Top 5 Wednesday #20: Biggest Badasses

Good afternoon!

Today is Wednesday. It’s already been quite the week for me at school, but I’m getting even more excited about reading because I’m competing in a reading challenge against my fourth graders! This was decided upon today, but I’m planning on doing a whole post about it in the future. I’m excited.

Because today is Wednesday, I’m about to countdown a list of five of my favorite books or literary characters.

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As always, Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. For a complete list of Wednesday-ers and topics, please visit the Goodreads group!


This week, we are focusing on the biggest literary badasses. This topic, as are they all, is subjective. Who’s to say which character excels in badassery more than the others?

Here are my favorite characters that can (more than) hold their own.

#5 – Arya Stark – A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

I love Arya. She could sense that she was going to be in danger so she cut off all her hair and became a boy…not because boys are better than girls (because they’re not), but because she could hide that way. She became a a completely new person to survive and through this, has experienced an unbelievable amount of growing up. Go Arya!

#4 – Hannibal Lecter – The Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris

Okay, guys. I had to include at least one villain on my list, right? If you know me at all, then you know that I love me a good villain. Hannibal Lecter is one of my favorites. He’s always speaking in riddles, often of literary origin, and even when things go extremely sour, he’s cool and collected. Actually, he’s extraordinarily calm. It’s creepy.

I love it.

#3 – Art3mis – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Again, if you know me, you shouldn’t be surprised. I loved this book and want to reread it again and again. Part of that reason is my love of all the characters, but specifically Art3mis. She is an amazing video gamer and egg hunter (gunter) that she is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone…and she is a GIRL. Heck yes!

#2 – Mark Watney – The Martian by Andy Weir

Mark Watney was stranded on Mars with no possibility of rescue for years. That could get a man down, but not Mark Watney. He was pretty much doomed, but he kept going and trying to find a way to survive. He even kept a sense of humor about him, like it was no big deal.

#1 – Neville Longbottom – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I am putting Neville on this list more than that AMAZINGLY AWESOME SCENE IN THE SEVENTH BOOK/MOVIE WHEN NEVILLE KICKED SO MUCH NAGINI BUTT. *ahem*

Neville had a ton of character growth throughout the series. He started out that character that’s seemingly there just for humorous purposes, but then he evolves into so much more. I love Neville so much that I own his wand!


 

There’s my list, how about yours?

Which literary characters do you consider to be total badasses?

I’ll see you tomorrow, bookfriends!

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Top 5 Wednesday #19: An Old Topic

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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As always, Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. For a complete list of Wednesday-ers and topics, please visit the Goodreads group!


This week’s topic is “Disappointing Eye-Candy: Books that looked beautiful, but were awful.”

I’m not usually a person that compares a pretty book cover to its contents, so I have nothing to add to this topic of conversation. Instead, I’ll be counting down a topic that appeared before I started my blog.

Top 5 Books I’ll Never Read. Ever.

#5 – The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices/Shadowhunters – Cassandra Clare

Sorry, guys. I have never been interested in any books by Cassandra Clare. I’ve read so many wonderful things about them, but I can’t get over the fact that she started her writing career by plagiarizing works for her Harry Potter fanfiction stories. I just can’t get past that. If I hadn’t been around, lurking on the internet when that whole debacle went down, then maybe I could try her books anyway. However, I’ve been completely turned off to her writing and will most likely never pick up a Cassandra Clare book.

#4 – The sequels to The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Ugh. I couldn’t stand The Maze Runner. It was over dramatic and withheld too much information from the reader. I groaned through the whole book and will not pick up any of its sequels.

#3 – The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

I was kind of excited for the original release of this YA series. I was excited because I had read the original adult fiction books by Patterson that this series was going to spin off from. I love When the Wind Blows and The Lake House, which was written about Max and the band of winged children. Once the YA spin off was released, I heard too many negative reviews for me to give it a go. I don’t want to taint my love for the original duology.

#2 – Grey by E.L. James

I’ll admit it:  I read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Ugh, there. I said it. I read the first one to see what all the hype was. I hated it. When I discussed my hatred of the book with others, the general response was, “You haven’t read all the books so your opinion doesn’t matter.” Of course I had to read the rest of the trilogy!

