Tuesday Top Ten-Belated Father’s Day Edition

Okay, visit so I logged into WordPress today to start writing the Tuesday Top Ten, sildenafil and whoa, its all different. Not hugely different, just vamped up a little bit. So I am momentarily distracted by the new prettiness that is my dashboard…its just so shiny and new…

Okay, sorry. 

Moving on, today’s Tuesday Top Ten is a little special. Last month, when it was Mother’s Day, my dear friend Gabby from iFandoms Collide went to an author event where Alyson Noel, Tahereh Mafi, Marie Lu, Kami Garcia, Ransom Riggs, and Margaret Stohl were and asked them who their favorite fictional mothers are. Of course, myself, Tatiana, Gabby, Megan and Sylvia had to jump in and say who our own fave fictional mothers were. 

This month was a little different, and we weren’t able to do that again, so I decided that we do a special Father’s Day edition of The Tuesday Top Ten, and I would tell you all my own favorite fictional fathers. 

So here we go :)

Oh, can I just say? Its actually really hard to pick fictional dads. Why is it most fictional dads are super evil, or dead? I don’t understand it…

Anyway.

MY FAVORITE FICTIONAL DADS!

10. Darth Vader from Star Wars

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I know, I know, this is kind of a weird father to pick because he wasn’t really a good father. He totally tortures Princess Leia in the first movie, and repeatedly tries to kill Luke, his son. I mean, he is NOT fatherly material in the slightest. But he’s kind of a badass, and in the end, he did what was right. Granted it was too late for him, and he wasn’t able to have an actual bonding relationship with either of his children but hey, he killed Emperor Palpatine and saved Luke’s life. So that, in itself, is enough for me. I just wouldn’t be buying him “Dad of the Year” mugs any time soon. 

9. Mufasa from The Lion King

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Mufasa! James Earl Jones, man. He plays some badass dads. Mufasa is an AWESOME dad. He’s the KING of Pride Rock. Mufasa runs around, saving Simba when he does stupid things and he’s brave and wise and he’s just freaking awesome. Its like, when the hyenas say “Mufasa” and shudder in excitement haha. That’s exactly what it is. Mufasa is the kind of dad, had he lived (and don’t lie, you cry every single time that he dies in the movie) would have been that awesome dad that made sure Simba grew up strong and proud and wise. He would have taught all the lessons that were necessary for Simba to be a great king. Which I believe he would have been anyway but Mufasa, man, Mufasa is awesome. 

8. Mr. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice

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Seriously, the reason Mr. Bennett is here is because anyone that can have FIVE daughters in that time period is a brave, brave, special man. Add in the fact that he is married to the kind of cuckoo (but lovable!) Mrs. Bennett and he’s just an amazing man. He’s a man of very modest means and has not much to offer a man in pursuit of his daughters. However, if he doesn’t marry them off, he faces their future, when he dies, because they cannot inherit his house. He takes everything in stride and does what he can to do well by his daughters and he supports them with every fiber of his being. And he’s so funny. He cracks me up, as he deals with his crazy wife and his five, very different daughters and their every day dramatics. What a brave, brave man. 

7. Luke Garroway from The Mortal Instruments 

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Okay, technically Luke isn’t a real dad, but he might as well be. He has been Clary’s stand-in dad her entire life, raising her while she thought her dad was dead (though all us TMI fans know the truth), and he loves her as if she were his own. Everything he does, in the entire series, is to protect her and he treats her as an adult, values her opinions and recognizes her abilities and does what he can to help her and to support her. He’s an amazing dad, and is the most honest he can possibly be with her. Once he saves her from Hodge and she demands answers from him, he sits her down and tells her everything, everything that is true as he knows it. He is one of those dads that steps up to be a dad, even though he doesn’t have to. Clary isn’t his daughter but he wants Clary to be and he does all the work that any dad would do. I LOVE Luke. He’s one of my favorite characters in that series. 

6. Philippe Renaldo from The Princess Diaries 

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Yeah, so in the book? Mia’s dad? He’s not dead haha. He’s not dead like he is in the movies. And in the books, he is absolutely, positively hilarious. He’s stricken with cancer, testicular cancer, and this leaves him unable to have anymore children, which is when Mia finds out she’s a princess, because she is now the heir to Genovia, albeit an illegitimate heir haha. This leaves Prince Philippe a little down in the dumps and he’s isn’t the most attractive man in the world haha. But he’s a prince and he loves finding beautiful weather reports or news reporters or Victoria’s Secret models to be his “friend” for a week or two. And he’s just one of those dads that is so good to their daughter, so support, and loving, but so absolutely clueless. Some of the conversations between Mia and her dad have literally made me laugh until I cry because they’re just so CLASSIC. But at the end of the day, Prince Philippe is a great dad and does a great job, co-raising Mia with her mother and turning her into a perfect princess. 

