Top Ten Tuesday #137

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Hi everyone! Can you believe it’s less than two weeks to Christmas now? I certainly can’t! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I had my last two Uni Christmas dinners and spent the weekend binge-watching Season 2 of The Crown (so, so good!) so all in all it wasn’t a bad way to end the week. The rest of this week will be spent relaxing before my friends come up to join me for our annual Christmas meet up on Saturday.

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, thanks to the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re talking Best Books of 2017, as there is only a few weeks till it’s over. For some, it might be a bit early to this list, but as I will probably only read two or three more books before 2017 is over, it’s the perfect time for me! So here we go, my Top Ten (and I am going to try to stick to ten!) Books of 2017:

  1. A Conjuring of Light-VE Schwab-5 stars

I had to start with this one, the book that set an impossibly high standard for all of my other reads of the year because it was just that brilliant. It was hard to say goodbye to Lila, Kell and Rhy (at least for the time being, Schwab has announced a spin off series to Shades of Magic which she has heavily hinted the three will be making an appearance in) but this was the perfect conclusion to their story.

2. The Song Rising-Samantha Shannon-5 stars

My only other 5 star read of the year, this was an action packed, tightly paced book full of amazing character development, the shorter book definitely worked a lot better for this story and am now anxious to see where Paige ends up in the next book. Whilst I may have started off having lukewarm feelings about this series, I can definitely now call it a favourite.

3. Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo-4 stars

Yup, I’m jumping on the Six of Crows bandwagon, at last! The cast of characters that Bardugo created was wildly entertaining, and once you got into the action, it happened a breakneck speed and I could barely put the book down for even a second. I have four Bardugo books on my #RockMyTBR Challenge for 2018, so I think it’s safe to say that I am firmly on the bandwagon.

4. A Court of Mist and Fury-4 stars

I was so wary of the hype on this one, but it definitely lived up to it, it was so much better than the first book of the series, we got new characters, new settings, new villains and Feyre’s character development was brilliant. I still have yet to read the third book of the series yet, but I’m actually excited to now!

5. Caraval-4 stars

I loved the magical world building, the beautiful writing and the engaging characters in Stephanie Garber’s debut novel. I would love to get to be a spectator of Caraval, because it sounds like it would be incredible to watch.

6. Scythe-3.5 stars

Whilst I didn’t love this offering of Neal Shusterman’s as much as I adored Unwind, I still enjoyed the interesting world that he created and thought that the concept of this book was absolutely amazing, so it still makes my favourites list for this year.

7. The Girl From Everywhere-3.5 stars

I read this book after a couple of underwhelming ones and it was really nice to read something that I genuinely enjoyed again. I loved the setting for this one, I’ve never read anything set in Hawaii before, and it sounded beautiful. Plus a time travelling pirate ship? Pretty darn awesome. I thought the whole thing was very creative and beautifully written, the only shame was that I didn’t connect to the main character more.

8. The Crown’s Game-3.5 stars

This book had an amazing setting, a really cool magical system, great characters, pretty writing and most importantly of all lots of food! I would have loved it even more if it had been paced just a little bit better, but overall it was really enjoyable (and there was a masquerade, so that would have saved the book even if I’d hated the rest of it)!

9. Under Rose Tainted Skies-3.5 stars

I’ve discovered over the years that when it comes to YA contemporaries, mental health focused ones are my favourites, perhaps because they are usually harder hitting than ones focusing on romance. This one is definitely one of my favourites that I’ve read, the fact that the author is #ownvoices for the conditions she writes about definitely comes through because Norah’s voice just feels so authentic.

10. Daughter of The Pirate King-3 stars

In terms of fun factor, this one would have got five stars, it was only my analytical reviewer brain that stopped me from giving it that, it was definitely the most fun that I had whilst reading this year, so for that alone it makes it on to my best of the year list. I loved Alosa and that was really what made the book for me, she was just such an amazing MC. I’m hoping in the next book there might be a little more pirating though!

So there we go, my favourite books of 2017! This list was a bit of a weird one for me, because obviously as you can see, most of what I’ve read this year has been 3.5 stars (in fact there’s only a few books on my GR Challenge this year that got either more or less than that) but I feel like people see 3 (even if it’s followed by .5) and think I didn’t enjoy a book and that’s just not true, I still really enjoyed a book that got 3.5 stars, it just didn’t quite make it to what I consider to be 4. What were your favourite books of 2017? Did any of mine make your list? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings, which I will still be doing even though I know it’s unlikely Santa will bring any books this year as Santa has spent the year complaining about how many books I have! Still I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a gift card to Waterstones, or just so money that I can spend on books.

I’ve been tagged in a Christmas book tag, so I will probably have that up very soon, I also have plans for a discussion post and am planning some stuff for my Writing Corner, so hopefully I should be able to end this blogging year with a bang!

