Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who I Own the Most Books From

Hello, everyone! It’s Tuesday, which is, of course, the day for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. I haven’t posted something in quite a while, and for that, I can only say…oops. I’m going to try and post more regularly this week, although I’m notoriously sneaky when it comes to keeping my word. Still, at least I’m planning on it, so stay tuned, haha. Anyways, this week’s topic is the Authors Who I Own the Most Books From. This list was pretty illuminating to me, because, honestly, I had no idea how many books I owned from some authors, and how not-so-many I owned from others. Like Meg Cabot, for example. I thought I had around fifteen. Oh, how wrong I was. How very, very wrong.

Anyways, here is my list!

1. Meg Cabot : 20 21 23 24 26 27 books.

Wow. Even I didn’t realize how many Cabot books I have, but I guess that’s why she’s one of my favorite authors (well, actually, vice versa, but still). As I was browsing my shelf for other books that make it onto this list, I kept finding new Cabot books that I didn’t even realize I had. The Princess Diaries Series alone is 10 of those books, though, and then The Mediator series adds another five (I don’t have the last book). So, when you look at it that way, it makes sense. Cabot is releasing an eleventh Princess Diaries book soon, as well as a seventh Mediator series, and I could not be more thrilled!

2. R.L. Stine: 14 books

As a child, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books were the most horrifying things ever, and I felt so badass whenever I read one, like, look who’s a horror buff now, hmm? I have quite a few Fear Street books from him, too, but when you look at my total (14) out of all the hundreds of books that he has, it’s not that big a sum. But it does lead to the question…how can R.L. Stine have written all these books?! Now, that’s spooky.

3. Louise Rennison: 12 books

Including the whole of the Confessions of the Georgia Nicolson series, as well as the first and third book of the Tallulah Casey books. I would read whatever this woman puts into print.

4. L.J. Smith: 10 books

Most of the L.J. Smith books that I have are in omnibus form,so technically I have a lot more than 10. But un-technically, I have ten. My favorite is the Night World series, because it’s a new character every book, and so if I don’t like one character than she/he’ll be gone by the next one.

5. Janet Evanovich: 10 books

All Stephanie Plum ones, which are a great series of books. I used to have 12 of hers, but every time I board a plane, I somehow mysteriously lose one…so bad, I know.

6. Eoin Colfer: 8 books

I love this man. His books are always irresistibly witty, sarcastic, and captivating. I wish I had even more than eight books from him.

7. J.K. Rowling: 7 books

I wasn’t sure what amount of books to put for J.K. Rowling, because technically I share a lot of them with my sister. So I decided to go with the ones that I physically have in my room, as opposed to in my house. I have all of them but the fifth and the sixth, which are on my sister’s bookshelves, and which I really need to buy for myself as I’m moving out in a month. But anyways, five Harry Potter books combined with the Casual Vacancy and the Cuckoo’s Calling.

8. Anthony Horowitz: 7 books

All part of the Alex Rider series. Best. Action. Books. Ever.

9.  Ann Brashares: 6 books

Including all five of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pant’s series, and the Last Summer (Of You and Me). The latter of which I haven’t read.

10. A four way tie between Sarah Dessen, Helen Fielding, Suzanne Collins, and Holly Black, all of whom I own 5 books from.

The 5 and 4 category was pretty congested, and there are probably even a few more authors on the 5 list, although in my initial overview I didn’t manage to catch them.

What books do you own the most of from any given author? What books do you wish you own the most of from any given author? Let me know in the comments below! 

Top Most Awesome Quotes Part 3

Have you ever came across a quote in a book that just struck something deep inside you, and in that moment, you had to write it down so you’d never forget it? I have. In fact, I get enamored with quotes frequently, and I have an ever evolving list where I compile them all. These quotes range from funny, to inspiring, to wise, to simply beautiful. And I like sharing them, and hearing quotes from people who also keep their favorites close to heart, so with no further ado, here’s the next 10.

  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Lady Windmere’s Fan, Wilde

 

  • “I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.” – The Book Thief, Zusak

 

  • “’But that’s just as bad,’ protested Milo.’You mean just as good,’ corrected the Humbug. ‘Things which are equally bad are also equally good. Try to look at the bright side of things.'” – The Phantom Tollbooth, Juster

 

  • “Population: None.

    It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite member divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.” – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Adams

 

  • “It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew—and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents – that there was all the difference in the world.” – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Rowling

 

  • “It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It’s like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting ‘Cathy’ and banging your head against a tree.” – Bridget Jone’s Diary, Fielding 

 

  • “Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive.” – Jane Eyre, Bronte

 

  • “It takes ten times as long to put yourself together as it does to fall apart.” – Mockingjay,  Collins

 

  • “’I just thought to myself, all of a sudden, that we had something in common. A natural chemistry, if you will. And I had a feeling that something big was going to happen. To both of us. That we were, in fact, meant to be together.’

