Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

Aloha!

Update 1:

So it’s an hour into the Readathon and I’ve just finished Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell! I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of reading it. My favorite story is Kindred Spirits. My heart and soul belongs to Star Wars! I may have to rewatch all the movies when this is done!

I’m not going to be able to do the full 24 hours this time around as I have a prior engagement but I’m going to do my best! I’m going to read Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates next so I’ll update you on that in a little while. Two cookies have been demolished, a cup of Earl Grey has been drunk from a Hufflepuff mug, and a can of Monster is about to be consumed.

Wish me luck!

Update 2:

So I finished reading Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates and honestly… I don’t really know what to think about it. It was very dark and had an EXTREMELY unreliable narrator. It… I honestly didn’t like it but I can understand why people would be intrigued by it. It’s an unusual book and I think I might have to try another of her books before I can really judge her style.

I need something light after that! So Kitty Kitty by Michele Jaffe it is! I’ve read it once before but can’t really remember it. It should be funny which is what I need right now so here’s hoping I enjoy it! I think I deserve another cookie don’t you? (Let’s pretend you all agree!)

Update 3:

I’m 106 pages into Kitty Kitty, and while I am loving it, it’s not making me laugh as much as Bad Kitty did. I’m hoping that’ll change as I go through it. The Hufflemug has been refilled with Earl Grey (and a slice of Bro’s birthday cake has been eaten. Shh!) and I’m ready to dive back in! Let’s see what trouble Jas’ cat superpower gets her into next!

Update 4:

I’ve finished Kitty Kitty and it was. Lot more fun than I remembered! I remembered who the killer was but I couldn’t remember why they’d done it or how, so it was fun reading and trying to piece together clues! It was really well written and the crime solving aspect was cool. I think After Dark by Haruki Murakami is next for a bit of a tonal shift! I don’t really know what to expect so wish me luck!

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T5W: Favourite Fandom Items!

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Top 5 Wednesday is a group on Goodreads created and run by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. I saw that this topic was coming up and it made me think of all the lovely things! This will be a mix of things I own and things I wish desperately that I did own. Anyway, Onwards Valiant Readers!

 

1) Time Turner – Harry Potter Series

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This is one of the items that I own and I’m so happy about that. What could be better than owning something so iconic from an iconic series? (The answer’s nothing by the way). Unfortunately so far it has failed to transport me through time, but I’ll get the hang of it eventually! (It’s swish and flick right? Right??)

 

2) Evenstar – Lord of the Rings

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Lord of the Rings owns my soul. That is all… You want more than that? (Sigh. Fine). I’ve loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy since the first time I read it and fell just as in love with the movies. I can still picture the part with Arwen and Aragorn in Rivendell when she gave him the Evenstar. I’ve wanted one ever since then and I finally got my hands on one! It gets taken out on special occasions!

 

3) The One Ring – Lord of the Rings

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The one in the above picture is slightly fancier than the version I own but I don’t care! I love it with my whole spleen! (I’m chugging an energy drink right now so it’s probably better not to ask any questions). This was always the ultimate for me. I mean, imagine owning a replica of The One Ring! I am now the proud owner of one and it rarely leaves my finger! (It’s my precioussssss!)

 

4) Ron Weasley’s Wand – Harry Potter Series

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This is one of the two items on this list that I don’t (yet) have. I want it so much. Ron is my favourite character in the series (step off haters!) so it’s only reasonable of me to want his wand. (That sounded less dirty to me before I typed it!) I don’t have any of the character’s wands yet but I’m hoping to eventually start my collection with Ron’s! (It can go next to the multiple Funko! Pop figures I have of him. No shame!)

 

5) Hufflepuff Quidditch Jumper – Harry Potter Series

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HUFFLEPUFF PRIDE! I am a proud Hufflepuff (you might have guessed) and I want this sooooooooo bad! It’s so hard to find anything Hufflepuff related in main street shops so we always have to pay out a bit extra in specialist shops for our House merchandise, but this is still very expensive. It’s the kind of piece I’ll hopefully buy one day and then be terrified to ever wear it! (Still want it though!)

