Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite Fancasts

Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite fancasts in media adaptations of books. I'm not very good as casting movie actors because I usually pay attention to castings when the movies are being made already. Popular actors from movies have been done already, so I'll just create some of my own. 

September 20th: Favorite Fancasts
--Discuss your preferred fancasts for some of your favorite characters. (Fancasts means actors you'd like to play your favorite characters or imagine your favorite characters as)


5. Alexis Bledel as Bella Swan in Twilight - Before the movie was first in pre-production and Kristen Stewart completely dominated as Bella, I remember there were so many fanmade videos of Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel as the shy, beautiful bookworm. And at the time, it fit because both Bella and Alexis are huge classical book fans, simple, shy, pretty normal girls. Even though I loved Kristen as Bella, it would have been interesting to see how Alexis would have handled the part too. 


4. Ashley Benson as Nora in Hush Hush - I remember Nora being this feisty redhead, and I think Ashley would have done a good job as her. Seeing as that she was feisty and funny as Hanna in Pretty Little Liars, it could work out alright. 


3. Katherine McNamara as Josie in Anomaly - Another fiery redheaded actress playing a feisty redheaded character. Tonya Kuper, the author of the book, actually used Katherine as a muse for Josie, so if she were cast in the movie or TV version, Tonya would freak TF out!! I know I would! Also, she already has the red hair because of Shadowhunters, so there would be nothing to worry about. 😉


2. Alex Pettyfer as Jace in Mortal Instruments/Shadowhunters - Remember when almost all of the Mortal Instruments fans were ecstatic to hear about Alex Pettyfer maybe becoming Jace in the first TMI movie? Yeah, that never happened... But I remember everybody and their mama wanted Alex to be Jace. But then, he'd said that he didn't want to do anymore teen YA movies anymore after I Am Number Four flopped (but then he did cheesy, sexy, stripper movie called Magic Mike, so which is it that you want, boy?) so that chance never happened. But I wonder how it would be if Alex was Jace and not Jamie Campbell Bower, or even Dominic Sherwood (from the TV show). 


1. Harry Shum Jr. as Prince Kai in Cinder - I really only know Harry in Glee and Shadowhunters, and while his acting is known for being fabulous, goofy, and joyous, he actually has more dramatic range. So I think he'd be a good serious Kai if Cinder were a show or movie. 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

#BookBloggerHop - September 15-21: Special Edition Books






About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 
 This week's question submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books

Have you ever bought a more expensive edition of a book, when a cheaper edition was available, just because you preferred the cover of the more expensive one?

I only carry the first versions of books in my bookshelf and Kindle libraries. I admire and get jealous of people (Booktubers, more specifically) who can buy different versions of the same book, regardless of the price. My bookshelf is pretty small, so I have to be very mindful of how I spend money on books, especially if there is an updated cover on it. 

Like I said in last week's entry, I don't really buy books based on the cover alone. If the cover looks good but the synopsis isn't, I won't buy it. But if the cover is trash and the synopsis is good, it can be forgiven. As for more expensive vs. least expensive cover editions, unless there's going to be an even more special feature in the book --- like a poster, a snippet of the next book, a map --- I'll stick with the first version to save money. 

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#Bloggiesta 2017: Check out my Fall To-Do List for my blog!


Here comes yet another reading challenge for me to join: Bloggiesta 2017! But this challenge is different in that it doesn't involve much reading, but more about changing and rebranding your business. 


In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta!
Bloggiesta was originally started in June of 2009 by the lovely and tenacious Natasha from Maw Books Blog. In March of 2012 Natasha graciously passed the torch on to Suey from It’s All About Books and Danielle from There’s A Book. After hosting this fantastic event during both March and September of 2012 it was decided that Bloggiesta needed it’s own home, which is the site you’re now visiting.
For my to-do list, I'll only be doing a few things, since it's my first time participating in a challenge that focuses on enhancing the blog's look, style and marketing.

 A Bloggiesta Master To Do List!

❏  update Goodreads reviews
❏  clean up labels/tags
❏  change or fix one thing on your sidebar
❏  add a page (about me, contact, policy, etc)
❏  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs

❏  participate in at least one Twitter chat - Saturday, September 23 @ 2pm EST! I have work at 3 after that, so hopefully I'll be able to participate at least somewhat. 

What's your Bloggiesta 2017 to-do list? Leave comments below! 



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Monday, September 11, 2017

#BookBloggerHop September 8-14: Cover Art Love






About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 
 This week's question submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer:

Have you ever bought a book because you liked its cover art?

I always buy books based on the cover and the synopsis. If the cover is tacky or cheap looking but the synopsis is still good, then I could forgive the bad cover. But if the cover is appealing, but the synopsis isn't, I probably won't buy it. But then again, I have bought books without thinking about the synopsis. Which ties into my Top 5 Wednesday weekly meme post here

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Friday, September 8, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Books to Read Without the Synopsis




Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 books to read without ever checking out the synopsis first. We're always looking at the cover first, then the summary to see if the story is any good. But in some cases, it's best to go into these stories blindly. 

September 13th: Books to Read without the Synopsis
--We all know that some synopsis writers spoil events that happen halfway through the book or have heard reviewers say "its best to go into this one blind." Discuss those books.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite Bromances

Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 bromances in books. 

August 30th: Favorite Bromances
-- I think we have done this topic before in the distant past, but who doesn't love a good bromance? Bromance = platonic relationship between two characters who identify as male.
 

You'll notice that a lot of my choices involve similar characters who have male relationships with other people. That's the point. You can have different relationships with various kinds of people. That's what makes those bonds so strong. 

5. Edward and Emmett Cullen - Twilight

We rarely get to see their relationship in the movies, but in the books, I like that they have a more playful, friendly connection. 

4. Edward Cullen and Jasper Hale - Twilight

Another Cullen bros. moment. We see Jasper's back story in Eclipse, but we don't get to see Edward and his brother's relationship much here either. However, in fanfics, there are a lot of stories that expand on their brotherhood, which is very touching. 

3. Alec Lightwood and Jace Wayland - Shadowhunters/Mortal Instruments

Alec and Jace have a very.....interesting relationship! They went from friends to parabatai to brothers very quickly. A lot of people seem to forget that Alec was once in love with Jace for years! Until he realized he was gay, he did everything in his power to shove his feelings for Jace. I think that love for Jace made their relationship even stronger because his actions brought Jace closer to him as family. 

2. Alec and Max Lightwood- Shadowhunters/Mortal Instruments

Moment of silence for Max, please.

Max was the baby of the Lightwood family, and he'd always shadowed both Jace and Alec as being the best. He'd wanted to be just like them. Especially Alec, because he was his big brother. 

1. Harry Potter and Ron Weasley - Harry Potter

Need I say more?! The best wizard power duo in the history of Hogwarts!! They've had their jealous moments (especially Ron) but they always come back to each other and love each other. 

No pictures this week. I still have to do this week's T5W, amongst other things. But I hope this one is still good! 

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

#BookBloggerHop September 1-7: What's the Bloggiesta?




About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 
 This week's question submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews:

Do you participate in The Bloggiesta?

I've never heard of this event before today, but during other bloggers' posts, I looked up what it was, and it sounds like a BookCon for book bloggers. Sounds like a good time! When does it start?

I ask this question back to you guys. Have you heard of Bloggiesta? Have you participated before? Comment below! 


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