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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Much About

I’m back with participating in Top Ten Tuesday now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is those books that you love, but for the life of you, you really cannot remember much about those books due to time eroding information from your mind. For me, I read a lot as a kid, so many of these books are lost to my newly adulted mind due to time.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

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I’m not sure if it’s the fact that the trailer for the Disney movie is inconsistent with the actual book or that I’ve just completely forgotten the details of the plot of this book, but when I watched that trailer for the movie coming out soon, it seemed very unfamiliar to me. I think the main idea and plot seem pretty familiar, but everything else is scattered in my mind. To be fair, I did read this book at a very young age and LOVED it. I should really pick it up again.

  • The City of Ember

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Do you guys remember reading this series? I remember highly enjoying the first installment, getting bored by the second installment, and then never following through with the rest of the series. It was pretty popular for quite a bit, but I don’t remember the rest of the series taking off in the same way the first book did.

  • Inkheart

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I adored this series! I still remember the basic premise of how the main character was able to manipulate the written word in a supernatural way. The specific events and trials that she goes through, however, are now lost to me.

  • The Mysterious Benedict Society

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This was such a fun read, but the many specificities of the plot are now lost to me. I’d definitely consider rereading this book though. I can’t even remember if I read the sequel to this book…

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events

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I didn’t realize how much I didn’t remember about this book until I started watching the Netflix series. Whoops. (I highly recommend the series, by the way).

  • Graceling

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I think I only read this book because a friend of mine was reading it. I can’t even trust myself to remember the basic premise of this but all I remember is liking it. I think this was one of the first times I was introduced to a female character in a young adult book that had masculine characteristics that were praised rather than made fun of, so that’s pretty cool.

  • The Host

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I read this book unaware that the author was the same woman who had penned Twilight. All I know it’s kinda creepy and it has aliens in it. I really enjoyed it though!

  • Anne of Green Gables

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Again, I know the basic premise. But the other characters besides Anne, however, I can’t remember a thing about.

  • The Last of the Mohicans

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I read this book more recently than the rest of the books on this list. Although, I did read it at 1 or 2 AM in the morning and there were several instances in which I fell asleep reading it. Whether I fell asleep out of boredom, exhaustion, or some combination between the two, I can’t say (because I don’t really remember what this book was about).

  • Stuart Little

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I have a good excuse for not remembering this book: I was in the third grade when I read it. Again, the basic idea of a little kid having his talking pet mouse as a friend sticks in my mind. All other details are lost or have been supplanted by the details of the movie.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions / Goals

I am now going to be joining the delightful bookish meme: Top Ten Tuesday! It is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, so go check her and it out! This week’s theme is Bookish Resolutions for the new year.

  • Read 50 Books (or more)

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Last year, I shot low and easily surpassed reading my initial goal of 25 books by 10. This year, I am aiming towards 50, which I feel like I can achieve easily. That comes to about one book a week, and I already have a great start:

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  • Read War and Peace

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The longest book that I read last year was Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Kareninawhich I thoroughly enjoyed. The reason that I decided to read this book was to see if I could get through War and Peace, the logic being that if I can get through and enjoy Karenina, then I will like War and Peace. I’ll probably hold off on this book until the summer though.

  • Read more physical books

Because I am a political science major, it can be difficult for me to pick up a book in between classes or for leisure because I am already reading up to 300 pages of text each week for school. I have gotten around this fact by listening to more audiobooks, but I am going to try and incorporate more physical books into my school schedule since I have so many!! But if I can’t, or if my mental health can’t take it, then I’m not going to push it. Reading is enjoyable, and I strive to keep it that way!

  • Read more non-fiction!

This is a BIG resolution for me. I only read 9/35 nonfiction books last year, and I would really like to increase the percentage. Fiction is a fun escape, but non-fiction books have so much to offer as well. I recently got a copy of The Art of War and I am still trying to read What Happened, so I definitely have good options for this section.

  • Read more diverse authors

This goal is mostly aimed at reading more authors of color. I am guilty of reading in a very Eurocentric manner, and given that I am an Asian-American woman, I especially would like to read more books by people that look like and have had similar experiences to me.

