Wednesday, July 27, 2016

#T5W Top 5 Wednesdays (July 27): Most Unlikable Characters


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 characters I love to hate!

July 27th: Most Unlikable Characters
-- NOT VILLAINS! These are protagonists or side characters that are unlikable! (These should lean more towards characters who aren't intentionally unlikeable. Not villains, or mean girl/guys, etc.)


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5. Under My Skin by Laura Diamond

I'm currently reading this now, and finding both Adam and Darby's parents so insufferable towards their children, but for different reasons. Adam's mother is especially afraid for him to get anything for himself because he has a bad heart. And even after he gets a heart transplant for a better one, his parents still won't leave him alone. He needs to become his own person without his parents hounding over him. As for Darby's parents, they just don't seem to know what to do with her. They want to help but when Darby tries to open up, they shut her down. For parents who claim they're their for their children, they don't act like it.

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4. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I couldn't get through to Sophie Ironwood. She's supposed to be an ally to protagonists Etta and Nicholas, but I found her to be very whiney, arrogant and rude. Etta was the same way too, a little bit, but at least you can root for her on her journey. With Sophie, I just wanted to read past whatever annoying thing she had to say. No wonder I only read half of the book...

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3. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Rosie got on my nerves in this story, to the point where I just stopped reading the book. She didn't realize that her best friend was in love with her, left school, got pregnant by some dude at her senior prom, resented having her daughter, and a whole bunch of stuff. I just didn't like her at all. 

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2. Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour

As much as I loved all the characters in this book, I really didn't like the team leader, James. At first, he seemed like this all-knowing leader, but what kind of leader tells their newest teammate next to nothing when she enters a new world? A world she's always been in, but just never knew it? What kind of leader tells her to hide the majority of their powers if they're meant to save the world from these Electric demons called Eklyptors? 

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1. Closed Set by Julia Harlow

Words cannot explain how much the main characters, Cassandra and Christopher, pissed me off. Cassandra tries to stay professional in their working relationship, but it doesn't last long. 20% into the book, and they're already in love and f*cking all over the place, declaring their love for each other. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE love and the way it does to characters, but when you've barely met the person and you're already head over heels and fcking, something's a bit off there. 

First of all, I have a problem with Christopher and his always-jealous attitiude towards Cassandra and other men. Even when she looks at another man, not even in a romantic sort of way, more conversational, Christopher gets so angry and dominated and they get into a fight and break it off. But then he comes crawling back to her in need and desperation for her to forgive him. I personally think Chris is a weak character overall.

That leads me into Cassandra's character. Hers is even more of a downward slope because I was so down with her staying professional and cordial towards Chris in the beginning, but as soon as they started f*cking, she immediately deserts her best friend, her business, and her goals to run her own business. It's not only until Chris breaks up with her the third time that she remembers that she wants to go back home to start her own studio. Like GIRL are you serious!? Ugh...

I could go on and on, but I'll stop there. 

What are some of your most unlikable characters? Let me know in the comments below.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY #10: Life/Art Lessons After Reading


Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme: Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them (inspired by my post wayyy back in 2012 that I did on a TTT freebie week and have so wanting to revisit. *hides because of the hideous graphics...I was just learning*) 


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6. How to Be Cool by Annie Carr

This book taught me a little about cerebral palsy, from Ethan's perspective. I had heard of the term before reading the book, but reading Ethan's struggles with the disease made me sympathise heavily with him. It made me feel badly, but also was inspiring that he would not lose himself to his disease. He wasn't supposed to live past 5 years old, and now here he was, meeting his then-girlfriend Laura, falling in love, and being so close to someone who too was different. His disease didn't make him want to die, it only made him stronger. 

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5. Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour

This novel taught me all about the technology behind some of the best hackers in Seattle. Even though it was a fictional world with fictional characters, it still made me curious as to how hackers got away with so much, leaving the government clueless. 

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4. Books, Blogs and Reality by Ryan Ringbloom

This book taught me how other women feel on and offline in their daily lives. It also showed me that I wasn't alone in projecting a character onto the Internet world, a character that was more outrageous than my own at home. Additionally, this book taught me that friendships can happen anywhere at any time, even on the Internet. 

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3. Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

This book taught me more about science and history more than I ever learned in school!! I never knew what the Schrodinger's Consortium was; I had to look that up while reading. That was great and expected, because with a book based on geek culture and science fiction, it was interesting to learn a new term.

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2. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

I knew a lot about Alzheimer's Disease from my experience of watching my beloved grandfather suffer with it (RIP, Grandpa). But I didn't know the science behind how people lost their memories bit by bit, every moment of their lives being ripped away by something they can't control. I read up more on the disease, and it's truly devastating seeing so many families being torn apart. I just hope there is a cure soon. 

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1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I knew about cancer from my aunt Norma's death in 2011, but I didn't know there were types like Stage 4 Thyroid cancer with metastasis forming in her lungs. I didn't know there was an experimental trial drug called called Phalanxifor (which sadly does not exist outside of the book). I didn't even know what osteosarcoma was, which is a bone cancer. Even with all of the technical terms in the book, I'm glad that I read it and got to know more about another disease that strongly needs a cure. 

