the ‘Do I Have That Book?’ challenge

Found this on Kate Willis’s blog and it looked incredibly fun, so…here I go!

1. Do you have a book with tattered edges?

The Catch Colt by Mary O’Hara has certainly seen better days.  The spine is pretty much ripped off and there are creases and nicked spots all over the front and back covers.  It’s been very well loved – first by Library People, and then by me.


2. Do you have a book with 3+ people on the cover?

The Penultimate Peril, a Series of Unfortunate Events book, has a cover chock-full of intriguing (and creepy) people.  I’ve read most of the books in the series (though not this one) and I think the cover perfectly fits the weird tone of the set.

3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story?

Do I! 😉  I’m going with Dancing & Doughnuts by Rachel Kovaciny – it’s my newest book acquisition and it’s a great retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?

This was harder than I expected but I finally found Ender’s Game.  I’m really due to reread that one…

5. Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?

The Case for Christ.  I read this book quite a while ago and recently picked up my own copy at a thrift store in the States.  Looking forward to reading it again in the future.

6. Do you have a mass market paperback book?

I believe that my copy of Emma qualifies as a mass market paperback.  It’s very pretty and feminine and I love it.


7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?

I do!  Twelve of them, actually, because I own every book in The Series of Unfortunate Events except the last one.  They are all written by Lemony Snicket, whose real name is Daniel Handler.

8. Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?

Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter… 😉

9. Do you have a book with 2 maps in it?

The Adversaries by Jack Cavanaugh has three maps.  I think most, if not all, of the books in the American Family Portrait series have at least one.


10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?

I have Pride & Prejudice, which has been turned into at least two TV shows.  Probably more.

11. Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else? (Celebrity/Athlete/Politician/TV Personality…)

Yep!  I own Leonard, which is written by William Shatner and it’s chock-full of his reminisces about Leonard Nimoy.  It’s quite good and I reread it every now and then.

12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?

This is a bit unconventional but it’s all I had: the cover of A Time to Die has numbers on it, recreating Parvin’s digital/sci-fi Clock.  So I’m going with it!

13. Do you have a poetry book?

Nope.  Poetry is Not My Thing.

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not even this beautiful movie could make me love poetry.  or The Outsiders, for that matter.

14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?

A Monster Calls has two award stamps on the front cover: the Kate Greenaway award and the Carnegie award.  IT TOTALLY DESERVED ALL THE AWARDS. *weeps*

15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?

E.S. or E.R.S.  Hmmm…the closest I’ve got is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton or Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.  And neither of those really works.

16. Do you have a book of short stories?

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, which is an anthology of stories based on Jane Austen’s life and works (except Mansfield Park – I Am Miffed).  It was one of the first books I ever won in a giveaway and I like/love almost all the stories in it.  Also, Because You Love To Hate Me which is stuffed with epic villain retellings that I can’t get enough of.


17. Do you have a book that is in between 500-510 pages?

The Patriots (Jack Cavanaugh) is 507 pages long, not counting back matter.

18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?

Um…yeah.  Because Hollywood can’t come up with oRIGinaL iDeAS.  I’m going to narrow it down though and pick The Case of the Missing Marquess/Enola Holmes series in general (by Nancy Springer) which is in the process of being turned into a movie and I’M SO EXCITED.  The cast looks completely on point (especially Helena Bonham-Carter as Mrs. Holmes) and I couldn’t be happier.

19. Do you have a graphic novel?

No.  I do have a few novels based on comic book characters though.

20. Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors?

Besides anthologies, I’m assuming.  I’d have to go with Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris.  A good, inspiring read that I think everyone should read once in their life.

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Clean list of questions:

1. Do you have a book with tattered edges?

2. Do you have a book with 3+ people on the cover?

3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story?

4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?

5. Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?

6. Do you have a mass market paperback book?

7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?

8. Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?

9. Do you have a book with 2 maps in it?

10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?

11. Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else? (Celebrity/Athlete/Politician/TV Personality…)

12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?

13. Do you have a poetry book?

14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?

15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?

16. Do you have a book of short stories?

17. Do you have a book that is in between 500-510 pages?

18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?

19. Do you have a graphic novel?

20. Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors?

