Top 10 Tuesday: Favourite Books To Complement A History Lesson!

Top 10 Tuesday!!!

This week’s topic is:

August 30: Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher

I picked books to complement a history lesson, but instead of giving many examples of good books about a specific era, I tried to vary the historical context a bit. Enjoy!

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Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check it out here.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Nazis Germany

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The Diviners Series by Libba Bray – 1920s New York

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Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon – Scotland and WW1

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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – Napoleonic Wars

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Animal Farm by George Orwell – Communist Russia

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – Racism in America, 1930s (ish?)

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Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – 1950s New Orleans

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Witch Child by Celia Rees – Salem Witch Trials

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The Muse by Jessie Burton – 1960s London/1930s rural Spain

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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – Victorian Colonialism

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What about you? Any favourite books that would help liven up a history lesson? Please let me know!

lizard

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’d Buy If I Had the Money!

Hello again!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is….

Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card!

Aka, if every bookworm’s wish came true. I love this topic – it’s got me all excited, but also kind of frustrated because I’d never have enough money to buy all these. One can dream though, right?

For those of you who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Here is the link for those of you want to find out more.

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Uprooted by Naomi Novak

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Ravenclaw Harry Potter editions

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Special Edition F Scott Fitzgerald books

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Mort by Terry Pratchett

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No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

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Penguin clothbound classics

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 Quintana of Charyn by Melissa Marchetta

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Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations by Aude de Tocqueville

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A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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What about you guys? What would you buy?

lizard

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Hey guys! So I was tagged by the delightful icebreaker694 to do the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag, which freaks me out itself because where is this year going? Icebreaker694’s blog exists here and you should go check it out, it’s really good. 🙂

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016:

Just one? Well, I recently did a post about my Favourite Books of 2016 So Far, but I guess that if I absolutely had to pick one…. Nope. Still stuck. I’m just going to make this jointly between The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

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Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016:

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. This was well worth the long wait and even better than it’s predecessor, The Diviners. Can’t wait to see where this series goes next. For those of you who are interested, it’s a paranormal/historical set in 1920s New York.

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New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To:

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. I loved the first book and I keep seeing really positive reviews about the sequel, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Can’t wait!

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Most Anticipated Release fro the Second Half of the Year:

CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO. I NEED THIS MORE THAN OXYGEN.

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Biggest Disappointment of 2016 So Far:

Emma by Jane Austen. Sorry Austen fans, but I shall hang my head in shame. I just wasn’t feeling it. It’s not put me off though – I’m going to leave it a while but I definitely want to get around to reading another of Austen’s works.

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Biggest Surprise:

The Chimes by Anna Smaill. Honestly, this was an impulse buy based on an interesting synopsis and lovely cover. No regrets! Quirkiest dystopian I’ve ever read.

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Favourite New Author:

Virginia Woolf. Who technically isn’t new – quite the opposite in fact – but who was new to me this year. I’m definitely going to read more of her work.

 

Newest Fictional Crush:

So I finally got around to reading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo this year. I read Smoke and Bone a long time ago and whilst I didn’t dislike it I wasn’t exactly wowed either, so I thought I wouldn’t continue with the series. Then Six of Crows happened. One of my favourite premises for a book is: fantasy thieves. Honestly, write that on a book and I’ll buy it. Which is what happened with Six of Crows, which is now sitting on my favourites shelf because it is that brilliant.17415685-_uy200_

So after reading Six of Crows I thought I’d give the Grisha trilogy another go, picking up Siege and Storm. It’s still not amazing, but not bad either – I liked it more than book one. But you know what I loved about it? (*insert dreamy sigh*) Nikolai Lantsov. He gets all the best quotes in this book:

“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.”

“Anything worth doing starts as a bad idea.”

 

Newest Favourite Character:

Ling Chan from Lair of Dreams. Such a bad-ass. Such a genius. Such a lovable character.

 

Book That Made You Cry:

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. To be honest every time I read a book by this genius I end up sobbing at one point. Also, a perfect excuse to use my favourite gif!