 

So that’s my Top 5 Wednesday list… you might have noticed a theme. I honestly only realized everything was from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings when I started typing this post out! Considering they’re two of my favourite series of all time it’s not really that surprising. Anyhoo that’s that finished!

I wanted to quickly mention to all reading that the post I’ll put up on Saturday will be my Dewey’s Readathon post. I’ll put it up at the start of the Readathon and then update it throughout the 24 hours! You can feel free to check it out throughout the day or leave it until it’s completely finished, the choice is up to you. I just thought it might be a fun way to do it this time around! So that’s everything for today!

Until Next Time!

 

SONG: There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back – Shawn Mendes

Books That Would Make Good Video Games

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So I’m pretty sure this was an old Top 5 Wednesday topic, but I saw it and went: ‘Yes. Just Yes.’ I’m a big fan of video games, I don’t play much (and when I do it tends to be point and click stuff. Shut up it is cool!) but I watch sooooo many gamers on YouTube. And I have to admit, I’ve looked at books before and thought ‘WHY AREN’T YOU A VIDEO GAME/MOVIE????’ So here are my choices. Onwards Valiant Readers!

 

1) H.I.V.E. Series by Mark Walden

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It’s about a school for preteen – teen supervillains… why WOULDN’T you make this into a video game?? The whole series lends itself to the platform! The main plot of the first book is that a group of the students dropped into the school without warning try to plot their escape. They also have to attend villainy lessons. Villainy lessons! These could be puzzle sections, or even in one case, a stealth section! (One of their classes is actually Stealth and Evasion). And I think we can all agree that Violet would make an epic final boss!

 

2) Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe

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This book is all about suspicion and crime in Vegas. I’m thinking this could be made in an L.A. Noire style where you have to find evidence, interrogate suspects, and solve the crime. It actually lends itself well to such a genre. Also you have a bit of romance going on too! Although I have to admit it would definitely play more on the comedy side of crime drama than an actual police procedural. This book still makes me laugh out loud!

 

3) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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This would be the perfect post apocalyptic video game, like Tomb Raider mixed with The Last of Us! A battle royale fight to the death with only one left alive! There’s weapons, and maybe the option to create alliances.

 

4) Magnus Chase Series by Rick Riordan

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Now people would probably expect Percy Jackson instead of Magnus Chase but I’ve only read The Lightning Thief whereas I’ve read all of Magnus’ outings. I think this trilogy would make excellent action adventure games. I’m thinking Uncharted with a dash of Norse mythology! They’d also make great use of quests like, for example JRPGs! So it’s decided Uncharted meets Final Fantasy meets Norse mythology!

 

5) P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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Now hear me out! You’re probably thinking ‘girl you cray-cray’ (that’s what the young people say these days isn’t it?) but just think: DATING SIM! Now can you see the awesomeness of the idea? The only dating sim I’ve ever played is Dream Daddy (which is amazing by the way check it out) and I loved it! This would be a perfect contender for the genre! Looking for little hints, interacting with the characters, trying to find out who your mystery man is, it would be PERFECTION!

 

So those were my choices for books that would make amazing video games! And hey, I know I can’t be the only one out there that thinks like this. So Valiant Readers, what books do you think would make good video games? Leave a comment and share the joy!

Until Next Time!

 

SONG: Burn – Phillipa Soo (Hamilton)

 

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is one I have been doing for a number of years now and I love it! I stay up for the full 24 hours and do nothing but read (and yes it is as heavenly as it sounds!) oh, and update Twitter constantly of course! I might even be updating Instagram this time around as well! Sometimes, no matter how much you love reading, you just need to take a break for a few minutes. I usually use this time to caffinate via Tea (Tea is so wonderful it gets a capital letter) or cans of Monster (preferably the green one). I thought I might give you a look at my tentative TBR for the readathon, so… Onwards Valiant Readers!

1) Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates

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This is another one of those books that I’m trying to read before the ghost writers festival. Joyce Carol Oates is like the main speaker there! However, The Uncle has started reading her short stories and has been a little underwhelmed so I’m vaguely worried going into this. However it’s only roughly 138 pages so I figured it would be the perfect length for a readathon!

2) Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

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I’m not going to lie, this will be a reread! I got it for Christmas and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve already reread it. I absolutely love it and thought it would be the perfect book to read when I need a fluffy break from the other books. Also Rainbow Rowell is amazing. Just putting that out there!

3) Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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I know, I know, I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet either! I’m always saying I’ll read it for a readathon and then I never do. However, I think it was for one of Dewey’s Readathons last year that I read The Upside of Unrequited and loved it! Also, I want to see the film but I refuse to until I’ve read the book, so there’s more incentive!

4) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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I’m actually not sure about including this on the list as the next time I read it I planned on annotating it (it’s a badly treated secondhand book so don’t judge me!) and I just feel like that would take too much time to do during a 24 hour readathon. So I might leave this off in the end but for now it stays on the list!

5) Super Sons Volume 1 by Peter J. Tomasi

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I love the Super Sons series! I haven’t read it in awhile so I want to refresh my memory before continuing with it. I also like to have a couple of comics/graphic novels to read during the 24 hours for when I might start to slump, or towards the end as a reward for getting so far!

6) Daredevil: Back in Black by Charles Soule

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Now for a comic I haven’t read before! I’ve been holding onto this one for a readathon and I’m so excited it’s nearly here! I’ve never read a Daredevil comic before so I’m looking forward to seeing how this is done. I think this is supposed to be a darker take on the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, and I’ve never gotten around to watching the Netflix series, so this is my first foray into Daredevil’s dark side!

7) Behind You by Brian Coldrick

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This is essentially a collection drawings with one word sentences to give you some insight into what’s going on in the picture. I can’t wait to get to this! I follow the artist on Tumblr and love his work. His Tumblr handle is thehairsonthebackofyourneck and it’s definitely worth a look if you like creepy stuff. Also, the pictures on Tumblr move/are slightly animated so it’s even creepier!

8) The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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I often read this for Dewey’s Readathon so I’m putting it on the list even if I’m not sure if I’ll be in the mood for it on the day. I just like to have a lot of options going in, so it’s still a possiblity! Who doesn’t want more of Algernon? (The correct answer is that everyone wants more of Algernon!)

9) Magisterium: The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

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This has been sitting on my shelf for so long, but I’m determined to get around to it this time! I’ll probably need to flick through the last book so I remember everyone’s names but I remember the actual stuff that happens in the first book so at least that’s something right? (Right? Why are you looking at me like that? DON’T JUDGE ME!)

10) Kitty Kitty by Michelle Jaffe

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This is the sequel to the amazing Bad Kitty. I’ve only read it once and that was years ago so I don’t really remember what happens in it. All I know is that I found it hilarious and I still loved the characters (except Allison but I figure that goes without saying) and the shenanigans that they got into! I’m still heartbroken over the fact that it doesn’t seem like there’ll ever be another book in the series but I’m learning to cope! I am determined to get too this during the readathon!

Welp, that’s my TBR! It is subject to change but I do believe most of these will be on the TBR on the day. If you want to join in with Dewey’s 24 Hour Readthon just follow the link to the site and you can learn more about it. It’s a great way to interact with other Book Nerds and to spend a day just enjoying reading!

Until Next Time!

SONG: Bedroom Floor – Liam Payne

Books That I Want To Buy In April!

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I am a dreamer, and I dream that I will be able to afford books in April! It may be an unrealistic dream but let me have it! There are a few books I’ve got my eye on (not to imply I’ve only got one eye, I’m not a cyclops!) and I’m hoping to get them at some point this month. Onwards Valiant Readers!

