Book Review: Wink Poppy Midnight

WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT

Author: April Genevieve Tucholke

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

Goodreads Score: 3.42

My Score: 4

Things I Disliked: Plot could be confusing at times.

Things I Liked: Voice, voice, voice.

Review in a sentence: Watch as poor, sweet Midnight tries to find out what the fuck is going on.

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From Goodreads

“Every story needs a hero. Every story needs a villain.  Every story needs a secret. 

Wink. Poppy. Midnight.

Two girls. One boy. One summer. 

One bad thing. 

What really happened?

Someone knows. Someone is lying.” 

(From book flap)

I’m interning at two different jobs this summer. One is for a small publishing press, and the other is a book scouting position. Because of this, I am constantly submerged in all things books (living the dream!), and as a result, my TBR list has grown to be about a million miles long.

However, while WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT wasn’t actually on my list, the cover (a colorful mix of icons against a black background) and title intrigued me enough that I read the first page. I bought it immediately.

April Genevieve Tucholke writes with such a distinctive voice–clear and eloquent, not overly verbose, but somehow melodic. The book is first person narration told from the alternating viewpoints of the three title characters (yes, Wink, Poppy, and Midnight are the names of the characters, not some strange code) and each character is written with a strong, clear, very Them style that you can immediately recognize. I was hooked from chapter one, and continued to be hooked.

That was the highlight of the book.

The plot itself was strange. Which doesn’t mean bad. Just…interesting. Essentially, we have a total mean girl named Poppy who likes to play people just for kicks. Poor Midnight, so sweet and clueless, has been in love with Poppy for a long time, and she alternates between mocking him and sleeping with him. Towards the beginning of the book, Midnight moves from Poppy’s neighborhood to a house next to Wink, who is the local oddball. Midnight starts to shake off Poppy’s nefarious clutches as he becomes closer to Wink, but Poppy does not approve. The not-so-love triangle comes to its peak one night in the forest, in an abandoned house rumored to be haunted. There, something happens…but nobody knows quite what.

From the cover, we know that there’s a hero, a villain, and a liar in the book, and as the book is told in first person, it’s clear we have a classic case of the Unreliable Narrator. This provides tension as we wonder who has the nerve to be lying to us in their own thoughts–or, if not lying, at least deflecting the truth.

But when truths start to be revealed, I was left doing the whole ‘wuuuuuuuh’ thing. Not in an ‘oh my God, wait WHAT, WHAT, WHAAAAT. AMAZING PLOT TWIST’ sense. More like in an ‘I’m so confused, but ok, cool. That’s fine. I’m fine’ way.

In a sense, the blurry surrealism of the plot mimics the eccentricities of the characters, and after the book I was left feeling thoughtful, torn, and ready to find another one of Tucholke’s works.

Have you read WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT? If so, what’d you think? What books are on your TBR lists? What are you favorite books with unreliable narrators? Let me know in the comments below! 

Currently Reading: STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi and COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas 

Recently Finished: NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman 

 

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Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads Score: 4.3

My Score: 4

Things I Disliked: Pacing could be a little uneven at times.

Things I Liked: Loved the Fae world, romance had me like ahhhhhhh.

Review in a sentence: YA Fantasy inspired by the tales of Beauty and the Beast and Tam Lin with great worldbuilding and plenty of romance, but uneven pacing at times.

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“When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.” 

(Goodreads)

As I write this review, I’m also in the middle of another of Sarah J. Maas’ series–the Throne of Glass books. Which are awesome and witty and great and evidently in high demand right now, as the third book was disappointingly missing from my local B&N. But then I stumbled onto A Court of Thorns and Roses and I didn’t feel so disappointed anymore.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first in a new series by Maas, and the first book is inspired by both Beauty and the Beast and the story of Tam Lin. I’ve always had a fondness for Beauty and the Beast retellings–Stockholm syndrome aside–and so was already excited even before the first page.