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Favourite Book to Film Adaptation:

Room. This film hit me with the feels, I was crying. Again.

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Favourite Post I’ve Done This Year:

The Bookish Time Travel Tag. My first Tag! If you want to take part, feel free!

 

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year:

The Muse by Jessie Burton, literally three days ago. I got the hardcover. It’s stunning. The pages are red. I think this is what love feels like.

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What Book Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year:

Besides all of them…? Probably Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It’s been on my TBR shelf for ages and I know I’m probably going to really love it, but I keep putting it off. It’s on this month’s TBR though, so hopefully.

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I Tag:

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AJ @ Rather Quite Lovely

Av8tor1988 @ Inside My Minds

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The Fourth Month

If you’ve already done this tag – sorry! If I haven’t tagged you and you want to take part just imagine that your blog appeared on the list above and go for it anyway. Thanks again to icebreaker694 for tagging me!

So what about you guys? Has anyone read any of these books? Anyone want to read any of these? Thoughts? Please let me know!

lizard

 

The Bookish Time Travel Tag!

Time is an illusion. – Albert Einstein
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Hello! Anyone else love time travel? 🙂

Basically, I’ve come up with ten questions around the theme of time travel about books and I thought I’d try and turn it into a book tag. Here are the rules:

  • Answer as many of the questions as you can/want.
  • Tag other people – as many as you like. Share the love!
  • Please leave a link to this post/blog. 
  • Tag the post as “Bookish Time Travel”.
  • Feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments!
  • Explore! Try and visit other people’s Bookish Time Travel posts and leave a comment.

 

The Questions:

1. What is your favourite historical setting for a book?

The Victorian era – I find it fascinating! The weird culture and social rules, the rigid class system, the rapid expansion of industry, poverty, gender inequality, the clothes (I wish I could wear a top hat as part of my everyday wardrobe)… Plus, there’s lots of good historical fiction or even fantasy/paranormal set in this time period and quite a few of my favourite classics are from the Victorian era as well.

2.What writer/s would you like to travel back in time to meet?

The Bronte sisters. I’ve read some of their work and loved it, so I feel like they’d be really interesting people to meet and have a cup of tea with. 🙂

Also, Shakespeare. I’d thank him for his sonnets, ask him to write an autobiography so we could know some half decent facts about him that aren’t all vague conjecture, and steal an unpublished copy of one of his plays so I can magically “find” it in the future and become rich.

3.What book/s would you travel back in time and give to your younger self?

cone_of_shame*hides face in shame* The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I haven’t read it yet. Or, more accurately, I read the first twenty pages of the first book and gave up about two years ago.

I wish I’d been given it when I was about ten/eleven-ish – I feel that version of myself would have loved it a lot more than this version of myself. Not that I think books should be the-lord-of-the-rings-book-coverrestricted to certain age groups – I still read children’s books with 0% shame – but I feel like different versions of ourselves like/liked different things or appreciate them more. At that age I was just beginning to fall in love with books, especially fantasy, so I feel younger me would have loved The Lord of the Rings. When I tried reading it a few years ago, it just wasn’t clicking – I kept thinking about how I wished I’d read it sooner, so I think the regret/nostalgia kind of ruined the experience. However, I do want to give Lord of the Rings another go – as a lover of fantasy, it seems a bit bizarre that I haven’t.

4.What book/s would you travel forward in time and give to your older self?

alice_in_wonderlandWeird question, I know. But what I meant by it was more along the lines of – what book do you want to remind your older self of because it was really important to you? For me, it would be Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s been one of my favourites for years; I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread it. I think it’s important to never stop being curious or exploring – once that’s gone, you’ve lost your sense of wonder and that’s just too precious to lose and I feel that Alice really captures that.

5.What is your favourite futuristic setting from a book? E.g. Panem from The Hunger Games (said no one ever).

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This one’s tricky, because most futuristic societies are corrupt/evil, but I’m picking the setting from Sarah Crossan’s Breathe/Resist Duology. I mean, sure there’s hardly any oxygen left, but it seems pretty cool otherwise?

