Yes, this is a book blog. But my other love is TV, and sometimes the two will overlap, especially when I start thinking to myself, “Hmm, I wonder which Hogwarts House these characters will be sorted into?” (Harry Potter reference, for those not in the know.) And then my mind keeps mulling it over, which turns into a blog post.
The above links are pretty thorough in breaking down the houses, but, in summation, this is how I view them.
Gryffindor – mostly concerned with doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, have a deep sense of justice
Ravenclaw – super duper smartypants who love solving puzzles and just being smart
Hufflepuff – hard workers who want to be recognized for being hard workers, loyal
Slytherin – have a deep sense of self-preservation, think the ends justify the means and the means justify the ends
Of course, these are simplistic baselines. Overlap can happen. I’m basing the sorting on what I think the characters’ most obvious traits are. YMMV, of course.
Pope & Associates
1. Olivia – Ravenclaw — She’s a fixer and being a fixer means putting all of the pieces together and frequently being the smartest person in the room. Most of her cases are huge puzzles that need solving, and she’s not concerned with justice for justice’s sake. She wants the truth of the moment to speak and figures out how to get her clients the results they need.
2. Harrison – Ravenclaw — No lie, Harrison totally reminds me of Gilderoy Lockhart. He’s super smart, and the show has set him up as Liv’s second in command. Like Liv, he looks at how the pieces of the puzzle fit together and uses his wits and ability to problem solve more than anything.
3. Abby – Hufflepuff — She’s loyal and hardworking. I haven’t seen anything that indicates Abby wants more than to be appreciated for the work she does. She doesn’t always agree with Liv or have that same sense of fixing the problem (she’s fine with people taking the fall if they are terrible individuals), but she does what’s asked of her for the sake of the practice and because she believes in her friend.
4. Quinn – Hufflepuff/Slytherin — Quinn was hard to place because she came in the practice a Hufflepuff, but she/we didn’t really know her past or anything. We still don’t really know what Lindsay Dwyer was about, but S2/S3 Quinn has revealed that she’s not just a worker bee; she has some sort of agenda, even if it’s make sure she’s never made a fool of again. So I could see her in either. I get a stronger sense of self-preservation than loyalty from her (I mean, if she leaves Pope & Associates, where will she go?), so I’m inclined to say Slytherin.
5. Huck – Hufflepuff — Even in Huck’s backstory we find out that he’s a good soldier who does what’s asked of him and is glad to be recognized for his hard work. He is extremely loyal (to country, to family, to friends), which is really his downfall. I’d even call it his fatal flaw. Also, you know he just wants to have a home and a family, and that’s it. Poor Huck.
6. David Rosen – Gryffindor — David is SUCH a Gryffindor. This was such a gimme. He is basically Harry Potter in lawyer form. (Also, I consider him an honorary member of the team, even if he is not technically a member of the firm.)
The White House
1. Fitz – Hufflepuff — Fitz thinks hard work (and lots of privilege, of course!) is enough. That’s why Defiance was such a shock/so painful to him. That’s also why he needs Cyrus, Mellie, and Olivia. They do strategy; he follows directions. He also has a deep desire for home and family, and thinks that would be enough. (I am ignoring that he is slime. That doesn’t matter. He is a huge ‘puff.)
2. Mellie – Slytherin — Obviously. I wouldn’t be surprised if that mic oops from this past week’s episode isn’t all part of some scheme for her to get more press and position herself for some sort of political storm. I WOULDN’T PUT IT PAST HER. She always has an end game in mind, and she will always figure out how/what Mellie can get out of any situation.
3. Cyrus – Slytherin — More obviously. Cyrus can also turn on the charm and fool you into thinking that he is on your side. Also, his only loyalty is to himself and/or power.
4. James – Gryffindor — From what we’ve seen of Cyrus’s husband, I have him firmly in the Gryffindor camp. He has a deep sense of justice and chases the truth. Plus, you’d have to be brave to be married to Cyrus. I mean, seriously.
5. Sally Langston – Hufflepuff — All of the power plays she’s made have been mostly because she wants recognition. If she were a true Slytherin or Ravenclaw, she would’ve seen through Fitz’s emotional manipulation b.s. or actually had a plan in place that considered what would happen to her if he double-crossed her. But, no, she works hard and wants that to be enough.
