Midweek Mash

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My next review may still be several days away. It is honestly taking much longer than I anticipated to finish The Shadow Queen. I have hit that dreaded reading slump that accompanies a few long days at work, and the inability to sleep well. Normally not sleeping would equate into more reading, but I have mercifully been setting my book aside each night hoping to fall into that beautiful, nocturnal bliss, only to be staring at my alarm several hours before it goes off asking myself why I didn’t just read or watch that show. So for now we will meet here, at what I would like to refer to only as the Midweek Mash. During this week’s Mash, I wanted to chat about 3 things: upcoming releases, 10 favorite female protagonists, and what genres you prefer.


Up Coming Releases


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The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

expect 7/5/16
*So this is a debut novel about the awaking of an ancient species threatening the world with apocalyptic disaster.  This sounds horrific and very promising. I am excited to check this out.*

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Red Queen (the Chronicles of Alice #2) by Christina Henry 

expected 7/12/16
*I recently just completed Alice. You can find my review here. I have eagerly been anticipating this sequel since I was about half  through Christina Henry’s dark Retelling.*

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

expected 7/31/16
*This script book will bring forth a new story for our beloved Harry Potter. If you are a fan, nothing more needs to be said.*

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King’s Cage (Red Queen Series #3) by Victoria Aveyard

expected 2/7/17
*I recently just started this series, and this is preemptive excitement, but I received an email today to pre-order and could not contain myself.*

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These are my picks for July (excluding my need to share King’s Cage like a little fan girl). I know that I have probably skipped many titles that most of you are eagerly awaiting. I have noticed so many appealing sequels and trilogies, but I have a lot of back-reading to do. So to be fair, here are a few that I wish I were caught up on!


Leading Ladies


This list is based on the defining attributes that create the most memorable and likable heroines for me during a reading experience. It is is no way all inclusive. If it were. I can guarantee you that all of the women from Sing of Ice and Fire and Harry Potter would have made this list. This is just ten female leads who showed courage during the face of adversity while while remaining genuine with a touch of fear and anger at times. They were witty and strong while commanding respect. They reminded us that your mind and determination can be your best weapon and nothing can stop a woman with a real purpose. So are ten of my favorites in no particular order!

*Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games Trilogy)
*Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
*Celie (The Color Purple)
*Sabriel (Sabriel)
*Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)
*Alice (Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland)
*Arya Stark (Song of Ice and Fire)
*Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories)
*Jo March (Little Women)
* Daenerys Targaryen (Song of Fire and Ice)

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Last But Least, Let Us Poll!
I am very curious to see what many of you prefer to read 🙂

4 thoughts on “Midweek Mash

  1. sorry I commented on the wrong part…

    Stephanie Davidson – 1 minute ago
    Jo March shaped my childhood. She was the first heroine in a book I remember wanting to be like. I always admired how she didn’t fit in with everyone and didn’t mind. She was unapologetically Jo. Her strong beliefs she wouldn’t alter, her deep love and regard for her family. She will always be one of my favorite fictional characters.
    Elizabeth Bennet is another for me. She too stood by what she believed. She wouldn’t marry just to suit her family, she turned down 2 proposals in a time where a woman would be lucky to get 1. She also taught me that sometimes you are wrong, and not as clever as you think, and that is ok. I could go on and on this topic so I’ll stop there.

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  2. After seeing that GIF there was no way I wasn’t going to read this post. The cat in the mashed potatoes. I just love it so much. Hahaha. But I digress. I really like your list of favourite leading ladies. There is something so nice about reading the perspectives of strong women. I wouldn’t have thought of Anne Shirley myself but now that you mention it, she is definitely worthy of a spot on that list.

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