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My Very Own “Book Bucket List” – June 2017

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It’s been 1 month since I started my Book Bucket List and I’ve knocked the first one off the list: Jenn McKinlay’s A Likely Story. You can see the review here.

 

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In it’s place, I’ve added Envy by Sandra Brown, as a recommendation from my blogger friend Nel @ Reactionary Tales. Go check our her site!

Below is the link to the on-going Book Bucket List and a background on what it’s all about. Please take a look and help me decide which book I should read in July to satisfy this mini-challenge. You can vote in the poll below until June 30th, 2017.

Source: My Very Own “Book Bucket List”  —  Click here for the on-going detailed Book Bucket List

 

TAG: Candy Books

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I stumbled upon this tag when perusing the lovely Eva’s blog @ BrilliantlyBookishSite, where she talks about reading, tea and the smell of books! Go visit her site. And it seems that the tag was created by Jessica @bookishserendipity but I can’t find the site. So if you can, please thank her and let me know!

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The Tag

apples

I’m still trying to figure out the point of this tag, but the pictures and the commentary were so fun, I had to participate. I don’t like candy apples, but it’s considered healthy as the note above says, so… I’ll pick a book that’s supposed to be good but that I wasn’t totally thrilled with: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. It was a bit too sour for my taste, and I don’t like the mix of something sweet and healthy and sour and sugary all at once. That’s what the book felt like to me. Too many things going on at once to focus.

milk chocolate

Milk chocolate isn’t too rich, so I don’t want this to be a majorly popular one. It’s also a go-to food when you need a quick sweet bite of something, so it should be an author you can visit frequently. I’d go with an Agatha Christie book, but not her most popular or best ones. So… The Mysterious Affair at Styles because it’s a gateway into her entire canon just like milk chocolate is a gateway into the entire world of available chocolates.

black jelly beans

I happen to like licorice, so I’m choosing a book that’s just OK but not really good enough for everyone to read. I might get some flack for this choice, but I’m going with Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. It’s fine. There’s lots of flavors in the jelly bean family just like there are in his plays. This play is near the bottom of his barrel for me. Just like I would leave this jelly bean flavor for last.

chocolate kisses

I don’t read a lot of romance, so this will be hard for me to choose. If I had to pick one with a great romance, I’d probably choose Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I do love my Estella and Pip. They were nothing extraordinary in the grand scheme of things, but reliable for understanding the basics of love. Just like chocolate kisses. Pair them with peanut butter, you’ve got a winner. Put them in cookies, they are divine. Stick a flavor in the middle, it’s awesome!

Gummy Spiders

Ooh… now we’re talking. I love horror. I am going to pick something I read recently which had some crazy horror in it:  Richard Parker’s Be My Killer. I could have picked some classics, but I want to show something new here. The ways in which the people are murdered by this serial killer are fantastic! I never get scared enough to check under my bed, but this did make me think twice about how much I said on social media!

jumbo lollipop

I struggled with Donna Tartt’s The Secret History the first few times I tried to read it. I put it down for a few months and went back to it, and it still took at least a week, which is long for me. The characters were a bit too full of themselves and quite adrift for awhile. That’s the kind of novel it was, so I had to settle down and go with. Once I did, and the murder plot kicked in, I felt much better. Sort of like how you feel when you take on the jumbo lollipop. I think I can, I think I can, I cannot, I cannot. Put it down. Ok, I have to finish it. Lick Lick Lick. How many licks does it…. wrong candy, Jay. Oh, I’m done. Yay!

Cotton Candy

All the Dr. Seuss books. Just precious. Can read them anytime and still find something new! Cat in the Hat. One Fish, Two Fish. Oh, The Places We’ll Go.

 

Oh no! The tag is over. But I want more candy now…

 

Tag Nominations

  • Since I didn’t officially get tagged, I don’t think I can tag anyone else; however, you can choose to do this one. And if you do, please create a link and pingback to me so I can see your answers. {Except Nel, she’s required to do this one.}

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare!

TAG: Rapid Fire Books

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Many thanks to ReadRantRock&Roll for posting this tag and encouraging me to give it a chance. You must check out Jenn’s site, as she has amazing content and is such a sweet person. Her blog has everything you need and want to know about life, food, health, books and fun. This one is the Rapid Fire Book Tag and it appears to have been originally made by GirlReading over Youtube, so be sure to stop by and check her out HERE.

