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Top Ten Tuesday 9/19

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
So there's a lot I want to read. Here's a list of books in my Fall TBR pile right now. A lot are series I've started and need to finish.

1. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

I love the Outlander series thus far. I've also managed to stay ahead of the show in reading the books. So I need to get moving and finish this book. I also just really want to finish the series. However, it's a big time investment since the books are so long. I'll finish them one day though.

2. Re-read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

It's been a long time since I've read this. I really want to re-read it before the series comes out.

3. To Kill A Kettle Witch by Barb Hendee

I've really enjoyed the Mist-Torn Witches series thus far and look forward to reading the fourth novel in the series.

4. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

The second novel in the Diviners series. I want to read this because the t…

Book Blogger Hop: 8/25/17

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Have you ever read a book written in a foreign language you might be fluent in, and then read the same book in English?
I'm not fluent in any other languages other than English, so I haven't read a full book in another language. I did take a couple of semesters of German in college so I've read some of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's writings in German. I like side-by-side translations, like this one for The Erlking/Erlk├Ânig. I've read a lot of novels translated into English from other languages. 

Top Ten Tuesday 8/15

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
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.