September 28, 2014

Bookish Bingo

Hey guys, Soumya here.

Bookish Bingo is a game of sorts, created by Great Imaginations. I've decided to take on the challenge of the Holiday 2014 edition, and in spirit of Halloween, I'm "daring" you to take it on too! My goal is to finish all 24 challenges in 4 weeks, so let's see how that goes. I'll be charting my progress and doing reviews on this blog, and I highly encourage you to comment on how your reading is going.

Bookish Bingo is pretty self explanatory. It's Bingo, but instead of numbers and all the jazz, the squares are categories for books you need to read in order to fill out the card. You can read about it and sign up here.

I've already completed one challenge (yay me!) but, sad to say, it's the easiest one: reread.
I reread A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle, because it was the book my book club chose for the month. So, killing two birds with one stone, basically :) It's not something I'm planning to do a full-length review on, but I really enjoyed it. (Meaning, it's safe to say I liked it more than I did when I read it first.) 

I'll be continuing to fulfill the challenges on this board, and hopefully get a few reviews posted too! I really wanna read all new books for this challenge (except for the first square, duh) but it might be hard, because I've already read sooooo many books that work with some of the weirder prompts here, like 'set in New Orleans.' I mean, how many books like that are there? Anyways, we'll see how it goes. Will I be able to take on this terrifying bingo board? 

That's all for now!

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September 24, 2014

Dressing Up- Eleanor and Park's Closet

Hey everyone!
I just finished re-reading Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, and this time through, I realized how important fashion was in the book. The clothes Eleanor and Park wear reflect their personalities and their relationship with the outside world. So, I decided it was the perfect book for my first "Dressing Up" post, which is an original feature where I'll show you how to recreate the styles of characters in books. BTW, these outfits are meant for girls, cause, well, I dunno male fashion. 

First up, Eleanor: 
Eleanor's style is unique, very different, and really shows the world she doesn't care what they think. It's definitely a little weird and ambitious, but a toned-down version is something I really want to try. 


Vans- Park specifically mentions how much he likes Eleanor's strawberry Vans, so I felt like they were an important part of this outfit. He also mentions a sharkskin blazer, but...well, uh...

Plaid Shirt- Eleanor is often wearing clothing meant for men, and an on-trend plaid shirt is the best way to echo that in your outfit.

Jeans- Ripped boyfriend jeans are a staple in Eleanor's closet, and should be one in yours too! They're versatile, comfortable, and look super cute, no matter what you wear them with.

Scarves- Eleanor loves to wear scarves, and you should too. They add a layer of warmth and interest to anything you wear. To pair with the plaid shirt in this outfit, a solid color looks great. But, if you want to go wilder and more Eleanor-er I suggest the dark floral scarf at the beginning of the list.

Bracelets- Where would an outfit be without the bracelets? Buy a set to make things easier or get creative by buying a bunch of singular ones and combining them. Making your own bracelets looks sups cool too.

Now for Park:
Park wears a lot of black. Eleanor describes his style as always wearing black high tops, blue jeans, and a black shirt. So, I went and recreated his iconic style into an outfit that anyone can pull off.

Black High Tops- These shoes are easy, effortless, and look good with everything. Literally everything.

Jeans- These jeans have a cut that's more relaxed, to mimic the type of jeans guys usually wear. Wear them over your high-tops.

Music Tee- I put a link here to tons of different music tees. Pick your favorite band, and then choose the design you like the most.

Eyeliner- And of course, don't forget the eyeliner Park dons! No matter what his dad may think.

That's it for now!
Are these outfits something you would try? Tell me in the comments!


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September 23, 2014

What To Read If You Like...

Hey guys, it's Soumya!
I've compiled a list of recommendations based on some popular books. Sometimes, I read a book I love love love, and then I hunt down any book in the library that could have any similar themes. *Ahem* (Maybe two teens with cancer falling in love?)

If You Like-
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Read-
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
The Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

Similarities: All of these trilogies have different groups of people with different powers, and the interactions between them are part of what make these books so interesting and enjoyable to read.

If You Like-
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Read-
In Honor by Jessi Kirby
The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han


Similarities: All these books include something left behind by a loved one and how that affects the lives of the people around them and the people who mean the most to them. All five of these books were read by me over the summer, and I loved them so much. They're sweet and funny, but emotional with a hint of romance as well.

