all-time favorite book characters

book characters (or characters in general) are my FAVORITE THING. some people love reading about the plot twists or seeing the writing styles, but me? the character and relationships are the star of the show. if i find a character flat and/or two-dimensional? chances are i didn’t like that book/show/movie/thing.

if you look at all my favorite books, you’ll see a common case. meaning: the characters are probably fan-freakin’-tastic. these people are my CHILDREN. (okay, not reeeaaally my children. but i treat them as i would treat my children because they’re just that precious to me.) without further ado, here are some of my children favorite bookish characters of all-time.

ruby elizabeth daly (from the darkest minds)

i’m going to start off with the reason why i wrote this post in the first place. i was considering titling the post “reasons why i love ruby daly” or “a love letter to the darkest minds” but that seemed a bit extra – even for me. if you don’t know, ruby elizabeth daly is the main character of THE DARKEST MINDS, by alexandra bracken. the main reason why i love her so much is because of her development. through the entirety of the trilogy, she grows SO MUCH. ruby starts off as a scared, meek, traumatized girl after spending too many years in an internment camp, but she progresses into someone who fights for her friends and so much more. i feel so proud for her, even though i did nothing to contribute to her change. her development was so subtle and natural that you wouldn’t even notice until you think back. i find her to be truly inspiring; her story shows that YES, you are capable of becoming who you dream of being and YES, you can control your future and YES, you are strong enough to empower change – no matter who you are or what you’ve been through. *gets emotional*

ALSO, i’m participating in Book Madness, which is like the Oscars for all our favorite characters. we vote through a series of rounds and ultimately someone gets chosen! i’m representing ruby for obvious reasons. GO VOTE FOR MY CHILD. please.

click here to vote!!

inej ghafa (from six of crows)

i think everyone loves inej because she is SO FLIPPIN’ COOL. she’s also been through some tough stuff, and you know what they say: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. inej is… out of this world (and so cool – did i mention how cool she is?!). if you haven’t read SIX OF CROWS, by leigh bardugo, you must get to it soon because it is one of my favorite books of all-time (next to TDM). the entire cast of the series is amazing but inej is probably my favorite.

henry cheng (from the raven king)

henry cheng didn’t even APPEAR in THE RAVEN BOYS series until the last book (THE RAVEN KING). okay, he was there for maybe two pages, but he wasn’t part of the crew™ until the last book which is how i can see why so many people dislike him. also he could be a dick horrible person at times BUT. but, he is so precious to me. i don’t even particularly remember why i liked him so much, just that i like him a lot. maybe it was because he was so unexpected, or maybe it was because he made a spiel about feeling jeong with our crew. :”) either way, i love henry cheng and have very VERY strong urges to reread this entire series. ALL THE CHARACTERS ARE FANTASTIC. THEY MAKE ME EMOTIONAL.

will herondale (from the infernal devices)

i’m a sucker for the “narcissistic bad boy with a troubled past.” these guys could be AWFUL CREATURES and grade-A douchebags, but i still kinda love them. i read THE INFERNAL DEVICES ages ago and remember falling in love with its story, world, and characters – ALL the characters. i was going to choose tessa, or henry, or charlotte, or… anyone. all the characters in the infernal devices are fantastic. however, will herondale was my favorite thanks to his charm and love for jem (THE BROMANCE). but i’m curious to see if my thoughts will change when i reread the trilogy. my friend recently reread it and remarked on how horrible of a person he is but…. for the time being, i still love will.

gia (from the fill-in boyfriend)

i feel like it’s rare to see a contemporary character on a “favorite characters” list, mostly because the characters can be “too flawed” or “real” and they’re no longer the epic-monster-slaying-KWEENS we’ve come to love. (just me?) that’s why i was happily surprised to meet gia from THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND. she is probably the main reason as to why i love this book. gia starts off as a superficial popular girl who grows to be SO MUCH MORE. i love it. she’s also a genuinely nice person, and in a way, reminds me of a female-contemporary version of richard gansey iii from THE RAVEN BOYS.

this list doesn’t do my favorite characters justice. mostly because there are so many more characters i love but cannot share or else this post will be far too long. who are your favorite characters? let me know in the comments!

Valentine’s Day Surprise

Happy Valentine’s! 

Hey guys! Sorry for the very random and very un-aesthetic post (oops sorry Xan), but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to announce this on Valentine’s Day…

Twirling Pages is getting a new coblogger! 

If you guys don’t know me (and let’s be real, y’all probably don’t because I’ve been MIA for the past year or so)  I’m Nicole Wang–or Nikki Wang–and I blogged at Fiction Freak from 2012 to around 2015, when high school started and I started to read less and less. After trying to restart my own blog several times, I pretty much gave up and fell off the face of the earth for about a year. 

