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Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week on Top Ten Tuesday I’ll be talking about a bunch of my favorite characters in books to make up my ultimate lunch table! I’ll say a bit about each one and why I love them so much. Let’s get into it!

Croak 1. Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter) – This was the easiest one for me because you always want your bookish crush at the table, even though this is from back when the books were still coming out for me. I love her personality in the later books and she can cast a quick bat bogey hex on anyone causing trouble.

 2. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) – I’m sticking with the Harry Potter theme because Hermione is a must for all bookish conversations. She might take it a bit to the extreme though.

 3. Lex (Croak) – Lex has a fantastic sense of humor and would keep the sarcasm meter high at the table. She also wouldn’t be afraid to tell it like it is which could lead to some pretty interesting conversations.

 4. Globcow (Attic Clowns) – Globcow might freak people out a bit at first, but he’s such a funny little guy that I can’t help but want to include him. Keep an eye on your feet!

 5. Nero (The Infects) – Nero is a bit of an oddball, but he’s another hilarious person to add to the group (I’m big on keeping the mood happy, have you noticed?) and he is my go-to if a zombie apocalypse goes down.

Lady thief 6. Anna (Anna) – Every lunch table needs a ghost, and Anna is my favorite ghost in literary history. She’s a bit hard to get to know, but a sweetheart once you do. She could use a few more friends too.

 7. Colin Singleton (An Abundance of Katherines) – It’s always good to have a genius at the table, and Colin definitely fits the bill. He has a pretty good sharp sense of humor going for him too, but really I just need him to help the rest of us with our homework. Sorry Colin.

 8. Scarlet (Scarlet) – I need someone with a bit of an edge to them, enter Scarlet. She’s a badass, and even with her soft center (at least when it comes to Robin) I think she’d keep us safe in a fight, food or otherwise.

 9 & 10. Pippin and Merry (Lord of the Rings) – Nope, I didn’t pick Frodo or Sam! However, I had to go with characters from my favorite book series, and since this is more of a college-age group (in the perfect world in my head anyway) we need some people that can bring the party, and the fun liquids. Pippin and Merry know how to have a great time, and they do like their pints!


There are so many other amazing bookish people that I would love to have at my table, but these ten would definitely form my core group. Were any of these characters ones you chose or would want at your table? Who did you pick? Let me know! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Day 10: Attic Clowns – Volume 3 by Jeremy C. Shipp

Day 10

Summary From Goodreads:  Attic Clowns Volume Three by Jeremy C Shipp

This creepy collection features three twisted tales by Bram Stoker Award nominee Jeremy C. Shipp.

The stories include:
Spider Clowns from Planet X
Dust Bunnies


It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work, short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

I always enjoy reading the insane brand of humor that is unique to the dark recesses, or perhaps in his case the lighter ones, of Jeremy C. Shipp’s mind. There is probably a deeper message behind each of his tales but the clowns never let me see them fully, and maybe it is better that way. If anyone reading the Attic Clowns stories does understand the hidden meanings then their minds are probably just as warped as the clowns inside of them, so it’s better off if you just enjoy the ride, as long as you aren’t strapped to a couch. I enjoyed Volume Three just as much as I did with the others and I have no doubt that if you read anything by Shipp you’ll enjoy it immensely. You may laugh, you might become confused, or perhaps you’ll find yourself checking your attic just in case, though I don’t recommend it, but regardless it is worth the read! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Genre Reading Challenge #9/30 – Category – Horror; Mount TBR Challenge #10/150+; 2013 TBR Pile #10/50; Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #10/365; Seriously Series Reading Challenge #3/44

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Feature and Follow #1

Feature and Follow

Feature and Follow is hosted by the amazing people over at Parajunkee and Alison Can Read and is basically a way for blogs to gain new followers and to find some cool new ones to follow as well. If you do get followed please be courteous and follow them back via their preferred method.  If you would be so kind as to follow me, and I of course will follow back, you can do so via email, Linky or Networked Blogs, I do not have a preference and thank any of you who do follow. Also let me know how you follow me too! 🙂

This week’s question is: “What book do you think would make a great Halloween movie? Please explain in graphic detail of goriness…

For me this was a no-brainer! I would go with the Attic Clowns volumes written by Jeremy C. Shipp! They are an amazing mix of creepy, gorey and humor filled with a variety of odd but oddly intriguing types of clowns. I love each volume and would recommend reading them too! You can check out my mini review of the first two if you would like here to get a gist of what I am talking about. As always thanks for reading, I really do appreciate it and leave a comment either about what you think of the Attic Clowns books or your own FF post, I read every one! ^.^ Enjoy your Friday and your weekend! 🙂

