Friday Favourites #29

I know, I’ve been a little MIA on these posts for the past few weeks, but I’ve been lacking in inspiration and have had a lot happening in my life at the moment! But anyway, enough of my pathetic excuses, the point is I’m back with a new Friday Favourites post for you all! I’m pretty excited about this week’s topic as I’m doing something different to anything that I’ve done before in these posts. This week I’ve decided to talk about my favourite bookish tattoos. Now personally I don’t have any tattoos, my dad would probably kill me if I ever got one, but if I ever did decide to get one (highly unlikely as I don’t think I could stand the pain), I would definitely get a book related one. These are ten of my favourites:

  1. book tattoo 1This is one of my favourite book related quotes ever, so it would be a cool tattoo to have.
  2. book tattoo 2One of my absolute favourite Harry Potter quotes, I would definitely consider having that as a tattoo.
  3. book tattoo 3I found this and oh my god, how cool is it? Not only does it have the deathly hallows but also one of my favourite Dumbledore quotes!
  4. book tattoo 4You’ve got to admit, a Mockingjay tattoo would be a pretty cool one to have!
  5. book tattoo 5As a big Throne of Glass fan, of course I had to include a Throne of Glass inspired tattoo on here.
  6. book tattoo 8You got me, I’m cheating, this is a movie inspired tattoo not a book inspired tattoo, but I had to include it because The Lion King is one of my favourite movies.
  7. f354bc9fc05c8cb28a0cec3a3d0aa687You got me again, this is another movie related tattoo rather than a book related one, but Moulin Rouge is my favourite movie ever and Come What May is my favourite song from that movie, so I wanted to include a tattoo relating to that.
  8. the raven boys tattooIt’s a Raven Boys tattoo, need I say more? Who wouldn’t want one of these?
  9. the book thief tattooThe Book Thief is one of my favourite books, so obviously I loved this Book Thief inspired tattoo.
  10. beauty and the beast tattooSince I thought it was so gorgeous, I had to share this Beauty and The Beast inspired tattoo!

So that’s all for me this week, I hope you enjoyed my mainly bookish (but some not) bookish inspired tattoos! Any book inspired tattoos that you particularly love? Let me know!

I will hopefully be back next week with another Friday Favourites post (time and inspiration dependent), but in the meantime, I should have a new Sidekick Showcase Saturday post for you all tomorrow.

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Friday Favourites #28

I know, I know, this post is late again! What can I say, I’ve been busy with Uni, but I’m back home for reading week this week, so hopefully I should be able to get all of my posts done on time! I actually intended to have this done on Friday but what with packing for home and going out with my flatmate and some friends, I didn’t have the time! For this week’s Friday Favourites, I decided I wanted to talk about a series that was one of my childhood favourites, A Series of Unfortunate Events. I’m going to do this a little differently to what I’ve done when I’ve talked about series’ before in this feature, usually I talk a little about each book in turn and do kind of a mini review of each of them, but it’s been such a long time since I read these books that I can’t really remember exactly what I thought of them when I first read them, plus there are so many books in the series, that it would take too long to talk about them all, so I’m just going to talk generally about what I remember liking/not liking about the series, rather than focusing on each individual book in turn.

One of the things I remember liking about these books were the characters. Of course I loved Klaus because he’s the bookworm of the group and as a bookworm, I love it when I see characters that like reading in my books because you feel like you have an instant connection with these characters (it’s like “oh, they get me”). Does anyone else get this feeling? Anyway, so obviously I liked Klaus but I also liked Violet, because she was really smart and she made all this cool stuff and I love reading about smart girls in books. Sunny is so young that she doesn’t really play much of a role, but I liked that even though she’s just a baby, she still has her own distinct personality. I liked (well as in liked to hate) Count Olaf, because he was a scary villain, but he was also funny and eccentric and weird, which kind of offset the dark tone of the books a little.

I liked the quirky style of the books, the setting is never explicitly stated which really allows you to use your imagination when picturing the world in which the books are set. I also liked that the time period wasn’t explicitly stated either, instead different aspects from different periods are used, for example there are some aspects from the 19th Century, some aspects from the 1930’s but also some futuristic, modern aspects to the book as well and I thought this mish-mash of different time periods was really cool. I also liked the way that the “author” (Daniel Handler’s pseudonym, Lemony Snicket) was incorporated as a character in the book, I remember thinking that was really cool. As far as I can remember, his writing style was really witty and engaging and I liked that it was somewhat humorous, to provide some comic relief from the events happening in the book. I also remember liking how each book ended with a kind of preview to the next book, it would always just be a picture with some kind of hint to the next book and it was fun trying to figure out what the next book might be about.