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Top Ten Tuesday #136

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Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a great week, I have been well and truly getting in the Christmas spirit, I was out at the Christmas market in Edinburgh with my friends today and we exchanged Christmas presents, I have two Christmas dinners coming up in the next two days, so I am feeling very full of cheer right now. Since finishing Uni for the semester, I have been able to kick back, relax and read to my hearts content so I’m feeling pretty awesome right now!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, thanks to the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re talking all about Bookish Settings We’d Like To Visit, which is something I’m really excited about, as I often dream of visiting some of my favourite places from books, so it’s great to get to have an opportunity to talk about it! So here we go, the Bookish Settings I Would Totally Visit (were they real!):

  1. Hogwarts-Harry Potter Series-JK Rowling

Do I really have to explain this one? Seriously what’s up Hogwarts, where’s my letter? It’s been 21 years already, you must have really, really slow owls!

2. Red London-Shades of Magic Trilogy-VE Schwab

I’ll be honest, I’d go to any of Schwab’s Londons quite happily and I’d love to be an Antari and get to explore them all, but of the four, Red London sounds like the most fun and it has magic so…..yeah, I’d like to go there.

3. Camp Half-Blood-PJO Universe-Rick Riordan

I just want to have a summer at Camp Half-Blood? Please? Hanging out with all the demigods, getting do all the fun camp activities. I mean I might take a pass on the near certain death quests, but I would love to hang out at the Camp with Percy and the gang. The food sounds amazing!

4. The Faraway Tree-The Faraway Tree Stories-Enid Blyton

This is a childhood one, but I loved The Faraway Tree when I was little and the idea of being able to climb a tree into a land that changes every week, still thrills me a little. I would have to ensure it was a good land like the Land of Goodies rather than a bad land like the Land of Slaps before visiting though!

5. Le Cirque De Reves-The Night Circus-Erin Morgenstern

I may not have loved this book as much as everyone else seems to, but I would still love to visit the Circus, it sounds completely magical!

6. Narnia-Chronicles of Narnia-CS Lewis

Granted, I never made it past The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but I would love to fall through the wardrobe into Narnia, especially after Christmas was returned!

7. Imperial Russia-The Crown’s Game Duology-Evelyn Skye

Sure, life wasn’t all great in Imperial Russia, but the picture Skye paints of it in her duology is so beautiful that I would love to get to visit it, just once.

8. Velaris-ACOMAF-Sarah J Maas

The descriptions of Velaris in ACOMAF sound so gorgeous, I would love to get to stroll the streets, experience Starfall and get to eat some of the delicious sounding food that Feyre eats in ACOMAF.

9. Higher Institute For Villainous Education-HIVE series-Mark Walden

Would I like to train in a super secret school for villains inside the crater of a volcano? Duh of course I would!

10. Caraval-Caraval-Stephanie Garber

I wouldn’t like to take part in the game, but Garber’s descriptions of it make it sound so amazing that I’d love to get to go and spectate, just soak up the atmosphere of the magical game.

So there we go, the bookish settings that I would love to visit! Do we share any? What bookish places would you like to visit? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017 which should be a really fun one to do, it will be nice to share the love for the amazing books that I’ve read this year! I’m not sure if I’ll have anything else up this week, but I’m hoping to contact some people for my writing feature, Writing Corner, very soon, so hopefully I will have something for you guys in that area soon!

Top Ten Tuesday #135

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great week, I have been back in Essay Hell this week, but it will all be over by the end of the week as I finally finish Uni for the Autumn Semester! This semester both seems to have flown by and dragged incredibly slowly. My NaNoWriMo project is going well, I’m at just over 41K with 2 days to go. I’m not sure if I will actually reach the 50k marker and know that if I do, then there will still be quite a lot more story to go, but I’m so proud of what I’ve done with this story and I’m really excited to continue it even after NaNo is over.

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I’m taking a brief break from my essay (very brief, it’s due tomorrow) to bring you this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week was meant to be talking about our Winter TBR, but I won’t have that drawn up for another few weeks yet, so I decided to switch that out for a topic from January, Top Ten New To Me Authors That I Read In 2017. One of my bookish resolutions for this year was to read more books from new to me authors, and I think I have achieved it, if with mixed results. So here we go, my favourite New To Me Authors That I Read in 2017:

  1. Samantha Shannon-Author of The Bone Season Septology (three books out so far)

My favourite new to me discovery of 2017! I binged Samantha’s books over the summer and after a shaky start with The Bone Season, completely fell in love with them. I even got the chance to meet her at YALC this year, which was amazing. I would definitely recommend, even if you don’t read her books, following Samantha on Twitter/Instagram because she has great feeds!

2. Stephanie Garber-Author of Caraval

I absolutely devoured Stephanie’s debut back in January, such a magical, beautiful story, Stephanie is certainly a very talented author and I cannot wait to see what she does with the sequel to Caraval when it comes out next May.

3. Ellie Marney-Author of The Every Series

I read the first book in Ellie Marney’s Every series back in January, Every Breath and I love her unique take on the well known character of Sherlock Holmes, I have never seen Sherlock in a contemporary Australian setting before, and I thought she created a decent mystery, if a little slow, and a very shippable romance.

