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Six for Sunday: Favorite & Beloved LGBTQIAP+ Characters

Six for Sunday

Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


Happy Pride Month!

I’m taking today’s prompt as meaning either favorite LGBTQIAP+ stories or characters, OR favorite stories with LGBTQIAP+ characters in general. I’m going with just characters today.

When I went to make this list my thoughts immediately went to several TJ Klune characters who I adore so much. He has written most of my favorite LGBTQIAP+ characters. I did, however, leave room for another pair written by a different author. A pair who will forever hold a special place in my heart.

My list of favorite and beloved LGBTQIAP+ characters include:

[ 1 ] Sam of Wilds

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[ 2 ] Ox

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[ 3 ] Alex Claremont-Diaz & Prince Henry

"Red, White, & Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston (cover)
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[ 4 ] Wallace Price & Hugo

"Under the Whispering Door" by TJ Klune (cover)
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[ 5 ] Gordo Livingston

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[ 6 ] Nick Bell

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Six for Sunday: Magical Characters I’d Love to Be Friends With

Six for Sunday

Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


The stellar theme for this month’s Six for Sunday posts is “Magical May.” Today’s prompt is magical characters you’d love to be friends with.

This prompt is my kind of perfect for me because many of my favorite characters have magical abilities of all kinds and are some of the best people you’ll ever read about. For my list, I chose characters from Tamora Pierce’s books since she is my all-time favorite author. She also writes young adult fantasy, so her characters are perfect for today’s prompt.

Magical character I really want to be besties forever with are:

( 1 ) Daja Kisubo

Magic: metal

( 2 ) Diane (Veralidaine) Sarrasri

Magic: wild magic – communicate with animals; shape-shifting

( 3 ) Alanna the Lioness

Magic: healing

( 4 ) Beka (Rebekah) Cooper

Magic: hear spirits of the dead through pigeons; hear sounds & conversations that happen near dust spinners

( 5 ) Briar Moss

Magic: plants

( 6 ) Tris (Trisana) Chandler

Magic: weather


Who are some of your favorite magical characters that you would like to be friends with?


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Spell Your Name With Book Character Names

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Do you ever get an idea in your head late at night when you should be asleep but you just have to get up and write the idea down? That was me a few weeks ago.

There I was. Trying to sleep but my mind was still active. I suddenly started thinking of blog post ideas. For the next hour or so, I wrote it all down.

I love a good bookish challenge because you get to revisit past reads you loved. Acronym challenges are one of my favorites to do. This time I thought of trying to spell my name with the names of book characters. Let me tell you it was not easy because I had nine letters, two of them “I”s to find names for. Here’s what I came up with:

Cartier – The Queen’s Rising duology

Halt – Ranger’s Apprentice series

Rho Grace – Zodiac series

Isabelle de Piaget – Dreams of Lilacs by Lynn Kurland

Sebastian Michaels – Black Butler

Tiggy – Tales from Verania series

Iolanthe MacLeod – My Heart Stood Still by Lynn Kurland

Niko (Niklaren) Goldeye – Circle of Magic series

Alanna of Trebond – Song of the Lioness series

The characters mentioned above are very likable and their respective books/series were all four or five stars for me. Cartier is a passion of knowledge and an amazing love interest for the MC. Halt is a grizzly Ranger who I adore. Rho is strong-willed and will do whatever it takes to stop the Thirteenth House (previously believed as a myth) from destroying the entire Zodiac. Isabelle proves she’s more than a pretty face and wants to be seen as somebody. Sebastian is one dashing demon and “one hell of a butler.” Tiggy is the sweetest, gentlest half giant who I love so much. Iolanthe is a ghost I remember being as strong and stern. Niko is a great mage and a wise teacher. And Alanna is a force to be reckoned with who dreams of becoming a knight.

Just a little fun, bookish activity for today. What book characters’ names would you use to spell your name?


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Bookish Memes Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Character Names In the Title

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is: Books with Character Names In the Title. An easy and fun prompt this week.

I chose ten of my favorite books with a character’s name in the title. I tried to include characters and books I love but don’t talk about as much. All of the books mentioned below are 5 start reads of mine that I recommend if you’re looking for a new middle grade, young adult fantasy, lgbtqiap+, graphic novel, or contemporary romance to read.

Books on my Top Ten Tuesday list are:

1. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

2. Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

3. Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass

4. Dajas Book by Tamora Pierce

5. Erak’s Ransom by John Flanagan

6. George by Alex Gino

7. Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron

8. Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma

9. Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

10. Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi

I like when the character’s name is in the title because it gets you excited for what’s to come. That something epic is about to happen so you better be ready. It also makes the story seem more personal. These kinds of titles roll off the tongue so nicely.


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Bookish Memes Six for Sunday

#SixForSunday: Favorite Character Arcs

Six for Sunday

Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


Today’s Six for Sunday prompt is favorite character arcs. I’ve enjoyed countless characters’ stories, so narrowing down this list was a little hard. But I think the best arcs are the ones that change you in some way. They’re the ones that stay with you long after the story ends. Those stories are the reasons why I love reading.