The first seven books are kind of repetitive, the Baudelaire orphans are moved about from guardian to guardian and Count Olaf tracks them down and using various disguises tries to steal their fortune. Don’t get me wrong, the books are good but they do kind of follow the same formula whereas the last five books focus more on the mystery of VFD. Still, I remember the stories were always fun and engaging. I also don’t think I read them in order, which whilst you probably should, since each book follows on from the next, it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the series not reading the books in order. I actually think I may enjoy the books more if I read them now as I might be able to pick up on some of the deeper themes that I probably missed when I first read the books. With so many books in the series, I definitely had my favourites and some that I didn’t like so much, in fact I remember liking the first half of the series more than the second half as once the stuff about VFD is introduced, it’s kind of confusing!

Overall, I remember this quirky, original series, as one of my favourites of my childhood and to this day, I’ve never read anything quite like it, so for that alone, it’s definitely a series that is worth reading, even if it is a little long (but the books are pretty short and I remember flying through them!).

I will be back next week with a new Friday Favourites post, but in the meantime, I’ve got a lot of posts to catch up on, so stay tuned!

Friday Favourites #27

I have to apologise so badly for the lateness of this post! It really wasn’t my intention to make you guys wait this long for another post, but I’ve been so busy over the past few days, have my first big assignments due at Uni, so naturally have been stressing quite a lot and haven’t had as much time for this blog as I’ve wanted to. I’ve finished one assignment, but have another one due in two days, so I may have to squeeze blog posts into my schedule between visits to the Library! I may have to start scheduling posts at this rate! Anyway, to be honest, I hadn’t really thought much about what I wanted to write about for this post (I know, I know, I’ve had so much time and you I haven’t really thought about what I wanted to post? What kind of blogger am I?). Anyway, because I’m so far behind on posts, I didn’t want to do too long of a post this time, so I thought I would do another favourite covers post (I will try and do a longer one next week to make up for the poor show for the end of this week guys I promise!). These won’t necessarily all be books that I’ve read, just books that I like the covers for, but you never know, I may read some of these in the future! As with last time, I’m going to feature ten covers.

  1. magnus chaseMagnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer-Rick Riordan-I am still on the fence as to whether or not I want to read this book, but the cover really makes me want to! I love the mix of colours, I think it’s a really striking effect. Anyone read this? Is it worth me reading? Let me know!
  2. IMG_0163Red Queen-Victoria Aveyard-I have this one, it’s on my TBR, hopefully I will get to it soon (however I’ve been saying that since July and it still hasn’t happened! Next year, for sure!). I love the simplicity of this, the white cover, with the crown and the blood dripping down, it’s simple but very effective.
  3. shatter meShatter Me-Tahereh Mafi-I don’t know what it is about this cover, I think it’s the starkness of it, just that simple eye, that draws me to it. I haven’t read this book, but it is on my TBR, so let’s hope the book is as good as the cover.
  4. cruel beautyEverything about this cover is amazing, I love the way the stairs combine with the red cape (at least I think it’s a cape) to form a rose and I love the red colour, I think it really makes the cover stand out. I haven’t read this book either, but it is on my TBR, so fingers crossed that it’s good!
  5. everything everythingThe white background, the splash of colour at the bottom, the way the title fades into that, everything about this cover is awesome. I’ve heard the book is good too but it doesn’t really sound like my kind of thing.
  6. the one thingThe One Thing-Marci Lyn Curtis-Again, I love the simplicity of this cover, the eye shape with all the lines pointing outwards and the music note heart in the middle, sometimes simple is better! I also think all the colours contrast really well. This book is also on my TBR!
  7. defyDefy-Sara B Larson-Again, the simplicity is what does it for me with this cover, I love the plain green background with the just the sword and the big red lettering in the centre. I think everything complements each other well. This is another one on my TBR!
  8. the assassin's bladeThe Assassin’s Blade-Sarah J Maas-Sarah J Maas’ always seems to have the most striking book covers and this one is no exception! I’m currently reading this, about to start the second story of the book and am enjoying it so far.
  9. snow like ashesSnow Like Ashes-Sarah Raasch-Everything about this cover is just so perfect, all the colours are amazing, the symbol in the middle, the way the sun just seems to be gleaming off the top of it, it’s awesome!
  10. imageChallenger Deep-Neal Shusterman-Again, it’s the simplicity of this one that does it for me.

I will be back next week with another Friday Favourites, hopefully this one will be more prepared and less last minute (and less late!). I will try to catch up on my posts as much as possible throughout the week, I probably won’t do them all in a big batch now as it’s quite late here! I may do them all in a big batch tomorrow morning, so I’m caught up before I do my Tuesday post!