As always, Maas’s writing is captivating; it’s hard to set her books down. I finished A Court of Thorns and Roses in one day, staying up past four in the morning because how could I not?! The book set off at a good pace, but once the protagonist, Feyre, made it to Tamlin’s estate, the action lulled, with most of the intrigue-factor in the middle of the book stemming from the romantic tension between the two leads. Speaking of romance, it was an edgier notch up from Throne of Glass…especially when it came to certain faerie rituals (you’ll definitely know what I’m talking about once you read it). I loved reading about the different species of faeries and just delving deeper and deeper into the beautiful world that Maas created. I think it’s a testament to her great writing that after I finished the book I immediately wanted to read everything I could find about the fair folk.

The main character, Feyre, was neither annoying nor a favorite of mine. Protagonist + tragedy + heavy responsibilities + stubbornness + skilled with a particular weapon. It’s a popular formula…but then, there’s a reason for that. Tragic pasts lend depth, stubborn characters tend to be more interesting than those who take orders blindly, etc. Perhaps my lack of passion for Feyre wasn’t from any particular quality she had, but the lack of anything that truly made me want to cheer her on. On the other hand, two of my favorite characters were Feyre’s sister, Nesta, and Lucien, another faerie, mostly because their personalities both intrigued me. I really wanted to know more about their pasts–so here’s hoping we’ll find out more in the sequel.

One gripe I had with the book was the overall pacing. Like I said earlier, sometimes the middle felt too languid. But then it was non-stop action for the last hundred pages. Literally non-stop. But I do like that Maas spent so much time in the evolution of Tamlin’s and Feyre’s relationship, so I guess either way would have been a trade-off.

All in all, I would definitely recommend A Court of Thorns and Roses if you’re into romance and fantasy. When I first finished it, I was wriggling with feelings and all ‘ohmygosh I love this, must tell friends’. I think a lot of that was because the passion was palpable and gorgeous, smoldering faeries and whatnot. Now that I’ve had a week or two of distance, I still really like it and will probably re-read it at some point, but I’ve also gained enough objectivity to realize that I prefer Throne of Glass, which has the same signature Maas-style romance, but also more of a witty edge…and, of course, an assassin.

Have you read A Court of Thorns and Roses? Do you agree or disagree with my review? What books have you been loving/hating? Let me know in the comments! 

 

Book Review: Geek Girl

I wasn’t supposed to buy any books this week. I told myself this. My logical overseer had a very civil talk with the mischievous imp that sometimes lives inside of me.

LO: Erin. Listen. You are a broke college kid who routinely goes over budget. No books.

MI: But–

LO: No. No arguments. No books.

MI: No books?

LO: Yes. No books.

MI: Yes books?

LO: No. No books. You are not to buy any books.

MI: I see. I see…buy books.

LO: NO. LISTEN, you will not buy ANY books until at least after your essays are turned in, is that clear? And while you’re at it, start writing those essays. And clear your desk off. And stop eating dessert for breakfast.

MI: *sigh*

With that important conversation over, a very chastened me had to go to the bookshop just to, you know, cheer myself up, and then I just  happened to see the Night Circus which was buy one get one half off, and I got so excited that I lost all monetary reasoning, and clearly this is not my fault, and I FEEL NO REMORSE, alright?!

Where was I? Oh, yes. So anyways, I bought Night Circus and because Geek Girl was also buy one get one half off I bought that too. In this case, two wrongs might just make a right

Book: Geek Girl 

Author: Holly Smale

Goodreads Score: 3.88 

My Score: 4.0 

Genre: YA contemporary 

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Harriet Manners knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. 

But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her.

So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her best friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of impossibly handsome model Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.

As her old life starts to fall apart, will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

(Taken from Amazon)

I really don’t know what’s been up with me, but for some reason I’ve been on a row with YA contemporary lately, even though I usually find myself gravitating toward the YA science-fiction and fantasy and all that stuff. I’m loving it, too, even if I do sometimes expect daring sword fights to break out in the next chapter… Geek Girl, however, differs from my recent YA picks because it’s neither sad, soul-searching, or emotionally wrenching. Instead, Geek Girl is a fun, fast read from page one–the kind of book you read with chocolate and a blanket when you’re feeling sad. Yes, it deals with some weightier issues such as bullying (what is Alexa’s problem anyways? Much like how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie-pop, the world may never know), family drama, and the like, but it’s the kind of book where you know that everything’ll turn out right in the end.