 

 

 

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s set in Nazi Germany. Narrated by Death. It’s amazing. I cried. Repeatedly. Go read it.

 

7.Spoiler Time: Do you ever skip ahead to the end of a book just to see what happens?

….Very occasionally. I used to do it a lot more when I was younger and impatient, but now I only ever do it with books that I’m not enjoying all that much and want to finish quickly to see if it’s worthwhile continuing with it. Last time I did this was with Emma by Jane Austen, which I unfortunately didn’t like because I clearly have no taste in good literature, and I reviewed here.

 

8.If you had a Time Turner, where would you go and what would you do?

For understandable reasons, everyone’s tempted to go kill Hitler. But I’d make a shit assassin, so I think I’ll leave that up to someone else.

Personally, I kind of stumped myself with this question. There’s obviously things I regret or wish never happened, but if I changed them would I not be changing a bunch of other stuff as well by accident? Like if I went back and stopped ten year old me from splitting her head after falling off her chair because she was swinging on it, would I have learned to stop swinging on my chair? What if because nothing bad happened I kept on doing it and ended up getting hurt worse later on? Problems!

So I guess I wouldn’t change anything, but I would use it like an interactive history lesson instead and go back to the Victorian era. Just take notes. Wear a top hat.

 

9.Favourite book (if you have one) that includes time travel or takes place in multiple time periods?

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Such. A. Great. Book! This one is a favourite of mine and is actually six novellas that all sort of follow the main character, Holly Sykes, but from differing viewpoints (only the first and the last POVs are Holly’s). Each novella occurs in a different time period.

 

 

 

10. What book/series do you wish you could go back and read again for the first time?

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I was trying to think of something to say other than Harry Potter, because it’s so popular and I think a lot of people would want to go back and read it again for the first time, but I can’t. So, my answer’s the Harry Potter series, for reasons that will be obvious for anyone who’s ever read it.

 

 

 

I’m Tagging:

If I’ve tagged you and you don’t want to take part – that’s totally okay! I just thought it would be fun to attempt to start a book tag of my own, especially because I love the theme of time travel. Also, if I haven’t tagged you and you want to take part – do it! Just make sure you leave a link to your post or blog in the comments so I can find it. 🙂

HAPPY TIME TRAVELLING,

lizard

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Books Outside my Comfort Zone

Here’s to those living – or reading – dangerously!

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Everyone’s got a comfort zo118368ne. Some people are more willing than others to step outside of theirs, but everyone’s got one, even us bookworms, and it’s this week’s Top Five Wednesday topic. To find out more about Top Five Wednesday click on this link for the Goodreads T5W group.

Personally, I’m the sort of person who always wants to try new things (or at least I like to think that I’m like that :)), and this definitely extends to my reading habits. Whilst I’d probably define my reading comfort zone as a mix of fantasy, paranormal and historical, I’m usually not put off a book if doesn’t fall into one of these genres. The way I see it, I’d be missing out on a huge selection of great books if I did.

However, it has taken me a while to become more open minded about what I read – a few years ago if it wasn’t YA, I wasn’t reading it. And if it didn’t have some sort of fantastical/not-like-real-life element to it, it was unlikely that I’d read it. Don’t think that I now dislike YA – I don’t. I’m just no longer intimidated by other books if they aren’t: age is just a number and all that.

So for this week’s T5W I decided to make my list about the books that made me branch out of my old comfort zone and become a more open-minded reader:

cover_hound_of_baskervilles_1902The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. I count this as my first adventure into Victorian literature. It made me feel less intimidated about reading novels from that time period, or any time period to be honest. Before I read this I was worried about the language in older books being too difficult or convoluted for me to be able to enjoy it properly. And, to be honest, my younger self was rather dubious about the relevance of books from such a long time ago – she thought all classics were just pretentious. Older and not-that-much-wiser-but-I’m-trying me now knows that most classics have that title for a reason – they’re good, they’re part of our cultural history, and they’re huge influences on modern literature too.

