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The Book Chat {Vol 11}

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Thursdays, as always, are Book Chat days hosted by Jessica over at Sweet Green Tangerine. Head over and link up!

Today’s question: Who are your favorite male characters? Least favorites? 

In my last few book reviews, I’ve mentioned how important male characters are to me. Especially in YA (I say especially because I realize that they’re catering to younger people) I look for strong male characters that have real depth to them- not just really good looks.

In fact, most of my favorite male characters recently have been the ones that are more than just those really gorgeous characters that the less-than-perfect girls fall for and win over. I don’t think I could ever narrow it down to just ONE. To be honest even narrowing it down at all seems tough. I’ve loved quite a few of male characters… But here are a few that have stood out for me over time:

1) Max from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (See also: Hans Hubermann)

When I first started reading The Book Thief I just wasn’t sure what to make of it. The characters, the POV and the overall story started off by confusing me. The minute Max was introduced to the story, though, I truly began to fall in love with this book. He is one of my favorite parts of the whole novel. Him and Hans are two of the most memorable male characters in all my reading history, to be honest. But Max? I have a special place in my heart for that character.

2) Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

See also: Miles, Colin and Quentin from various John Green novels (Alaska/Katherines/Paper Towns)

John Green is one of my favorite authors, so it’s really no surprise that just about ALL his male characters are in my favorites. This may sound somewhat biased, but the reason I really love his writing is because his lead male characters (most of his books are from their point of view) have so many fun quirks and I just love discovering more about them throughout their stories.

Augustus Waters is definitely his most unique character. I loved meeting and learning about him. I must say though that runner up is  Colin from Abundance of Katherine’s. That character doesn’t get nearly enough love and he is SO damn awesome. Love his anagram skills!

3) Kai from Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The entire time I was reading Cinder I couldn’t believe how awesome Kai was. I can’t stress how much I love this book enough, and he is a huge reason why. He not only sounds freaking adorable, but there is SO much to his character that makes me wish he was a real person so we could meet.

4) Thomas from The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner  (& his crew!) 

I really need to re-read these books because I don’t remember Thomas nearly well enough. But considering the entire trilogy is told from his perspective AND he’s got the whole memory-loss thing, he’s a very well thought out male character. You learn so much about him throughout the three books, I grew extremely fond of him by the end. Don’t even get me started on Minho, Frypan, Newt and the rest of the guys in these books!

5) Etienne St. Clair from Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

St. Clair makes it on the list because I was basically in love with him during this book. Is that weird? Oh well. At first I was all “Ummm St.Clair you’ve got a girlfriend, chill out” but then his mysterious act is all unveiled and it was love. YAY Anna! I’m such a sucker for good stories like this one.

Honorable mentions: Ed Kennedy from I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, Harry/Ron/Weasley twins from Harry Potter by JK Rowling (these deserve more than an honorable mention to me but since I always talk HP I tried to keep it to a minimum here), and Marcus Flutie from the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty.

Least favorites are a bit tougher because I generally won’t even finish a book if I’m not enjoying it (AKA not even KIND OF relating to characters). Plus, I feel kind of mean dissing authors’ writing with least favorites. Basically I’ll be nice & just leave you with all the male characters I’ve loved most. There are several more, but these are definitely the ones that have stood out the most to me, especially in recent years.

Who are your favorite and least favorite male characters? 

The Christmas Wish List

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Christmas is just TWENTY days away and I’m getting more and more excited as the decorations start being put up in my home and, of course, as the end of my semester (from hell) comes to an end. I’ve never been a big *Christmas list* maker, but who doesn’t like making a list of (reasonable) things they want as gifts? I haven’t bought myself anything in MONTHS because of my tight budget, so I thought I’d have a little bit of fun and make one now.

Plus, I do love making lists. This works out well.

1- The Limited Edition audiobook of ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green. It’s the one that he reads. Even though it COULD potentially be awkward that he’s the one reading it, I still think it’s awesome that he took the time to do this. And it’s limited and I want it.

2- I’m not a huge DVD collector, but I do love having my favorites. Currently missing from my collection? Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part Two!

3- I never have enough books, but here are a few of the ones that I’d really love right now:

   

4- I love gift cards, especially at a time in my life where I can no longer afford to support my addiction to shopping. Favorite stores?
– HMV (music)
– Starbucks
– Dynamite
– Bench
– Chapters & Indigo (no one ever buys me this one! I am such a book nerd, I have no idea why.)
-Amazon (for my Kindle)
– Concert ticket website (admission.ca is one of them)

5- A new American Apparel hoodie! I have two currently, but I wear them SO often that it’s time I get another one. I’d love the red next, I think.

