Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish
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I’ll admit it: I’ve already purchased most of the books on my wishlist during the mad rush of Black Friday sales. Still, there are a few I’m crossing my fingers are in some of the boxes currently under my tree.

34963585 Paper Girls: Book One by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, and Jared K. Fletcher
Here’s a weird fact about me: I adore graphic novels and manga, but I feel weird buying them for myself because they’re twice as expensive (at least) as other books I buy and take me less than half the time to read. So, if you’re ever looking for a gift to give me, have a look at my graphic novel wishlist. I’ve been wanting to read this series for a long time, but I have mixed emotions about Brian K. Vaughan. He’s such a popular writer, but I wasn’t a fan of Y: The Last Man and I read the first volume of Saga but was underwhelmed. I do plan on continuing that series eventually, but I want to give him another shot with a different series. I don’t know much about this, but 80s mystery delivery girl gang. I’m here for it.

71etOX4uA8LBlackbird, vol. 1 by Sam Humphries, Jen Bartel, and Triona Farrell
I know even less about this series than I do about Paper Girls, and I only heard of it about a month ago when wandering through my local Barnes & Noble, but the cover immediately drew me in and what I know of this story sounds amazing. It follows a Latinx main character and it’s magical realism. And based on the cover I’m going to be obsessed with the illustrations. I feel even worse about buying graphic novels for myself when I know so little about them, but I’m fascinated.

 

 

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Goodnight Punpun Omnibus, vol. 1 by Inio Asano
This has been on my wish list for so long. I flip through it every time I go to the bookstore. It’s adorable and it looks so touching but I’ve heard it’s going to make me cry and I need it in my life. It has mature themes so it’s definitely not for everyone, but I’ve heard this hailed as the best manga out there. Literally the only reason I don’t own it yet is because it’s so expensive. I can justify buying graphic novels to some extent (I still barely do it) because of the glossy pages, the large books, and the stunning colors, but manga are almost always in black and white, the paper is flimsy, and it just hurts my heart to spend that kind of money on it. But I want it so bad.

 

51FQOx84tGL._SX352_BO1,204,203,200_ The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, vol. 1 by Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki
Again, literal years. This has been on my wish list for literal years. I first saw this when perusing a comic book store in Chapel Hill before I even moved to North Carolina and was so intrigued. As I’m starting to go into studying mortuary sciences this has risen even higher on my TBR. The same reason I don’t own it is the price, and the fact that there are several books in the series, all equally expensive, and I know once I start I’m going to want to read the entire series. I don’t know much about it because almost every time I see it in a bookstore it’s in cellophane so I can’t flip through it, but the story sounds perfect for me.

 

51GLNSdDDqL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
Hard left turn here. Ever since Georgia Hardstark mentioned this book when covering the case in episode 190 of My Favorite Murder I’ve been wanting to pick up this book. I love true crime and this period in American history is fascinatingly horrific. When purchasing books for myself, unless there’s a massive sale I almost exclusively stick to novels that are in a genre I know I enjoy, so nonfiction books like this I’m usually a little more leary of. I know I’m interested in the case, but I don’t know if I’m “read an entire book about it” interested, y’know? So let someone else get it for me.

 

51wPtzioPcL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson
This is a book that has only recently joined my wishlist, so it probably won’t be under my tree, but I think it will be fascinating. I first heard of it when scrolling through study photos on Instagram getting pumped about going back to school and someone (I don’t remember who, unfortunately) posted a photo studying in a cafe with a friend and this was on the table. I was like what is that and I instantly looked it up. This is almost all of my interests compiled into one book and I need it.

 

 

51UTHy6HiAL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_ 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality by Allison Yarrow
As a Women’s and Gender Studies major, I love snarky feminist books that are less on the academic side and more on the pop culture/general audience side. I also adore feminism books with curse words in the title. Don’t know why, but that’s a very particular interest of mine. As a 90s kid myself, a feminist analysis of the 90s, as well as the hopes and disappointments of the decade, this book sounds like everything I could ask for.

