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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Heroines

24 Feb

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they post a new list for bloggers to answer.  This week’s topics is Ten Favorite Heroines From Books.

1. Hermione from Harry Potter by JK Rowling

I know it is probably very obvious and we will see a lot of her today, but she is pretty amazing!  Hermione is smart and pretty tough as well.  She is an excellent role model for readers.

2. Vix from Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

This is my favorite book of all time.  I always loved Vix as a character and felt a connection to her even the first time I read this book as a teenager.  Every time I read this book, I connect to a different part of Vix’s life.  She is a character that will always stay with me.

3. Juliette from Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette begins very afraid, being especially fearful of herself and her power.  I love how she grew in the series and learned to control her power and gain confidence in herself.  She was a character I rooted for and loved to watch develop.

4. Melinda from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda is a character I will never forget.  She went through hell and had to fight her way back, but she made it.  I love her voice and her views of the world as well.

5. Tana from The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Tana is another tough girl.  She handles her situation with nothing but fight.  She doesn’t give up even when things seem hopeless and she does whatever is necessary to do what needs to be done.

6. Astrid from Ask the Passengers by AS King

Astrid is all about giving love, even to people she doesn’t even know flying in the airplanes above.  And she just wants to be herself, not just a label.  She is another strong character whom I adore.

7. Rory from The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I am seeing a theme…I love tough heroines that fight on their own.  Rory works with ghosts and is hilarious!  I can’t wait to continue reading her story.

8. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is another character I really connected to.  I loved watching her grow to accept herself.

9. Skeeter from The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Skeeter is a girl who strives to be true to herself.  She follows her dream and she strives to stand up for what she believes is right, even if it means going against the grain.

10. Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice  by Jane Austen

What is not to love about Lizzie?  She is another tough girl who stays true to herself through and through.

Who are some of your favorites?

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Rereading Harry Potter: Book 3

31 Jul

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was, and still is, my favorite book in the series.  I think the main reason for this is because Sirius Black became my favorite character in the series.  I remember reading this the first time convinced he was in fact guilty, then BAM! JK Rowling flips it on you.  It was also the first glimpses into the wizard world before Harry and the lives of Lily and James. Characters develop more and more as the series continues to develop in and of itself.  

The number one thought in my mind as I read this was: They changed so much in the movie!  There was a good amount of time between my reading of this book and the release of the film.  Of course, I knew things were different and left out; I just did not realize how many things were rearranged or ignored overall.  I think those that have only seen the movies do miss out on quite a bit.  There is a lot of development and back story that the film ignored.  This was a beneficial reread as it reminded me of some points I had forgotten about.

I really enjoyed being reintroduced to my favorite character this time through.  I think the main draw to Sirius for me is the reminder that things are not always as they seem and much more meets the eye.  He is by no means perfect, but he is an extremely loyal person which shines through the most.  

I am moving on now to the much thicker books now.  Be sure to check back as I continue with the next four books!

What movie changed one of your favorite books the most?  Did you like the movie version of this one?

Rereading Harry Potter: Book 2

29 Jul

Last week, I completed Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in my reread of the series.  To be honest, this book was my least favorite in the series the first time through.  That is not to say I hated it; I just felt less of a connection with this one than others.  However, I had a feeling I might view it differently as the events in CoS prove to be very important later in the series.  I do appreciate this one more now than I did the first time through.  

That’s one of the beautiful things about this series.  A testament to the ability of Rowling as a writer is how closely related each of these books are, even if it may take three or four more books to show how.  To create such an amazing world and continuing journey in this way is a feat to be admired and definitely one of the greatest strengths of this series.  

I am almost done with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  I already have a lot of thoughts strewing in my mind on that one.  Expect the next post in the next few days!

What are your thoughts on this book in the series?