If You Like-
The Gone Series by Michael Grant

Read-
The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson
The Skinjackers Trilogy by Neil Shusterman
The Unwind Series by Neil Shusterman
The Raft by S.A. Bodeen


Similarities: I hate to say this, but I feel like the main reason these books are connected is because they're creepy. But that aside, these books are great sci-fi dystopian-y reads that'll twist your brain in knots. In a good way. They just happen to involve a lot of blood, death, science, and future apocalyptic stuff that is scary to imagine. ;)

If You Like-
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Read-
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
Annexed by Sharon Dogar
The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages


Similarities: I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but I've read all five of these books and I loved them. These books could be seen as books relating to World War II or to the Holocaust, but more than that, they reflect history in a new and exciting way.

That's all for now! Do you guys have any books you want me to find recommendations for?
Thanks.

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Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list

Hi guys! Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish (per usual) and the topic for this week is Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list. Sorry I haven't posted any Top Ten Tuesday posts for a while! But it wasn't too hard to compile a list for this weeks topic because there are so many books that come out this fall that I've been dying to read and I have a TBR pile that's taller than Grawp.

    

1. Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. Pub Date: October 7th
This book shouldn't need an explanation. I feel like I'm repeating myself all the time when it comes to Percy Jackson. PERCY IS LIFE. I NEEDS PERCY. NOW. 

2. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. Pub Date: October 28th
I feel like I've mentioned this book a bunch as well. It's the conclusion to one of my favorite series. It's going to be mine and no one can stop me. MWHHAHAHAAA!

3. Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
This book has already been released, but I have yet to get my hands on a copy. If you've read the books or seen my review for Fire with Fire (beware, it contains spoilers), you know exactly how agonizing this wait's been. But let me just say to those who haven't read the books- revenge has just gone sour and all of hell is about to break loose.

4. Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan and John Rocco
I just got this in the mail and I can't wait to read it! Rick Riordan wrote it. There are beautiful illustrations. PERCY'S IN IT. ENOUGH SAID.

5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman. 
Even though I barely know what this book is about, I highly enjoyed the If I Stay duology and can't wait to read more of Gayle's work.

    

6. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
I've read Morgan's other two books and loved them both. I heard this one isn't as good, but I'm still really excited to start reading it.

7. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Amrentrout
I was a bit skeptical about this book at first because of the cheesy covers, but then I've heard so many good things about it and found out the main character's a book blogger. *adds to TBR*

8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I've owned this book for a while now and I really want to read it, but I haven't found the time. :(

9 and 10. The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling. These kind of go together, but I just finished all of the Harry Potter books, so logically I want more J.K. Rowling. I'm interested in The Tales of Beedle the Bard because it's like a fairy tale book and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is becoming a movie, plus there's annotations from a certain trio in it.


That's it for this Top Ten Tuesday post! I highly doubt I'm going to finish all these books during the fall, but I can hope. What are some books on your fall TBR?
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September 20, 2014

Fandom News Round-Up

Hey guys!

The internet is sorta totally my life, and I scan it feverishly every day, looking for new book themed news. So, I've decided to start a weekly feature of an internet link roundup, featuring the best literary news from websites like Teen Vogue, Time, and more.

Who here's read TFIOS? And watched the movie? Here's some deleted scenes from the movie: After Isaac's SurgeryHazel Walks Through Airport Scanner Without Oxygen Tank, and Hazel And Her Father Discuss The Confusing Nature Of Adulthood.

Speaking of book-to-movie adaptations, the full length Mockingjay Part 1 trailer was just released:
The Mockingjay Lives and here are some awesome stills as well! Also be sure to check out the Hunger Games Exclusive and The Capitol Website for cool extra content on Mockingjay.

And some Paper Towns news! Cara D's playing Margo:
Read about it on Times and Page to Premiere.

Calling all the Potterheads! J.K Rowling revealed the form of her patronus on Twitter!

If you're a fan of The Darkest Minds, Alex is going on tour and a screenwriter has been has been hired for the movie adaptation!

This isn't really news, but I found it really cool. See some popular YA authors sort their characters in Hogwarts houses!

See the new book trailer for The Infinite Sea here.

Teen Vogue shares their top reads for this fall. And they're all books that came out in September or will come out soon! Read It Here.

That's all for now. Feel free to share any bookish news and links in the comments. Happy reading!

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September 19, 2014

My Reading Challenge #6


Hi again, Soumya here.

So, Kaylie's been posting reading challenge updates. I'm going to start doing that too. My past posts have been on my old blog, so over here, I'll start with challenge #6.

So, this week, I read a book about hardships and struggling:
Four Seasons By Jane Breskin Zalben.