5. Marlin from Finding Nemo 

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I LOVE THIS MOVIE and I don’t get to watch it enough because my boyfriend isn’t the biggest fan in the world. But anyway, Marlin is a badass dad. He literally crosses oceans, battles sharks and deals with jellyfish and crazy deep water fish and turtles and all of that just to find his son, Nemo. He does EVERYTHING he possibly can to get his son back. And sure, in the beginning he’s a little too protective but he just loves his son and wants him to be as safe and happy as possible. And his journey across the oceans of Australia taught both him and Nemo lessons and they have even stronger bonds as father and son, and its a wonderful father/son story. This is a kid’s movie but you really see the development of Marlin’s character as he loosens his grip on his son and becomes a better dad because of it; able to protect his son and make him happy but able to let him go off on his own as well. 

4. George Cooper from The Tricksters Series 

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George Cooper is an awesome dad as well. We don’t get to see George Cooper as much as a dad in the series. We see him a ton as a companion of Alanna’s in The Song of the Lioness but we do get to see him somewhat in the Tricksters series. And what we do get to see, we see a very awesome and loving and caring dad. George doesn’t leave Aly to the simple life of a wife, though he does not excuse the skills necessary to run a household, because he does find that legit. But he teaches her amazing skills; the ability to wield a dagger, the abilities of hand to hand combat, the skills of a spy, and so much more. He gives Aly the chance to take her of herself, no matter the situation and she is definitely able to do that. He also trusts her decisions. He comes to retrieve her from the Copper Isles and she insists on staying, saying that she has more work to go, and he trusts her enough to make her way, on her own, even if it is in a foreign country. I think that’s admirable when a father teaches their child and then allows them use to that knowledge to carve their own path. 

3. Goofy from Disney

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I love this picture above and I freakin love this movie. Its possibly one of the BEST movies that Disney has put out. I have seen it multiple times and know majority of the songs by heart (thanks dad!). I constantly have to try and forget that someone totally had to have sex with Goofy in order for him to have Max…and then apparently she took off. Think about it! Goofy is a single dad, trying to raise a teenage boy who finds him incredibly embarrassing! And so he takes him on a road trip to bond with his son, and his son LIES to him and completely doesn’t enjoy most of the trip. But of course, its Disney and it works out in the end, and Goofy ends up getting Max to the concert that he promised all the kids back home that he was going to be at and they end up having a SERIOUS blast. Goofy is a pretty awesome dad…and he has the best dance moves ever!

2. Carl Frederickson from Up

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Carl isn’t a dad, but damn, he’s a good father figure to Russell in Up. Russell has an absent father, who seems to be a little busy with his new girlfriend/wife and he could really use a fatherly figure in his life. Carl still hasn’t quite recovered from his wife’s death and is pretty lonely. Put those two together, on a flying house with a talking dog and a brightly colored bird named Kevin and you get epic adventure. And along the way, you get a serious father/son type of relationship. I really love at the end when Carl is so determined to protect Russell and that he stands in for his father at his Wilderness Explorer ceremony. I also really like the end credits where they have the scrapbook/Adventure Book thing going on and it shows Carl and Russell doing all kinds of cool stuff together, the way a father and son would do together. Its SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Okay, I’m done…

1. Mr. Weasley from Harry Potter series 

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Mr. Weasley is the BEST dad in all of literature and fictional worlds. I don’t know, maybe its because he reminds me of my dad. Any dad that raises as many kids as Arthur Weasley does, is good in my book. I mean, the Weasleys only have one more kid than my family does so I totally know what their life is like. I wish we would have had a house like the Burrow. I think that Mr. Weasley is the epitome of what a dad can be (besides my own dad, of course, duh). He works his ass, and provides the best that he can, but he provides all the love and the right lessons and morals and values and he raises wonderful kids, even Percy. He’s brave and wonderful and silly and always there for his kids no matter what, even for those kids that aren’t his like Harry and Hermione. I can imagine that he’d be a great father-in-law and an even more awesome grandfather. 

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So there you go guys, this week’s Tuesday Top Ten!

Come back next week for a new one

And don’t forget to check out previous Tuesday Top Top lists!

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Who are some of YOUR favorite fictional dads? As always, share in the comments below! I LOVE hearing from you guys!

Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Series

Well, medicine that was quite a mouthful of a title. I did try to slim it down a bit but I’m afraid it just wasn’t going to happen. So I am afraid we are stuck with this extremely long title. Sigh. Oh well. Sometimes, pharm you know, buy information pills things just happen.

