Around the World: One Character at a Time

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Hi everyone and welcome to Around the World: One Character at a Time! This post is something Marissa (Growing-Up Booknerd) and I thought up while talking about her upcoming trip to London and our love of all things Harry Potter! It’s been about two months in the making but it feels so much longer!

In these monthly posts we plan to each choose 3 characters from books we love and write about where (cities, states, countries) we think they’d best fit in. I hope you enjoy this post and the characters we chose!

MasonM: Mountain

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – Mason Ashford

So let’s get something straight. Mason got gipped. If you’ve not read the VA series then you need to but spoiler alert, Mason dies a heartbreaking death saving the women he loves, the same women who has lead him on. Can you tell I’m just a little bitter? Mason is one of the most underrated characters of all time and he deserves a happy life! Let’s go back in time to the day before Mason dies, and instead of following Rose on her crazy exploits, he stays at the ski lodge and decides she isn’t worth his heartbreak. Years later Mason is living away from Damphir and Moroi civilizations in rural Wyoming (West of Cody but east of Yellowstone National Park) running a little bakery with his pregnant Moroi wife.

Now this post is all about matching cities with characters, right? But Mason deserves a story, not just a city. So excuse my tangent.

DracoK: Hollywood

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling: Draco Malfoy

I absolutely adore the Harry Potter series and one of my favorite characters is Draco Malfoy. I loved reading how he evolved and how his values changed, as he got older. While I love the man Draco grew to be, I wanted to choose the Draco from book one to talk about. Eleven-year-old Draco was driven by fame and fortune. He had friendships made out of necessity, not because they were great people. First year Draco was also a bit narcissistic. To me these qualities all scream Hollywood, CA. Note, I’m not saying all people from Hollywood are like this, but that’s the stereotype that Hollywood exudes. Draco would be the perfect wild child movie/tv star.

DobbyM: Chicago

Harry Potter by JK Rowling – Dobby the Free Elf

I debated a little over this one but ultimately decided Dobby would be happiest in Chicago! Imagine if you will, a small Dobby knitting hats and socks for all of his homeless human friends and leaving them around the city so they can keep warm. ~heart melts~ The hustle and bustle would be an A+ environment for little Dobby! I kind of imagine him like Buddy the Elf from Elf. “CONGRATULATIONS! YOU DID IT! WORLDS BEST CUP OF COFFEE!”

Miss HoneyK: Mass

Matilda by Ronald Dahl: Miss Honey

To me, Matilda is a classic. I think it should be read and loved by all. When I was in elementary school, I made a diorama with Matilda, Trunchbull, and my favorite character Miss Honey. I usually love the villains, but in Matilda, Miss Honey really stood out to me as a kid. I loved how caring and kind she was to everyone. That she always helped those in need. My favorite quality was that she was so excepting of Matilda, magic and all. She’s also a strong woman, albeit she needed to be reminded of it. I think Miss Honey would thrive in Salem, MA. It’s a quaint, quirky, and quiet town. It’s full of history, just like her and her relationship with Trunchbull. It’s also a place where great literature was written and I think Miss Honey would have endless adventures there.

heroesM: Hollywood

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan – Will Solace + Nico DiAngelo

This has slowly but surely become the ship I most obsess over. THEY ARE JUST SO DAMN CUTE! I 100% believe Will will (hehe) buy a little soul cycle place out in L.A and be like, “Nico we are, uh, moving to Los Angeles.” Nico will initially throw a fit because why would the prince of the underworld want to live in a sunny hipster place like L.A? Because that’s where the love of his life is living, of course. “Don’t most doctors live in Seattle?” Nico would reply. “This isn’t Grey’s Anatomy, now pack your bags.” Will would say, smiling. I kind of envision Will working for a children’s hospital and then running his soul cycle business on the side. Because when you’re a demi-god you can juggle those two things??? (Shut up and let me live this fantasy.) Don’t worry. Nico will be entirely happy with this set up because he gets to visit his friends at Camp Jupiter often and he gets to stand in the corner of the soul cycle room and creep people out which his thoroughly enjoys doing. Will is trying to get him a part time job because he worries he will be lonely but each time Nico just says he’s busy learning how to master zombies.

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Edge of Wild by Danika Stone: Louise

Edge of Wild is a newer book (5/1/16) and I was lucky enough to be on the blog tour. I highly recommend it and love that it’s full of mystery and small town politics. Plus Danika is the sweetest! If you want more information about Edge of Wild, check out this blog post!  So, I really enjoyed the character of Louise. I liked how low key she was, that she was independent, and she didn’t take crap from anyone. As a person who is very independent, I really related to Louise. When I think of Louise I picture the mountains of Colorado. She’s a survivalist who can take care of herself in the toughest of conditions. I also think she’s strong like the mountains and full of surprises.

