Top 10 Character Traits I Love

Top 10 Character Traits I Love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This is actually the easiest Top 10 Tuesday that I’ve done probably. As I saw today’s topic a few traits came to mind in an instant.


Complexity

I love a character that isn’t straight black or white. I like a little gray. I don’t want them making the perfect decision or doing things perfectly, I want them to make mistakes, choose the emotional option not the logical one, and kill someone when they need to.


Smart Ass

Who doesn’t love a smart ass? Yeah, sure they make you roll your eyes and groan, but they make you laugh and they are easy to love. Smart ass characters usually offer a bit of comedy too, which is a nice trait to have.


Clever

Even if they don’t make mistakes a character can be enjoyable. Being clever or smart is a great character trait, because the smugness, if written well, can also be fun to read. Think of Sherlock or Hermione. Characters that know it all, but still struggle in their adventures (at least a bit!)


Leader

Confidence, bravery, powerful, charismatic. All aspects of a good leader, but they aren’t always necessary. Maybe they are overthrowing a government, or fighting in a war against another kingdom. We all love leaders because they who we want to be, deep down.


Quirky

being quirky makes you more relatable. It makes you more of a normal person, instead of a perfect being that we idolize to be. Even the most “perfect” person should have a quirk or two. Gives you a bit of depth, in my opinion.


Selfless

It’s not that I don’t like the idea of a selfish character. In fact that sounds like an interesting protagonist. Being selfless makes them a hero though, because a selfless person will do what needs to be done. They’ll sacrifice themselves to save someone else, and that is why we love them.


The Chosen One

Some people don’t like this trait in a protagonist, or any character rather, but a part of me really enjoys it, as long as it is reasonable. Most Chosen One’s can defeat the bad guy, just because they are the Chosen One, and for nothing else really. Those Chosen One’s are annoying, and personally I am not a fan because I believe it to be lazy writing. If the Chosen One has to earn their spot, train hard to master their powers, or even lose a time or two, that is a great Chosen One.


Loyalty

Sticking to your guns and fighting to uphold them no matter the cost is a trait I always hope a character has. It has its pros and cons, but I mainly enjoy this trait because it shows that the writer is willing to stick to a character’s morals instead of flopping whenever it is easy to.


Introverts

Having a character that doesn’t want to be the hero, doesn’t want to be the one that has to do what is necessary, doesn’t want to be the protagonist is fascinating. We usually get a good perspective of self-doubt, of anxiety, of stress, which aren’t characteristics we usually give to our heroes, but are ones that are much more interesting than a normal hero some times.


Politeness

I find this is one of the most important traits a character can have, because it is key in order to like that character. Without even a pedigree of politeness, a character becomes so unlikable, that they instantly become hated. Politeness, though probably flies under the radar, is so important and necessary in liking a character.


What are your favourite character traits? What are your least favourite character traits? Let me know in the comments!

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Top 10 Romantic Writing Prompts

Top 10 Romantic Writing Prompts

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This Tuesday’s post is supposed to be about 10 Books On My Fall TBR List, but I am not really the type to read plenty of books. I go more for the lengthier reads, which generally takes me longer to read them.

Since I don’t really have any books I’m planning on reading this fall, other than IT by Stephen King, I figured I would give you a different Top 10 List.

So without further adieu, here are 10 romantic writing prompts.


Write about a character who is up for a big promotion within their company. They’ve put everything on hold for it – including their love life. But when an outsider is hired instead, they lose it, focusing all their energy on bringing this newcomer down. They just didn’t think about the fact that they might end up liking them.

Write about how a package is mailed to your main character. It’s filled with what seems like hundreds of letters all to a single person. Memories and confessions of love are penned within those letters. Your main character feels drawn to the person on the other end and sets out to find them – and the letter’s true destination.

Write about how your character started going blind at the age of six. Fifteen years later, they meet someone who makes their life better in ways they couldn’t have imagined. Then they realize that they’ve actually met that person before.

