Top 5 Wednesday: Poor Love Interests

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Today’s top 5 is dedicated to the love interests in books we absolutely hate. I decided to pair them up and talk about the couples I could do without in my novels. Here’s what I’ve got for you:

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1. Edward and Bella 
from Twilight
Honestly, there is no relationship worse than Edward and Bella’s. She falls in love with him because he’s pretty, and he falls in love with her because her blood smells good. Really? This is what young girls are supposed to aspire to? Their relationship is unhealthy and codependent and this should not be an example of desirable love to a young girl/boy. (Or any girl/boy for that matter.)

2. Anastasia and Christian from 50 Shades of Grey
To be completely honest, I have never read this book (and I probably never will). But I’ve heard from reliable sources that Anastasia and Christian resemble and Edward and Bella, and as I’ve said…they’re the worst.

3. Zoey and Erik from The House of Night series
He treated her SO poorly. Honestly both Zoey and Erik were terrible role models for a much too young Kimberly to be reading about, but Erik was just the worst. Their relationship was riddled with ridiculous, unnecessary drama, and I’m so glad I decided to stop reading this series.

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4. Simon and Isabelle 
from The Mortal Instruments
Personally, I think Clary and Simon are adorable and I think Isabelle takes advantage of Simon. In some ways I think he is good for her and she good for him, but mostly I think it’s just an overused cliche of the nerdy guy gets the hot girl. I don’t like them together.

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5. Tris and Four 
from Divergent
As I’ve mentioned before, I love Divergent but I don’t love Four. He was a character I never really connected with, and I never found his relationship to Tris to be that desirable. While even I have to admit there were good moments, for the majority of the time, especially in the third installment, I thought it was rocky and awkward at best.

 

Top 10 Tuesday: Leaving My Comfort Zone

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Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It combines what I love most in this world into one—lists, books, and blogging. It couldn’t be any better suited for me! This week is dedicated to the best books I’ve read recently that were completely out of my comfort zone. As you may or may not know, I read a lot of young adult fiction, but in 2015, I tried to challenge myself by reading books that were completely different. Let’s see which ones were my favorites…

1. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
I loved this children’s tale from the moment I opened its cover. It’s such a different take than the Disney version, and it’s a really inspiring yet heartbreaking read that I think everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy.

2. Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
This was one of the first classic science fiction pieces I read this year. I had seen the end of the movie (oops) before I read the book, but I loved the development of the world and the twists and turns the characters encountered. The bomb (metaphorical) dropped at the end is probably my favorite way for books to develop.

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3. Yes Please 
by Amy Poehler
Poehler’s book was the first novel I read that was autobiographical. It spurred my love for these kinds of stories. I’m so glad I picked it up because it truly changed my life and the way I read certain novels.

4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
This was such an inspiring story, and I never would have read it if I didn’t give non-fiction a shot. After reading this book, I discovered I really love war stories, and I love knowing more about what those fighting for our country go through. After reading, Unbroken I added many more war stories to my list including, but limited to, American Sniper.

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5. Wild 
by Cheryl Strayed
This was another autobiographical piece that taught me that hiking is not as easy as it seems, and that life is definitely not the life for me. Strayed’s book showed me what it means to step out of your comfort zone, in all aspects, and all the amazing things you can learn and experience if you do so.

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6. In Cold Blood 
by Truman Capote
This is one of those books that are on oodles and oodles of lists of books you should read before you die, so I did. It’s an interesting, true tale of a murder that happens in Kansas and how it affects the town and the murderers.

7. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Another science fiction read, I had listened to the audio-play of War of the Worlds when I was in middle school, but this was such an easy, nice, interesting read for a rainy day. I found out that I really love H.G. Wells and science fiction novels this past year.

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8. Friday Night Lights 
by Buzz Bissinger
As my yearbook advisor so kindly pointed out when we found out we were reading the same book on a plane ride to Austin, I would never read this book. I don’t like sports, and I’m not from Texas, so why would I read this book? Honestly, it’s because I watched the TV show and was really interested to find out there was a book. I’m so thankful I did decide to read this though because it showed me a whole other side to football and the importance sports hold in really tiny towns in really rural areas in really Texas Texas.

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9. Assholes *A Theory 
by Aaron James
Definitely an extremely different book for me to read, but I loved it. It was quirky and humorous, and taught me a lot about the difference between being a bitch and being an asshole.

10. Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
One of my last reads of 2015 and one of my favorites. I fell in love with Vonnegut this year. His stories feature such as interesting world with such an interesting outlook on time and space. I can’t wait to read more of his novels.

I tired to read a lot more non-fiction and science fiction novels this year, and I loved so many of the books I picked up. How are you trying to broaden your book shelf? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Treasure Tuesday

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1. I am currently reading “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson.

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3. I recently discovered Society 6 when I bought a new phone case, and I’m in love with all its stuff. The site hosts a variety of artists work and all purchases benefit the artist personally in some way. Check out all the awesome book lover merchandise it has.

