Kiss, Marry, Kill – Book Characters Tag

I was tagged by the AWESOME Orangutan Librarian.


The issue here is, I only picked characters I liked (and male characters) so this is inherently going to be difficult.


Round One

Jem Carstairs (The Infernal Devices)

Zach Goode (Gallagher Girls Series)

Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

Marry – Jem (how can you not?)

Kiss – Zach (how can you not?)

Kill – Percy (sorry Percy…but it’d for the best, he’d probably survive – and this way Annabeth won’t kill me)


Round Two

Noah (The Raven Cycle)

Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter)

Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices)

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Marry – Will (sorry Tessa)

Kiss – Neville

Kill – Noah (its not like it’ll hurt him.)


Round Three

Kaz (Six of Crows)

Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter)

Seth Clearwater (Twilight Saga)

Marry – Seth (he was my first book crush…yes ten-year-old me liked Seth Clearwater more than either Jacob or Edward)

Kiss – Kaz (- because duh)

Kill- Draco (sorry Draco…)


I’m too lazy to tag anyone right now.

So anyone who wants to can do this!

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Movie Review: Infinity War Part 1

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About Infinity War:

Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
Release date: April 27, 2018 

Before Watching You Must Watch:

Pretty much everything in the MCU but most important are:

  • The Avengers
  • Age of Ultron
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Dr. Strange
  • Spider-Man Homecoming
  • Black Panther

Non-Spoiler Review:

The movie was good, but could have been better. I feel like it lacked a lot of emotion though the middle in favor of cool effects and action.

It was a solid movie, but I hope part 2 is better.


SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS


Spoiler Review:

  • I seriously thought Loki was going to come back. He deserved a better death.
  • Tony and Cap need to get over themselves.
  • Gamora’s death was the only one given the emotion it deserved, and the only one relevant to the plot.
  • DAMMIT PETER YOU MADE ME CRY I SAID I WOULDN’T.
  • Star Lord pissed me off so much.
  • TONY IS ALONE WITH NEBULA ON THAT PLANET OH MY….
  • AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
  • Thanos Will Return – Really?????????
  • Captain Marvel save us.

Some Thoughts and Theories for Part 2:

  • Hawkeye and Ant-Man will be integral to part 2.
  • I need them to bring the dusted people back.
  • Either Cap or Tony or both are going to die permanently.

PolandBannanasBooks

has a great review you should check out too:

 

 


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Trailer Talk (And Speculation): Crimes of Grindelwald

Magizoologist Newt Scamander joins forces with young Albus Dumbledore to prevent the devious Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.
Release date: November 16, 2018 (USA)
Director: David Yates
Screenplay: J. K. Rowling
Film series: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Before We Start:

  • As much as I want to watch this movie, I don’t think I’m going to see it in theaters.
  • I don’t want to support Jonny Depp’s role in the movie, nor JK Rowling QueerBaiting and representation issues (The whole “yes Dumbledore is gay but no his and Grindelwald’s relationship will not be shown in the movie.”)

Thoughts While Watching The Trailer:

  • HOGWARTS!
  • BB NEWT!
  • Newt’s fear is very on brand.
  • Deluminator!
  • Those cat things are creepy.
  • “I can’t move against Grindelwald” BECAUSE YOU”RE IN LOVE OR SOMETHING.
  • CREDENCE!!!!!!!!!
  • Deathly Hallows!
  • Flamel?!?!?!?!?!
  • It looks so good I’m so angry onny Depp is in it!!!!

 

 

(10 Of) My Favorite Comic Writers/Creators

1 – Stan Lee

Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber, December 28, 1922) is an American comic-book writer, editor, film executive producer, actor, and publisher. He was formerly editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later its publisher and chairman before leaving the company to become its chairman emeritus, as well as a member of the editorial board.