A waft of something flowery washes over your main character as they jog down the street. They turn and follow the scent to someone dancing in the middle of the street to no music while reading a book.

Her brother’s friends are off limits. Her dad’s friends are off limits. She knows those rules. But when a new coworker of her dad’s enters the picture, she’ll have to find a way around her father’s rules.

Write a story about how many memories of love and loss come to your character’s mind when they’re invited to an all-adult summer camp. They decide to go for it and spend 6 weeks in paradise with complete strangers.

Write a romance story about how you don’t know unconditional love until you’ve ever felt it at your core. And once you do, you can never settle for anything less ever again.

Write about how two old bicycles are embedded in a tree – grown into it from years of being chained to it. Upon further inspection, your character finds a bottle in one of the baskets and in that bottle, a letter. They attempt to return the letter to its owner to find someone else entirely.

Write a story about how in order to marry in your character’s society, suitors have to fight a person’s entire family for their hand. On the same day your character challenges their love’s family of 8, someone else challenges theirs – a family of only 3.

Falling in love is never easy. It’s even more difficult, however, when you find out the person you’re head over heels for is a torturer. And worse…they enjoy it.

Top 10 Book Bloggers I Follow

Top 10 Book Bloggers I Follow

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday was supposed to be the Top 10 Things that I eat/drink while reading.

This kind of confused me because I’ve never met anyone who has foods/drinks while reading consistently enough to be considered reading snacks or drinks, but maybe that’s just me.

I might have a cup of hot chocolate, or maybe a bowl of pretzels nearby, but even that’s maybe once a month.

Since this week’s topic doesn’t apply to me, and I wanted to give you something interesting, I figured I’d give you a different Top 10 that might interest you.

This week I am going to give you 10 different bloggers that I read and follow that consider themselves in the “book blogger” category.

They aren’t in order of least to most favourite, or vice versa. I’m just putting them in the list in the order I find them in my notifications.


Past Midnight

Yolanda, creator of Past Midnight  is writing with a long-lasting love of books and reading. She’s a mother of two, and has worked many jobs, until she finally found herself as a stay at home mom and a great book blogger to boot.

If you like romance or YA books I definitely recommend checking her blog out, but don’t be surprised with a review of a different genre now and then.


The Geekish Brunette

Joanna is a fantastic book blogger who originally had her content just on Goodreads and Instagram. Lucky for us she decided to make The Geekish Brunette where we get both book reviews and other great book-related content.


Belle of the Library

Holly, the creator of Belle of the Library has never quite grown out of her love for YA books. If you’re a YA lover her blog is the place to go, and keep an eye out for the book that she is working on!


The Bibliophagist

Book reviews, book tags, and plenty of other book related posts. Sarah (the first of many Sarahs on this list) somehow has time for all this awesome content. She’s been around on one platform or another since 2013 and has covered over 700 books. If romance is your go-to genre, The Bibliophagist is the place to end up.


Hamlets and Hyperspace

Sarah #2 of my list loves books, but if you get in between her and a book about Vikings just watch out. She’s mainly a Kindle reader, but will buy the books that she loves in a hard copy. Fantasy and Sci-Fi are her two most reviewed genres, with a few graphic novels mixed in now and then.

She does like Sharknado movies though…so if you can forgive her for that Hamlets and Hyperspace is definitely worth the time to read through. She’s been an awesome friend in the book blogging world and she was my first ever guest poster!


Ashes Books and Bobs

Ashley, the mind and words behind Ashes, Books, and Bobs has been a book blogger for about three years. She prides herself on giving her honest opinion at all times.

Of all the bloggers I follow she has definitely reviewed the most books that I have never heard of, which is so refreshing to see new books out there I haven’t heard of.


The Library at Woodring Estate

Sarah #3 on my list is a special collections librarian in the Midwest. I am a lifelong reader, occasional blogger, full time dog mom, and lover of all baked goods.

