Top 10 Tuesday: Things Books Have Made Me Want To Learn!

Hello lovelies! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them.

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Here is the link if you would like to know more about it/take part!

Books, books, books – as well as teaching me things, they also make me want to learn things. The issue is that I’m usually too lazy/clumsy/untalented to pick up these new skills or it’s actually impossible to. Sigh. I can dream though, right? Hence my list:

  • Archery – various Fantasy books.
  • Alchemy – Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott
  • How to be an Animagus – Harry Potter. Being a bird would be cool, except for the part where I’m scared of heights and flying. Maybe a fox would be better actually…
  • Paint – The Muse by Jessie Burton. I have zero artistic skills, but I’d love to have some.
  • Horse riding – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.
  • How to drive – The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater.
  • Mythology – various fantasy books.
  • How to sail – Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Ahoy there!
  • Cartography (map-making) – The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
  • How to play a musical instrument – Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

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So how about you? Any matches? Any other cool talents I should know about? Please let me know!

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

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

Top 5 Wednesday: Sequels Wanted!

Hello! This week’s T5W topic is: “Stand-alone’s that you wish had a sequel or the last118368 book in the series that you wish wasn’t the last.”  T5W is a weekly book meme and you can find the Goodreads group here, if you would like to find out more or join in.

Any self-respecting bookworm will have suffered from a condition sometimes referred to as “Book Hangover”. It is the experience of feeling bereft after finishing a really amazing book. It is best cured by the consumption of another great book, but, alas, when compared to the book that created the problem in the first place, it is often difficult to find a book up to the task.

This is where sequels come in handy. If you finish a book and begin to feel a book hangover coming on, you can grab the sequel and continue on with the same characters, story, author – it’s not always guaranteed to be as good as its predecessor, but it usually helps.

But a lot of great books are stand alone. And all series have to end at some point. So here are my top 5 books that I wish had sequels:

  • Seraphina/Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman. I want more! This fantasy duology about dragons is brilliant, engaging and very original. The second book wasn’t as great as the first, the plot wasn’t as focused, but I would love to know more about these characters.

 

  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I just loved this book and want to spend more time in London Below.

 

  • Faery Rebels series by R J Anderson. I mentioned this series on last week’s Top Ten Tuesday for underrated books and I seriously want a conclusion to it! The first trilogy ended very neatly, but the ones after it – Swift and Nomad – felt like part of a larger story that never appeared.

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  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. One of my favourite books of all time. I would love a sequel!

 

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. How cool would a book about a modern day Night Circus be? Just think about that for a second, if you will.

 

So what are your desperately wanted sequels? Or do prefer stand-alone’s? 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