  • In collaboration with several artists, including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created fictional characters including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, and, with the addition of co-writer Larry Lieber, the characters Ant-Man, Iron Man and Thor.
  • In addition, he challenged the comics industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to it updating its policies.
  • Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Just Imagine Stan Lee creating:
    • Batman (with Joe Kubert) (2001)
    • Robin (with John Byrne) (2001)
    • Secret Files and Origins (2002)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #1–100, 105–110, 116–118, 200, Annual #1–5, 18 (1962–84); (backup stories): #634–645 (2010–11)
  • Avengers #1–35 (1963–66)
  • Captain America #100–141 (1968–71) (continues from Tales of Suspense #99)
  • Journey into Mystery (Thor) plotter #83–96 (1962–63), writer #97–125, Annual #1 (1963–66) (continues to Thor #126)
  • Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1–28, Annual #1 (1963–66)
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10 (1990)
  • The X-Men #1–19 (1963–66)

2 – Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg; August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was an American comic book artist, writer, and editor, widely regarded as one of the medium’s major innovators and one of its most prolific and influential creators.

  • In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics.
  • During the 1940s, Kirby, regularly teamed with Simon, creating numerous characters for that company and for National Comics Publications, later to become DC Comics.
  • In the 1960s, Kirby and writer-editor Stan Lee co-created many of the company’s major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk.
  • The Lee–Kirby titles garnered high sales and critical acclaim, but in 1970, feeling he had been treated unfairly, largely in the realm of authorship credit and creators’ rights, Kirby left the company for rival DC.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Avengers #1–8 (1963–65)
  • Black Panther #1–12 (1977–78)
  • Captain America #100–109, 112 (1968–69); #193–214, Annual #3–4 (1976–77)
  • Journey into Mystery #51–52, 54–82 (1959–62); (Thor): #83–89, 93, 97–125, Annual #1 (1962–66)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey #1–10 (1976–77)
  • X-Men #1–11 (1963–65)

3 – Steve Ditko

Stephen J. Ditko (November 2, 1927 – June 29, 2018) was an American comics artist and writer best known as the artist and co-creator, with Stan Lee, of the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

Ditko studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonist and Illustrators School in New York City. He began his professional career in 1953, working in the studio of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, beginning as an inker and coming under the influence of artist Mort Meskin.

In 1966, after being the exclusive artist on The Amazing Spider-Man and the “Doctor Strange” feature in Strange Tales, Ditko left Marvel for reasons he never specified.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Journey into Mystery #33, 38, 50–96 (1956–63)
  • The Incredible Hulk #2 (inking Jack Kirby), #6 (1962–63)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #1–38, Annual #1–2 (1963–66)
  • The Avengers Annual #13, 15 (1984–86)
  • Marvel Super-Heroes vol. 2 #8 (debut Squirrel Girl) (1992)
  • World’s Finest Comics #249–255 (script and art, Creeper series) (1978–79)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2 #267, 268, 272, 274, 276, 281 (1980–81)

4 – Peter David

Peter Allen David (born September 23, 1956) often abbreviated PAD, is an American writer of comic books, novels, television, films and video games. His notable comic book work includes an award-winning 12-year run on The Incredible Hulk, as well as runs on AquamanYoung JusticeSupergirlFallen AngelSpider-Man 2099 and X-Factor.

His Star Trek work includes both comic books and novels such as Imzadi, and co-creating the New Frontier series. His other novels include film adaptations, media tie-ins, and original works, such as the Apropos of Nothing and Knight Life series. His television work includes series such as Babylon 5Young JusticeBen 10: Alien Force and Nickelodeon’s Space Cases, which he co-created with Bill Mumy.

