Ever since Tom Hiddleston first appeared as Loki in Thor, he has been one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over the past six films, he’s ventured the dark crevices of the universe, served Thanos to destroy New York City with an army of aliens, and ruled Asgard. I’ve been missing him since his disappearance in Avengers: Endgame and can’t wait to see him back again in his new show Loki on Disney+.
Though I may not be a god of mischief, I am burdened with a glorious TBR. I’m seriously buried underneath one too many books to read this summer and for the infinite future. If you love Loki as much as I do, I couldn’t help but think of some books that remind me of him. So, below is a brief list of recommendations of books to read.
Most of these are not directly based on him but contain one or a few elements that surround his arc in the MCU – aliens, time travel, family drama, magic, and mayhem. (I didn’t include more comic books / graphic novels because there are plenty of lists that are far more in-depth about that topic than I am.) Hope you enjoy!
Are there books, movies, or tv shows that remind you of Loki? That should be on this list? Feel free to share in the comments below.
Looking back on everything I’ve read and written over the past year, I was surprised to see how much of it was fanfiction. Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel, DCEU – all of the fandoms you can imagine and probably ones I can’t name off the top of my head. As I start to write my own stories, I wanted to look back on how much fanfiction has beneffited me so far with my writing progress and how it might help you as well.
What is fanfiction?
Fans and online writers re-utilize characters, settings, titles, etc. from other novels, movies, video games, etc. as a foundation for their stories that remain or branch off the canon of original works.
This weekend I made the courageous mistake of sorting through a year or two worth of stories I’ve been sitting on. And ugh. I spent some time afterwards trying to convince myself that maybe just collecting cool-sounding names or thinking about some fantasies I like to escape into was enough to satiate my appetite of writing. If I just keep filling up docs with more details perhaps my characters will chart their own arcs and I won’t have to do the dirty hard work of writing?
But I’m starting to face the certain inevitability that I’m going to have to write if I want to stop imagining my ideas are already fully-formed in a book store somewhere and turn them into something, anything else. *SIGH*
My reading goals for 2020 was 25 books. I could only bring myself to read half. It’s not a major disappointment compared to everything else going on in the world, but as a typically avid bookworm, it felt like an unexpected blow when December 31st rolled around. (I did read more fanfiction and informational websites, so who knows in actuality how many books I read if they could be translated into printed novels *hopeful wishing?*)
Watching the months go by without reading hardly anything felt both like a passive and active choice – I was too distracted with doom-scrolling through the news and staying hooked to social media but I wasn’t completely ignorant that I was just letting the goal slip away. My habits for essentially ignoring books was catching up to me in little ways every day.
As I reset my intention for 2021 to 25 books again, I wanted to take a second to look back on why I didn’t succeed last year and see what I can do differently to hit my goal this year.
Prioritize My Time
I can’t read books if I don’t make time for them. A personal goal for 2021 is to wake up earlier for yoga or a walk around my neighborhood. While my body cools down and it’s best to wait 30 minutes before eating, I’m going to read instead. I also know that sometimes at night I won’t be checking out a flick from Netflix, and can read in bed as a way to self-soothe from the day and go to bed. Prioritizing my time, and opening up small opportunities, will let me tackle more books page-by-page.
Set Procrastination Boundaries
Once I log onto social media to kill time, it almost feels like there’s no going back. What starts out as posting or just checking-in turns into spending way too much time going from account to account on too many trends on Twitter. Social media is way too much of an ‘addiction’ to procrastination.
Setting a schedule of posting to social media on certain days is actually enough to curve my fix of checking in with the rest of the world – mostly trends or posts I won’t likely remember once my head hits the pillow for sleep. And when I feel going on Instagram in a knee-jerk response to boredom, I’m going to train myself to grab a book instead.
Focus on my actual TBR
I always get a little rush of adrenaline when I buy more books or add titles to my TBR. But just having a general list on GoodReads doesn’t do me a lot of favors because I feel like I’ll just finish the books sometime *shrug*, I’ll eventually get around to them *shrug*, etc. This year, I’ve added specific titles to my list that takes up at least several spaces out of the 25 books I want to read. And, if I need ideas to check out books from the library, I can occasionally look to goodreads for real inspiration.
Make Books Visible
Like most bookworms, I have books everywhere – especially on my shelves which make good decoration for social media and are nicely organized so the house doesn’t look like a huge mess. But the ones I wanted to read every week or month blend into other notebooks and journals I have on my desk. If I see my goal more clearly, I can see exactly what I want to achieve. As I decorated my office for Christmas, and after I started putting stuff away, I kept a space open for the books I checked out of the library or pulled out of my collection. I’m hoping by seeing them in a better visible area that I’m spending my time most of the day, I’ll be reminded to reach for it more.
Change the Way I Think About Reading
One of the ways that I fell behind last year was when I realized I was flailing behind in my goal, I felt like a failure or that I was never going to get started. So, I obviously want to hit my goal for 2021. But just seeing the tally count on GoodReads or my bullet journal hit 25 / 25 shouldn’t be the only motivation. I need to change or return to the way that I used to think about reading – which is to learn, escape, and have fun.
What are your goals this year? What have you learned from your reading habits last year?
Every time I listen to one of Taylor Swift’s albums, I feel like I’m listening to her music in a new way. Just when I think that I’ve found my favorite song of all-time, another one will pop up on my playlist that makes me feel and think something different about her, myself, or the world than I never thought of before.
Taylor is known for her ability to create vivid images, conjure a memorable hook, and to tell a relatable story. While all of her albums have been impressive so far, her latest release “folklore” is the exact kind of escape so many have been looking for throughout the dumpster fire that has been 2020.
To share her new music, she recently hosted a live recording session “folklore: the long pond studio session” on Disney+ that included commentary for all 17 tracks. Though I always believe it’s helpful to seek advice from fellow writers and authors about writing or blogging, it’s also eye-opening to approach stories from another perspective or other mediums like music and songwriters. Here are some writing lessons to use from Taylor Swift’s latest project on Disney+