Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That I’d Name My Children After

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Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. I know that this isn’t this week’s topic, but it was last week’s topic (August 9th), BUT I DON’T CARE. I really wanted to do this topic and I missed it and it’s just been a weird week, SO I’m going to do the rewind option from last week!

For this week’s topic I chose characters that I’d name my children after, which was a topic from February 2011! I find that this is very fun and something I would totally do, so let’s just get right into it. And to make it fair, I’m going to separate it into categories.

Boy Names

  1. JACE. And, the funny thing is, this actually IS going to be our first son’s name if/when my husband and I have children. Not only is it the name of the main dude from The Mortal Instruments, but it’s also the name of my husband’s favorite character from Magic: The Gathering. So it works!
  2. SIMON. Again, from TMI, BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF SIMON VS. I love that book so much and I really like the name Simon and I think it would fit a nerdy kind of son. Ah, dreams.
  3. FLYNN. I just really like this name and think that it kind of fits an adventurer type of kid. This is from the Starbound trilogy and he’s probably the top guy from that trilogy that I love.
  4. RONAN. I just. Yes. I think I would need this one in my life. I mean, who wouldn’t want their own Ronan from The Raven Boys in their life? If I could name my child after him? Perfect.
  5. MAGNUS. Yup, another TMI name because I JUST LOVE THE NAMES, OKAY? I feel like this is such a strong name, a very regal one, too, and I think it’s really cool. My husband just gave me a funny look when I suggested it a while ago, but maybe I’ll win one day.

Girl Names

  1. TESSA. I think these characters will forever haunt me, but this name is from The Infernal Devices and I think it’s very lovely.
  2. LILAC. Again, from the Starbound trilogy, this name is very elegant and pretty, yet I think it’s definitely befitting of someone who has more depth than what she lets on. I’d hope to have a strong daughter like that.
  3. CATH. Yup, I’d do this to my child and not give her the full name, but just half of it. I love the awkward, book loving girl that Cath is, so maybe by giving my daughter her name, she’ll be like that, too?
  4. ISABELLA. From my Twilight days, yes, I would name my child this. I think that it’s really pretty, and the nickname Bella is also nice. So… yeah.
  5. MORRIGHAN. Okay, hear my out on this one. Not only is this character from ACOMAF, but she’s also from The Kiss of Deception as a goddess, I believe, in the lore. From reading the novella, I’d definitely want to name my daughter Mor because both characters are very strong and not afraid to take a stand for themselves before anyone else.

And that’s that! It was actually really hard to pick the girl names because I’ve had two of my girl names picked out since I was thirteen and I’m sticking with them 100000000%. But I do think that all of these names are lovely and would definitely fit into the modern world.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What names would you choose for your children? If you have children, are they named after anyone in particular? What’s the craziest name you think you could get away with naming your child?

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’m Thankful For

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by gingerreadslainey from YouTube. Today’s topic is about the books we’re thankful for, and since I talked about my top ten non-bookish things I’m thankful for yesterday, I figured I’d participate in this week’s T5W.

So here are my top five favorite books that I’m thankful to have in my life:

5. A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

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I had to choose a book for summer reading one year, and I actually had to read the book this time because it was my last year for summer reading and I wanted to actually make an effort, and so when I found this book on the list I was amazed: it was boring, old, or weird like the rest of the summer book selections from years past. This book surprised me in the best possible way: it had romance, it has drama, it had a young woman trapped in someone else’s body trying to live again. It was amazing and wonderful and I think this is the book that got me back into reading when I first entered high school, and for that, I am truly grateful.

4. Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

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Though this story was extremely frustrating and saddening, it’s the true story of an unwanted daughter in China and it really just opened my eyes to a world in which I thought everyone could be loved, but really, it’s not that simple. This book showed so much hate and disdain for this girl, and how she had to deal with those things, and though I can’t exactly remember how it ended, I do know that it greatly impacted me, especially since I read it when I was a young teen.

3. Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

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I was a fan before these books got big, and let me tell you, I am thankful for it. This was the first book series I’ve ever fangirled over, and the one that I bonded with my friends over. Heck, I even got my husband to read them, too, back when we were just starting to date. Oh yeah, I’m amazing. I know this series gets a lot of crap for one reason or another, but during a time when I was just going into high school and trying to figure out life as a teen, this series was right there with me and for that I am grateful.

2. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

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This was one of the first novels I’ve ever reread. It was also one of the first ones that I remember effecting me so much and caused me to want to read more like it, even if I didn’t (I honestly can’t remember). It’s such a strong and powerful morally driven book, and it really explores the question of “what if the world was like this in the future.” It just brought out a passion in me for reading, I think, and I’ll be forever grateful to this book for that reason.