 

1) the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

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I read Rupi Kaur’s first collection of poetry, milk and honey, and I really liked it. It was really dark at times but they were also very thought provoking and I’m intrigued enough to try out her more recent collection. I don’t know if it’s similar to milk and honey or if it’s something completely different (Monty Python take a bow) but I still want to read it which or whether!

 

2) The Last Jedi by Jason Fry

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… I mean… do you even need to ask? IT’S STAR WARS PEOPLE!! Ahem. Soooooo, I might be a bit of a Star Wars nerd. I have the prequels in book form and I’m in the process of getting my hands on the The Force Awakens novelization. I love Star Wars so much! What I love about the books is that you get to see what all the characters were doing while they weren’t on screen. Also I love seeing what was going through a character’s head when they were in certain situations, or how they justified their decisions. I just need this in my life so bad!

 

3) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I want to get this so I can start Gemina and just continue on straight away. I loved Illuminae and I can’t wait to continue with the story, especially as the series has garnered rave reviews!

 

4) All Out by Saundra Mitchell (Editor)

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This is a collection of stories written by a variety of YA authors and is about queer teens throughout history. They’re fictional but they resonate with the time and place that they’re set in. I think it’s an important book to have out n the world, it lets teenagers know that they’re not alone, that there have been others like them at every point in history! I want to read this because I want to see what life and history is like through a different set of eyes.

 

5) Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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I love SciFi and I love the previous books that Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner released. I read that this also has a it of an Indiana Jones feel but in space and I am so here for that! I don’t really know much about the book other than the synopsis but that’s how I want it on this occasion! I really can’t wait to get my hands on this!

 

6) The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle

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I want to get a copy of this because I’m going to a ghost writers festival in June and Lisa Tuttle is one of the authors that’s going to be there. I’m trying to pick up at least one book by all the authors that are going to be there! This book intrigued me, I love the idea of a missing person mystery with ties to Celtic folklore. I’ve already got a Lisa Tuttle book (The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief and isn’t that an amazing title!) but I really liked the sound of this one too so I’m hoping to buy it!

 

So that’s it! (I’m hoping!) These are the books that are high on priority list to buy this month. I probably won’t manage to get all of them but I’ll at least try to get some!

Until Next Time!

 

SONG: Duel of the Fates – John Williams (From Star Wars: Episode One)

T5W: Auto-Buy SciFi and Fantasy Writers

Aloha!

Top 5 Wednesday is a group on Goodreads created and run by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. As I was listing my authors I found that the majority were women so I thought I’d run with that this time! Onwards Valiant Readers!

 

1)  Amie Kaufman and 2) Meagan Spooner

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The Starbound Trilogy was one of the first SciFi series I loved. My favourite will always be This Shattered World but I loved both of the other books as well! The individual stories were brilliant, the over-arching story was amazing, and the covers were beautiful! I tried waiting for Their Fractured Light to come out in paperback so my collection would match… yeeeeeeeah that didn’t last! I loved Illuminae and can’t wait to get to Gemina and Obsidio. Also, I need to get my hands on a copy of Unearthed! My life is empty without it! (Sobs hideously).

 

3) Marissa Meyer

lunar chronicles

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Sweet Baby Jebus do I love the Lunar Chronicles! As this is me we’re talking about it will come as no shock that I’m still not finished them. (Sheepish… baaa). I got to Winter and gently heaved it to one side and thought: ‘I’ll just get to that later’. I even tell myself I’ll read it for Tome Topple BUT I NEVER DO! And I’m dying to know how it ends! I’ve so far managed to avoid any spoilers for it (pretty sure that was one of Hercules’ tasks) so I’ve got no excuse. At this point I’m forcing myself not to read any of her other books until I read it… doesn’t stop me from buying them though!