So I’m actually writing this on Monday night, so its ready to post for tomorrow, because tomorrow is a BIG, BIG day, in the words of one Effie Trinket. Tomorrow, me and my iFandoms Collide girls are heading down to the Star Trek Into Darkness premiere tomorrow and I’m going to be a busy girl all day.

So I had to be responsible and do all my homework first. And now I’m being doubly responsible and finishing this so I don’t get behind!

Because there’s so many awesome posts coming! I’ll probably do a post on my first movie premiere experience tomorrow, and I have my interview with Eoin Colfer to post and there’s an interview with Jessica Brody coming VERY soon, and the Book of the Week and I have a super cool blog that was a story writing project with me and a few other bloggers and…yeah, a lot of SUPER awesome stuff coming to WhatANerdGirlSays.

In the meantime though, enjoy this week’s Tuesday Top Ten!

Favorite Science Fiction/Paranormal/Fantasy/Dystopian Series

11. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

Some people will not understand why this is so low on the list. They also are probably wondering why this is number eleven. Well to answer the second question, well its my blog and I can do whatever I want and I love this genre and so I couldn’t narrow it down. And for the second, I’ll explain. I love LoTR, I adore those books. They are fantastic books and I enjoy reading them. J.R.R. Tolkien created an incredible world, using old mythologies and biblical references and all kinds of really cool stuff. He created some memorable characters, and an epic story. I do think that he should have created stronger female characters but that wasn’t exactly the time and Eowyn is still a super badass character. But these aren’t books that I gravitate to and read over and over again. Mostly because they are really hard to get through; there’s a lot that goes on, where you’re sitting there going, what does this have to do with anything?! I also think there’s an abnormal amount of singing and dancing and eating and partying going on in all of those books and I’m sitting here, going, “Uh impending doom? Why are we feasting?” But maybe thats just me. But that being said, JRR Tolkien is a fantasy god, and created a series that opened the doors for so many other series. I don’t think the fantasy genre would become what it is without this epic trilogy.

10. Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay

It took me FOREVER to read these books. I don’t know why, but I just had no desire to read them. I don’t know if it was the covers or what, but I just didn’t want to read them. I had no idea what they were about but I just didn’t turn to them for new reading material. However, my sister kept pushing me to and eventually I gave in…and sped through the first two books in a matter of maybe 36 hours. Luckily enough for me, Mockingjay was to be released about a week later so I didn’t even have to wait a long time to find out what happened next. And even though Mockingjay is my least favorite of all the books, I seriously enjoy this series and I am so glad I finally sat down to read these. I know that a lot of people give Suzanne Collins crap because of Battle Royale but I’ve said this once, twice, three times and I’ll continue to say it: we tell the same stories over and over again, but when we tell them in different voices, we create completely different stories. And I believe Suzanne did that. I love Katniss, and I love her strength and her humanity. We are put in a world where children are forced to kill each other, and where immense violence occurs. Then we are shown this world from our beloved Katniss’s point of view, and even though she is surviving and killing just like every one else in the games, she has a real humanity about her and you can’t help but love her and root her on.

9. Divergent series by Veronica Roth

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Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant 

Oh Divergent. Thank you to my dear friend Caitlin who introduced me to this book. Another book that I got into after it had been released for a bit. I read Divergent the DAY that Insurgent released. In fact, I finished Insurgent at about 2 or 3 am and immediately purchased Insurgent on my Kindle because I just had to find out what happened next. I had to. And I love the world Veronica Roth created because it is both extremely familiar but very different at the same time. I also feel a very strong attachment to Tris Prior. Tris is not like other heroines. So many of the heroines that we read are yes, strong, and powerful and all that but they’re always pretty! And come on, not all of us are pretty! We’re not all supermodels! And it works great in this book because it shows Four‘s gradual attraction to her, he falls for her because of her strength, her selflessness, her intelligence, all of that. And it gives her a better opportunities to prove her strength. Because we are less focused on her physical appearance, except maybe for the fact that she is very small (which, as a short person, I love!), we are able to focus on her physical and mental journey to become the real person that she can be. I love the psychology of the books too. A friend of mine is a psychology professor (I think, she’s got a degree in psychology, she’s really smart when it comes to psychology…) and we were able to have some deep discussions on the serums and fear landscapes and all that stuff and its so super interesting!

