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July 10: TTT Throwback (pick a topic we’ve done in the past that you missed out on, or loved so much you’d like to do again!)
I have been so busy that I didn’t have time to keep up with TTT and so this is perfect for me to do a couple of lists that I really wanted to do.
Throwback to May 22: Best Character Names
1)Victra au Julii, Red Rising trilogy.
I think Victra is a cool futuristic twist on the beautiful name Victoria. And the character is bad ass.
2)Rhiannon, Another Day by David Levithan.
Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” is an iconic and beautiful song. I only wish that the song had been mentioned in the story. Rhiannon is not a common name, so was she named after the song?
3)Padmé, Star Wars.
It’s so pretty to say over and over, and I love symbolism. It means lotus which is earthy and very fitting since she’s in a forbidden relationship with a sky-walker.
4)Mara Jade, Star Wars (Legends).
I think it’s a fun name to say because it rolls off the tongue well. And as a red head she looks good in green. I could do a whole list of Star Wars names that I love. Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Venress, Thrawn, Sabine Wren… Ok. Moving on.
5)Hermione, Harry Potter.
An unusual and strong name for an an unusual and strong girl. Thought I admit, if it weren’t for the films I would be saying it wrong.
6)Ysabeau, All Souls Trilogy.
This is another name that until I listened to the audiobook I was pronouncing it wrong. I was saying Yas-a-beau, but it’s a French variation of the name Isabelle. When pronounced correctly it’s very pretty and uncommon.
Ironically, Ysabeau says in the first book that names are very important, so of course I had to include her on this list.
6)Edmund Dantes, The Count of Monte Cristo.
I loved the way the narrator (B.J. Harrison) said this name on the audiobook.
That is a one of a kind name and I like saying the sarcastic phrase, “No shit, Sherlock.”
What kind of name is Sherlock anyway? So I googled it.
“Sherlock is actually an English surname, which was used by Doyle as his character’s first name. The name translates from Old English roots scir, meaning ‘bright’, and locc, meaning ‘lock of hair’.
Doyle had originally named his character Sherrinford Holmes, his last name a homage to the great Oliver Wendell Holmes. But in the three weeks of writing his first short story featuring the detective, A Study in Scarlet, Doyle changed his first name to Sherlock, after an unidentified player he played cricket against. ”
Well, there you go!
Throwback to June 25: Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish
1) Shopaholic. I read Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, and Shopaholic Ties the Knot. I once planned to read past book 3 but I am no longer that interested in what happens next (I guess it kind of jumped the shark for me) and I don’t really read that genre anymore.
2) Dorothy Must Die. I gave the first book 2 stars so … forget the rest. I thought it should have been a standalone anyway.
3) The Beautiful Creatures spin off series: Dangerous Creatures. I mildly enjoyed the Beautiful Creatures books but not enough to keep going. I got closure from the first set of books and don’t need to open that door again.
The same reasons apply to..
4) The Dark Artifices. I liked The Mortal Instruments, liked The Infernal Devices a whole lot more, but I am done with this universe. The only exception is The Bane Chronicles. I already have it on my TBR pile and Magnus is a favorite character.