TW5 – Characters On The Naughty List

Yes, this week’s topic on Top 5 Wednesday is “characters on the naughty list”! (I’m a bit late so I’m just gonna do a quick one).

To make this list, I’ve decided to you see this as a list of people that deserves coal as Christmas presents. These are characters I met during my reading experience this year, and whose actions made them, well, not end up on the ‘Nice’ list.

I’m gonna go with just naughty characters from books I’ve read in 2017!

 

5. Loki from Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

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Look at that smug face. Look at that little shit. In the first book he was kinda ok, pretty chill and fun villain. Then the second and third book came out. Oh what an, pardon my posh, arsehole.

4. Gwendolyn Chant from Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones

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There are two types of bad siblings; bad siblings, and Gwendolyn. I’ve read about sticks with more empathy than her. Hell I’ve read the Cain-trope characters who’re kinder to their siblings and, well, just anybody.

3. Captain Kennit from The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb

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*Points revolver at Kennit* go near any of my precious characters, I dare you, I double dare you. *takes out a grenade from bra* Yeah touch that woman, try me.

2. Lord Asriel from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

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His actions in the first book left me shocked, stunned, horrified and made me lose the last bit of happiness I didn’t even knew I possessed. Not okay, Lord Ass-riel.

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1. [Traitor from Words of Radiance] from Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson.

Just kidding, now I lost the last bit of happiness. There’s a reason why this guy even beat the hatred I’ve harbored for Lord Asriel. I am still in denial of what he did in this book’s later chapters, nuh-uh (and I haven’t even finished the book yet). No.  Just no.

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T5W – Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme where you pick five examples for a question introduced by the host on Goodreads. This week’s topic is “Bookish things you’re a grinch about” – your bookish pet peeves.

You know, they said that I shouldn’t pick examples that makes me angry, just petty thing I don’t like. But I’m a petty person so Imma pick things that make me angry. Besides, a guy that’s so grumpy about something (christmas) that he actually steals the very thing and tries to wipe it from the face of the earth… Well, it isn’t just small pettiness.

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5. Let’s focus on the B O O B S

Alright dear male authors (plus some female authors, I see you), here’s a shocker for you – women don’t describe their boobs when describing themselves, or even just their appearance. Go ahead and describe a figure, because telling someone is “pear-shaped” or “skinny” makes anyone with 5+ brain cells understands the natural size of someone’s breasts, if you’re so interested in that. But p l e a s e stop focusing on women’s breasts. Even if it is, no especially if it is from the male gaze. Like isn’t it enough that we get sexualized when going out? Like, I understand if you write an antagonistic, creepy character who sexualizes/objectifies women’s bodies, but when you make a Male main character meet their love interest for the first time, and the first thing they describe in detail is her breasts? Please, s t o p.

4. The Bullying-Victim Main Character

Look, this isn’t some kind of pet peeve of mine when the book’s theme is about bullying and making an accurate and fair depiction of it. But when you’re just gonna shortly introduce this character like a bully victim at their school before throwing them into some kind of fantasy adventure, please don’t do this. It’s such a lazy way to try make us readers feel empathy for this character and just a slap to the face for actual bullying victims, as if a new environment makes the character completely forget everything.

3. Alpha Bitch™

Look, do we still have to discuss this trope? Plus is if you use the above pet peeve of mine and introduces the Alpha Bitch like this, haha you have me sold. Like, I will sell my soul to whoever removes this book from me. *Pulls out megaphone*  Stop Portraying Strong And Influential Women In Social Groups As Bullies.

 

2. I’m Not Like Other –

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1. Hi! I’m Your Love Interest™

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If you introduce a character solely for their purpose of being a love interest to the main or supportive character, remove them. If the love isn’t introduced naturally in your writing, it ain’t gonna be believable to your readers. People aren’t walking love interests in real life, sure you can get a crush on someone on first sight, but won’t be your soul mate and true love until after you’ve both been up together at 3 a.m. singing “Just Can’t Wait To Be King” or conquered a kingdom together and seen your enemies tremble on their knees (no there’s no in between). But, like stated, things must be built of naturally and not enforced. You can have actually created this character in order to be a love interest. But we can all tell if you’ve bent the plot in order to just hook them up. It’ll tell us the difference if you’re a good author, or a lazy author.