As for plot? Well, the modeling world as portrayed in literature can make for a fascinating and fun read, but what really enticed me into buying the book was simply the author, Holly Smale’s, voice. Harriet Manner may be clueless at times, but she’s endearing throughout and I loved reading all the quirky fun facts she intersperses throughout the book (like the true origin of the word ‘geek’…but I’ll leave that for you to find out).

That said, while Geek Girl was fun and fluffy, the basic premise of the book (nerdy girl transforms herself inside and out) has been done many times before, and Holly Smale didn’t deviate much from the standard, ensuing that most plot lines were resolved as soon as they popped up. The characters themselves often fell into categories that felt constrictive. Arch enemy Alexa is mean girl bully because she is mean girl bully. I also found Harriet, no matter how endearing, frustrating at times–especially since she seems to dramatize things just so that the book can have a plot.

Finally, the romance?

Well, the first meeting between Nick and Harriet was great:

“Do you often hide under furniture?”

“I don’t make a habit of it. Do you?”

“All the time.”

But it felt rushed towards the end and fourth-of-july corny. (Cuz of all the corn on the cob? Get it? No? Well, it’s late.) I’m also nervous to see how the romance will progress in the next couple of books, as, honestly, the two didn’t spend all that much time together in the first.

Of course, maybe some of the corniness and other gripes will be lost on the age group that this book is aimed at. Although I certainly enjoyed it and am planning on reading the sequel, I’d say that Geek Girl is probably marketed at middle grade. To sum up my feelings on the book, at its best, Geek Girl is a novel brimming with laughs, excitement, and fun. At its worst, it’s stereotypical and cliche. However, as quick of a read as it is, the latter two are minimum risks for you to take on the book, especially when you’re feeling down.

Have you read Geek Girl? What did you think about it? Have any books to recommend? Let me know in the comments below! 

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

Wow. It seems like I have not participated in Top Ten Tuesday in a looooooong while. I keep meaning to, and then I get on my laptop, and it’s Wednesday, and I’m just like ‘okay, back to blog post B.’ But this week’s topic looked too fun to pass up. I always tell people that my love for travel is rooted in my love for books, and it’s so true. Reading about far off places and great adventures has a way of just making you want to have your own adventures in said far off places. Unfortunately, many such places do not actually exist (so far that I know). So I’ll just let out some of my inner pain with this list.

As always, the Top Ten Tuesday party is happening over at: The Broke and the Bookish. 

(In no particular order because I’m far too lazy to sort them out) Hogwarts_boats_1

 

(From the Harry Potter Wiki, because, let’s face it. You know it’s going to be on this list.) 

10. Neverland (Peter Pan)

You get to never grow up! There’s pirates! Adventures! If you got there, you can obviously fly! Dreams, take me awaaaaay.

9. Transylvania (Dracula)

That’s weird, isn’t it? Yeah, that’s weird. I don’t know why I want to go to Dracula’s reigning place, seeing as he’s this bloodthirsty creature of the night and all, but I promise if I go I’ll wear lots of garlic and keep a sharpened pencil in my pocket.

8. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Yeah, I know that children have like a 4/5 chance of being maimed and/or humiliated here. But, chocolate!

7. England (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series)

After I read the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, I was obsessed with moving to England. And now…here I am! Wow, that worked out well.

6. Russia (Anna Karenina)

Read the first 400 pages of Anna Karenina. Could hardly focus on plot, was so absorbed with setting.

5. The Night World (The Night World series)

This is an alternate reality world where vampires, witches, and shape shifters run alongside us humans. A lot of the creatures in the Night World are kind of evil. But I still think it’d be fun to live there, because there’s this thing called the soulmate principal, and it’s really cool, and–yeah, this is just my teen fangirl emerging here.