    ‘You got all this,’ I said, clarifying, ‘at the tire display?'” – This Lullaby, Dessen

And, as last time, for my final quote I’ve selected one that a visitor left by. I’m really happy that people leave quotes in the comments, because they all are fantastic, and I’ve put several new books on my to read list just because I figure that if the author had one quote like that, then maybe the whole book is great. This week’s final quote is brought to you by Molly Mortensen, who left a quote from Terry Pratchett that I found both amusing and true.

  • Death: “Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom.” – The Hogfather, Pratchett

What are your favorite quotes? Do you also like to collect/write quotes down? Let me know in the comments, below! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Characters I’d Want on a Deserted Island With Me

It is Top Ten Tuesday time, otherwise known as one of the greatest days for making bookish lists. This week’s topic is Top 10 Characters I’d Want on a Deserted Island With Me. Hmmm…the possibilities! As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. So, after you’re done reading my list, go on over there and join Top Ten Tuesday yourself! 😀

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Top 10 Characters I’d Want On a Deserted Island With Me (In No Particular Order) 

…For Their Physical Abilities

1. Katsa from Graceling

The girl has the power of survival. ‘Nuff said.

2. Katniss from the Hunger Games

I know a lot of people probably included her, but I mean, you can see why. She’s already had experience in extreme living, and she’d be the designated hunter.

3. Wesley from the Princess Bride

He got Buttercup through the Fire Swamp, he could get me through my stint on the island.

4. Jace from the Mortal Instruments

I mean, Jace belongs in two categories. Like, I wouldn’t mind at all being stuck on a deserted island with him, because he’s just so Jace-ish, but also if anyone tried to attack the island, then he’d be able to help ward them off.

…For Their Minds 

5. Artemis Fowl

He might be young, but he’s a genius, and if anybody knows how to get a group of eleven people off a deserted island, it’s this kid.

6. Hermione Granger

Magic seems like a smart choice if you’re going to be on a deserted island, and what’s a better wizard to include than the Hermione Granger? Not only is she magic, but she’s also one of the smartest wizards I could choose. Duel deal!

…For Them 

7. Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries

Because he’s ruthless enough to make sure that I survive, and because he’s an excellent hunter, and because, well, you know…he’s Damon Salvatore. That’s kind of reason enough. I mean, swooooon. Plus, the actor who plays Damon in the TV show is Ian Somerhalder, and he’s already had experience with the whole mysterious island thing.

8. Dave the Laugh from the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series

I think when stranded on a deserted island it’s important to have someone that can lighten the mood. Dave the Laugh is perfect for this–I mean, his name says it all. He’s just the kind of person to have when you’re sitting around the campfire that Katsa has started, telling stories to pass the time.

9. Fred and George Weasley (No, it’s not cheating to combine the two of them!)

I picked these two for the same reason I picked Dave the Laugh. Because while the other people are busy helping the group survive/get off the island, these two would be starting massive prank wars, or else telling us all about the time they exploding the upstairs bathroom. Plus, I imagine they would be down for a massive game of hide-n-seek through the forest. Okay…so, probably including these two might put me more in danger than not, but I too like to live dangerously. (What? That reference doesn’t even work in this context…) And, to be honest, I’ve always had a crush on the Weasley twins.

10. Suze from the Mediator Series

Because I think I would need at least one good friend, and in terms of gathering wood piles and hunting down little rabbits, Suze and I are at about the same level: that is to say, miserable. Seriously, I mean, I don’t think I’d be much help at a deserted island. I’m not saying that I’m horrible at survival, but I am saying that I’d probably manage to drop a bucket of water on all the firewood, gather the berries that make everyone sick for days, and lead a wild, furious hog back to our camp sight. So, yeah, pretty horrible. But Suze and I could tan on the shore of the beach and gossip during the days, and plus, if anybody had mysteriously died on the island, Suze would know what to avoid.

So, that’s my Top 10 Tuesday. What’s yours? Are any of our picks the same? Let me know in the common below! 

Sunday Funday: Week in Review (2)

With the end of the week comes a week in review, hosted by Girl in the Pages.  This is a fun meme that has you recapping the things that’s been happening in your life, whether book related or not. If you want to join in, click on the link above–it’ll take you to Cristina’s page where she explains what the meme is all about.