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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – My first graphic novel! This a set of short stories, all of them eerie and kind of disturbing, but wonderful none the less. The artwork is gorgeous. This book made me want to read more graphic novels, something I’m still working on.

 

 

20483085Poisoned Apples: Poems for you my Pretty by Christine Heppermann. Until not that long ago I’d always been quite ambivalent about poetry – it was something you studied in English class and wrote essays about. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the poetry I learned about in school, I actually really liked a lot of it, but I struggled to see it out of the context of an English classroom or an exam hall. But then I got Poisoned Apples and that began to change. Firstly, it was by a poet who wasn’t dead. It’s not that I thought all poets had to be dead before this book, it was just that  all the poets I’d ever encountered before had been, so it had become a sort of expectation on my part. Secondly, it hit me on a more personal level than most poetry; Poisoned Apples is about the trials and pains of being a teenage girl and all the harmful expectations that come with that in the modern world. Yay for feminist poetry! 🙂

21094993The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. Such a quirky, strange, unexpected book, brimming with bizarre plot twists and odd characters. The trick with this book is not to take it too seriously – it’s supposed to be fun! I’d never read anything like it before. It’s humorous:“Life, here I come!’ he said. And was immediately and fatally run over by a bus.” This book was one of my first forays into contemporary literature and away from the YA Fantasy comfort zone I’d been camped out in for the better part of my early teens.

 

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The Collected Works of A.J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. One of my absolute favourite books of all time. It’s one of those rare gems that makes you cry both happy and sad tears. I read it all one sitting. It’s a book about book people, love, and the messiness of life that made me reconsider my comfort zone by being another amazing example of contemporary fiction. I kind of want to reread it now. 🙂

 

 

So that’s my list. What would be on yours? What’s your reading comfort zone?

lizard

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books!

Happy Tuesday!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is listing my favourite books that have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish – you can find out more about this here!

So here are my favourite underrated books on Goodreads, in no particular order:

 

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Rebel/Arrow/Swift/Nomad by R.J. Anderson. This series starts with the book Knife, but that’s the only one that managed to get over 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. I don’t know why – I love this series so much! It’s about faeries living in the modern world and the characters are all fantastic – highly recommend.

 

18242996Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville. This book reminded me a bit of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s not quite as good (but to be fair that can be said about a lot of books when compared to The Book Thief) but it’s even darker and even more unsettling. It’s set in during both WW2 and late 1800s Vienna, Austria if I remember correctly, and was a really intriguing read.

 

 

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Louis: Night Salad by Metaphrog. This only has 16 ratings on Goodreads and that is a travesty! It’s a strange but lovely graphic novel about a mole like creature called Louis. The art is beautiful and the story heart warming.

 

 

 

 

7211922Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw. This is the first book in a Gothic fantasy trilogy. Whilst this isn’t my favourite piece of fantasy out there, it’s still really good and deserves more attention. The setting and characters are simply brilliant – Burtenshaw creates a distinctly ominous and dark atmosphere throughout that reads really well. Extra bonus: All three books in the series are relatively short, which is a surprising trait in a High Fantasy series.

 

 

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In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin. This is the conclusion to Zevin’s dystopian Birthright trilogy, and it’s fantastic. The character development is wonderful and totally realistic. A great conclusion to an amazing series that deserves a little more love. Warning: Will make you want to eat chocolate.

 

 

12735319Heaven by Christoph Marzi. A weird paranormal that I struggle to explain, but enjoyed immensely, so here’s the summary from Goodreads:

“The night that Heaven lost her heart was cold and moonless. But the blade that sliced it out was warm with her dark blood…

David Pettyfer is taking a shortcut over the dark rooftops of London’s brooding houses, when he literally stumbles across Heaven: a strange, beautiful, distraught girl who says that bad men have stolen her heart. Yet she’s still alive… And so begins David and Heaven’s wild, exciting and mysterious adventure—to find Heaven’s heart, and to discover the incredible truth about her origins.”

 

WP_20160509_21_17_37_Pro (3)The Chimes by Anna Smaill. I’ve done a review for this book, which you can read here. It’s a bit weird, but lovely. Which is how I’m describing quite a few of these books. Pattern?