David often jokingly describes his occupation as “Writer of Stuff”, and is noted for his prolific writing, characterized by its mingling of real-world issues with humor and references to popular culture, as well as elements of metafiction and self-reference.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • The Incredible Hulk, Del Rey, 2008.
  • Spider-Man, Del Rey, 2002.
  • Spider-Man 2, Del Rey, 2004.
  • Spider-Man 3, Del Rey, 2007.
  • Iron Man, Del Rey, 2008.
  • DC vs. Marvel Comics (with Ron Marz, Dan Jurgens, Claudio Castellini), DC Comics, 1996.
  • Captain Marvel Vol. 4 #1–35, 0 (1999-2002)
  • Captain Marvel Vol. 5 #1–25 (2002-2004)
  • “One Fateful Knight” in the anthology Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership, Big Finish Productions, 2008.
  • Future Imperfect (with George Pérez), Marvel Comics, 1994. Collects Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1–2 (1992).
  • Ghost of the Past (with Dale Keown), Marvel Comics, 1997. Collects Incredible Hulk #397–400 (1992).
  • Tempest Fugit (with Lee Weeks), Marvel Comics, 2005. Collects Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #77–82 (2005).
  • Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1–2 (1992)
  • Incredible Hulk: The End #1 (2002)
  • Future Imperfect: Warzones! #1-5 (2015)
  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #103, 105-110, 112-113, 115-119, 121-123, 128-129
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #5–6
  • Spider-Man 2099 #1–44 (1993–1996)
    • Spider-Man 2099 Annual #1
    • Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man #1
  • Spider-Man Family Featuring Spider-Clan #1
  • Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 2 #1–12 (2014–2015)
  • Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #1-25 (2015–2017)
  • Secret Wars 2099 #1-5 (2015)
  • Many Happy Returns (written with Ed Benes), DC Comics, 2003.
  • X-Factor #55, 70–89
    • X-Factor Annual #6–8
  • MadroX: Multiple Choice (with Pablo Raimondi), Marvel Comics, 2005.
  • All-New X-Factor #1–20 (2014–2015)
  • Young Justice #1–7, 9–21, 23–55, & 1,000,000 DC Comics, 1998–2003.
  • Young Justice: A League of Their Own (with Todd Nauck), DC Comics, 2000.
  • The Trial of James T. Kirk (Star Trek Comics Classics trade paperback, reprint of DC Comics issues, with James W. Fry and Gordon Purcell), Titan Books, 2006.
  • Worf’s First Adventure, Simon & Schuster, 1993.
  • Line of Fire, Simon & Schuster, 1993.
  • Starfleet Academy—Survival, Simon & Schuster, 1994.
  • House of Cards, Pocket Books, 1997.
  • Into the Void, Pocket Books, 1997.
  • The Two Front War, Pocket Books, 1997.
  • End Game, Pocket Books, 1997.
  • Martyr, Pocket Books, 1998.
  • Fire on High, Pocket Books, 1998.
  • Star Trek: New Frontier (collection), Pocket Books, 1998.
  • The Quiet Place, Pocket Books, 1999.
  • Dark Allies, Pocket Books, 1999.
  • Double Time (graphic novel), DC Comics, 2000.
  • Excalibur, Book 1: Requiem, Pocket Books, 2000.
  • Excalibur, Book 2: Renaissance, Pocket Books, 2000.
  • Excalibur, Book 3: Restoration, Pocket Books, 2001.
  • Being Human, Pocket Books, 2001.
  • Gods Above, Pocket Books, 2003.
  • Stone and Anvil, Pocket Books, 2004.
  • After the Fall, Pocket Books, 2004.
  • Missing in Action, Pocket Books, 2006.
  • Treason, Pocket Books, 2009.
  • Blind Man’s Bluff, Gallery Books, 2011.
  • The Returned: Part 1, Pocket Books, 2015.
  • The Returned: Part 2, Pocket Books, 2015.
  • The Returned: Part 3, Pocket Books, 2015.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty (co-author, autobiography of James Doohan), 1996.
  • They Keep Killing Glenn 2018

5 – Ed Brubaker

Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an American comic book writer and cartoonist. Brubaker’s first early comics work was primarily in the crime fiction genre with works such as LowlifeThe FallSandman Presents: Dead Boy Detectives and Scene of the Crime. He later became known for writing superhero comics such as BatmanDaredevilCaptain AmericaCatwomanUncanny X-Men, and The Authority. He has won an Eisner Award on six separate occasions.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Batman: Gotham Knights
  • Batman: Gotham Noir
  • Batman: The Man Who Laughs
  • Captain America and Bucky #620–628
  • Captain America: Who Will Wield the Shield?
  • What If Aunt May Had Died Instead of Uncle Ben? #1
  • Winter Solider

6 – Frank Miller

Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American comic book writer, novelist, inker, screenwriter, film director, and producer best known for his comic book stories and graphic novels such as RoninDaredevil: Born AgainThe Dark Knight ReturnsSin City, and 300.

