Dear fellow Babblers,
So I got a cray cray update for y’all. I’m in anti-social non babble mood at the moment. All I want to do is read and escape from reality in every way, shape, and form humanely (or non humanely since I’m eating portions more fit for big foot at this point) possible. And that includes the blogosphere as well. It’s not like any of y’all would notice anyway… Well, except for my cyber stalkers or creepy fans out there who live, breathe, and dwell on each and every word of my posts. Everything is going pretty *meh,* *bah,* *ugh,* *get the mother effff out of my face,* in my life right now. I’ve gotten into a routine which consists of going on excruciatingly long runs in the mornings just to get my nonexistent muscles back in motion, laying in bed with a cup of artificially sweetened tea an ARC on my lap, a possible nap here and there, and then whatever I feel up to next to complete my banal daylight waking hours. So, as y’all can see, not much is happenen’ in my vida right now which should bring me peace and make me feel a bit tranquil and stress free. Unfortunately Delphine is a negative little fishy who cannot keep herself still for long enough for her to hold her breath. I’m not exactly sure where I’m even going with this rant but the fact of the matter is Señorita Delphine is feeling especially antisocial and down in the dumps this week. Hence, she (
AKA this B***) is unable to come up with anything interesting or even close to unique to blog about. Sure, I’m reading now more than ever just because I’m trying to take a step away from my own life given some of the personal battles I’m struggling against at the moment, but I don’t have much to say about really anything. Well, maybe I do, but I don’t have the strength, creativity, LITERARY VOICE to express my feelings about anything that I’m reading. So I thought I would take advantage and do one of my tags. I hope y’all aren’t here for some of Delphine’s usual free comedy happy hour sesh cause sorry to break it to ya my lovelies but that just ain’t happenin’ today.
One of my bestiest bestest blogging buddies, Alex at coffeeloving bookoholic has recently tagged me in the Wonder Woman Book Tag so I thought I would put this one first in my never-ending to-do tag list. Before I begin, however, I just want to give an honorary message to Alex for always reading my banters and my attempted book reviews. She is always active and ready for a bookish babble. Given that I have very few friends in this horrid reality who love reading the way I do, I have had so much fun these past few months talking books with Alex. Make sure to check out her blog and give her a follow for some of the latest reviews on recent releases as well as a huge selection of memes, tags, and nominations where you can learn more about the blogger behind the blog!
Enough of my pessimistic, depression talk… Lets put on our smiley faces and get back to the purpose of this post… Tag Time, BOOYAH!
1. Wonder Woman: Your Favorite Badass Female Book Character
Even though I’m feeling down in the dumps I’m not going to choose what everyone chooses, taking the easy way out with Hermione Granger. Instead, I’m gong to go with Merricat from Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. It’s my first ever Jackson read and still remains my favorite. You know that one little girl in stories who seems like just the sweetest little angel, but then turns out to be an arch killer satan-like villain? Well, voilá Merricat who poisons a bowl of strawberries in pursuit of killing all her family members except for her sister so the two of them can peacefully live alone, only in the company of each other. Sure, a bit morbid, but I can this chick a serious badass to pull off a stunt like that and get away with it!
2. Fantasy Island: A Book Setting You Want to Escape To
Given that I recently finished Strange the Dreamer and like most, absolutely fell in love with Laini Taylor’s writing I would have to say Weep (full review found here). I mean, how amazing would it be if our imaginations, dreams, fantasies were more than simple playful illusions, existent only to our minds? What if all we imagine, dream, fantasize could really exist outside of ourselves, and be projected into reality? This is exactly the case for Lazlo Strange and Weep, or what he calls the “Unseen City.” I definitely wouldn’t mind coming across a city driven by peculiarities, endless possibilities, and beautiful musings as Weep is.
3. London: A Hyped Book That Let You Down
This is a toughie since I’ve had some tremendous luck lately with hyped up books. I guess I would say When Dimple Met Rishi just for the reason that it was just too typical of Young Adult for me (full review here). Everything in the book happenned exactly as it should have and there was very little to look forward to in this book. This book was cute, funny, and quick to read – perfect for a summer day lounging on the beach. With that being said, I’m not exactly all that sure why this bookwas so hyped up. There’s no unique quality about it. I guess that just goes to show the influence a damn good publicist can have on the marketing of books.
4. Steve Trevor: A Book That Has a Beautiful Cover And a Great Story (i.e. Great Personality)
The Bear and the Nightingale. The cover is gorgeous -so dreamy, enchanting, and magical. I absolutely loved this boo so so so much. Words aren’t even enough for the brilliance of the narrative. It’s anything and everything I could ever ask for in a fairy tale with a dark twist and some added Russian folklore.