 

Do you agree? Disagree? Comment below with your own thoughts 🙂

 

A Song & A Book #57

Today’s Song Is;

(yes, it’s the 1st of December so it’s time. If you know where this song is from I will forever love you. This is from one of my favorite Christmas calender series (a thing in Scandinavia) about two kids having to stop Loki from starting Ragnarok)

Oh, what’s this? Is it the homebaking?

No, it’s the sweet smell of defeat,

discomfort of the gods, will be a piece of cake

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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” Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?”

T5W – Books Featuring Paranormal Creatures

Holaa, all right time for the weekly Top 5 Wednesday! Today we were supposed to pick a paranormal creature and list five books in which they appear, but I couldn’t decide on one, so instead, I just listed some of my favorite paranormal creatures from books.  Hope you’ll enjoy!

5. The Asirim from The Song Of The Shattered Sands by Bradley P. Beaulieu

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If there’s one creature you do not wanna meet in the street in the middle of the night, is this creature. They’re grotesque humanoid monsters that are unleashed by the kings in order to claim human sacrifices to the gods. They can also be controlled by the kings and Blad Maidens to be unleashed on the enemy, so that’s good… for them, not the enemy.

4. Lachrima from The Mapmakers Trilogy by S.E. Grove

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Featured on my previous list, but I couldn’t ignore them for this one… I just find the Lachrimas as so haunting and they seriously gave me insomnia issues. If you wonder what a Lachrima is, they’re ghost-like, but corporeal beings without faces who weep, and weep, and weep…

3. Mistwraiths from Mistborn- series by Brandon Sanderson

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Well, the image alone makes no one doubt that they’d run the other way if encountering one. Though, in fact, they’re not dangerous really, not to living creatures. They are composed of, quote “only sof soft tissue, who consume the bones of several other creatures, which they then use as their own skeleton.” *shudders*

2. Fae from The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

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In contrast to the previously mentioned entries, these I’d actually like to meet. Though I do not doubt it would cause trouble, but we’ve all got a price to pay, ey? In Cogman’s fantastic world(s), Faes are creatures of chaos that thrive on living life by-the-book. They are, so to say, living tropes from fantasy and fiction and want the world to turn fictional as well. Doesn’t sound so bad, to be honest… though the closer you get to them, the more you’ll be turning into a trope as well.

1. Daemons from Runemarks-series and The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris

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Daemons/demons are fascinating creatures born from chaos itself, the dreaming, a world parallel to the material world. Loki, a wildfire daemon, is one of the protagonists in the series and was given physical form when Odin named him and took him under his wing as his blood-brother. But his chaotic nature soon proves that a named thing is not necessarily a tamed thing… The whole concept of ‘the dreaming’ and its daemons are so fascinating, I wish I could have more of it…

A Song & A Book #56

Today’s Song Is;

(English Translation)

Walking in the mist
Alone in the deep silence
Can´t see any cairns
Gone are all the houses
I call out but no one answers

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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” Peter is quick, daring, and full of mischief—and like all boys, he loves to play, though his games often end in blood. His eyes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his smile you are his friend for life, but his promised land is not Neverland. Fourteen-year-old Nick would have been murdered by the drug dealers preying on his family had Peter not saved him. Now the irresistibly charismatic wild boy wants Nick to follow him to a secret place of great adventure, where magic is alive and you never grow old. Even though he is wary of Peter’s crazy talk of faeries and monsters, Nick agrees. After all, New York City is no longer safe for him, and what more could he possibly lose?

There is always more to lose.”

T5W – Favorite Creepy Settings/Scenes

Guess who’s back, back again ~

Decided it was time to post again, and lucky me – it is Wednesday. Time for a Top 5 Wednesday! This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at this Goodreads group. This week’s topic is Creepy setting, but I decided to do my ‘own’ little thing and add “creepy scenes” as well, seeing as the setting doesn’t creep me out as much as what happens there.

5. The Garden Scene in The Snow Queen by H.C. Andersen

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Nothing says creepy like creepy in a kid’s book. This scene was a brief occurrence in the book that wasn’t really brought up again at all, what I can remember, but it still stuck with me. Gerda finds herself in a witch’s garden, being deprived of her memories she encounters plants that tell her different stories that don’t really make sense. Though some are beautiful, some turn out quite depressing and creepy in a way due to our inability to comprehend them, yet they leave you with a feeling that you should. I don’t know if they were even meant to be creepy, but to me as a child it was and that scene will always stick with me. But I was a pretty easy kid to scare…

4. Any scene with a Lachrima (honestly), The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

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I listened to the audiobook of this one, and I still remember I was calmly listening to the book while trying to sleep. Then one of the characters decided to tell a little tale to our protagonists of their encounter with a “Lachrima”. This is far from a creepy book, but listening to that scene made me pause the book and turn on the night light to be able to sleep. What’s a Lachrima you might wonder? Well, in short, it’s a crying ghost-like being. Without a face.

