Book Tag: Stationary Book Tag

Another book tag! Today’s one is the “Stationary Book Tag”.

Thank you HowUsefulItIs for tagging me! (Don’t forget to check out their blog)

Also, a big shoutout to RiverMooseReads who created this awesome tag!


The Rules:

  1. Thank the creator: Sam @ RiverMooseReads
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Add pictures! (If you want to)
  4. Tag (about) 5 people.

Pencils || Favorite MG or children’s book

Matilda by Roald Dahl. This was my absolute favourite book growing up!

Pens || A basic staple for any reader

Harry Potter… I think nearly everyone has read it, and if you haven’t, you should!

Notebooks || What books do you own multiple copies of?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I had the paperback originally, and then loved it so much that I just had to get the 10th anniversary hardback edition when it was released!

Markers || A book with a beautiful cover

A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston. I haven’t actually read this yet, but the cover is what drew me to it. I have the hardback, which is stunning, but actually the paperback is gorgeous too.

Glue || Two characters that work well together even if they aren’t together

Chaol and Caelaena… I’m only on book 2, past the drama, but I’m still shipping for them… No spoilers please!

Scissors || What book would you like to destroy?

I couldn’t ever destroy a book, but if I had to choose one, it would be The Merciless by Danielle Vega… Sorry, but I hated that book…

Art kit || What completed series do you own?

Harry Potter… No surprises there. But I also just got all of the books in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, so now I own that too!


If you’re reading this and haven’t one it already, consider yourself tagged! Post in the comments below once you’ve done it, so I can be sure to check it out.

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T5W (Top 5 Wednesday): Gateway Books To My Favourite Genre

T5W, or Top 5 Wednesday, was created as a meme for book bloggers on Goodreads way back in 2013 – how they think of so many different themes is completely beyond me, but it sure is helpful when your blogging ideas are running a little dry, and you just want to do something a bit fun.

Join in the fun over on Goodreads

This week’s topic is “gateway books to your favourite genre”.

So, my favourite genre, ultimately, is fantasy. I love the worlds that authors create and how you can just completely escape and let your imagination take over in such a wild and creative way. I’m also impartial to a little bit of romance, so I decided to combine the two genres, and do a top 3 fantasy, and top 2 romance.

Top Fantasy Novels:

1. The Throne of Glass Series, by Sarah J Maas. – I haven’t even finished reading this series yet, I’ve onto just finished reading book 2, but IT IS INCREDIBLE. It’s just become my favourite series of all time. The world is brilliant; it’s dark, exciting and a little bit magical. The characters are even better; a strong, funny, daring and fierce female protagonist, a charismatic and rebellious prince, and a downright dreamy guard… 😍 It also has a super fast-paced, heart in mouth, OH MY GOD NO SHE DIDN’T plot line – what more could you possibly want?!

2. The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling – It’s the ultimate fantasy series, the one everyone knows. If you’ve never read any fantasy, and… *sighs and puts head in hands*… never read Harry Potter… This is a safe place to start. It’s adored by both young and old readers so it’s always accessible, and has something in it for everyone.

3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – now, I did struggle for my third choice, simply because I could think of anything just quite as good as my previous two, but then I remembered reading this book earlier this year. Red Queen is in fact a duology, with Glass Sword being the sequel. I’ve haven’t read Glass Sword yet, and I have heard many people say that it doesn’t quite come up to par with Red Queen. but that’s probably because Red Queen was so darn good! I read it quite a while ago now, it was one of my first reads of the year. But I still remember it vividly. The world, the characters, and damn that plot twist! It’s a cracker.

Top Romance Novels:

1. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – I LOVED this book. It broke my heart into a thousand tiny pieces. I’m selling it well, aren’t I? But really, Lou and Will are just… Aaaaahhh. Their relationship starts out with them really not liking each other. They bicker, they pick on each other. And that’s why I love it – it’s realistic! I hate novels that have this “love at first sight” thing, because I can’t relate to it, it’s just never happened to me. All spoilers aside though, have a box of tissues at hand.

2. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – We all know and love the film. But the book. Oh, the book just gives you so much more. More romance than the film, surely not?! But yes. It’s true. It’s one of those books that can hold itself against the film. The film is great. And yes, it was made after, but everyone seems to know the film better than the book. But the book is completely different, and I still love both of them equally as much. Which is a first for me, I usually end up hating the film. But it’s beautiful. Another heartbreaker. Read it if you want to read a good bit of romantic fiction.

So, that’s my Top 5 for this week! 

Comment below if you’ve read any of these, of know of any books even better for the genres I’ve mentioned above! ❤️

WWW Wednesday – 28/09/16

WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is relatively simple to participate in. All you have to do, is answer the three W’s:

1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?


