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Top Ten Tuesday – Things That Make Me Want To Pick Up A Book

Posted April 2, 2019 by A Conjuring of Lit in Top 10 Tuesday / 0 Comments

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Paige went through her Goodreads, skimming across her favorite books to try and see what they have in common. She also looked at some of her most anticipated releases to see what makes her excited about them! She came up with some amazing things!

Portal Worlds

Paige

This one takes many forms. My first favorite was Alice in Wonderland – I loved the Disney movie as well as this (now creepy-seeming) live action Adventures in Wonderland Disney show back when I was small, and that really took root in me. Some of my favorite books involve travel between worlds: Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children Series, the Shades of Magic series, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone, to name a few.

Kate

I didn’t know this was something I loved until recently, and then I realized just how much of it I read. Once I started the Wayward Children series this year, it completely sealed the deal. My favorite, forever and always, will always be Shades of Magic, though.

Books About Books

Paige

This seems like a given for a lot of readers, but there is nothing more exciting than seeing yourself and your interests reflected in books. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, The Book Thief, and People of the Book are a few of my favorites!

Kate

I love this, too! But what really draws me in are specific characters that can’t get enough of books. Or who have to learn to read. Or who find some kind of sanctuary when surrounded by books. Aelin Galathynius has a world to save, but she openly carries and purchases more books than she’ll ever need. That’s my kind of character.

Fairytale Retellings

Paige

I am a sucker for these – double points if they bend the genre a little. My favorite retelling is Beauty and the Beast, but I’m pretty equal opportunity as long as I’m familiar with the source material. I love to see how cleverly the author weaves the old narrative into the new. Some of my favorites are The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless by Marissa Meyer, A Court of Mist and Fury, and (sadly) Enchantment by Dumpster Fire Scott Card.

Kate

I think my love for this has been pretty well established. I did an embarrassing amount of splooshing about both The Lunar Chronicles and A Court of Thorns and Roses last year, and that only scratches the surface. A Curse So Dark and Lonely, The Sleeper and the Spindle, and Ella Enchanted are some of my other favorites.

Red and Black Aesthetics

Paige

This is a little more literal, in that I tend to pick up a LOT of books with these darker colors when I’m physically browsing a store. Maybe it’s because I’m obsessed with V.E. Schwab, who is the queen of these colors, but I can’t help it! Red Rising and The Night Circus also come to mind.

Kate

We aren’t as edgy as it probably seems like we are, but we sure do like a good edgy aesthetic. Black and red is good for everything. Decor. Clothing. Bookshelves. Paige covered the bases pretty well in her blurb, but let us not forget the GORGEOUS special edition of Six of Crows.

Assassins and Thieves

Paige

Hello, yes, welcome to our brand. I don’t think this needs to much more elaboration, but Celaena Sardothien, Mia Corvere, and Lila Bard have my heart. And I guess Jean and Locke from the Gentleman Bastards series, but the ladies are the most important.

Kate

Ditto. My most recent DnD character is Celaena. I don’t mean modeled after her. I mean I did everything in my power to turn my rogue into Celaena. It’s alarming.

Cutesy Art Styles

Paige

I read SO MANY middle grade/YA graphic novels because I pick them up due to their cuteness and then discover that I’m actually REALLY interested in the story. My current favorite is Space Boy by Stephen McCranie.

Kate

I found something we disagree about! It’s a National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day miracle! And sadly, I’m not kidding about the holiday. Look it up. ANYWAY, the whole red and black thing kinda carries over for me here. I like dark, angry artwork in my graphic novels and cover art. Blacks, reds, shadows, hard angles. I really only want enough light to be able to see what’s going on. Lookin’ at you, Locke and Key.

Fae

Paige

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention these. You probably realize now that we’re a little less Tinkerbell and a little more “dance until you die” when it comes to our fae, but who is surprised? I’m currently rereading ACOWAR.

Kate

I think Cardan is delightful, and that’s really all you need to know. And, of course, our lord and savior, Rhysand.

Sentient Non-Human Characters

Paige

I won’t get too spoilery, but the Illuminae Files, Skyward by Sanderson, and The Way of Kings are the most recent books I’ve read to fit the bill here.

Kate

Another one where we differ slightly. This time it’s an International Children’s Book Day miracle! Much better, yeah? I enjoy these characters, but they aren’t really anything special to me. I do love how excited Paige gets about them, though. Her enthusiasm is infectious.

Wintery Settings

Paige

Some of my most recent favorites for this particular subset of books are Echo North, Through the White Wood, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, and The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

Kate

There’s something so cozy about a wintery book! I love them, especially when I get to have a nice warm beverage and read them by my fireplace when it’s also wintery outside. My favorite personal favorite is The Golden Compass, and I’m slating it for an re-read next winter, since I missed my window this year.

Dragons

Paige

Bet you didn’t see this one coming! Some recent dragon-y reads of mine have been The Priory of the Orange Tree, Damsel, Before She Ignites, and As She Ascends.

Kate

We’ve written a lot of odes to dragons over the last 15 months, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! I haven’t read many dragon things lately, but I am re-reading Throne of Glass, so I’m getting a good Abraxos fix.

