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My Biggest Book Hangovers

Good evening everyone, and welcome back to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks! Today I am super confused about what post I would like to write, and then I stumbled across this idea and realized that I have a lot of book hangovers. If any of you don’t know a book hangover is a book that is so good (or bad) that sticks to your mind and heart so much that you are just unable to read any other book after you finish that book, and you keep thinking about that book even after your finish it.

Anyways, here are some of the books that fit to that criteria.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (review)

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A very recent read and a book I’ve raved about alot in this blog. I really enjoyed this book, and the ending was spectacular. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt (review)

Ugh this book got me so good. It twisted my mind around and around and made me feel so hollow inside – in a good way. But yeah, it’s such a well written novel and when I finished it, I was just like, how can someone write something this good? And for weeks afterwards I just kept thinking about it.

Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

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Last books of a series will always get you real bad. In this case, I was bawling and sobbing by the time the book ended, but afterwards I could still think about the amazingness of this novel and the whole series and as a result, I couldn’t really read another book after reading this one. All I wanted was reread the whole series again.

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

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All I can say about this book hangover is the ending. Like, the all famous cliffhanger ending which everyone hated so much after reading. If you read this recently, you’re so lucky because after you read MoA you can immediately continue to read the next book. Unfortunately for me, I read the book after it was published, which meant that after I finished this book, I had to wait for a year for the continuation to be released. It was a horrible waiting period and this book left a huge hangover for me.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

This book blew my mind and I was unable to function for days after I finished reading it. All I could think about was, I really wanna reread it!!! And I didn’t reread it of course, but I did reread some parts from the book that I highlighted (not literally, because who would do such a thing to such a beautiful book?), and I just tried my best not to think about the book too much.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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A very beautifully written book, this was a book I read a long time ago but I just loved it so much it kept coming back to my mind even after I finished reading it. I tried to stop that hangover by watching the movie adaptation after finishing the book. I am sad to say that it did not help with the hangover and only prolonged it.

Well, those were some of the books that I couldn’t stop thinking about after finishing, and books that gave me a horribly strong impact (just like a hangover). What are your biggest book hangovers? How do you destroy that horrible feeling? Share it to me down below in the comments. Until next time, see you all later!

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Reading from the 100 Books List

You might not notice it but I made a page on my blog several months ago consisting of the 100 Books in BBC’s The Big Top Read Top 100 Books List, which are favourite books voted by people.

My general goal is to read 75 books from that book in the next 5 years, which means  that in 2020 the bolded books in that list would be more than 75. So far my count is at 29, which is basically less than halfway there.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to reach that 75 count goal, but I sure can try! I’m hoping I can actually set a goal to read at least one book from that list each month, or even spend an entire month only reading books from this list! This is a great way to expand my genres and also to read books that are really popular that I have always wanted to read but never got the motivation to.

In the meantime, here are several books from the list that I want to read in the near future:

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  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • anything by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? How many books from the 100 Books list have you read? Let me know in the comments and also maybe recommend which book I can read first from the list! 😀

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Sidekicks In Fiction and Why I Love Them

Good evening friends! How has your month went? For this post I have decided to share to you my thoughts on sidekicks in fiction, since I have discovered that some of my favourite characters in books, and even TV shows, are not the main characters, but their sidekicks.

Based on TV Tropes, sidekicks are: The friends and helpers of the main hero. They can be almost any type of hero playing a secondary role, a normal character observing the action, or Plucky Comic Relief – sometimes all three. Typically they are a Foil to the hero, and this is often underscored by their dramatically different appearance.

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My favourite sidekicks:

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Ron Weasley from Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Some of you have probably known that Ron is probably my favourite character in the world, and definitely my favourite character in the Harry Potter series. He’s such a loyal friend who deserves a lot more than being overshadowed by his best friend. I think that he’s a very valuable member to the trio and also to the plot of the story, and that his representation in the movies was horribly done. Despite the fact that sometimes people would overlook him and even though all his life he has always came second, he still remained a reliable friend to Harry.

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John Watson from Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and BBC’s Sherlock
I have always liked Watson ever since I read the short stories when I was in middle school, but I fell in love with the character played by Martin Freeman. Again, I think that John was a very valuable character, and takes a really big role in the development of the story and to the main character Sherlock. He is also one of the most well-written and well-acted characters I’ve seen on television. There is much more to him that just the famous detective’s housemate.

Manchee from the The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (review)
Sure, at first Manchee was kinda annoying, both to Todd and to me the reader. But he definitely grew on me. Again, his loyalty and his friendship with the main character basically made the main character, Todd, a better character and acted as a huge part of his development. He might only be a dog and a sidekick, but he had a special place in my heart.