 

4) Maggie Stiefvater

Mercy Falls

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Coughstillhaven’tfinishedthemcough… coughstillbuythemcough. FINE! I HAVEN’T FINISHED EVEN ONE OF HER SERIES! Are you happy now?! (Sobbing in a corner. Wipes tears away with book receipts… so many book receipts). I can’t help it, I love her style of writing and I love her stories so don’t even ask me why I haven’t managed to finish a single series. (I said don’t ask me! I know what you’re thinking!) I know all the Raven Cycle books end on cliffhangers so I wanted to wait until I had all of them to continue the series… but then there were other books (as there generally are) and they got lost in the crowd. It’s the same sad story with the Wolves of Mercy Fall series. I will get to them, I swear! In the meantime I’m just going to continue buying her books. (YOU CAN’T STOP ME! HAHAHAHAHA!!!… I think I might need help).

 

5) Cassandra Clare

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shadowhunters

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Dear God this woman has a lot of books! You know the drill, blahblahblah haven’t finished them blahblahblah still keep buying them. The problem is I found out that there’s a particular order that the Shadowhunter series’ should be read in, and that it involves jumping from series to series. I am notorious for reading/playing/watching things in the order they are intended to be done in. So I’m trying to buy every published and related Shadowhunter ‘verse book that’s out before I continue reading them! (Yes it’s going fine, yes I’m poor). I am loving the Magisterium series though, so there’s that! I have a long road ahead of me.

So that’s the Top 5 Wednesday for this week! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I cried when I realized how far behind I am!

Until Next Time!

 

SONG: The Spark – John Williams (From The Last Jedi Soundtrack)

April TBR

Aloha!

It’s that time again!… I don’t know why I’m this excited really but anyhoo! I’ve got two (kind of) rereads this month, one new YA book, and two new (to me) Adult books. Onwards Valiant Readers!

 

  1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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This is a kind of reread for me. It’s been years since I last tried to read it! I got halfway through it and just went: ‘Nope. I’m done.’ I honestly hated the writing style, it felt like it was trying too hard. However, since then I’ve followed Tahereh Mafi on Twitter and she is a gem! I’ve also seen Whitney from WhittyNovels rave over the series, AND a new book in the series was released. So since I never got around to burning my copy in the fiery pits of hell, I’m going to have another shot at it! I think one of the things that really put me off was the romance in Shatter Me, I really disliked it. But I read recently that that’s not the romance for the main chunk of the series and everyone generally seems to hate Him! So wish me luck because I want to like it so bad!

 

2) Dark Hollow and The Killing Kind (Books #2 and #3 in the Charlie Parker series)         by John Connolly

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These would be the two Adult fiction books. The Father and Uncle both love this author, and especially, this series. I went with the Father to a talk and book signing for the latest book in the series and the author was brilliant! He was funny, engaging, and totally willing to interact with the audience. He had some great tips for writing as well! When we got home I ordered a copy of the first book in the series, Every Dead Thing. And when I lacked the patience needed to await it’s arrival, I rooted through the Father’s books until I found his copy! A word of warning to anyone who might want to read the first book; It is not for the faint of heart. It’s about serial killers mainly, things are described in detail. You can tell a lot of research went into the nitty gritty bits. Just think of the TV series Hannibal and you’ve got the general idea! I don’t mind stuff like that in the books I read, but I know some people might not. Still, if you think you can handle it it’s definitely worth a read, I was glued to it and can’t wait to get to the next two!

 

3) H.I.V.E: Rogue by Mark Walden

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This is the other reread. I read this book years ago but I’ve slowly been making my way through the series on Audible! I am loving it! These books are amazing, I remember at times what’s going to happen but that just makes me listen to it with an intensity that scares people in my general vicinity. (Sorry family! notsorry!) They still have the ability to make me laugh out loud! There are some real gems of lines in these books too. I mean, when your villain school located in a volcano is being attacked by a man-eating plant what else are you going to say but: ‘Why is it always the bald ones?’ This series hooked me from the first book and I suggest you check it out!