It’s summer time, which means I have a fair measure of free time floating around. That said, you’d think I’d be doing all these cool things and adventures, when in reality I’m just kind of milling around, drinking coffee at coffee places and reading books at home. Not that I don’t love doing those things, but they’re kind of a given for me, you know? I’ve done a couple of different things this week, though.

Namely: 

  • I made baklava. This dessert dates back to the Assyrians in the 8th century B.C., and consists of seven hundred thousand like twenty layers of phyllo dough, whose sole purpose in life is to dissolve into sneaky little shreds that are then deemed unusable until you go into rage mode and start tearing them into shreds on purpose. Between these layers go chopped up nuts, and lots of butter, before you bake it and drench it in honey sauce.

Even though I had a little trouble with it (I’m looking at you phyllo dough, and you, almost empty pot of honey) Baklava wasn’t as hard to make as I imagined it to be. And that’s saying something, because I’m no gourmet chef. Like, I’ve been baking more often lately, but that’s only because I like challenges, and cooking is somewhat of a challenge to me. Anyways, if you want to try your own hand at Baklava, the recipe I used was based on the one here: The Kitchn, with a couple of twists because I ran out of honey, and had to improvise…

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(This is the baklava pre-syrup, so it looks more glossy afterwards. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the after version until several chunks were torn out unceremoniously.) 

  • I cut my hair. Well, not I personally, but I in a decision-making way. It’s now a little below shoulder length, and when I saw those huge chunks of dead ends falling to the floor, I had to summon the strength that every Gryffindor possesses. My friends! My memories! The long-haired time we spent together shall not be forgotten…and, truth be told, it will probably be back in a couple of months. But still.

 

  • Speaking of Gryffindor, when I’m bored, I take quizzes, and I was particularly bored at three in the morning last night, so I ended up taking a 150 question test that sorts you into your Hogwarts House. This test is one of the coolest I’ve found, because it’s so comprehensive, and bases it more off personality traits than ‘what would you do in this situation’ questions. Don’t trust me, though. Go take it for yourself, and tell me what house you were sorted into! I got Gryffindor, followed a little ways behind by Slytherin.(Harry Potter Quiz)
  • I also had to go get a shot this week. It went a lot smoother than I thought it would go. In fact, if you’re interested, this was the unofficial transcript:

Me: You must not embarrass yourself, Erin. Stop shaking. Stop that. And don’t make that face. Oh, no. The nurse is coming closer…oh, no…she has the needle with her. Oh, my gosh, that’s not even a needle. That’s a sharpened version of the Empire State Building. 

Nurse: Are you ready?

Me: Of course. I love shots.

Nurse: Okay, in that case, you’re going to need to give me your arm.

Me: The needle has to go INSIDE ME? This is worse than I could have imagined. Maybe I don’t need the shot…yes, I need it for my university, but does anybody really need an education? Maybe if I take laughing gas first, then I’ll be ready, and–

Nurse: Done.

Me: What? Preens. I’m so brave! 

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that bad. But I was definitely anticipating the pain, and when the shot came, I realized that I’ve had more intense ant bites. I never know why I hype up needles to be more than they are; I’m not exactly new to pain. My brother and I used to play a game where we’d slap each other until someone gave, and that was considered fun, so I really should have no trouble, but what can I say?

After I was done, I decided to reward myself by going to the nearby Starbucks. I’m not that much of a girly girl, but you would not know that by my choice of drink. I introduce to you: the iced caramel macchiatto with two pumps of raspberry.

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(Order for the delicious fruity-caramel flavor. Instagram for the appearance.)

  • And finally, I ordered the newest Nancy Drew in order to indulge my inner-sleuth. (Warning: My inner sleuth was drinking coffee and drawing pictures on her wrist when the instructions on how to be a proper detective were passed out.) I always get super excited to play a new Nancy Drew game, but I love it more for the story lines than the actual solving puzzles thing. Usually I have the walk-through pulled up on my phone to sneak glances whenever I get stuck for too long. I can’t help it! I just want to know who the villain is, and what happens in the end! This means I usually blow through a Nancy game in less than a week, while my sister actually solves the riddles and ends up taking six or seven months, working meticulously on the game, taking the time to read the journals, use up every conversation line on the people, etc. Anyways, after the completion of Nancy Drew #30, I got to see a teaser clip for the next one. Which, can I say this: YES. It takes place in Greece, and it centers on the mythology of Hades and Persephone. I’m psyched out! I’m so excited I might not even use the walk through fifty percent of the time…maybe.