 

 

813guBcUXoL The Goddess Revolution: Make Peace with Food, Love Your Body and Reclaim Your Life by Mel Wells
I first heard of this book when I saw an interview with the author on a blog when it first came out and it’s been sitting on my wishlist ever since. I’m obsessed with the cover, and while I’m not typically a self-help book reader, this concept seems great. I wrote my thesis on the intersection of feminism and neopagan spiritualities, and this seems like it will be in that niche, plus self-help. I don’t know much about it, but it seems like the type of thing that will appeal to my interests.

 

 

 

9781578636709 Becoming Dangerous: Witchy Femmes, Queer Conjurers, and Magical Rebels by Katie West and Jasmine Elliot
Using The Goddess Revolution as a segway from feminist books to witchy books, this is a little more heavily on the witchy side. This book is almost exactly what I wrote my thesis on and I really wish I had heard of it while I was in the midst of writing it. I read Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive by Kristen J. Sollee for my thesis and I absolutely adored it, and this seems like it’s going to have very similar vibes. I need it.

 

 

 

816oVHUMdaL Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic From Appalachia by Jake Richards
Another witchy book, but 100% witchraft, 0% feminism. This book was recommended to me by a local pagan and is exactly what I’ve been looking for ever since I moved to North Carolina. It’s all about magical traditions of this region as well as local folklore, traditional rituals, and ways to use local materials in personal practice. I have a lot of reference witchy books, but none of them are location-centric, so I’m very interested in this one as a more focused reference.

 

 

 

Well, those are the ten books I’m hoping to find under my tree tomorrow. I’d love to know what books you all are excited about, as well as which ones you end up receiving. It’s always interesting to see the difference between the books we buy for ourselves and the books we ask for as gifts. Until next time, friends.

_Tia

Books I Enjoyed That Were Outside My Comfort Zone

 

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish
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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is an extra fun one, as it gives me a chance to talk about some of my favorite books that I don’t usually mention. I tend to read some very specific types of books, but these few reaches outside of my comfort zone definitely paid off!

41xQVphTvuL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

My number one rule about books/movies: never read or watch anything with a dog on the cover. This book absolutely blew up when it came out. Posters of it were all over my local libraries, it was on so many book club lists, and everyone was talking about it. I instantly dismissed it, because dog. Nope. I don’t remember what finally convinced me to try the audiobook, but holy hecc was it great. I completely fell in love with Enzo (obviously), the story was beautifully written, and (of course) I bawled my eyes out. I listened to this exclusively in the car during commutes and I got to the end as I was driving to visit my mom. I sat in my car in the driveway for half an hour finishing the story with my mom texting me constantly and staring at me out the window making sure I was okay. When I finished, I walked straight into the bathroom and finished my cry. As long as you’re okay with that level of heartbreak, this book is definitely worth it and I think about it often.

79543be2-edc1-43c2-9145-76b646ac7e1b_1.9211d91e9cc8a282b9eec5f92234af02Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Another one I decided to listen to on audio during commutes, and another one I sat outside my mom’s house as I finished. I worked at Barnes and Noble when this came out and I sold so many copies that holiday season! When I heard there was going to be a movie I decided I’d finally see what all the hype was about. This book is primarily told in alternating perspectives between Nick in present-day trying to figure out what happened to his missing wife and Amy’s diary entries leading up to her disappearance. It’s got murder mystery, it’s got psychological manipulation, it’s got delightfully hatable main characters. It’s excellent. The audiobook also has two different narrators to get the listener extra invested in the story. It completely blew my mind (and not just at the end, there are twists around every corner!) and I adored it. This is still the only Gillian Flynn novel I’ve read (though I have watched Sharp Objects) and I really need to pick up more.