6- A new pair of TOMS. I adore my black ones, I wear them all the time. I’d love another pair of black, or maybe one of these:


and maybe especially these… Not sure why I just love them:

I wear size 9 😉

7- I’m going to bring up Harry Potter for a third time. I want the HP Scene It game. I want to win at it.

8- Other random things I love to receive?
– Socks. I love getting socks, and my mom always indulges this strange love of mine.
– Fun, cheap, accessory-like jewelry. I love long necklaces, and fun rings especially!

9- This one is for the benefit of my friend Jenia. We agreed at work today that we REALLY need to go to the spa. A spa gift certificate for a massage? That is JUST what I need right now. Plus I’ve never been and reallyreallyreally want to try it!

I think that about covers it, really. Although I’m not opposed to receiving money for gifts, I love when people put a little thought into the things I love. There are probably a million other tiny things that I’d be incredibly happy to receive… These are just a few of the things that I’ve been wanting lately!

What’s on your wish list this year?

Recent Reads [worth sharing]

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*First I’d just like to direct you to my nav bar which now has a lovely new tab… My blog roll!You can click on it & find out more about a bunch of really great bloggers. You’ll also notice that the whole nav bar has been tweaked [hopefully for the better] so have fun looking around at all the fun stuff I’ve added! 

I feel like recently I haven’t really been writing enough about the books I’ve been reading or giving reviews- which I love to do- so I though I would take the opportunity today to share some books I’ve read lately & my thoughts!

1. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

I LOVED this book. Ann Brashares had a little rough writing patch for a while when she wrote ‘Summer of You & Me’ and ‘3 Willows’ but she is back with a vengeance. This story is based on the life of Daniel, a boy who has “the memory”. He remembers his past lives as he is re-born again into his new ones. In his current life, he’s an older teenager who has fallen in love with a girl named Lucy who he calls Sophia. He has fallen in love with the same soul over and over again in each of his lives & must always face challenges in order to be with her.

This story was not only beautifully written and told from the perspective of an amazing character, but it’s a great love story and it was the most perfect read while I was at the beach in Greece.

I gave this book: 5 stars

2. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell 

One of my 101 Goals was to read three books on well-being and I ended up spontaneously reading this one as my final book for that goal. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it because I didn’t know a whole lot about it, but it was actually REALLY interesting.

It’s basically all about intuition- the power of subconscious thinking and how it affects your every day decisions, even the ones you’re not aware of. Gladwell uses a lot of really interesting examples to illustrate the facts that he’s trying to prove. I thought that some of his points fell a little short, but I was all in all really intrigued and was constantly thinking about what I read after putting the book down.

I gave this book: 4 stars

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry 

I read this in early high school I believe and remembered really loving the story and wanting to re-read it. After picking up a copy of it at a used bookstore this summer I sat down and re-read it in under two days. A very short novel, it follows young Jonas who lives in a world where everyone is assigned their jobs at a ceremony on their twelfth birthday. Jonas is given the job of “memory keeper” which is said to be the most special in the whole community, however he learns that there are many difficult things that go along with this job & he learns a lot of lessons about real life on the way.

I don’t think I enjoyed it as much the second time, which is never a fun thing to admit. Dystopian novels are so popular right now and I wanted to re-read one of the very first ones that made it on the shelves all those years ago. It’s a newberry medal winner and though I guess I can see why, I definitely felt too old to be reading this book again. That being said, for the age that it’s targeted for it was a perfect read and a really interesting introduction to the world of fantasy.

I gave this book: 4 stars

4. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

I went on a bit of an Ann Brashares reading spree this summer – I read all her books except the two I mentioned above- and I loved ALL the books I read.

This one was no different, but it took me a long time to come to terms with the story. I’m not going to give any spoilers, but after growing up with the Sisterhood & getting excited for my trip to Greece, I was not expecting a story HALF as sad as the one I got. I was devastated at first, and literally had to come to terms with the events of the novel. At first I hated that Brashares had dared write this book, but slowly I tried to see past my frustration and fell in love with everything else about the story.

I think this was one of the most beautifully written novels I’ve read this year, which is saying a lot. If you read the other Sisterhood books, this is a MUST read.

I gave this book: 5 stars

That’s all I’ve got for now! My reading has slowed down and unfortunately I read a couple books that aren’t really worth mentioning. These four really stuck with me this summer though and if you get the chance I highly recommend them all.

Happy reading!