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Top Ten Worlds I Would Want to Live In

As promised…

1. Hogwarts from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Who wouldn’t?

2. Pern from The Dragonrider’s of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey – First off, you have the chance to be a dragonrider. On dragons that can go between time and place. Then there is the whole society of crafters and holders, which sounds kinda awesome. Plus who wouldn’t want to live on the Southern Continent where you can swim in the ocean all day and pick your dinner off of trees? Sure, there is the deadly thread that falls from the sky, but as long as you’re indoors you’re fine.

3. Fablehaven from Fablehaven by Brandon Mull – A secret reserve for all things magical that also has its own swimming pool. Just the fairies alone would make it worth it.

4.The Castle (and other worlds) from the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage – The Castle is my first preference because it has the underground tunnels and is the place to be if you want to become a wizard. However, the Marram Marshes and the Port sound pretty fun too. The forest would be fun to visit, but maybe not live. I think I’d try to stay clear of the Badlands.

5. Aloria of the Belgariad and Mallorean series by David Eddings – I can’t decide where in Aloria I’d like to live because each kingdom is so unique and fun. I’m thinking maybe Drasnia because of the spying (aka: knowing everything) and the secret sign language. I’d really like to be a sorceress, but living in the vale sounds kinda lonely.

6. Fictional Earth in The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs – This world is just like ours with the added benefit of werewolves, vampires, and fae; however, something about it is a lot more compelling than other paranormal stories. I think I could thrive in a werewolf pack like Adam’s or Bran’s. 🙂

7. Camp Half-Blood from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan – I think the idea of being half god appeals to me way more than the actual camp, but I have always loved Greek mythology. I don’t think I’d enjoy the fighting though…

8. Fictional Historic England from most historical romance novels – So I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have liked the real England way back when, but the romance novels make it sound fun. Lots of parties and dances and a society that thinks people should never speak to each other until after they’ve been introduced, which would take away a lot of the anxiety. Not to mention, I’d be a total wallflower, which means I would be the one who got the devastatingly handsome and perfect man who plays the hero in all the best novels.

9. Krynn from the Dragonlance Saga by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman  –  I love the gnomes. I also think it would be cool to live in a tree. It’s been a long time since I’ve read these books, but I remember liking all the settings.

10. New Avalon from How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier – First off, everyone should read this book. It is uniquely brilliant, which is why I want to live in its world. The people in the city seem awesome and quirky and fun. I also want a fairy. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what mine should be. 😦


There you have it. A list that turned out to be much harder than the one about places I’d hate. I’m still not sure this list is accurate. Here are a few more titles that almost made the cut (mostly because I like their magic):

Landover from The Magical Kingdom of Landover series by Terry Brooks

Four Lands of The Shannara Series by Terry Brooks

Elenia from the Elenium and Tamuli series by David Eddings

Midkemia from The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist

D’Hara from The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind



Top Ten Worlds I Would NOT Want To Live In


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I discovered something about myself while writing this post. Well, two things really. The first is that I’m pretty adaptable, and there aren’t a lot of places I couldn’t stand to live in. The second is that I tend to focus on only the fun and cool parts of fictional worlds and ignore the bad. In any case, here is my top ten worlds I’d least like to live in. (Hopefully, I didn’t forget any super obvious ones).

1. Westeros and Essos of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin – Aside from a lot of dreadfully boring (in my opinion) politics, the people of these books are obsessed with rape, incest, murder, and dismemberment. In fact,in their society a person isn’t respected until they commit at least one of these sins. The world is a paradise for the morally corrupt, but definitely nowhere I want to be.

2. Hell from The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri – Confession: I haven’t read this book, but the setting sounds awful.

3. The Hunger Games Arena from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – Alright, I may not want to live in the districts either (seeing as they’re starving), but not all of them are as bad as 12, and the Capitol actually sounds kinda fun. I definitely wouldn’t want to be in the arena though. For one, I’d be one of the first to die. For another, I can’t see myself killing anyone in cold blood. Even killing someone in self-defense sounds a little hard.

4. Futuristic Earth from The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – I don’t like Zombies. Nor do I like books/worlds where a lot of good people die.