Still hate it. I will not read the latest book, told from Christian Grey’s perspective. I can’t go for that. No can do.

#1 – The Vampire Diaries/Vampire Academy/ANYTHING VAMPIRES

I think the Twilight phenomenon ruined vampires for me. Plain and simple. No interest for any book or series involving vampires.

What book or book series will you never, ever read? Which books do you have reader’s regret?

I’ll see you later, friends.

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Top 5 Wednesday #18 | Books of 2015

Hello, book lovers!

It is the last Wednesday of 2015. My, how the time flies. It feels like only a few days have passed since I was freaking out about the year being half gone…now it is gone.

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As always, Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. For a complete list of Wednesday-ers and topics, please visit the Goodreads group!


This week’s topic is Top 5 Books of 2015. I’ve read a lot of posts lately consisting of “best of 2015” lists and a lot of people struggled in narrowing down favorites.

I’m the opposite. I had trouble coming up with 5 books that I felt deserved a top spot.

Without further ado, here are the top 5 books that Kacie read in 2015.

#5 – Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes is a mystery/thriller novel by Stephen King. It follows a detective who was unable to catch The Mercedes Killer before retiring. The mass murderer contacts the retired detective and gets him back on the case…with disastrous consequences. It is the first novel in a trilogy that will be completed in 2016.

#4 – You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) – Felicia Day

I absolutely adore Felicia Day and this memoir was no different.  It was hysterical and provided a great insight into the creation of one of my favorite internet creations, The Guild. I flew through this book and I wish I hadn’t borrowed my sister’s copy and had bought a copy of my own.

#3 – Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Unless you are completely new to my blog, you should know that I highly enjoyed this novel. And if you are completely new to my blog, hello! It was the first Gillian Flynn novel that I read and it turned me on to her other works. This novel kept me guessing and I was honestly surprised at my external response to Amy’s character. I’ve never been angrier at a fictional character than when I was reading this novel.

#2 – The Martian – Andy Weir

This book has been everywhere and with good reason. I haven’t seen the movie, but I’m sure it is as amazing as the book. I was seriously invested in the story and was laughing out loud while reading. The copy I had bought turned out to be damaged and I was sent a fresh copy (complete with signed bookplate!) from the publisher. It was one of the highlights of my year.

#1 – Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

You saw this coming. I flew through this book in a matter of hours and I’m honestly surprised I haven’t re-read this book yet. I made my mom read it and she told me that she wanted to immediately re-read it upon finishing. I loved this book to pieces. I love video games and all things 80’s. It was the perfect book for me. I cannot wait for the movie!


There you have it, my favorite books of 2015. I cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for me.

See you soon and happy reading!

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Top 5 Wednesday #17 | Favorite Novellas

Ah, it’s so good to be back for Top 5 Wednesday, and to celebrate this, I am…going off topic.

This week’s topic is supposed to be “Favorite Audiobooks.” I do not listen to audiobooks. I’ve listened to one, only when I was struggling to finish Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (I had a migraine at the time and I really wanted to finish it but it was hard for me to read).

So. I’m picking my own topic. I was inspired by a topic in November that I missed, “Favorite Series Novellas.” As I haven’t read any novellas set in a series’ universe, I’m just going with Favorite Novellas.

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As always, Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. For a complete list of Wednesday-ers and topics, please visit the Goodreads group!


What is a novella?

A novella is a long short story or a short novel. It doesn’t quite fall under either category.

Some authors publish collections of their novellas or they may also publish them one at a time.

As for me, I prefer to read Stephen King’s published books of novellas. Have you ever seen the movie, The Shawshank Redemption? Stephen King novella.

How about Stand By Me, a tale about some young boys (including a very young Wil Wheaton) who are searching for the missing body of a kid? Stephen King novella.

Ooh. Or how about Johnny Depp’s “Secret Window?” Stephen King novella.

Even some of Kings short stories have been adapted into popular movies (1408, Children of the Corn, to name a couple.)

For this countdown, I am going to focus on my five favorite Stephen King Novellas.