This book is about an incredibly talented musician and pianist, Allegra Katz, and it takes you through the four seasons of her year. The four seasons thing is inspired by Vivaldi's the Four Seasons (such a pretty piece!) and the book is from Allegra's POV.

As a musician myself, I love reading fiction that revolves around teen musicians. This book was something I really enjoyed, but not as much as Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez. I guess I'm sorta biased, since like the protagonist in Virtuosity, I'm a violinist, but oh well.

Books I've Finished Last Week: 
Umm....I sorta lost track. I read at least 5 books a week, if I have less homework, then I read up to ten. But, I did read the entire Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins, which I really enjoyed, a Douglas Adams book, and other stuff. Lots of other stuff. :)

Currently Reading:
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy- Douglas Adams. (I've been meaning to read this forever, so I'm happy I've finally gotten to it.)

TBR For This Week: I usually don't plan out what to read, instead I spend a super long time in the library each morning searching for something new and exciting to read. The only thing I'll be reading (re-reading, actually) this week for sure is A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle, because I need to for book club.

I'll keep you guys posted as to how my reading and quest for books is going!

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Fangirl and Blogger - Soumya


Hey guys!
My name's Soumya, and...(drumroll please.)
I'm joining the bloggers at When The Words End! Now, in addition to Kaylie, Milli, and Christina, you lucky readers will have the chance to read my amazing meh posts. I used to blog on Not Your Average Fangirl aaand yes, I am the one who came up with the 21 Week Reading Challenge!

In addition to book reviews, Top Ten Tuesday and reading challenges, I'll be doing a wide variety of other posts, including outfits and nail art inspired by books, plus literary news from everywhere.

A Little Bit About Me:
I'm a self-proclaimed fangirl. I love to read soooo much. I also love fan fiction, authors, characters and book blogs. (Especially this one!)
Some of my favorite foods are cronuts, sour patch kids, popcorn, cheese ravioli, nutella, fondue, curry, blood oranges, raspberries, salad greens, roasted almonds, fudge, hummus, and anything with hazelnut.
My favorite music genres are EDM and pop.
Other than reading and blogging, I like to go shopping, play volleyball, skateboard, dance, run (except in PE,) write fiction, experiment with nail art, play violin and viola, and travel.
My favorite TV shows include Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bones, The Middle, and Sherlock.
In terms of movies, I love comedies (the funnier, the better) and superhero flicks.
I have an irrational fear of trampolines. No joke.
I've been able to read since I was two.
Like almost all YA heroines, I'm short. That's about all we have in common.
Team Gale all the way! Also Team Maxon.

I don't have a favorite book, and probably never will have one. There are just so many amazing ones out there.


You guys will hear more from me soon :)

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September 16, 2014

21 Week Reading Challenge Update #6

Hi guys! Sorry we haven't been posting a lot of variety. Mainly Top Ten Tuesday posts and these updates, but I promise, we're working on some other stuff. We've been a bit busy with school and I'm pretty sure most bloggers understand how time consuming blogging can be and coming up with unique and interesting blog posts can be difficult. But anyways, back to the update. 

My plans from last week went astray once more because I kind of gave Harry Potter priority after I didn't get anywhere near finishing Heir of Fire before the event with Sarah J. Maas. Oops. But I'm just gonna count Half Blood Prince to another theme. I can manage ;)

21 Week Reading Challenge:
After several weeks, I have completed 6 challenges!
Challenge 11book to movie adaptation for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Challenge 18, part of a series for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Challenge 3, protagonist from a different country/set in a different country for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Challenge 4, Author's name starts from the same letter as yours for Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire.
Challenge 21, a book who has a character that's similar to you for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Challenge 20, a book with hardships and struggling, for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince because I'm pretty sure Harry and his friends went through some tough times in that book. *cough* That ending *cough*

Books I've Finished Last Week:
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. I feel a bit ashamed. I've seen and know people who can read about three books or more a week, which continually shocks me. But I'm not too concerned. I like to take my time reading, because after all, it's for my pleasure. I don't want to feel rushed. 

Currently Reading:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (completes challenge #15, a book with or about a quest)
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

TBR for This Week:
As many of my goals and plans have been altered to accommodate some Harry in my life, Deathly Hallows has now become the book I'm reading for my challenge this week. I am pretty far in, about half way, considering I just checked it out of the library Monday. If I continue at the rate I'm reading, I hope to finish Heir of Fire as well.

