Book Blogger Hop 5/12/17

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If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance?
It depends on why I hated the book. If the writing really sucked I would probably not read books by the author in the future. If I just didn't like the story I would give other books by the author a chance. It's rare I refuse to read an author. There's only a few I steer clear of because I know I don't like their writing (either the style or quality).

Top Ten Dark Book Covers

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This week is a book cover freebie so I chose my top ten dark book covers. I chose book covers that were literally dark or reflected the dark or intense content of the book. I tried steer clear of horror novels because that would be too obvious (plus I'm a wimp and don't really read horror). 
1. The Lord of the Rings I'm incapable of doing a list without some Tolkien in it. This is one of the copies of The Lord of the Rings I have. 
2. Red Rising All three novels have the same format: an image on a black background. Interestingly, the newest novel is going to have a white background. 
3. Doctor Strange: The Last Days of Magic All of the covers in the series have had beautiful, dark, crazy covers. 
4. Sharp Objects This one's pretty obvious. 
5. The Poisonwood Bible  I stumbled on this chilling version of the cover (apologies to those who are afraid of snakes).
6. Frankenstein So Frankenstein is obvio…

American Gods and The Handmaid's Tale

I had a chance to get caught up on TV today. I watched the first three episodes of The Handmaid's Tale. I'll go ahead and say that I haven't read the novel. It's one of those that's been on my list for a long time but I haven't gotten to it. I still definitely intend to read it. The show is really good. And honestly disturbing with how timely it is. It's scary when you can see these sorts of things happening. A lot of articles I've read share this thought- it hits close to home. The show is powerful and overall very well-done. I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the series.

Anyone that knows me knows how excited I've been about American Gods. I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan and I love the novel. The show is everything I hoped it would be. And it's only the first episode. We meet Shadow, Low Key, Bilquis, Technical Boy, Mad Sweeney, Mr. Wednesday, and Laura (briefly) and they're all amazingly cast. Like they stepped out of the nove…

What I'm Reading and Watching- April

I've been having health problems for the last couple of months and haven't done a lot of reading, writing, or TV watching. But now that I'm starting to come out of it some, here is what I've been reading and watching this month! I've marked where spoilers are but still read at your own risk.


1. Thirteen Reasons Why

I read the novel my freshman year of college and was completely drawn in. It's such and interesting concept and is emotionally compelling. I was excited about the TV show. I really liked the casting and acting. They did the perfect job there. They also did a good job sticking to the story for the most part. However, I felt that it was way too drawn out. Thirteen hour-long episodes was just too much. I didn't really like some of the plot filler. Plus *spoilers* one of the most criticized things I've seen people talk about (that I agree with) is having the plot take place over a period of weeks as opposed to one night in the novel. I k…

Book Blogger Hop: Author You'd Like To Meet

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If you could meet one author, dead or alive, who would it be?
Definitely J.R.R. Tolkien. I'd love to have a pint with him and discuss his works. As far as living authors I'd love to meet Neil Gaiman or George R. R. Martin. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Fandoms!

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This week's topic is fandoms. It's going to be impossible to keep it to only ten. But here are my favorite fandoms (which include the material itself and the other amazing people in the fandom). 
1. Tolkien This was my first fandom before I knew that fandoms were a thing. I love Tolkien. The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion. I love it all. And Tolkien fans are amazing. 
2. Star Wars I grew up watching the original trilogy. I wanted to be Princess Leia when I grew up. She's smart, sassy, pretty, and kicks ass. I really loved Rogue One too! 
3. Doctor Who There's not too much to say here. It's an amazing show. It's also awesome that Neil Gaiman (who's one of my favorite authors) has written two episodes so far!
4. Sherlock It's fun being part of the craziest fandom ever. 
5. A Song of Ice and Fire I love the books and the show! Tyrion is my favorite character. 
6. Marve…

Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading

Just thought I'd share some books I'm excited about!

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of the Red Rising trilogy so I'm really excited about there being a fourth book. Now it's the Red Rising saga as opposed to trilogy. This comes out October 31st (trick or treat!).

Beren and Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien (edited by Christopher Tolkien)

Everyone knows what a giant Tolkien fan I am. I'm really excited about this. Beren and Luthien was my favorite part of the Silmarillion. I'm really excited to see the different texts and the changes the story went through. Plus illustrations by Alan Lee! This comes out June 1st.

Red Rising: Sons of Ares

Not only is there another book in the series, but there's graphic novels! Very excited. It's a prequel to the Red Rising saga. May 10th! So close.

The Unworthy Thor by Jason Aaron

As far as comics go I usually like to wait and  get trade copies so I can read it all in one go instead of wai…