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10 Books with Male Protagonists I Want to Read 🚹

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

In YA books, most stories have a girl as the protagonist. That's not a bad thing, but sometimes I want to read a book from a boy's perspective because they don't necessarily have the same experiences as girls do. There are times where all I want to read are books that are told from a boy's perspective because when I write with my own characters, my protagonists usually tend to be male. Don't ask me why, because I don't really know.

I don't have any issue at all with most YA protagonists being girls, but I feel like sometimes we need more boy protagonists. There should be more gay boys, bi/pan boys, transboys, disabled boys, overweight boys, underweight boys, mentally ill boys, and even boys who aren't your standard "hot dude" love interest. So today I thought that I would list ten books with male protagonists that are on my TBR.

My Favourite Books of 2017 So Far πŸ’š

I'm way overdue doing one of these kinds of posts because we're almost in the final quarter of this year (wat) but I felt like recounting which books I loved the most up until this extremely random point in the year. I'm a scatterbrain and I was in the middle of a huge funk when everyone else was making these kinds of posts so I'm doing it now.

So far this year has been a good reading year for me. I don't read anywhere near as much as some book bloggers do (i see you, people who can read over 100 books in a year) and I initially managed to get ahead of my Goodreads challenge by reading a lot of comics πŸ˜… I'm actually kind of burnt out on comics right now so I'm focusing more on reading novels and I've actually gained a couple of new favourites, which is always exciting.

Exploring by Starlight Turns 6! πŸŽ‚

Yesterday marked my sixth blogoversary!

I don't have a giveaway or any goodies for you all but I do still want to use this post to thank everybody who has read my blog over the years, whether you've been with me since the very beginning or you're a very recent witness to my scatterbrained-ness.

In these six years I have:
  • Become more confident in speaking my mind
  • Discovered tons of new books and found bookish people
  • Disappeared at least three times a year (oops)
  • Reevaluated what I read and how pop culture can make a difference to other people
  • Taken part in some fun events
  • Won exactly one (1) giveaway
  • Developed and grown as a writer
  • Taught myself how to make GIFs (like the one above)
  • Read books that I wouldn't have even glanced at as a younger reader
  • Become more comfortable with communicating with other people (still working on that one, though. even communicating with people online takes a lot out of me.)
So, what next? Obviously I don't plan on retiring this blog anytime soon. In fact, I want to grow it even further because in six years I still have yet to reach 150 followers on any platform. How I plan to do that, we shall see, but I'll be sticking around for quite some time!

10 Books on My Autumn 2017 TBR πŸ‚

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click here for the list of prompts.

It'll finally be the autumn equinox on Friday which means that my power will finally start to rise again! And yes, I know that everyone else classifies it as autumn as soon as it becomes September, but I don't because it's still warm at the beginning of September and the leaves are still green. Also, calendars were invented by people so I rely on nature to tell me when the seasons are changing. Ahem.

Towards the end of the year I like to match what I read to the weather outside and also any events that are taking place. For example, I read horror and paranormal books in October because it'll be Halloween, and in November I read sci-fi books for Sci-Fi Month, which you should totally join if you love science fiction (clicketyclick). And then in December I like to read fantasy books because they're quite thick and where am I going to be going in December? To bed, that's where. But anyways, this post is about autumn and what I'm going to be reading then while most likely replacing my blood with Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Types of Readers You'll Meet in Life πŸ€“

There are a lot of readers in the world. Probably so many that I could just make up a number and you'd probably believe me. Maybe. Recently I got to thinking that there are so many different types of people who love books and how the way we all enjoy books differs from one another. And that's more than okay because being different from one another makes the world a more interesting place to live in which it's not being a flaming pile of garbage, that is.

I thought that to amuse myself and hopefully other people, I would categorise the different types of readers and bookworms that I've personally met and other people have probably met too. I was going to add in a quiz at the end to make it even more fun, but then I realised that I don't know how to do that. Oops πŸ™ˆ

Mini disclaimer: this post all in good fun. I don't mean to insult anybody because these "types" are merely exaggerated caricatures.

7 of My Favourite Bookstagrams πŸ“·

One of my goals for the summer this year was to spend a bit more time on my Instagram photos, and for once, I actually accomplished that! Last month I finally reached over 100 followers and my follower count stayed over 100, which hasn't happened before. Admittedly, I used to be a pretty flaky Bookstagrammer because I'd join in a challenge and then just disappear after two weeks of regular posting, so I'm surprised that I even had followers in the first place.