81CbrHbtloLThe Postmortal  by Drew Magary

I picked this up on a whim from a local used bookstore largely because of the cover. I don’t usually read dark satirical types of books, but this totally blew me away. This story follows a world in which aging has been cured. You can still die in pretty much any other way, but you can’t die of old age. As technology progresses and the population becomes unsustainable, a new career emerges where people are commissioned to kill others in oddly specific ways. This book is very similar to Sythe by Neal Shusterman in concept, but the execution – pun intended – is very different. Don’t be mislead, this book is dark. There’s murder, there’s cults, there’s hate crimes, etc. It’s intense. When I finished it I just sat on the couch swearing for half an hour (that seems to be a theme with these books?) to the point where my fiance got annoyed and told me to either stop or close myself in the bedroom. It’s so good. But have something happy waiting to get the taste out of your mouth.

61oCI5iNClLThe Kite Runner  by Khaled Hosseini

I have no idea what I expected going into this. All I knew was that my friends raved about it. I think it’s best to go into this story without knowing much about the plot, but this deals with race, religion, and a whole mess of heavy topics in an elegant and lyrical way. I haven’t picked up any of Hosseini’s other works just because I’m not emotionally ready yet, but I almost certainly will in the future. I do feel the need to warn potential readers, though: I knew this book would make me cry, but I did not expect a severely upsetting scene to occur about halfway through the book. Typically these are at the end, so I was reading this on my fifteen-minute break at work, came to that scene, and was late returning to work because I had to compose myself in the break room. Use caution if you intend to read this book in a public space.

7741325Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

I don’t do holiday books. I just don’t. I picked up this book because I’d heard amazing things about this author duo and this seemed to be their most popular book. I knew there was a movie made of Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist, but this seemed to be the one everyone was talking about. I’m so glad I decided to give it a shot. The story follows around two characters who interact through notes left in a Moleskine notebook in a bookstore. The New York setting at Christmastime is dreamy, the characters are adorable, and it was such a refreshing book to pick up as I finished finals and prepared to settle in for my winter break. This is a great one to curl up with by the fire with a hot beverage, a fluffy blanket, and a fuzzy animal on your lap. It’s quick, so you can read it during the holidays and it won’t drag on once the holidays are over, and it’s just so cute and put me in a great mood.

33843251._SY475_The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Speaking of holiday books that I don’t read… The Afterlife of Holly Chase is a modern retelling of A Christmas Carol wherein a company – again based in New York – picks a new Scrooge every year.  Each Scrooge is someone who has the potential to turn their life around and, if they don’t, they will die within the next year. The three Christmas ghosts are leaders of their own team of employees to focus on the year’s Scrooge’s past, present, or future. Holly Chase is a failed Scrooge who has been given the opportunity to become the Ghost of Christmas Past in lieu of dying for real. She’s given an entirely new life, is set up in a small apartment with basic living expenses, and has a hoodie of invisibility so she can spy on the current scrooge. Holly is despicable at the beginning of the novel and her character arc is amazing. This novel is part fantasy, part paranormal, with amazing technology and such a cool concept. If you pick up one holiday-themed book, let it be this one.

18143905._UY475_SS475_The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

I love the idea of essay/story collections, I just rarely read them to completion. I was drawn to this collection by the stunning photo on the cover. Marina Keegan was a graduate of Yale who died tragically in a car accident just five days after her graduation. This collection of her essays and short stories is gripping and heartbreaking. Marina was a refreshing voice who could have done great things, don’t miss this collection of the only pieces we have.

large960_blur-24585d50df93a94b80d51a67fd639a48My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

On a completely different note, we have My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix. Oh, this book. I knew nothing about it when I saw it in the store and I was instantly drawn to not only the title but the GORGEOUS PRESENTATION. The hardcover is meant to look like an old school yearbook and it’s stunning. I’m super picky about horror in books, but this is a nice balance of super creepy and pure 80’s joy. This book is an absolute delight for any horror fan. A slow-burn creepy story with characters that I actually grew to care about and scenes that gave me legitimate nightmares. I really need to pick up more Grady Hendrix, this is amazing.