Friday Favourites #26

For this week’s Friday Favourites, I’ve decided to focus on one of my favourite fictional characters, although I have not actually read the original fairytale that she is featured in, only the Disney movie! The character I have chosen to focus on is my favourite Disney princess Belle.

belleIt’s probably pretty obvious why I love Belle, given what a huge bookworm she is, she was the one Disney princess that I could really relate to as a kid because I could see myself in her, she loves to read, she longs for adventure, she isn’t specifically looking for a guy to make her happy and she falls for the Beast and sees the kind hearted prince beneath the ugly exterior, rather than the vain, narcissistic Gaston. She has a kind, caring heart, shown by the fact that she loves her father enough to switch places with him and become the Beast’s captive. I loved that she was independent and feisty and brave, all things I love to see in female heroines and traits that I myself aspire to have. She’s refreshingly different from the other Disney princesses, not longing to find her true love, merely longing for knowledge and adventure. Added to that, she’s definitely the most feminist of Disney’s princesses, which as a fellow feminist, I love to see. She knows who she is and she’s not ashamed of it, she knows what she wants and she doesn’t need a man to save her, she’s not the typical damsel in distress type of princess. As far as fictional role models go, Belle is definitely one of mine and I think she’s a great example to young girls.

I will be back with another Friday Favourites post next week (hopefully actually on Friday this time!) but in the meantime, I will have my latest Sidekick Showcase Saturday post for you all as soon as possible!

Friday Favourites #25

I really didn’t mean for this post to be so late, but I was struggling to come up with a topic for this week! I decided that this week I would focus on a favourite series, as I haven’t done that in a while and I like to try and vary my topics for this as much as possible. The series that I’m going to be focusing on is The Hunger Games.

the hunger gamescatching firemockingjayI first read the Hunger Games about 3 years ago, actually, the year that the first movie came out (although I didn’t read them just because the movie was coming out!), my sister had read the first book and she thought I would like it, so she lent it to me. I can’t remember exactly how long it took me to read it, but I remember that I completely devoured it, I could not put it down. It was my first real foray into dystopia like this, I had read the Noughts and Crosses series before, which was also dystopia but it was a completely different type, it’s more contemporary, as opposed to action-adventure like The Hunger Games. I think what I liked most about it was that it felt really different to me (I know a million things like it had popped up after the first book was released), but before I read it, I’d never really read anything like it. My addiction to dystopian novels really stems from these books, as soon as I had finished this series, I had to find anything that came under the dystopia genre and it’s quickly become one of my favourite genres to read books from. I loved Katniss, yes she’s prickly and cold and her social skills definitely leave something to be desired, but she’s also incredibly strong and resourceful and deeply cares about her family, Rue, Peeta and Gale. I liked her fiery personality and independent spirit. I also loved the diversity of the cast of characters, there are so many great and different characters in the series. I loved that the books were from Katniss’ POV, experiencing everything through her eyes meant that you understood her thought processes so much better and it felt like I was experiencing everything along with her. I kind of felt like The Hunger Games could have been a standalone book, right up until the ending where I knew there had to be a sequel because there was no way Suzanne Collins was going to leave it like that.

I enjoyed Catching Fire, but I will admit, not as much as the first book. I felt the first half kind of lagged a little and it wasn’t until the games portion of the book began that I really started to enjoy the book. I feel it’s because the love triangle was a much bigger aspect of the second book than it was in the first book and after a while, Katniss dithering over Peeta and Gale and which one to choose gets a little irritating. Still I found that the end of the book, as with the first book, left me wanting more and in general I did enjoy the book, even if there were aspects I didn’t like so much. I liked the introduction of the new tributes in this book though and the way the rebellion was shown to be building momentum in this book.

Mockingjay, I felt was kind of a let down for the series. I found that I didn’t really get into it at all, at least not until the very end when the real action of the rebellion started. The love triangle once again annoyed me, Katniss just could not make up her mind and kept flitting back and forth between Gale and Peeta (which she also did during Catching Fire) and in the context of the rebellion, it just seemed so unimportant. Plus, Katniss was such a mess for most of this book, which was understandable given all that she’d gone through but I missed the qualities that had made me like her in the first book. I also didn’t like the way she was used as a puppet in the last book, aside from when she bargained with Coin to be the Mockingjay, she just seemed to be doing exactly what she was told, she was simply a pawn being used by the rebels to further their cause and the Katniss in this book seemed like a shadow of the girl in the first Hunger Games book. It felt like in an attempt to be realistic, Suzanne Collins went too far the other way and this book was very pessimistic and depressing, Katniss didn’t even feel like the hero really, she just felt like a lifeless, soulless puppet and it felt like the hope that was present in the first two books was completely gone in this one. You never really got closure for any of the characters and because of a certain death everything that happens in all of the books, kind of seems futile. I just felt like this book felt too much time focusing on the wrong things and not enough time focusing on the right things and the ending (whilst Katniss ended up with who I wanted her to) was just not satisfying at all. There was no closure for anyone and basically, it just felt like the book was pretty pointless. We don’t even get to see much of the rebellion, it’s all just related back later, Collins definitely employs a tell not show policy in this book. It’s a shame that the last book of the series wasn’t as good as the first two, because they had so much promise. On the up side, I liked the first movie of Mockingjay a whole lot better than the book, so I have hope for the last movie!