That's all for this update! Sorry again for the lack of more creative posts. I hope to get some other ones up soon. I've sent Milli and Christina to start working on individual posts, so look out for that!
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September 14, 2014

Event: Meeting Sarah J. Maas

Hi guys! So the other day I got the opportunity to meet the wonderful Sarah J. Maas. She was on tour for Heir of Fire and happened to stop at a bookstore was only a short drive away from where I live. I think that Veronica Rossi was supposed to be there too, but for some reason unknown to me, she wasn't.

Anyways, I apparently seem to have a knack for being late to these book events. You'd have thought that I learned after being late to an event with Kiera Cass and had to stand for an hour or so. But no. The event started at 7:00 and the Q & As always start early. My dad offered to take me there at 6:30 and I stupidly said no because I thought it was too early (and I was feeling kind of lazy). So I got there around 7:10 and the discussion was already pretty far in. And I ended up standing in the back.

Sarah was just the sweetest person. She was nerdy, but friendly and talkative. She was talking about Star Wars and Teen Wolf and Outlander and a bunch of other stuff. She answered questions about writing her first book, she gave advice for aspiring writers, her inspiration for the characters in Heir of Fire and she also talked about things like which TV show she'd like to act in. She was also asked some grueling questions like who she wanted to end up with Celeana (which she avoided answering), her favorite characters in TOG and a tense game of Marry, Kiss, Kill with any three characters (Marry: Jamie from Outlander, Kiss: Derek from Teen Wolf, and Kill: Professor Umbridge from HP, in case you were wondering).

I learned that Sarah has a problem with ending things, and has avoided reading the last books in several series and that Manon isn't pronounced Man-en, but Muh-non, like baton. Also, Sarah likes Cheetos and Netflix. I think on of my favorite parts was when Sarah was talking about how her parents were her biggest fans. She was explaining how they showed up for almost all of her events in the East coast and were her personal paparazzi/stalkers and how they displayed dozens of copies of her books in their house to show off to guests. Sarah was really funny and sweet. I was really sad I missed the first part of the interview.

Then came the signing part. So here's the thing: they excused people to line up by row. Again, I was in the back. So people began to line up. I finally found a seat after everyone went to get their books signed and all the girls sitting behind me knew each other and they were fangirling very loudly. Then when I got in line, two other girls standing behind me stared talking about college and school. EVERYONE WAS TALKING TO SOMEONE. I just stood there silently and waited. Alone. Everyone was talking and geeking out and squealing with someone else and I was just there by my lonesome.


So I waited for about an hour. Then I finally got to the signing table.

More awkwardness. I was so nervous because the woman in front of me in the line, had made this amazing art piece of Celaena and gave a copy to Sarah. I, on the other hand, HAD NOTHING. So when I finally got to see and talk to Sarah, I was literally biting my nails. And my conversation with her went something like this:

Sarah: Hi! How are you?
Me: *way too high pitched* Hi! I'm good! *pause* How are you?
Sarah: I'm good! *smiles*
Me: *smiles nervously* Could you personalize my copy of Heir of Fire?
Sarah: *theatrically gasps* How dare you ask me that? Of course I'll personalize it!
Me: *awkwardly laughs and puts all the books on the table*
Sarah: Wow! All those books must be heavy! I can barely lift them all because I have like no upper body strength.
Me: *laughs* Yeah.
Sarah: *starts signing the books* So, what grade are you in?

And then some stuff about school and my favorite classes, etc. I also asked for a picture, which I won't post for privacy reasons, sorry!

I guess it was better than my encounter with Kiera Cass. The only thing I said was something along the lines of, "Hi! Can you sign this?" But still, I was so shy! I hope in the future I can be a bit more open and gain more courage to have at least a semi-normal conversation. I'm banging my head on a table looking back at it. I felt like that one of the reasons the line took so long was because people were actually having significant conversations with Sarah and she took the time to listen and respond. I felt kind of ridiculous after. Like I wasted probably my only chance to talk to such and amazing author. I know I sound a bit melodramatic but I don't get to go to author events very often.

Sarah J. Maas's lovely signature in my book

Another thing that I found really cool was Sarah had a copy of Throne of Glass that she had from her very first event and asked everyone to sign it or leave a message. I thought it was such a thoughtful idea. But sadly, I didn't get the chance to write in it. My little sister had come along with me to the event and kept complaining that she was tired and want fro-yo, so I was practically dragged out the door after I took my picture. But nonetheless, it was a fun event.