But the book community just kind of never lets you go and I started to miss all the rants about cliffhangers and love interests and discussing everything in 140 character tweets. So about a month ago, I asked Xan if she needed a coblogger and she said yes! Soooo here I am. Y’all will probably see me about once every other week (and hopefully more frequently when summer starts?) so here’s to hoping my posts are as quality as Xan’s are! In the meantime, here are some facts about me:

 

Favorite…
Books: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis, and sooooo many more. 
Movie: Mr. Nobody 
Food: Sushi/poke bowls 
Reading position: In bed
Color: Silver

Misc.
Age: 16 turning on 17 (March 11!) 
Personality: Extrovert
Hobbies: Talking. A lot. Nonstop. Lots of talking. Sleeping. Eating. The basics. 
On a Friday night you’ll find me: playing Settlers of Catan with friends probably. We’re a bunch of nerds.
You can usually find me: At school working on something for a club or class. I literally haven’t gone home before 5:30 PM this entire school year. Why am I like this. 

See y’all soon! <3 Happy Valentine’s! 

farewell, january!

january was a good start to 2017. i felt extremely nervous and unsure for the entirety of THE FUTURE during the first few days, but i’m better now. i auditioned for two ballet summer programs last month, which went better than i expected. i’ve decided to go to american ballet theatre’s summer program again, so i’ll be in new york for the summer! it seems a little surreal to go again. 😌 i was sick the last two weeks of january so my days have mostly been filled with snotty tissues but *shrug*. that’s what happens when it rains for ten minutes in los angeles. (kidding! it was actually pretty cold for us OKAY.)

read this month:

january was SUCH a good reading month, i’m finding it hard to believe it myself. maybe it’s because the new year didn’t give me the pressure of needing to finish a reading goal, but i actually WANTED TO READ. i haven’t felt this motivated in probably… six months. and these were all such good books i feel so :”’).

monthly favorites

foresights of febraury

i feel like i always say this but MAN i’m so excited for this next month. february is small but mighty. there are some surprises coming on the blog, so keep your eyes peeled for that.. *wink wink* i’m also staying with my sister in new york for a month (for ballet auditions) and it will be my first time experiencing a ~real~ winter. snow??? degrees lower than the 40’s??? AH. i don’t know if i should be worried or EXTREMELY PUMPED. probably a bit of both.

monthly goals:

  • cook more often
  • read the bible daily
  • be more mindful

anything exciting happened to you in january? do you have any february plans? let me know in the comments!

dear future me / 2017 edition

i love writing letters – not typing letters but writing. putting a pen on paper and squiggle-ing stuff is somehow more authentic than clicking buttons to produce the same squiggles. is it because there’s no backspace to fall back on? sorry, you can’t erase the parts you don’t like anymore (i.e. spelling errors!!). but that’s also what makes it more real. the imperfections are still there and you can’t hide them; you don’t NEED to hide them, and instead, embrace them. and what better person to write letters to than yourself? everyone should write letters to themselves. we are our own best friends. (wow, i’m such a lonely introvert just let me hide in my cave and read bye)

but anyway, this is a letter from past me to future me. hey, xandra in 2018! i hope you’re doing well. here’s this thing i wrote for you.

what would you tell your future self?

I received this book for free from Publisher, Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

REVIEW: scythe, by neal shustermanScythe by Neal Shusterman
Series: Arc of a Scythe #1
Published by Simon & Schuster, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Simon and Schuster on November 22nd, 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Death & Dying, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher, Simon and Schuster
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Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

THIS BOOK IS PHENOMENAL.

when i received this title in the mail – having known nothing about the story or read anything by the author – i wasn’t sure if i’d like it. i sworn off dystopian novels after reading one too many but this one sounded so interesting. so i decided to read the first page and i knew, right off the bat, i would love this novel.

i love everything about this book – the writing, the plot, the characters, everything. my love for this book came in quiet waves. i started off being really intrigued, but that soon became something more. the plot began to build (love all the twists and turns it all has – nothing i was expecting!) and soon enough i was flipping through pages and rooting for characters and screaming at situations. i also love how there was a romance in the story, but it was very slow-burn and wasn’t the main point of the storyline. it was so small that i almost thought there was no romance at all! but the chemistry builds and it becomes more obvious as the story progresses.

the main reason why i love this novel is due to its recurring themes. i find it hard to see meaning/a purpose in some dystopian novels aside from an entertaining story, but SCYTHE was different. when you’re forced to kill people as your job (or you’re learning to kill people), your humanity becomes questionable. when you live in a world where there is no pain and your life is immortal, you see how detached we can become. nothing is at risk. is that really a perfect world? it made me really think about what it means to be alive and what it means to be human. it made me question the meaning of life and death.

the one thing i will say is it was a bit hard to reaaaaaaally connect with characters at first because the book is written in an omniscient POV. the story would jump around from person to person, making it easy for me to stop reading and do something in my daily life. also because of this, i didn’t feel the need to continuously read. BUT, this is my first time reading a book with this type of writing and it didn’t bother me too much. the writing itself was beautiful and i often found myself wanting to annotate.

all in all, this book is amazing. i wasn’t expecting much from it and now it’s one of my favorite reads of 2016. not only is the story well thought out, but i also gained a lot of perspective on what it means to be alive. and that, i think, is something really special.

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Overall: 4.6