He created the comic book characters Elektra for Marvel Comics’ Daredevil series, and a female version of the Robin character, Carrie Kelley, for DC Comics.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Batman: Year One (hc, 144 pages, 2005,
  • Batman #404–407 (w, with David Mazzucchelli, 1987)
    • All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder #1–10 (w, with Jim Lee, 2005–2008)
      • Issues #1–9 collected as Volume 1 (hc, 240 pages, 2008, 1; tpb, 2009)
  • Superman and Batman: World’s Funnest: “Last Imp Standing!” (a, with Evan Dorkin, among other artists, one-shot, 2000)
  • The Complete Frank Miller Spider-Man (hc, 208 pages, 2002)
    • The Spectacular Spider-Man #27–28 (a, with Bill Mantlo, 1979)
    • The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #14–15 (a, with Dennis O’Neil, 1980–1981)
    • Marvel Team-Up
  • Daredevil:
    • Daredevil by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson Omnibus (hc, 840 pages, 2007
    • Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #1–5 (w, with John Romita Jr., 1993)
  • What If? #34: “What If Daredevil Were Deaf Instead of Blind?” (w/a, 1982)

7 – Neil Gaiman

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (born Neil Richard Gaiman, 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. His works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels StardustAmerican GodsCoraline, and The Graveyard Book

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? (hc, 128 pages, 2009
    • Secret Origins:
  • The Sandman:
    • Death: The High Cost of Living #1–3 (with Chris Bachalo, 1993)
    • The Sandman: Overture (with J. H. Williams III, #1-6, 2013-2015) collected as The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition (hc, 224 pages, 2015
  • The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch: A Romance (with Dave McKean, graphic novel, hc, 96 pages, 1994

8 – Brian Michael Bendis

Brian Michael Bendis (born August 18, 1967) is an American comic book writer and artist. 

  • With Bill Jemas and Mark Millar, Bendis was the primary architect of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, launching Ultimate Spider-Man in 2000.
  • He relaunched the Avengers franchise with New Avengers in 2004, and has also written the Marvel “event” storylines “Secret War” (2004–2005), “House of M” (2005), “Secret Invasion” (2008), “Siege” (2010) and “Age of Ultron” (2013).

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • “The Murdock Papers” (with Alex Maleev, in #76–81, 2005–2006)
  • What If… Karen Page Had Lived? (with Michael Lark, one-shot, 2005) collected in What If… Why Not? (tpb, 152 pages, 2005,
    • The Secret Origins of Jessica Jones (tpb, 176 pages, 2004,
    • What If… Why Not? (tpb, 152 pages, 2005 includes:
      • What If… Jessica Jones Had Joined the Avengers? (with Michael Gaydos, one-shot, 2005)
  • Secret War (5-issue limited series, with Gabriele Dell’Otto, February 2004 – October 2005, collected in Secret War, hc, 256 pages, 2006; tpb, 2009
  • House of M (8-issue limited series, with Olivier Coipel, June–October 2005, collected in House of M, tpb, 224 pages, 2006, hc, 312 pages, 2008
  • Stan Lee Meets Dr. Strange (with Mark Bagley, one-shot, 2006) collected in Stan Lee Meets… (hc, 240 pages, 2007
  • Secret Invasion (8-issue limited series with Leinil Francis Yu, April–November 2008, collected in Secret Invasion, tpb, 248 pages, 2009
  • Avengers Vs. X-Men #0–1, #8, #11 (with Jason Aaron, Frank Cho, John Romita Jr., Adam Kubert and Olivier Coipel, March–September 2012, collected in Avengers vs. X-Men, hc, 568 pges, 2012,
  • AVX: VS #6, “Verbal Abuse” (with Jim Mahfood, October 2012, collected in Avengers vs. X-Men: VS, tpb, 160 pages, 2013,
  • Age of Ultron (10-issue limited series, with Bryan Hitch, Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco, March–June 2013, collected in Age of Ultron, tpb, 288 pages, 2014
      • Guardians of the Galaxy/All-New X-Men: The Trial of Jean Grey, #11–13 (hc, 144 pages, 2014,
    • Invincible Iron Man vol. 2 #1–14 (with David Marquez and Mike Deodato Jr., October 2015 – October 2016)
      • Volume 1: Reboot, #1–5 (hc, 136 pages, 2016
      • Volume 2: The War Machines, #6–11 (hc, 136 pages, 2016,
      • Volume 3: Civil War, #12–14 (hc, 136 pages, 2017
  • Civil War II #0–8 (with Olivier Coipel and David Marquez, May 2016 – December 2016)
  • Batman Chronicles #21: “Citizen Wayne” (with Michael Gaydos, 2000) collected in Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Volume 2 (tpb, 208 pages, 2007

