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Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names I Love

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is about character names you love or unusual character names that you’ve encountered. Here’s mine.

 

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Eugenides “Gen”

The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

 

 

 

 
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Heath Champion

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 

 

 

 
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Cather (and Wren)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

 

 
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Ashaya Aleine

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

 
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Magnus Bane

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 
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Kaleb Krychek

Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

 
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Draco Malfoy

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 
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Four

Divergent series by Veronica Roth

 

 

 

 
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Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

 

 

 

 
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Cricket Bell

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Dominique Richard
The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand

Penelope
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Pippa
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

Dimitri
Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

 

 

What about you? Which character names do you love or you find unusual?

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-offs

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is about the things you encounter while reading that totally turns you off.

 

#10 Noble Idiots

I’m not sure who exactly coined the term but I first read it from Javabeans. This is when a character makes a noble but idiotic sacrifice for another character without discussing it first with said character; even when proper communication would have likely resolved the issue.

#9 Underdeveloped characters

I think this is such a tragedy, especially when you have an interesting plot. When the characterization is sub-optimal, my eagerness for the book diminishes. Because I can see the potential but it’s just not being realized.

#8 Helpless heroine/Damsel in distress

I don’t enjoy reading about heroines who treat themselves or let others treat them as doormats. I like them feisty, intelligent, and bad-ass.

#7 Guy falls in love with girl because she’s beautiful?

I’m not discriminating against beauty. I admire beauty. And a lot of characters considered to be a beauty have amazing personalities. What about getting to know her first? I have a hard time buying into the legitimacy of their feelings if they start off from this direction.

#6 Characters who assume the worst

I hate it when characters, especially the main ones, assume the worst of each other. One bad thing happens and they can’t talk to each other about it first, try to get some reason or explanation in there first. Their first thoughts are that they’ve been betrayed. It signals a lack of trust and maybe a bag of insecurity.

#5 Forced conflict

When an author forces a conflict into the story especially in the middle or towards the end, I’m not sure if it’s plot fodder or just that ‘oh-i-have-an-idea-let’s-insert-mother-issues-here-in-the-middle’ moment. It distracts me from the main story and just makes it lose its momentum. If the author’s going to put the conflict in, I hope it’s organic within the story.

#4 Don’t just tell me. Show me.

I love reading and I can say I have a good imagination and I interpret things well enough for myself. And I want to know your characters more so please demonstrate to me the kind of people they are. Don’t just enumerate or list their characteristics.

#3 Love triangles

I can endure them to a certain point. First and foremost, if it does not drag for too long. Second, well, there is no second. I think the longest I had to endure through this one was in the Clockwork Trilogy from Cassandra Clare. I was so eager to just have the OTP already but since the story itself was interesting and exciting enough, I had endured. But it was still such a torture (the love triangle, that is. The rest about the series was great.)

#2 Insta-love

I love myself a good slow-building romance so when the i-love-you’s suddenly come barrelling through the first few pages, I can’t concentrate anymore on the rest of the story. How am I supposed to feel invested in the relationship when the characters have barely begun one and the next moment they’re confessing undying love? Did I miss something? I don’t want to miss anything. So please give me the whole sweet progression.

#1 Cheating / Infidelity

This is my biggest pet peeve. I don’t care if the characters have whatever back stories they have or whatever issues they’re trying to resolve. If you’re in a relationship wherein you want out, have the courage and decency to end it instead of cheating yourself away from the relationship. I always have the feeling that once a cheater, always a cheater so it’s basically a non-redeemable act to me.

 

There you go. My Top Ten Tuesday. I would love to hear about yours?

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sequels Ever

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list: Best Sequels Ever. So without further ado, may I present my top ten. Not all the books are strictly the second offerings. I’ve included a couple books down the series line.

Faking It #10 Faking It by Cora Carmack (Losing It #2)
Liked the premise plot than the first book. And the words that Cora Carmack kept producing page after page just took my breath and my heart away. Loved the parallelisms throughout the book.

 

 

 

 

Chocolate touch chocolate kiss#9 The Chocolate Touch & The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand (Amour et Chocolat #4 & #2 respectively)
Much, much better than the first book. Laura Florand’s writing kept getting better and better after each book in this series. More depth for the characters. More emotional tugs to the heart. And the connection between the main couples was more strongly established.

 

devil in winter it happened one autumn#8 Devil in Winter & It Happened in One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas (Wallflowers #3 & #2)
Loved the flow of these two books. The premises were intriguing in themselves but the progression of the romance and the character development were the highs for me.

 

 

lola and the boy next door#7 Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Liked this one so much better than the first book. And as much as I hate to compare Etienne with Cricket, sometimes it’s hard not to. But I think the plus for me for this sequel was that even though we get everything from Lola’s POV, by the end of the book, I know Cricket. Not the ‘I know of him’ feeling that I sort of got from Etienne but that ‘I truly know this guy and what makes him tick’ sort familiarity with Cricket.

 

 

before now#6 Before Now by Cheryl McIntyre (Sometimes Never #2)
It was such an interesting read from Park’s POV. You get why he’s such a bast*** but you can’t help but root for him to get his own HEA just the same. You go through his ups and downs with him and this guy just about melts your bones, melts your heart.

 

 

 

catching fire#5 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games #2)
A lot of people said that this sequel was just a recycling of the first book. But I beg to differ. SPOILER ALERT. Sure, Katniss and Peeta find themselves inside the Hunger Games arena yet again after just becoming champions for the previous Hunger Games but that’s about only thing that’s similar between the first and the sequel. This sequel has set up entirely new dynamics among the characters. And of course, Peeta Mellark. Need I say more?

 

 

the viscount who loved me romancing mr bridgerton#4 The Viscount who Loved Me & Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (The Bridgertons #2 & #4)
The Bridgertons. One of the most beloved families in all of Historical Romance world. Daphne and Simon’s story in the first book started the series well. And the succeeding books just built on that great foundation that Julia Quinn had set up. Anthony’s and Colin’s stories will continue to be on my re-read book list.

 

one good earl deserves a lover#3 One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean (Rules of Scoundrels #2)
Oh, Sarah MacLean. This book has found its place in the list of my favorite books of all time. The premise and the trajectory of the story were unique, fresh, and entirely lovable. The main characters, and Penelope were so different and yet so alike and they fit so well together. Their idiosyncrasies made the book work.

 

 

hostage to pleasure#2 Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh (Psy/Changeling #5)
It has been said many times and I will say it again as well. Nalini Singh has created one of, if not the most amazing paranormal series ever. Her world-building is just in a whole other level. Her characters are well fleshed-out, relatable (amid their psy or changeling capabilities), totally intriguing. Her story-telling is superb. And you can guess which of her books in the series is my favorite. Each sequel just builds on the previous book, plot-wise, character-wise, until after 12 books, you’ve got yourself a superb world with no lack for a minefield of mysteries and plot development.

 

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#1 The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, & A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (Queen’s Thief #2, #3, & #4)

As far as sequels go, these bunch are by far the best and my most favorite. Talk about building a world. Imagine concentric circles, the innermost being Gen, the main character in the first book. And as you go through the first, second, third, and four installment of the series, you get the succeeding circles, expanding the characters that you know, the goings-on that you are witnessing directly or indirectly, and the mysteries and questions that you want answered. And the circles just keep growing and growing bigger: as big as the love for this series that you would most likely develop in due time.