Bookish Wishes

If a genie were to grant you bookish wishes, what would you ask for and why?

Now I could say all kinds of things regarding this fictional bucket list like:

> A trip to the biggest bookstore
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> Attend Mad Hatters tea party
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> Hakuna Matata with Simba
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> Go to the ball with Cinderella
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> A vacation to the set of something great
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> Trip to Hogwarts. And not as a muggle, if that wasn't clear...
At least a visit to the Wizarding World
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Well I got a bit carried away with those, but the thing that would be great would be:

> A conversation with J.K. Rowling, which would include her signing a book for me.
I grew with the books and it started me as a reader.

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Herding Cats : review

Sarah Andersen

*e-ARC kindly provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!*

Her previous two Sarah's Scribbles have won the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2016 and 2017, so you know this'll be great!
Sarah valiantly struggles with waking up in the morning, being productive, and dealing with social situations. Sarah's Scribbles is the comic strip that follows her life, finding humor in living as an adulting introvert that is at times weird, awkward, and embarrassing. 

Goodreads' link to the book!

Expected publicationMarch 27th 2018

So as usual, I'll tell 4.5 things I liked about the book and .5 thing I didn't like.

So what did I think?

+2 | Entertainment value. As usual Sarah captures bits of life that we can all relate to and forms it into such clever and hilarious comic book scenes

+1 | Drawings. The style used matches the tone perfectly and captures the words perfectly

+1 | Not just humor. This particular Sarah's Scribbles had a section for advice for artists. Though I'm not one, I could relate and I loved how it was incorporated into the story

+/-0.5  | More. I just simply want more.

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You're Not Good Enough TAG

Write 30 character names on pieces of paper, put them in a cup and choose random pairs for each question
Decide which one of them fits the question

1. You only have one more spot on your Spelling B team, who would you pick to complete your team?

Batman (by Marie LuOR Nova (Renegades)
I would rather have Batman on my team, but I don't know about his spelling...
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2. Both characters want to kill you, which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?

 Ali (White Rabbit ChroniclesOR Sophronia (Finishing School)
I'd probably die either way, but Ali is more of a physical challenge and Soph a smart one. So maybe Ali? Sorry Cole
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3. You’re on the bachelor/bachelorette an you’re down to these two characters, which one are you going to give your rose too?

Cinder (Lunar ChroniclesOR Shahrzad (Wrath and the Dawn)
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4. You’ve been chosen for the Hunger Games, who would most likely volunteer in your place?

Mia (If I StayOR Tris (Divergent)
Tris, no question.
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5. You’re stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?

Cole (White Rabbit ChroniclesOR Voldemort (Harry Potter)
Voldemort! And since I killed off Ali in the second question I can have Cole right?
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6. You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero (with your own tv show of course), who is your sidekick?

Hermione (Harry PotterOR Cassie (The Naturals)
Both would be great actually, but Hermione has magic so her
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7. You’re a manager of an Avocado admiring company, who would you fire for lack of communication skills?

Anidora (Goose GirlOR Tessa (Infernal Devices)
First of all: great question, Secondly I think Tessa would voice everything so Ani, who probably is trying to hide her identity at the same time...
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8. You’ve just finished a book in which your favorite character dies, which character is most likely to comfort you?

Ivy (Book of IvyOR Etienne (Anna and the French Kiss)
Ivy wouldn't comfort anyone, ever. So Etienne, who is a perfect option
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9. Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?

Harry (Harry PotterOR Four (Divergent)
That’s easy. Harry becomes extremely popular but with his ground on the feet, at times. Four I feel like wants to be alone but for everyone to know what he can do
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10. The day has arrived; you’re finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?

Katniss (Hunger GamesOR Bishop (Book of Ivy)
Both. Definitely both, but especially Bishop I think
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11. You’ve just found an upcoming booktube star? Who would most likely be?

Ginny (Harry PotterOR Peeta (Hunger Games)
I could totally see either one doing it! I'd love to follow Ginny doing it but I feel like Peeta would be the one to actually do it
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12. Sleepover time! Unfortunately you can only invite one person, who would you invite?

Caleana (Throne of GlassOR Cammie (Gallagher Girls)
Not a boring moment with either, but I feel like I'd feel safer with Cammie
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13. Bam, you’re pregnant. Who’s the father/mother?