9 – Brian K. Vaughan

Brian Keller Vaughan (born July 17, 1976) is an American comic book and television writer, best known for the comic book series Y: The Last ManEx MachinaRunawaysPride of BaghdadSaga, and, most recently, Paper Girls.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Runaways:
      • “Breaking Into Comics The Marvel Way”
      • “What if the Runaways became the Young Avengers”
    • Runaways Omnibus (with Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa, Mike Norton, and Skottie Young, hc, 1072 pages, 2018,
  • Batman: False Faces (hc, 160 pages, 2008, tpb, 2009
  • The Titans #14: “Chain of Command” (with Devin Grayson and Cully Hamner, 2000)
  • Young Justice (with Scott Kolins):
    • Sins of Youth (tpb, 320 pages, 2000
      • “Coming of Age” (in Sins of Youth: Wonder Girls, one-shot, 2000)
    • “Other Interests” (in #22, 2000)
  • The DC Universe (TPB, 248 pages, 2018
    • The Titans #14: “Chain of Command” (with Devin Grayson and Cully Hamner, 2000)
    • Sins of Youth: Wonder Girls, one-shot, 2000)
    • Young Justice #22 “Other Interests”

10 – Alan Moore

Alan Moore (born 18 November 1953) is an English writer known primarily for his work in comic books including WatchmenV for VendettaThe Ballad of Halo Jones and From Hell.

  • Frequently described as the best graphic novel writer in history, he has been widely recognized by his peers and by critics. 
  • He worked on major characters such as Batman (Batman: The Killing Joke) and Superman (Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?), substantially developed the character Swamp Thing, and penned original titles such as Watchmen.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Superman Annual #11: “For the Man Who Has Everything” (with Dave Gibbons, 1985
  • Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?:
    • In 2009, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? was reprinted in a Deluxe Edition HC, which also contains “For the Man Who Has Everything” and “The Jungle Line”.
  • Batman: The Killing Joke (with Brian Bolland, one-shot, 1988)
  • Watchmen #1–12 (with Dave Gibbons, 1986–1987) collected as tpb, 334 pages, 1987,; hc, 464 pages, 2005
  • V for Vendetta #1–10 (with David Lloyd, 1988–1989) collected as tpb, 288 pages, 1995; hc, 396 pages, 2009

Blogger Recognition Award #4

I was tagged by Andrea’s Nirvana. Thank you so much!


 Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

Blogger Recognition Award

The Blogger Recognition Award #2

The Blogger Recognition Award #3

I’ve done this three times already, so in the interest of your time and mine, I am condensing all my previous iterations here.


How my blog (originally) started:

V 1 –

Its really not that exciting of a story.  Last year over christmas break I was bored, and my cousin had a blog that she never used and I guessed I wanted to prove I could be better at it then she was or something like that, I don’t really remember. So, I started a book blog. I also started a youtube channel but my computer is so old that Imovie doesn’t work so that was put on hold. I’m getting a new computer this summer so, maybe I’ll start that up again.

 V 2 –

My blog started because I wanted to one up my cousin.

You see, my aunt does PR and encouraged my cousin to start a blog since she gets dragged to a lot of events my aunt organizes/attends.

So, I had to start a blog too.

I choose to start a book blog because I love reading, but not many of my friends read the same books, at the same speed, that I did, so I couldn’t really talk to anyone but my best friend (who reads SO SLOWLY…Sorry LOVE YOU ANA BUT ITS TRUE). So, book blog it was.

And since I liked it, I just kept doing it. Even when my cousin lost interest. I enjoyed it, and I continued, even if it took a couple mo the for me to get in the swing of things (re: a year) and I still fall off the face of the Earth every once in a while.

 V 3 –

Back in 2015, my younger cousin started a blog, at her mom’s insistence (my aunt does PR). Being two years apart, me and my cousin are competitive like sisters – so of course, I started one.

I blogged for maybe a month, before she got bored of it, as did I.

Flash foreword to the end of 2016, I decide I want to blog again. So I did. And i’ve been going strong(-ish) ever since!