3. The Other World from Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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Duh.

2. The Magical Land from The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

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I don’t remember if this land had any name, but just imagine Narnia, but R-rated. A lot of settings were creepy in itself (and where meant to), but even the ones that were supposed to a bit more “friendly” had something like small, scuttling flowers. Cute? They were made from the innocent children who died there.

1. The Child Thief by BROM

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Well, I find BROM being able to pull this off in every setting in his book The Child Thief. Like, even the places that the main p.o.v. describes as beautiful has some eerie feeling to it. No matter how much I wish I could travel to, like ANY, fantasy book – this does not make the list. I haven’t finished the book yet, but I doubt I’ll change my opinion. If you’re looking for dark fantasy, you’ve come to the right place.

 

Do you agree/disagree with any? Curious about any listed? Have you done this meme yourself? Then what are you doing, comment! ❤

 

A Song & A Book #55

Today’s Song Is;

A cool missile, yes it’s in his smile
With open arms to welcome you
Beware the masked pretender
He always lies, this candyman
Those lips conspire in treachery
To strike in cloak and dagger, see!

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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“David doesn’t know much about life beyond the walls of his room, except what he reads in his books. Mourning the death of his mother and angry at his father for moving on so quickly, David is pulled into a world next to our own and discovers all the stories he’s read have come to life. However, these stories are different. Angrier. Darker.

As David makes his way through the world to find the king and the mysterious Book of Lost Things that will help him get home, he encounters adventures he never imagined. But a danger is lurking in the shadows, threatening to destroy David and his entire future.”

The Sunshine Blogger Award

First I want to give a huge thank you to Ally Writes Things for tagging me (thanks!), then I want to apologize for not being very active recently. The thing is, I got a job here (yay!), and a really fun one too as a game master in an escape game, but that means that I won’t have much time to spare on blogging. Add that with the fact that I still study 100% and work 50%…

So I’ve decided that I don’t really have much time to write reviews. I am however considering just posting weekly/daily memes to keep it updated like “A Song & A Book”. But ??? I don’t know ??? I want to keep this blog, of course, I’m just worried how I’m gonna have time to update it. I think I’m gonna do another post soon explaining my plan.

But for now, let’s to this!

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people (or however many you want) and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award
  • What book reminds you of a specific place?

Oh that’s gotta be Watership Down – I bought it at Foyle’s and have since always thought of the (5 floor) bookshop and how I spent about 6 hours there.

  • What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown/province/state/country?

Except the Science Fiction Bokhanden (bookshop) in Stockholm, it’s gotta be High Chaparral, the theme park in Småland, when I’m working and living there.

  • Which author do you admire the most?

I honestly don’t know much about the authors I love, but I do admire anyone with the talent for writing. So this one goes to Brandon Sanderson!

  • Are there any books you would never recommend?

Hahahah, yes. Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley is so goddam awful, both writing style and story/characters, but I could never explain to you without ending up destroying half a room. But let me just tell you that for half the book I thought the MC was 14, until it was stated that she was 30, and I thought the male MC was the villain through almost the whole book. That was until the villains were actually revealed, and then I rooted for the “real” villains instead. Never have I been so disgusted by a book and THE FACT THAT IT HAS F**CKING 4.2 IN RATING ON GOODREADS.

  • One bookish pet peeve?

“oh I’m so inlove and intrigued by that mysterious, beautiful boy/girl that everyone else falls in love with but good thing they return my feelings but in like, a really complicated way which leads to drama and shit but hey, fuck basic healthy relationship things like some goddamn communication”.

  • Favourite cake flavour?

Chocolate, lemon, lime, raspberry, sugar –

  • Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery?

Nah… but I do really like my small, golden slipper. Uhm, it’s a family code thing for the women…

  • If you were on a game show, which song would they play when you entered? (what song is your theme song??)

Knowing my sense of humour, I’d probably ask them to play ‘The Imperial March’.

  • Which bookish world would you want to visit?

Oh my god like EVERYONE, even the ones I hate *looks pointedly at Wildest Dreams* just to verbally assault the characters on their egoism and stupidity and abusive behaviors. But like, if only one then I’ll go with Rick Riordan’s amazing universe…

  • Best book of 2017 so far?