I hope y’all liked these match ups and if you haven’t read the book, did reading this make you want to? What else would you like to see? Are there any books or characters you’d like to see featured? Leave some feedback in the comments 🙂

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August #Bookstagram Challenge: #BBCP2016 Project

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be part of the Rose Team in Nori‘s #BBCP2016 Project (Book Blogger Creativity Project). For this project we were put in teams of book bloggers to come up with creative projects for the months of July and/or August. My amazing team decided to do a bookstagram challenge since we’ve all seen them but never did one. It was so fun organizing the calendar and creating this challenge. We hope y’all like the topics as much as us. If you do plan to participate please remember to tag your photos with #EOSChallenge and #BBCP2016!

Team Members: Emily, Nori, Victoria & myself!

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August 1- August TBR What are you going to read this month? August 17- Books and OutfitWhat would you love to pair together?
August 2- Book SunShow off those sunny looking books! August 18- Books You’ve Reread a lotThere’s always that book that you’ve never gotten sick of.
August 3- Bookitcon AuthorFeaturing an author (or authors) that will be at Bookitcon! August 19- Rainbow SpinesCan you make a rainbow using just your book spines?
August 4- Throwback SummerWhat did summer look like for you when you were younger? August 20- Favorite QuotesWhat book quotes hit you the hardest?
August 5- Favorite First LineGotta love a killer first line! August 21- Book and SunsetWhat else would make a sunset prettier?
August 6- Books and Beach/PoolWe all know you bring a book when you are going to cool off along the water. August 22- E-booksShow off that e-book collection! Or just your faves.
August 7- Books and SunglassesGotta keep the sun out of our eyes when we read. August 23- Unpopular OpinionDid you like the movie/show better than the book? No judgement here!
August 8- Book MerchShow off that book swag! August 24- Red, White, and BlueIt’s doesn’t have to be the 4th to show off that Red, White, and Blue!
August 9- Books and SnackWhat’s something you like to eat while you read? August 25- Fairy Tale RetellingsWhat are your favorite retellings?
August 10- Monochrome FilterShow off some of those photography skills using that monochrome filter. August 26- Math and/or ScienceWhat books feature math and science that you just love?
August 11- Childhood FavoriteWhat did you love to read as a child? August 27- What’s Under the Cover?Any surprises under that dust jacket?
August 12- Typical Summer DayWhat does an average summer day look like for you? August 28- School Day ReadsWhat would you be caught reading on a school day?
August 13- My Reading NookWhere do you love to read? August 29- Book BFFWho are the best book BFFs?
August 14- Beautiful Book SpinesShow us those gorgeous book spines! August 30- Summers End BooksFavorite books to read as the summer wraps up?
August 15- Favorite NotebookWhere do you keep all your best notes? August 31- August Wrap-UpWhat did you accomplish this month?
August 16- Minimalist Book CoverGot a favorite cover that feels minimalist?

#TopTenTuesday: Books Outside the US!

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Today’s Prompt: Ten Books Set Outside The US

So this was a hard list to come by because like Jamie (The Broke and the Bookish), most of the books I read are in the set in the US.

CANADA!!!

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Edge of Wild by Danika Stone:  I LOVED this book so much. It’s set in an isolated town in the mountains of Canada. It’s full of mystery, suspense and a slight romance. Definitely give this book a shot.

Germany

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Night by Elie Wiesel: I had to read this book in high school, but I’m so glad I did. It was so informative and really helped me to understand what people in internment camps had to go through.

PARIS!!!

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Currently reading and loving it! It’s been a quick read so far and full of swoony boys and cuteness.

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown: I love me some Dan Brown books and it was my first trip to the Louvre.

ITALY!!!

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Angels and Demons by Dan Brown: I told you I like Dan Brown. I also love the history and mystery he adds to this book.

LONDON ❤

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Harry Potter series by JK Rowling: How could these books not be on my list!

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis: I know most of this book takes place in Narnia, but it starts in London, so I’m using it. I also loved reading this as a child. I think I’m going to have to do a re-read soon.

Peter Pan by JM Barrie: Like the previous book, most of it takes place in Neverland, but it starts out in a lovely house in London. I didn’t read this book til this year and I had mixed feelings about it, but it’s a classic that I’m glad I finally read.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: Again it starts in London, so I’m counting it. While the book differs from the movies I’m sure most have seen, I absolutely adore this book. I love the odd characters and the adventure Alice goes on while in Wonderland.

