Top Ten Tuesday
This started as a thing for book bloggers. As of January 2018, the prompts are now being hosted at:
Yes, I've posted this a day early, due to holidays and the fact I won't be able to blog while I'm away.
Plus, this week's Top Ten Tuesday was a throwback to a previous prompt and I really wanted to talk about some of my favourite fictional BFF's- or who would be, if they were real! :D
Nina Zenik and Inej Ghafa
As I often talk about the Six of Crows duology, and anything Leigh Bardugo writes, I was of course going to mention two of my favourite women from the duology. They're such good friends to each other and the rest of the crew, they're amazing fighters and so supportive. Of course I would want them to be my friends! :)
Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood
If Harry and Luna's friendship showed me anything, it's that people from other Hogwarts houses than their own can be just as good friends. Given I'm a Hufflepuff, both these wonderful ladies would fall into that category. Earlier in the year, I talked about how Hermione and Luna had each helped me through some stuff growing up and whatnot. Naturally, I think we'd count as BFF's.
Having recently read Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh, I have to say I fell in love with so many of the characters. Odessa is the main character and she'd be a really good friend to have. Useful too, with her job of necromancy, if anything started going wrong in the world of the living, as it does in Karthia. Plus, I'd get to meet everyone she knows too. More friends!
In Genevieve Cogman's The Invisible Library series (another I always talk about!), Irene is one of the main characters. As a Librarian, she's always going on crazy adventures, but yet, gets to read so much, of course. While her job has its' ups and downs, Irene would be a fantastic BFF.
A typical day for Irene, perhaps.
Frances Janvier and Aled Last
From Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, these two make the list partly because they're much more introverted like me, but also because they're so creative. I could imagine a night in, just chilling, and making our various forms of art.
Also, despite being in a YA book, Frances and Aled have a friendship that stays purely platonic.
One of my favourite group of characters from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas has to be the witches. As much as I enjoy reading about Manon, it's her cousin Asterin who has always been my favourite of the coven. Though she is scary at times, she has some humanity in her (well, almost) in some situations that I think she'd make a great friend. Asterin would soon solve any issues we had with people and it's clear she has no patience for time wasters.
Arthur Pendragon and Morgan le Fay
No, I have no shame in adding these two in last, bringing my list to 11, but oh well.
The ideals of justice and honour in Camelot would make Arthur a great friend, even as a king. Despite the many sides to Morgan shown by the many writers over the centuries, I've always thought that, at the heart of her, is someone who is true to herself, loyal to those who stay loyal to her, and who always seeks justice. Any issues they would both use their specific gifts to sort out.
See? Great friends! :)
One book I love, and plan to re-read this year, is The Road to Avalon by Joan Wolf. This one puts the relationship of Morgan and Arthur on a different level, but I think shows the traits I mentioned quite clearly.
That's it for today. I'll resume the Top Ten Tuesdays, and my whole blog, when I return from my holiday. It will give me a good break after the last few months and then I might be able to resume the original schedule I started out with and stick to it a bit more!
All the best. :)
In today's Top Ten Tuesday, the theme is 'Books with Red, White and Blue Covers/Your Own Country's Colours', with it being American Independence Day tomorrow.
But seeing as I have a limited number of books with solely red and white covers, or both, to represent the England flag, I've edited the prompt a bit and chosen 10 of my favourite book covers I own- which are a mix of all different colours and are all very pretty. (Yes, I do pick up books based on their cover. Shush. We all do that!)
Also being extra patriotic because we have our next game in the World Cup tonight!
That's all for today. There you have 10 of my favourite book covers, with reasons why I love them and the stories they contain. What are some of your favourite book covers/books? Are any on my list too?
All the best and happy reading. :)
I've edited my version of this week Top Ten Tuesday prompt 'Books to Read by the Pool/At the Beach', since it's only 3 weeks to my holiday, but I only have the same amount of books on my list. So I've also added more for my full summer TBR. And since June is also technically summer- my reading this month is going well, and I'm doing this prompt for July and August.
That's it for today- both my holiday list and my other summer TBR books. I may squeeze in a few more if I have time, but I might do a review of what I've read afterwards too.
What's on your summer TBR? All the best and happy reading. :)
Yes, this is my first Top Ten Tuesday in two months, but I'm finally back doing them!! *happy dance*
Today's prompt is 'Bookish Worlds I'd Want/Never Want to Live In'. I've made the decision to pick eight worlds and debate whether I would survive living there or not. This isn't based on any kinds of facts* other than my own personality and work ethic, ect, so of course is not at all accurate.
*But it will be fun.
Book World #1- Harry Potter
As much as I love the Harry Potter series, I would happily travel back to when the Marauders were all at Hogwarts and experience it then too. I mean, sure, there was probably less chance of death- aside from dodgy spells, I suppose- because there was no danger of the second wizarding war back then.