Hercule (by Agatha ChristieOR Mather (Snow Like Ashes)
Mather. No question
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14. You’ve just written a super important text. Who would ‘see’ it, but not reply?

Ella (Cinder and EllaOR Po (Graceling)
Well since Po is blind and all, I don't think he'd be replying any time soon...
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15. You’ve just woken up and it’s time for breakfast. Your mum’s been replaced by..who?!

Anna (Anna and the French KissOR Umbridge (Harry Potter)
Really? I mean do I even need to say my answer? I don't think so. And even if Umbridge was there I think she'd just make some for herself and make me starve...

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The Perfect Genre

Is there a perfect genre for you?
I always go towards the same types of books, but there are factors that make all genres interesting.

We all know what we like - or not - but there are things that uniquely draw us into a book so I thought I'd analyze that a bit. What genre is perfect for each reader, and what genres are for you if you like another one.

We'll see how far I can even take this but let's start with things I crave for in a book:
Action, romance and a bit of mystery or fantasy.
I need it to be fast paced and hold my attention and I want the characters to grow.
>So I usually gravitate towards low fantasy with an action plot.

This is the first question you want to ask yourself when trying to find a new book to read: "do I want it to be a story or not". If not then do you want it to be a pondering book, the story of someones life or perhaps an explanation to a scientific wonder. The point is that with non-fiction, it's all real (maybe).

I tend to not read non-fiction because I can find it boring. When I read I want to immerse myself into something completely different. So when I do read non-fiction I usually go with a science-y book laced with humor like The Idiot Brain or What If?

Science fiction:
You don't need to be a huge fan of science, but you need to like learning about new things and inventions.
Batman by Mari Lu is a great introduction to this if you like action and want to veer from fantasy to sci-fi.

"Low" fantasy:
This is the fantasy that I tend to read. It brings a whole new world to you that you get to experience, usually right along the man character. That sort of "wait you're saying I'm not human?" is seen in countless books like Harry Potter and The Mortal Instruments and it works well, though I'd like to see a different approach to this.

"High" fantasy:
They can seem intimidating since most series are so long, but the thing is the worlds are incredibly complex and you first need to learn about the world. Literally anything can happen in them, I know I couldn't come up with them.

"Pure" romance:
By this I mean it's not fantasy or sci-fi but the story involves only the romance. The types I read are "fluffy" contemporary romances with a cute and quick read which often flies by and doesn't need too much thought. Anna and the French Kiss and any of Kasie West's books are great ones like that.

If on the other hand you want some more emotions and maybe even a good cry try If I Stay or maybe 
a John Green book.

Maybe you have a short attention span or you like trying to solve a mystery this is the genre for you. You can find books from side to side depending on what type you're looking for. There are psychological thrillers for a creepier factor, mystery books revolving around romance and the always great Agatha Christie mysteries.

What counts as a "classic" is a whole other story, but there's something that appeals to me about classics. There's a reason why they are classics and they've fought against time. The writings are timeless and people back then - well they were people too.

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Women are some kind of magic by Amanda Lovelace : review

The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One
and The Princess Saves Herself in this One
by Amanda Lovelace

*ARC kindly provided for book 2 from NetGalley for an honest review!*

SUMMARY: These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and margianalize her, but the witch doesn't burn in this one.

The "second" book of the trilogy  Women Are Some Kind of Magic is being published March 6th 2018.

Goodreads' link to book 1.
Goodreads' link to book 2.



So what did I think?

The Princess Saves Herself in this One
3.5 Stars
I don't tend to gravitate towards poetry, but this one made me feel. I picked it up because I saw the second one on NetGalley, and this had been given so much praise in 2016 I decided it was time.
Only the fact that I was in public kept the tears away. At the end of it though, I felt upright.

The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One
3 Stars
Like the first one it takes a while for me to "get into" poetry. You can't just fly through, but you need to ponder. And this book definitely made me think. It was packed with emotions and encouragements, and I highly encourage these to you even if you aren't a fan of poetry - yet.

> I would caution you when reading them, there are some trigger warnings.

“when someone offers to save you make it your mission to save yourself.” 

  • “your happiness
    comes before
    anyone else's
    -the real meaning of 'self respect'.”

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