Honestly I don’t even know how to describe her blog other than the word warm. Might sound weird but whenever I read her posts I just sort of feel content and happy, like it’s the right place to be. I’m comfortable.


Chocolate’n’Waffles

Meggy thought it would be a good idea to write her About Page in third person, but we still like her blog anyways.

She calls herself a ” Grammar Terror” and I’m a little scared to put that to the test. She loves tea, chocolate and waffles, as well as making great blog posts about some great books.


Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub

Romance, Erotica, Westerns, and plenty of other genres. The Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub covers a lot of the lesser read genres, and it’s hard to stop reading her posts.

She won’t shy away from negative reviews if they are needed, but she stays respectful the whole time.


Welcome to MarieMcWilliams.com

Marie is an aspiring writer, and wants to share that love with others. She is a self confessed book worm and nerd and would probably prefer to spend her days reading and writing.

With some book reviews, and some original pieces written by Marie herself, there’s always something interesting to read on Marie’s blog.


What other book bloggers do you guys read? I love discovering new bloggers to get an idea of what people are reading and reviewing. Let me know in the comments.

Top 10 Books On My TBR That I Am Avoiding

Top 10 Books On My TBR That I Am Avoiding

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The Once and Future King

This one has been read twice, but I’ve only ever made it halfway through. It’s a good book, but I want to read it consistently, not once every few months.

Les Miserables

If you own this book you know how daunting it is. Its basically a brick, put inside of a cinder block. Maybe when I’m 70 I’ll take my first shot at it.

Wizards First Rule

The first book of a giant fantasy series. As exciting as that sounds I can’t afford to buy the rest, and if I read and enjoy the first one I don’t know if I’ll be able to stop myself.

Strategy

I bought this book because it looked really interesting, but much like Les Miserables, it seems too daunting a task to take on right now.

IT

I actually planned on waiting till the second IT movie came out before I read this for the first time. I really enjoyed the movie so I thought I’d enjoy the movies first and see how different the book was after.

2001 A Space Odyssey

No real reason, just haven’t been in the mood for this one yet. I guess a part of me doesn’t want to be dissapointed by a classic.

Life of Pi

The movie was really good, but I remember the book was a bit tough to get through honestly. It’s been a few years since I tried so I’ll give it another shot soon.

Cloud Atlas

I had to read this book for school one year, but being the good student that I am, I used Spark Notes. Always wanted to get another shot at it, but I haven’t built up the willpower yet.

Collective Work of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is cool as hell, but I’m not sure I can read dozens of works all together. I’ve been thinking about reading a story at a time, whenever I have free time. Sort of deal with it in chunks.

Assassin’s Creed Series

I loved the video games, and have a few of the books, but I don’t really want to read these honestly. I mean I’ve played the games so I don’t really need to read the books…but I’ll probably cave and read them eventually.

TOP TEN TUESDAY: BOOKS I’VE READ THAT I’D LIKE IN MY PERSONAL LIBRARY

TOP TEN TUESDAY: BOOKS I’VE READ THAT I’D LIKE IN MY PERSONAL LIBRARY

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This one took me a long time to figure out, but I think I came up with a pretty good list in my opinion.

The Fellowship of the Ring

I read it on an e-Reader but haven’t purchased a physical copy yet.

Redwall Series

My favourite books growing up. I have kept the main stories, but I’d like to own them all again one day.

One Piece

Seems like a loft goal owning every chapter of One Piece. I’d probably need a room dedicated to it, but I wouldn’t mind that.

Naruto

I think this is a series I could re-read again in a reasonable amount of time, and I’d like to own it in order to do that.

Fullmetal Alchemist

I’ve started the collection, but I hope to own them all one day soon. There’s not too many so it’s not that achievable.

Where the Red Fern Grows

A great book from my childhood that I would love to read again from an adult perspective.

Legend Series

One of my favourite YA series that I’ve read. I always got the books from my school library, so owning them would be nice, especially since there is a new one coming out soon.