 

4) Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

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There’s not a lot I can say about this book as I don’t want to spoil it for myself. All I know is I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper and can’t wait to get back to the characters of the first book! Also, as a child that grew up on stories of vampires (the good ones, like Stephen King and Christopher Lee good) I CAN’T WAIT to start reading this! I’m guessing the chances of the killer being an actual vampire are low (insert pout) but I’m still intrigued to see what the crimes are like and how our plucky protagonists handle them!

 

Anyhoo, that’s the roundup for April! There may be (hopefully!) more books read than are written here (if my orders ever get here!). I’m also waiting on shiny new bookmarks I ordered from Etsy, but they might take awhile seeing as they’re coming from Australia! I can’t wait for that New Bookmark Smell©.

Until Next Time!

 

SONG: Never Enough – Loren Allred (From The Greatest Showman Soundtrack. It’s                                                                                  amazing!)

Books I’ve Read Because of BookTube/BookBlogs!

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IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?

Ahem. Yes, I’m back! (Grovels). I finally have time to get back to blogging, and while I’m going to try my best, it might take me a while to get back into the rhythm again and for that you have my apologies. College has calmed down a bit so that should help! Anyway that’s not what you’re here for! Time for the actual post. Onwards Valiant Readers!

 

  1. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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I’ve had this since Christmas and only recently read it, and let me just say, I loved it! I love those murder mystery crime… thingamies… set in historical periods. The fact that the main character is a kick ass, forward thinking female makes it even better! The banter between her and her uncle’s assistant is so good. About halfway through the book it felt like a train hit me and I suddenly knew who Jack the Ripper was! I devoured the rest of the book, dying to see if I was right. This book contains: Murder! Mayhem! Snark! An Oppressive Patriarchal Society! Tea Parties! Smoldering Attraction! And Lots of Dead Bodies! A word of warning, if you’re squeamish you should know going into it that this is Jack the Ripper we’re talking about, it’s going to be messy.

 

2) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Anyone that has spent any time at all on BookTube has heard of The Raven Boys, and with good reason! If I’m completely honest the middle of the book was slow going for me. I even considered DNFing it at one point! However, I’m glad I didn’t as the last third of the book sucked me in like a particularly vicious vacuum cleaner! It’s been a while since I read it but I have the rest of the series ready and waiting (and signed!). I want to wait to read them when I have time to just sit and read, because if the rest of the books are like the first one, I’m not going to want to put them down until I have thoroughly Feasted On All The Words! (There may be something wrong with me. Please send help.) The book contains: Psychics! Romance(ish)! A Dead Welsh King! The Broodiest Brooder Who Ever Brooded! (Ronan). Tarot! Death! Murder! And all that good stuff. The book is definitely worth a read!

 

3) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Ah Illuminae. This book revitalized my love of SciFi and for that I am eternally grateful! I’m going to put my hands up and admit I still haven’t read Gemina. I was waiting for Obsidio to come out so I could binge them! (Takes a look at the size of both books. Looks up whether college sick leave will cover the needed time off. Sobs). I really enjoyed the way this book was laid out, how it was told through transcripts; documents; chat groups. It gave a new edge to the genre and I think it helps you fly through the book even if you’re daunted by the size because it’s so easy to read! It’s about: SPACE! (Thank you Tim Curry). Lovers! A.I.s! People Conscripted Into A War! Hackers And Rebels! Sacrifice! I can’t really say much more without spoiling things so let’s just leave it there!

 

4) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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ELEANOR & PARK FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!!! I ADORE this book! I love it so much I haven’t read it in years. That may sound weird, but I’m afraid I’ll go back and read it and I won’t love it as much as I did. It’s the same reason I haven’t reread The Goblet of Fire in a long time. But there is no denying that this is a beautiful book. The struggles of both characters and the unfurling of their joy in finding each other is just… I can’t even put it into words! It also contains one of my favourite quotes from a book! (If you’ve read it, it’s the one about looking like Art). It’s about: Friends To Lovers! Diverse Characters! Difficult Home Lives! Music! Love! Those Three Words! If I were to suggest any of the books on this list for you to read it would be this one!