91liwcU9WjLDarkfever by Karen Marie Moning

This series was recommended to me when I was looking for easy reads while I recovered from having my tonsils removed last year. If I’m going to go for a paranormal book, I typically read YA because I want all the drama. I picked this one up because the first book in the series was cheap on kindle and because it has fae, which is my weakness in paranormal/fantasy books. This series is just so much fun, I ended up picking up the first three in the series. I love the Dublin setting, the creatures are so unique, and I’m fascinated by Barrons. This book does contain some sexual content, but compared to other adult paranormal romances it’s very mild. This book opened the door to a whole new genre for me and I’m so excited.

41Hp8OtQ4lL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_Differently Morphous by Yahtzee Croshaw

Y’all. Y’ALL. I picked this up because it was the deal of the day on Audible and seemed intriguing. If it sucked, I was only out about $3. BUT IT DID NOT. This book is quirky and unique and amazing. Lovecraftian monsters. A (basically) ministry of magic trying to cover up the existence of weird creatures. A protagonist who went to magic school and then found out she wasn’t actually magic. An obnoxious wizard with a cape who’s overly dramatic. A very sweaty computer nerd. This book is read by the author, it’s lighthearted, it’s excellent. I’ve already listened to it twice and I intend to listen again on an upcoming road trip.

 

Those are my top ten books I’ve enjoyed that were outside of my comfort zone! Let me know what books you’ve read that you weren’t sure about, and let me know if you’ve read any of the ones I’ve listed!

_Tia

Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library

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Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! Do I address that I missed last week? Or just move on? Let’s just move on.

Today’s challenge is the top ten books I’ve read that I would like to own in my personal library. I got my grubby little hands on these books in a variety of ways, loved them, and they have been in my wishlist ever since. Here we go.

10194157Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I gotta come clean right off the bat. When I first read this book, I torrented it. I don’t do it anymore, but I used to back when this book initially came out. The reason I did not purchase it at the time was because, for some reason, I didn’t think I would like it! I was intrigued by it, especially by the Russian-inspired setting, but back then I was reading primarily dystopians and other apocalyptic-esque books (lots of zombies) and I just didn’t think this would be my cup of tea. I was wrong. I read this bad boy so fast and purchased the second and third books in the trilogy in hardcover as soon as I was able (I think I read this just as Siege and Storm came out and then I had to wait to get Ruin and Rising). Ever since then I’ve had the hardcover of Shadow and Bone on my wishlists but it just has not yet come to be. The same thing happened with Cinder by Marissa Meyer but I ended up getting that for my birthday a couple of years ago, so there’s still hope.

250317._SX318_Beauty by Nancy Ohlin

When I read this book back in I believe my freshman year of high school, it was published with the author’s name as Nancy Butcher, but it has since been re-released with a new pen name and a new cover and I think additional content. My friend owned this book and I was fascinated by the cover and desperately wanted to read it. Now, looking back on it with adult eyes, it’s a terrible cover. Still, this Snow White retelling was one of the first dark fairy tale retellings that I ever encountered. I finally convinced this friend to let me read it on a bus ride to New York (it’s real short) and I was absolutely mesmerized. I’ve wanted to own it ever since. While looking for a picture of the cover version that I’m familiar with, I stumbled upon this old school video review from The Book Rat Misty, circa 2014. You’re welcome for this BookTube treasure.

51ak8nrwb0LLook For Me By Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn

I don’t know if this book actually existed pre-Twilight, but this was my first vampire novel. ou always remember your first, am I right? I found this gem at my local library on one of the many trips that my mom was doing genealogy research and I tagged along with a backpack to fill with books to check out. This story takes place in a Maine town that during the summer is a crazy tourist attraction but in the winter is completely desolate. The main character goes to spend the winter with her father and stepmother when a mysterious visitor comes to stay. I remember very little else since I read this in a single sitting over ten years ago, but I still remember it and think about it often.