4. Pawnee (Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America)

This is kind of cheating. You probably know Pawnee as the town from the popular, awesome TV show Parks and Recreation. But I’m putting it on here because I read the book Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America. Yes, it was a book based off of the TV show. But it’s still a book. And it’s still about Pawnee. So, ha. Loopholes! Anyways, Pawnee is usually portrayed as a podunk town with a lot of ignorant people living in it. But it’s also the Greatest Town in America. I would totally go hang out creepily at City Hall, or just stock up on waffles at JJ’s Diner. And then at night, I would go party at the Snakehole Lounge!

3. Spain (The Sun Also Rises)

Immediately after I read Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, I desperately wanted to go to Spain. I’m still not entirely sure why. I mean, Spain seems great and all, but everything that Hemingway talked about isn’t really my cup of tea. I’ve only fished two or three times in my life. I don’t like bullfighting. My favorite places are usually cold, cloudy ones. All of that doesn’t change the fact that I really, really want to go to Spain. I want to eat good food, and drink lots of wine, and not descend into the kind of mad partying and moral degeneration that went on in the Sun Also Rises. I think that’s possible, right?

2. The Underland (Gregor the Overlander series)

I used to be obsessed with Suzanne Collin’s first series when I was in middle school. And although I haven’t read this series in a couple of years, I still remember how much I longed to fall from my city to a secret world, just like Gregor. The Underland is not a cheerful, happy world full of fun adventures. It’s a land corrupt with violence, betrayal, and huge, terrifying rats. But in this land, you can form a bond with a bat, and said bat will be your best friend and take you flying, and I *really* like that idea. Brilliant series. You should read it, if you haven’t.

1. Hogwarts (Harry Potter series)

Duh. I mean, I’m sure this reply is on basically everyone’s list today. And for a good reason. Who wouldn’t want to go to a school where you learn magic?! I mean, a brief list of the best things about Hogwarts: you get to compete against other houses for bragging rights, P.E. could mean FLYING on a broom, Hogsmeade is like, right there, and can I just say that I would gain so much weight at Hogwarts because every freaking meal looks like an ornate feast?! Holidays at Hogwarts would be the best, and the portraits talk to you. Chocolate frogs. Pets are allowed. Sign me up.

What locations do books have you pining over? Let me know! 

Book Review: Summer Demons

So, I haven’t reviewed a book on here in a little, long while. That’s not to say I haven’t been reading, because I have. No, really. I swear. I have! A lot. But by a lot I mean I’m one hundred pages into about a dozen different books, and re-reading a couple too. Boo on me; I should learn to commit. Luckily, Summer Demons is only a little longer than a hundred pages, and so I’ve finally managed to actually finish a book to review. And watch out for the upcoming weeks, because as I actually start to finish all the books I’ve started there might just be a book blitz¹.

Anyways, onto the book review…

Summer Demons 

By: Mia Hoddell 

I was provided with a free ARC of Summer Demons by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Goodreads Score: 4.33 

My Score (Official): 3.0

Highlights: Easy, breezy read. A romance that’s sweet and fluffy. 

Lowlights: Ending felt rushed. Multiple perspectives were confusing. 

Points of Interest: Summer Demons is a novella. 

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Jenna Shaw ran away to escape her past. In fact, she jumped on a plane and flew to Portugal to try and forget it. However, it turns out leaving everything behind isn’t as easy as it sounds. 

She thought she could move on and break free of her fears–that if she had some space the pain would stop. But as memories resurface due to an ill-timed joke, the past crashes into her present once more and she didn’t see it coming. 

Jenna’s plans for normality are derailed by the charismatic Ethan Brooks. She sees him as an annoyance; he sees her as a challenge. But as he tries every trick known to him to impress her, they only serve to push her further away. He’s never faced this problem before and Ethan has to work harder than he ever has if he wants to win over and help his mysterious girl. 