1. Rowan/Eli – Slytherin — I mean. There is no right or wrong with this dude, only power. He is cunning and manipulative and will obviously do whatever it takes to deliver his end game. He’d argue it’s for the greater good, but, again, ends/means justify each other, period.
2. Jake – Gryffindor — This dude is all about his rogue missions and saving people even if it puts himself in jeopardy. He may be a little reckless is what I’m saying. He seems more concerned with doing what’s right even though he’ll probably get himself killed.
So what do you think? Did I get it right? Totally miss the mark? What houses would you sort the characters from Scandal into?
1. Best book you read in 2012?
I gave the following books five stars on Goodreads:
- Seven Days to a Brand New Me by Ellen Conford
- Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
- Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
- Claudia and Mean Janine by Raina Telgemeier
- The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
- The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant. Love Katherine Applegate, but this one wasn’t really my cuppa.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
Claudia and Mean Janine by Raina Telgemeier, only because The Truth about Stacey was always my favorite BSC book, so the fact that I liked Claudia’s story more in graphic novel form surprises me every time.
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Probably The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I told almost all of my classes that I read it and liked it.
Oh, and I got both of my parents to read The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
The BSC graphic novels are kind of cheating, even if they are amazing. Soooo, I guess I’ll have to go with Saving Francesca/The Piper’s Son since they’re companion books. And word on the street is a third book is on the way.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Melina Marchetta. I did read Jellicoe Road back when it came out, but with Saving Francesca, I legit fell in love.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
The Count of Monte Cristo. (a) It’s super long. (b) It’s classic literature.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
The first and last thirds of The Count of Monte Cristo.
Saving Francesca, for different reasons.
9. Book you read in 2012 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
None. Not a big re-reader.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Grandpa Noirtier from The Count of Monte Cristo. So badass, so amazing.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Probably a tie between Saving Francesca and Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover. I have an emergency fund! I’m about to start paying down my debt! So…yeah.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
Kristy’s Great Idea only because, seriously, it was on my shelf for way too long.
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2012?
If I can only pick one, it’s got to be this one from Code Name Verity:
It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.
But I’m trying to figure out a way to work this quote from Saving Francesca into a conversation one day:
“Go away,” he orders. “Rehearse the part where Lady Macbeth throws herself off the balcony.”
16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2012?
Not counting picture books, the shortest was The Enchanted Truth by Kym Petrie. Longest was Count of Monte Cristo.
17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
Yeah, so I was totally texting my friend Jasmine during Count of Monte Cristo. I may have live tweeted it a bit, too.
18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc)?
19. Favorite book you read in 2012 from an author you read previously?
Saving Francesca, The Lover’s Dictionary
20. Best book you read that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?
None of the books I read count. The closest one is The Count of Monte Cristo because of Revenge and my friend Jasmine talking about her re-read of the book.
Don’t worry; this post is going to be short. Mostly because I failed spectacularly at all the reading challenges I signed up for. I didn’t complete a single one. Not one! No, not even the Harry Potter one. Which is fine, really. I mean, I did read The Count of Monte Cristo, which was the biggie. And I got rid of a bunch of books on my shelf that I wasn’t going to read anyway, so you know.
That said, the one thing I wanted to do this past year was read more contemporary YA lit. I was so over fantasy and paranormal and dystopia. Obviously, I still read a few from each genre, but I got back to what I love reading. Very smart.
So next year, I am not doing any reading challenges. I’m just going to read what I want, when I want. Which is what I did anyway. That doesn’t mean I won’t sign up for something that completely pushes me out of my comfort zone (Tea & Books, for example, did help me commit to reading a big ‘un), but I’m going to keep my obligations to a minimum.
Good luck to everyone else on completing all of your challenges!
One week left in NaBloPoMo, and I am hitting the wall. I have one book left to review, and, quite frankly, it’s exhausting posting every day. So today is my “I don’t feel like posting so I’m not” post, and we’ll see what tomorrow brings. I only have ideas for two other posts. Two! And seven days left! I need to regroup and think, obvs.
