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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Memorable Secondary Characters

A meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish  which features a different top ten list each week relating to literature. This week? 
Top Ten most memorable secondary characters! Just a few things before I begin: it is sometimes hard to discern whether a character is really "secondary", especially if they are popular and well loved. So if some of the characters I name are actually major ones, my bad. Here we go! 
1. Tom BombadilThe Fellowship of the Ring: Unfortunately he was left out of the movies, but Tom is just an all around awesome dude. He chills in the woods and the ring has absolutely no effect on him, Gandalf ponders giving it to him for safekeeping but is afraid he will lose it. He saves the hobbits early in their journey. Tom could have probably settled the whole ring situation; if only he gave a damn.  2. ÉowynThe Two Towers and The Return of the King: Lady warrior and hero of middle earth. She kills a creature that no man can kill. After being friendzoned by Aragor…

Book Blogger Hop #2: Book Blogging

A meme sponsored by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

Book blogging is more than just reading. Who helped you set up or run your blog? Or did you do it all yourself?

   I made my first blog as a mandatory assignment in high school  Later, I decided to create my own blog for fun. I am not an expert in graphic design (obviously), so my blog is simple. But I feel that it is the words that are more important than the appearance. I do hope that my blog is not so hideous that it distracts people from reading!     I owe it to being a literature major that I am able to read closely and analyze books. I haven't ventured to post any of my reviews yet, but that will come soon. Currently I am just testing the waters and getting used to the book blogging community.

Book Blogger Hop: #1 Were you born a bookworm?

August 16th-22nd. Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer!

Were you a born bookworm or somebody got you into the habit of reading? 

   Ever since I can remember I have always loved reading. Whether it was picture books in kindergarten, doing the summer reading program at the library or learning how to analyze literature in middle school. I have always been reading, there's never a time when I'm not in the middle of one book or another. I have had some people nudge me along though (kind of like Gandalf giving Bilbo his nudge out of the door in The Hobbit). My teachers have encouraged me in my writing over the years and have pushed me to read more challenging books. I also have been pushed in college to read more in depth as a literature major. So yes, I was born a bookworm. But I am learning to be a better one.

A-Z Bookish Survey!

Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner came up with this great bookish survey. And I copied it from Bookshelf Fantasies What better way to spend time than by thinking about all things book-related? Want to play? Just answer the A to Z prompts in your own post — and have fun! 

AUTHOR YOU’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS FROM: J.R.R. Tolkien. I have read The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Book of Lost Tales, The Tolkien Reader, and I have read several biographies about him (not authored by him, obviously, but it is still Tolkien-related. Shakespeare would be a close second, I have read most of his plays and all his sonnets.  BEST SEQUEL EVER: It is a tough choice! There are several series with good sequels in them. Some that come to mind are Catching Fire from The Hunger Games series, A Clash of Kings from A Song of Ice and Fire series, and Rebel Angels from the Gemma Doyle series. I just found out that the novel The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly has two sequels! I look forward to…

Top Ten Tues.: Books Set in a Fantasy Setting

Sponsored by the blog Broke and the Bookish

Tuesday August 13th: "Top Ten Favorite Books With X Setting"

I chose fantasy, because having a whole made up world just makes a book even more awesome! Setting of the book appears in blue! 

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien Middle EarthSong of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin Westeros/Seven KingdomsThe Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins PanemProtector of the Small quartet (as well as the Lioness quartet and the Immortals quartet) by Tamora Pierce TortallChronicles of Narnia series by CS Lewis NarniaAlice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll  Wonderland1984 by George Orwell Republic of Oceania  -Honorable mention: Gallifrey, destroyed planet of the Time Lords from the Doctor Who series (technically there are books).

*Note: I listed the most general name for the settings, many are divided up into further territories/states etc. 

More of my favorite fictional characters

The continuation of the post in which I express my love for fictional literary characters.

Holden Caulfield (The Catcher in the Rye): Completely honest and a complete smartass in the best possible way. Holden has a unique and hilariously cynical way at looking at the world. But at times he is also very profound.
“All morons hate it when you call them a moron.” 
“Grand. There's a word I really hate. It's a phony. I could puke every time I hear it.”
“I can be quite sarcastic when I'm in the mood.” 

Tyrion Lannister (Song of Ice and Fire series): Before HBO went and made the series a pop culture phenomenon, there were the books. Really long books. I mean long. And my favorite character is the conniving younger son of the Lannister family known as the Imp. Another excellent smartass, he uses his brain to outwit his opponents.
“Never forget who you are, for surely the world won’t. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be us…

I'm an English major....and I'm proud (or at least I try to be)

As an English Literature major I am used to the following conversation:
Person: What are you majoring in?  Me: English Person: are you going to do with that?
   There is also the family variety in which the relative asks about college, not-so-secretly hoping that you have changed your major to something more useful. Like education or nursing or science. Those majors are all well and good for people who enjoy them, but for someone who loves language and reading it would be torture to be stuck doing something else. Trust me, I know. I've tried. I spent several semesters striving for a major in science since that is what my family pushed me to do. Not to blame them, they just want "the best" for me. And society says that science is one of the best majors. I tried nursing, then biology, then finally health. Finally I was desperate and starting to dislike college. And the future looked bleak, being stuck doing something I wasn't passionate about. Finall…