So that was my experience with meeting  Sarah J. Maas! Have you ever gone to a book event or had any awkward interactions with authors?
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September 10, 2014

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Book Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After 
Author: Stephanie Perkins 
Pages: 339 
Published: August 14, 2014 by Dutton 
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3 
Buy on the Book Depository
Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

My Thoughts: 

Although I really enjoyed this book, it might be my least favorite of the series. This book was quite different then Anna and Lola. I felt that both Anna and Lola had a lot in common. Both their relationships were quite similar. They were both stuck in these sort-of-love-triangle situations, where their sexual relationship is pretty innocent and sweet and they don't get together till the very end, which I know can annoy people.

However, I felt that romance felt a little bit too instant in Josh in Isla's case. There were parts where Isla and Josh profess their love for each other and have more intimate and intense affairs, even though they've only been together for a month, which seems like a pretty short time to me. It wasn't an entirely bad thing, but I missed those cutesy, gooey scenes in the previous books, although this book did have it's moments. I understand if you have different opinions, because it's realistic and it actually happens in life, but I didn't really love it in this case.

The characters were only meh to me. I liked that Josh was an artist, but Isla was kind of a different story. I much preferred Anna and Lola's POVs. Although Isla was tolerable, sometimes she could be really annoying. She's so insecure to the point that it irks me. She's always moping around saying that she doesn't deserve to be loved, blah blah blah. Half of the fights that she and Josh have seem to have been started by her for no real reason. Isla just can't keep her mouth shut sometimes. The side characters weren't all that interesting either.

However, I still found the book quite interesting and I loved the cameos from our previously beloved characters (although they didn't happen till near the end and their appearances were very brief). There were some also interesting side conflicts, like Isla's relationship with her sister, her friendship with Kurt and the problem of finding a college to attend and deciding what to do in the future.

So all in all, I enjoyed this book but it wasn't my favorite of the companions. That's it for this review! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!


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September 8, 2014

21 Week Reading Challenge Update #5



Hi guys! So my reading challenge is slowly progressing. Last week I was able to complete Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (which was HUGE). And I'm making my way to finishing the rest of the series! However, this week I have a few more books I'd like to complete as well.

21 Week Reading Challenge:
Now I have completed a total of 5 challenges. 
Challenge 11book to movie adaptation for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Challenge 18, part of a series for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Challenge 3, protagonist from a different country/set in a different country for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Challenge 4, Author's name starts from the same letter as yours for Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire.
Challenge 21, a book who has a character that's similar to you for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Books I've Finished Last Week:
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (finished in between the time when Harry Potter was checked out at the library and Milli forgot to bring her copy to school for me to borrow).
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Currently Reading:
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (completes challenge #15, a book with or about a quest. I think Celaena's situation counts as a quest)

TBR for This Week:

Finish the books I'm currently reading! I'd also like to try to read Heir of Fire by Friday and maybe start Under the Never Sky because I'm going to meet Sarah J. Maas and Veronica Rossi! I'm super excited to meet them both and I'll probably have a post up after the event.

Okay, that's it for this update! May the odds be ever in your favor, your numbered days be infinite, and your owl not be Errol.

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September 3, 2014

Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At Our Lunch Table

Hi guys! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, if you didn't already know. And this week's topic is really interesting: the top ten book characters that would be sitting at our lunch table, in honor of back-to-school. Sorry this is a bit late, but we wanted to write a little something for fun at the end of this post ;)

Kaylie's Picks:
1. Cath from Fangirl. She's the first one who came to mind because I feel like we have a lot in common. She seems like someone I'd really enjoy being around and fangirling with. We also seem pretty compatible because of the fact that we both prefer fiction fantasies over reality. And we'd probably have very long debates about who is better: Harry Potter or Simon Snow.

2. Zuzanna from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. If you've seen some of my previous posts, you know I adore Zuzanna. She's funny and just seem's like someone I'd get along with. Plus she seems like a really good friend because she always stays by Karou's side.

3. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. What I love about Hermione is that she always speaks her mind and she's a witch and she loves to read as well! She's one of my favorite heroines and it'd be so awesome to be friends with her.

4. Celaena from Throne of Glass. AHHH! I had to put Celaena on here. She's so bad-a** and she seems like a great friend judging by her friendship with Nehemia. She loves dogs and reading and she's a freaking assassin. 

Milli's Picks:

1. Matilda from Matilda. I know she's from a children's book but she's insanely smart, loves books, and is telepathic. 

2. Clary from The Mortal Instruments.  Clary seems like a great friend and a very likeable person. She's also very funny, sarcastic, caring and compassionate. Clary and I also share a love of doodling over everything.