8. Legend trilogy by Marie Lu

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Legend, Prodigy and Champion 

This is another series that was recommended to me by someone and was one that I actually jumped on pretty quickly. My friend Erin gives me really good recommendations and I tend to take her advice haha. I read Legend two days before Prodigy came out (how does this keep happening to me…) and I was addicted. I was hesitant to read this book because it was another dystopian. And don’t get me wrong, I LOVE dystopian. It kind of takes all the worst qualities about the societies we live in today and amplifies them. I almost feel like these books are made to scare us a bit, like, could the world really become this way? But I was getting tired of it and it was getting comparisons to Hunger Games and I was like, meh. But I am so glad I decided to dive in. Marie Lu is a fantastically talented writer and she creates such a real world. This could be the world we eventually live in. Its Los Angeles in the Republic of America where you have to take an aptitude test to determine whether you’ll be trained as a soldier, which is elite, or you have to do grunt work. Day is a criminal, after getting the lowest score possible, trying to save his family and June is a prodigy, with the highest score, a perfect score, going after Day after he is accused of her brother’s murder. Alternating viewpoints gives us a look into both of their heads and both of their stories and Marie spins a twisting story where you just don’t know who to look at it or who to root for. Fantastic books. I canNOT wait until Champion, the final book, is released this fall.

7. Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

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Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess

I think this one is almost self-explanatory because I talk about Cassandra Clare so often but I have to talk about it so much. The Mortal Instruments is near and dear to my heart because they are the first ones I read of Cassie and they have Jace Lightwood, who I’m pretty much in love with and all that. And yeah, TMI gets a lot of “crap” because of stolen ideas and all that stuff. But what I like about the Infernal Devices is that Cassie became an even better writer when she tackled these books. She knew New York, and she was comfortable there but diving into these Victorian London novels took time, effort and a ton of research, while also creating a believable, exciting and relatable story and she accomplished all of the above. Tessa, Will, Jem and the rest of the characters are so easy to love and so easy to follow and the story keeps us absolutely breathless to the very end. These books are funny and exciting and absolutely heartbreaking. I challenge you to read Clockwork Princess without bursting into tears. I dare you. You can’t do it. You can see the differences in the times between Clary‘s Shadowhunter story of TMI and Tessa‘s in this series but you can also see the similarities between them too. And even though you aren’t wearing a corset and wondering what is proper and what is not, you can feel such a kinship and immediate connection to Tessa Gray. And you anxiously wait the entire series to find out who she is and what strengths she has and you learn that out of all the characters in the series, she’s the strongest. Such a beautiful series. And look at those covers, gorgeous!

6. Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

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The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, The Crimson Crown

I will talk about this series until I am blue in the face because I feel like no one I know has read this series and it is an absolute travesty. I was talking to my friend about it today and Leigh Bardugo (author of the Grisha trilogy) saw it and chimed in, saying she agreed with me on this series. Its good to know that I am not the only one who not only appreciates what an amazing series this is, but also loves it as well. Cinda reminds me a lot of Tamora Pierce who was the first author that really brought me into YA fantasy. If Meg Cabot and Sarah Dessen were my gateways into YA contemporary, Tamora was the gateway to my fantasy love. And I have read some amazing series since then, I really have, all the series that are on this list basically. But none of them have brought me back full circle like this one. Its such brilliant, pure fantasy, that is creating this wonderful, different world but is written so it is familiar to us all and makes it a relatable read. I love Cinda’s Heir series but this one, Seven Realms…its just brilliant. I can’t even articulate how fantastic this book is. You get two alternating points of view, in third person, between Princess Raisa and the former crime lord, Han Alister (who you may have seen on my fave fictional crushes). Both are trying to find their niche in the world until mysterious things start happening to them, and to the world around them and then suddenly their worlds are intertwined. Spread out over four books, you stay glued to each page, anxiously waiting to see what happens next. I read all four in about five days. I inhaled them. More people need to be talking about and reading these books.

5. Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

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The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena (and two more coming in 2013 and 2014!)

I love Percy Jackson and the Olympians. They are absolutely great books. I saw my sister and brother reading them, saw that they were kids books and kind of left it at that. But then I saw the movie, and the movie…wasn’t that good and it made me curious about the books and I read that series pretty quickly. Then I latched onto this one, of course. And Heroes of Olympus takes the world that you love in Percy Jackson and amplifies it by a million. Even though these books are sold in the children’s section and are aimed at children, they have a very YA feel and remind of Harry Potter, how they can reach out to any age. The writing becomes more sophisticated, the stories more complex and the relationships are becoming more fun. And the stories and conflicts that the characters go through are getting harder than they were in Percy Jackson. We get to see the characters we love evolve into older teens, we’re seeing them growing older and falling in love and trying to save the world from things even worse than before. Then we also get to meet new characters, who, even though we haven’t known them as long, we fall in love with just as hard. The idea of intermixing the Roman and Greek mythologies and two camps and all of that is just brilliant and I really think this series is Rick Riordan‘s masterpiece. He took this brilliant, awesome world he created off of all these myths that we’re all pretty familiar with and just made it that much better. I’ll admit it too: I love this series because of all the Percabeth. I love me some Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase. They are too cute.

4. Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray

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A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, A Sweet Far Thing 

So I messed up this series a little bit. I saw the cover of Rebel Angels when I was at Borders one day and thought it was absolutely gorgeous and it really intrigued me. I think it had just recently been released because it was on display. I read the description, thought it sounded great, bought it and read it. And then realized it was the sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty. Oops. My bad. So I went back and read the first one, knowing who died at the end already. But honestly, even though I did that…it didn’t kill that for me. Instead I just enjoyed watching Gemma come into her own. I love books that take place in Victorian England (though, of course, I read this way before the Infernal Devices) especially when the main characters are female. It was such a difficult time for girls. They had no rights, their entire lives were focused on finding a husband and they couldn’t even enjoy sex. “Just lie back and think of England.” (Which I found funny when Jace said it in City of Ashes haha). And then you throw in the fact that Gemma, the main character, has these magical powers, very strong ones, in a world where she has no power. The temptation, the hardships of learning how to deal with these powers and to use them responsibly…that has to be hard. Watching Gemma discover who she is, both as a member of the Order and as a person living her life, is one of the best stories I’ve ever read. These stories hold such a strong place in my heart because I appreciate the strength that Libba Bray gives to all her characters: Gemma, Felicity, Ann and Pippa in a time where women weren’t supposed to have strength. I also give her major major props for including a lesbian character in the book, because there are still so many people who think being gay is “bad”, but think of what it would have meant to be a lesbian in Victorian England, but she does it so beautiful and I am so in love with that character.

3. Tricksters series by Tamora Pierce

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Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen 

Oh Tamora Pierce. What would I have ever done without you in my life? She was my gateway to fantasy and science fiction and dystopian and paranormal. I had read Harry Potter, I adored Harry Potter (read below) but I always thought that fantasy wasn’t for me, that I couldn’t understand it and I couldn’t relate to the characters. It wasn’t until I picked up Trickster’s Choice that I realized how insanely wrong I was. I was 15 when I picked this book up and I honestly picked it up because it mentioned pirates very briefly in the inside flap and I had a really unhealthy obsession with pirates at the time (Thanks Johnny Depp). Turns out the pirates were mentioned for maybe 2 and 1/2 pages and it didn’t matter because it was an absolutely brilliant book. Its pure, amazing fantasy and Tamora creates these beautiful fantasy worlds that are both completely new and yet completely real to us and familiar. In this particular series, it is a class war between the dark skinned raka and the light skinned luarin nobility and the parallels between racism and class wars and slavery in our own histories is fantastic. Tammy is one smart cookie and she is able to weave these fun and beautiful adventures with amazingly strong female characters with these issues that are still so very relevant today is absolutely brilliant. I have read these books so many times that I can almost quote them by part. My copy of Trickster’s Choice is falling apart with how much I love it. And I met one of my absolute best friends, Chloe, my pen pal from Australia that I’ve been writing to for 9 years because of her books. She has changed my life. I’m still trying to figure out a symbol that I can get of these books on my body in a tattoo because it so deserves a spot on my body.

2. Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare 

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City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire (releasing Spring 2014)

I’m pretty sure any person who has even glanced at my blog knows that I have much love and much obsession for this series. What this series has done for me, in so many different ways, is never ending and what it continues to do for me. It saved me when I thought I was just going to curl up in bed and forget the world, after two really sad things happened to me. It helped me to realize that it was okay to believe, or in my case, not believe in things and that was okay. It taught me that it was okay to be who I am. Alec and Aline and Magnus are all characters I look up to so much as gay, lesbian and bisexual characters. As someone who is bisexual, it was amazing to have these characters in such a fantastic, dark, sexy, fun world and to see them overcome their fears of being who they are, giving me the courage to overcome my own fears. They gave me Jace Lightwood, my fictional boyfriend. They gave me confidence in myself to become a writer. They taught me so much. And they make me laugh, cry, anxiously turn the pages and want to become a Shadowhunter. I have met Cassandra Clare four times, I have every book that is currently published signed by her, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to interview her and I have a Fearless rune tattoo on my shoulder. These books hold a very very special place in my heart and I continue to read them over and over again to laugh and have a good time and be excited and watch as Clary and Jace and Alec and Magnus and Isabelle and Simon fight demons and Valentine and have adventures. I am eagerly awaiting the final book, City of Heavenly Fire, in 2014 and I’m INSANELY excited about the City of Bones movie this summer.

1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling 

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the Chamber of Secrets, the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Goblet of Fire, the Order of the Phoenix, the Half-Blood Prince, and the Deathly Hallows. 