5. Easton Academy from the Private Series by Kate Brian – The girls of this academy are so cliquey and shallow I really don’t think I could stand living with them. Not to mention they really need to sort out their priorities. (Note: I’ve only read book one, and I’m not even sure I finished.)

6. Futuristic Earth from Rootless by Chris Howard – The man-made trees sound awesome, but I don’t think I’d enjoy only being able to eat popcorn and having to avoid flesh-eating locusts.

7. Battle School from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – The military school lifestyle is way to strict for me, and the zero-gravity games sound nauseating (or worse).

8. Morganville, Texas of the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine – While I would love to meet Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael, and maybe even do some sightseeing, I don’t think Morganville would be a place I’d want to put down roots. Finding and keeping a protector (one that wouldn’t drain me dry) seems like a lot of work, and I don’t have the guts to go solo like the gang at the Glass house. (Not to mention I lack the awesome house.) Going to the blood bank to pay my taxes doesn’t sound fun either.

9. Fictional China of Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman – This society is way too sexist for me. It also has too many power struggles that I simply wouldn’t want to deal with. There are better worlds to live in if you’re looking for dragons.

10. Futuristic Earth of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld – I wouldn’t want to live in a world so focused on looks that people stop being human. Cosmetic surgery sounds painful.

I enjoyed this post so much I’m going to try and do a follow up post this week listing the top ten worlds I WOULD want to live in.  What about you? Where would you want or not want to live?


Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

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Top Ten Things On My Reading Wish List

(In other words, things I want authors to write about.)

I chose to do a mix of things I look for in books, things I enjoy in books,  and things I wish more author’s would write about.

In no particular order…

  1. Dragons – There really aren’t enough books with dragons.
  2. Magic – Whether it be sorcery, witchcraft, or werewolves, I love it.
  3. Strong WomenI’m ok if girls are girly, but I like them to be strong in character and not depend on a man to save them.
  4. Socially Awkward Women/Women Who Don’t Date A Lot – I like to be able to relate to them.
  5. Good Looking Men – What? I’m single.
  6. Knights – Who doesn’t want a knight in shining armor? (Even if you can take care of yourself.) Not to mention, books with knights usually have magic. My preference for knights might also be because of #7.
  7. World Building- This can be fictional or not (i.e. a planet with three moons or England during the regency era), but I like reading about different societies and how the people interact, dress, etc. It makes the book all that much more interesting. How boring would Harry Potter have been if the wizards dressed and acted just like the muggles?
  8. Comedy – I like to laugh. Too many books these days are serious and dramatic. (I’m talking about you, dystopians.)
  9. Cats – A lot of books (especially romance) have character’s with pet dogs. I prefer cats.
  10. Happy Endings

Agree, disagree? Can you think of anything I missed?

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Escape Reality Book Club’s January Selection: Abandon

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Votes have been tallied and this month’s winner is Abandon by Meg Cabot!


Reading starts today! (Unless you’re like me and forgot to pick it up while at work today, then you’ll probably start tomorrow.) Join us for discussion at our Facebook page and on Twitter at #EscapeRealityBC all this week.* Comment below if you’ll be joining us. 🙂

If you missed the introduction to this book club you can read about it here.

*Confession: I’ve never actually used Twitter before. Wish me Luck!

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Introducing: Escape Reality Book Club

Escape Reality Book Club

Hooray, a book club!

Brought to you by Niki, The Obsessive Bookseller, and me, the awesomeness behind Apathy and Rhetoric.

(Admit it, you’re shocked at my productivity.)

That’s right, Niki and I are hosting a book club. We actually did this a couple of years ago, but this time we both have blogs, and therefore, are taking it online so that awesome people like you can join in and share your input.  While both Niki and I love books for all ages, this books club is going to be only for Teen/Young Adult novels, preferably of the unrealistic variety.

