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Top Ten Tuesdays – Fictional Heroines (and also Amy Poehler)

(Apologies for not posting this yesterday, but I was sick and in no mood to form coherent thoughts)

This week’s Tuesday prompt is one of my favourites – heroines. I’ve talked about the importance of strong characters. How they’re the backbone of any good story. Strong female characters are seriously lacking in many genres, but they get to shine more frequently in literature. Not always, but often. So, when I was putting this post together, I was trying to think about what makes a female character stand out. What makes her memorable to me? What makes someone a heroine? Is it the character who saves the day? Not necessarily. For me, a heroine is a character whose conviction drives them to follow their gut, regardless of if that instinct is wrong. Someone who really lives in their situation – even if their situation sucks.

I love the lit ladies, but there are other media where there are also stand outs. I’ve picked mostly book girls, but a couple have crossover appeal and others are from television. Here are the ladies who are heroines in my books.

Anne

Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables Series) – Oh, Anne. She has owned a piece of my heart since she broke that chalkboard over Gilbert’s head. A boy made fun of her and instead of shying away as a girl is expected to do, she took matters into her own hands. Not condoning her violence, but the feeling behind it. So upset that someone would make fun of her. And her unrelenting desire to find a bosom buddy. For young Anne, friendship trumped romance and that’s not something we see much in books anymore. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday – Book Reader Problems

Every reader has things they need to deal with. The Broke and Bookish ladies certainly know their audience. This week, they’re letting us revel in our neurosis. Sometimes the problems are serious. Sometimes they are humorous. Some are just damn expensive. I could use this post to talk about the fact that I’m in a reading funk and haven’t picked up a book in over a week. Or that I’ve finished a bunch of books and haven’t written a single review. How every time I sit down to write something my entire brain freezes. Instead, I’m just going to focus on the funny. The internet has captured all of these problems so well. I’ve picked images to showcase each problem.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Romantic Tropes

This week’s TTT list was difficult (let’s say that’s why I’m late posting it… yeah, let’s say that)! Mostly, I found it challenging because it’s not my genre. I read stories that have elements of romance, but not romance novels. So, when confronted with the things I love/hate about romance novels, I wasn’t sure where to start. Everything I came up with fit into both categories. There are books that do it well and books that do it terribly. So, eventually I decided that the only option was to do exactly that – tell you the things that stand out in romance novels as good and bad. I’m going to pick the top five things that popped into my head.

Instalove – this is a trope in a lot of romance novels, especially YA romances. Two people see each other for the first time and fall instantly in mad, crazy, foolish, unbelievable love. It’s terrible. And it never feels real. But sometimes, an author is able to make it feel right. They create a build up to the relationship even when the feelings are instantaneous. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday – Hey Book, Why Haven’t I Read You?

This week’s list from the Broke and Bookish is books I can’t believe I haven’t read. I’m going to concentrate on classics. There are way too many of them that I haven’t read, but that makes sense, there are a lot of damn books through history. Now, I’m not necessarily saying these are books I’m desperate to read, just ones I can’t believe I haven’t read – or didn’t have to read at some point over three years of high school and four years of an English degree. How did I get through all of those classes without one of these hitting a reading list? Also, why did I have to read all the crappy books I had to read when there are so many better choices out there.

So, here’s a list of classics I can’t believe I haven’t read.

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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The poverty-stricken Raskolnikov, a talented student, devises a theory about extraordinary men being above the law, since in their brilliance they think “new thoughts” and so contribute to society. He then sets out to prove his theory by murdering a vile, cynical old pawnbroker and her sister. The act brings Raskolnikov into contact with his own buried conscience and with two characters — the deeply religious Sonia, who has endured great suffering, and Porfiry, the intelligent and discerning official who is charged with investigating the murder — both of whom compel Raskolnikov to feel the split in his nature. Continue reading

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We were liars by e. lockhart (@elockhart )

“Tragedy is ugly and tangled, stupid and confusing.”

This book. Oh man. This book! It was not what I expected. So not what I expected. It did me in. It’s fresh and new and yet unbearably familiar. Before I get into what I was expecting from the book, I’m going to address something right up front. If you have any interest in reading this book, just go do it. Go in blind. You shouldn’t know what to expect. Let the story build as you read it. Just ride the wave. I’d noticed in reviews that people weren’t really talking about the book content in their reviews. I didn’t really understand why. They were all saying what I’ve just said – go in blind. I didn’t really understand why so many of them were saying this. Now I do. You just can’t really talk about any part of this book without ruining it for the new reader. Even I won’t talk specifics, and I am an unapologetic spoiler reviewer. I’m not going to do that here. I’m only going to talk about the concepts in the book. But you shouldn’t even read those. Just go get it and read it. It will take you somewhere if you let it. Continue reading