Are your bookshelves gloriously messy or meticulously organized?  What’s the prettiest book on your shelf?  Let me know in the comments!



the taylor swift book tag

Saw this on a couple blogs and I love this sort of tag (even though I’ve listened to maybe three TSwift songs in my entire life), so yeah.  Let’s do this thing. ❤ (I’m not going to tag anyone because I’ll be on vacation when you read this so I can’t notify people.  Just play if you want.)


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1. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”:  a book/series you thought you’d love but ended up disliking

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas.  I didn’t like the movie but I’d heard that the book was very good (and pretty much every review on Goodreads is overwhelmingly positive).  But I found The Robe to be densely written and have more than one theological issue…to the point where I became really uncomfortable reading it.  So I stopped.  I’m still kinda sad about it because biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres, but it is what it is.

2. “Red”: a book with a red cover

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  There’s at least some red on almost every edition’s cover.

3. “The Best Day”:  a book that makes you feel nostalgic

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry.  I haven’t read that one in AGES but just thinking about sends nostalgia all through me.  I was madly in love with horses as a tween (cliched, I know) and the Arabian breed was my favorite so I read King of the Wind several times.  Also, most of the Black Stallion books are very nostalgic for me.

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4. “Love Story”:  a book with forbidden love

Jo’s Boys. *weeps*  I have an article about Dan Kean planned for Feminista and I’m going to have to reread Little Men and Jo’s Boys in prep and IT’S GOING TO BREAK MY HEART.  Some people argue that Amy wouldn’t want her daughter marrying someone like Dan and I agree but it’s still awful.  I will never get over it.

5. “I Knew You Were Trouble”:  a bad character you can’t help but love 

Lol.  I don’t try not to love villains.  I’m going to go back a few years for this one and say Luke Castellan from the Percy Jackson series.  I remember reading the last book all in one day in a sort of blur and being so cut up about Luke’s death.  He went over to the dark side but at the last minute, when it really counted, he fought back and won. (Even though he died.)  Made me feel things.

6. “Innocent”:  a book/series someone ruined for you

Illuminate by Sarah Addison-Fox.  I had some bad dealings with the author as I was reading the book and it soured my enjoyment/opinion of the story. 😛

7. “Everything Has Changed”:  a character who goes through extensive character development 

I just finished reading Johnny Tremain and Johnny himself is THE best answer for this question. (It’s not really a question, but you get what I mean.)  Johnny starts out as this super arrogant, super competent silversmith apprentice.  And through a series of rather unfortunate events, he changes and matures and becomes pretty awesome.  His character growth is one of the main things that always draws me back to this story.

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8. “You Belong With Me”: your most-anticipated book release

Rachel Kovaciny’s western retelling of Snow White.  I don’t believe it has a firm title or release date yet but I’m already super excited.  Her last two western fairytale novellas – Cloaked and Dancing & Doughnuts – were a delight to read and I think I may end up liking the Snow White retelling the best, tbh.

9. “Forever and Always”:  your favorite book couple 

Too many to count.  I’m going to go with Percy and Marguerite (The Scarlet Pimpernel + sequels) because their relationship is beautiful and self-sacrificial and swoon-worthy.  I’m dabbling in some TSP fanfiction right now and I can’t wait to write these two amazing characters (as best I can).

10. “Come Back . . . Be Here”:  the book you would be least likely to lend out 

Either my autographed-by-the-author copy of Finale (by Stephanie Garber) or the Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes.  The first because it’s gorgeous and signed and I want to keep it as pristine as possible.  And the second bc those books are quite hard to get in Canada (a friend in the States sent me the whole series – she’s awesome).  But, really, I hate loaning out any of my precious book babies.

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11. “Teardrops On My Guitar”:  a book that made you cry

Haha.  A book?  Okay, the one I can always count on to leave me a helpless puddle of tears is The Book Thief.  I literally cannot without the last few chapters.  I’m tearing up just thinking about them.  Heartless by Marissa Meyer would be another strong contender.

12. “Shake It Off”: a book you love that other people hate

Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  Not everyone hates this but one of my best friends does so it makes for some interesting conversations whenever this beautifully written tragic perfect unexplainable piece of writing book gets mentioned in our [internet] presence.

