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 10 Tuesday: Books Set Outside the US

Another week, another Top Ten Tuesday!

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Follow the link to find out more/how to take part.

This week’s topic is Books Set Outside The USA – which is a super easy topic for me, because that includes the majority of my bookshelf! I don’t know why, it’s not like I have an aversion to the US being a book setting – maybe it’s because I live in Britain? Or because my favourite genre is Fantasy?

So to narrow down my selection range I’m keeping this list within the known world – no fantasy lands, unless they are based in reality, e.g. Harry Potter is fantasy that happens in Britain whereas The Hobbit is fantasy that happens in Middle Earth (which is unfortunately absent from actual Earth). But I’m also excluding Harry Potter anyway because basically everyone’s read that/will pick it for list.

Anyways, here’s my list:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  Set: Germany, WW2.

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  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Set: Amsterdam, Holland, 1600s.

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  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Set: France/Germany, WW2. Mostly St. Malo on the North coast of France – which is a beautiful place to visit.

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  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Set: Lithuania, Soviet Union (WW2 Europe).

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  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Set: London/London Below.14497

 

  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Set: Britain (mostly – also spends time in France, Spain, Italy). 1800s.

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  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. Set: South Africa, Sweden.

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  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Set: England, Victorian era.

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  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Set: England, Victorian era.

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  • Animal Farm by George Orwell. Set: Britain – although based on communist Russia.

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  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Set: England, Victorian era.9780141199085

 

People who have counted might have noticed that this list contains not ten books, but eleven. *shocked gasp*. I know, I’m such a rebel.

Has anyone else read any of these? Liked them? Hated them? Please let me know!

lizard

If Book Characters were Tea…?

I love tea. It’s one of my favourite things, along with owls and cute-but-utterly-pointless ornaments (seriously though, I think I might need to have a clear out soon).

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I also love books, if the existence of this blog wasn’t proof of that already. So, I thought to myself whilst sipping a hot brew of Earl Grey this morning (because I’m basically an 80 year old woman trapped in a teenage body), why not combine them?

But how does that work, you ask? Here’s how – for every type of tea in my kitchen cupboard, I’m going to match it to a book character I like. Simple.

 

If book characters were tea…

…Gansey from The Raven Cycle would obviously be Mint Tea. Gansey chews so many mint leaves in this book series. So. Many. Mint. Leaves. So this one was a no-brainer. Interesting side-note however, apparently he can’t make tea for “love or money” according to his tea-expert British friend Prof. Mallory. Tragic.

…Magnus Bane from the Mortal Instruments would be Spicy Chai Tea. This tea is vibrant and exotic, and I feel that it matches Magnus’ bold/out-going personality well. And, for me at least, the spicy element of the tea reminded of his sassiness.

…Bronte’s Jane Eyre would probably be Earl Grey tea. A classic for a classic. Also, “Earl” reminded me of all the aristocratic nonsense that Jane witnessed at Thornfield. ‘nough said.

…Tiffany Aching from Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men would be English Breakfast Tea (aka, the normal stuff you can put milk in). The tea that spawned my love of teas. Therefore, I feel it matches the protagonist from the book that spawned my love of fantasy books/reading in general, Tiffany Aching from The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. Also, both are honest and upfront, to the point. A good pair.

…Persephone from The Raven Cycle would be Chamomile Tea. The characters from this series just translate really well into teas, okay? I picked this one because chamomile tea is very calming and Persephone seems to float through life with so much chill that I feel they go well together.

…Inej from Six of Crows would be Mint and Nettle Tea. This tea is sweet whilst also being made from a pain-inducing stinging plant. Inej is sweet whilst also being lethal with her knives/general badassery. Not quite the same thing, but, you know, close?

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Any thoughts? What characters remind you of your favourite drinks? Please let me know in the comments!

lizard