What would I be without these books in my life? I get teary-eyed just thinking about these books and what they have done for me, as a person, as a reader, as a writer. I first read Sorcerer’s Stone when I was ten years old, the year it was released here in the United States. I am 25 and I can’t imagine ever not loving these books. I read each and every one with a fervor that I have never had for any other book series. I fell in love with characters more than any other, laughed when they laughed, celebrated with they celebrated, worked hard with them and cried when they died. These books took me from an avid reader to a passionate reader, to a reader whose very escape from everything in life that ever goes bad is a book, and especially these books. From the time I was 10 until a few years ago, nothing was going right. Of course it wasn’t, I was a teenager. But between my parents’ separation, switching schools, being responsible for things that no normal pre-teen is, falling in love, getting pregnant, and so many things…these books were there through it all. I was always a big reader but these books turned me into the passionate reader, the book addict that I am today. They taught me more than I have ever learned in any bible or textbook. I have gotten so many morals and beliefs and lessons from these books. They have taught me about love and friendship and family and death and sacrifice and forgiveness and tolerance and acceptance and on and on and on. There will never be a book series that means as much to me as this one does. There will never be a series like this. These books are so beautifully written and they have given me every emotion I could possibly feel. There is a reason that I have permanently marked myself with four Harry Potter tattoos.

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I hope you all enjoyed this week’s Tuesday Top Ten! Remember, click the author’s name to check out their website and click the book titles to purchase them on Amazon! I really hope that you guys are able to check out some new series today, every single one of these are very near and dear to my heart.

Stay tuned for some PRETTY awesome stuff coming to the blog this week!

And for past Tuesday Top Ten lists, click here!

My Top 11 Favorite Fictional Pairings

Today’s post is going to get a little corny. Why? One, sale because I’m in love and I have been for a very, information pills very long time and it makes me feel a little corny. And two, patient this is my blog so I’m pretty sure I’m allowed to do whatever I want.

So recently I finished the third novel in the Heros of Olympus series, Mark of Athena, and one of my favorite pairings in all the books that I’ve read is the Percabeth pairing: Percy and Annabeth. I waited allllll through the Olympians series for those to finally get together and when they did, I was so happy. And now that we’re seeing them as a couple in Mark of Athena….its the cutest thing in the entire world.

I mean, yeah, of course I read books because they are fun and adventurous and I like to be transported into a different world and because books make me think and they give me things to think about and they help me discover my own morals and values. I read for those and so many more reasons.

But, come on, you can’t sit here and tell me that you don’t read books and just wish and wish for so-and-so to finally fall in love with their one true love, so-and-so.

So, since I’m being corny and silly today, I’m going to talk about my favorite book pairings. Some of you will agree, some of you will look at me like I’m crazy person. I’ll repeat what I said earlier, my blog, my rules :D

11. Gemma and Kartik-A Great and Terrible Beauty

The biggest reason why I loved Gemma and Kartik’s relationship was the slow build up of it. Nothing happens until the third book in the series, The Sweet Far Thing. I love that they are from two totally different social circles-Gemma is an English girl, preparing for her debut into society while Kartik is an Indian boy, looking for his place in the world-and yet they fall in love and yet they work together to beat Circe and to create peace in the realms with the magic. They’re relationship is so sweet and every single time they kiss or hold hands or open up to each other, I was squealing all happily. Spoiler alert: right when they finally are together, they finally are going to be together and Kartik sacrifices himself for Gemma…I was dying. TEARS!

“Kartik puts his hands on either side of my face. “To each his own magic,” he says and kisses me again.”

10. Snow and Charming-Once Upon a Time

I love this relationship between Snow White and Prince Charming much better than the original stories or the Disney version (though I do like both! Don’t get me wrong!) One, Ginnifer Goodwin is badass as Snow and Josh Dallas is sexy as hell as Prince Charming. But the best part is, yeah Snow is a damsel in distress and needs the prince to save her. But the more and more you watch the show, you see how much Snow saves Charming as well. You see how much they love each other in the flashbacks in the enchanted forest and its so hard to watch their Maine counterparts, Mary Margaret and David, screwing up over and over. The best moment ever was when the curse was broken and they are finally brought back together. True love conquers all. Sigh.

“Let’s take back the kingdom like we should do all things…together.”

9. Katniss and Peeta-The Hunger Games

One of the biggest reasons that I love this pairing is because Katniss is such a badass and she fights this kind of emotion and affection over and over again. And she is mean as hell to Peeta, even when she is trying to save his life. Oh and Peeta, he is so sweet and he loves Katniss so much. No matter what she throws at him, he just takes it and continues to love her. And for someone who is pretty difficult herself (yeah, I said it), its like, hey, if Peeta can love Katniss even though she is one messed up girl, then a girl like me can be loved too (oh and believe I am).