13. “Stay Stay Stay”: a book you wished could go on forever

I can only think of series for this.  Like Narnia or Caraval or The Lunar Chronicles.  I was about to say The Outsiders but then I remembered that S.E. Hinton said that Darry died of ?cancer? and Soda got killed in Vietnam so…THANKS BUT NO I THINK I’M GOOD TO GO.

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14. “All Too Well”:  a series you wished could go on forever

Ha!  I didn’t see this was the next question.  Lol.  I’m going to go with Caraval for this because Narnia was meant to end the way it did, y’know?  And The Lunar Chronicles did get a couple follow-up graphic novels.  But Caraval?  Yes, it ended quite well.  But I want to stay in that addicting, dark, gorgeous world forever. (Just not irl.)

15. “Ronan”:  a book with a tragic character death/death of an innocent

I feel like a broken record, but HEARTLESS.  Jest’s death tore me up almost as much as it did Cath.  He did not deserve it!  And how Cath says that he was innocent and then Hatta’s all like “Martyrs usually are” and MY HEARTTTTT.

16. “Out of the Woods”: a book that had you worried about the characters up to the very end

Okay, so, Jack Cavanaugh wrote two books about different translations of the Bible – Glimpses of Truth (Wycliffe translation) and Beyond the Sacred Page (Tyndale translation).  Glimpses of Truth ends with a horribly heartbreaking death – I’m still scarred.  Then I picked up Beyond the Sacred Page and it actually looked like it would end the same way and I was so scared that I did what I never do – I skipped to the end.  So, yes, I was pretty worried.

17. “Getaway Car”:  a book with a tempestuous romance

The Hunger Games.  I believe this book birthed the modern love triangle that we all hate to hate, but Suzanne Collins actually did it well.  Katniss isn’t wholly consumed with what boy she’s going to go with and her indecision is based on facts and circumstances, not feelings.  I ship her and Peeta so hard and the ups and downs of their relationship never fail to move me. (May I point out that their romance is ‘tempestuous’ only on Katniss’ side?  Peeta is steady as a rock.)

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18. “Clean”: a book that taught you something profound

Romanov by Nadine Brandes taught me a lot about forgiveness.  It’s very personal to me. ❤

19. “Long Live”: a book that transports you every time

Caraval (+ Legendary + Finale).  I don’t quite know how Stephanie Garber manages to weave such a spellbinding story and create such an amazing world…but she has me entranced every time.  The world of Caraval is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in a book.

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So!  What did you think of my answers?  Have you ever read any of these books?  What are your answers to this tag?  Let me know in the comments!


the legends of western cinema week tag

This blog post is part of the Legends of Western Cinema Blog Party that’s being hosted by Hamlette’s Soliloquy, Along the Brandywine, and Meanwhile, in Rivendell…

1) Do you tolerate, like, or love westerns?

LOVE LOVE LOVE.  Even if a western movie isn’t the absolute best, I’ll still usually enjoy it for the atmosphere, costumes, setting, etc.  And when a western movie is great? *intense fangirling ensues*  Like 3:10 to Yuma?  Or Rio Bravo?  Unbeatable.  Just…so, so good.

2) What do you enjoy about them and, more broadly, the west itself (e.g. the history, accompanying paraphernalia, etc)?

Okay, so, this is probably going to sound reeeeeally weird but I think the thing I love most about westerns is the simplicity of them.  So many take place in a relatively small setting: almost always a town of some kind.  Or a ranch.  It’s pretty easy to tell who the good and bad guys are.  And westerns embrace genre tropes in a way that doesn’t annoy me.  Sure, it might make them a bit predictable at times but they’re like comfort food for me so it’s all good. 🙂

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3) What’s the first western you can remember watching?

*strains my brain*  The only thing that’s coming to mind is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers which is more a frontier flick (#alliteration) than a western.  And I LOATHED it, which really weirds me out now because I enjoy it these days.

4) Who are your favorite western stars, the ones whose presence in a western will make you pick it up off the shelf?

