Lately, I haven’t been reading too many classics. I feel like I have to be in the right headspace to enjoy them. It’s been some time since I’ve read these but I always think about them and someday I would like to reread them. Here are my top 5 favorite classic books.
1) 1984 by George Orwell. One of my all-time favorite books that I believe everyone should read because it’s very relevant even today.
2) Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. I still have this whole series and it’s one of those books that I’ve loved since I was young.
3) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Another book that is still relevant today. Another all-time favorite book.
4) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Great well-written little adventure book, perfect for all ages.
5) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. This one gets up there with the hard to understand language but it’s still one of my favorite classics.
What are some of your all-time favorite classic books?
I started Paralegal classes last week so I have even more stuff to read now. As a result, I haven’t finished reading Eat, Pray, Love yet but I’m sure I will by next week. So I have decided to do something different and list my top favorite book tropes.
1) Enemies to Friends to Lovers. I love that slow burn love where the couple starts out hating each other but by the end of the book, they can’t imagine being apart.
2) The Antihero. I love reading about morally grey characters and their redemption story, even unlikeable villainous characters about whom you find out the reason behind their villainy and understand where they are coming from.
3) Utopia is actually a dystopia. At the beginning of the story, it might seem great, this utopic world but you soon come to find out at what cost like in The Giver.
4) Unrequited love/forbidden love. We all have crushes and it’s something we can relate to when we read about them in books as well as forbidden love. Two people that stand against all odds.
5) Road Trip/Adventure. Especially with enemies who fall in love or a group of antihero’s who are all friends.
What are some of your favorite tropes that you love to read about in books?
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I love reading books (obviously) and I love video games so naturally, I fell in love with these point-and-click adventure games. These games are so well written that I prefer the game to the graphic novel that inspired them, especially so for the first two, The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead.
The Wolf Among Us (Telltale Games) – This game is based off a comic book series called Fables where characters from all fairytales live in our world under disguise. I loved the 80’s vibe from the game and although there is a learning curve with the controls, it’s an awesome point-and-click game that got me invested.
The Walking Dead – Season 1 (Telltale Games) – Originally a graphic novel series and then a television series, I never thought a video game could make me cry. I don’t cry easily but this game, this first season made me cry.
Skyrim (Bethesda) – I don’t know how I first found out about Skyrim but I’m so happy I did. I loved playing this and to my surprise, I finished the game. I didn’t complete 100% but I did finish it. There are sword fights and magic and dragons. The scenery and graphics are amazing and of course, chalk full of lore.
Fallout 4 (Bethesda) – After playing Skyrim and obsessing with it, I decided to try Fallout 4. I thought it would be fun using guns instead of swords like I did and was very much used to in Skyrim. For me, there was a learning curve with using guns but I had a lot of fun. I love the whole post-apocalyptic dystopian storyline. I love the retro feel and open world to explore as you want, collect as much junk as you want and sell it. It’s very similar to Skyrim in terms of gameplay so I go through phases of playing it.
The Sims 4 (Electronic Arts) – This is probably the most random from the other games but the reason I like and sometimes it’s hard to play, is that it’s so open-ended. You make anything you want, happen. You can make up your own stories and play them out. It’s also a great tool to write your own stories. You can use it to visualize what your characters look like and a little bit of their personalities.
What are some of your favorite plot-heavy video games?
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If you read a lot of books, there may be a time when any book you start is just not interesting you at all or you just don’t want to read. You wish you wanted to but you don’t. I’ve had a few reading slumps this year and the follow five tips is how I got over them.
#5 – Surf Goodreads: Look at what your friends or people you follow are reading even if you don’t have any intention of reading those books. I also like look at my Reading Challenge and see how far I’ve come. That motivates me.
#4 – Read a fun, fluffy, short, contemporary romance novel: I find it irrelevant to judge people on what they read. A fun romance novel is a perfect way to get out of your slump and back into reading more books! Here are some book suggestions.
#3 – Surf Twitter and follow some awesome bookish accounts.
#2 – Watch Booktube: Most of the time, watching a few of my favorite BookTuber videos gets me right back in the mood to read. Here are some of my favorites!
#1 – Take a break: If you have a bad reading slump that’s lasting for weeks or months, try this: do not read any books for at least 24 hours. Don’t even look at them. Do something else entirely different like meditate, yoga, go for a walk…
What do you do to get over a reading slump?
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If you didn’t know, there is a huge BookTube community on YouTube and it’s awesome! Here are my top 5 favorite BootTubers in no particular order:
1) Thoughts on Tomes – Mostly reads science fiction and fantasy both young adult and adult.
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