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Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I Wouldn’t Want to Trade Places With

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

This week, the topic is about characters that you wouldn’t want to be. Often times, we talk about characters that we would love to be, so this time, we’re switching it up. My mind went straight to fantasy, dystopian, and science fiction, so let’s get started.

Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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Now, I love Harry Potter as much as the next person, but I would never want to be The Chosen One. There’s a lot riding on his shoulders. I’d love to be his friend, but I wouldn’t want that kind of responsibility of saving the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes

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As You Wish

You have breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your coworkers, and in the evening you gather together over coffee or a drink and rehash the highs and lows of the day while getting to know one another. It can be an intense, almost claustrophobic environment. But with the right group of people, and the right director, it can also be the adventure of a lifetime. And so it was with The Princess Bride.

When I was a young girl, I was first introduced to the movie The Princess Bride and then the novel however many years later. Regardless, both have now been a part of my life for years, and they are both very dear to my heart. You could say that I am essentially the perfect audience for this book. With that said, I’m heavily biased towards this beautiful, wonderful book. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite First Sentences

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

Okay, can I just first say that I absolutely love this topic? The first sentence of a book is so important. It is your first exposure to the author’s writing in a novel, the characters, and the setting. I want it to pack a punch and peak my interest to make me want to keep reading—not that I’ve ever wanted to put down a book after reading the first line, but you know what I mean. While I was picking out these books, I actually went through and read the first sentence of every single book that I own that I have read, so this is actually completely accurate. I don’t think I have mentioned most of these books on my blog before, but incidentally, all of these books got a high rating from me. So, are you ready?

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

The night before Amelia Anne Richardson bled her life away on a parched dirt road outside of town, I bled out my dignity in the back of a pickup truck under a starpricked sky. Read the rest of this entry »

Musical Mondays: July 11, 2016

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Musical Mondays

How to Participate In Musical Mondays:

  1. Link your Musical Mondays post back to Escape Inside the Pages
  2. Include the instructions in your post
  3. Share anywhere from 1-3 songs that either:
    • Remind you of a book you’ve read or are currently reading
    • You’ve been listening to or have discovered in the past wee
    • You feel you must absolutely share with the world
  4. Link your shared songs to their YouTube video (even if it’s a lyrics video)
  5. Paste the link to your Musical Mondays post in the Comments of my Musical Mondays post each week
  6. Have the greatest time discovering new music and artists!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Required Reading

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

Funnily enough, English was actually my least favorite subject in high school. While I have always loved reading, I hated being told what to read. For the most part, I actually read all of the books that I was supposed to read for class. There were only two that I never completed and still haven’t. Shhhh, don’t tell my past teachers. Anyway, I’d say that most of the books that I read for required reading I reasonably liked, but I wouldn’t consider them to be amazing. However, the ones that made it onto this list are novels that I genuinely enjoyed.

1.The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

I read this book the same year that the movie was released, and I absolutely loved both. This was one of the first books that I read during high school that I really enjoyed. In fact, I even had my dad read it so that we could compare thoughts on both the movie and the book.

2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

This is the second classical dystopian that I’ve read, and between this and 1984, I prefer this one. I like the satirical elements and just the different ways in which you can think about the novel. Read the rest of this entry »