Maids of Honor by Jennifer McGowan: This book takes place in Queen Elizabeth’s court. I loved the mystery and secrecy in this book. It’s part of a trilogy and I can’t wait to continue the series!

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: I love London and I love Jack the Ripper, so when I heard about this book coming out in September I knew I had to have it. I was lucky enough to get an ARC from B&N B-Fest and I quickly devoured this book. The back and forth between Audrey Rose and Thomas is one of my favorite aspects of the book. It can be a little graphic and grim, but I highly recommend this book.

Well, somehow I came up with ten books. As you can see I love London and books that are located there. Thanks Jamie for hosting this fun Top Ten Tuesday topic!

The Four-Night Run by William Lashner: Review

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I want to thank lovely people at Wunderkind PR for sending me a copy of The Four-Night Run by William Lashner. I was on the blitz tour for this book, and I loved the sound of it so I requested it. I love a wide variety of books, and one of the first genres I really got into was mystery/thriller/procedural (law). I’ve always loved that realm and even want to work as a lawyer or forensic scientist one day.

Synopsis: J.D. Scrbacek has just won the biggest trial of his career, but even as he crows to the press, his entire life blows sky-high. Was the bomb meant for him, or for his mobster client? In this seaside casino town where the tables run hot and the tensions run high, the odds say the attorney is a marked man.

Alone and on the run, Scrbacek flees into the city’s forgotten underbelly, a ruined corridor called Crapstown, where he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past, his present, and his future. Somewhere in the sordid stream of his own existence lie the answers he needs. But in order to emerge from the depths of Crapstown, Scrbacek must argue for his life before a jury of the forgotten and the damned. Is he lawyer enough to save his own skin?

From the bestselling author of The Barkeep comes a raucous tale of reckoning, racketeering, and revenge.

Review: Anyway, onto a review of the book that is spoiler free. I really enjoyed this book overall. It reminded me of books I’ve read by John Grisham and James Patterson. I loved the character of J.D. Scrbacek and the adventure we as readers go on with him. While I don’t like the names of Crapstown and Casinoland (they could be more original), they were interesting places full of twists and turns. The cities somewhat remind me of The Soprano’s or Boardwalk Empire, where the corrupt rule the world. As I read this I wondered how much William Lashner drew from his time as a Philadelphia lawyer. I can see aspects of Philly and Atlantic City (Casionland?) in this book. The one aspect I wasn’t a fan of, was that this all happened in less than a week. I just think that’s a little unlikely, but hey, books are there to make the impossible seem real.

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–Author website: 
http://williamlashner.com/content/index.asp 

#TTT Ten Facts About Me!!!

I’m finally participating in another #TTT post and I’m kinda excited about this one. A big thank you to The Broke And The Bookish blog for hosting this weekly post and letting me use their graphic.

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Today’s topic is: Ten Facts About Me (bookish or just general about you facts or ten facts about you as a blogger…whatever you want)

Without further ado, here we go!

  1. I’m an only child and I have 18 cousins
  2. I went to college 15 minutes from my house, but stayed on campus all 4 years and graduated college with 3 degrees (but only use one at work) 😦
  3. I studied abroad in London my Junior year for a month. It was the best experience ever and just fueled my love of all things England. While there I was fortunate enough to visit Venice for a few days and Paris for ~36 hours.
  4. I don’t drink coffee or tea, but I do drink Diet Coke. (Caffeine does nothing for me)
  5. I used to be a super picky eater (still am to some extent), but now I love all kinds of foods. Two of the “odd” foods I like are feta cheese and avocados. Like I came home from work yesterday and just ate a chunk of feta cheese. (It’s weird I know.)
  6. I’ve had my house almost 1 year and time sure has flown by! Sometimes I love living alone, and other times it’s very lonely.
  7. I love crafting (paper, sewing, quilting, bracelets, painting, etc.)
  8. I LOVE sports. I’ve been involved in soccer, basketball, golf, softball, gymnastics, dance, and swimming.  I’m a huge fan of Philly sports teams. I used to study with the Phillies & Flyers playing in the background. To me, soccer is the world’s most favorite sport.
  9. With that said, can you name what movie that’s from? I can because I’m a movie and tv-aholic. Currently I have over 110 shows on my DVR and that’s only because I just binge watched two shows. It was previously around 140-150.
  10. I’ve met some of the people I consider really great friends on twitter. I’ve loved meeting them in person too, usually in NYC. Which I find kind of odd, since of all the people I’ve met in the city, I think only 5 actually lived there. P.S. I’m so thankful for my friend Lindsey for introducing me to the book and #otspsecretsister community!

I hope you liked reading these fun little facts about me. If you have any questions or want to know some more facts, just ask here or on twitter @kcmmp13!