Top Ten Tuesday 8/15

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Ten Book Recommendations for Those Who Like Tragic Romance.
This week was a free topic so I decided to explore the genre of tragic romance. I had a discussion with someone recently about how I like this genre and I'm not sure why. Probably because I'm a bitter asshole. But there are some really amazing novels within this category that I'd like to give a shoutout to: 
1. Atonement by Ian McEwan: This novel (and movie) is amazing but will absolutely crush you. However, it's worth it.  
2. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert: This novel was always interesting to me because it shows the dangers of having fantasies about life and romance to the point where you can't enjoy your actual life and relationships. 
3. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham: Set in the middle of a cholera epidemic you know it's not going to end well, but you're still not prepared. The movie adaptation is really amazing…

Born To Make History?

Lately I've been struggling with the fact I have no idea what I'm doing with my life. It feels like everyone around me knows what they're doing and are out there making an impact on the world and accomplishing things. And then there's me. I've never really had a calling or a passion. Those closest to me have known what they've wanted to do for a long time; they've had dreams. I've bounced around trying to figure out where I fit in. With work, hobbies, even my education. I changed majors four times before deciding on literature. Now I have a degree I don't use.

I'm not saying that I'm sitting around wasting my life and feeling sorry for myself. I have a job I enjoy and spend time with friends and family. But I still feel like I need something more. Some way to make an impact on the world, even if it's small. One of the latest inspirations for my friend and I has been the song "History Maker" from the anime Yuri!!! On Ice. The li…

Book Blogger Hop 7/14/17

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What is your go-to drink and/or snack while reading?
I would have to say coffee, because I drink so much of it the odds of me drinking it while reading are pretty high.

The Power of Fiction

Recently I've been thinking about what exactly fiction means to me. Fiction plays a huge role in my life whether it be reading, watching TV and movies, writing, playing DnD, or just fandom-related things like Tumblr. I majored in Literature so even my major was based in fiction to a degree. For a while I worried that my love of fiction was a form of escape, that maybe I was replacing reality with fantasy. But I don't think so. I feel like I use fiction as inspiration and a tool to process my life. Yes, it often is a distraction but I feel like it is so much more than that. Fiction has made my life richer in ways I can't really put into words. It's given me courage when I'm scared, encouragement when I'm down, taught me life lessons, made me laugh, made me cry. I've made connections to people through a mutual love of fiction. I've made memories. I've heard people give others a hard time for being invested in something that isn't real, but they do…

4th of July Nights

I've always loved the 4th of July. Grilling out, swimming, fireworks. It's fun. But the main thing I love is nights on July 4th. There's a haze from all the fireworks. You can hear the echoes all around (I live in the mountains), with bursts of color coming over the trees every so often. You can smell the sulfur. Something about it is just stupidly magical and I can't describe why I like it so much. Maybe it's a feeling of being united in mutual celebration. Maybe it's just fun because things blow up. Whatever it is, I love July 4th and hope that everyone has a happy (and safe) Independence Day.

Book Blogger Hop 6/30-7/6

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Name a book that changed your life.
I would have to say Tolkien's works as a whole; The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in particular. These novels taught me about true heroism, sacrifice, loyalty,  and courage. They kindled my love for literature and fantasy and awed me with Tolkien's amazing writing. Tolkien's characters became (and still are) examples of the type of person I want to be. Tolkien's novels (and the movies inspired by them) have given me encouragement and have helped me through tough times. They've given me lots of joy and are filled with valuable lessons and wisdom. I can't help but get excited whenever I talk about anything Tolkien-related. I've connected with amazing people through a mutual love of Tolkien and his writing. So these books have definitely changed my life and I am so grateful.   

Book Blogger Hop: Lunch with An Author

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If you could have lunch with any living authors and/or book bloggers, who would you choose and why?
I would go with Neil Gaiman. I've been such a big fan of his work for so long and I'd love to have a conversation with him. He also seems like a genuinely nice person. I'd also like to meet George R.R. Martin.