I used to take my photos with my phone, but now I have a proper camera which is motivating me to be more active and take better photos. And because I'm more active on Instagram, I'm now following more people and have certain accounts that I consider favourites and sometimes look to for inspiration, so that what I'm going to talk about today.

Also, if you want to follow me on Instagram, my link is over in the sidebar, winkwink. Or, if you're on the mobile site, you can click this link.

10 Books I Loved When I Was a Little Newbie Blogger πŸ‘ΆπŸ»

Top 10 Tuesday a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click here for the list of prompts.

Next week will be my six year blog anniversary (good grief) so this week's prompt got me to really thinking. I've read a lot of books since I started blogging in 2011 and my memory is not even worth having because it's so terrible, so thinking of books that I loved back then was quite difficult. It also took quite a bit of looking through my Goodreads shelves and now my brain is tired, nostalgic, and putting me through a brief existential crisis all at the same time. Thinking about the past freaks me out so I try to not do it very often πŸ˜…

Also, I wasn't sure about whether to make this list books I loved before I started blogging or books I loved in my first year, so I've compromised and gone for books I loved in my first year and a half of blogging. That is a compromise, right? Right?? I don't know. My brain is very tired friends, I write my posts in the middle of the night so I haven't slept and need a lot of caffeine.

How My Reading Has Changed πŸ’­

A fun little fact about me is that I've been able to read since I was two years old. I'm now twenty-two so naturally I've done a fair bit of reading in those twenty years and even more naturally, my tastes and even methods of reading has changed. Obviously I haven't been reading only picture books for twenty years but recently I've got to thinking how far I've come as a reader and how different my tastes are now compared to not just since when I was a child, but even since five years ago. So today I'm going to go on a journey through time (memory permitting) to recount all the ways my reading has changed as I've gotten older. And maybe have an existential crisis in the process. We'll see about that one.

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Shipping? Nah. πŸ™…πŸ»

Shipping is a huge thing in pretty much every fandom, whether it's book fandoms, movie fandoms, TV fandoms, name a fandom and there will be ships in it. However, I have never been a shipper. Ever. So whenever people ask me who my OTPs and other ships are, my mind just draws a complete blank because I can never think of any. I will admit that my lack of ships made me feel like the odd one out because I just simply don't get it. I have never understood why people get to passionate about two fictional characters having a potential relationship or even why people get into huge arguments and debates about it. Maybe it's just not for me to understand. So, during quite a few moments when my mind has wandered to something completely random, I got the idea to list all the reasons why I don't do shipping. I'm not here to bash people for doing it, I just want to share my reasons as to why I don't.

10 Books I Struggled to Get Through πŸ“•

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click here for the list of prompts.

When I was a youngin, I thought I was the best reader in the world and that I could get through anything I wanted to because I was a child genius who could read everything. Reality then set in when I realised that that is not the case and there are some books that my brain just disagrees with. Or a lot. The prompt for this week is books that were difficult to get through but ended up being enjoyable, but I don't have many books like that. If I struggle to get through a book I'm going to end up either a) giving up b) finishing it and hating it c) finishing it and feeling indifferent towards it. Most of the books I'm mentioning in this posts are either books that I don't like or books that I didn't finish. And most of them are actually classics (my definition of classics tend to be books published before 1945 that have been critically acclaimed) because I went through a phase when I tried to read as many classics as I could. I was fourteen and sort of failed miserably at it. I gave up on that indefinitely when I tried to get through War and Peace. It didn't go well.

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What's on My Bookish TV + Movie Watchlist πŸ“Ί

Recently I've been getting more into TV shows and movies, and especially those based on books. I know that it's considered a crime to bookworms everywhere to watch the show or movie before reading the book but my counter to that is that I don't really care about that anymore. #NoRuPaulogies. Now, it's not important to me whether I read the book before or after because it doesn't affect my enjoyment. Another unpopular opinion bound to make people hate me: I don't always think that the book is better. Fight me. (actually, please don't. i'll easily lose) Anyways, I've been doing a lot of perusing around Netflix, Amazon, and regular TV for TV shows and movies based on books that I want to watch and I've come up with quite a few! Also, spoiler alert: Game of Thrones will not be making an appearance in this post or on this blog ever. No thank you.

I've included MPAA ratings and as many trigger warnings as I can, but if you want a more thorough content guide I'd suggest going to IMDb.

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