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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Rebels In Literature (characters or authors)

It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s topic is the Top Ten Rebels In Literature (characters or authors) — Those people who stood up for what they believed in despite the cost of doing so. This was a fun topic to do so I hope you enjoy reading my choices!

1. Guy Montag in Fahrenheit 451. Guy may be my absolute favorite rebel in all of literature. If you haven’t read this book I insist that you read it as soon as possible. It’s a legitimate fear I have for our society’s future and I only hope I’d have the strength to stand up to it like Guy did.

2. Rose Hathaway. When we first meet Rose in Vampire Academy, she has stood up against everyone at the school in order to protect Lissa. Rose would give her life for Lissa and she often stands up against all odds to do this. She continues to stand up for what she believes despite the consequences that her actions have.

3. Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief. This quiet and gentle man is not your picture definition of a rebel. However, he teaches his adopted daughter and his wife that it is worth the consequences to stand up for what you believe in. In the process Hans saves a life and imparts Liesel that will never be forgotten. While Liesel is certainly a rebel (and a strong female character at that I feel that Hans deserves the place on this list far more.

4. Lyra in His Dark Materials Trilogy. Lyra rebels against almost everything in her life. She is strong willed, independent and incredibly driven. She rebels against what she knows is wrong and she strives for what she believes is right. Lyra is so much more important than she realizes and her rebellious nature is just what is needed to succeed.

5. Katniss in The Hunger Games Trilogy. Katniss spends the entire book rebelling against the Capital and anyone else around her who may be determined to hold people down and submit them to control. No matter what the consequences are she forges ahead with dangerous objectives and often rash decisions, but in her heart she knows they are right.

6. Adam from If I Stay and Where She Went. Adam rebels against the doctors and the conventional idea that Mia will not survive her injuries from her accident. His fierce determination and refusal to bow to the inevitable earn him a place on this list without a doubt in my mind.

7. Any stories told about the Holocaust. The stories range from the martyrs, the rescuers, the victims and the survivors. All of these people are rebels and it’s touching to see them stand up to the Nazis and their beliefs in order to fight and survive for what they knew was right. Here are just a few of the many incredible books that are out there:

 In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke
 Sophie Scholl and the White Rose by Jud Newborn and Annette Dumbach
Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
Survival In Auschwitz by Primo Levi

8. Romeo and Juliet. They rebelled against their parents and their society to be together. While I think they went to the absolutely extreme to do so, their intentions were pure and driven by love.

9. Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. Anne and her family rebelled against an evil that was all too terrifyingly real. They refused to submit to the Nazis and “go quietly into the night” aboard the trains to the camps that could be the death of them. They instead hide and tried their hardest to survive the war. Anne had a great deal of courage for a young girl and rebelling against a nation;’s arm is not an easy option.

10. Neville Longbottom. As Dumbledore said in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, it takes courage to stand up to your enemies but it takes a great deal more to stand up to your friends. Little did we know that was simply a precursor to what we could expect from him throughout the seven books of the series!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Book Blogger/A Bookish Person

It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten! This week’s topic is the Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Book Blogger/A Bookish Person. These are those real or imagined locations/worlds you loved reading about OR settings you think would be perfect in a book. Here we go:

1. Books allow me to escape from my world, my stress and my head. They allow me to spend a few precious hours in a world solely of the author’s creation which in turn gives me an escape from reality. It’s a beautiful thing and nothing else really captures that feeling.

2. Being a book blogger (although relatively new) allows me a chance to babble on and on about the books I’ve read (whether I enjoyed them or not) to people who are genuinely interested to hear about it.

3. By following bloggers on twitter and reading the RSS feeds of all the book blogs I enjoy I get the news on all the latest releases and what’s coming up next. It’s a preview show to the best books of the year!

4. Blogging about the books that I’m reading has given me a chance to really stop and reflect on what I read. Rather than simply setting the book down and immediately reaching for the next one in the stack it allows me to take some time and think about why I enjoyed the book, what made it great or even what I didn’t like about it.

5. Blogging about the books I’m reading or the “bookish” events I’ve attended has really helped me to develop a network of like-minded people that will share in my joy over a book signing or an author talk. That’s an awesome feeling.

6. Reading other’s blogs and reviews is helping me develop a virtual treasure chest of ideas for when I become a Media Specialist. I can justify it by saying it’s career research!

7. It gives me hope that there are still people out there who enjoy reading and actively seek it out. It’s heartening to know that there are librarians, authors, reviewers and bloggers that are talking about the joy of reading and are encouraging kids and teens to go out and read what they can. That’s exactly what our society needs.

8. Participating in contests motivates me to read more and to occasionally read books that I wouldn’t have looked at twice otherwise.

9. By blogging I’ve learned more about the new releases and book trends. It’s also given me insight into the publishing community and how marketing and delivering a book works. This is incredibly valuable to me as I move into my future career and I’m glad I’m getting to see it now.

10. And (as Jamie said on her list) it’s allowed me to take a solitary activity that I’ve enjoyed since I was small and turn it into a social activity and a way to meet new people! It’s so awesome getting to meet and to talk to other bloggers who share the same passion for reading that I do.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Settings In Books

It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten! This week’s topic is the Top Ten Settings In Books. These are those real or imagined locations/worlds you loved reading about OR settings you think would be perfect in a book. Here we go:

1. Hogwarts from Harry Potter. The large castle built on the shores of a loch in Scotland would be one of my first choices if I could visit any pleace in any book. I’m intrigued by the moving staircases, the twisting hallways and even the room of requirement. I’d proably be there for years exploring.

2. Sherwood Forest from the Robin Hood stories. Robin Hood was one of the first stories I remember clearly. Since then I’ve day dreamed about traipsing around Sherwood with him and the merry men learning how to shoot a bow and arrow on more than one occasion.

3. Green Gables/Avonlea from Anne of Green Gables. I’d love to curl up in the upper room in the window seat and stare out at the large tree in front of the house. I see this house so clearly in my mind and I think it’s one of the happiest and most loving places on earth.

4. The Shire from Lord of the Rings. I mean, who wouldn’t want to visit a hobbit hole and spend some time with Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry?

5. The Little House in the Big Woods from the Laura Ingalls Wilder book of the same name. This was the first book I read on my own as a child and I was fascinated with how detailed the setting was. I want to play with a pig’s tail and make maple candy in the snow, then curl up by the fire and listen to Pa play his fiddle. Perfection.

6. Narnia from the Chronicles of Narnia. It’s full of magical adventures, talking animals and delicious food! I’m still trying to find a way in.

7. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Do I even need to explain this one? Chocolate and candy, so much I’m getting a toothache just thinking about it!

8. Lyra’s Oxford from His Dark Materials Series. I love England and this is like England but with talking bears, witches and daemons! It makes it infinitely cooler that normal England.

9. The Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I want to be the co-pilot and go dashing around the universe saving planets and people from peril!

10. The Burrow from Harry Potter. Quite possibly one of the best houses I’ve ever seen described in a book. I really want to be a Weasley and move in here!

And if you have a moment please, please go and comment on this blog post, I’m trying to win a contest for the Decatur Book Festival and I need as many comments as possible! I’ll certainly return the favor!

 

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