Now that I’ve got out of my looooong ass reading slump, I figured now would be a good time to start taking part.

So without further ado…


Currently Reading:


I started reading it this morning, and stopped myself after reading 50 pages solidly, simply because I actually have  go out and do things today…

Recently Finished:

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

I LOVED THIS SO FREAKING MUCH! I finished reading this last night, and gave it a glorious on Goodreads. I couldn’t wait to get stuck into the next book, clearly…

Next Read:

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Without a doubt. I have every intention of finishing the entire series by the end of next week. Even though I’ll be back at work next week, I don’t think I’ll have much trouble powering through the remaining 2 and a half books judging by the way it’s been going so far…


Don’t forget to check out other people’s posts and let me know what you’re reading at the moment! ❤️

Book Tag: Bookish Book Lover

My first official book tag! How exciting! Big thanks to mreadsbooks and CaptivatedByFantasy for both tagging me to do this one.



Rules

  1. use the banner
  2. answer the questions including lots of book covers🙂
  3. tag your bookish friends!

What books are you currently reading?

Crown of Midnight (ToG #2) by Sarah J Maas, which I am completely hooked on and addicted to! And also Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which I’ve now been “reading” for 2 months… I think it’s going to end up as a DNF very soon…

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Gone Girl

What’s the last book you finished?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas! I couldn’t even bear to break between the first and second books in the series – I love it soooo much!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Favourite book you read this year?

Oh Jesus, how can I possibly choose?! Books I’ve loved this year have been Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, and of course… Throne of Glass!

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)All the Light We Cannot SeeMe Before You (Me Before You, #1)Everything, Everything

What genre have you read most this year?

Surprisingly, I’ve had quite a spread range of genres this year, but ultimately Fantasy does tip it slightly…

What genre have you read least this year?

Classics… I haven’t read a single one this year!

What genre do you want to read more of?

I should probably say classics… But actually I’d like to read more general and critically acclaimed modern fiction.

How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?

I started late (March) this year, so I’m only on 19. My goal is 25, so definitely achievable, and I will be increasing my goal next year!

What’s the last book you bought? 

Officially, Heir of Fire (ToG #3) ready for when I finish #2, but I’ve just ordered the entirety of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare in the pretty coloured cover editions to pick up later this week.

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

What book are you saving up to buy next?

So, I really want to buy the gorgeous hardback box set of the new editions of the Harry Potter series. I mean, I already own the books in the original covers, but they’re an annoying mix of some paperback and some hardback. They also come in a beautiful red box with opening doors…

How many books did you check out last library visit?

None. I signed up for my local library, but they have a really poor range, so I intend on using the online part of it to loan downloadable audio books!

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

The rest of the ToG series…? Too obvious? Okay. Ummmm I actually really can’t wait to read Game of Thrones, but I keep putting it off because it just seems so intimidating! I plan on starting off by reading along to the audio book.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

Harry Potter. Obviously. And Throne of Glass for those fantasy lovers among you. I haven’t even finished the series and I already know I want to recommend it to everyone!

Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?

John Green. I haven’t heard from him in a while, and it’d be nice to read something more of his individual writing, rather that his collaborative stuff.

A few books your heart adores?

Harry Potter will always hold a special place for me, just because it’s what got me into reading! But also any of the Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson books, because they were literally my childhood.

What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

I don’t have enough series’ on the go to really answer this, I don’t read series very often, and when I do, I’m usually so far behind that it’s already ended and I’ve read the whole thing in one go. But I suspect I’ll be very sad when the ToG series comes to an end…

What books are on your wish-list?

Too many! I want AAAALLLLLL the books. But I’d really love the illustrated Harry Potters and the movie Vaults books, so I can say I’ve got the whole collection.


I’m not going to tag anyone specifically, but if you’re reading this and haven’t already done it, consider yourself tagged! Make sure that you link to your post in the comments below so I can check it out!

Review: The Wolf Wilder – Katherine Rundell

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

The Wolf WilderSynopsis: Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.


When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.


Another children’s book here, and although it was very good, it wasn’t quite as exciting as Cogheart.

[Click Here to read my review on Cogheart by Peter Bunzl]

It was however, beautifully written, and one of those books where you don’t realise you’re reading a kids book. It wasn’t patronising and contained themes such as class-division and war – themes you’d find in adult literature – just written in a more child-friendly way without imposing opinion onto the reader (I hate it when authors do that…).

The story was a little slow for me, there were exciting moments, but then it would become dry for a while, and I just found myself waiting for the next bit of action.