9917938Blood Red Road by Moira Young

This was probably one of my first BookTube reads that I picked up back in 2011. Before BookTube I never would have picked this up. I didn’t know I was into science fiction, I was super picky about writing styles, and this book in general would have been too weird for me. I loved it. I did purchase this in hardcover right when it came out, but over the course of my many moves it disappeared (which is extra upsetting because I am not a fan of the new covers). I’ve been keeping an eye out at used bookstores and on ebay to try to find a decent copy without breaking the bank on a book I’ve already purchased once, but I am definitely itching for a reread.

WitherWither by Lauren DeStefano

Another BookTube pick that I purchased in hardcover as soon as it was released in 2011 but has since been lost to the moving goblins, this dystopian novel about a girl who is sold as a bride with the express purpose of having a child before she reaches the age of 20 — the age when all females in this society die. This eerie twist on a hate-to-love romance was fascinating and I remember being hooked. It also ended on a cliffhanger, so I remember following the updates about the trilogy religiously and was so disappointed when the cover for the second book, Fever, was released that I didn’t buy it and just never completed it. The first book is stunning and I would love to have it back in my library. Maybe I’ll just borrow the second and third installments, though.

6665671Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Another high school read, here. I’ve been going through a very nostalgic phase lately (at least in terms of my reading preferences) and revisiting old favorites. This book I checked out of my school library because so many people on BookTube were talking about it. I remember very little. Maybe that’s the primary reason I want to read it again, I don’t think I absorbed as much of this book as I was supposed to squeezing it in between class periods. I remember loving it, but that’s all.

 

81IRj8LZUoLGoing Bovine by Libba Bray

When I read this, I had already read and loved A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, but everything about this book initially turned me off. I hated the cover, I was in the mood for series and didn’t want a standalone, I was primarily reading books with female main characters, and it just seemed weird. Well, it is. I ended up getting the audiobook from my library and listening to it in my car and it was such a wild ride! I loved every second of it. I still think back on it very frequently and I want to purchase specifically the audiobook. It was such an excellent method of consuming this story.

14566._UY630_SR1200,630_Echo by Francesca Lia Block

Again, I remember almost nothing about this book other than the effect it had on me. I got this one out of my high school library as well and it seems like it was never very popular, but I absolutely loved it. I vividly remember one scene where the main character was dancing in a crowd and she began having a sort of trippy psychic vision. I could be completely making that up but that’s what I remember and it was awesome.

 

 

EBX1O7GWwAAfWgSChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adayemi

Hey! A recent one! I only just read Children of Blood and Bone at the beginning of this year and it was amazing. I did purchase this on my kindle, but have you seen these new Barnes and Noble hardcovers?? I’m in awe. I was already thinking I’d have to purchase this in hardcover because I’m going to want to own the rest of the series as well, but maybe I’ll wait until there’s a box set released with all of these covers. The yellow one in particular is calling to me.

il_340x270.1948185368_leafFear Street by R.L. Stine

Remember when I said I used to go to the library with a full-sized backpack that I would stuff with books to check out? This series was why. I devoured these things like they were candy. I owned a couple of Fear Street books in my preteen years that I acquired at thrift stores and library sales, but I primarily read them from the library. Accidentally stumble upon one I’d already read? I’d just read it again! They’re quick, they’re scary, they’re gruesome, and they were everything my lil horror-obsessed brain wanted to consume. My absolute favorites were the Fear Street Saga, which I have since purchased in a bind-up and need to get to reading again soon, but I will happily add any Fear Street book I can find to my personal library. Maybe I’ll lend them to my niece to scare the heck out of her.

 

There you have it, those are the top ten books I’ve read that I’d love to have in my personal library! Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what your thoughts were, and what books you’ve read that you want to own! I’ll try to not miss next week’s TTT and I’ll talk to y’all later.

_Tia

Book Characters I’d Love to be Besties With

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This first TTT since booting up my new blog is quite difficult, as I’ve been reading a lot of books with dark characters that are interesting but I wouldn’t particularly like to be friends with, but I’ll try my best. My answers are listed in no particular order.