Here are six of my favorite character arcs:

( 1 ) BriennaThe Queen’s Rising duology by Rebecca Ross

Brienna has tried and failed to find her place in the world. She is so open and earnest and kind. She grows so much over the course of two, action-packed books. I loved every part of her fantastic story.

( 2 ) CharlotteRock Hard by Nalini Singh

Charlotte is still dealing with a lot of trauma after escaping an abusive relationship. The reader quickly comes to see that Charlotte is more than her trauma and shyness. She is effervescent, strong, and hard-working. Her arc is noteworthy and her love story just as sweet.

( 3 ) Anna and KeaneFloat Plan by Trish Doller

Anna is trying to reclaim her life after the loss of her husband to suicide by taking his boat on a sea voyage. Keane is trying to continue to do what he loves despite the loss of his leg. As they get to know each other during their travels, it’s easy to see how alike they are. This was a breathtaking, freeing, second chance romance.

( 4 ) GordoRavensong by TJ Klune

I adore stubborn, grumpy Gordo. Like many of Klune’s characters, Gordo’s past is heartbreaking and yet he has such a big heart that makes him such a profound character. He deserves an HEA and more!

( 5 ) RobbieHeartsong by TJ Klune

Robbie is He’s so sweet, precious, loyal, and lovable. Like many of us, all Robbie wants is a place and people to call home. It’s an arduous journey for Robbie and continues to be so throughout Heartsong.

( 6 ) Wallace PriceUnder the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

In one of the most poignant and thought-provoking novels I’ve ever read, Wallace’s arc was the ultimate character transformation as he’s continuously faced with a new question and perspective. I had no idea where the story was gonna go or what Wallace would eventually decide to do, but I was thoroughly anxious, perched precariously on the edge of my seat waiting for whatever may come. This is one character arc I will always remember.


What factors create an enjoyable character arc to you?


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Bookish Memes Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love An Update On

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt has us wondering about beloved characters and their lives post-story.

Have you ever read a story that you just didn’t want to end? That you wish there were just a few pages more to learn what characters have been up to after all is said and done? This feeling of longing is a tale as old as time.

Here are characters I’d love an update on (spoiler free):

1. Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar
Circle of Magic

2. Kel
Protector of the Small

3. Dove
Daughter of the Lioness

4. Alex and Henry
Red, White, & Royal Blue

5. Beka
Provost’s Dog/Beka Cooper

6. Thirrin
The Cry Of The Icemark

7. Rho
Zodiac

8. Brienna
The Queen’s Rising

9. Bennett pack
Green Creek

10. Roger and Caroline Whittier
The Green and the Gray

A good story never truly ends, does it? It replays over and over in the mind and heart. It’s fun to imagine where these characters are now. You hope they’re deliriously happy and content, and can now enjoy the fruits of their labors. A much-earned HEA.

What are some characters that you would love an update on? What do you think life has been like for them after their story has ended?


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Six for Sunday: Characters I’d Like to Swap Lives With

Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.

Happy Sunday!

Today’s Six for Sunday prompt had book lovers consider which characters they’d swap lives with.

I don’t often think about swapping lives with the characters I read about, but when I do I think I’d be happy to switch with these six characters:

1) DAINE (The Immortals series)

Daine has wild magic, which allows her to talk to animals and shape shift into other animals but I wouldn’t want to use the ability to control an animal’s free will.

2) BOB (Ranger’s Apprentice series)

Bob trains the horses used by Rangers, an elite group of highly trained individuals who protect the kingdom of Araluen. Ranger horses are also specially bred and trained in such areas as agility, endurance, and commands. They’re also my favorite animal companions in books.

3) JENNY (Ranger’s Apprentice series)

Jenny is a gifted chef and after her apprenticeship quickly gains notoriety for her amazing cooking. I can follow a receipt and push buttons on a microwave, but it’d be great to have better cooking skills to make yummy treats and delicious meals.

4) SAM (Tales From Verania series)

Sam of Wilds is an apprentice wizard with immense, untapped magical powers, and has the best family and friends and love anyone could ask for. Who wouldn’t want to be able to do magic? Plus, the deep love and support that can be found within found families is always beautiful.

5) CELIE (Castle Glower series)

Celie is a princess who lives in a magical, sentient castle that changes itself whenever it feels like it. I would have a lot of fun living in and exploring Castle Glower because I’d never be bored.

6) NARWHAL (Narwhal and Jelly series)

Narwhal is the most positive and happiest narwhal ever. Narwhal makes each book feel new and exciting. It looks like being a narwhal would be a lot of fun.


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My Favorite Book Mentors

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September means back to school for millions of people of all ages. Since I work in a school and being September already, I wanted to do a back to school post. I thought about the awesome teachers I’ve been so lucky to work with. How could I tie this into books?

I was fortunate enough to have had a lot of great teachers when I was a student. In hindsight, I wish I’d had a mentor to guide me because while I did well enough academically, I struggled in other areas where a mentor could have made a difference when I had no idea how to help myself.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines mentor (noun) as “a trusted counselor or guide” and as a “tutor, coach.” A Google search also yields this result, “an experienced and trusted advisor” (noun) who “advise[s] or train[s] (someone, especially a younger colleague)” (verb).

