Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite/Least Favourite Book Tropes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

We all have our guilty pleasures and in bookish terms, those come from unapologetically embracing even the most cliche of tropes. A trope basically equates to an occurring theme/plot device, and while some tropes get my heart pumping, others are rage-inducing. Here are some of my favourite and least favourite tropes.

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Favourite Tropes

Friends to lovers: Let’s kick things off with a bit of romance. There are many reasons why I love this trope, but what I love is how the romantic relationship is built on the friendship that they had already established. It adds a layer of depth and history to the relationship and the development of the relationship from friends to more just seems like a natural progression.  Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy Characters You Want as Allies

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

This week’s topic is all about the characters you’d love to be friends with. There are a ton of characters I would love to actually have in my life, but I thought I’d twist this topic into the fantasy characters you’d want as allies. Fantasy worlds are brutal, and the best way to survive these worlds is to have a solid group to back you up. So, here are the characters I would recruit to be part of my crew.

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July Wrap Up 2109

In my head, 2018 was only last month. How are we now closer to Christmas? This is unacceptable. So, reading has been at a minimum this month, and I’ve taken to trying to fit in a chapter or a short story during my lunch break, but it’s easier said than done. Nevertheless, I’m enjoying the little snippets I am reading and that’s what really matters.

So, as is usually the case when I’m not reading, I’ve been catching up on my TV and Films. I recently finished watching The Boys on Amazon Prime and it was brilliant. Watch this space for my TV Talk on that show. I also got caught up in the San Diego Comic-Con craze and the announcements that came from it has me excited. 

When it comes to life news, there’s not much to report really. I’m still working most days, but I was struck down by a 24-hour bug last week that knocked me. Fun fact, I’ve not been sick for over 10 years, so this was definitely a shock to the system. Beyond that, I’ve just been trying to hold on to my sanity as work is crazy busy at the moment, but at least it makes the day go faster.

I also completely forgot about my 4 year anniversary in the blogosphere. It’s strange to think that there was a time I was without a blog as it’s become such a staple in my life. So, a big THANK YOU to everyone that has ever visited, commented, and followed me here at My Midnight Musing. You guys are rockstars. Without further ado, here is a summary of what I got up to on the blog in July.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Character Team-Ups

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

This week we’ve been given a freebie topic, so I thought it would be fun to create a mash-up of characters that I think would make a great team. Some of these teams would be incredibly formidable, others have been matched cause I think they’d form a solid friendship, while others would be pure chaos.

1. Kestrel and Sarene, The Winner’s Trilogy / Elantris: Two incredibly resourceful women, both with sharp minds and a keen eye for politics. This is one hell of a formidable duo. Their combined skill set is insane and I would not want to come between them. The beauty of this team-up would be the intellectual strategising you’d get. Both ladies play the game in their own way and could definitely overthrow a corrupt empire.
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Best Trailers From San Diego Comic-Con, Part 2.

This post was intended to go live on Tuesday, but I was struck down with a horrid bug and have been in recovery ever since. Nevertheless, as promised here is part 2 of my summary of best trailers from San Diego’s Comic-Con with additional reaction to the next phase of Marvel films – because there is no avoiding Marvel announcements. 

Westworld (Season 3)

Yet another TV series I need to catch up on. The first series of Westworld was phenomenal, but since I’ve not caught up with the second season yet I can’t comment much on the happenings in the third season, but it sure looks epic.  Continue reading

Best Trailers from San Diego Comic-Con, Part 1.

It’s that time of year where I wish I could teleport to San Diego for the biggest PR stunt of the year. San Diego Comic-Con is the ultimate playground for comic book fans, but has since become the stoming ground for a lot of new film and TV shows. With that, fans are treated to a frenzy of new announcements to get us excited for the coming years line up. Along with these announcements come the trailers to heighten the anticipation. This summary post will be split into two halves, and here is part 1 of the best trailers at San Diego’s Comic-Con 2019.

His Dark Materials

How epic does His Dark Materials look? From the all-star cast to the stellar visuals, I gave a feeling that this show is going to take the world by storm. It has an adventure, intrigue, deception, and everything in between. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

We all have our favourite authors, those whose books are so captivating and memorable that any time news of their next book airs has you automatically adding it to your basket. These are my auto-buy authors.

1. V. E. Schwab: Schwab is a powerhouse in fantasy writing. Her Shades of Magic series is one of my all-time favourite fantasy franchises and what makes her an auto-buy author is that I can always count on her to create an immersive fantasy world without sacrificing the pacing of the book or the character arcs.

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