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Question 1: E-Book or Physical Book?

I was always a physical book reader, but I’m learning to like e-readers. I download through Kindle Reader on my iPad and read in bed when my other half is sleeping. Less light than a book light, and I can easily switch back and forth to check Goodreads!

Question 2 : Paperback or Hardback?

No preference. I rarely get hardback books anymore, as I read new ones when they first come out by getting them through NetGalley or other ARCs; they’re e-reads most of the time. And when I buy older books, I go for the paperback because they are cheaper and I don’t really keep books anymore — unless it’s a high 4 or 5 rating. Can’t find a space for everything unfortunately. But I love seeing all the books! 

Question 3 : Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Both. I was always an in-store book shopper, devastated when they started closing up. I had a Barnes and Noble two blocks away, and we’d go every other weekend to peruse the shelves and buy a few books. It closed for a year’s worth of supposed renovations, and the nearest one is 20 blocks away. I love book stores, but that’s 30 minutes each way, which is a lot of time to lose. I started buying more online or getting books thru ARCs at that point. But if the brick and mortar tore opens up again, I’ll be back.

Question 4 : Trilogies or Series?

It doesn’t matter… I love serial fiction. Something about staying with the same characters and setting is fundamentally natural to me.

Question 5 : Heroes or Villains?

Villains all the way. I want the good guy or girl to win out, but ultimately, I love it when the villain wreaks havoc across the entire cast!

Question 6 : A book you want everyone to read?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s about a book, so readers must love books if they are reading, right? The Holocaust is a tough subject, but this book has a fantastic balance with an ethereal quality to Liesl as she struggles to survive.

Question 7 : Recommend an underrated book?

I don’t know! I would have to comb through my Goodreads list of read books, but off the top of my head, I think more people need to read Kate Morton’s historical fiction and mystery books. It has everything from characters to plot to suspense to beautiful lyrics without getting too far off the deep end or caught up in scenery description.

Question 8 : The last book you finished?

No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan. A mystery and suspense thriller about a woman who kills a teenager to protect her young infant. But how is it connected to The Ophelia Killer from twenty years ago? Come on, you know you wanna find out! 

Question 9 :The Last Book(s) You Bought?

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. It’s the follow-up to the first in the series, You, where a psycho stalks someone and then finds himself with an even bigger issue.

Question 10 : Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

A plastic bag. I was on a train and that’s all I had left from the Starbucks scone I purchased as a snack before heading out to Long Island to visit my parents.

Question 11 : Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes, I’m OK with used books. I often borrow from the library in my co-op building. We have about 30 shelves of nearly 1200 books… I’m always finding something to read when in between ARCs (which never happens anymore) or purchases. 

Question 12 : Top Three Favorite Genres?

Mystery. Thriller & Suspense. Historical Fiction.

Question 13 : Borrow or Buy?

Buy. I tend to look for new books 90% of the time and then pick-up ones from other people or libraries about 10% of the time. It’s just a matter of time and what I want to read. ARCs come first. Then series I enjoy reading (so I have to buy the new book). And last, I search for new things or books on my TBR. 

Question 14 : Characters or Plot?

Both, but plot edges out slightly. I can connect to a book with a great plot but bad characters; however, if the plot is boring, I won’t be happy. 

Question 15 : Long or Short Books?

I think I prefer middle, can I say that? I like to read a lot, so shorter makes more sense. But I need depth in a story, so they tend to be longer. Oh… it hurts… Longer. Longer books if I had to choose. Please stop harassing me with these choices!

Question 16 : Long or Short Chapters?

Short chapters all the way. Helps keep focus and find break points for food, sleep and errands.

Question 17 : Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

 

You by Caroline Kepnes. Just bought the follow-up book.

The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth. Sticks in my head.

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown. Just read it last week.

Question 18 : Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Cry. I like to laugh, but in a book, I want emotion.

Question 19 : Our World or Fictional Worlds?

I like both, but I enjoy reading historical fiction more than fantasy.

Question 20 : Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I have never tried one, but I want to… need to find a new book to try. Any recommendations based on what I like reading?

Question 21 : Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Yes. If I don’t know the title, author or the cover doesn’t look good, I won’t usually read it without a strong recommendation.

Question 22 : Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Since I like serial fiction, probably TV series adaption. It lasts longer.

Question 23 : A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

I’m not sure I preferred the movie adaption, but I thought Lord of the Rings was just as good in both formats.

