Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

What’s the second most popular activity on the internet after watching videos of baby animals? Hating on things you didn’t like! Fun? Maybe for some. Mostly I am saddened when I didn’t like something; as it’s another drop in the Well of Disappointment that feeds my day to day existence. But! That doesn’t stop me from talking about it- some of my favorite blog posts are about books I didn’t like, and that’s OK! It was fun and cathartic and I have no personal vendetta’s against the people who created them. That’s when things get dark. Don’t do that people- I know we’ve had the Dark Side marketed to us like crazy, but it’s still bad. Can you imagine if Jedi were real and came to earth and saw us selling toys to our children that are replicas of Sith Lords? That shit’s crazy. They kill people for nefarious reasons- why are we encouraging our youth to idolize them?

But this blog isn’t about the selling of fake darkly death cults in mass quantities by mega corporations; this blog is about books and writing and me rambling at you while you back away slowly without ever letting me out of your sight!

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl

Letsa go!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Back and Ready for Action!

Top Ten Tuesday: Back and Ready for Action!

Sorry about the hiatus, not that anyone probably was paying attention. But sometimes life takes a nose dive and the world becomes a bleak, desolate waste with no light, no Sora, and no Riku.

Then, because that’s not enough, your laptop crashes and refuses to let you run a disk repair until fourdays after you’ve already shelled out the money to buy a new one.

Yeah!

This Tuesday is all about my favorite books in my favorite genre; fantasy. Sci-fi is a very close contender, but if I’m honest with myself I’m more into dragons and swords and (attractive) people using magic. It’s fun! In a way the real world is most decidedly not.

How does one deal with a bustle in their hedgerow, anyway?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Most Identify With

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Most Identify With

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you while I am miles from home, cruising down California’s famous Highway 1 with the Pacific Ocean to my right. My and The Man will be exploring Monterey, Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. Much excite!

While I explore the California coast, you get a chance to explore how I self identify. Not of ton of characters remind me of myself, as it turns out. Mostly because I prefer hot showers and full meals and not having to fight constantly while also being filthy and hungry. Also I can’t speak with animals.

Yet.

But I mean, that’s cool (it’s not), however I do have some things in common with various characters- like cyborgs and confused people, so without further ado, here’s a collection of character that I can point to and be like, “Me too, my dude, me too.”

*screams* Californiaaaaaaa!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes from my Favorite Books

Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes from my Favorite Books

Sometimes I look at my hands in the light of my computer and I am horrified by how many lines are on them already.

Then I remember they are very dry.

Top Ten Tuesday is simple and clean, like the best Kingdom Hearts song. Straight forward, a no-nonsense pile of quotes for you to ingest on the last day of April. Enjoy!

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl

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Book Review: Provost’s Dog Trilogy by Tamora Pierce

Book Review: Provost’s Dog Trilogy by Tamora Pierce

No Top Ten Tuesday this week because the subject didn’t spark my interest. Instead you get a review! I can feel your joy and excitement from here- trust me.

Maybe you’ve noticed by now, but I’m super into Tamora Pierce. I got into her when I was eight or nine, because a book called Wolf Speaker was just too cool sounding to pass up. Then I became an actual young adult and I was stupid and delusional and thought that I should be reading more mature books (except for Harry Potter, even though it tortured me with things like S.P.E.W. and Grawp and one dimensional antagonists). Now I’m older, and I realize I should read what I enjoy, because one, it’s better than not reading it all, and two, this isn’t high school and no one is forcing me to read things like The Great Gatsby. Hooray for people with swords and magic!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Rainy Day Reads

What does that even mean? I’m guessing it means comfort books? Those old, friendly stories you pick up when the weather is right and you’re filled with nostalgia for old companions and roads already traveled. I get very emotionally attached to characters, probably more than real people???? Is that healthy? Is that right? People just run around making me question and doubt myself. Also they are full of strange smells and sometimes eat black licorice. What’s up with that?

Books on the other hand, are consistent. You’re not going to wake up some morning and find out that it’s not responding to your messages, or that it started seeing someone else, or that it’s too busy to hang out. The rainy season’s finally starting to wind down here in the California Foothills, which means those cozy days with tea and the space heater are about to end. But we’re all about wallowing in nostalgia here at Chasing the Four Winds, so why look forward- when we can look back with sparkling tears on our cheeks like anime girls.

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Book Review: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Book Review: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Confession: I’m siiiick, and not just in the late 90’s/early 2000’s way (though I am that); but the coughing, sneezing, aching, bubonic plague kind sort of sick that happens when you’re surrounded by the walking germ gardens some refer to as “children”. Thusly, no Top Ten Tuesday this week- instead you get a review I’ve been sitting on for awhile because it’s foul mouthed and kinda strange and also a little rambling. But that’s fine, right? Chances are good that you are also at least a little foul mouthed and have a penchant for strange and also for rambling.

Speaking of rambling- I’m doing it.

*coughs up entire planets of phlegm*

This review starts out with a bit of reflection… also cursing, not too much, but I thought I should warn you, gentle readers. Or maybe you’re used to that by now? Anyway- be warned.

Also I have no pictures of the book because I borrowed it from my mom and forgot to take a picture of it surrounded by knives like I intended.

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