I didn’t mean for the last bit to turn into a rant about Mockingjay, this is still one of my favourite series, I enjoyed the first two books, the last one was just a bit of a let down, that’s all! This series is definitely worth reading, just be prepared to be disappointed in the last book!

I will have another Friday Favourites for you all next week, but in the meantime, I have a lot of other posts to catch up on, so I will try and get those done for you as soon as possible.

Friday Favourites #24

For this week’s Friday Favourites post, I decided to focus on another one of my favourite authors, I started reading his books five years ago and he is the creator of one of my favourite fictional characters ever, Percy Jackson. The author I’m going to be talking about this week is Rick Riordan.

rick riordanRick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Percy Jackson, the Kane Chronicles, Heroes of Olympus and Magnus Chase.

I love both the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series, the original series maybe slightly more than the Heroes of Olympus series, but like the Skulduggery Pleasant books, I’ve spent most of my teenage years reading these series, so they really mean a lot to me. I’ve always loved Greek mythology and reading the Percy Jackson series has only strengthened that love. I love the way he skillfully combines mythology with the modern world and the wonderful sense of humour that runs through all of his books, plus he created Percy who is my favourite male fictional character ever. His stories are so much fun and I’ve found that his writing style has a really addictive quality, once I start reading one of his books, I find it really hard to put the book down! He created characters in both the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series that I became very connected to and I’m sure that this is a series that will always mean a lot to me. I’m torn as to whether I want to read his new series or not, because whilst I love his writing, I don’t have the same connection to Norse mythology as I do to Greek mythology (I’ve always loved Greek mythology and visiting Greece has been a dream of mine for a very long time) and I won’t have the same connection to the characters as with the Percy Jackson series characters and I’m kind of nervous that this new series won’t live up to the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books. I suppose I will decide once I’ve read some reviews of the first book in his new Norse series! He will definitely always be one of my favourite authors though!

I will be back with another Friday Favourites post next week, but in the meantime, I will have a new Sidekick Showcase Saturday post for you soon.

Friday Favourites #23

For this week’s Friday Favourites, I’ve decided to focus on a favourite character of mine, as I haven’t done a favourite character post for a couple of months (I hadn’t even realized how long it had been until I looked back through old Friday Favourites posts!) and so I figured it would be fun to do a character based post this week. The character I’m going to talk about is the lead character in one of my favourite series and that character is Skulduggery Pleasant.

skulduggery pleasantI started reading the Skulduggery Pleasant series when I was around 12 or 13 and it quickly became one of my favourite series, mostly due to the character of Skulduggery Pleasant himself, because he’s all kinds of awesome. I mean, he’s a walking, talking, magical skeleton detective, I’m not sure how much cooler you can get! He’s incredibly funny too, I love his sarcastic sense of humour and his overinflated ego, which on a human character would be annoying, but on a magical skeleton detective, makes him even more lovable. He’s really clever too, an excellent detective and good at formulating plans (that is when he and Valkyrie actually have one, which isn’t often!). I like the complexity of his character, that he’s this sophisticated gentleman (yes it is possible for a skeleton to be a sophisticated gentleman!) and yet this hides the darker side to him, the rage beneath the surface, which I think is great, because it’s boring when the good guy is completely good, with Skulduggery, he’s a good guy so we root for him, but he has a dark past which makes his character even more interesting. He’s sweet too, you can tell that he really cares about the people around him and he tries his best to protect Valkyrie and his other friends. Also he has awesome powers, he’s an elemental so he can do all sorts of cool stuff with fire and air and water (and earth, but that’s a last resort power), plus he learns to fly in the later books which is so cool! He also has pretty mean combat skills, which added to his magic and his intelligence, make him a pretty formidable adversary. Skulduggery is a character that you would love to have by your side, because he’s a pretty awesome dude (and you would get to travel in the Bentley, how cool is that?) but probably not someone you’d want to have as an enemy, given his considerable power and intelligence.

Any other Skulduggery lovers out there? What do you love most about him? Let me know in the comments!

I will have a new Friday Favourites post for you all next week, but tomorrow I will be back with another Sidekick Showcase Saturday post, so make sure to check that out!