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TAG: Ruler of the Books

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I want to thank PoojaG at Lifesfinewhine for nominating me for this cool tag. Please check out the site, as how often can you say you’re chatting with someone in Kenya?

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WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU MAKE EVERYONE READ?

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The Philosopher’s Apprentice by James Morrow — at least the first section (about a third of the book). It has so much to say about life, it really changed the way I thought about things… and it’s fiction. I love the rest of the book, too, but the first third is amazing.

 

WHAT WOULD YOU ABOLISH IN BOOK CONSTRUCTION?

None. I believe in free speech and do not agree with banning or destroying books. I might give something a really bad recommendation, but it is still someone’s opinion or thoughts. For example, anything Hitler used to guide his beliefs is not something I would want anyone to read unless they were learning more about the horrific behavior he exhibited. But if someone read it to learn how to be a racist, then there is a problem.

 

WHAT AUTHOR WOULD YOU COMMISSION TO WRITE YOU ANY BOOK?

Kate Morton. I think she can tell my life story in a wonderful way. Possibly Ken Follett, but he uses a lot of words sometimes!

 

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU DEMOTE TO THE LIBRARY BASEMENT TO MAKE ROOM FOR NEW BOOK?

The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy. Stay away!

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WHAT COVER ARTIST WOULD YOU COMMISSION TO MAKE A MURAL?

To be honest, I am not familiar with this side of publishing, so I couldn’t be sure unless I did some research. I tend to like the covers of Follett’s books.

 

WHAT CHARACTER’S FACE WOULD YOU PUT ON A COIN?

Harry Potter. We’d all smile just a little bit more, wouldn’t we?

 

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU AWARD THE “RULER OF BOOKS” 2016 PRIZE TO?

Of the books I read, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child seemed to be the most sought after before it was published

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Of the books I read, The Nest got the most votes.

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I disagree with both, but I can’t find another one more popular published in 2016 that I read in 2016.

 

My Nominees Are:

 

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.

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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.

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Review: The Philosopher’s Apprentice

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The Philosopher’s Apprentice by James K. Morrow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars to James K. Morrow‘s The Philosopher’s Apprentice.

I found this book one afternoon while walking through a book store. It sounded like a good read so I added it to my new pile. It sat for a few weeks while I finished some others ahead of it, and then I dived in. It’s divided into 3 separate sections, and even I’ll admit there are a few disconnects in the writing style between the various sections, but compared to the amazing aspects of the story, it is very minor (at least to me!). I don’t think I’ve ever had a book that challenged me more than this one. It was phenomenal on so many levels. It helped me learn to think outside the box.


Skip forward about a year…

It’s my turn to choose a book for my Book Club. I choose this one as no one else had ever read it. I re-read it over a weekend with as little interruptions as possible. I found so many new layers that I double down on how phenomenal this book is.



Why?


A woman is cloning herself to find perfection. It’s the story inside all of us. It’s shocking and truthful and wicked and sentimental and scary and heartbreaking all the same. You are so trapped in what you think is acceptable and what you think is wrong that you can’t escape such a quandry in this book.



Why Not?


The later part of the book goes a bit off track and confuses easily — you have to focus and release all the questions that come to your mind until you get to the end. For me, it spoke volumes. For a few in the book club, they loved the first half and hated the last half. It’s all a matter of how you interpret what you hear — understand why someone would do something — and who you are rooting for.

Nevertheless, it’s one you should read – at least the first part of the book. Even if you give up midway, just the story in the first section is enough to mesmerize you, activate your innate reactions to the purpose of life and the need of a human connection, and send you questioning your own beliefs.

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