 

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Burn Mark/ Witch Fire by Laura Powell. Witch craft in modern day Britain, where Witch Trials/ burning people at the stake (!!!!) still happen. Also, criminal gangs! Just a really fun, quirky read that deserves more ratings.

 

 

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Remembrance by Theresa Breslin. A book about four teenagers in Scotland during WW1. It made me cry. A lot. It’s tragic and captures the scale of the war’s impact as it’s consequences ricochet through a small community. I wanted to put this one on the list not only because it’s a really good read, but also because a few days ago marked 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st, one of the most horrific battles of WW1. It just felt appropriate.

 

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The Road of Bones by Anne Fine. Another dark book about war and human brutality – I read this when I was about twelve, so my memory of it’s a bit foggy, but I do remember being shocked and unsettled by it’s depiction of main character Yuri’s hardships.

Summary from Goodreads: “Told who to cheer for, who to believe in, Yuri grows up in a country where no freedom of thought is encouraged – where even one’s neighbours are encouraged to report any dissension to the authorities. But it is still a shock when a few careless words lead him to a virtual death-sentence – sent on a nightmare journey up north to a camp amidst the frozen wastes. What, or who, can he possibly believe in now? Can he even survive? And is escape possible … ?”

 

What are your favourite underrated books? Please let me know! Do you want them to stay a little underrated? Personally, I feel that the books on this list deserve more attention/reads for the authors’ sake, but there is something nice about the fact they’re like little secret treasures. 🙂

lizard

 

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Literary Fathers/Father Figures

So this week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic, in honour of father’s day, is favourite literary fathers/father figures. Here’s my list:

  • Kell from Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Also one my of favourite literary thieves.

 

  • Hans Hubberman from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. He was just so brilliant and wise.

 

  • Brimstone from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I loved Laini Taylor’s world-building in this series, and Brimstone was one of my favourite characters.

 

  • Hagrid from Harry Potter, because who doesn’t love Hagrid.

 

  • A.J. Fikry from Gabrielle Zevin’s The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry. This book is one of my favourites – it made cry both happy and sad tears, sometimes simultaneously. The reason A.J. makes the list is because he taught his daughter to love literature and supported her dreams to become a writer – solid parenting.

 

Here’s the link for Top 5 Wednesday group on goodreads!

Who are your favourite literary fathers/father figures? Tell me in the comments!

lizard

Favourite Book Chapter Titles

Chapters. They’re quite important. Useful even. I’ve always thought of them as mini book mile stones as I read, like “wow I’m at chapter 10 already? I’m getting somewhere now!”, but that might just be me. I’ve also always appreciated good/interesting chapter titles, none of this boring numbers nonsense thank you very much. So I thought it would fun to pick my favourites and share them with you!
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 10. “Outside In”/”Inside Out” from The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

I like chapters titles that have meaning, or add to the continuity of the overall story, so when I was looking for my Top Ten list and noticed that the first chapter in Part 1 was “Outside In” and the first chapter in Part 2 was “Inside Out” I had a very satisfying I-see-what-you-did-there moment. The book is set in 1680s Amsterdam and involves a creepy miniature doll-house that begins to mirror real life, so the chapter titles are especially appropriate.

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9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien with “Out of the Frying-Pan and into the Fire”. 

I don’t know. It just strikes me as a pleasant, very Hobbit-like way of saying that everything has gone to sh*t.

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8. Starcross by Philip Reeve with “Chapter Twenty-One: We arrive in the depths of futurity and find them chilly and a trifle dark”.

I feel this choice requires no explanation. If you want a fun steam-punk adventure, this series is awesome. Seriously, its space pirates in the Victorian era. SPACE PIRATES!

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7. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor with “A Candle Flame Extinguished with a Scream”.

This chapter title promises so much with how ominous it is and that’s why I’ve added it to my list. To be honest, this trilogy had a lot of great chapter titles, so was difficult to pick just one.