**Note: I only named six books this week because those were all I knew in my Goodreads list. 

What are some books that taught you more after you've read them? Leave comments below. 



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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#T5W (July 20): Most Recent Additions to My Wishlist


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 added to my wishlist. I had to narrow it down to 5 because my TBR has gotten mighty long!

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5. Eclipse the Flame by Ingrid Seymour

Finally the sequel to Ignite the Shadows is coming next month!! I'm so excited!! I can't wait to read more of Marci's story. 

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4. This is Me by C.E. Wilson

I'm doing a book tour for this novel soon, so be on the lookout for that. But in the meantime, I can't wait to hear more about the thought of loving robot intelligence in a romantic way.

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3. Fake Boobs by Ryan Ringbloom

Ryan Ringbloom sent me this book (and her other latest Hooker Heels) as a gift for talking so much about her first book, Books, Blogs and Reality, on Instagram. So it's only suitable that I return the favor and check out more of her other books. I shouldn't have read some of Fake Boobs' reviews because now I can't stop crying! 

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2. Talking as Fast as I Can: 
From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
by Lauren Graham

Another book "written" by a celebrity, but I'm such a huge fan of Gilmore Girls, that I had to add this to my wishlist. I can't wait to read more about the behind-the-scenes of the show, plus Lauren's life in between. 

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1. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

I've only heard of Rainbow from all of the other booktubers and bloggers who have read her books, and her from her amazing Tweets. I've never read her books, though I've really wanted to. I got this book from Nicole at BlackBeakBooks' giveaway last month, and I can't wait to read it. Thanks again, Nicole! 

What's your T5W list this week? Leave comments below.


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

#T5W Top 5 Wednesday (July 13): Much-Needed Sequels


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 books that need sequels:

Standalones that you wish had a sequel or the last book in the series that you wish wasn't the last.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY #9: Ten Facts About Me


Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme: Ten Facts About Me (bookish or just general about you facts or ten facts about you as a blogger...whatever you want)



10. I'm a nerd!!


I'm a huge, epic, strange weirdo of a nerd! I love being geeky and trippy, about all things (except superheroes, not a big fan of those.) I love fantasy books, YA-lit books, romance, adventure, and more! 



9. My favorite band is Paramore


I have another blog called Paramore RK Life, which focuses on the daily workings of my favorite pop-punk rock band, Paramore, and actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. But back to Paramore, lead singer Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York, are my favorite band of all time! I've loved them since 2007 and can't wait for their new album. If you like/love them too, go check out my site for more updates.



8. I'm Jamaican-American.


I have a huge Jamaican family, all the way back to my great-grandparents. It's a shame we only get together for holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, graduation and such. It's not that we don't love each other, we do very much. But we're all so busy that we get together for the big events. But whenever we get together we have a party!! :D 



7. I love to write.


I've had the writing bug since I was 4 years old, and it's never really stopped. Sure, I've had times when I was tired or felt uninspired or lazy, but I've always found the time to slide in more work for myself. I've never actually let go of writing as a whole, and I don't think I want to. Hopefully after college, I'll do something or take this somewhere further. 



6. I'm an introvert.


I'm shy, awkward, introverted, again trippy and weird. I hardly ever go out, have a couple friends, and I know that sounds really sad, but that's just who I am. I don't smoke, drink or do any of the hardcore stuff. I spend most of my time alone, but I like to have fun in my own way. 



5. I love Twitter!! And basically all social media.


If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, you should know how much of a social media junkie I am. Especially on my personal Twitter (@dani_pitter), I'm always there talking, ranting, raving, fangirling about something or someone or some event no one in the real world cares about. I have the most friends there than any other platform, and it's so much fun to interact with everyone. (I do have a life, I swear lol).



4. I graduate next year from college and have no idea what I'm doing with my life.


I just finished my first year at a new college (technically my third year), with a Bachelor's in Communication with a Journalism certificate, and I have no idea what will happen next. I have some idea that I want to do something in media and journalism, but with the competition, and my personality, it's harder to break into if you don't have your own audience with it. So, I could intern somewhere or get a job at a production company, or something! I don't know, I don't know if I'll ever really know, but I'll have fun trying. I won't give up blogging or talking about books though; that's never going to leave my mind. 

I stopped at 4 because I can't think of anymore lol. Story of my life! XD

What are some of your own fun facts? Leave comments below. 


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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

#T5W (July 6): Favorite Books Outside Your Comfort Zone


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 books outside of my comfort zone of romance/contemporary and fantasy.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY #8: Books That Unfairly Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads


Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme: July 5:  Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads (we've done underrated books a bunch of times in the past 6 years but thanks to Lenore at Celebrity Readers for suggesting this topic as a new way to talk about underrated books especially when underrated is subjective. An easy way to find this -- go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren't a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads? Or if that's too hard you can spin it some other way!


Monday, July 4, 2016

INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Finding COURAGE IN PATIENCE with Beth Fehlbaum



As part of the Courage in Patience book tour, I had the pleasure of interviewing author Beth Fehlbaum. See us talk about her new trilogy, Courage, Hope, and Truth in Patience. Also listed below is the official media kit and giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card, as well as a signed copy of The Patience Trilogy! 

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