But let's not be too much of a coward. The majority of Hufflepuffs stayed to fight because it was the right thing for them to do. I worked hard at school, so in the wizarding school sense, it wouldn't be like I was incompetent when duelling- after all, Ravenclaw was a very close second for me. And I'm ridiculously stubborn when I want to be.
Would I survive this world?
While there is a chance I could die, I want to say yes to surviving. :)
Book World #2- Divergent
The aptitude test for this is still available to take on the film's website. The bars change a little bit every time, but I do happen to be Divergent, with strongly being in both Amity and Abnegation (Oh, look! No one is surprised by this!) In other results, Dauntless and Candor are low, with Erudite being low but still coming in 3rd place.
For those of you who haven't read the books, just kinda think of these traits in Hogwarts House terms and you'll get the idea.
Now from the first time I read Divergent, I could see myself in Amity- I'm an introvert, I hate confrontations, love nature and being able to help people when I can. I guess the last one brings out the Abnegation in me, but that bar on the test is really high. I didn't think I was quite that selfless. While Abnegation were stuck in a war at the end of the first book, I would avoid that- and revealing my Divergent-ness- by being in good old Amity.
Funnily enough, both Amity and Hufflepuff get stick as being weak or pushovers, when that isn't the case. And Amity's clothes are light colours or represent the land, such as yellows*, greens, reds and oranges.
Would I survive this world?
*I swear I'm not doing this on purpose just because yellow is my second favourite colour!
Book World #3- Game of Thrones
Now I have a confession to make- I only read the first book and am a part time watcher of the show. Please don't all come at me with pitchforks. I got into the series late and gave up on the books due to their size and the show seeming, to me, to just be better. I'm a visual learner so that might have something to do with it.
Anyway, I'm firmly in the camp belonging to Daenerys. A) Dragons. B) I actually like her, despite some of the stuff she's done. In her defence, she'd be dead fifty times over if she hadn't done some of the stuff she's done. After all, what's that famous quote now...oh yeah.
"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."
Would I survive this world?
So, while I'd happily sit back and watch stuff burn for a while. See the world a bit with our Khaleesi. But ultimately, I don't think even thirty foot dragons would help me in the end. My death in Westeros wouldn't even be gruesome- I'd probably accidently fall off a cliff or something!
This one will have to be a no.
Book World #4- Talon
More dragons! These shape shift into humans and generally great. Though their enemies are dragon hunters collectively known as the Order of St George. (99% sure that is a reference to England and even if not, it still makes me feel patriotic! Though I don't think any dragons were actually harmed- that's why it's a legend.) The books are by Julie Kagawa and are amazing- everyone should go read them!
So with all of these dragons flying about, where does that leave the humans? Well, the Order are all human, and a really great secondary character is a human living with some of the dragons (and he's English too). I'd hang out there, avoiding the Order, because reading five books about them makes me highly care about these dragons.
Would I survive this world?
If we're talking about surviving the end of the series...well, the jury's still out on that one. I hope so. Who doesn't wish dragons were real? :)
Forget cartoon dragons. There aren't any of those in the Talon saga.
Book World #5- The Hunger Games
Would I survive this world?
Let's cut straight to the chase- If I managed to get past all of the reaping days in the age range, then yes. However, knowing my luck, I would get reaped at some point.
So no I wouldn't survive. It becomes a question of how long?
I can swim pretty well, so I'd manage in a water based environment for a bit. And though I'm no Katniss with a bow and arrow, I'd learn, or use them as weapons for close range or something. And there are other types of weapons. While I'm not an expert in climbing trees, I'd hide out somewhere for as long as I could. I'm an introvert- hiding in corners is basically my life around people. :) Oh, and I did karate for seven years.
If the games played to none of these strengths...oh well. But I'm sure that's unlikely. I may not survive being a competitor in the Games, but I would go out fighting.
Book World #6- The Declaration
This trilogy is by Gemma Malley and was the first dystopian I ever read. I've just started re-reading the first book after almost a decade and the concept is still terrifying. Basically, people can live forever and therefore no one can have children anymore, unless they Opt Out of signing the declaration to live a typical amount of years in life to have children.
But bonus points for it being set in England.
Would I survive this world?
It depends on how you look at it. I want kids, so of course would Opt Out and be seen as suspicious as anything and I wouldn't care.
I wouldn't live forever the way most do, so that's a no.
But really- would everyone truly want to live forever? Yes, you'd get to do all the things, but it'd be in a world that never truly changes?
Not living forever in this world would be a good thing. I'd rather have that.
Book World #7- The Falconer
These books, by Elizabeth May, have been some of my favourite in recent times and probably for all time. The mix of real life and Fae lore is fantastic and I love them, so much that I read the whole trilogy over the course of a year.
