes, I have,’ said Harry brightly. ‘He was my mum and dad’s best friend. He’s a convicted murderer, but he’s broken out of wizard prison and he’s on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though … keep up with my news … check I’m happy …’ And grinning broadly at the look of horror on Uncle Vernon’s face, Harry set off towards the station exit, Hedwig rattling along in front of him, for what looked like a much better summer than the last.”
[This!!!! AHHHH – This book was my favourite of all the Harry Potter books. Harry finds hope in Sirius (who becomes my favourite character in the whole series) and is happy to have found a family member at last. I remember reading this last page and thinking ‘fuck yeahhh Harry!’]

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2. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

” …because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth.”Whenever I read a line in a book that uses the title of the book I get giddy and a million questions run through my head. Did the author think of this line randomly and then figure out the rest of the story from here? Did it take them forever to come up with a line that could use the title so beautifully? Did someone tell them to put it there, or was that planned from draft stages? Etc, etc, etc.

3. The Shining – Stephen King

“He put an arm around Danny’s shoulders and the boy reeled the fish in, little by little. Wendy sat down on Danny’s other side and the three of them sat on the end of the dock in the afternoon sun.”
Picture perfect ending to a horrific story. This book kept me awake on a flight to the UK and I remember finishing it and feeling covered with the relief pouring out of the pages. After the terrors of the hotel it was nice to see Danny surrounded by love and safety.

4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S Lewis

“And that is the very end of the adventure of the wardrobe. But if the Professor was right, it was only the beginning of the adventures of Narnia.”
Classic ending to a fairytale/adventure story! Makes you excited to find out what comes next!!

5. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding

“An excellent year’s progress.”
Simply put… this is a perfect ending to one of my favourite novels. Again – I have to add it to my must read… again… haha

OKAY – so I was a little late on the Tuesday post… BUT I love the fact that the topics are posted ahead of time – I’ll be much better prepared for next week.

S