“I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you.”

8. Aly and Nawat-Trickster Series

Aly and Nawat also kind of remind of Katniss and Peeta, but instead of being kind of a bitch, Aly is a lot stronger and has a damn good reason for keeping her distance from Nawat. Nawat is a crow turned into a man and is sweet and loving toward Aly. And Aly has finally found a man who can keep up with her and keeps her interested, but she’s in the middle of a rebellion and she’s the rebellion spymaster. And once they really are together, it works in the best way possible because it’s at the best time for both of them, the right time.

“Nawat turned his head sideways and pressed his lips to Aly’s. His mouth was soft and warm, his breath lightly scented with spices, his smell clean, with hints of beeswax and wood oils from his work. Aly’s usually distant and observing mind focused completely on the feeling of his mouth against hers.”

7. Tessa and Will-Infernal Devices series

Okay, let’s just be clear on this: in the first Infernal Devices, Clockwork Angel, I hated William Herondale with a burning passion and I loathed that Tessa was already so in love with him. He was so mean, so incredibly cruel to her. Then in Clockwork Prince, when you learn that Will is cursed, and everyone who loves him will die, and that’s the reason he is so mean to Tessa, because he loves her so much that he can’t stand to see that happen to her. And suddenly, this girl was on Team Will. That is so insanely romantic and I just wanted Will to get that curse lifted so damn much so he could finally tell Tessa that he loved her. And then you find out he was never cursed and he runs to tell Tessa but its too late, she’s engaged to Jem and I just wanted to cry. I actually might have cried…all I gotta say is, Wlll and Tessa. Will Herondale. They better end up together. I have to wait til March to find out but they better.

“Don’t say that.” His voice was half a whisper. “I love you, Tessa. I love you.”

 6. The Doctor and Rose Tyler-Doctor Who

I know the Doctor is supposed to be free of this sort of thing, but hey, the 11th Doctor marries River Song so whatever. The 10th Doctor is made to be with Rose Tyler. They were meant to be together. They were on the same page the entire time they were together. They had the same humor and they made an amazing team. Majority of my favorite Who episodes have been with Rose and Ten. They have such an underlying romantic relationship, it builds slowly and they never are actually together. But its there, and you’re waiting, every single moment of an episode waiting for it to finally happen. Worst ending for a couple ever…stuck in two different universes.

The Doctor: “How long are you going to stay with me?”
Rose: “Forever.”

5. Princess Leia and Han Solo-Star Wars

I think everyone probably thought that Leia and Luke were going to end up together, you know, before the whole finding out they are brother and sister thing. It seems right. Luke is the hero, the future Jedi Knight and Princess Leia is the princess, the heroine. Han is the scoundrel, the bad boy. And the fact that the bad boy gets the girl is pretty awesome. Princess Leia isn’t exactly the damsel in distress: she can handle a blaster pretty well and she can handle pretty much anything that is thrown her way. If anyone is going to be able to handle Princess Leia, its Han Solo…and vice versa. Plus Harrison Ford is pretty hot.

“Princess Leia: I love you
Han Solo: I know”

4. Mia and Michael-The Princess Diaries series

I started reading this series when I was 13 years old, so I had some crazy weird ideas about relationships and love and all that crazy stuff. I was a bit too young to even be thinking about love, haha. But as I grew older, I started to appreciate Mia and Michael’s relationship more and more. And I wanted it to happen to me more and more. Mia is awkward, nerdy, a good friend, trying to figure stuff out, but freaking out and worrying during most of it. Her favorite thing in the world is writing too. She literally is me. It’s insane how much she is me…except for the whole 5’9 and no boobs thing. And Michael is nerdy too, and he’s smart as hell (can we say majoring in chemistry), tutors Mia in math, musically talented and sweet and ugh, I wanted him bad. So I adore their relationship…and I’ve learned to love it even more since dating my boyfriend. My boyfriend is nerdy, incredibly smart (majoring in math), helps me with my own math homework and is insanely musically talented :D

“Mia,” he said, looking down at me with his dark eyes filled with something I was almost afraid to put a name to, and his chest going all up and down like he’d just been runnin. His hands were in my hair. He was cradling my head. ‘You have to know. You have to know I lo-‘”

3. Percy and Annabeth-The Olympians/Heroes of Olympus

Oh Percy Jackson. I loved him from the moment I read about him. He is insanely loyal from the start, starting with Grover, and Annabeth, and his mother, and everyone in Camp Half-Blood, and then Camp Jupiter and so on. He’s a troublemaker and has that sarcastic wit, which makes him sexy as hell. Plus the whole dark hair, blue eyes thing (see: Jake Kennedy in my new novel). And there’s Annabeth, who is badass, and smart and wants to build amazing buildings and kicks ass. Put those two together, and you have an awesome, awesome couple.