#5 – “The Langoliers”

In this novella, a group of people on a red-eye flight wake up on their plan to find that a lot of other people on the plane have vanished. This was probably the very first King novella that I ever read.

#4 – “The Library Policeman”

This one downright freaked me out. It’s in the same collection as “The Langoliers.” My friend Maria let me borrow the collection just so I could read this novella. It is about a man who never returned his library books. Because of this, the library policemen are sent to retrieve the books and terrorize him.

#3 – “Apt Pupil”

This story is about a young boy who is the example of a perfect son. He goes to help an old man and uncovers the man’s not-so-glorious past. They enter into a relationship that can only be described as freaky.

#2 – “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”

It was very hard to put these last two in an order, so I’m just going to plop them here and say they’re in “no particular order.” This is the novella on which the movie The Shawshank Redemption is based. I re-read it over the summer as part of a read-a-thon and it’s still fantastic.

#1 – “The Body”

This is the novella on which the movie Stand By Me is based. It stars a young Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell as a group of friends who set out to find the body of a missing and presumed dead classmate. They are chased by bullies and other thugs who want to claim the reward for finding the body.

Have you read any of the novellas on my list? Let’s talk about them!

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Top 5 Wednesday #16 | Authors your discovered this year

Hello, everyone! I’m slowly starting to get into a routine at school, so I should be back to posting regularly within the next week or two.

For those of you that haven’t heard, I was just hired as a special education teacher in my local elementary school. School started two months ago, so I’m playing catch up! It’s really exhausting so far, but I’m having a blast. I work with third and fourth graders.

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As always, Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. For a complete list of Wednesday-ers and topics, please visit the Goodreads group!


This week’s topic is all about authors that are not necessarily new…but new to me. This post will be really quick because I need to get to bed, but here are my top five authors that I discovered this year.

#5 – David Levithan

I first read David Levithan in his collaboration with John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I did not like it. I then read his newest, Another Day and loved it!

#4 – Sarah J. Maas

I’m new to the Throne of Glass craze. I haven’t read Queen of Shadows yet, but I enjoyed the first two books of the series. Wasn’t thrilled with the third book, but I like the series and Maas overall.

#3 – Leigh Bardugo

I’ve only read Shadow and Bone, but I flew through it! I enjoyed her writing immensely.

#2 – Andy Weir

I’m not sure if I’ve recovered after reading and loving The Martian. I really need to see the movie adaptation.

#1 – Ernest Cline

I read both of his published books and I enjoyed them! He is my favorite author of the year (so far).


There you have it folks. What authors do I need to check out? Give me some suggestions!

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Top 5 Wednesday #15 | Banned Books I’ve Read

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Top 5 Wednesday!

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As always, Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. For a complete list of Wednesday-ers and topics, please visit the Goodreads group!


This week is the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week. It is a week-long celebration held every year in the book community to celebrate our freedom to read whatever we please. Each year, many books are challenged or banned in schools and libraries across the world. Anything from a children’s book about penguins (Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson – depicts the true story of two male penguins raising a baby penguin) to a worldwide beloved fantasy series (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – enforces anti-Christian values through depiction of witchcraft and wizardry) is going to make someone mad somewhere.

In honor of Banned Books Week, today’s topic is all about the banned or challenged books that I have read. I have read a lot of frequently challenged or banned books. In fact, I’m constantly talking about most of the books on this list. I am lucky to have been able to have access to so many books, to have the freedom to think for myself. Some of the frequently challenged books do challenge what I personally believe, but that is what I love about them. They allow me to view multiple vantage points and make the decision for myself. Unfortunately, this is the exact choice that many want to restrict by banning these books.

Onto the countdown.

For this list, I will give a description of why the book was banned and/or challenged. See if you can figure out which book I am talking about. Then, click on the banned book image to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page.

BANNED BOOK #5

This book was banned from a school district in Texas in 2012 for the use of the term “poo poo head.” Seriously. It was also challenged in 2004 in a California school district for its inappropriate story line involving excrement.

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BANNED BOOK #4

This book depicts acts of racism towards members of the African American community. It also contains explicit adult content such as sexual intercourse, rape, and incest. It also contains “foul language” such as “damn” and “whore lady.”

