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Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. A topic is featured every week to be answered with a top ten list.
1. Percy Weasley (The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling) - I don't mind that Percy is ambitious, a bit serious, and a stickler for rules and regulations, but I never thought it would come to a point where he would chose ambition over family. Slamming the door on mummy Molly Weasley's face like that. Snap out of it Percy! The Weasley's must unite! Thankfully, he did redeem himself in the end.
2. Cornelius Fudge (The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling) - Another one blinded by power and ambition up to the point of delusion. Who else would Percy take after, but his boss? He has this consuming paranoia about Dumbledore wanting to take his position that he launched a smear campaign against the wizard and Harry as well. Completely ignoring the big problem that is He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Bad Fudge.
3. Eowyn (Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. …

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

Summary from Goodreads:

Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside) and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!

geek \gek\ n; 1. a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked1 2. a person who is so passionate about a given subject as to occasionally cause annoyance among others2 geektast…

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Summary from Goodreads:

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

Fire is the second book in Kristin Cashore's Graceling Series. It acts as a prequel of sorts, with …

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Summary form Goodreads:

Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. 

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. 

But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. 

"And in that moment, I swear we were infinite." A quote that has been made famous by this particular novel and more so when the movie adaptation came out. And I admit, it kind of cinched it for me to finally read the book, after a whol…

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Summary from Goodreads:
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

I would like to give thanks to my friend who has become my personal paranormal lending library. And since I have already covered witches, vampires, trolls, and shadowhunters, it's time to get to know me some werewolves.  

The good news: 

I liked the added twist in werewolf lore, debunking the full moon myth and instead tying the changing from man to wolf to temparature. A…

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Summary from Goodreads:

"I've left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don't, put the book back on the shelf, please." 
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the "New York Times" bestselling authors of "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist." Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? 
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

I had a hard time coming up with a review for Dash and Lil…

Reading Challenges for 2013

It's 2013! And nothing makes reading interesting than signing up for challenges. *rubs hands together* :)

a. Award Winning Books Reading Challenge

I had so much fun participating in my first ever reading challenge in my whole blogging life, The Award Winning Books Reading Challenge hosted by Gathering Books, and I was thrilled that they extended it for the year 2013! 

Naturally, I had to sign up again. And naturally, I'll have to aim low and go with Level 1 (10 books or less) - Bronze Medal. For more details on the AWBRC click HERE.

b. TBR Pile Reading Challenge

I thought this is challenge is just right for me. It's pretty flexible and what better way to tackle the TBR Pile in my room than signing up for The 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge from Fiktshun. For more information, click HERE.

Again, I am a safe-playing wuss and will just start with the 1-10 books, The Firm Handshake Level. :)

c. Other self-imposed challenges

1.) Read a Zombie Book - I have been putting this off for may…