Fraterfest: My Thoughts & Results

Fraterfest: My Thoughts & Results

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon was a fun way for bloggers to attack their TBR piles, specifically the books that contain “things that go bump in the night” (think vampires, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, etc.) and was hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


Challenges Completed – 7/7

Books Read – Attic Clowns: Volumes 1 & 2 (Also did a mini-review here)

                         – Attic Clowns: Volume 4

                         – Here Be Monsters

                         – Aberrations: Horror Stories

                         – Zombified

Participated In – #Fraterfest Twitter Party (I won some awesome swag there too ^.^) & Fraterfest Raffle

My Thoughts:

I had a blast participating in Fraterfest from Friday – Monday! I will say that I didn’t get to attack as much of my TBR pile as I had planned to because I took a couple unexpected trips into the cities (Minneapolis/St.Paul) due to Half Price Books having their yearly mega sale (everything 3$ and under, I’ll be doing a separate post on this and my ridiculous haul so look for that in the coming week or so). I do plan on (hopefully) getting to read Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater tonight/tomorrow so that I can really embrace the “Frater” part of the fest. ^.^

The challenges were really fun, although some of them made my brain hurt, and I know that the other participants enjoyed them too! My favorite part about Fraterfest, though, was the twitter party! I was still on the road coming back (not driving btw) and so I could only participate via phone but it was still really fun. I got to meet a bunch of new bookish people on twitter (and gain some great new followers) and even won the swag! I can’t wait to see what that will be. We even had a somewhat funny ending as our host had reached her daily tweet limit right as she was about to thank everyone for participating (at the very end) which seemed to fit in with all of the goofiness involved.

I would absolutely take part in something like this again, especially if it is hosted by the lovely Kimba! I plan to join more “fests” like this from other blogs I follow in the future though I don’t know which ones at the moment, this one kind of just sprung up on me.

As far as the books goes I loved having an excuse to just attack a portion (albeit a small one) of my TBR pile! I got to read some fun and freaky stories, my favorites being the Attic Clowns books by Jeremy C. Shipp, and I will be reading Pretty When She Dies as I mentioned earlier so that will be great. Any reasoning to be able to read more is good in my book (see what I did there? :p).

As always thank you so much for reading and I hope you participated in Fraterfest at some level, and if not that you at least read some cool books over the weekend. =D If you would like to subscribe you can do so via the usual methods, I do appreciate it, oh and comment! I read them all you know. ^.^ Have a great week!

Review: Attic Clowns: Volumes 1 & 2 by Jeremy C. Shipp

Attic Clowns: Volumes 1 & 2

I found both of these volumes for free on Amazon in eBook form thanks to the kindness of Jeremy C. Shipp.

The Attic Clowns volumes each include four tales about a variety of different kinds of clowns. Each twisted short story takes you on a different journey through your own fears and the genius of Jeremy Shipp. You will find yourself laughing at the absurdity of a story and then just as quickly shaking your head as you try to grasp the hidden message behind the deranged characters. If you enjoy short, witty stories that will give you a little jolt of fear now and then look no further than Attic Clowns.

I decided to read the Attic Clowns books mostly because I follow Jeremy Shipp on twitter and he seems like a cool guy. Then I decided to join Fraterfest and they fit in perfectly with that theme (horror/bump-in-the-night for those who don’t know). I knew he mentioned the odd clowns in some of his tweets, but nothing could have prepared me for the variety of “clowns” that Jeremy Shipp created. They are twisted, some are deranged, all seem to be a bit off their rockers in one way or another. However, that is where the similarities end with these clowns. Each one has their own unique personality and exhibits a different semblance of what “clown” could mean.

To be honest, there really aren’t any accurate words to describe the characters in the Attic Clowns volumes. Jeremy Shipp is an amazing writer, and despite some of the gut-wrenching things that are covered in some of these short stories I was entertained the entire time. If you would like to check out Jeremy Shipp’s work for yourself then please go here http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Jeremy%20Shipp&search-alias=digital-text.

My recommendation: If this sort of stuff intrigues you I definitely suggest you purchase the Attic Clowns volumes as well as the rest of Jeremy Shipp’s works. Volume Four of Attic Clowns is free today as of the writing of this review and the rest are very cheap and well worth the price.

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