But they're not the easiest of worlds to live in, particularly by the final book.
Would I survive this world?
Hmm. I reckon I could survive what happened between the first and second books. I'm either smart enough for that, or just really good at laying low. But after that...possibly. But mostly likely not.
Unless I Googled ways to get to very remote places.
Book World #8- The Invisible Library
One of the things this series brings me so much joy in are the alternate worlds and creatures that inhabit them. They're so well planned out and make everything seem real. Plus, you know...books. :)
Sure, there is a lot of danger to being a Librarian, but the main characters seem to be doing alright for themselves so far (I'm soon to start book 4, The Lost Plot, and are going to be several more to the series). Honestly, the danger seems worth it. Getting to travel to some of these places and track down rare, unheard of books, and meet interesting people along the way sounds wonderful. Most of the time, anyway.
Would I survive this world?
I think I'd be relatively good at blending in with the fashion/general time period of whatever alternate I ended up in. Plus, I love learning languages, naturally a usual thing for Librarians. And I'd only court trouble if it meant doing my job and getting hold of the book for that certain assignment. If I met any useful allies on the way, even better.
Then at the end of a long mission, I could curl up in a chair and read!
Final Count- Survival Rates for Myself in Bookish Worlds
All in all, not too bad, I'd say. :)
That's it for today. If you've read these series, which is your favourite? How do you think you would fare living in these worlds? All the best.
I'm back with another Top Ten Tuesday prompt from Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl, which is Books On My Spring TBR List. Though today's is longer and I have 20 books, but that's because I'm indecisive, added to the new releases, and my I'm sure my TBR wants to kill me.
On a side note, I'm also that person who made a list of re-reads for this year in November and December, forgetting that ALL THE BOOKS come out this year. I have started 0 re-reads on the list yet. Present me is wondering where past me's brain was at that time?!!
Let's do this and then I can leave to cry in a corner.
1. Tomi Adeyemi- Children of Blood and Bone & 2. Alexandra Christo- To Kill A Kingdom
These two have been sat on my shelf for at least a week now, but I've not picked them up yet, because 1. There's no way I can get around to them yet, more specifically because I made March a Beat the Backlist Month*, and 2. COBAB is nearly 600 pages long and I'm currently struggling with a 500 page book. I need to take a break before I tackle it, but I'm still really excited to read it!
*It's going so well. Trying not to write that with sarcasm and failing very much. I'll save the crying for when I do a review for my March reads.
3. Emily X. R. Pan- The Astonishing Colour of After
I've heard so many good things about this one and happy book birthday to it, as it releases today in America. You're looking at the UK cover, and I have to wait until Thursday, as that seems to be our main book releases day. We like to be different apparently. At least it gives me an extra two days to soothe my bank balance, right?
4. Shea Ernshaw- The Wicked Deep
This has been on my TBR since last year and it's just come out this month. My local bookstore were currently out of copies but getting more last time I went, so hopefully on Thursday, I'll get one myself. :)
5. Rebecca Ross- The Queen's Rising
I'm quite intrigued by the concept for this book and it's also been on my TBR for a while. Bonus points to my bank account since it came out in paperback this month, therefore I get it a bit cheaper but am still supporting the author. (This situation happens with 90% of books I buy because I'm usually too poor for hardbacks.)
But I'm really excited to read these books.
So far, this list has comprised of new releases for my Spring TBR list. In an effort to placate my TBR pile, I'm adding lots of older books I should have had done by now.
6. Maggie Stiefavter- All the Crooked Saints
I'd heard mixed reviews but still bought it, especially because it was a stand-alone and me and stand-alones by this author work better than series apparently. I adore The Scorpio Races, but have struggled with The Raven Boys in the past (I'm going to give them another go this year). Though I did enjoy the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy when they first came out, but haven't read them since. Maybe I should. Anyway, I digress.
7. Amy Rose Capetta- Echo After Echo
This came onto my radar after a great review from the lovely Elise @TheBookishActress. Elise is one of a handful of reviewers whose opinions I listen to, but I've not heard this book talked about much anywhere else. It was also a Christmas present...yes, you read that right. I still have unread books from a year or two back, so you can't judge me too much. :)
It has involvement with the theatre and an F/F romance with other various diversity going on, so I'm interested and am looking forward to it.
8. Vic James- Tarnished City
I have a valid reason for not having read this yet. It was released here in the UK back in September, but around the time I pre-ordered it, I'd heard due to varying publishers deals and whatnot, the time between books 2 and 3 would be quite long in the UK, but really short in the US. As Gilded Cage came out in April and I remembered what happened, I thought I'd restrain myself and hold it off for a little longer.
Then a couple of months ago, I discovered that book 3 is actually being released this July in the UK. I don't know what changed, but it now means I could have read it straight away- so this is a definite addition to my spring list, in time for Bright Ruin coming out.