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6. “Can I get there by Candlelight?” from Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

Candles again! This book is a favourite of mine. It’s quirky and humorous with a warm heart. I love this title because it just sounds so random and strange, which perfectly captures the overall feeling of the book. Also, I want to travel by candlelight. It seems like an adventure.

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diviners-pb25. “The Green Light” from The Diviners by Libba Bray.

Wanna know where else there’s a green light? The Great Gatsby. You know, that literary classic that everyone associates with the Roaring Twenties, a setting Bray explores beautifully in her Diviners series. Again, another I-see-what-you-did-there moment with this one.

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4. “The Ocean of Tears” from A.G. Howard’s Alice in Wonderland retelling, Splintered.

One of my all time favourite books is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I. Love. It. And I really enjoyed the way Howard weaves the original story throughout her own one, as seen with several of the chapter titles.

Side-note: the overall aesthetic for this book series is brilliant btw. Just look at that cover!

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3. “The Silver Doe” from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling.

Also known as one of my favourite Harry Potter chapters in the whole series. It’s just so good. I love this title because it ties in so well the chapter itself and when you re-read the series knowing that it was Snape’s patronus, which was a mirror of Lily’s patronus, it just makes me want to bawl.

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img_02992. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

Shadowhunter books are always good for interesting chapter titles and Lady Midnight doesn’t disappoint. In fact, if I were ranking these books by quality of chapter titles (which would be a kind of ridiculous way to rank books, but just go with it for now) this one would definitely win. A lot of the titles are quotes from the Edgar Allan Poe poem (poe poem, haha) Annabel Leewhich just ties in so perfectly with the actual storyline it hurts.

I struggled to pick just one, but in the end I went with “The Moon Never Beams Without Bringing Me Dreams”, because its my favourite line from Annabel Lee as well.

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harry_potter_and_the_half-blood_prince1.”The Lightning Struck Tower” from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

I shed so many tears reading this chapter that I cried an OCEAN OF TEARS (sorry, not sorry). The reason I love this chapter title so much is the added meaning it carries. The Tower card in the Tarot deck traditionally depicts a lightning struck tower and it usually symbolises:

“This card follows immediately after The Devil in all Tarots that contain it, and is associated with sudden, disruptive, and potentially destructive change.” (Wikipedia)

Which is so appropriate for the events in the chapter that I can’t deal. Also, when Harry encounters Trelawney earlier in the book she’s carrying her Tarot cards and she mentions the Lighting Struck Tower – the foreshadowing! Now I’m getting all emotional over Dumbledore dying just thinking about it again. Damn you, Rowling.

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Hope you enjoyed my Favourite Chapter Titles. What are your favourite chapter titles? Please let me know in the comments! Go on, I dare you. 🙂

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Favourite Character Names – Top 5 Wednesday

Hey! So I just joined the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads (here is the link) because it seemed like fun and I really liked this weeks topic – character names.

So, in no particular order, here are my Top 5 Favourite Character Names:

  • Nymphadora Tonks. There are so many great names from the Harry Potter series, but Tonks’ is my personal favourite. Doesn’t hurt that she’s a great character as well.

 

  • Door from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Yes, you read that correctly, Door. This book is filled with great names, as are all of the Neil Gaiman books I’ve read. But Door. It’s just so not-name-like that I love it. Other notable mentions from this book include: the Marquis de Carabas, Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar, and the Angel Islington.

 

  • Seraphina Dombegh from Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina. This book was a brilliant take on medieval fantasy with dragons! Dragons everywhere! I just love how musical the name Seraphina is and the shortened nickname Phina is just adorable.

 

  • Bathsheba Everdeen from Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. A weird one, I’ll admit. I don’t particularly think that Bathsheba is a nice name (no offence any Bathsheba’s out there), but it’s certainly …something? To be honest, it strikes me as slightly comical and that made taking this character seriously somewhat difficult. On the other hand, it was super memorable.

 

  • And lastly, Lyra Belaqua from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Triology. Similar reasons to Seraphina with this one – there’s just a musicality to the pronunciation of it that I adore.

 

Any other suggestions? I’d love to hear them.

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