What are some of your very favorite things that draw you to books? This topic has endless possibilities, which made it such fun to write! Can’t wait to see what everyone else chose. Happy reading, friends, and we’ll see you next week! 💜💛

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Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media

Posted March 21, 2018 by A Conjuring of Lit in Top 5 Wednesday / 2 Comments

Our entire lives are basically SFF, so let’s just get this ball rolling.

PAIGE

  1. World of Warcraft. Let’s just get this one out there. I started playing this game for a brief moment in high school but came back to it in college when a bunch of my friends decided to play the new expansion. I have a love/hate relationship with playing this game – it’s so fun and nostalgic for me a lot, but it is such a time sink! I have a deep love for my troll shaman and my blood elf paladin, and I LOVE THE LORE OMG. Sometimes I will end up down a rabbit hole of WoW Wiki when I wonder about an event or character and then it just gets ridiculous. I also really enjoy the book franchise periodically because I love the world.
  2. Avatar: The Last Airbender. This is a show that Ethan and I started watching together when we were broke and living apart, so it definitely has nostalgic and romantic ties for me to make it even better. I remember him predicting who my favorite character would be, and he was totally right. Toph Beifong is a strong, independent young earth bender who don’t need no ANYTHING. She is a young disabled girl who learns how to be a super badass fighter WHERE HER DISABILITY IS AN ADVANTAGE. WHAT. She isn’t a badass ~despite~ her disability. She’s a badass AND she has a disability. She is also hilarious and gruff and can be vulnerable at times. She is my precious angry child.
  3. Tabletop RPGs (specifically DnD, but I am open to others!) My current main character is an elf druid named Nym who is basically a slightly unhinged version of Luna Lovegood who enjoys blighting enemies and healing friends in equal measures. It’s super fun to traverse the world that our DM has built (even though we are currently in literal Hell) and pretend to be someone I’m not and do ridiculous heroic (or not) things, although there are definitely elements of myself in my character. The best part is you can do whatever you want, and a good DM will come up with a way for your character to, at the very least, try to do the thing!
  4. Betrayal at House on the Hill. This is one of my favorite board games to play maybe ever. It’s a co-op horror game where you and your teammates explore a haunted house. The game is different EVERY time you play it! As the game progresses, something triggers a haunt and the game goes from 100% co-op to something different. One of the players ends up being a betrayer, and he or she is trying to complete an objective to beat all of the other players, and the other players are trying to stop the haunt. I really like the cooperative aspect as well as the ticking time bomb that is always looming over your head as you play. It’s so much fun!
  5. Supernatural. So I’ve been binging this show for a while now, and I enjoying it despite the shark-jumping that happened around the middle of the series. I love all the myth and folklore that shows up, whether it’s Biblical, general horror lore, or myths from books or other countries. It all feels very clever at times, even if it can be SUPER cheesy. The cheese is part of the charm, at least to me. I like that the show can be serious at times, but then there are goofy episodes that let you know that it doesn’t take itself 100% seriously. Dean and Castiel are my angsty cinnamon sons (Sam is great too, but I don’t connect with him as much), and I honestly kind of enjoy how far-fetched things ramp up to be.

KATE

  1. Pathfinder/DnD – So I started out playing Pathfinder with a group of people I didn’t know at all, and now literally all of them are going to be in our wedding. If that’s not a good endorsement for an activity or group of people, I don’t know what is. A year and a half or so ago, Paige and I started playing Dungeons and Dragons with some people we kind of like (namely, her husband, my fiance, and her brother), and I fell in love with the system. And murdering people via my elf rogue assassin. In all seriousness,  I just love the fluidity of the world, whether we’re playing a book campaign or fighting our way through an alternate reality complete with gundams and star destroyers. No, I’m not kidding.
  2. Lord of the Rings – Yeah, I know, they’re books, but I think you’re underestimating the number of times I’ve marathoned all the extended edition Blu-Rays back to back. It’s an uncomfortable amount, and the number will do nothing but continue to grow. Of course I love the books as well, and I almost didn’t include these because of that, but as I was looking through my movie collection, I couldn’t NOT say something. They are my love, and I will not ignore them.
  3. Halo – My fiance REALLY loves Halo. More than your average bear. I tend to be very picky about the video games I play even when I know they’re important to him. I refused to play repeatedly. And then some more. Filled with dread and apprehension, I finally agreed to at least try to play through the first one. I ended up really enjoying them and had to eat my mountain of words about never having any interest and thinking they looked terrible. It was great to find something that we could enjoy playing together and that I didn’t completely suck at.
  4. Five Tribes – This is not a board game I get to play very often, because we have so many options that are better for groups. Thematically, this is one of my favorites. It’s about gathering the strength of djinn and the resources of the desert to end up with the most points. Hopefully, someday, I’ll get the chance to play more. In the meantime, I’ll just think of the artwork and theme fondly.
  5. Westworld – IT’S JUST SO GOOD. For some reason, I dragged my feet starting it, but that was dumb. I don’t know what I was thinking. There are some damn good arguments out there that our robot overlords deserve to take over, and this show might be the best example yet.

*****

This was such a hard list to narrow down, and we’ll undoubtedly be thinking of new things and talking about them for the days to come. What are some of your favorites? We’d love the suggestions!

‘Til next week!

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