9. Sarah Tolcser- Song of the Current
The last of my Christmas present books, since I basically found it nowhere beforehand. I've been looking at this one since it came out last year and hope it will be good.
10. R. J. Barker- Age of Assassins
A series I'd been eyeing for a while before I bought this one. But the second came out at the start of the year and the copy in my local bookshop seems to be telling me to hurry up in reading the first. Plus, I found out today that the final book is being released later this year, so here we are.
11. Sebastien de Castell- Spellslinger
Another one I'd not heard a lot about and my first book by the author, though his other series sounds really good too. The second book in this one comes out in paperback in May and I'm just feeling so behind in all of the potentially great series I've been missing out on by not hearing of them. But I'm here now with this- plus I'm getting a big case of cover love for them.
12. Genevieve Cogman- The Lost Plot
This is book 4 in her The Invisible Library series, one I've often declared my love for. This came out in December and I bought a copy more or less straight away, but I'd only just finished reading book 3 at the time, so I decided to give it a few months. Book 5 comes out possibly in December this year (not many details yet), so it's probably time I read this. Probably in May.
13. Holly Bourne- It Only Happens in the Movies
This will also be my first book by this author. I've also wanted to read Am I Normal Yet?, but haven't gotten around to buying it yet. With all the fantasy I read, it's nice to be able to throw in a contemporary even now and then, just for a change and bit of a breather.
14. Neal Shusterman- Scythe
It only released in the UK recently, so it's just been a matter of getting round to it. I've heard so many good things from my Goodreads friends, so I'm hoping I'll agree with them.
Other Books- Most months, I can read between 6-8 books in a month, depending on what I'm doing and what life is throwing at me. This month has been not so good in reading terms and really stressful at times in general. Over April, May and June, I hope I'll get most of these read. But there are other new releases I'm excited for.
15. Sarah J Maas- A Court of Frost and Starlight
This novella comes out in May and will be dual narrated between Feyre and Rhys and will bridge the first books with whatever gets thrown at us with the rest of the series. It's a bit longer than a normal novella, but if I get a lazy day, Ill probably be reading this over the course of a single day.
16. Victoria Aveyard- War Storm & 17. Julie Kagawa- Inferno
War Storm comes out in May and Inferno in April. I put these together because they're the final books in their respective series and, as excited as I am for them, I am most definitely Not. Ready. Especially with Inferno after the mess that Legion left me in...
18. Amanda Foody- Ace of Shades
I was hearing about this book even before I'd read Daughter of the Burning City, which I loved. Unfortunately, I don't live in America, so while all my lovely friends across the pond are reading this book in April, I'll be playing 'Dodge The Spoilers' and having to wait until the middle of May. Actually, most people I know on Goodreads are really good with not spoiling books. I love them for it.
19. Akemi Dawn Bowman- Starfish
I'll let you into a secret: When I found out Starfish was finally being published in the UK (to my knowledge, I've not seen it around last year), I probably squealed. Then I made sure of the release date, how much it cost, and was very aware of putting the money aside for it. I'm really excited to learn more about Japanese culture, but I'm mainly here for the social anxiety rep.
Small quotes I've read on people's reviews regarding the SA rep have already made me cry, so I'm preparing myself. I'm sure it will be cathartic as I cry and try not the wet the pages. And it comes out just before my birthday. :)
April, please hurry up.
20. Alice Oseman- I Was Born For This
This sounds fantastic and I'm so pleased for the amount of people on Goodreads- many who are friends or acquaintances- who are going to get to see themselves represented in this book. I enjoyed Solitaire, but loved Radio Silence. That one brought some great diverse characters, but also dealt with depression and doing what you love, not what's expected of you- whether or not you attend university.
That was the book by this author I saw myself represented in because, at the time, I was struggling to accept my depression had returned and struggling with even doing a degree. It was so relatable to me. I'm really glad it's going to be other people's turn now with I Was Born For This, come May.
And that's finally it for today's post. What books are on your spring TBR lists, and are any of these on it too? Who else wants April and May to come so we can spend money we don't have on books?
All the best and happy reading.
Today's Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Favourite Book Quotes, and for the first time, I'm putting my own spin on it and choosing some of my favourite quotes that mean something to me. This was actually a lot harder when choosing them than I thought, once I'd gotten about halfway, but I managed it in the end.
These quotes aren't in any specific order, but I admit half the list comes from two books/series. No, I'm not joking. :)
I'll provide explanations of why and what they mean to me.
1. "You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift."
- Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus.
The is a book I only got around to last year but loved it. This quote really stuck in my head for a few reasons. One, this has been my experience when reading so often and many on this list embody the idea in this one.
Secondly, I want that or my writing. I would love one day to find that something I had written meant a lot to someone, or helped them in some way, or whatever it might be.