4. “She’s the Man” is my go to movie when I need a pick me up. Here’s this quiz from Buzzfeed of the trivia questions every fan should be able to answer from the movie. (Unfortunately, I only got half of them right. See if you can do better than me!)

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Happy reading,
Kimberly

Adulting: A Review

Title: Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
Author: Kelly Williams Brown
Genre: Humor
Quotation: “Intentions are nice, but ultimately intentions don’t really matter because they only exist inside you.”
Would recommend to: anyone making big, adult changes in their life (like buying an apartment) or anyone that doesn’t really know how to adult (like at all)!

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I talked about this book a while ago, and I’m finally getting to writing this review — like an adult.

I don’t know about you, but I’m at that age where I’m not a girl, not yet a woman, and I thought this book would be perfect for me during this awkward transition.

Adult tasks are hard, but we’re all kind of forced to do them, such as getting a root canal or applying for internships or wearing business casual on an ordinary day.

Brown wrote a funny book about the most important parts of being an adult, like knowing when you can and can’t take care of a pet and understanding that you should always have back-up toilet paper in the house (this is probably the most important point to remember at all times).

Here’s what I took away from Brown’s book:

1. No one is ever really ready to be an adult.
Even adults. Even the people you think were born adults. Everyone feels overwhelmed at times and like they can’t handle what they are facing, but they can, and so can you. Adulting, much like greatness, is thrust upon us, and we just have to be ready to catch it and run.

2. There are no steps to becoming an adult, only tips on how to get there.
Brown bases her book on “steps” to adulting, but truly they are only tips. “Steps” implies a logical order to ascending into adulthood, but the whole experience is different for everyone that goes through it. We all experience adult things at different times. Some of us can experience life-shattering death at a young age, and that’s adult, while others of us are lucky enough to avoid such an experience until a mature age. Others of us will think getting a credit card is a huge adult step while others have had a credit card their whole lives. Truly, I think “adulting” comes to everyone at different times and no one can compare their adult level to another, we all just have to appreciate our experiences for what they are worth.

3. Know what you’re doing before you do it.
This is true for ALL aspects of your life. For example, before you buy an apartment, know what you are looking for. Before you go grocery shopping, know what is on your list. Before you initiate a friendship, understand what friendship really means to you. These are just a few examples, but determining your goals and understanding how to achieve them is half the battle of becoming a successful adult.

So if you’re feeling lost in this world, or want to get some basic advice on how to look for an apartment properly or what kind of phone plan you should get when your parents finally kick you off the plan, I strongly suggest “Adulting.”

Personally, I don’t think I needed it (but maybe I have more faith in myself than I should), but I definitely know of a few people who would benefit from having this book left outside their door.

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Top 5 Wednesday: Suggestions

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We’ve all got those friends who don’t understand our undying love for literature, but then, we have those friends that get every little thing about it. I’ve had some friends recommend amazing books to me over the years. Here’s just the top 5!

1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

2. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson

What’s one of the best books someone has recommended to you? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Treasure Tuesday

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1. I am currently reading “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” for my YA literature class.

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I haven’t found this boy yet, hence I was single on Valentine’s day.

3. The 12th was my brother’s birthday and the 13th was my best friend’s birthday and I celebrated both at Buffalo Wild Wings! 

3. Here are some revamped covers of classics that look absolutely gorgeous. Personally, I love #2, #6, and #18.

4. It snowed yesterday, and while I was so excited for a snow day, unfortunately I didn’t get one. I hope others across the nation (or at least in North Carolina) were a little luckier than I.

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I hope this adorable puppy brightens your day like it did mine!

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Top 5 Wednesday: Spoiler Alert

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This week is all about those books that were completely spoiled for you, but you read anyways! Personally, I don’t care when things are spoiled for me because I love the journey, but I understand people who hate spoilers. Let’s get started!

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1. Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
I watched the movie before I read the book (oops)!

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2. The Hobbit 
by J.R.R. Tolkien
I only saw the third installment of the movie, but it hooked me and actually got me to read the book!

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3. Harry Potter and the Half-Prince 
by J.K. Rowling
My brother actually ruined this one for me WHILE I was reading it. Here’s how it went down: This was the first book that came out while I was reading the series (the other ones had already been released) and I didn’t want the excitement to be over, so I waited awhile to pick up the book. When I finally did though, I read it in two days. But before I finished the book, I was called to dinner and it was right when Harry had gone in to the forest to confront Voldemort and the Avada Kedavra curse had been shot at him. I’m at the table, antsy as ever and my brother goes, “Don’t worry. He doesn’t die.” Worst. Moment. Ever.

Thankfully, I think those are the only books that have been ruined for me thus far in my life. I don’t know how I got away with it, but I’m very pleased about it.

