Top Ten Heroines Additions

After some thought about my Top Ten Tuesday post yesterday, I realize that I had completely forgotten some of my favorite heroines when I made the list I posted.  Normally I would just forget about it and move on with my life but I feel the need to post these additions to my list!  I’m sure I’ll never be able to come up with a complete list of my favorite heroines but after remembering these, I can’t have just a limit of ten on my list.

Here are my additions (in no particular order):

Nynaeve al’Meara, Egwene al’Vere, Elayne Trakand, and Moiraine DamodredThe Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

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Fanny PriceMansfield Park by Jane Austen

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Claire BeauchampOutlander series by Diana Gabaldon

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Mary BoultonThe Outlander by Gil Adamson

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Tris PriorDivergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

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Lena DuchannesBeautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Sookie StackhouseSookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

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Evie ClaremontPremonition series by Amy A. Bartol

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I’m sure that there are still more I haven’t thought of but these I just couldn’t pass up posting.  Did you forget any of your favorite heroines on your list yesterday?

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 26

30 Day Book ChallengeDay 26: Favorite side character

So I’m going to do a top 5 today instead of a single character.  I couldn’t just think of one side character that I love the best.

First off we have Brennus from the Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol.  His character first appears in the second book of the series, Intuition.  I normally don’t like the villain of the story but there is just something about Brennus that makes me love him.

Next we have Professor Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter series.  I love her personality and her little remarks here and there.  And she is the head of Gryffindor House so what could be better than that!

Next we have Henry Crawford from Mansfield Park.  I also chose him as my favorite side character from a movie on my other blog as well.  I wish so badly that he could have been a decent man and ended up with Fanny Price.  But alas, he is a narcissistic ass and Fanny can see through his charming front.

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My next favorite side character is from The Wheel of Time series.  Loial, son of Arent, son of Halan.  He is introduced in the first book of the series, The Eye of the World, and continues to be present throughout the series.  He befriends the main characters and is just loveable overall.

Last but certainly not least, we have Matthew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables.  I think that Matthew is quite possibly the most loveble character ever created.  Such a sweetheart.

Half Price Books… Again!

I have an addiction to Half Price Books!  It is definitely my favorite store in the world.  Ethan and I had a few things to sell so we headed up to our nearest HPB.  I also got a 15% off entire order coupon from the sale yesterday so I wanted to take a look and see if I could find anything I wanted there.  I ended up finding some great stuff!

IMG_20141005_155357My Philippa Gregory collection is almost complete thanks to today’s haul!  I started getting into her books because of my obsession with Henry VIII and his wives.

But my best find of the day was the last two books I needed to finally have a complete hardcover set of The Wheel of Time series!  I was so excited to find them on the shelf that I almost squealed with joy out loud!

IMG_20141005_155452Book two and three took forever to find in HPB.  I could have easily just purchased them from Amazon but that would have cost quite a bit more.  I got them for $7.99 each!  I already owned all of the mass market paperback editions of the series but I wanted to have the collection in hardcover because they last longer, especially with how thick each book is.  And let’s face it, the hardcovers just look better on the bookshelf!

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30 Day Book Challenge – Day 1

30 Day Book Challenge

Day 1: Best book you read last year.

The best book that I read last year would have to be A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.  It is the long awaited final volume of The Wheel of Time series written by Robert Jordan and completed posthumously by Brandon Sanderson.  The first book, The Eye of the World, was published in 1990.  So it took 23 years to complete the series.  And if you are at all familiar with the series, you know that each book is at least 600 pages.

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I began reading the series when a friend introduced it to me in 2004.  The only real fantasy fiction that I had read before this was The Lord of the Rings.  I was hooked immediately and started my collection.  In 2005 I started college and it was a little hard to read all of my books for school and keep track of all the characters and storylines when I couldn’t read as often as I wanted to.

By the time I got A Memory of Light I couldn’t wait to get started.  I was finally at the end of the series.  I needed to find out what happened to all of my favorite characters!  In the other books, the main characters end up scattered around the land where the series takes place.  In AMoL they were all brought back to the same place to fight the final battle.

If you’ve never read the series but are a fan of fantasy fiction, I would definitely recommend you read it.  I don’t have the writing skills to do the series justice so if you would like some more information on what the series is about, I would check out either of the following websites.

Dragonmount – A Wheel of Time Community

Encyclopaedia WoT