2. "You're a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable. Something beautiful and full of monsters...All the best stories are."
- Laini Taylor: Strange the Dreamer.
This book I'm currently reading, and is my first by the author. (I know, I know, I plan on catching up very soon) Technically, from a writing point of view, this could involve similar things to me as The Night Circus quote. However, I'm now finding out how rich and fascinating Laini's writing is.
To me, this quote speaks of why I read books in the first place- a chance to get away from real life, go on adventures, embrace new things, throw in a bit of danger and romance or any other elements to make the recipe for a thrilling book I would come back to again and again.
3. "Do not lose that hunger. You will always have to fight for everything. Even when you already have it, you will have to keep fighting to maintain it. You will have to be more ruthless, more brutal, more everything. Any weakness will undo everything you have accomplished. They will see any crack as evidence that they were right that a woman cannot do what you do.
Hunyadi knew what he spoke of. Her merits, her accomplishments, her strength would never speak for themselves. She would have to cut her way through the world, uphill, for the rest of her life."
- Kiersten White: Now I Rise.
So I know this quote is quite long, but the whole thing has to be in there really. As important as this in Lada's journey, there is something that's an utterly feminist slant to it in a way.
On a personal level, this brings me back to last year when I was in my final year of university and I was fighting so many battles, internally and externally, just to get that piece of paper at the ceremony that told me I had a degree. I often feel like I've been underestimated in my life- including underestimating myself and what I'm capable of- as though I have something to prove.
But if Lada can do it, then so can I.
4. "Libraries were full of ideas- perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons."
- Sarah J Maas: Throne of Glass.
Do I really need to explain why libraries are important to bookworms everywhere? :) Not only by reading do I recharge as an introvert- and libraries are even better for this since they come ready-made for this purpose- but they house books. In the same vein as quote number 2, books can transport us anywhere and believe in us that we can do what we set out to do in the first place- especially when we don't believe in ourselves.
5. "There are good days and hard days for me- even now. Don't let the hard days win."
- Sarah J Maas: A Court of Mist and Fury.
For those of you who are new to my blog, A Court of Mist and Fury is a book that means more to me than I might have words for, though I try. I'll also be discussing this in more detail in this weekend's post for my new series.
When I first read this quote- spoken by a character who has been through a lot and is trying to help the main character through various things- I think I cried. I know I read it over a few times before continuing with the book. Then I pinned it to my noticeboard to read whenever I didn't think I could continue with uni in a haze of depression and anxiety.
6. "You do what you love. What you need."
- Sarah J Maas: A Court of Mist and Fury.
Spoken by the same character as quote number 5, this also went up on my board and really resonated with me, particularly for most of my third and final year of uni. At the time, I was really struggling to find the time to read, which is my go to for relaxing and recharging, in the midst of all the assignments and my dissertation stuff I had to do. I was in really bad places mentally for a lot of that year. ACOMAF was one of the only books I found I could pull of a shelf and flick through to remind me I wasn't alone.
Even when my family thought I should be working, I armed myself with this quote, and finally found the chance to give myself permission to read. I even doodled once in a while- I really can't draw well- and that relaxed me too. I really did need to do these things in order to keep enough of my sanity to function some days.
7. "'To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.'
'To the stars who listen and the dreams that are answered.'"
- Sarah J Maas: A Court of Mist and Fury.
Ok, so this quote doesn't have any specific personal meaning, but I just love it and the scene it's from. Here, the two main characters are really opening up to each other after their own personal horrors experienced from book 1 and the main character is learning that life is still worth living. It's just a beautiful scene overall; both this scene and their relationship reminds me of the song A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay.
8. "Maybe there were people who lived those lives. Maybe this girl was one of them. But what about the rest of us? What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren't chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway."
- Leigh Bardugo: Crooked Kingdom (Emphasis added).
Also for those of you new to my blog, the Six of Crows duology is another one of my favourites.
I think this quote harkens back to what I mentioned earlier about being underestimated. Throughout all of my school life, and into college and uni, I either had to deal with bullying or mental illnesses at various times. These things sometimes have been intertwined. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well at school in order to succeed.
Because the truth is- there's no magic formula for doing well in life. Books inspire me that I can do whatever I think I can, but the characters (unfortunately) cannot come and advise me in person. And if I want to do well for myself, I have to take that for myself- something I think the last line really gives me confidence for.
9. "Inej had once offered to teach him how to fall. 'The trick is not getting knocked down,' he'd told her with a laugh. 'No, Kaz,' she'd said, 'the trick is in getting back up'."
- Leigh Bardugo: Six of Crows.
This is something I've had to learn so many times, particularly on a bad mental health day or if I've just wanted to give up. In the scene, Inej isn't talking about it in these terms, but I see it that way as well.