GLENN FORRRRRD.  “Always and forever.” (Napoleon Dynamite reference.)  If I see he’s in a movie – any movie, not just a western – I will watch it SO FAST.  He’s arguably my favorite actor and I cannot get enough of his acting, his voice, and his face. (Lol.)  There are other actors, like Dana Andrews or James Coburn or Lee Marvin who I love seeing in westerns but I think of Glenn Ford as more of a quintessential westerns actor.

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5) What’s your favorite performance by an actress in a western?

Either Vera Miles as Hallie Stoddard in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance or Gene Tierney as Marcia Stoddard (whyyyyy do they have the same last name – literally just realized this as I was writing the blog post and it’s sending me into the Matrix or something) in The Secret of Convict Lake.  Both are tough (yet feminine) female characters who don’t take guff from anyone and are incredibly independent and self-reliant.  Come to think of it, all of my favorite female characters in westerns could be described that way. (Like Maddie Ross in True Grit.)

6) What is your “go-to” western, the one you’ll typically reach for?

It changes from time to time, but the current trio are The Magnificent Seven (OG, not remake), Rio Bravo, and 3:10 to Yuma.  All three are well-watched, well-loved, and well-made.

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7) Do your family/friends share your interest in westerns, or are you a lone ranger (pun completely intended)?

I don’t even have a Tonto to keep me company.  None of my family except my two sisters watch movies with me – Bekah thinks westerns are totally boring and Elisabeth hates all but a couple.  SO I’M COMPLETELY ALONE.  It’s very sad. (But at least I have internet friends to make up for it!)

8) Pick one western to live inside for a week, and explain why you chose it.

The Magnificent Seven.  When they’re not being attacked by Calvera, the Mexican village seems like a REALLY fun place to live.  So busy and interesting and I would love to stay there for a week.  Particularly during the time when they’re all prepping for Calvera’s inevitable return. (Though I actually doubt I’d enjoy it much since I’d be all [in my head] “You’re going to die so soon and you’re going to die and you’re going to die…”)

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9) What are some of your favorite lines from western movies? Are there any you quote regularly?

I’m not really someone who collects favorite movie lines in their head (or a notebook).  Whenever someone offers to do a coin toss, I’ll say “Well, I-I have to know what we’re flipping for” which is from No Country For Old Men (not an typical western…but more on that later this week).  Oh, and this is super random, but whenever I’m eating meat, I’ll say “Can you cut the fat off?  I don’t like the fat.”  It’s a quote from 3:10 to Yuma and it’s become an inside joke between me and one of my brothers (he watched 3:10 with me once).  But that’s all I can think of right now.

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If you want to answer this tag, you can find a clean list of the questions here.


the sunshine blogger award!

(Annlyel Online nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  Thanks, Annlyel!)



  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions provided by the nominator.
  • Create eleven questions of your own for tagees.
  • Tag eleven people and notify them. (Skipping this one.  If you like my questions and want to participate, feel free to do so!  I simply don’t have the time right now.)

Annlyel’s Questions:

If you can, which movie is your favorite of all time?

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Ah!  That’s so hard!  I love so many different genres!  My top three current favorites would probably be ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, ‘Batman Begins’, and ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (1960 version, not 2016).  But, honestly, I watch so many movies and I love so many of them…it’s extremely hard to narrow them down.

Have you been to Disney World? If so, what’s your favorite park?

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No, I haven’t.  But it’s a dream of mine because I’m probably one of the most enthusiastic Disney fans out there.

Who’s your favorite Star Wars character?

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I haven’t seen many Star Wars movies but my favorite characters, out of the ones I have seen, would either be Jyn Erso or Bodhi Rook.  Jyn reminds me of myself and I like that she’s not your typical heroine.  She has strengths and weaknesses in equal measure and her character arc throughout ‘Rogue One’ is amazing.  And I have a soft spot for Bodhi because a) I feel like he gets very little recognition and b) he was trying SO HARD to do the right thing and it gives me so many feels.

Who’s your favorite Marvel superhero?

“Who’s strong and brave, here to save the American way?”

In other words, CAPTAIN AMERICA.  Forever and always.  He was my first favorite superhero and that’s a place he’ll always hold in my heart.  I know that everyone is freaking out about him in Infinity War and Endgame (no spoilers here, don’t worry!) but sometimes you have to go back to “Is this a test?” and “The right partner” (said with such conviction) and “I’d hate to step on your-“.

