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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Favorite Books Covers & Why

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Interestingly enough, I have not read any of these books. I chose them for this week’s prompt based on their beautiful covers alone.

My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves #1) by Amanda Hocking

What I like about it:

  • Blue is such an eye-catching colour.
  • The gravestone and bird are making my imagination flutter at the thought of what they might mean.
  • As you’re about to discover, I love seeing plants, animals, and other nature-related stuff on book covers.

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

What I like about it:

  • Wow, this model is beautifully dressed.
  • Not seeing her face means we all get to imagine it for ourselves. I appreciate that.
  • Purple is my favourite colour, and her dress looks like it has lovely purple hues.

Vex (Celestra #5) by Addison Moore

What I like about it:

  • Butterflies are gorgeous creatures.
  • The metallic hue to these wings give this book a nice sci-fi flair.

Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What I like about it:

  • Purple!
  • Not only is it purple, it’s a whimsical purple flower!!
  • I am a creature of habit.

Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies

What I like about it:

  • This shade of blue is so beautiful. It reminds me of  how refreshing that first day of cool autumn weather is after a long, hot summer.
  • I have many relatives who were or are hunters. The deer on the cover reminds me of their hunting trips during what could be chilly, foggy weather as well as the delicious taste of fresh venison when they were successful.

Fate (My Blood Approves #2) by Amanda Hocking

What I like about it:

  • There’s something otherworldly about a sky that doesn’t have a usual colour.
  • At the risk of repeating myself, purple covers always grab my attention.
  • Now I want to know what happened to the bird and gravestone in the first book in this series.

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

What I like about it:

  • I’m fascinated by the fact that the image on the front is both a set of human lungs and tree branches.
  • It leaves a lot to the imagination. In general, I prefer covers that hint at what they’re about and let the audience discover for ourselves what those hints mean.
  • Apparently, I am only capable of adoring covers that are some shade of purple or blue.

I never would have guessed my cover preferences were so specific. This was such an interesting post to put together.

Have any of you read any of these stories? Do our cover preferences match in any way?

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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books That Need a Sequel

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I struggled with this week’s prompt because I’ve seen so many examples of genuinely great story ideas that were stretched out into more books than their premise actually required in my opinion. If they’d stopped after the first or third or fifth book they would have been much better.

This isn’t to say that I dislike sequels in general. Some of my all-time favourite stories were written in this format! There simply needs to be enough conflict and character development to actually warrant two or more books in any universe if I’m going to keep reading them.

Due to this, my list is going to be shorter and quirkier than usual.

Christy by Catherine Marshall

This is one of the very few inspirational novels I’ve ever read, and it’s been many years since I read it. The plot was loosely based on the real life experiences of the author’s mother when she was a schoolteacher in a rural Appalachian community in the early 1900s. Christy, the main character, had been quite sheltered growing up, so she was horrified by the poverty, dysfunction, and terrible living conditions of her new home when she accepted this teaching job.

As smart and energetic as Christy was, I didn’t like how judgemental she was of the families of her students or of how quick she was to meddle in their lives. She seemed to have good intentions, but I would have been pretty offended by her attitude and how much she thought she should have control over what other adults did if we’d lived in the same area.

There was still a lot of room left for her personal development by the final scene. It sure would be nice to revisit this character later on in life to see if she’d overcome these flaws.  Part of the problem was that she was a very young teacher when she accepted this assignment. With some more life experience, I think she would have reacted to this culture quite differently.

Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer

This book was written by one of Canada’s best science fiction authors, and it’s about a Royal Ontario Museum palaeontologist who meets a friendly sentient alien.

They strike up a friendship and begin to share information about their cultures, histories, and physiologies. There are far more similarities between Earth and the alien’s planet than should be possible.

Both the main character and his alien friend have their own opinions about why their planets have so much in common. I can’t give away what those theories are without sharing spoilers, but I really liked seeing how they debated the evidence and came to their own conclusions. (No, this is not an inspirational book despite what the title may hint at. It’s far more science and philosophy based).

Oh, and The R.O.M. is a real museum here in Toronto. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re ever in the area. They have everything from Egyptian mummies to rare gems to dinosaur fossils there. If you do visit, I can even tell you how to get in for free no matter how big your group is if you have some flexibility as far as the date and time of your visit goes.

Well, this was a short list this week. I hope all of you were able to come up with lots of books to talk about on yours.

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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Lessons I Learned from a Book Character

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I’m not really sure what to write for the introduction to this post, so I’ll keep it short and simple. The lessons I’ve learned from book characters are in bold.

Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover

Learned from: many different books over the years. I’ve read some dull things that had gorgeous covers and unforgettable stories whose covers were as plain as could be.

If You Trust Their Judgement, Listen to Their Warnings

Lesson learned from: Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.

As much as I liked the TV show based on this book, I wish the characters had been more willing to listen to good advice. There were so many times when people they should have trusted warned them against visiting this house.

Act as Soon as You Sense Something’s Wrong

Lesson learned from: Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours.

The characters in this book grew up in a place that was a lot like a boarding school except for the fact that none of the students ever had any contact with their parents. It blew my mind that they spent so little time analyzing the clues they had about something being terribly wrong about the place they were raised.

Everyone Has a Reason for Behaving the Way They Do

Lesson learned from: Sarah McCoy’s Marilla of Green Gables.

This is not meant in any way to be an excuse for people who are abusive or violent, by the way. I’m only talking about people who seem grumpy, negative, sad, or unfriendly when you first meet them. What I loved about this story was how it explained why Marilla was such a rigid and unhappy person when Anne Shirley first came into her life.

