Book Characters I’d Love to be Besties With

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish
and is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl


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


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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Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

truly deviousSeries: Truly Devious, #1
Pages: 416
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 16th, 2018
My Rating: StarStarStarStarStar Empty

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym, Truly Devious. It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.


Truly Devious is a book that I was hesitant about for the majority of 2018. I had never read anything by Maureen Johnson before, but just the knowledge that she wrote the Little Blue Envelope series, which I perceived as being very cutesy and romantic, was enough to make me drag my heels on reading her interpretation of a true crime fanatic working on a real case. In the end, I’m glad it took me so long to read it so I could pick up the sequel as soon as I was finished.

To say this book took me by surprise is an understatement. The care with which Johnson crafts each character is astounding and the diversity represented was so refreshing. Stevie is a young murderino living with anxiety and panic attacks who dreams of becoming a detective and solving the elusive Ellingham Affair. Her struggles with anxiety, her strained relationship with her parents, her interest in a taboo subject that has often secluded her from her peers… She’s everything I could wish for in a protagonist. Janelle is unapologetically black, queer, and interested in inventing (a stereotypically masculine interest). She mentions a past girlfriend, yet her sexuality is never questioned or used as a plot point. Vi is nonbinary and always referred to using they/them pronouns without question, and their gender/sexuality is never used as a plot point. Not only that, Vi is of Asian descent (I think Korean but I’m not sure), and Janelle and Vi’s interracial relationship is literally the cutest.

When this novel was plugged as a mystery I was a little nervous. I have not read many YA mysteries and the one that immediately comes to mind is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart which I was not a fan of. That was not the case with this, Maureen Johnson must truly be a murderino and her depiction of characters interested in such taboo subjects is excellent.

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2019 Reading Goals: An Update

Hello, hello! Reading goals are fun. They keep us motivated, they help us select what we want to read next, and they create fun ways for us to challenge ourselves and read outside of our comfort zones. I set several reading goals for myself at the beginning of 2019 and now that we’re more than halfway through the year let’s take a look at those goals and which ones I’ve achieved so far.

The first reading goal is the one that pretty much every avid reader is familiar with: the Goodreads Reading Challenge. This year I challenged myself to read 50 books since I knew I would have more free time than usual since finishing school and I wanted to push myself to read more than I ever have before. I have read 26 books so far this year, which puts me three books behind schedule. This is still much less behind schedule than I normally would be, and I’m confident that I will be able to attain this goal.

My other goals were small goals I set for myself as a way to diversify my reading list. The challenges bolded are ones I have completed, and I will list the book that satisfies the challenge.

Read a book before I see the moviePet Sematary by Stephen King
Read a new releaseThe Women’s War by Jenna Glass
Listen to a book I loved reading
Read a book by a minority – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Stop pretending I’ve read the book and actually read it
Read a bestsellerAgain, But Better by Christine Riccio
Read an award winnerAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saénz
Read something with a five-star ratingThe Postmortal by Drew Magary
Read the book that’s been on my TBR the longest
Read Nonfiction
Read a best of 2018Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Reread a book I loved from years agoLooking for Alaska by John Green
Finish a series I started a long time ago and never finished
Marathon a series

I have some plans for the challenges I still haven’t completed. A book I loved reading that I want to listen to the audiobook of is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. A book that I claim I’ve read but I totally never have is Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. The book that has been on my Goodreads TBR the longest is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. A nonfiction book I plan to read this year is Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia. Two series that I started a long time ago and would like to finish this year are The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken. I currently am marathoning my way through the Ruined trilogy by Amy Tintera.

I’m feeling pretty good about my current reading stats at this point in the year. I’m most nervous about The Name of the Wind, because it’s long and dense and I know will take a lot of time to read, so that could potentially affect my progress toward my 50 book goal. I also have not read it yet because I know so many fans of the series who are still frustrated that the third book has not been released, so I was trying to wait until that at least gets a publication date. Other than that I think my goals are very attainable and I’m confident that I’ll be able to reach them!

What are some of your reading goals for 2019? How are your reading challenges going? Are you happy with how far you’ve come? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

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