I love him so much. ❤

Who’s your favorite DC Comics superhero?

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Nailed it.

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure, pertaining to food?

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Iced capps from Tim Hortons.  They are really fattening but soooooo good. 😛

What city is on your bucket list to visit?

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Dublin, Ireland.  But I think I’d only like to go if I was Irish and didn’t stick out like the gawking tourist I’d totally be.  If that makes sense.

What’s your favorite pastime activity?

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Reading.  I was recently in a bit of a reading slump and I might have said “watching Hallmark movies” but then I read Finale by Stephanie Garber and it was perfect and I love reading again.

Wakanda, Coruscant, or Hogwarts; which of these fictional worlds would you love to visit?

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When I watched Clone Wars (the animated series) I always loved the bits that took place on Coruscant because it looked so cool.  Plus, I’m all about sci-fi stuff, so Coruscant it is. (Though Wakanda is INSANELY awesome.  And sci-fi too.  So idek?)

What’s your favorite novel of all time?

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i’m in love with this poster for the musical.

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.  I’m due for a re-read.

What’s your favorite sporting event?

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Nothing. 😛  I don’t keep up with sports and sporting events.

My questions:

  • Pens or pencils?
  • Fictional death that makes you cry the hardest?
  • Favorite Pixar character?
  • Psych or Monk?
  • What’s your middle name?
  • Last Youtube video you watched? (Only if you want to share, lol.)
  • Weirdest movie you’ve ever seen?
  • Weirdest book you’ve ever read?
  • Horror or comedy?
  • Do you enjoy baking or cooking food?
  • Who’s your favorite classical composer?

Can’t wait to see y’all’s answers! (I honestly feel like answering these questions myself…)


the #classicmovietag

Tags!  Tags everywhere!  They’re just so fun + easy to answer.  Anyway, the #classicmovietag comes from Raquel over at Out of the Past and it looks incredibly fun.  I haven’t spoken about classic films in a while and it’s, um, supposed to be one of the focuses of this blog. 😛  So please accept my apologies for the lapse…and enjoy the tag! (Feel free to borrow it, so long as you link back to Raquel’s original post.)

Note: There are loads of classic films out there so to keep things simple I’m limiting myself to ones made before 1970.


What’s one classic movie that you recommend to people over and over and over again?

‘The Magnificent Seven’ (1960).  I realize that westerns aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but, honestly, Mag7 transcends the genre (while also showcasing just how good a well-made western can be).  There’s a slim chance you might not enjoy it, but I’m willing to take that chance so I’m recommending it to you right now.  Alllll of you.  I’ve got the main theme as my ringtone and it never fails to bring a smile to my face; so many good memories and feelings are wrapped up in that movie.

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What was the last classic film you saw and what were your thoughts about it?

‘Mary Poppins’ (1964).  I love it, forever and ever.

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Name a classic movie genre you love and one you dislike.

Love: Biblical epics.  Yes, they’re usually super cheesy (even ‘Ben-Hur’ can devolve into cheesiness at times).  But it’s also super cool to see different Bible stories playing out in Technicolor with very little in the way of special effects and very much in the way of real, human acting and Spectacle.

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Hate: Screwball comedy.  Stuff like ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, pretty much any Cary Grant rom-com, ‘You Can’t Take it With You’…it’s all unappealing (to me).  I prefer movies where common sense reigns instead of chaos, even if it’s supposed to be funny. (And I know tons of people do like screwball comedies, so if you do, then that’s awesome.)

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Name a classic movie star with whom you share a birthday or a hometown.

I share a birthday with Alan Ladd.  Hamlette is very jealous. 😉

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Give a shout out to a friend or family member who shares your love of classic movies.

Yeah, that would be Hamlette.  She was the one who really got me into classic film because she recommended ‘Combat!’ and then I watched a FEW movies with Dana Andrews and she gave me a million recommendations (and continues to do so, for various actors, to this day).  We have so much fun talking about and loving different movies and actors and genres.

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not relevant, really, but I found it funny.

Name a classic movie star who makes your heart skip a beat or whom you admire greatly.