10. "Until this moment, Wylan hadn't quite understood how much they meant to him. His father would have sneered at these thugs and thieves, a disgraced soldier, a gambler who couldn't keep out of the red. But they were his first friends, his only friends, and Wylan knew that even if he'd had his pick of a thousand companions, these would be the people he chose."
- Leigh Bardugo: Crooked Kingdom.
You know when you read a book, get to end and realise you have another favourite group of people you wish were real? The squads in both the Six of Crows duology and in A Court of Mist and Fury are my nominations for this. It's been a very long time since I've been able to relate to so many book characters who are so solidly a group, as well as fantastic individuals.
It also makes me think of all the people I have around me who are or are like my family, who kept me going through uni, who love and support me so much with everything. The people whom I don't know what I did to be part of their lives and vice versa, but I'm so thankful and grateful we are a group too.
And that's it for today's Top Ten Tuesday and the insight into my brain, some of my favourite books and their quotes.
Are any of these books you love? Do any of these quotes resonate with you in any way? What are some of your favourite book quotes? All the best. :)
Yes, it's been about a month since I did any Top Ten Tuesday posts. But hi, I'm back! :) Today's prompt is 'Books I could re-read forever'.
1. Black Beauty
This book has been a favourite for years and I never get tired of reading it. It's unique in that the entire book is the autobiography of a horse, which I've never encountered anything like before or since. The book also made great strides (no pun intended, I promise) in welfare for horses being revised and improved, so that's always a bonus. :)
2. Jane Eyre
One of the first classics I ever read and have loved ever since. I saw a theatre production a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the way it was done. I can't really explain the appeal Jane Eyre holds for me when I've tried a few other classics and not enjoyed them as much, but I'll always recommend this one!
3. A Little Princess
The last one of the more 'classics' type books on my list. I first read this one several years ago around the same time as Black Beauty and enjoy it almost as much. Sara goes through so many hardships at such a young age, but she's often still thinking of other people and helping them, but that doesn't mean she's perfect.
4. A Court of Mist and Fury
While I've enjoyed the whole series so far, ACOMAF as a sequel really stepped up from the first book. I could gush about it all day, which is why it easily makes this list. It means a lot to me and I'll be talking about it more in depth over the next week or so in the new series I've started on the blog. (See Part 1 here)
5. The Chronicles of Narnia
Ok, so if this is cheating slightly with them being seven books, I don't care. I have the abridged version anyway, which makes them into one long book, so it counts that way. Again, they mean a lot, and my re-reads tend to be long periods of time in between each time, but they never lose any of the magic and appeal about them.
6. Radio Silence
This book is slowly gaining more popularity after it was released in 2016 and I'm seeing it around the Goodreads community more. There is so much diversity and really important topics discussed and I just...yeah, go read it.
7. Six of Crows & 8. Crooked Kingdom
You can't have one without the other! The characters, the settings, the plot...I plan to re-read them this year and I'm going to love every minute of it (one big scene aside, which causes my heart pain).
9. Malory Towers
Going back to my childhood and cheating for these last two entries. Enid Blyton was my favourite childhood author and I wanted to go to Malory Towers so badly when I was growing up. I can't choose a favourite book from the main original six, and I've had them for so long, the covers are a little worse for wear, but still re-read with love.
Finally, the Heartland series, particularly book 9, Every New Day. As I've mentioned a couple of times, this series was really important to me in my teenage years and I will re-read these this year as well- it helps they're quite short. I think I'll also be discussing them further in my new series. I'm lucky enough to own them with the original covers, which I prefer to the newer ones. And I'm still hopelessly behind on the Canadian TV show, since a channel started showing it in the UK a good few years ago and then just stopped- but I will watch it all eventually. :)
Do any of these make your own re-read forever list? What others of yours would you add?
All the best.
And now I'm back with doing the Top Ten Tuesday prompts after a bit of wanting to do them over Christmas but not getting the time. I may do a quick one sometime to play along too.
Today's theme: Bookish Resolutions/Goals
Usually on New Year's Day, I'm not the sort of person to make tons of resolutions. I do have an idea of what I want to work towards or accomplish during the year- there's always something! But when it comes to books...well, ok. Things take a different turn.
Especially this year.
Have you SEEN the releases for this year?! I've compiled a list and most of it is just until June, so the second half of the year and books should be fun*. But let's not think about that yet.
*By fun, I mean, I'll be saying goodbye to my bank account.
Also not sure I have ten, but that's just a guide. Here we go!
1. Divide them up by month
On average, I read between 6-8 books a month. This depends on book size, life, and various other things. There are newer ones I couldn't wait to get my hands on so I seem to be reading them along with everyone else on Goodreads right now. I also choose depending on how much I want to read them, because there's no point in forcing myself to read something if I don't want to yet.