What books have been ruined for you, by friend or foe? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Top 10 Tuesday: OTPs

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Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It combines what I love most in this world into one—lists, books, and blogging. It couldn’t be any better suited for me! This week, since Valentine’s Day is coming around the corner, I’m talking about my favorite OTPs! I’m going to break the rules a little bit this week and include some TV and movie OTPs as well as book OTPs.

1. Ron Weasley & Hermione Granger
— Harry Potter
I loved them from way back in the first book when he saved her from a troll, because what’s more romantic than that? First they develop as individuals, and then they develop as romantic love interests, and I think that’s what I love about this relationship most.

2. Jace Wayland & Clary Fray — The Mortal Instruments
What’s better than forbidden love? Nothing really. And Jace is the perfect first bad-boy love interest for Clary.

3. Elena Gilbert & Stefan Salvatore — The Vampire Diaries
Both in the book and the television series, Stefan is the one. I haven’t kept up with the series since season 5 (I think), and I know she dates Damon, but seriously? It’s Stefan all the way. He’s broody and dreamy and so swoon-worthy.


4. Jim Halpert & Pam Beesly
— The Office
I told you I was going to deviate from books because I recently watched “The Office” and fell head-over-heels for Jim Halpert. He’s so unbelievably in love with Pam and it’s the most adorable thing ever. You can’t help but cheer when they get together.

5. Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark — The Hunger Games
They survive the Hunger Games together, they can survive anything together.


6. Noah & Allie
— The Notebook
I stand by the belief that if Noah can write Allie a letter every day for a year, a boy can text me back. It’s not asking for much. But I do think Noah set unrealistic expectations for me that no boy can live up to.


7. Han Solo & Leia Organa
— Star Wars
“I love you.”— Leia
“I know.” — Han
Best I love you ever.

8. Rory Gilmore & Jess Mariano — Gilmore Girls
I always thought he was best for her, and in the end, he totally is. He’s the only one of Rory’s love interests that understands her relationships with books and gets her back on the right track after she leaves school.


9. April Ludgate & Andy Dwyer
— Parks and Recreation
It was a little weird at first, but everyone grows to love April and Andy because they are 100% themselves around each other, and that’s what makes love true and strong. They say the things that no one really says about love, and that’s what makes them all the better.

10. Me & Any book I can get my hands on today
Because I’m single and totally ready to mingle — in the Barnes and Noble aisles.

Who are your favorite OTPs? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,
Kimberly

 

Treasure Tuesday

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1. I am currently reading “The Chocolate War.”

2. Sorry I’ve been so MIA lately! I have a retreat for one of the organizations I’m involved in on campus this past weekend and didn’t have access to the Internet!

3. I’m currently enrolled in a young adult literature class for the spring semester and I’ve already learned and read so many great things. I can’t wait to see what the next weeks have in store.

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A great book:

5. As you may know, I go to school in the great state of North Caroline. Another thing you may know is that the Panthers lost the Superbowl on Sunday. While I don’t particularly care for the Panthers, my state is in mourning.

Happy reading!
Kimberly

Top 5 Wednesday: Badasses

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Have you ever been really excited to read a beautiful book you found in the corner of a bookstore only to find out it’s terrible? We all have. This week I’m going to talk about the baddest of the bad — the characters who just embody “BADASS.” To me, a “badass” means you go against the grain without a care in the world and everyone kind of loves you for it. Here are my favorites:

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1. Jace Wayland 
— The Mortal Instruments
Jace was most likely the first true “bad boy” I ran into in my reading endeavors. I read The Mortal Instruments when I was much too young and impressionable and now Jace is just the dream boy I will never get. Not only is he an arrogant Shadowhunter, but he’s also good looking, which makes him the perfect bad boy to my good girl aesthetic.

2. Tris Prior — Divergent
The epitome of badass, Tris follows her heart — even when it’s near impossible — and breaks all the rules to save her family and friends. She’s an amazing, badass role model for girls needing some encouragement to be themselves no matter what.

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3. Amy Dunne 
— Gone Girl
As crazy as Amy is, you can’t deny that she is also completely badass, as well as beautiful, intelligent, and “amazing.” She’s able to think years in advance and concocts twisted plans to enact her revenge. She’s twisted — no doubt about it — but she’s also pretty much a badass.

4. Katniss Everdeen — The Hunger Games
She can shoot arrows with more accuracy than I can write my last name, she volunteers herself to participate in a tournament to the death, and she continually defies rules and logic to get where she is in life. Not only is Katniss cunning, clever, talented, impressive, headstrong, determined, and everything else in the book, but she’s also a badass. She never takes no for an answer, she willing to do anything for her family and friends, and she dances to the beat of her own drum no matter what — a true badass at heart.

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5. Tyler Durden 
— Fight Club
He creates his own fight club, how can that not put you on the list? He motivates people to follow him to the edge, and he even amazes himself with the lengths he will go to in order to reach his goals. But the first rule of Fight Club is… Don’t talk about fight club.

Who are your favorite badass characters? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,
Kimberly