Fun fact!: I read this as required reading in one of my high school English classes. Not only that, but I was required to help teach it to a younger English class.

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BANNED BOOK #3

This banned or challenged book was written by an atheist author. Its characters depict actions and thoughts that are anti-God, anti-Catholic, and anti-religion. The main character frequently drinks wine and consumes poppy during meals. This book was later returned to the library, but bore a sticker stating, “representations of the church in this novel are purely fictional and are not reflective of the real Roman Catholic Church or the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

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BANNED BOOK #2

This book was banned and/or challenged for its many depictions of sexual activity and drug use. One school district claimed that students and minors could easily learn more about the depicted drug use “through a simple internet search.”

Fun fact!: I read this as required reading for one of my high school English classes.

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BANNED BOOK #1

This book is stored in a Missouri high school library’s secure section that only parents have access to. This book is not allowed to be read allowed by teachers or be a part of required reading. It teaches principles contrary to The Bible. It also depicts thoughts and actions that are anti-war. It’s also been challenged for strong sexual content. Some believe that distribution of this book to minors is similar to distribution of pornography to minors and should be illegal as such.

Fun fact!: Many of this author’s books are challenged and/or banned in high schools. As part of my senior English class, I and another student did an author study on this book’s author. We read many of his books and taught their (often banned) themes to our classmates.

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BONUS BANNED BOOK

This book was removed from a California school’s library because a student found the term “oral sex” within its pages.

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Seriously.

Sources:

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/freedownloads
http://www.marshall.edu/library/bannedbooks/books/superdiaperbaby.asp
http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/about
http://censorshipandtokillamockingbird.weebly.com/why-was-it-banned.html

How many of the above banned books were you able to guess? We still have a few days left of Banned Books Week. I encourage you to read a banned book that you’ve never read before. Talk to your librarian and ask about the reasons why a book has been banned. You’ll be quite surprised.

In the comment section, let me know what your favorite book is that has been challenged or banned.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!

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Top 5 Wednesday #14 | Favorite Title Fonts

HELLO, EVERYONE!

I have missed you. It’s been about a week since I’ve been here! I’ve checked my Reader a few times over the week since I’ve posted, but I haven’t really been present…but I am back.

I’ve moved out of my brother’s house and back home. My brother is doing so well. He’s much more mobile and independent. He’s even able to go camping with us this weekend! Thank you for all of your kind thoughts.

It’s Wednesday today and you know what that means!

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As always, Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. For a complete list of Wednesday-ers and topics, please visit the Goodreads group!


Today’s topic is “Title Fonts on Covers.” I honestly didn’t know I had an opinion about this until I started looking at my bookshelf. I felt the same way about the “Chapter Titles” topic!

I like when book covers stand out to me, whether it be their color scheme, title, or font. I know I’m not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but if the cover looks boring, what does that say about the book?

Here are my favorites:

#5 – Armada by Ernest Cline

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I just got this book and am excited to read it. I think the cover looks interesting and a large part of that is its title font. The popular font that has slanted capital A’s can get a little overdone, but I like how it’s mirrored on this cover.

#4 – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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I like the fluidity of this font, but would like it more if it had more of a Russian feel to it. I saw a picture of the ARC cover and I liked it a lot better!

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I love the use of Cyrillic letters here! The A looks like Д, W like Щ, N like И, and E like (a backwards) З! I wish she kept this font! I also would LOVE to own this ARC.

#3 – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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I love the use of watercolor and negative space for this title font. This cover is gorgeous!

#2 – Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

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This book is one of my favorites. It’s a collection of interconnected short stories of the creepy variety. The font is appropriate for a creepy book, don’t you think? Bonus points to the cover for being GLOW IN THE DARK.

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#1 – Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

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This cover is appropriately creepy for a sequel to The Shining! I love the use of smoke for this font. It draws the eye away from the creepy face in the background, just so it can jump out at you when you notice it.


That’s it for me this week. I hope to be back to a more usual blogging schedule now that I am home. I am going camping this weekend, but I plan on scheduling a few pre-written posts. Oh, I have missed blogging.

What are you favorite book title fonts?

See you soon!

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