5. Lasso of Truth: A Book You Hated
Dare you even go there with me because here, I could rant forever and ever – especially given the bad mood I’m already in for no good reason at all. The Circle. The Circle. The Circle by Dave Eggars (my full written bashing can be found here). It’s like this book was approved for publication before it was even written. Either that or the freaking publisher was high on some foreign joint when he sent it off for production. That’s how bad this book is. The idea is genius and coalesces well with this day and age, being a book about the dangers of the internet to personal privacy, but the execution was a fail beyond all meanings of the word. I’m sorry to burst anyone’s bubble here but I must must MUST discourage anyone’s thoughts about picking up this book. The plot is lost in the many meaningless supposedly “supporting” events and the characters are unbearable and irritating to the point that I often found myself setting the book down, under my bed and screaming in my pillow for a solid five minutes. At times, it was just too painful to even open the book and it ended up taking me almost all of June to get through it. Don’t dare ask me if I watched the movie too because if the book was that bad I refuse to even contemplate watching a teeny tiny snippet of the film adaptation, even if Emma Watson has a part in it! Nope. Nope. Nope. Absolutely positively NOT!
6. Wonder Woman’s Shield: A Book So Sad You Need a Shield
Before even typing this I already know I’m going to stir some debate… Thirteen Reasons Why. This book completely and utterly tore my heart in a million trillion little pieces. Ignoring the debate that “nothing that bad really happens to Hannah” this book effected me so much, in so many ways, and changed the way I perceive myself and my relationships with others. It is not always how or what we say or do to another person, but when, why, and how what we say or do falls into or out of place with a person. This book is really about what can happen if every bad little thing happens to someone in succession. Is it then enough to give up hope and turn to the most extreme means of escape possible? I’ll leave my opinions out this time as I spoke clearly in my review of the novel (you can find it here). You be the judge this time.
7. No Man’s Land: A Book that You Want to Send Through No Man’s Land (i.e. shoot it to death)
I don’t get what the whole deal is with literature teachers her in the states, but it just seems like throughout my entire school education I simple could NOT escape from Voltaire’s Candide. Okay, I get it. The book is a classic and teaches lots of mumbo jumbo about philosophy along with a good dose of literary techniques. But there is no need to overkill here. I doubt Voltaire was thinking about consonance, metaphors, and whatever other writing tactics when he wrote this novel a trillion years ago. If I was just to read this book once for simple enjoyment I doubt I would want to dig a whole, tuck it away and send it to the deepest, most blistering pits of hell right now. I had to read this book four times. Yes, four times during my education. You know what that means? Four long analytical essays, four endless lectures on the doctrine of optimism, and not to mention four gruesome reading comprehension quizzes about all the bizarre idiocracies hidden between Voltaire’s words. Long story short: please allow me to shoot the hell out of Candide!
8. Ares: A Villain that is Scary, But You Can’t Seem to Hate
I’m pretty sure scary villains come along with fantasy titles and given that I haven’t read enough fantasy yet to discover a terrifying villain I’m going to allow myself to humbly pass over this question and get back to y’all soon when I come across such a gruesome figure. I’d like to say the “other mother” from Coraline, but then again she wasn’t exactly scary, but more fascinating in the most Tim Burton way possible.
9. Ar. Poison: A Villain That Has No Reason To Exist
Okay, so it’s either just me or these question are so unecessarily difficult. Like what the eff?!?! There is no need to badger my fourth grade brain on villains that are scary, likable, meaningless. A villain is a villain no matter how small, large, bad, good, funny, ugly. Just let the villain be who he is and stop with the contemplating. Jeesh. If there is no villain or whatever you choose to call your problematic figure in the story then there would really be no story because there would be no protagonist present to bring suspense, change, and drama to the fictional world. Therefore, I have no choice than to arrive at the conclusion that this question has no reason to exist.
10. The Amazons: A Book that You Wish Had More/Better LGBT + Representation
Okay, Alex? You still reading this shizz? I’m officially one step away from shoving my head in a cookie jar and giving up on this tag. There is not one single title that comes to mind. I read a lot. I swear my dear babblers. But this tag is making me out to be a wannabe book blogger who knows absolutely nada. Okay, maybe that’s true about me in terms of movies, politics – life in general. But books? You gotta me kidding me here. I read as the cookie monster eats cookies so believe me when I say I know my sh** and these questions need to seriously be reevaluated!
11. Justice League: What Superhero Book Friends do You Tag?
*Phew.* This tag was brutal and I’m not so sure it would be in my best interest to single out any of my buddies here, given that as y’all can see. I ranted, struggled, and could not even come up with any close-to-clever answer for a great majority of these questions. So let me just leave this to any bibliophile out there who feels compelled to try out this super challenging, possibly fun, positively mind boggling tag.
And another hug and smoochy kiss to my readers for stickin’ around to read my ‘down in the garbage’ dump post. On a happier note, I just finished reading an ARC, Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson and I’m pretty darned sure I just maybe be giving a full 5 stars! Full review on its way – happy days just may come along again!
(Book image credits go to Goodreads)