Question 24 : Series or Standalone?

Series all the way! Couldn’t you tell from the previous answers?!?!   😛


 

I am not tagging anyone specifically as this is the kind of tag everyone should do. So please jump on this little bandwagon! I expect at least 5 people to go for it! 🙂

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare!

 

Top Reads – Age 14 to 25 — Urban Fantasy (From Reactionary Tales)

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Overview

Now that I’ve been blogging about books and writing a review for everything I’ve ever read, curiosity brewed over how people choose to read what book at which age, especially when they are younger and getting familiar with different genres. With so many genres out there and so many places to look for books, I thought I’d put together my own list of when I would recommend choosing a certain book. We are now in our third week, but if you want to see the previous two, you can go to:

I’ve partnered with a good friend to add a genre and sub-genre that I’m not too familiar with — as this posting series will end up including all genres and ages. I couldn’t think of anyone better to take the lead (and she even volunteered!)… Meet Nel who blogs on her site at Reactionary Tales. We’ve been sharing book ideas across different genres and following each other’s sites for a few months now. And so it makes total sense that she’s the first guest author on this third week of the “What book to read by genre at what age?” series.

To see her post, you can click the link below. I’m very excited to share this project with her. And please go check out her site for other content, too. She has great posts focusing on books, life musings, short tales and lots of humorous blogs. Without further ado…

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To access her post, you can go via:

Urban Fantasy Top Reads – Age 14 to 25 — Reactionary Tales

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

Blog: ThisIsMyTruthNow

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It seems when I have a few spare minutes on my hand, I try to get creative. Not enough room on the carpet to spell it all out… so I left off the “Now” part for the picture. Something to figure out for the future. Started out with just some TBR books on the floor to decide June’s reads… then this happened!

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About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking.

Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think.

May 2017: Monthly Wrap Up

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May has been a tremendously busy month for this book blogger, now finishing 9-months as the owner and creator of the “This-Is-My-Truth-Now” WordPress blog and website.

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Key Metrics in May 2017

  • 232 Posts (average of 7.25 per day)

Note: This is 300% increase since last month, given all the previously read book reviews.

 

  • Site Metrics – NEW for this MONTH
    • 11,108 – Views
    • 2430 – Visitors
    • 276 – Followers (Thank You!!!)
    • 5709 – Likes
    • 1311 – Comments

Note: This has gained 5 times as much interaction as last month due to more people reading the blog, responding to book reviews and participating in the 365 Challenges.

 

*** May 2017 has officially been the blog’s best and most popular month! ***

Books Read in May 2017

In the month of May, I only read 8 books. My focus was on re-designing the blog and figuring out how to best organize the content for different viewer types or readers.

I now have 14 books out of 20 awarded books on NetGalley with 2 badges: professional reader and 10 reviews.

Books included

You

really liked it
tagged:
3-fic-multi-book-series, 1-fiction, currently-reading, and 7-read-2…
***WILL FINISH READING THIS TONIGHT
Cream Puff Murder
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3 out of 5 stars to the eleventh book, Cream Puff Murder, in the “Hannah Swensen” cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke. And yes, it was hard to read without wanting a cream puff the entire time!Why This Book

I’ve been readin…

tagged:
2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, and 7-read-…
Beartown
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4.5 out of 5 stars to Beartown, a 2016 contemporary novel by Fredrik Backman. Although the book had a bit of a difficult start for me, it developed into an emotionally-charged hot bed, triggering anger and frustration over so many things…
tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
It's Always the Husband
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3 out of 5 stars to It’s Always the Husband, a new thriller and suspense novel set to release to the public on May 16, 2017, by Michele Campbell. It’s a quick-read with a few slow spot, but keeps you guessing all throughout the chapters,…
tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
I Found You
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3+ out of 5 stars to I Found You, a 2016 thriller and suspense novel, by Lisa Jewell. Many thanks to NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.Why This…

tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
Be My Killer
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3 out of 5 stars to Be My Killer, a mystery and thriller novel set to release on May 26th, 2017, by Richard Parker. It appears this is Parker’s first novel, and for a debut, he shows a lot of potential. I’m curious to see what else he pu…
tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
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3 out of 5 stars to Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, a new mystery and thriller novel set to release on June 13, 2017, by author Matthew J. Sullivan.Why This Book