I signed up for NaBloPoMo, hence the posts every day this month. I’ve been pretty good about it, only missing two days of real content so far because of exhaustion/outside interests. Today is going to be my third. I hit the grading wall earlier today. (Grading, grading, always with the grading.) I also realized that I’m in a crabby mood. Crabby mood does not make for good posts. Also, I’m tired. So consider this a longer explanation of why I’m not posting a review today. I should be back in the swing of things again tomorrow.
Blogging every day probably won’t continue in December. For one thing, I’m almost caught up on all the overdue reviews. For another, the first week of December is the end of the semester, which means even more grading. I know the students think they have it bad, but I’m going to have to grade some major projects along with catching up on the grading I’m not going to finish before this weekend’s break.
Anyway, no whining here. Just a heads up for what’s going on and why all the fantastic original content will slooooow down. I do enjoy posting with regularity, though, and will try to sort out some kind of schedule for myself in the future. As for tonight, no review. Tomorrow, though!
Just got home from the church picnic, exhausted. Not sure I’ll wake up in time to do a review today. Tomorrow then!
No reviews today as I am extremely tired. Tomorrow, though!
I’m counting my first Bloggiesta as a success. I completed the pinterest challenge by creating a Books Worth Reading board, answered the unanswered comments on my posts, and read through the mini-challenges to see if any caught my eye. (So far, I saw one that I will probably do in the future: themed pages.)
I also started cleaning up my tags and labels. I’m about 1/3 of the way through, and that’ll be an ongoing project that I work on a little at a time–probably between grading papers. I like how much cleaner and neater my blog looks on the fixed ones, so that’s good.
I didn’t make a decision about the reviews by author page, which means it stays for now. I may make updating that a task for the Bloggiesta event in September. We’ll see. Next time, I’ll hopefully be able to participate more in the Twitter aspect of it all as well.
All in all: good deal. Two thumbs up, fine holiday fun, etc.
I decided to sign-up for Bloggiesta. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get to it, but: let’s be real. I don’t do anything except sit on the couch on Saturdays anyway. To be fair, I am going to a play in about a half-hour, but when I get back, I’m going to get in some quality bloggiesta time.
My planned to-do list:
- schedule a post or two
- update books read in 2012 list
- decide if I want to keep/update the reviews by author page
- decide if I want to add a reviews by title page (directly related to previous bullet point)
participate in the Pinterest mini-challenge
- clean up labels/tags/categories
- read through the other mini-challenge posts (old and new!) and see if something there catches my eye
End of the year survey, taken from Trisha.
1. Best Book You Read In 2011?
I gave the following books five stars on Goodreads:
- The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
- How Al-Anon Works for Families and Friends of Alcoholics by Al-Anon Family Group
- Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Curtis (audiobook)
- Where She Went by Gayle Forman
- If This Is Love, I’ll Take Spaghetti by Ellen Conford
- Tangerine by Edward Bloor (audiobook)
2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
Bossypants by Tina Fey, only because so many other people I know and trust enjoyed it so much.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore. I had zero expectations of this book, and I found it to be a lot of fun. In fact, every time I see the cover, I say to myself, “I really liked that book” and I’m always kind of surprised by it.
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
Probably Tangerine. Peace from Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?
I really enjoyed both of Neesha Meminger’s books. Oh, and Suzanne Selfors.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I didn’t read any new genres.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan and Tangerine by Edward Bloor, for different reasons.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?
11. Most memorable character in 2011?
Ella from Ella Enchanted and Leo from The Lost Hero.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?
How Al-Anon Works for Families and Friends of Alcoholics and What Did I Do Wrong? for obvious reasons.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?
Deenie, only because…Judy Blume. But, seriously, she was so far off my radar when I was growing up, it’s not surprising.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?
Echoing Trisha here: Answering this question would just take too much time, and honestly there’s no way I could pick just one.
16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?
Tangerine by Edward Bloor, but only because I want to see if I have the same response to it in print as I did to it on audiobook.
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
The cliffhanger in The Son of Neptune. I mean, SERIOUSLY?
THE END of THE SURVEY
As for my reading challenges, I completed them all this year, but mostly because, as I said previously, I chose gimmes. Next year will be different.