Throughout my reading journey I’ve come across plenty of book characters who have guided the (usually) main character during periods of darkness, uncertainty, rejection, sadness, and fear. They don’t make decisions for the character, but provide as much as they could all the tools and knowledge necessary to make an informed decision or conclusion. They helped characters to find the power within themselves to achieve their goals, independence, empathy, and responsibility. The characters come out a better version of their previous self for having known these mentor-esque individuals.

Thinking a lot about the positive impact mentors can have on someone, I decided to write a blog post about my favorite book mentors.

 

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Lark, Niko, Frostpine, Rosethorn to Sandry, Tris, Daja, Briar
Circle of Magic series

Sometimes unusual magic requires a specific kind of assistance. In the Circle of Magic series, four young, newfound mages with unique magic are sent to Winding Circle to cultivate and learn to use their powers. Four distinct, powerful individuals (Lark, Niko, Frostpine, and Rosethorn) are brought in to instruct Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar.

What I love about these mentors is their personality, their gifts, their approach to magic and life, and how they bring out the best in their mentees. They bring out who these kids are deep down and allow them to flourish. Much of what Sandry, Trish, Daja, and Briar overcome be partially attributed to the guidance (and home) their mentors gave them.


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Harriet Barnett to Aidan Hall
All Night Long with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews

Once a Hall, always a Hall. Expect the worst – or so it’s believed.

In my review of All Night Long with a Cowboy, I mentioned my displeasure over assumptions people made of characters, especially teenage bad boy, Aidan. These assumptions have caught Aidan in a never-ending cycle of bad behavior too strong to fight. Until Harriet decides to do something about it.

Harriet is patient, matter-of-fact, practical, and a no-nonsense kind of person. In the summer, she has gotten some struggling students to slowly but sure achieve some kind of academic success. She also sees Aidan for who he really is and is willing to help Aidan (as long as he puts forth the effort to) change and go after what he really wants for his life. I really like where Aidan’s storyline ended.


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Halt to Will
Ranger’s Apprentice series

Halt is a wonderfully grumpy and grizzled Ranger, renowned Ranger throughout the kingdom of Araluen. When he’s not defending the kingdom or on a mission, he typically stays out of sight (a feat as easy as breathing for a Ranger), tucked away in his cabin with his horse, Abelard, his only company. Before the start of the series, he’s only ever had one apprentice. So imagine his (and probably everyone’s) surprise when he decides to make young Will an apprentice Ranger.

Halt is very good with Will even if people-ing is not his strong suit and unnecessary questions are the bane of his existence. Eventually, the two form a bond that exceeds blood and the mentor-mentee relationship.


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Hugo to Wallace Price
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Hugo is a ferryman to the newly dead. It’s not an easy job nor is it for everyone. Hugo is one of those special individuals who are just so…awe inspiring.

When a new case (Wallace) arrives at his unconventionally constructed tea shop, Hugo tries to help them to come to terms with being dead and eventually move on to whatever’s next. There are successes and failures, but Hugo’s methodology is one of patience, sympathetic understanding, wisdom, and one million percent heart.

Hugo’s approach  is the kind of care and attention someone like Wallace Price – a cold, apathetic lawyer – is going to need while he reexamines how he’s lived his life, how he’s treated others, and what he thought he knew to be true.


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Cartier Evariste/Aodhan Morgane to Brienna
The Queen’s Rising duology

Brienna is running out of time to find an area to passion in so she can be chosen by a patron like her House sisters until Cartier (a passion of knowledge) takes her under his wing.

Under Cartier’s easy demeanor and calm tutelage, Brienna begins to find something she really enjoys and excels in. From Cartier, Brienna draws strength and purpose, which will come in handy to face a future she could have never expected.

 

This post ended up way longer than I thought. I didn’t know I had that much to say about this. But if you’ve made it this far, thanks for stopping by and reading my post! I hope you enjoyed it.

Do you have a favorite book mentor?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Crushes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

Which fictional characters are you currently crushing on?

The prompt today is Fictional Crushes of which I have way too many of and am sorry not sorry about because they are wonderful mix of kind, lovable, cute, endearing, and swoon-worthy. It’s the reader’s life 😊💕

My Top 10 fictional crushes are:

1. GEORGE COOPER – Song of the Lioness series

2. HAK – Yona of the Dawn

3. LINCOLN REED – Protecting What’s Mine by Lucy Score

4. LUKA – The Betrayal Knows My Name

5. MIACH – Nine Kingdoms series

6. NAWAT CROW – Daughter of the Lioness duology

7. OBI – Snow White with the Red Hair

8. OX – Green Creek series

9. SEBASTIAN MICAHELS – Black Butler

10. VIKTOR NIKIFOROV – Yuri on Ice


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Weekend Writing Prompt #73

PROMPT: Write a story in which two of your favorite bookish families compete against each other on a competition show that you like.

 

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