Glenn Ford.  I first came across him in ‘3:10 to Yuma’ and after a hasty switch from disliking the film to loving it, he became one of my absolute favorite actors.  I haven’t seen him in toooo many movies, but if you recommend a movie to me and you’re like, “Oh, by the way, Glenn Ford is in this” I will buy it/borrow it immediately.  He’s just…amazing.

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Describe one memorable experience watching a classic movie.

When I watched ‘The Ox-Bow Incident’ for the first time I had no clue how the story was going to go and I was stunned into silence when it ended.  Even though I hate, hate, hate the film as a whole, I do appreciate it sparking my interest in a couple rather handsome actors. (Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda.)

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i am not including a photo from that awful movie.

Describe the craziest thing you’ve done because of your passion for classic movies.

My sister and I stayed up until three or four in the morning to finish watching a Robert Francis marathon that TCM did.  We were wrecked after that.

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What’s something classic movie related that you love to collect?

Nothing, really?  I have an extremely limited budget for collecting anything (except books, lol).

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What’s your favorite way to share your passion for classic movies?

Blogging about them. 🙂  Though, like I said earlier, I haven’t done that recently.  I will definitely have to change that!

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Are you a fan of older classic films?


the fantastical and felicitous fictional character blog tag

Emily, over at The Altogether Unexpected, created this rather awesome tag and was kind enough to tag me.  I LOVE fictional characters and talking about fictional characters and all that, so I’m super excited to fill out the questions.  But first, the rules!

  • Answer every question honestly. (duh.)
  • Use as many gifs and images as possible.
  • Incorporate at least one YouTube video with a favorite scene of a character.
  • NO VAGUE ANSWERS ALLOWED. Explain why you chose that favorite character to fit that description. I love details, my friends.
  • If you can’t choose just one, that’s okay – give us a few answers and geek out if that’s what it takes.
  • Tag at least 3 people.
  • Use fictional characters from any fictional story.
  • If you get nominated and/or decide to participate in this tag, please put a link back to this post in your post and credit yours truly as the creator.
  • Have fun and obsess over fictional characters!

Goody-two-shoes: A character who was just so morally good

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Captain America/Steve Rogers.  You knew I’d have to fangirl over him at some point, right?  I’ve seen very few Marvel movies, but I have seen the Cap trilogy and it’s basic perfection.  From the first few minutes of The First Avenger to Cap’s almost-defeat at the end of Civil War, I’ve been spellbound by his character.  His innate goodness inspires me to practice more goodness myself.  He never leaves a friend behind.  He loves purely and truly (familial love, brotherly love, romantic love).  And, in my mind’s eye, he’ll always be that kid from Brooklyn who couldn’t walk away from a fight.  Who leaped on a grenade to save others.  Who sacrificed everything for the world…and for his best friend.

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Heartbreaker: A character who made you cry

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So many!!!  How am I supposed to pick just one?!  But after sifting through all the possibilities, I’m going with Marian (BBC Robin Hood).  She doesn’t get enough credit and I think that’s a shame because she’s truly one of the greatest heroines I’ve ever known.  And I can’t even count the number of times she’s made me cry.  When her father was killed.  When she punched Guy and ran away.  When she ‘died’.  When she actually died.  When she reunited with Robin.  Whenever her theme music plays.  SHE MAKES ME FEEL ALL THE FEELS, OKAY???

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Parrot: A character who won’t stop talking

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I really dislike characters who won’t stop talking.  So this isn’t going to really be a fangirly answer, but I’d have to say Miss Bates (Emma).  I recently reread Emma and I found myself skipping almost all of Miss Bates’s long, loooooong speeches because #mindnumbing.  But Emma should still have known better than to mock her (and not just at Box Hill). *sigh*

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Devilish: Your favorite villain

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Haha!  I just wrote a post about villains.  I’ve already written at length about my all time favorite villain, Ben Wade, so I’m going to talk about my favorite Disney villain today.  And that would be Ratigan (‘The Great Mouse Detective’).  Some of you might be all “huh?” right now because TGMD is a sadly underappreciated Disney film but, trust me, Ratigan is the BEST.  He says the most chilling/hilarious things.  He’s deliciously, Disney-villainy (all that kidnapping and scheming and speechifying!).  Vincent Price voices him (#yourargumentisinvalid).  And he gets TWO villain songs, both of which are villainous greatness with a side of evil.