James Wesley from Marvel’s Daredevil
This is a very recent show I watched, and fell in love with. And I do love the main characters and all that, but for some reason I had a kind of a crush on Wesley. Unlike the previous sidekicks I mentioned before, Wesley is the antagonist’s sidekick instead of the protagonist’s, but that doesn’t mean he’s not as badass or as great as the others. The friendship and the devotion Wesley showed was amazing, and I had wished that he’d appear more on the episodes. Moments that showed Wesley and Fisk’s relationship are just wonderful to watch.

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Isaac from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Isaac wasn’t my favourite character from this very famous novel, because I don’t think I have one favourite character. But he’s one of the characters I really liked most and the character that I would want to read about more. His friendship with Gus and his light personality was great, and I really enjoyed the scenes in the book that involved Isaac.

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Leo Valdez from the Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan
My favourite character from the Percy Jackson world is probably Percy Jackson himself and Nico di Angelo. But Leo comes in close with those two. I looooved Leo. He was my kind of guy. He was such an awesome character, with a lot of depth and great personality. His humour, though sometimes I feel like was used too much as comic relief alone, was excellent and although he’s not necessarily anyone’s “sidekick”, he was sort of the outsider from the gang. I still think that he’s an amazing character and I love him a lot.

Sam Winchester from CW’s Supernatural
I love the show Supernatural, and again, the not-main-character is my favourite character. Yes, you might argue that Sam is basically the main character of the show, but when you think about it, Sam is basically Dean (his brother)’s sidekick, not just because of their age but also because in truth, Sam is basically on Dean’s leash. I feel like his role might’ve changed a little bit over the years, but still there are moments when Sam is overshadowed by his big brother. And we have actually explored this theme of the brother’s relationship a lot in the series.
Personally, Sam is an amazing character for me. He is basically my dream guy and I love his character so much. Despite his weaknesses and all, I still prefer him over his big brother.

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Some more of them I really love:

  • Torin from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Samwell Tarly from A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
  • Bolin from Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Legend of Korra series
  • Mike Wazowski from Disney’s Monsters Inc.
  • Samwise Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien
  • Sebastian from Disney’s The Little Mermaid
  • Robin from DC Comic’s Batman.
  • Ron Stoppable from Disney’s Kim Possible
  • Bucky Barnes from Marvel’s Captain America

These are only some of my favourite side characters from the fictional world that I can think of. And some of you might not agree with me but I love them. I feel like they are so underappreciated, and I can talk all day about them.

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Reasons why I love sidekicks:

They are sometimes more important than the main character
Say Ron Weasley for example: can you even count how many times he has saved Harry’s life? And without Ron, they would probably have never passed the chess part in the Sorcerer’s Stone, or Harry would’ve drowned in the lake in the Deathly Hallows while trying to get the Gryffindor Sword. They play a very valuable role in the story of the book or movie or show.

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The keep the main character alive
Basically all of the sidekicks I mentioned above are from adventure or fantasy-ish stories and most of them involve life or death situations. And the main character probably needed their best friend’s help to stay alive. Manchee has saved Todd’s life numerous times, and Todd knows and is forever grateful for him for it. Again, even if the story isn’t very adventurous, like TFIOS, the friend can always save the main character through different ways. Isaac keeps August hopeful and cheerful despite his sickness.

They are much more deeper than only a way to add humor to the story
Leo Valdez, Ron Weasley, Manchee, Bolin, are some side-characters that were unnecessarily used to add humor to the story, and made as if they are stupid or ignorant to make the main character seem smarter or better. But they have way more depth than that. I can make a whole another post about why Ron Weasley is not the stupid, ignorant, lazy person you watch in the movies, or why Bolin is actually a really intelligent person who sometimes goes out of character to make the audience laugh in certain scenes.

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They are always there
Sidekicks are loyal and they are the heroes’ true friends. Although they might start off as hopeless like Sam Tarly, they grew to become a reliable friend toward their main characters.
The main characters would turn to their sidekicks in doubt or trouble, and some main character might not appreciate them enough (and regret it in the end *cough*Manchee*cough*), yet some of them would show that even though they were the one who got the glory and has their name put up as the title of the book series, they wouldn’t have made it if it weren’t for their best friends. Sherlock Holmes in the canon stories had shown some aspects of humanity because of his friend Watson. The main characters can always rely on their sidekicks, on any situation. Because they are the real heroes behind the story.

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So I might’ve rambled on way too long in this post, but as you can see, I have a very deep and passionate love for sidekicks and overshadowed characters. If you agree with me, leave your thoughts in the comments and let’s strive to make 2016 the year of Sidekick Love!!!

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