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July 13th: Books You Wish Had Sequels

I like endings. I think it’s better for a book or series to leave you wishing there was more than to just keep going endlessly. Even if there isn’t complete closure, I like knowing it’s done and that I can just imagine whatever I like for the character(s) afterwards. That being said, here are the books/series I can think of:

  1. Bayou by Jeromy Love – I almost forgot about this! There are two volumes, but there has to be more to the story because there’s no resolve at all. This is the darkest, beautiful, haunting graphic novel I’ve read and I want more.
  2. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett – It’s less that I want a sequel as much as I want an epilog, or maybe I novella following any one of the characters. So much happened at the end of this book.
  3. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card – This was one of my favorite books last year. It ended wonderfully. I’d take more though.
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I don’t know what a sequel would look like, but I just want more. More of Morgenstern’s writing, more of this magical world, just more.
  5. Green Arrow: Year One by Andy Diggle (and others) – Where are the other years?

Is it obvious I was getting desperate towards the end?

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July 8th: Favorite Books Outside Your Comfort Zone

Okay, so I think reading books outside of my comfort zone is my comfort zone. I like reading books that make me think, make me feel slightly uncomfortable, and are about things I don’t know about. But here are some books that I surprisingly enjoyed—is that the right way to put it?

  1. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  2. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  3. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  4. Dawn by Elie Wiesel
  5. Jackaby by William Ritter
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T5W: Favorite Literary Fathers/Father Figures

I know, I’m a week late (I was away from internet last week), but I am posting it on a Wednesday, so that counts for something, right? Anyway, here are my top 5 literary father figures:

  1. Remus Lupin (Harry Potter) – He’s the best! He’s probably my favorite character from Harry Potter.
  2. Henry Branwell (Infernal Devices) – He’s just adorable yet very protective.
  3. Luke Garroway (Mortal Instruments) – He’s a nice guy, owns a bookstore. Really, what more could you ask for?
  4. Tom Harry (The Bartender’s Tale) – Not an ideal father, but he really tries.
  5. The two uncles from All the Light We Cannot See – Sorry, I’m too lazy to look this up. They’re protective, brave, and very intelligent.
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T5W: Favorite Character Names

Top 5 Wednesday on a Friday? Sorry, but that’s how I roll. Maybe one day I’ll post on a Wednesday, maybe I’ll even post the correct topic on that day. That won’t happen for at least two weeks though. But maybe one day. And maybe it’ll happen consistently. Maybe…

Anyway, these are the characters I love the names of (I got a bit desperate for #5…):

  1. Sir Bleoberis de Ganis from Le Morte Darthur
  2. Wiglaf from Beowulf
  3. Olwen from Arthurian Legends
  4. Richard Campbell Gansey III from the Raven Cycle
  5. Prince Humperdinck from the Princess Bride
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T5W: Book Theme Songs

I don’t tend to listen to music while reading (it’s too distracting for me) and I don’t really think about how songs totally relate to this or that book. There are books that come to mind when I think about music though, so here are those:

  1. The Hunger Games Series by Suzan Collins – My last project in college was very open ended so I composed music to the songs in the series (Lullaby, The Hanging Tree, the four note song of Rue’s, the Anthem). It was really fun. I hope to do more of that one day.
  2. The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien – Peter Hollens does amazing covers of these songs from the movies. They’re gorgeous! Check him out on YouTube.
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This book is full of mixed tapes and song references.
  4. The Heir Series by Cinda Williams Chima – the last two books in this series has musicians.
  5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – Again, the main characters of this book are musicians
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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’m intimidated by

  1. The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee – This is a book about a race war that is apparently both a satire on the civil rights problems in the ‘60s and a serious attempt to focus on the issue of black militancy (GoodReads)…? I did feel more prepared to read it after reading The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, but I don’t currently have my copy. I’m just really unsure what to expect from this book.
  2. The Iliad by Homer – I am currently on chapter/book 2 of this epic. It is slow going. I’ve read the intro and heard lectures on this book, so I know what to expect and that it’s bloody. One of the things that most intimidates me about this book is that the only audiobook available for the version of the book I own (translated by Robert Fagles) is abridged and for classics I almost need an audiobook (more on that another day). Luckily the abridged sections of this book are read by a different narrator so I can figure out how far I need to read to catch up. The names are mostly weird to pronounce, there’s so much to this book (it’s longer than the Odyssey), and it’s old.
  3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – After seeing the musical in high school I read an abridged version of this book (only 500 pages!) and it became one of my favorite books. I’ve been meaning to read the unabridged version ever since. Again, the version of the book I own only has an abridged audiobook. This is probably the longest book I ever plan on reading (1463 pages).
  4. Flannery O’Connor – Okay, so she is one of my favorite authors, but she is so overwhelming. Her short stories are amazing. So much happens and yet nothing and they’re all so heart wrenching! I want to read everything by her, yet she terrifies me. That makes sense, right?
  5. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein – I read the first two books, but didn’t finish the last one. These won’t be too bad to read since they are available on audiobook (my mind won’t wonder as much on the slow parts. I’m an auditory learner), but there’s so much pressure to love them.

In conclusion, books on war that don’t have unabridged audiobooks are the most intimidating to me…