3. Tessa from The Infernal Devices. Like the rest of the girls (except for Cath and Hazel) on here, she know how to kick ass. She's also a freaky shapeshifter and loves books. 

Christina's Picks

1. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter.  She is quite possibly one of the coolest characters I've ever read about.  She is very trustworthy and loyal, and just a good, kind person in general.  All in all, I feel like Luna would be an awesome person to sit with at lunch.  

2. Saphira from Eragon.  Come on, who wouldn't want a sarcastic, telepathic, fire-breathing dragon to sit with them at lunch?  We would all bring marshmallows, she would toast them, and we'd probably all be so annoying, she would give us rides to shut us up.

3. Hazel Grace from The Fault in Our Stars.  If Hazel sat at our lunch table, we would probably have lots of debates and deep, metaphor-filled conversations about life, death, and how a ton of different characters were existing in the same world.  I'm sure it would be very, very fun.  


A Typical Day at Our Crazy Lunch Table
By Christina :)

Kaylie: Okay, no one spoil anything, I'm starting Order of the Phoenix!  *opens book and begin reading*
Hermione: *begins reading over Kaylie's shoulder* Wait, I never said that! Who wrote this book, again?  Everything is so exaggerated and inaccurate.  This seems like something Rita Skeeter would have written.  And you said the author is a billionaire? *sighs*
Luna: Let me know when you get to the part with me in it, Kaylie! *resumes staring vacantly into space and smiling dreamily*
Cath: Simon Snow is so much better than than Harry Potter! *starts reading Simon Snow and the Eighth Dance*
Matilda: *levitates about twenty or so marshmallows into the air* Will you toast these, Saphira?
Saphira: Why would I want to do that?
Matilda: *makes adorable puppy eyes*
Saphira: Okay, but this is the last time I’m doing this. *breathes fire and toasts all marshmallows to perfection*
Matilda: Thanks, Saphira! *hugs Saphira's leg adorably*
Christina: *while eating marshmallow* Isn't Benedict Cumberbatch the best person ever?!
Zuzana: What the heck is a "Benedict Cumberbatch"?  Is it, like, a cucumber omelette or something? *shrugs and resumes eating her lunch, which appears to be nothing but an entire chocolate cake*
Cath: *looks up from her book* Oh, I read the best fanfiction about him!  Lemme find it!
*pulls out smartphone*
Hermione: *looks up from Kaylie's book* We aren't allowed to have our phones out during the school day!  You could get expelled!!
Hazel: What's the point of caring about rules?  Everything we do is just a shout into the void. Oblivion is inevitable. Eventually no one will remember Cleopatra or Aristotle, let alone you using your stupid phone.  And, by the way, Celaena, what the !@#$ are you eating?
Celaena: Today I stole a loaf of bread, a hunk of cheese, and a piece of something that I think is a cooked pig's tongue.  Whatever it is, it tastes great! *continues eating*
Hermione: *horrified* Did you say you stole it?!
Milli: *hugs Chairman Meow, who is sitting in her lap* Cooked pig’s tongue?  Ew, how can you eat something that used to be alive?  
Hazel: Yeah, an innocent animal gave its life for that!  Personally, I'd like to limit the number of deaths I'm responsible for.
Celaena: Girl, you have no idea...
Clary: *runs up, panting* Sorry I’m late, I had to stay late at battle practice.  
Celaena: *smirks* Well, you didn’t exactly play fair.
Cath: Why?  What happened?
Clary: I used a spider-summoning rune, and Ron totally freaked!
Hermione: That wasn’t very nice, you know.
Zuzana: *with a mouth full of cake* Why do you care?
Hermione: *blushes and quickly looks back at Kaylie’s book*
Tessa: *walks up in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch* Hello, everyone.
Christina: *looks up from fanfiction and screams* This is way too amazing to actually be happening!!! *runs up to Benedict/Tessa, fangirling the whole way there*
Tessa: *turns back into herself* You're right, I am quite amazing!
Christina: Y-you mean you're not actually... *sighs* Well, when your friend's a shapeshifter, and you’re a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch, it's only a matter of time, I suppose.
Milli: *sees Tessa* Hey, where's Church?
Tessa: *sighs* In the B-wing.  I saw him on the way here.
Milli: *runs off with Chairman Meow* And now, to make my OTP, canon!
Luna: Let me know if you see any Nargles, okay?
Hazel: OKAY.

That's it for this week's TTT post! When are you going back to school and which characters would be sitting at your lunch table?

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