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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is: Favorite secondary characters? (Note the plural)

Oh, goodness. Where to start?

Photo from The Leandros Lair at RobThurman.net

My first nomination has to go to Robin Goodfellow from Rob Thurman’s Cal Leandros series. Rob has proved over the years that he might be a seemingly carefree puck, but he’s also fiercely loyal to those he cares about and is a fearsome opponent to anyone who dares cross him. He’s also without a doubt one of the funniest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading (and also probably one of the only ones to develop a fear of forks, deservedly so).

Second, I’ve got to go with the Marquis de Carabas from Neil

Marquis de Carabas by ~mlang. Click to view the rest of mlang’s deviantart gallery.

Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Elegant to the last and wonderfully ambiguous, the Marquis made an already amazing book into one of my all-time favorites. And while I’m sure that my mental image of him is not quite the same as what most people gleam from his description in the books (I lean toward the version from the graphic novels rather than the TV miniseries), the otherwordly quality of my version of the Marquis simply makes him that much more unforgettable.

Next, I’d be remiss not to mention Simon from Carolyn Crane’s Disillusionists series. From the moment he strutted on the scene, I knew I would

Trading Cards available on Carolyn Crane’s website. Click to view.

grow to love him. He’s the best kind of ally to read about, because he starts off the series in the villain category yet slowly, reluctantly falls in alongside the protagonist to help her along in her endeavors. I was fascinated to learn that Crane initially meant for him to be an enemy to Justine, but soon found that he wasn’t quite what she had expected.

Lastly, and certainly not least, are Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. While I love the golden trio, it’s this duo that makes me go back to the story time and again. Neville represents the best of you that emerges despite your own misgivings, and to me, he is the true hero of the series. He withstood similar (if not worse) experiences as Harry, could in fact have been the chosen one himself, yet without the same type of support system that Harry had, he overcame overwhelming adversity to win the battle. I don’t care what you say, it was his actions that ultimately defeated Voldemort. End rant.
As for Luna, what can I say? I envy her whimsical (yet unexpectedly pragmatic) outlook on life and her unerring ability to let the unpleasant bits roll off. She is quirky in an innate sense, rather than merely adopting the affect for appearance’s sake, and I hope I have a bit of her irreverently unique aspect about me. I share her love of creatures, especially the eccentric kind. And while I don’t quite have the coloring or the carriage to carry it off myself, I adore her fashion sense.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is:  If you could write a book, what would it be about, and why?

If I had any worthwhile idea for a novel rattling around in my head, it wouldn’t be a matter of “if” I wrote it; I’d be working on it as I spoke (or typed, rather). I’ve wanted to write a novel for ages, but to my eternal frustration and regret, I’m not blessed with an imaginative streak that runs to creative writing. The most I have ever managed is an extremely short story here and there, but I’ve never come up with an idea that would be capable of sustaining an entire story arc. The only thing that I do know is that, regardless of the genre that the story ultimately wound up in, it would contain romance, the slow-burn kind that is conveyed through subtle actions rather than words. My two favorite romantic tropes are love-hate and friend-who-could-be-more (odd, since they are on opposite ends of the romantic spectrum), so I’m sure that either one or the other would characterize the main characters, but aside from that, I have no idea. I’ll just have to keep reading and blogging in the meantime, and hope that some day a recessive writing gene kicks in.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is:

Do you have any pet that has a name inspired by your readings?

If not, what would you pick if you DID?

Do any of your friends have book-based names for their pets? (Or their children?)

Oddly enough, my dog is actually named after a book character. Four years ago, when my family was still deeply embroiled in debates regarding what our new puppy should be called, we were tossing out every idea imaginable. At the time, I was just beginning to discover urban fantasy, though I was still mainly reading works on the literature shelves as opposed to fantasy series. Thus, one of the authors in heavy rotation at the time happened to be Neil Gaiman, and I had just finished reading American Gods (which, funnily enough, is probably my least favorite of his works). Still, I was enamored of the fantastical worlds that this genre offered, and so I thought that Shadow would be a lovely dog name. Luckily, my family agreed.

Although if I had had my druthers, he would have been named Eyre. It’s for the best, though, since (1) it’s a rather feminine name and, (2) as such, it is lead in the running for things to name my future child. She will probably hate me.

I don’t believe any of my friends have named their pets after literary characters, but it’s an intriguing enough concept that I’ll have to ask around.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is: If you had to choose to live within a novel, which would it be?

I already felt bad about not having time to do my usual Thursday blogging yesterday, and now I feel doubly bad because, as it turns out, this week’s Booking Through Thursday features my question!

Of course, I already had an answer in mind when I asked, and that answer would definitely be Harry Potter. Granted, I’m not as enamored of Rowling’s writing as most of her fans are, and in fact prefer the movies to the books. My opinion likely would have been different had I read the books as a kid back when they were first released, but I didn’t (deciding instead to be contrary for contrariness’s sake) and so my allegiance is tied to the film world. Still, I can’t think of a literary landscape that I would rather spend time in than that of Harry Potter. I firmly believe that the world could only benefit from the presence of a little magic, and you can bet that if I were a student at Hogwarts, I would be the Hermione Granger of my class. I would want to learn everything magical there is to learn; Harry and company should realize that every time they complain about the massive amounts of homework they have to do, they are complaining about getting to do magical homework for their magical classes. I would gladly trade with them, but alas, I’m trapped within the muggle world and so can only daydream about the day when my dreams of attending Hogwarts become a reality. Luckily, I’ve persuaded the boyfriend that a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is in order soon. I will be the grown woman pushing little children out of her way to get my wand, and I will try to forget, for at least a day, that magic doesn’t exist.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is: Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert?

I’ve always been an introvert, which could very well explain why I’ve been so drawn to books throughout my life. It’s easy to get caught up in the vicarious thrill of a character’s life when I naturally am at ease keeping myself company rather than seeking the attention of crowds. Americans consume approximately 100,000 words per day, and I’m content to allow a large portion of those words to come from books.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is:

Two people asked a similar question:

Charlie Quillen asks:

Has a book ever inspired you to change anything in your life, fiction or non-fiction alike?

Lindsay asks:

There have been books I loved, books that I fell in love with, and books that changed my life, and they’re not always the same nor mutually exclusive.

I’ve lost count of the number of times that this book has surfaced as the answer to a question, but I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak remains inspiring to me each time I read it. I am a cynical person by nature, yet Zusak’s story makes me want to shed that flaw. While I know I don’t always, or often, succeed, it makes me strive nonetheless.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is: What are your literary “pet peeves”?

Having a book returned to me in this condition is my worst nightmare.

I just realized that I completely misinterpreted this question, but I’m gonna go with it. So without further ado, here are some of my bookish pet peeves.

First, in order to save time and lots of ranting, I’ll just eliminate e-books from consideration. I’ve posted numerous times about the many reason why I hate e-books, so if you’re really interested (or a glutton for punishment), here are some links to past posts.

As far as paper and ink books go, I absolutely can’t stand it when an otherwise pristine copy of a book becomes marred. I’m a bit of a dictator when it comes to books; borrow at your own peril, because there will be many conditions attached. (Don’t crack the spine. Don’t dogear pages. Don’t write, underline, highlight, or in any way attempt to convey impressions in the book. Don’t tear dust jackets. Don’t scratch or smear the cover.) The list could go on for a while, which is why I usually just find another thrift store copy to lend someone or else advise that they buy their own.

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