 

5) The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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I quite enjoyed this book actually. It had great LGBT+ rep (three lesbian characters and a pansexual female character), which is always a good thing, and so many cute romances! It’s rare in a YA book for me to be invested in the love lives of the protagonist’s parents, but the wedding planning for the mothers was so sweet. I could even deal with the (shudder) love triangle. (I should mention that I despise love triangles with a fiery passion. I’ve passed on so many books that sounded good because of them). The heroine is also addicted to Pinterest which speaks to me on a spiritual level! We have: Cuteness! Love! Romance! Weddings! Pinterest! (Swoon). A Love Triangle! (Bleugh). Unrequited Crushes! It’s overall a sweet book that deals with issues that teenagers face, not just the sexuality aspect or the unrequited crushes, but the fact that the main character is overweight and as a bigger lady myself I appreciate seeing this and wish their was more representation of it in books when I was a teenager. (Showing my age here!)

 

I have found so many excellent books through BookTube and BookBlogs. I still buy books quite a lot of the time because people have been talking about them online. There’s such a wide variety of people talking about books that, no matter who you are, you’re bound to find something that you like the sound of! On that note, have a bookiful day!

Until Next Time!

 

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Favourite Plays!

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Anyone that knows me knows I love a good play, especially if it’s Shakespeare, so I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you! I know the majority of people don’t really like to read plays a lot but hopefully you’ll find something here interesting. Onwards Valiant Readers!

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

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Ah, that’s the stuff (basks in the glow of Dream). I’m not even going to try and explain the plot of this I’d just confuse you, but SparkNotes has a very accessible summary available, you should check out the link! In short it’s about: Star-Crossed Lovers! Actors! Friends! Faeries! Bottom! (The person not the anatomy, get your mind out of the gutter) and of course Many Misunderstandings! It wouldn’t be Shakespeare if it didn’t go pear-shaped!

 

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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Those of you who’ve been here before know I re-read this recently. It’s an amazing comedy, witty beyond measure and so ridiculously English. At one point there’s outrage over a lack of cucumber sandwiches! Also Algernon is by far and away the best character, just throwing that out there.

 

Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

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This is also written in the Shakespeare style of ‘Ye Olde English’ just to warn anyone interested, but you shouldn’t let that stop you. This is easily in my Top 10 books/plays of all time. It contains; Demons! Demonic Deals! Idiots Messing With Demonic Powers! Mischief With A Demon! A Suspect Relation Between Demon And Master! (A kind of ‘Hm, are they…?) Basically it’s got demons and demonicness in it (it is so a word shut up). It’s about what you’re willing to do to be powerful, what you do with that power once you have it, and how you deal with the consequences. Definitely worth a read! Amazon also has a DVD of it filmed at the Globe Theatre that’s really good (check the link if you’re interested).

 

Sive by John B. Keane

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Let’s hear it for the Irish! (Insert national anthem). I read this again the other night to take my mind off something sad I’d watched and then put the play down with tears streaming down my face. I tell you I should’ve just stuck to a stiff drink! It’s one of those pieces of fiction that leaves you enraged with certain characters. I wanted a donkey and cart to roll over quite a number of people let me tell you! It’s essentially about a girl being married off to an old man so her aunt and the matchmaker can get money out of it. The only thing I’ll warn you of is have a box of tissues at the ready.

 

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

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This might be only one of a few instances where I preferred the movie ending to the text ending. I loved the play overall. The characters, the tone, even the stage directions were engrossing. The use of music is particularly interesting, how it changes depending on the mood or character. By the end of it you truly pity Blanche. And as much as I dislike the ending I have to say it fits with the theme of the play and Tennessee Williams’ style in general. It made me want to read more of his works (which I haven’t done yet but I’ll get around to it I swear!).