Here’s how it works:

  • Each month one member gets to nominate about 5 books.
  • Everybody votes for their favorite. (Polls will be available here and at The Obsessive Bookseller.)
  • Once the winner is picked, we will read the book over the course of a (designated) week. (This is actually going to be a challenge for me because I usually only take a day or two to finish a book, but I’m going to force myself just for you because… )
  • During that week, Niki and I will be posting on Twitter with our spoiler free* comments, questions, and reactions. Everybody else who is reading the book–or has already read it–is welcome (and encouraged) to join in.
  • At the end of the week Niki and I will each post our own review of the book on our blogs, and all you  other bloggers out there will hopefully do the same.

Everybody gets the chance to participate by voting, reading, and tweeting. If you want a chance to be the one to make the nominations one month, then all you have to do is click here and go to the official Escape Reality Book Club Facebook page, and ask to join the group.

Here are January’s Nominations (Chosen by me!) 🙂

Defiance by C. J. Redwine

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a  secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel  knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to  return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector,  her father’s apprentice, Logan–the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the  same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s  survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a  heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

Why I picked it: I’ve been looking for a good fantasy read, and the summary sounds exciting.

Last Dragonslayer

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

In the good old days, magic was indispensable. But now magic is fading: Drain cleaner is cheaper than  a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam,  an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And  then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed  Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer.

Why I picked it: Anything with Dragons has a 99% chance of being amazing.


Abandon by Meg Cabot

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at  once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always  watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you  back. But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe  she can stop feeling so afraid. Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how  desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly  heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it,  but exactly when she needs him most. But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find  herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

Why I picked it: I love Meg Cabot. I would have read this one sooner, but decided to wait until the trilogy was over so I wouldn’t be stuck waiting.

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Why I picked it: My friend Janae has been begging me to read this. She says it’s the best she’s read since Hunger Games.

Princess of the Silver Woods

Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor’s twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.

Why I picked it: Jessica Day George is another great author. I picked this, but it wasn’t until Niki pointed out it was the third in a series that I realized I’ve read the first two books in the series (and loved them)! Don’t worry, you don’t need to read the first two books to know what is going on. Each book stands on its own.

Remember, you can vote here and then head over to The Obsessive Bookseller for an extra vote. 🙂

The winner will be announced, and reading will commence on Monday, January 20.

*I reserve the right to make predictions in my tweets, and cannot be blamed if those predictions become true and ruin the book for you.

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Update on Weekly Meme Thingy

In case any of you were dying to see if I kept to the resolutions I made a week ago, I thought I’d give you an update. The Weekly Meme Thingy I mentioned called Writer’s Block Wednesday will not be starting today. After much thought, I decided it worked better as a weekend thing. My reasons:

  1. More people have time to write on the weekend.
  2. It is a two-part meme, which means I need at least two days for it. Since all meme’s must be alliterations in order to be good,* I decided to call it Writer’s Block Weekend.**
  3. I am contemplating joining the Waiting On…Wednesday Meme Thingy, and didn’t want to do two memes in one day.***
  4. I watch Psych on Wednesdays.


Look for it this weekend! (Unless I get busy; however, I guarantee I’ll have it up before the end of the year). 😉


*I might try to disprove this theory.

**I’m still not 100% happy with the name; therefore, it is still subject to change.

***I don’t like the name of this meme. It makes it sound like I’m waiting for Wednesday, which makes no sense because all new books come out on Tuesday.****

****Unless they are by James Patterson, then they come out on Monday.

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Top Ten 2014 Debut Books


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Ok, I’m a little late, but better late than never, right? Anyway, this week is my Top Ten Debut Novels of 2014. To me, debut implies brand new books that aren’t part of series, but honestly, I’m not looking forward to books that aren’t part of a series. For one thing, I probably haven’t heard of them yet. So I’m not doing that. Instead, here are the top ten books I’ve been waiting for that come out this year, all of which happen to be part of a series.

As you can see, one of them was actually published in 2013, but I haven’t had a chance to read it and figured it was close enough. When making this list I realized I haven’t been reading enough Fantasy books lately. I think I need to change that. What books have you been waiting for?

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Mental Disorder Vs. Alternate State of Mind

Before I start this post, I have two disclaimers:

  1. This in only an introductory post to my thoughts, and therefore, will be missing a lot of key points I want to make.
  2. There are a lot of mental disorders out there that I know almost nothing about. I will not be discussing them.