How has your week been? Done anything interesting or out of the norm or normal or not interesting but you want to share? Let me know in the comments below! 😀 

 

 

Stacking the Shelves (1)

Hi, everyone. I already do a few weekly memes, such as Top Ten Tuesday, and my own What I’m Working on Wednesday, so this isn’t an official meme that I’ll be doing every week, but I thought that I’d try it out once, and since I have a pretty sizable book collection that I acquired this week, I figured why not now? Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Here’s the list of books that I got this week, whether it be from the library, NetGalley, or an actual bookstore.

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1. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (Library) 

I saw so many good reviews about this book on other blogs, and when I saw it at my library I got really excited. I finished it the same day. The general feel of it was similar to Perks of Being a Wallflower, and although I liked Perks more than I liked Love Letters to the Dead, it was still beautiful and vaguely haunting.

2. and 3. American Gods and Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Bought) 

Yay! I’m so glad to finally have some Neil Gaiman books on my shelves. I can’t believe it took me so long to start reading one of his books, but a lot of people have recommended him to me, and so I finally started to actively search for a couple of his titles. I’m about 200 pages into American Gods, and I’m surprised at how funny it is. Some parts kind of freak me out (I’m barely a college student–still reading mainly YA books!) but everything is written so great that I see why he’s considered a legend.

4. Dave Barry Turns 50 by Dave Barry (Library) 

He is hilarious. His books are hilarious. What else can I say?

5. Obsidian (Lux series) by Jennifer Armentrout (Library) 

One of my friends said this book was cool, and I’ve seen it mentioned a couple of other places, so I decided I’ll give it  a try.

6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Library) 

I’m re-reading this series before I get to City of Heavenly Fire. I just want to make sure I freshen up on all the little details, and besides, it’s not like I mind reading this series again, haha. I mean, who would? I have the second, and fourth book in this series, so the rest I have to borrow before I finally buy the last one. I’m really looking forward to meeting some of my favorite characters again.

7. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Library) 

The librarian picked this one out for me. It looks promising, and from what I’ve heard, Stroud is just the kind of snarky, sarcastic writer that I like!

So, those are the books that I have stacked up this week, and I’m eager to get started on them all. I’m always excited when I get new books, but I feel like these are some pretty strong titles that won’t disappoint!

What are you reading this week? Stacked up any new reads? Tell me about them! Or leave suggestions for new books! 

 

 

What I’m Working on Wednesday (July 16th)

Hello, all, and welcome back to What I’m  Working on Wednesday. This is just a weekly thing I do to talk about what projects I’ve been working on recently. And sometimes, I put out a sample of whatever I’m writing. 🙂

Right now, Camp NaNoWriMo is going on. For those who don’t know, Camp NaNoWriMo is a less high pressure version of NaNoWriMo. Instead of the standard challenge of 50,000 words, you get to pick your own goal. If you meet that goal (minimum of 10,000 words) then you’re deemed a winner, and you get lots of cool writer goodies as well as the thrill of personal achievement. Since I really want to finish up my novel, URBAN LEGENDS, before the end of the summer, I decided to continue working on that in favor of starting fresh. So much of what I’ve been working on this week falls under that category.

This is my first year doing Camp NaNoWriMo. In fact, I had no idea such a thing even existed until I saw a fellow blogger’s post about it. I do, however, participate in the traditional November National Novel Writing Month. Last November was my third time going for the 50,000 words in a month. I barely made it, with 30 words over the goal. *Wipes sweat off brow*. I also completed the 50,000 words my second year. The first time I participated was the only time I failed to make the goal, and that just made me more determined to do it the next time around. I also found friends who did NaNoWriMo as well, and having their support and vigilance was a huge help.

I like the Camp version because you can set your own goal, and you have cabin mates who are there to act as a support group. It’s less of a high intensity rush than a leisurely way to motivate yourself to get stuff done. It doesn’t have the thrill of the November version, though. There’s just something so sacred about the month of November. It feels like an important time, and it’s also more of a challenge, since I have a lot less time. This might sound like another reason to like Camp NaNo, but then, I like challenges.

In any case, it’s about halfway through the month, and I’m on track to meet my goal of 10,000 words. I know it’s a small goal, but that’s because I’m almost done with URBAN LEGENDS, and I don’t think there are more than 10,000-15,000 words that need to go into it. Plus, while I finish up the parts that need to be finished, I’m editing…which means every now and then I’m subtracting a thousand words. Probably not the best tactic to get NaNo done, but then, I did say I like a challenge.