Cress | The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Cress is such a sweet baby angel and I loved her from the second I began the third installment in The Lunar Chronicles. Taken as a young girl and kept in solidarity on a satellite orbiting Luna, Cress is raised as a hacker for Queen Levana. She programmed a version of herself into her satellite’s OS called “Little Cress” that acts as her only consistent company and she fights to overthrow the evil Lunar queen. She’s adorably awkward and never lets her past bring her down or get in the way of her ambitions.

Stevie | Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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As a murderino myself, I’m automatically drawn to other murderinos and anyone I can discuss gruesome topics with. Stevie is so knowledgable that I feel like we would have a great time chatting murder and mayhem. I’m more of an armchair sleuth than an actual aspiring detective, but we’d still get along swimingly. And her anxiety makes her even more of an ideal friend, since I’m mostly an introvert.

Karen and Georgia | Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

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Speaking of murderinos… Alright, this one’s a little cheaty since they’re real people. Anyone who listens to their hit true crime/comedy podcast, My Favorite Murder, wants to be these ladies’ best friend – and already feels like they are. Reading their joint memoir, combined with listening to their stories and growth over the past three and a half years of the podcast makes the audience/reader feel like they know them intimately. I love these girls so much and I would absolutely love to be their best friend.

Allie Brosh | Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

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While I’m cheating with people who are technically real, Allie Brosh. If you haven’t read Hyperbole and a Half, what are you even doing with your life. Get on it. It is my go-to for when I’m having a bad day, it makes me so happy. She talks about real-life struggles, including her struggle with depression, and she’s such an inspiration. I love her simple illustrations and her witty humor and anecdotes about the world. I really hope she’s doing okay, since her blog hasn’t been updated in forever and her second book has been postponed indefinitely.

Rachel Morgan | The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison

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If you leave out the constant attempts on her life that would put any potential friends at risk, Rachel Morgan is a badass. She’s magical, sexy, strong, and confident. There would never be a dull moment in her presence. Not to mention that she comes as a sort of package deal with several other magical creatures.

Bilal | Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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Oh, Bilal. Precious, precious Bilal. Everyone on board Genesis 11 just wants to focus on their training so they can survive Eden and win a massive fortune for their families. Bilal, while still focused on this goal, also wants to make friends and have meaningful experiences. He’s not naive exactly, but there’s a purity and an innocence to him that you don’t see with the other crewmembers. It would be an honor to be friends with Bilal.

Dante Quintana | Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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There’s no way Dante is as perfect as he seems in this book. I suspect we may see him through rose-tinted lenses since the novel is told primarily through Ari’s perspective, but Dante seems to charm everyone he comes across and he’s amazing. I want to look through his sketchbook and tell him he’s as Mexican as he wants to be.

Casimir Gallegos | The Ruined Trilogy by Amy Tintera

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Yes, Cas is a little prickly at the beginning of the series, but as we get to know him through Em’s perspective and as we get to see more from his POV he’s so sweet. He’s passionate and noble and kind and reasonable and thoughtful. He grows so much as a character throughout the trilogy and I can’t wait to see where his story goes (I am currently almost halfway through the final book).

Rubeus Hagrid | Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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I obviously had to pick someone from Harry Potter since Hogwarts is my home and reading the series feels like spending time with old friends, but it was really difficult narrowing it down to just one. Since this week’s prompt wasn’t “Top ten Harry Potter characters I want to be besties with,” I decided if I had to pick one I would pick Hagrid. He’s fiercely loyal, he’s emotionally mature, he loves all creatures, he’s hospitable, and he’d give you the clothes off his back if you asked. He has one of the kindest hearts I’ve ever seen in a character and I would love to be his friend. Plus, can you imagine falling into his arms and crying after a hard day? So comforting. And constant Fang licks. Yes, I choose Hagrid.

Those are my top ten book characters I would love to be besties with! Let me know in the comments if you would pick some of the same characters, and feel free to link me to your blog post if you’re participating!

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_Tia