Various Shakespeare Works

Something about owning a bunch of Shakespeare stories makes me feel distinguished? Educated? Either way I’d like to own some more.

Sherlock Holmes

I’ve read a few Sherlock Holmes pieces in various books, but I’d like one giant collection of them all.

UnNamed Book from Childhood

I don’t remember the name of it, or who wrote it, but I remember it was about a boy who was kidnapped and dragged to an island in order to figure out a water pumping system his dad built to get at some buried treasure. If that makes any sense to you and you know the name, please let me know!

Top 10 Tuesdays: My Favourite Youtubers and Streamers

Top 10 Tuesdays: My Favourite Youtubers and Streamers

Usually there’s a specific list of what Top 10 I’m supposed to be talking about today. For most of the other blogs you’ll see doing the Top 10 Tuesday, they’ll be talking about their favourite tropes in books.

If you are interested in doing a Top 10 Tuesday in the future please feel free to check it out. Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

I wrote a post similar to this a few Top 10 Tuesdays ago, so I didn’t really want to explore that again just yet. I figured instead that I’d tell you some of my favourite Youtubers or Twitch streamers so you can know what kind of stuff I watch.

Surprisingly, none of these people are “booktubers” because I haven’t found one that I enjoy watching. Most of them are a bit too boring or don’t cover the books I like, but that’s just me.

So without further ado, here is my list.

The YogsCast

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH-_hzb2ILSCo9ftVSnrCIQ

There’s a whole network of YogsCast members, and I love their group dynamic. You can often find the main channel playing GTA or Trouble in Terrorist Town, all the while giving you some good entertainment and a few laughs along the way.

TheMadCat

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG7RkUBdinVa1YjWSJcucog

If you like the YogsCast, I suggest looking up MadCat. Often creating compilation videos, you’ll probably end up laughing too much that your sides will start hurting.

Tickiwaw

https://www.twitch.tv/tickiwaw

The first of two Twitch channels I try to catch on a regular basis, Tickiwaw streams mainly art, but some video games now and then. He loves interacting with his viewers, and I’ve never found a more welcoming Twitch audience either.

Crash Course

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX6b17PVsYBQ0ip5gyeme-Q

Educational and funny. This is a necessary channel to follow if you like history or thinking about different issues in the current world. I definitely recommend their European and World History videos.

Cinema Sins

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYUQQgogVeQY8cMQamhHJcg

Hilarious movie critiques. What more do I need to say? Definitely worth the watch if you like movie critiques of current and older movies.

Rant Cafe Anime Podcast

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-HAwls_ET6oUtRQSdZHOYQ

A group of guys discussing all things anime. It’s both insightful and funny, and helps me fill the holes in my anime watching that I just don’t have the time to do. These guys are on YouTube and Twitch, but I don’t catch them often on Twitch.

Tekking101

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRdyjE3lE7dtCOxU4rTsXVA

Another anime man, and often featured on the Rant Cafe channel, Tekking is literally a walking One Piece Encyclopedia. He could tell you almost anything you ever needed to know about it, and since I am such a big fan of One Piece, his channel is a must for me.

CatVideos

https://www.twitch.tv/catvideos

The second and final Twitch channel on the list. Cat is also an art streamer and is very talented. She has a smaller following, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a terrific painter. Check out her channel for a good laugh and some weirdly deep conversations for an art stream.

Super Beard Bros

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl84oPPKuECe1PbIwDSN1Cg

Three guys, all with beards, playing games. They seem like the best of friends and they are absolutely hilarious. They don’t often play mainstream games, but if you’re in the mood for a more classic game, these guys are where you should go.

Sidemen

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDogdKl7t7NHzQ95aEwkdMw

A bunch of UK YouTubers and celebrities joined together to make a channel together. Usually they throw off the “dudes being bros” vibe, but they’re often pretty funny and ridiculous.

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