  • Finish a series

Hopefully I can finally finish the rest of the Percy Jackson books that I’ve been putting off, or even the Jojo Moyes series, and take those books off my TBR.

  • Check off some of those DNF books

We’re all guilty of this, aren’t we? I just want to finish one or two of those DNF books.

  • Read over 20,000 pages

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I don’t just want to read a certain numerical amount of books, especially as I often read plays, which are significantly shorter than novels. I read around 12,500 pages last year, so I hope reading 20,000 pages across 50+ books is reasonable!

  • Get through 20% of my TBR list

Oh, my TBR list. It’s so long, and I have not been great about adhering to it strictly because of the availability of books or the release of new books. I have only read 11/127 of the books on that list, which comes to around 8%. I would really like to read through 20% of that list AT LEAST this year, so that means around 26 books. 26-11 comes to 15, which is pretty reasonable.

  • Read more classics

Especially, especailly Jane Austen. and Shakespeare. I especially want to finish all of Jane Austen’s novels.

What are your bookish resolutions?

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Reading Habits Tag


I stumbled across the Reading Habits Tag, which originated with The Book Jazz. All the questions involved will be in bold, in case you’d like to also participate! So without further ado…

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Yep, it’s called my bed. The bed in my dormitory is probably my favorite place, just because my desk is reserved for homework and all things studying. It’s also a small bed, so it’s easy to make and then flop down on to get a few chapters done!

Where do you like to read?

I like to read outside or places with ambient noise, such as the dining hall or in a coffee shop. But honestly, I read everywhere I can: the gym, while walking, while waiting for class or for appointments, on the bus, and while eating.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Random piece of paper. I used to have a million and one bookmarks, but now, since my life is so disorganized, I instead use any piece of paper I can find lying around.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter / certain amount of pages?

This depends. I think it typically I like to stop after I have made the progress that I wanted to make. Sometimes, though, if I’m reading while waiting for something, I can and have to just stop reading.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yes, of course. Sometimes I will read an ebook but most times I will listen to an audiobook.

Music or TV while reading?

Maybe music if it is music that I am familiar enough with it. Otherwise I get too distracted. I have never tried TV while reading, but I have a feeling that it wouldn’t go down all too well for me.

One book at a time or several at once?

Several at once! Especially since I consume books in multiple formats, I am always usually reading an ebook on my phone, listening to an audiobook, and reading a physical book. I get through my TBR so much quicker this way and listening to an audiobook allows you to multitask while reading.

Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere! I wouldn’t get as much reading done if I only read at home, that’s for sure.

Reading aloud or silently in your head?

I find that I read quicker silently in my head, but I will read aloud if I want the information to stick.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

NEVER. Nope, I don’t see the appeal. I like to maintain the integrity of the plot.

Break the spine or keep it like new?

Keep it like new! Although I do have a few gently used books that I have acquired from thrift stores, and book sales, and I do like the lived-in feel of these books. But for newer books, I always keep them as pristine as possible.

Do you write in your books?

I will write in my books if I am reading them for school; those annotations and highlighting helps me keep track of passages I’d like to discuss in class or write analyses of. My copy of Romeo and Juliet and my copy of Jane Eyre are all marked up.

Who do you tag?

You, if you’d like to do this tag!

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HARRY POTTER BOOK TAG!

HI ALL HI Y’ALL! Happy Halloween to those of you who celebrate. I thought today was a perfect day to do the Harry Potter Book Tag and talk about all things Harry Potter because a) of course I’m a fan and b) what better day to talk about Harry Potter than on the day he became The Boy Who Lived?

So without further ado…

THE HARRY POTTER BOOK TAG:

  • Favorite book

Deathly Hallows. I just like how the finality came about, and because I’m a masochist, seeing Harry and his gang lose their innocence in a brutal yet honest way was nice to see for me, especially from a more adult perspective. I think how all the loose ends were tied was masterful and it kept you on your toes from the beginning to the end. I also have the best memories associated with this book, like preordering the book and attending its nightmare premiere with my friends, so that might have influenced how much I love this installment of the series.

