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

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Unlikable Characters!

118368Top 5 Wednesday time! This is a weekly book meme – the Goodreads group lives here – and this week’s topic is:

Most Unlikable Characters
— NOT VILLAINS! These are protagonists or side characters that are unlikable! (These should lean more towards characters who aren’t intentionally unlikeable. Not villains, or mean girl/guys, etc.)

I, like all bookworms, have encountered characters that I think the author intended for me to like, or even love, but I hated their very existence. Wished they could be obliterated from the book. Replaced by someone better. ANYTHING.

So, here’s the list of said undesirables:

  • Bella Swan from the Twilight Saga. I wanted to love Twilight all those many moons ago when it was the thing – and whilst I thought it was okay at the time, I’ve never been able to like Bella. She’s too passive and boring and whiny. I ended up abandoning the series after three books. I just couldn’t face a fourth. *shudders*

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  • Mare Barrow from Red Queen. Mare was far too generic a heroine – I felt like I’d read about her before, several times over. Her blandness irritated me enough that I gave up after reading about two thirds of Red Queen, which was disappointing because the premise was brilliant and it had excellent reviews.

 

  • Mal Oretsev from the Grisha Trilogy – NO SPOILERS PLEASE! I’ve only read the first two! i just find Mal quite annoying. I don’t why exactly. I just do.I feel like it’s probably more his relationship with Alina that irritates me than the character himself. Maybe he’ll get better in book 3? I remain hopeful.

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  • Alyssa and Jeb from the Splintered series. I loved book 1, I wanted to love book two, and book three got DNF’d, mainly because of these two. I found them whiny and annoying. You know what would have been better? A series solely about Morpheus. That I would finish! I feel like part of my issue with this series is that I started reading it when I wasn’t all that critical of what I read and the fact it was an Alice in Wonderland retelling gave it extra brownie points. By the time I got book 3 my attitude to reading was a lot different and the initial excitement for the series had worn off. Still, the actual world building and plot of this series is fantastic, as is Morpheus, so it’s not by any means a total miss.

 

  • Quentin and Margo from Paper Towns. I didn’t manage to finish this one either. They were all so annoying! They ruined a perfectly good road trip. *shakes head.*

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Well, I’ve spotted a pattern – if I hate the characters chances are I’ll not finish the book. I actually found it weird how many of these I hadn’t finished, because it’s something I rarely actually do. This list makes me look like a serial book dumper – I’m not! I promise!

Anyhoo, what do guys think? Agree with me? Disagree? 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 5 Wednesday: Favourite Posts

118368This week’s Top 5 Wednesday Topic is to pick out my favourite posts that I’ve written on this blog – which doesn’t leave a huge selection, considering this blog is basically still a baby. Maybe a toddler at a push. I think it might be capable of walking on it’s own by now? Does that make it a toddler? Who knows.

If you want to take part or join in, here’s the link for the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads.

Anyhoo, here is my list of my favourite posts:

  • Emma by Jane Austen Book Review – probably my longest review to date and the one I got the most comments for – it was nice to have written something that made people want to talk about the book 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you like my list. If you have any posts that you’re proud of/think are interesting/whatever, please leave me a link in the comments! 🙂

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 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.

lizard