For me, the focus was on the beautiful sense of community that these people have, and how welcoming they are to someone who maybe doesn’t look like them or behave in their traditional ways, but has something to stand for that they very much believe in, so they all pull together and fight for their community at the end.

My favourite part of this book was, wait for it, the Wolves… I loved that they were all given little personalities and behavioural traits just like humans, and this made it even stronger when [MINI SPOILER] something tragic would happen… I may have shed a little tear or two at one point (shh, don’t tell).

Can I also just say that the illustrations in this book are wonderful, they add such a lovely atmosphere to the story without drawing away your attention from the words on the page. Just a perfect balance.

I rounded this up to 4 stars on Goodreads, but I actually now feel like it’s more of a 3.5 for me, as it wasn’t as good as some of my previous reads that I have given 4 stars to.


After a very long winded reading slump, I managed to pull myself out of the gutter and finish two books in one sitting the other day!

I’ve also finally go round to catching up on all of my book reviews, blog posts etc, and I’ve got a full week and a half worth of posts scheduled – HALLELUJAH! 


View The Wolf Wilder on Goodreads

T5W (Top 5 Wednesday): Characters I Would NOT Like To Trade Places With

Everyone has characters that they would just love to be, but what about those ones that you really wouldn’t? This week’s T5W list is just that – the characters that can keep their places, as there is no way in hell you’ll be trading spots with them…

The top 5 characters I wouldn’t like to trade places with are:

Madeline in Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – Imagine being allergic, (won’t spoil it here) and house bound, forbidden from doing anything or going anywhere your entire life… No thanks!

Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – no way in hell would I survive that. Me and outdoors so not mix well. I’m terrified of bugs, let alone fighting for survival!

Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – poor mad woman locked in the attic after a failed marriage…

Susie Salmon in The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – because let’s face it, no girl wishes for that to happen to them. Ever.

Lavender Brown in Harry Potter by J.K Rowling – everyone hates Lavender. I haven’t met a single person who has said “Lavender is such a great character!” Just. No.

So that’s it! I’ve kept it pretty brief, but I think you all get the idea of my reasonings behind each one.

What character would you hate to be, and why? Comment below ❤️

Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child – John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)Synopsis: Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


First off, I want to start by saying that I LOVE Harry Potter. I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan. I’ve read the books, several times, and I’ve known all of Hermione Granger’s lines in the films since I was 10… (not ashamed, I love Hermione). But I just didn’t LOVE this.

I don’t care that it’s a play and not a novel, I knew that from the beginning, and I have no problem with reading plays and imagining them as vividly as any regular novel. I’ve read many plays, I’m an actress, it’s what I do. But I just wasn’t blown away.

I went in with a completely open mind. I agree that Harry Potter should’ve ended at the final book. Yes, it was sad and we all wanted more, but it had finished at a high point. A good place to end and hold fond childhood memories forevermore. In fact, I almost didn’t buy it, but temptation got the better of me…

At first, it was cute, with all of the little lines from the books we all know and love so well. I felt warm and fuzzy with all of the memories flooding back.

BUT THEN IT GOT WEIRD.

I had no idea what was going on for most of the time. I mean, WHO THE HELL IS DELPHIE?! What relevance or significance did it have? NONE. Harry Potter should have ended at book seven, as this was just totally irrelevant, and the action element of the storyline just totally clutched at straws for me. It was, I feel, an excuse to make more money from a crazy obsessed fan base (I’m one of them).

Now don’t get me wrong, it was somewhat enjoyable, I just don’t understand the need for it to be published in book form, and advertised in the way that it was. I work in a bookshop and it has been CRAAAAZZZYYYY since it’s release. (You wouldn’t believe the amount of complaints we’ve had from people who bought it and then were appalled to find it wasn’t a novel, or asked “but when is J.K Rowling releasing the BOOK version?” “SHE’S NOT, OKAY?!”

It could have quite easily been published in a regualar format, just like any other play script EVER, and that would have saved a lot of confusion.

In a sense, I’m glad that it was done differently. I think this would have been an absolute car crash of a bad idea had it been written/published as a novel. The storyline wasn’t strong enough to stand on it’s own, and it totally relied on the franchise being so well established to have any success whatsoever.

I feel I’ve diggressed and just gone on a little bit of a rant…

I sound very negative, even though you may have noticed that I still gave it 4 stars…

That’s because I love Harry Potter, and regardless of all of the things I’ve written above, I will always be a Harry Potter fan, and love reading about the wizarding world, because it holds a very special place in my heart.

Please don’t let me put you off reading it if you haven’t already. If you’re a Harry Potter fan like me, you’ll probably enjoy most of it, and it’s always nice to return to the wizarding world just one last time…


View Harry Potter and The Cursed Child on Goodreads