The whole series of The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb and The Books of Beginning by John Stephens

  • If you had to give your parents a book, which would it be?

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In turn, I tag – Anna @mybookishdreams, RemiVFoliage, The Infinite Library, Bookish Brianne, MetalPhantasmReads and Swords & Spectres!

And my questions are the following –

  1. What book fills you with both love and anxiety when thinking about it?
  2. If you’d recommend a book to your favorite fictional villain, which would it be?
  3. Which fictional character could punch you in the face and you’d thank them?
  4. Which book/fictional world would have the best version of “Real Housewives of—“?
  5. Which character would you wanna pull off the “let’s pretend we’re getting married to get my stupid family to shut up” – thing with?
  6. In the face of a giant catastrophe, which book would you sacrifice to satisfy the gods?
  7. Name something weird (but useful?) you’ve learned from a fictional book.
  8. An object you’d want to steal from a book?
  9. If you could have the same powers as any fictional character, which would it be?
  10. Which book on your shelf could be handy as a weapon in case of an invasion or zombie apocalypse?
  11. You’re going to hell. Which book would you bring to endure eternal damnation?

A Song & A Book #54

Today’s Song Is;

I’m waking up, lost in boxes outside Tesco
Look like a bum sipping codeine Coca-Cola
Thought that I was northern Camden’s own Flash Gordon
Sonic ray gun, gonna be a superstar

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.”

I Dare You Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Rachel @ pace, amore, libri, she reads great books so go check her out!

RULES:
You must be honest
You must answer all the questions
You must tag at least 4 people

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

I think that’s gotta be Anne Franke’s Diary and Egyptens Underverk (The Wonders Of Egypt) both which I got when I was about 11 years old, I think?

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current: The Romanovs (nonfiction) and The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke!

LastThe Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Next: God no idea, hoping for my books that I ordered might arrive soon

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

I feel like the only person who really disliked Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. It’s one of those books that has not exactly improved my trust for best-selling YA fantasy novels. And don’t even get me started on the cringe series that is Red Queen (I actually quite liked the first, but the second was horrible and the third so much cringe that I DNF’d it.) Like I’m not even gonna touch Sarah J. Maas’ or Cassandra Clare’s books, sorry.

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4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Oh dear

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5. What book are you saving for retirement?

Harry Potter- series. Yes, I am of the rare species that still hasn’t read the books. Because of the extreme hype I feel so intimidated that I probably won’t read them until I read them for my kids or grand-kids. Or cats, Idk.

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

WHAT NO ARE YOU CRAZY, NEVER TRUST PEOPLE WHO READ THE LAST PAGE FIRST

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I like never read the acknowledgment, but I think they should still be there!

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

I’m happy you asked,

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ANYONE in the Rick Riordan universe, or at least a minor character so I could still get to know all the main characters. Myfawny Thomas from The Rook, Irene from The Invisible Library, Shallan Davar from Stormlight Archives…

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

I have a lot of strong memorise of when listening to Rick Riordan’s audio books going to and from school. I can remember exactly when and where I sat on the buses and where they were when two times I had to fake-cough because I could hardly hold in my laughter (one was the ‘summoning’ scene in The Titan’s Curse and another was Sif’s little house modification that went “AAAAAH” from The Hammer of Thor. 

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

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11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Dude, a dragon couldn’t get a hold of my book collection. You’d think I give anything away freely? 

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12. Which book has been with you most places?

This actually has to go to The Name of The Wind, as I brought it with me this summer. It has been borrowed by co-workers and visited different jobs (I even forgot it in one shop once…)

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Haha, no.

14. Used or brand new?

I’m gonna be a bit posh here and go for brand new.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

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16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Coraline ~ though I really liked the book, the movie got far more many feelings extracted from me.

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Any late night reads, knowing I can’t sneak down to the kitchen without waking my parents who sleep right next to it, our puppy, and probably someone in New Zealand.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I actually have some trust issues when it comes to book recommendations, even though there are people I look to for advice. But I won’t blindly throw myself into a book just because a certain person recommended me it (but if we share a lot of fave books, then I’ll definitely consider your book advice).

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

A Monster Calls, as I rarely read contemporary and magical realism, but I ended up loving it (and crying)

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Welp, these were my answers (hope you liked them :))

I tag @readingsanctuary, Ally @ ally writes things, Anna @ mybookishdreams and RemiVFoliage