Advice:

  1. Have fun. Do this for yourself not anyone else. Write what you want not what you think others want. If it isn’t fun, there is no point in doing it. And don’t stress if it isn’t perfect, this isn’t school.
  2. Make friends. Interact with people. Number one way to get followers and comment? Comment and follow other blogs. So what you like and dislike about other people’s blogs, and work to make yours better. You can’t have a good blog without reading good blogs. Be part of the community don’t just shout into the void.
  3. Make friends. Make connections. Talk to people. Comment, respond, like. You can’t blog in a vacuum. And its more fun with friends. If your worried about bothering someone, or that someone has too many followers to talk to you, DON’T BE. We all blog to talk to people about books, so talk. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation.
  4. If you say you’re going to do something: Do it.

    Review the books you say you’ll review. Post what and when you say you will.

    It doesn’t matter if you out once a day or once a month, but stay true to your word.

    Readers don’t want to stick around for a liar or a flake.

    (This is something I need to follow as well, I’m terrible at consistency, but at least I own up to that.)

  5. Just do it. Waiting until “you’re good enough” or until everything is perfect just means you’re never going to start. Start your blog, learn as you go, talk to people. Eventually, you learn, you get better, your blog grows and changing with you, but that can’t happen if you never start.
  6. Talk to people. Comment on discussions. Tag people in tags and posts. Talk a conversation on twitter. I promise, 99.9% of the time, people are amazingly nice and will love to talk and make new friends. Ask for help. Request books. Nothing ever happens when your too scared to try. If you want to be a part of the community, be a part. Simple as that.

I’m not going to nominate people because this is my fourth time doing this.

Awesome Author Essays (Mostly Neil Gaiman)

“Once More to the Lake” – E.B. White

“Here Is a Lesson in Creative Writing” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Notes of a Native Son” – James Baldwin

 “The Invisible Made Visible” – David Rakoff

“The Death of a Moth” – Virginia Woolf

“Shooting an Elephant” — George Orwell

“The Braindead Megaphone” – George Saunders


Gaiman Essays:

The Bride of Frankenstein 

Terry Pratchett: An Appreciation

Neil Gaiman on Dave McKean by Neil Gaiman

All Books Have Genders by Neil Gaiman (February, 2001)

How Dare You by Neil Gaiman (March, 2001)

SIMCITY by Neil Gaiman

Where do you get your ideas? by Neil Gaiman (1997)

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett at EosCon IV, 2001

“Some Strangeness in the Proportion: The Exquisite Beauties of Edgar Allan Poe.”

 

Terry Pratchett: An Appreciation

Available at Gaiman’s site
Posted May 2004

An Introduction to Jonathan Carroll

Available at Carroll’s site 

The Myth of Superman

Available at Wired Magazine
Published June 2006 (with Adam Rogers)

Happily Ever After

Available at The Guardian
Published November 2007

Julius Schwartz Lecture at MIT

Available at Open Transcripts
Lecture given in May 2008; watch the video here.

A Nobody’s Guide to the Oscars

Available at The Guardian
Published March 2010

A Man Who Won’t Forget Ray Bradbury

Available at The Guardian
Published June 2012

Make Good Art

Available at The University of the Arts
Keynote address given to The University of the Arts Class of 2012

On Lou Reed

Available at The Guardian
Published October 2013

The Reading Agency Lecture 2013

Available at The Reading Agency
Lecture given October 2013

Let’s Talk About Genre: Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro in Conversation

Available at The New Statesman
Published May 2015

Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant

Available at The New York Times
Published March 2015

Why I Love Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Available at The Guardian
Published May 2015

My Favorite Author Blogs/Websites

Cassandra Clare

  • Awesome website – appearances updated, signed preorders, extras and deleted scenes etc.

Dahlia Adler

  • Awesome blog – great advice for writers, aspiring and published.

Neil Gaiman

  • Awesome blog and some great personal essays.

John Scalzi

  • Hilarious author blog.

Chuck Wendig

  • Another hilarious author blog.

Wil Wheaton

  • A super fun author blog.

Peter David

  • Great information on all his works.

 

Netgalley Review: The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions

The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions

A Flowchart Book

by Tess Koman

Book Blogger Hop: August 31st

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, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

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.


August 31st – September 6th – Do you have a YouTube channel? If so, do you post book review vlogs? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)


I actually started doing Booktube about a month and a half ago!

