Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Read by the End of 2016

Hello fellow bookish people!

As some of the more perceptive among you may have noticed, today is Wednesday! Which means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday! Woo!

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T5W is a weekly book meme and it’s Goodreads group exists here for anyone who wants to know more/take part!

This week’s topic is…

August 24th: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year
–Another self-explanatory one!

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1.Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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2.A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

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3.Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

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4.Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

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5.Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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What about you guys? What do you plan on reading before this year is over?

lizard

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Top 10 Tuesday: TBR Books That Time Forgot…

Once again, it’s Top Ten Tuesday time!

This week’s topic is…

Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet

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Top Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which I shall link here! Just in case you want to know more!

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The Old Hats of my TBR Pile:

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

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A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab

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Uprooted by Naomi Novak

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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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Anyone else got any interesting books languishing on their TBR Pile? Let me know!

lizard

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite First Sentences!

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It’s Top 5 Wednesday time again! I couldn’t limit myself to five, so my list actually has seven. I love picking out good first sentences – they’re such an important part of books!

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T5W is a weekly book meme – find the Goodreads group here for more details.

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The statistical probability that an illiterate in 1970s Soweto will grow up and one day find herself confined in a potato truck with the Swedish king and prime minister is 1 in 45,766,212,810.

According to the calculations of the aforementioned illiterate herself.

-Jonas Jonasson, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

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Some things start before other things.

– Terry Pratchett, The Wee Three Men.

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It is many years before the Pied Piper comes back for the other children.

– Eliza Granville, Gretel and the Dark

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At dusk they pour from the sky.

– Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

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All children, except one, grow up.

– J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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A secret is a strange thing.

– Maggie Stiefvater, The Dreams Thieves

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When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread, till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to mere chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun.

– Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd

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So what about you guys? What are your favourite opening lines? Please let me know!

lizard

Top 10 Tuesday: Books With X Setting!

Hello Tuesday!

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc)

And I’m choosing to make this post…

Top 10 Books with a Historical Setting!

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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

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The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

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The Muse by Jessie Burton

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

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The Diviners Series by Libba Bray

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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Witch Child by Celia Rees

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish – link here if you want to know more/take part!

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So what about you guys? Any matches? Please let me know!

lizard

Top 10 Tuesday: Rewind!

Hello! This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is…

August 9: Top Ten Tuesday REWIND — go back and do a topic you missed over the years or recently or a topic you really want to revisit

So I picked – FAVOURITE COVERS! Which is pretty self explanatory – just a selection of my favourite book covers. I only chose books that I actually own or else we’d be here all day.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish – here is the link in case you want to know more!

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The Muse by Jessie Burton

Peter Pan by J M Barrie

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Splintered by A. G. Howard

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

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Aren’t they Booktiful!

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Any else read these books? Got any covers that you love? Please share!

lizard

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Here are the rules:

*Grab a book, any book.Friday 56
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

 

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This week I’ve chosen…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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And here is my chosen quote:

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Anyone else love Scorpius? Definitely my favourite character from Cursed Child.

lizard

Top 5 Wednesday: Feelings Change…

This week’s T5W topic is…

Books You Feel Differently About!

Talk about the books that you feel differently about after you’ve had time to think about them or re-read them. These are books that you gave a low rating, and then thought about it or re-read it and ended up loving. Or a book that you loved when you first read it, but after you’ve thought about it or you’ve gotten older, you see how many problems it had.

(from T5W group on Goodreads)

T5W is a weekly book meme, use the link above to find the Goodreads group if you want to know more/ join in!

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Jane Eyre

I first attempted to read Jane Eyre when I was 14 after receiving it as a gift. I read about two, three chapters and called it quits – I just wasn’t enjoying the writing or the story. Then I tried it again when I was 16 and I adored it! It’s one of my favourites now.

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The 5th Wave

First read = loved it. Tried to re-read it just before the second one came out = hated it.

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My Sister’s Keeper

The book ending differs from the film ending drastically and after I thought about it a bit (and stopped crying), I realised that I kind of hated the book ending. Both are devastating, but the film is believable devastating – the book is lets-have-a-big-plot-twist-now devastating, but the plot twist doesn’t make sense. At. All.

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Switched/Torn/Ascend (Trylle Series)

I loved these books at the time, but in hindsight they were actually pretty meh. I tried rereading them a while ago, and I realised how whiny Wendy was. I wish I’d left them alone after that first time.

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I could only think of four – but let’s count the Trylle series as three books, okay? Okay.

What about you guys? Has any else read any of these? Thoughts? Talk to me!

lizard

Top 5 Wednesday: Wishlist Additions!

118368It’s Top Five Wednesday again!

This is a weekly book meme and you can find the Goodreads group here if you want to know more or take part. This week’s topic is…

Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist!

 

  • Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch.

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  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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  • Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

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  • Slade House by David Mitchell

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What’s on your wishlist? Any matches? Please let me know!

lizard

The Friday 56

Wooo! It’s Friday!

And therefore time for another Friday 56, which is a weekly book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Go check it out! I’ll leave the rules here in case anyone else want’s to take part:

Rules:Friday 56
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

 

So this week I chose… (*insert drum-roll*)

….The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson! This book is hilarious, I highly recommend it. Nombeko is an amazing protagonist.

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The engineer glared at his cleaning woman. She was being impudent again. It was enough to make a person crazy. Especially since she was always right. 

That damned creature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Has any one else read this book? Please let me know!

lizard