 

So there you have it, my favourite plays! I think I have a nice mixture there, a bit of English, Irish and American. It’s not as varied as I’d like but I have to admit I haven’t read many plays outside those regions. That’s something I’ll definitely have to get on!

 

Until Next Time!

 

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Fantasy Books To Read!

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This is a list of the fantasy books I have that I have to read. I have, sadly, left fantasy fall by the wayside BUT I WILL RECTIFY THAT! Ahem. Anyway, these are books that seem to be Book World canon and just generally books that I do actually want to read. I’ve decided this year is The Year of Fantasy! So I’m trying to make every second book I read a fantasy book (Spoiler Alert: I’ve just discovered Conan The Barbarian so you’ll have that to deal with in the future). So I thought what better idea than to compile a list of the books I need to read! (Totally nothing to do with the fact that I love lists. Nope, not at all! Shifty eyes). Anyhoo, Onwards Valiant Readers!

 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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This is one of the biggies and I know, I know I should have at least started the series already, but alas. I have, somehow, managed to avoid spoilers (as in I know the names of two characters and that’s it!), which I’m quite happy about. It’s somewhat daunting as there’s a good few books now and it’s so loved, but I’m hoping to get around to it eventually.

 

Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I have no excuse really with these as one is a trilogy and the other is only a duology! I first heard about the series on BookTube when there was only The Grisha Trilogy and I still haven’t gotten around to them! (Hides and waves white flag).

 

Clockwork Prince and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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Look, look! These are the second books, I read the first ones! (Still finds self running from torches and pitchforks. Uses rune to conceal self. See, I know things!) My excuse for this one is twofold; 1) I want to read them in the order you’re supposed to i.e. crossing between series; 2) I got it into my head that I wanted to possess all Shadowhunter related books before I started reading them seriously. On the bright side I’m about halfway there!

 

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

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I think I may have mentioned this book before. Now I don’t normally read books without romance (tries to hide Mills & Boon collection. Don’t judge me!) but this has been so raved about  AND I keep saying I have to read a Victoria Schwab book. I’m really looking forward to this one.

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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All I know about this one is the synopsis. I love anything about circuses and I adored The Night Circus so it seemed like a good choice!

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Second Sarah J. Maas book on this list! (Hangs head in shame). The killer is I actually own the second book too, you’d think that’d make me get a move on but no! I also love Beauty and the Beast retellings so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this.

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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I bought this almost purely because I love Eleanor & Park. I also love fantasy, but I mainly bought it to find out why people loved Baz and Simon so much! I know some people have an issue with it being a Harry Potter rip-off but I say ‘who cares?’ It’s clearly a formula that works and if you go into it accepting what it is hopefully you should be able to enjoy it!

 

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

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I really enjoyed the first book, so much so that I read it in one sitting! I love the characters and how they interact with each other and how each of them have their own histories. Also, Thor seems like a twat… so there’s that! I can’t wait to see how he lost his hammer this time. (I also hope the pessimistic sheep is in it again!)

 

The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

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Another series where I loved the first book. I also own the third book in the series too (what is wrong with me). Again the characters are great, the school is really interesting and the enemies even more so. After the revelation in The Iron Trial I can’t wait to see what happens next!

 

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

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I bought this based solely on the fact that Sarah Jane from TheBookLife LOVES the series, like seriously loves it! I find myself liking a lot of the books she talks about so I thought I’d at least try the first book. And there’s absolutely nothing in it that could be biasing me! (coughprettysureit’ssetinIrelandcough). No siree nothing at all!

 

So there you have it, the fantasy books I own that I really need to get around to! It’s good that I know for sure that I want to read these as it won’t slow down my reading, I can just pick up one when needed… also I have a Goodreads challenge to meet people! That’s all for now.

Until Next Time!

 

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