“Afterward, I had the last laugh. I made an air bubble at the bottom of the lake. Our friends kept waiting for us to come up, but hey-when you’re the son of Poseidon, you don’t have to hurry. And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.” 

2. Clary and Jace-The Mortal Instruments

I don’t know how much more I can tell you, my little followers, how much I love Jace Lightwood. He’s sexy as hell, and sarcastic and funny, in a dry way, and he fights so hard over and over again. And Clary, I want to hate her because I want Jace but I love her too. She is dramatic and all over the place and messy but she’s sixteen-years-old and she is supposed to be. But despite that, she does everything she can to save her mom, and save the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders. And she’s pretty badass with her rune-creating. I was pissed as hell when it came to light that they were brother and sister…and then it came out that they weren’t and they could be together and I was like HELL YES! Man, they were the most dramatic, most tumultous relationship but they were meant to be from the beginning. And some of the stuff that came out of Jace’s mouth just made me want to melt.

“There is no pretending,” Jace said, with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”

1. Ron and Hermione-Harry Potter series 

All right, all you Harry and Hermione shippers, you can shut up. I wanted Hermione and Ron from the beginning. Harry and Hermione seemed obvious: the Boy Who Lived and the smartest witch ever. There was way too much going on there. I just didn’t see that working out at all. But Ron…Ron is my favorite character in the HP universe and he’s so wonderful and funny and loyal but flawed just like any other normal person in the world. And he loves and adores Hermione but has no idea to tell her or go about it. I mean, isn’t this how we all felt at some point in time when talking to the one we love? He’s so relatable. And Hermione loves him back, no matter the flaws. I waited ten damn years for this to finally work out so I leapt for joy when it finally happened.

“There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.”

What do you all think of my list? Do you agree with some, disagree with others? Do you have some better pairings that maybe I didn’t think of? As always, let me know in the comments.

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30-Day Book Challenge-Day Two

Day 02-A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about

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The Trickster Series by Tamora Pierce (Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen)

This is the fourth Tortall series by Tamora Pierce. She has been writing fantasy since the publication of her first novel: Alanna: The First Adventure in 1981. Her series are:

The Song of the Lioness (story of Alanna)

The Immortals (story of Daine)

The Protector of the Small (story of Keladry)

and this series. I do recommend reading them in order. I read them backwards and, viagra buy well, approved lets just say it ruins the surprises in other books haha.

The Basic Plot: Alianne, drug daughter of the Tortall King’s Champion, the first woman knight in a century, and the King’s spymaster, has many choices laid out in front of her for her future: a Queen’s Rider, a lady-in-waiting, a knight, a scholar at the best universities, etc. However, she doesn’t want any of that; she wants to be a spy. Of course, this is out of the question and not a suitable career for a well-bred noblewoman. After an argument with her mother goes awry, she decides to leave her home on a short trip to give her mother some time to calm down. However, she is kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery at the nearby Copper Isles. It is there that she learns of the different people: the white luarin, who rule the country once ruled by the dark skinned raka. She gets swept up in a rebellion to restore the country to its rightful owners.

The Awesomeness: The basic awesomeness of these books is that they’re fantasy…of girls kicking ass. You have Alanna, the heroine of the first series, who disguises herself as a boy so she can become the first female knight in centuries. You have Daine, who has the immense power of Wild magic, and can speak to animals and heal them and uses this for good. Then there is Keladry, the first female to openly go for her knighthood. Then you have Aly, who is fiercely intelligent and clever and helps put together a spy network for the rebellion going on in the Copper Isles. Its fantastic because they are written so well and they are extremely believable and relatable. They read easily but keep you caught up. There’s humor and fighting and action and yes, a bit of romance, but its all intertwined so well.

Reasons Why it Fits this Category: Now these books aren’t exactly new. Like I said earlier, the Song of the Lioness was written in the 1980s, before I was even born. The Trickster series was published back in 2003 and 2004. Not the oldest of books but not exactly new either. And these books are very very overlooked. You can ask most young adult girls today and they probably haven’t read them. One, not one of her books has been made into a movie (which I just love!) and two, her books do have romance but its not a huge component of the storyline and usually the heroine chooses her dreams and her ambitions over the romance. This is completely not whats popular right now. We are in the days of Twilight, Fifty Shades of Grey, etc. Even some of my favorite books like Hunger Games and the Mortal Instruments have those elements of romance, true love, having to choose between two suitors, etc. But that is what makes Tamora Pierce’s books so good. They are giving us strong female characters that fight for what they want and what they believe in, and fall in love but never let it take them away from what they are doing. This is why I think more people should be reading these books.