  • Favorite movie

Goblet of Fire. I love what the filmmakers did with the Triwizard Tournament, the Yule Ball, and the other two magical schools. Out of all the Harry Potter books, I just think the plot of this one leant itself most to the movie medium.

  • Least favorite book

The Half-Blood Prince. I just really dislike Snape, okay; also, this is the book when Harry was probably the most annoying to me. I know I am not alone in terms of not-loving this particular Harry Potter book.

  • Parts of the books/movies that made you cry

I’ll admit- I’m an emotional reader (and just an emotional person in general). The two most heartbreaking moments of the series is when Dobby died and when Fred died. I mean- come on. Sure, Dobby’s death was the perfect end to his relationship with Harry Potter, and it only speaks to Dobby’s character that he sacrificed so much for Harry Potter and his side in the war. But this only added to the sadness of the moment for me, and only enhanced my grief over Dobby’s death. Also, are we going to talk about the fact that Fred’s death happened in the middle of his reunion with Percy finally standing up to the hierarchy he was entrenched in? It is a moment both cruel and fitting- he died having reconciled with his brother, but he still did not live to reap the benefits of that reconciliation. Also George’s and Ron’s emotions over the death made the passing that much more heartbreaking. J.K. Rowling- she sure knows how to make you love a character and then rip it away from you in the worst of moments.

  • If you could hook up with any Harry Potter character who would it be?

Dean Thomas. I mean there’s a reason Ginny dated him y’all.

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  • Favorite character

Hermoine Granger. Smart, frumpy, and at times, a little high-spirited. What else could a girl want from a lead female character?

  • What would your Patronus be?

Pottermore dictates that it would be a Ginger Cat. I find this pretty interesting since I am not a cat person at all, and a cat would not be the pet that I’d take to Hogwarts with me.

  • Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?

I am not emotionally strong enough to deal with the Resurrection Stone, nor am I confrontational enough to make use of the Elder Wand, so I’ll have to go with the Invisibility Cloak. Trust me, there is many a time when I wish I could’ve disappeared into  the background (or snuck out of the house without my parents noticing).

  • What House would you be in?

I took the Pottermore test ages ago, and it dictated that I would be in Hufflepuff, which makes sense to me. Last year, I retook the test because the website had a new test (I think?) and I got sorted into Ravenclaw. Both are viable possibilities, but if you ask me I’d probably say that I was more Ravenclaw than Hufflepuff.

  • If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be?

Definitely Emma Watson. Feminist icon, all around lovely, and now a real, breathing Disney princess?? Sign me up.

  • Have you played any of the video games?

I played the Lego Harry Potter games on the Wii because I got them for Christmas but that’s about it!

  • If you were on the Quidditch team which position would you play?

I don’t think I’d be on the Quidditch team at all, especially in a house that is a competitive as Ravenclaw is. I’d be the chaser if I had to pick a position, mostly because avoiding running into people/ frantically trying to avoid people coming at you is a skill I’ve already acquired in real life due to my shorter-than-average stature.

  • Were you happy with the ending?

Yes, I was. I am of the opinion that A Cursed Child was not part of the original, actual plot line. I know I might be of a minority in saying I actually would rather there never be another Harry Potter book. I’m content with how it ended.

  • How much does Harry Potter mean to you?

I love Harry Potter. I was part of the club in high school. I had a Harry Potter themed birthday party when I was twelve. My friend wrote me a fake Harry Potter acceptance letter. My family sits around and binge watches the movies whenever a weekend marathon is happening. I’ve been to the Harry Potter worlds in both Orlando and Los Angeles. Suffice to say, this is a series that was close to my heart and close to my childhood, as the series is only a year older than I am and I read all of the books under the age of eleven. It only fanned my passion for reading and my empathy, I’d like to think, for everyone else around me. And now as an adult, I can appreciate the subtle politics that it advances. Truthfully, I love and will love Harry Potter, always.

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