Doing this just makes my TBR more manageable. On New Year's Day, I organised a lot of them along the back of my desk- as many as would fit- and keep moving them up as I read them. At the time, it make me feel super organised...
Then I took a step back to look at what I'd done, saw how many there were and wanted to scream into the void. Because I repeat- Have you seen the books being released this year??
2. Beat the Backlist
I know there are official accounts on Twitter ect, to do this, but I'm not part of them. However, I do have many books from 2017 still impatiently waiting for me to pick them up- or even a couple of years further back.
This isn't all my fault- some I waited for the paperback, like Caraval, which it came out in November and Strange the Dreamer, and the paperback for that comes out this March. In addition to this, I discovered about 7 new authors last year and many were first published a few years ago. I do have catching up to do.
3. Not stress over re-reads
I made a list late last year of books I want to re-read and it...got quite long. Many are from my childhood and so are quite short, even if the series do sometimes get a bit long. Those I'm not worries about. I'm talking the bigger books before the next in the series is released this year, ect.
But then I remind myself- and as a friend on Goodreads pointed out to everyone today- reading is supposed to fun and not stressful!
(At least, not externally. Authors do mean things to their characters. I...do know something of that. I try not to be all the time...certain situations call for it. We all keep each other company with our tears.)
But the important thing- it's ok if I need to slow down with reading or take a break for a while. I purposely set my Goodreads challenge goal higher than last year's but still low enough that I'll feel happy if/when I go over it. :)
4. DNF books if I'm not enjoying them
Last year, I managed this with a couple of books that bored me or frankly were just disappointing. It felt good to do, even if it still seemed like I shouldn't. But I learnt that life's too short to be reading a book I'm not enjoying, especially if it's just going to sit there and never be picked up again.
This year I'm giving myself more permission to DNF books. Hopefully, I won't have to very often.
5. Don't always read a book just for the hype
In a similar vein, I sometimes have a tendency to read books everyone else is because of the hype. You know, your favourites reviewers/friends/whole Goodreads community seem to be talking about it, so you want in?
I've done that before and then found myself disappointed. Also that there was something 'wrong' with me for not liking a book everyone else seemed to adore?? Anyway.
Of course, I still read reviews, but I'm learning to trust my instincts on a book. If I can, with a physical copy try and read the first page or two before buying it to see if I like it before spending money. Particularly with the bigger books- 500 pages+. That's a big commitment and they obviously cost more.
So that's my five bookish resolutions for the year of 2018! In all fairness to myself, I will most likely post this and then think of more, but oh well.
You have some idea of what is going through my mind right now when I'm thinking my TBR pile/mountain and the 2018 releases. I've talked a lot about those for a reason- because there are so many and I'm super excited for them!! :D I will also most likely do a most wanted list soon, so stay tuned for that.
What are some of your 2018 bookish resolutions? Are you like me with a huge list of books from previous years you still haven't read (I'm sure I can't be the only one!)? Which 2018 releases are you most excited about?
All the best.
For today's Top Ten Tuesday, the prompt has really hit home that it's Christmas Day in less than a week!!
Thankfully, I have all of my shopping done and now don't have a reason to go into any shopping centres. As I'm only 5ft, people have a tendency to walk straight at me or whack me with bags anyway, but Christmas is the worst time for it.
But all of this now means I get to sit back and think of everything Christmas means to me and get excited for the fact it's nearly here. :) This year, the majority of my list books, but as I can't remember all that's on there (yay for a bad short term memory in the midst of all the reading I'm trying to fit in before the year ends), this won't be list of ten.
Side note- All of these books have struggled with a case of "Not easily available in England", hence why they aren't read/on my shelves yet and I'm hoping Amazon will be my friend this Christmas.
1. Mackenzie Lee- The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue
This book has been on my TBR list since it came out this year. My Goodreads feed was full of updates and sometimes still is. My mum has confessed that it might not be here on the 25th, but she's hopeful it will be here not long after.
I hope so, too. I really badly want to read it. :)
2. Francesca Zappia- Eliza and her Monsters
In a short summary, basically read everything I wrote for the first book and apply it to this one too. Unfortunately. I would like them arrive before 31st December, and then I'll feel extra accomplished because I will have read some 2017 releases in 2017!*
*(This has happened previously this year but I sometimes forget since I'm forever playing catch up)
3. Sarah Tolcser- Song of the Current
This one sounds really interesting so it's gone on my list. It at least came out this year, so I won't be doing too bad if I manage to read it early 2018, in time for the second one to be released.
4. Margaret Rogerson- An Enchantment of Ravens
This book sounds good and has been compared in some ways to ACOTAR, which is hard to avoid when you read the blurb. However, I'm a massive fan of the ACOTAR series (as though that's a surprise to anyone who spends five minutes on my blog!), so this is a bonus.