1 . Tokyo Mew Mew by Reiko Yoshida & Mia Ikumi

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I’m so thankful to this series as it was the first manga series I was ever introduced to back in the sixth grade. It was one in which I found my best friend again after years of not seeing each other, and it was just a series in which I could escape reality from and imagine and dream of a world in which I could be a super hero with special animal abilities. Though that sounds kind of weird, it’s true, and I’ll forever hold this series in my heart.

So there you have it, the top five books that I’m grateful for. And I even still own all of these books because of how much I love them and how much of an impact they’v made on me over the years.

What books are you grateful for having in your life? Let me know!

 

Let’s Talk: The Importance of Diversity in Children’s Literature

Recently there was a lot of angry talk on Twitter about something an author said about diversity in children’s literature and how she basically said that anything written about a queer black kid belongs in a pamphlet, not a book.

Um, sorry, what?

Edi from Crazy QuiltEdi did a post about the whole talk on Facebook that occurred over the weekend and I thought that it was a great to read about her perspective on it. The whole topic of conversation was sparked over a self-published children’s book about a black boy who loves the color pink, but you know, boys aren’t supposed to like pink… right? So it’s a story about fear and how this child wants to escape to Mars to be accepted by others.

I think that sounds like a great story! Regardless if the child is black, white, Asian, polka-dotted, whatever, it’s a story that should be shared with any and all children that go through much the same thing.

But for a white female author to go on and say that this kind of material should be in a pamphlet, not a book, because (according to her) books should have a “philosophical, spiritual, intellectual agenda that speaks to many many people – not just gay black boys” is really, well, absurd. Children need this kind of material to not only understand more about themselves, but to be able to grow compassion and empathize with those that go through the same kinds of problems.

Yes, authors of color have been trying to get published more and more, and stories about people of color have been trying to get published more and more, but there’s still not enough out there. The story and journey of a white boy or girl is fine and all, but we need more diversity. More Native Americans and traditional cultures and values; more Latinos and how they grow up in the U.S. or elsewhere; more queer black kids just wanting to be accepted and loved by others; more positive spins on Muslims, Buddhists, and other religious minorities, and heck, even majorities; more about bisexual white females and males, or really more about anyone, regardless of race, who is LGBTQIA+. We need these stories for our kids, and if people don’t begin seeing that, then where do we stand?

It’s sad to think that in the publishing world there is still such a stigma for POC authors and characters.

“It won’t sell.”

“It won’t be a best seller.”

“No one will relate.”

I beg to differ.

We want more, crave more, and need more. As a white female I, too, want to read these stories and be able to understand the mindsets, the cultures, the worlds in which these kids – and adults – live in.

Let me know your thoughts on diversity of kid’s literature. Is there enough of it? Do we need more? What kinds of topics do you want to see written about?

We Need Diverse Books

We Need Diverse Books is a campaign to bring more diverse books to children’s and young adult’s shelves. More often than not books in these sections don’t deal with issues such as LGBQTAI+, gender identity, people of color, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

So much of a child/teen’s life is revolved around these issues, and many may not realize it. More and more we’re hearing stories about how a teen commits suicide because of feeling alone or intense bullying because of who they are/identify as. It’s sad and so preventable.

I think one of the things that can possibly help these individuals is introducing more and more books of all age levels about dealing with these issues.

If I had read books about gay/lesbian/bisexual/etc teens when I was growing up, maybe I would have understood more about my own struggles. Maybe I wouldn’t have struggled at all.

Maybe it could have saved someone’s life.

Books have such power in them. They can get people thinking and open their minds to so many possibilities out there if only they were willing to see them.

For kids under the teen years it can teach them about race and cultures and how to be accepting and loving toward all of them, not just their own. It can teach them to be compassionate toward those who struggle under certain conditions. It can teach them about themselves and if they’re feeling the same way, then they can relate to it.

Only recently have I picked up a few diverse books, at least what I consider to be diverse books, and I have already finished one (None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio) and it’s opened my eyes to the world of intersex individuals, people who are physically one gender on the outside, but have the other gender’s parts on the inside. It’s amazing and eye opening and really got me thinking on how little of the world I know.

Is it important to incorporate more of these stories into children’s/young adult literature? Yes. Most definitely.

Do I think people should be reading them, no matter their background, personal beliefs, bias, etc? Hell yes.

I support We Need Diverse Books and I hope that more and more books will be published in the upcoming years of these diversities. We need them now more than ever.