A young adult romance, this novella would be a great book for teenagers or as a feel-good summer read.

(From Goodreads) 

I’m not usually one for the whole cotton candy-esque beach read. I do like romance, but with a few exceptions, I like it swirled with humor or combined with other genres, such as fantasy. That said, when I saw Summer Demons on NetGalley, I was intrigued. Here was a book that had the description: “A feel-good summer read” but with a cover that gave off the feeling that there would be actual demons crawling their way up from the pits of hell this summer. The summary of the book let me know that this was not true, but at 160 pages, I still wanted to know how this book was going to unfold.

I ended up with mixed reactions.

The beginning reads a little like an early R.L. Stine book. All the Fear Street readers out there will know what I’m talking about. Picture: our heroine Jenna, lounging innocently in the pool when–what’s that she sees? Red? It couldn’t be…blood! Jenna’s memories are plagued by her past. Since we don’t get to know the details of said past in the description, I thought it would be kept secret for a good portion of the novella, but although Jenna’s awful memories play a part throughout most of the story, we find out the exact details of the death early on, in a conversation between Jenna and her friend Amy, who are in Portugal on vacation.

Jenna’s scarred past is the main obstacle that is in place between her and the male protagonist, Ethan, who is likable in an arrogant, bordering-on-obnoxious-at-times way. He first meets Jenna by pulling her into a pool, bringing traumatic memories to the surface and putting him in a position to have to reverse the damage before he can gain Jenna’s affections. The regaining her affections part is done in a series of ‘chance’ encounters that made me wonder if Ethan wasn’t secretly stalking Jenna, although he swears he’s not. But, seriously, if this novella were to be made into a movie, it would not surprise me at all to catch Ethan crouching behind a parked car in one of the scenes, wearing a fake mustache and a sombrero, just waiting for the perfect moment to ‘run into’ Jenna again.

Ethan is basically the type of character seen in many romances. He’s arrogant, is intrigued by the challenge the girl presents, and doesn’t give up after a couple of ‘no’s. Still, since I happen to kind of secretly sometimes just maybe like the arrogant type, this didn’t bother me. Jenna’s character was reserved at times, and feisty and teasing at others. She is hesitant to let her true self shine in front of Ethan, but after a pivotal moment in the novella this all changes, and the change in her personality feels abrupt. I like Jenna’s best friend, Amy, as a character, though. Hoddell could have easily overdosed on the superficial, self-centered, party girl cliche…but Amy seems genuinely concerned with Jenna’s well-being, and the protectiveness that she shows for her friend balances her out nicely.

One thing that mildly irked me throughout the book was the way the perspectives were done. I think third person perspective that shifts from character to character can be awesome. Cassandra Clare pulls it off amazing, after all. Sadly, Summer Demons was just confusing. The switches were too abrupt and too hazy, and although I could usually sort out quite quickly who was doing the thinking opposed to who was being described by another character, it annoyed me. Another problem I had was that the grammar needed one last run through Word’s spell check. Sentences such as “…although a part of him thought it would be wise to forget her, like her friend ordered, a bigger part of him was intrigue by her,” weren’t too common, but I spotted a couple of them that could have easily been fixed.

Despite my gripes, Summer Demons was a light, easily swallowed (can you tell that I’m hungry right now?) novella that will appeal to people who want to plow through a romance while lounging in the sun, snacking on a bowl of grapes. I don’t know if I’d go out of my way to check out another one of Hoddell’s stories, but if I ever came across one, I don’t think I’d be opposed to giving it a try.

What books are you guys reading and loving/hating/being completely neutral over? What are your perfect beach reads? Let me know! 


 

¹Oh look, I’ve learned how to use footnotes on WordPress! …wait, should this be a separate footnote? Oh, I’m too lazy how to figure out a double footnote. I’ll just get to the point by saying that actually, this statement may be false, as in two weeks I’ll be moving out, and so will probably still sluggishly cranking out a couple posts a week, and then guility-ly watching Netflix…

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 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!