Also, I'm in love with that cover!! Designed by the amazing Charlie Bowater, whose work blows my mind. She's done fan art for several of my favourite book series/characters. She was also responsible for the artwork in the ACOTAR colouring book, after her many fan art pieces from the series. Her one of the black dress was also worked into the cover art for ACOWAR by the designer.
It's a small world!!
But I also love reading books about art, since I can't draw/paint well at all. Admiring not-real people from far away in not-real worlds at least doesn't give me too much of a sense of failure in these areas.
On the other hand, my dad is quite good at drawing...you understand where I'm coming from, right? :D
5. Julia Ember- The Seafarer's Kiss
This one has been on my list for what feels like forever. It was apparently released in May- according to Goodreads- and I have seen no sign of any physical copy anywhere. It features f/f romance, Norse mythology and loose re-tellings of various bits and pieces.
And I've heard there's a map involved?? I love maps in books. Maps are very useful things.
Basically, I think I'm going to love this book as much I love that cover. Which by now is no surprise either.
Does anyone still say to never judge a book by its cover? Because if so, they should stop. I'm so bad for doing this. But I'm not alone in it at least.
6. Amy Rose Capetta- Echo After Echo
As it was published only a couple of months ago, this book may have slipped under my radar had it not been for a friend on Goodreads reading an ARC- I think- and then proceeding to gush about it. Thanks Elise! :)
This too has an f/f romance and involves a murder mystery and the theatre. Basically, I wasn't going to stay away. The cover...ahem, yes, this again...reminds me of a painting and is pretty since the spotlights are multi-coloured. Actually, for once, I preferred the sound of the blurb over the cover.
Here ends today's Top Ten (Six!) Tuesday, where I'll post this and proceed to remember other books I should have added in it tomorrow. Ah well. :)
All the best and an early Merry Christmas!! Have a great time.
Hi everyone and welcome to today's Top 10 Tuesday, as prompted from the website. This week is 10 book settings you'd love to visit and I had a lot of fun thinking these up. A few will be obvious- especially if you know me- but I'll explain why I've chosen each one as we go along.
We have lots of world hopping to do. Buckle your seatbelts and here we go!
This had to head the list. I'm sure everyone has wanted to attend Hogwarts, so it doesn't much explaining. :)
Again, this was another huge part of my childhood, so that's all I really need to say.
3. Velaris/Night Court
As a fan of Sarah J Maas' books, especially the ACOTAR series, this shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, judging how much I talk about it on here. I know I've mentioned a lot about how much ACOMAF- which is when we're introduced to Velaris and more of the Night Court as a whole- has helped me over the last year and a half or so. It had to be on here.
Another author I love, Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows duology too has been featured on my blog quite a bit. I know of no one who wouldn't want to walk the streets of this city and meet our favourite gang- with Kaz and the crew there in case we need help, of course! :)
5. Cambridge University (Radio Silence)
Now this isn't a fictional setting, but I would like to visit Cambridge University, as mentioned in Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. This has become one of my all-time favourites since its publication last year. However, I live in the north of England and I've never been to London or nearby. I also once thought about applying to Cambridge but, er...well, I'm not quite that clever.
This world is introduced in the Falling Kingdoms novels by Morgan Rhodes. Yes, it can be a dangerous place, but there is so much magic there, and yes, of course I'd love to learn how to use a sword.
7. Camelot (The Road to Avalon)
Now as I've seen many TV and film adaptations of the King Arthur legends and have spent time there myself for my own writing (including this year's NaNoWriMo), I'm specifying the book The Road to Avalon. This was such an important book in that I realised there is no right way to interpret the legends- a reason why I love them so much and they've endured for so many centuries. But I'd love to visit the Camelot that Joan Wolf made for so many reasons, not least to see how it would stack up against the two versions I've created myself! :)
8. Library of Alexandria
In the Ink and Bone series by Rachel Caine, we're introduced to amazing characters, but also this huge, wonderful and rather terrifying world of books and control for books and power, ect. But it's still about books, so I'd face that danger.
This is a two part one and another real answer. The Heartland books are set in the hills of Virginia, which sound amazing, but the TV show is filmed/set in Alberta, Canada. It looks beautiful. I'm way, way behind on the show thanks to English channels stopping showing it due to rights and stuff, but that's what DVDs are for, yay! However, as the books are so important and special to me, I'd love to visit both locations in real life.
10. Irene's Library
Genevieve Cogman's series The Invisible Library has quickly become a favourite of mine. It's a mix of Doctor Who, Sherlock and books, I think it's been described as and I adore them. The main fixed point outside of all the alternate worlds is the Library Irene calls home. Not only is it full of known and rare books, but you don't age as long as you're in there. That has to be a double bonus!!
So bookworms, that's it from me for today. What are some of your book settings you'd want to visit? Do any of mine match up with your own? All the best. :)