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Love interest: A character who, if alive in reality, you would want to marry


Can I say Steve Rogers again?

But no, let me think about this.  It’s actually kind of hard because any characters I really love are so awesome that I can’t imagine them putting up with me. 😛  I think Barry Allen (CW’s The Flash) would be a pretty sweet, supportive husband.  Also, kind of random, but Sean Maguire (‘Good Will Hunting’) because HE’S SUCH A GOOD GUY (and I need someone who can deal with all my Problems).

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Sidekick: A character who was always loyal no matter what

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John Watson (any Sherlock story, but I’m talking about BBC Sherlock this time).  The first time I watched the show, I was sure that John was going to believe Moriarty’s “I’m just an actor!” bit, if only for a short time.  But he DIDN’T and it was awesome.  It’s a bit surprising that John stayed so loyal to Sherlock through so many of his frustrating/deathly adventures, but he did.  And that’s a huge part of why I love John. (Yes, there was that bit after Mary died, but we won’t talk about it.)

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Complicated: A character you love and hate

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Scarlett [she has so many last names idek] (Gone With the Wind).  Scarlett is selfish, grasping, and small-minded.  There’s no doubt about that.  Many of the things she does in the course of the story make me shake my head.  But I also admire her grit and determination.  She follows through on her promises.  She does whatever it takes to keep her family alive.  She rebuilds her life from scratch.  There’s a stubborn tenacity about her that invites admiration, even when you disapprove of her in general.

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Oddity: A character who was strange, but you loved them that way

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the meme is strange.  it’s all I’ve got for this category.

Winter Hayle (Lunar Chronicles).  All the characters in this series are strange, in one way or another, but Winter is probably the strangest (and my favorite).  She’s vowed never to use her Lunar gift on anyone after a traumatizing event from her childhood.  Because of her disuse of the gift, she begins to see freaky, completely realistic visions of bleeding walls and lopped off heads…and, as you might expect, it messes with her mind.  Honestly, Winter might seem really strange at first but she’s one of the strongest, most admirable character in the series.  I love her.

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King: A male character who you admire and aspire to emulate


Atticus Finch.  Atticus has been my go-to hero ever since I first read To Kill a Mockingbird and nothing can topple him from that position.  Not the oddly pieced together first draft of TKAM (aka Go Set a Watchman).  Not all the op-eds now saying that Atticus is merely a ‘white savior’ trope and, as such, shouldn’t be taken seriously.  Nothing.  Atticus doesn’t just stand up for what he believes in – he moves others to stand up as well. (Literally and figuratively.)

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Savior: A character who oddly reminds you of Christ

regarding memes, I’ve got nothing.

(I’m not going to say Aslan because he’s from an allegory so it isn’t the same thing.)

However, the character I’m drawn to again and again is Diana/Wonder Woman (new Wonder Woman movie, not the comics ’cause I haven’t read those).  The whole ‘deserve versus believe’ thing that Steve Trevor spells out near the end of the movie always hits me in the feels, particularly because we, as humans, don’t deserve God’s love.  But when we believe in Jesus, that love is given as a free gift. (Plus, Diana’s not wrong about ‘only love can save the world’, though something tells me she isn’t thinking of God’s love.)  Anyway, Diana is a hugely imperfect reminder of Christ (sacrificing her life in  Themyscira to save people and all that) but the fact that she/the film got me thinking about Him at all is rather surprising.  And it makes my heart happy.

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I tag:

Let me know what you thought of my answers!  I’d love to discuss all things fictional characters in the comments.


the five things tag


Stolen from Maribeth. 😉

Five Things You’ll Find In My Purse:

ONE: My wee Moleskine notebook.  It’s crammed full of story ideas and thoughts from years back – and I add to it all the time.  Absolutely indispensable.

TWO: A small, pink Bible.  It’s my church Bible.  I got it for free at a thrift store and it’s very cute.


THREE: My library card. (Plus two other library cards from other places I’ve lived.  I collect them.)