As I’m writing this, I haven’t done any review vlogs, but I am planning on it!

 

And if you want a laugh, my first failed attempt at Booktube back in 2015:

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In School

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


August 26: Back to School/Learning Freebie (in honor of school starting back up soon, come up with your own topic that fits the theme of school or learning! Books that take place at school/boarding school/during study abroad, books you read in school, textbooks you liked/didn’t like, non-fiction books you loved or want to read, etc.)


Middle School

I don’t remember much of what we read in middle school, but these are the ones that stand out in my memory.

The View From Saturday

We read The View from Saturday in 6th grade. I don’t remember much of the book, but I remember loving it and reading ahead of the reading schedule of the class.

Lord of the Flies

We read this one in 7th grade and I hated it so very very much.

Here’s an assignment I did for it: Throwback Thursday: Seventh Grade Deserted Island Story

Much Ado About Nothing

This one was a lot of fun, we read it in 8th grade if I’m remembering correctly.

Throwback Thursday: Much Ado About Nothing Act 3 Scene 4 – 2014 – Valley Girl Rewrite

Flipped

This was a summer reading book for two years in a row. It was fine, but not my favorite.

Hoot

Also a summer reading book, the summer before 6th I think, so you could count it with elementary school (like Espananza Rising – I read them back to back, one for 5th and one for 6th). This one takes places in Florida. Its cute, but I like the movie better.


9th Grade

We did a lot in 9th, especially because we changed teachers a month into the school year.

Romeo and Juliet

Its a classic, but reading this in a class of 15 year olds is very annoying. We did the No Fear Shakespeare version and it felt like we were being talked down to. Also, we watched the Romeo + Juliet movie twice and its terrible.

Raisin in the Sun

I know people adore this play, but I HATED it. Maybe its because I read it in class having to do discussion questions every scene but it was so boring.

The Hobbit

I mean, this one was great.

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade The Hobbit “Sting” Essay

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade The Hobbit Movies vs Book Essay

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade-The Hobbit-“Gandalf’s Journal”

The House on Mango Street

This book was really depressing, it was good, but 15 year old me couldn’t handle the depressing-ness along with all the assignments for it.

The Count of Monte Cristo

This was our summer reading. I hated it so much, its the only school required book I willfully did not finish.


10th Grade

We did quite a lot in 10th grade.

Outliers

This was our summer reading and its so boring. It was pretty interesting in some places, but he continued to repeat the same point over and over and I got bored with it. I did finish, but only cause I had to.

Antigone

Antigone is a good read in a classroom setting.

V for Vendetta

I LOVED V for Vendetta, I actually have a signed copy.

Throwback Thursday: V for Vendetta Final Five Page Essay

Throwback Thursday: 10th grade Symbolism in V for Vendetta

Throwback Thursday: 10th grade X for Vendetta Speech

Night

This is a nonfiction account of a man living through the Holocaust and it was so good and about half the class cried when we found out it was an autobiography not historical fiction.

Anthem

I hate this book with every fiber of my being. I hate Ayn Rand.

Taming of the Shrew

This was a lot of fun to read as a class. Everyone read a different character. I read a part at one point of a servant who got slapped and the boy that was meant to “slap” me was such a chicken about it I had to fake slap him so we could continue the scene.


11th Grade

On Writing

Stephen King’s memoir – this was a summer reading book for us.

Book Review: On Writing

Thank You For Arguing

The other summer reading book. Nonfiction, kinda interesting in parts but ultimately boring, with a lot of references that were super outdated (like senators of the 1980s and an obsession with Animal House).

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing


12th Grade

Oedipus Rex

This was a fun read. I like Greek mythology and stuff.

Pride and Prejudice

Major Works – AP Lit Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Major Works – AP Lit Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Frankenstein

Major Works – AP Lit Review: Frankenstein

Hamlet

AP Lit Review: Hamlet

1984

Major Works Data Sheet – 1984

The Importance of Being Ernest

Major Works Data Sheet – The Importance of Being Earnest

The Death of Ivan Illych

Major Works AP Review: The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

The Metamorphosis

Major Works Data Sheet – The Metamorphosis


College

I had two summer reading books before my freshman year.

Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human

Color and Character

Its July 2nd as I write this, so I don’t have much to say yet.