For all us readers, who wouldn’t love a book with suc…

tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
Dead with the Wind
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3 out of 5 stars to Dead with the Wind, the 2nd book in the “Southern Ladies” cozy mystery series, written in 2015 by Miranda James. I enjoyed reading about the two sisters and their rather rude family, feeling almost glad to see the cha…
tagged:
2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, and 7-read-…

 

Books Reviews Written in May 2017

In addition to the 8 books I read above, I also wrote reviews for books I’d read in the past, but hadn’t taken the time to write any content besides a numerical rating. In the month of May 2017, I completed the following book reviews by genre (excluding the 8 that I actually read during the month):

  • 13 – Children’s Literature
  • 41 – Classics (Pre 19th-Century)
  • 54 – Cozy Mystery Fiction
  •  4 – Fantasy & Science Fiction
  •  6 – General Fiction
  •  1 – Historical Fiction
  •  0 – Non-Fiction
  •  2 – Other / About TV Shows
  • 27 – Thriller & Suspense Fiction
  •  8 – Young Adult (YA) Fiction
  •  0 – Alternative Fiction

365 Daily Challenge

Characteristics – Click Here

  • Self-Conscious (50)
  • Retentive (51)
  • Wasteful (52)
  • Writer (53)
  • Nervous (54)
  • Fastidious (55)
  • A to Z Fears (56)
  • Calm (57)
  • Mean (58)
  • Shoe-less! (59)
  • Charming (60)
  • Blind (61)
  • Soporific (62)
  • A to Z Foods (63)
  • Camera-Ready (64)
  • Eager (65)
  • Card-Shark (66)
  • Pet-Dad (67)
  • Unique (68)
  • Mover (69)
  • A to Z Happy Places (70)
  • Dark (71)
  • American (72)
  • Gardener (73)
  • Mechanical (74)
  • Patient (75)
  • Courageous (76)
  • Grey – Color (77)
  • Lazy (78)
  • Authentic (79)
  • Flashback (80)

365 Challenge Surprise

  • How much everyone is revealing their own 365 characteristics and comparing us to one another — it’s awesome! Thank you.

Site Re-Structure & Feedback

Site Re-Structure

I re-organized the site to have a primary menu item for all the major content in the site. Feedback has been very positive. Please continue to provide feedback. And remember, I can’t tell who provided which ratings or poll responses: it’s all anonymous. Feel free to share any other feedback about what you’d like to see or not see.

  • 87 polls participated
  • 120 ratings (you gave me an average of  4.5 out of 5 stars for all my posts)

Tags & Awards

Tags

  • Participated in 12 tags (click here)
    • 8 Book Tags
      • Blogger Stats
      • Goodreads Books 2
      • Listicle – Top 5 Non-Human Creatures
      • Listicle – Top 5 Objects Making Characters Stronger
      • My Life in Books
      • This is My Genre Tell Me Yours
      • This or That
      • Would You Rather
    • 4 Non-Book Tags
      • Celebrating the Little Things & 300 Followers
      • Get to Know Me
      • Where in the World Are You
      • Why am I a Reader

Awards

Film / TV Show Reviews

Wrote 3 reviews for Films & TV Shows:

Genre / Author / Series

Created a new menu where you can look up by genre, each author I’ve read and see if there are any book series or which reviews I’ve completed. You’ll also access content about the author and the book series to see if they may be something you’d like to read.

As part of the month, I completed two (2) “Spotlight on the Author” posts, where I included a link to the author and book reviews I’ve completed so far: Authors included:

Book Bucket List

I created a new book bucket list where I will keep a running list of 12 books that I must read before I die. Each of the 12 books is assigned a month when I will read it and post a review. Once completed, I’ll cross it off the list and add a new book for the next month:

What Age Do I Read This Book?

I created a new series to recommend by genre, what are the best books to read by age, covering a range of 12 years for each post. In May 2017, I had two posts, which were:

Final Thoughts

  • I set my May goals during the April month-end update. Let’s see how I did:
Goal Plan Actual Comment
New books read 10 8 Focused on older reviews
Reviews (prior books) 40 157 I am on a mission to finish by 6/15
Tags 4 12 I was tagged a lot!
Film & TV reviews 4 3 I got busy with older book reviews
Visits & Trips 4 0 Not doing older trips, only new ones
General Blogs 4 13 I had a lot to say this month
365 Daily Challenges 31 31 On target!
  • Thank you for reading and commenting. I am really enjoying interacting with everyone. Please feel free to suggest any changes you’d like to see or for me to consider.