FOUR: A little booklet of Bible verses for memorization.

FIVE: A green tartan-covered compact mirror that I almost never use because I don’t wear makeup.

Five Things You’ll Find In My Bedroom:

(In my bedroom proper, I only have my bed and my clothes. #boring  All the good stuff is in the hallway outside, so I’m going to talk about that.  Though I do have a rather awesome Captain America poster on my bedroom wall.)

ONE: A desk stuffed with mugs, papers, notebooks, headphones, random bric-a-brac, and a WWII-style “Join the Women’s army!” poster.


TWO: Allll my lovely books.  Sometimes I just look at them and sigh with happiness.

THREE: A white (well, grey now) rabbit named ‘Cream’ (lol – I was so imaginative) which has been with me since I was Very Small Indeed.

FOUR: My collection of action figures and Funkos that mean a great deal to me.  I still need to get one of Edmund Pevensie and John from BBC Sherlock…

FIVE: A framed movie still of Henry Fonda. ❤

Five Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do:

ONE: Meet Julie Andrews.

TWO: Have my book, The Darkness is Past, traditionally published.

THREE: Spend the entire day in a library.

Today I bought two books in our local bookstore and later lent four more from the library. I cancelled all my evening plans, because, well, I'm all booked.

FOUR: Own a cat of my very own.

FIVE: Meet all my internet friends in person.

Five Things That Make Me Feel Happy:

ONE: Studio C.  My sister and I tend to binge watch their sketches (catching up on all we missed) and though I think their jokes have a tendency to outstay their welcome, they’re still awesome.  I have so many favorite videos of theirs.

TWO: Earrings.  I don’t wear a lot of jewelry but earrings are quick to put in and there are so many pretty ones.  Just switching them out makes me feel new, in a way.

THREE: Nadine Brandes’ newest book, Romanov, is coming out in less than a month! (May 7th, to be exact.)  And not only that…Finale, the last book in the Caravel trilogy, is releasing on the same day!!!  I cannot wait.

What Happened to Anastasia Romanov Romanov by Nadine Brandes Book Review Romanov is a wonderful read! Nadine Brandes is a storyteller whose prose borders on magical. Brandes weaves a beautiful tale about a princess desperate to save her family at any cost. She brings the historical figure Anastasia Romanov to life. #anastasia #romanov #anastasiaromanov #yabook #yabooks #historicalfiction #fictionbooks #books

FOUR: Celebrating birthdays. (Whether my own or someone else’s.)

FIVE: Running this blog.  I love writing posts, sharing my thoughts with the world, and interacting with all of you.  We’re on track to hitting 400 followers, which is amazing/unbelievable.  Love you guys! (And, yes, there will be an epic giveaway when there’s 400 followers.)

Five Things I’m Currently Into:

ONE: Villains.  Muahahaha.  In all seriousness, I recently watched ‘Maleficent’ for the first time (great movie!) and it got me thinking about all the villains I like and why I like them and why villain-narrated stories appeal to me.  I feel a blog post coming on…

TWO: The soundtrack for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’.  I’ve been humming, singing, and listening to the songs a LOT.  They’re so good.

THREE: Taking pictures of my family’s cat.  Because why wouldn’t I?

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FOUR: Doodling.  I have some great gel pens and whenever I’m bored, I tend to default to drawing houses, women’s faces, and eyes. (Someone needs to psychoanalyze me.)  I also enjoy writing random words in my very best cursive and scribbling down story notes and to-do lists.

FIVE: ‘I Can Only Imagine’, the movie.  I might write a review about the whys and wherefores of my (very unexpected) liking for this movie if y’all are interested.

Five Things On My To-Do List:

ONE: Finish the third draft of The Darkness is Past by June 30th. (I asked one of my friends to give me a deadline + be my alpha reader because otherwise I won’t get the draft finished until next year probably.  Drafting is going well so far.)

TWO: Get back on track with my Goodreads reading challenge.  I’m one book ahead right now but I like a little more of a cushion.  That’s where Trixie Belden books come in handy, lol.

THREE: Write more bookish blog posts.

FOUR: Spend less time wasting my time. *the eternal struggle intensifies*

FIVE: Make myself a coffee as soon as I publish this post.

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