Marilla had excellent reasons for seeing the world the way she did. I try to remember this prequel when I interact with people who behave like her.

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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books I Love That Became Films or TV Shows

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I recently did a Top Ten Tuesday post on a similar topic, so it’s going to be interesting to see how many other shows I can come up with. My best guess is that the first two items on my list will be on everyone else’s lists, too!

Lord of the Rings

With all of the 1980s and 1990s remakes coming out these days, I hope that this trend ends before anyone decides to remake the early 2000s Lord of the Rings films. They’ve aged wonderfully in my opinion. I’d rather see studios take a chance on something new than remake these films even though I do love this story.

Harry Potter 

There are certain things that work beautifully in a novel but won’t feel the same in a film (and vice versa). Overall, I was quite pleased with how the Harry Potter films depicted the Potterverse. The first few movies in particular will always feel magical to me.

The Martian

This film did an excellent job of explaining how the main character used science creatively to get himself out of all sorts of life-threatening predicaments when he was accidentally stranded on Mars. My first experience with Andy Weir’s style of storytelling came from this movie, and I’ve been a fan of his ever since.

Room 

Emma Donoghue’s original version of this drama about a young boy who had lived his entire life in the same room because his mother had been kidnapped by a violent stranger a few years before the boy’s birth made me stay up very late at night to see how it would turn out.

The film version of it was just as intense. Even though I already knew how it ended, I still found myself holding my breathe at certain key scenes.

Still Alice

Lisa Genova’s book by the same name was about a woman named Alice who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I was so excited when it was turned into a film.Both versions followed Alice from shortly before she was diagnosed until well into the progression of this disease. They were tearjerkers and I’d reread/rewatch either of them in a heartbeat.

My great-grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease, so it was especially meaningful to see what this illness might be like for the person experiencing it. The gif above is from a scene where Alice forgets how to get home again early on in the course of her disease. It was the moment when I realized just how amazing this story is.

Hidden Figures

Where there were a few fictional tweaks to the film version of Hidden Figures that I wasn’t a big fan of, the true story that Margot Lee Shetterly wrote of how these women made the calculations that sent humankind to the moon is still something well worth checking out.

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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Favorite TV Shows and Why

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I wish this prompt had happened in January or July! I tend to watch lots of TV when the weather is freezing or unbearably hot. Spring and fall are when I cut back on shows and spend more time socializing with friends and visiting the great outdoors to soak up the mild weather.  With that being said, I will follow the prompt and talk about television instead of going off on a tangent about how much I want to go wander off into the woods for an afternoon.

These are my current favourite shows for reasons I’ll explain underneath the photo of each program.  If I were going to go out to dinner with any of you, I’d light up if you mentioned being fans of them as well.

The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t on this list because it won’t be out until later on this summer. Mindfulness is important to me, so I’m doing my best to wait until the first episode is out before getting excited about it.

Anne with an E

One of the things that always bothered me a little bit about L.M. Montgomery’s  Anne of Green Gables series was how much it brushed over Anne’s difficult childhood. She mentioned some pretty serious moments of child abuse and neglect to her new foster parents, and then the plot pretty much skipped over the trauma of those experiences for her. To be fair, these weren’t things that were discussed in too much depth in children’s books back then, and people living in the 1800s also had a much murkier understanding of how adverse childhood experiences could affect someone years later.

The cool thing about season one of this remake is that it hasn’t been afraid to explore how being abused, neglected, and abandoned by multiple caregivers had a serious emotional impact on Anne. I know some fans have criticized it for being too dark, but I think it’s going to be interesting to see how this more realistic approach to her story affects the person she becomes as she grows up.

I still need to watch season two. I’m so behind on shows!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I love the fact that this sitcom has a diverse cast but doesn’t fall back on stereotypes in order to make their jokes or explain who their characters are. All of the main characters and even some of the secondary ones are three-dimensional individuals. They feel like real people, warts and all.  It’s amazing to see how they’ve grown and changed over the years.

The running jokes are great, too. This isn’t the sort of sitcom I’d recommend watching out of order. There were things that happened in season one that are still being brought up by the characters years later.

Stranger Things

This was the show that taught me that people used to smoke everywhere and let their kids wander all over town without any supervision at all in the 1980s! Yes, I’m mostly joking there, but I was shocked by some of the cultural differences between that era and our own.

On a more serious note, I really like fantasy stories that are set in our world and feel as ordinary as possible. If not for the various supernatural stuff going on in this setting, it could have all really happened to my parents or other relatives who were teens or young adults back then. That’s quite appealing to me.

Black Mirror

I’m brand new to this show. It’s like The Twilight Zone in the sense that each episode is its own self-contained sci-fi or fantasy story. Of the few I’ve seen so far, there doesn’t seem to be crossover between any of them as far as characters or plots go.

I love the creativity of the episodes I have seen. The writers seem to take current trends and extrapolate what they might be like at a distant point in the future or in a version of earth where, say, a parent’s desire to electronically monitor her child is taken to the logical extreme.

I know I’m being vague here, but I really don’t want to give away spoilers. Let’s just say that this is a very thought-provoking program that I’m enjoying so much that I’m even willing to come home from the park early in order to watch it.

The same can be said for the rest of these shows, too. Ha!

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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books I Want Youth to Discover

Hosted by Long and Short Reviews. I’d never tell a kid that they must read a specific book. Just because a story was meaningful to me at a certain age doesn’t mean every child or teenager would want to read it then. People grow at different rates, and we obviously all have different interests as… Read More