Mental Disorder. No matter how many times I tell myself that it is nothing to be ashamed about, I still cringe whenever the term is used. It has been used as an insult too often. People are doing their best to repair the damage, but in my opinion it might just be easier to change the word. Look at the word “retarded”. I feel guilty for just writing it. People will never be able to use that word again, when really it is just a word that people picked to describe a type of person. You’ll notice the same thing is happening with the word “special”. That is not to say all is lost. The word “gay,” while no longer meaning happy, is no longer the insult it once was.

But I’m getting off track. This post isn’t about the stigma attached to mental disorder, at least not completely. No, this post is about the fact that there are some mental thought processes that I don’t think should be called disorders at all. In fact, there are some that I think should be celebrated.

Let’s start with the definition of Mental Disorders. I pulled this off Wikipedia:

mental disorder or psychiatric disorder is a mental or behavioral pattern or anomaly that causes distress or disability, and which is not developmentally or socially normative. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feelsactsthinks or perceives. This may be associated with particular regions or functions of the brain or rest of the nervous system, often in a social context.

You may have to read it a couple of times to understand it all, but basically, it means this:

A way of thinking or feeling that is

  • harmful and unhealthy
  • inhibiting to your way of life
  • not considered normal by society.

Ok. Harmful and unhealthy. I will agree that those things are bad and should be remedied. Take depression. No good has ever come from depression, and no one should have to endure it.

As for inhibiting, well, it is really up to you to decide what you find inhibiting, and whether or not it is a bad thing. Apathy makes me not want to do a lot of things. This is ok, so long as it’s not something I actually want to do. In fact, I rather enjoy most of my inhibitions. They keep me from making an utter fool of myself.

And then there is “being normal”. I find this last one rather ironic because I’m pretty sure society also tells people to love themselves for who they are. Apparently, they only mean that when the way you are isn’t something they consider weird, but that’s a discussion for another post. I’ll just say that I believe thinking differently is a good thing and should be encouraged.

This brings me to my point. While there are mental disorders, there are also things I like to call Alternate States of Mind (ASMs). These include things like ADD, OCD, shyness, and yes, apathy. States of Mind that might be different, are usually disparaged, but are actually perfectly ok and healthy. In fact, sometimes they’re even useful. Embrace them.

Hopefully, I’ll find time to write more about this soon.


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals for 2014


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Top Ten Goals for 2014

I’ll admit, this feature is one of the reasons I wanted to start a blog; however, I wasn’t quite sure what to write for this topic. First off, I don’t like posting personal things on the internet (I know, why have a blog, right?). Secondly, I don’t really like to do more than one or two goals at a time because, let’s be honest, it’s too much work keeping track of several goals. Not to mention the work of actually doing them.

In any case, I pushed myself and came up with a list of ten goals for this year, most of which have to do with this blog. (I tried to keep them simple in the hopes that I might actually do them).

  1. Start a blog. (Hooray! I’m done).
  2. Post at least one entry a month.***  (I’m ahead of schedule).
  3. Participate in Top Ten Tuesday (I am on fire!)
  4. Start my own weekly blog meme thingy called Writer’s Block Wednesday. (I know what you’re thinking, but I’ve already accomplished so much I think I will put this off until next week).
  5. Sit down and write at least once a week. (You’ll note I didn’t clarify what type of writing. Blog posts totally count, and maybe grocery lists too).
  6. Have outline of current story completed by Jan 31. (Ok, this one is going to require some real effort).
  7. Write and submit a short story to WOTF. (I stole this from my friend, Niki).
  8. Reread a series I love, but haven’t read in over two years. (I’m thinking something by David Eddings)
  9. Exercise at least once a week. (Or if not, discontinue gym membership).
  10. Do one thing outside my comfort zone. (I’m counting this blog post.)


Well, there you have it. What are your goals?

***The intention of this goal was more about longevity than about frequency. I wanted to make sure I kept working on the blog for at least a whole year, and didn’t just forget about it after a month or so. (Fingers crossed).