What about you? Do you participate in National Novel Writing Month? Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, how’s your progress going? Let me know in the comments! 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite TV Shows

So, every week the nice people at the Broke and the Bookish host Top Ten Tuesday. It’s a fun event that brings people together, and I really love it! So if you want to join, go check it out! 😀

This week’s Top Ten is Favoruite TV Shows, which is a bit of a departure from the usual bookish themes, and great fun, because, as any of you might know, I am a bit of a Netflix aficionado. So, with no further adieu, here is my Top Ten List (in no particular order). I was going to put GIFs in, but I have no idea how to make them work! Grr…I’m technology impaired.

1. The Vampire Diaries

Last year, I was absolutely obsessed with this show. (Meaning, absolutely obsessed with Damon, but whatever.) My sister and I had this pact that we could only watch when we were together, so it was frustrating because if we got to a huge cliffhanger and the other person was too tired to continue, then you kind of just had to stew in your angst for a while. Anyways, we’re all caught up on Netflix, eagerly awaiting the next season. I don’t like Elena as a vampire, and I think the earlier seasons were the best, but as long as Damon is still there, I’m still watching. 🙂

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2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I’m on season four of this right now, and I’m having a mini panic attack because everything is changing. In real life, that’s a great and natural process. But in TV-verse, I hate it when the gang breaks apart. Angel and Cordelia have left, and even though I’m holding on because I know Spike is coming back, I’m still going through a minor grief process. But really, this show is just too kick ass to part with. I watched this show after exhausting my supply of the Vampire Diaries, and didn’t really think I was going to like it. That’s why I was so surprised to become as taken with it as I am. I love all the mini stories and subplots, and I love both Angel and Spike, and everyone is awesome in every episode, okay? I want Giles to be my mentor! He and Buffy has this sweet, mentor-mentored thing going on that no other TV show could do half as well. I’m team everyone here! Woo-hoo for Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

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3. Parks and Recreation

Treat yo’ self…to this hilarious show. There are so many great characters on this show. From April to Andy to Tom, there’s no shortage of people that I love on this show. Not to mention The Ron Swanson. Or dearly departed L’il Sebastian. I love this show so much that my sister bought me a book on the history of Pawnee for Christmas. And I read it. Multiple times.

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4. The Office

Pam and Jim give me my fill of the feels, while everybody else is absolutely hilarious. I don’t watch this show in any given order, I just kind of skip around to whatever season and episode I feel like. Also, I haven’t watched many episodes after Michael left, because how could I? But I did watch the episode where Dwight proposed to Angela, and I’m not ashamed to say I cried a little.

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5. Pretty Little Liars

I started off with the books, but they went on forever, and as I started to get tired of them, I picked up on the TV version. I love how different everything is, and that it keeps me guessing. I also feel more connected to the characters on the TV show rather than the book, something that is pretty rare. If mystery and thrills weren’t enough motive to watch this show, the cast always wears such fabulous clothes, and then there’s Ezra Fitz, of course…

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6. Family Guy

It’s obnoxious, it’s crude, and sometimes it’s even stupid. But when I need something to take my mind off things, I turn to Family Guy. It’s a pick-me-up, and although I know lots of people hate this show, it makes me laugh, and Stewie and Brian together are a perfect pairing.

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7. Law and Order: SVU

The reason I have to watch Family Guy is often because I watch too many episodes of Law and Order, freak myself out, and need to watch something irreverent in exchange. But Law and Order is just so good. Each episode is an intense, breathless journey, and the writers aren’t afraid to make a bittersweet, or just plain bitter, ending. This inevitably keeps me on my toes the whole episode, because dang it, I want a happy ending!

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8. That 70’s Show

Probably the first really funny show that I ever started to watch. And it’s as funny now as it was then. They just had an awesome cast going for them, with awesome jokes, and an awesome vibe. There are days when all I want is the chance to be hanging out in Eric’s basement with the rest of them, and Hyde was one of my first TV show crushes.

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9. America’s Got Talent

I’m actually watching this show as I write this post. It’s different from all the other shows I have on here in that it’s reality. People audition with a ride range of talents. You never know what you’re going to get from this show, whether it be crazily synchronized dancers, perfect Impressionists, or spectacular magicians. There’s something so delightful in never knowing who is going to venture up onto that stage next.

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10. Pokemon

What can I say? I used to be overly armoured with Pokemon. Like, crazily in love with. I went to my local video store to rent Pokemon movies so many times that eventually they started giving them to me as gifts. I still remember being able to sing the song with all the Pokemon in it, and I used to collect all the cards, and even stuffed animals in the shape of various Pokemon. Now, I’m not nearly as Pokemon orientated, but the original seasons just came back on Netflix, so I’m having fun reliving my childhood. Gotta catch ’em all!

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That’s my list. What’s yours? Let me know in the comments below! 😀