June 2017 Goals

  • 10 – New books read
  • 100 – Reviews (prior books) — Then I’m done catching up!!!
  • 4 – Tags / Awards
  • 4  – Film & TV reviews
  • 4 – Author Spotlights
  • 4 – What do I read by genre and age?
  • 4 – General Blogs
  • 30 – 365 Daily Challenges

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

TAG: Listicle Books – Top 5 Objects That Make a Book Character Stronger

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I’ve been tagged by Nel at Reactionary Tales for the Listicle Tag, and she’s chosen a whopper of a subject for me: Top 5 objects that make the main character stronger in books. I had two thoughts on this topic: (a) normal every day objects which make a person stronger, either physically or emotionally, or (b) objects with some sort of power that end up being a benefit for the person who finds it, making them a stronger person. I went with option B, as I believe given Nel’s love of fantasy and science fiction, this might be what she meant… (fingers crossed!)

Nel and I have known (online) each other for a few months… and she loves pushing me to try new genres for both TV shows and books. Fantasy is my weak area, so she is introducing me to new books and characters. In return, I torture her with posts about cat books all the time. Just kidding! Her blog and website are fantastic. She has thought-provoking content, great conversational pieces and lots of strong perspectives. You definitely want to poke around by clicking the “Reactionary Tales” link above, which will show you her answers to the Listicle Tag that she had to answer: Top 5 non-human creatures! I also have to do that one because I was tagged there too…  you can see my responses here.

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Rules:

  • Create your own listicle tag, using the prompt from the person who tagged you.
  • Tag the creator of the post (not-so-modern-girl!) so that she can read all your brilliant posts and see how the joy of listicles is being spread.-
  • Nominate as many people as you want!
  • Set those 5 people the subject/prompt of their listicle post!

 

Top 5 Objects That Make a Character Stronger in Books:

  • #1 – Board Game – Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
    • When the kids are forced to play the board game in this wonderful children’s book, it helps them learn how to grow up. It also helps them bring a former game player back to life when he was locked within the game a generation beforehand. For that alone, it’s a powerful object that can put life on pause at it’s whim, but also help someone grow stronger.

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  • #2 – Cloning Machine – The Philosopher’s Apprentice by James Morrow
    • Mason stumbles upon a beautiful woman who seems to have everything he ever wanted, but she’s also secretive. Then he finds a younger version of her. And another younger version of her. It appears she has a cloning machine and has been on a mission that he needs to uncover. The cloning machine can wreak havoc on people’s lives or it can make you stronger. It all becomes clear in the ending of this novel.

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  • #3 – Standing Stone – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    • When Claire steps on to a mysterious stone, she’s transported back many centuries and falls in love with Jamie. But what about her husband, back in modern times? She was a little bored with him and their life, so could it be this stone is the strength she needed to go after all that she yearned for in life? I’ve only read the first book in this series, so I don’t know how it will end up. But this stone is pretty strong and helps her make a lot of decisions in the first book alone.

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  • #4 – Alethiometer – The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
    • When a young girl overhears a conversation about “dust,” and realizes her father and his friends are involved in some sort of potentially dangerous scheme, she must hunt down whether he’s doing good or bad, what happened to her mother, and what is this mysterious alethiometer left in her capable hands… When she finally figures out what it can do, it saves her life and helps ensure all that she needed to accomplish can be achieved.  I don’t want to say what the object does, in case you haven’t read the book yet, but it is powerful and helps Lyra grow stronger — both physically and emotionally.

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  • #5 – Secret Garden Realm – The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
    • I wasn’t sure if this fit the theme as well as it could have, but ultimately, when a young boy enters the secret garden in the backyard of his new home, he knows it has some magical powers. And when he reaches it, in just the right light at the proper time, he’s transported into a wonderland just like his book. Which of the objects has control?  Either case, both are quite strong and change his life for the future… one in which he learns how to be a better boy and to protect his younger sibling.

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My Nominations:

The following 5 people are nominated to participate in this tag, but don’t have to if they want to skip it. I also nominate anyone else that wants to participate in it to join the fun

Topic: Top 5 Book Series You Wish Had Just 1 More Book In Them! And what would the plot entail……

Special Nomination:   Reactionary Tales (just for the fun of it!)

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking.

Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.