4. Laini Taylor-Author of The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy & Strange The Dreamer

Whilst I wasn’t totally in love with Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I did enjoy the Prague setting and the unique take on angel/demon lore, but wasn’t in love with the half baked romance. Still, it was definitely one of the more different fantasy books that I’ve read, I loved Laini Taylor’s creative world building and her beautiful writing and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

5. Leigh Bardugo-Author of The Grisha Trilogy, Six of Crows Duology, Language of Thorns and Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Yes, 2017 was the year that I finally jumped onto the Leigh Bardugo bandwagon and totally wondered why I hadn’t been on it the whole time. I read Six of Crows back in August and really enjoyed it, definitely one of my favourite fantasies that I’ve read this year and I’m excited to read more Bardugo in 2018.

6. Louise Gornall-Author of Under Rose Tainted Skies

Louise Gornall’s debut novel is one of the best mental health related YA books that I have ever read, the fact that she is drawing on her own experience of her own mental health conditions of OCD and agoraphobia definitely puts this above other YA mental health books that I’ve read and it had an incredibly strong character voice.

7. Tricia Levenseller-Author of Daughter of The Pirate King

Daughter of The Pirate King is probably the most fun book I’ve read this entire year. I would have liked a little bit more pirating, but I loved the characters and the humour and just the fact that I smiled basically the entire time I was reading this, it’s nice to sometimes read books that don’t rip your entire soul apart.

8. Alex Bell-Author of Frozen Charlotte and Charlotte Says

I’m not usually a big fan of YA horror, but Alex Bell’s stories about creepy Frozen Charlotte dolls were the perfect mix of creepy, without being overly gory.

9. Heidi Heilig-Author of The Girl From Everywhere Duology

I really enjoyed Heidi Heilig’s time travelling historical fantasy, it was definitely different to anything I’ve read before, it had such a diverse cast and I loved the Hawaiian setting. I’m looking forward to getting to the second part of this duology very soon.

10. Karen McManus-Author of One of Us Is Lying

I was a little underwhelmed with Karen McManus’ debut, the idea behind the book was amazing, the execution could have used a little work. I didn’t feel entirely thrilled by any part of the book and I felt like the characters could have been more fleshed out. Still, it was a solid debut and I’m sure that Karen McManus will get better and better as she writes more books.

So there we go, my favourite new authors I’ve discovered this year! Have you read any of these authors? Who are your favourite new authors that you’ve discovered this year (debut or otherwise)? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love To Visit, which sounds like it’s going to be a fun one. I’m hoping to get up my discussion post for November by Thursday, if at all possible, it might have to be very squeezed in, but I’m going to try, so stay tuned!

Top Ten Tuesday #134

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Hi all! I hope you all have had a good week since I last did one of these, I’ve had a brief reprieve from essay hell but I have another one due next week, so I’ll be diving back in again very soon! I went to see Murder on The Orient Express with my friends yesterday and it was so good, I definitely recommend going to see it if you get the chance. My NaNoWriMo project is still progressing solidly and whilst I’m behind on my word count and am not sure I will reach 50k by next Thursday, I’m still happy with what I’ve managed to write over the past 3 weeks.

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Thanksgiving themed, as it is Thanksgiving in the US on Thursday and although we don’t celebrate over here in the UK (honestly having two turkey holidays so close together baffles this Brit’s mind), it still seems like a nice idea to share the things that I’m thankful for. In the past, I’ve shared authors that I was thankful for and just general bookish things that I was thankful for. This week, I’m going to be sharing the Top Ten Books That I’m Thankful For. It will be hard to narrow down, but I’ll give it a go:

  1. Harry Potter Series-JK Rowling

How could I make a list like this without including Harry Potter? I just couldn’t. These books were my entry into fantasy, the books the made me want to be a writer, I connected with so many of my friends over a shared love of Harry Potter, I will never not be grateful that I read these wonderful books.

2. Shades of Magic Trilogy-VE Schwab

AHH THESE BOOKS! Such a creative, engaging fantasy world with so many brilliant characters, I am so glad that I listened to all the blogging hype and decided to read this series as through it, I have discovered one of my favourite authors, one of my favourite worlds & several favourite characters.

3. Skulduggery Pleasant Series-Derek Landy

One of the two main fantasy series that marked my teen years, I’m so thankful that I got to experience Derek Landy’s wit and humour, not to mention his wonderful skeleton detective who is without a doubt one of my favourite characters of all time.

4. PJO, HOO, TOA & Magnus Chase Series-Rick Riordan

Okay so that’s basically all the Rick Riordan books I’ve read, but I don’t care. Rick Riordan’s books are so much fun, so inventive and I’ve learned more about Greek, Roman and Norse Mythology through them that I ever knew was possible. I’ve also been introduced to some of my all time favourite characters, the most obvious of course being Percy Jackson.

5. Unwind Dystology-Neal Shusterman

The Unwind Dystology is one of the creepiest, most inventive dystopians I’ve ever read and whilst yes, certain scenes in the last book may have given me nightmares, I’m so glad I read this series, it showed me that there were new and different ideas in dystopian fiction after all and it didn’t just have to be a rehash of the same old tired plots.

6. The Raven Cycle-Maggie Stiefvater

I nearly put the first book down when I was reading it because it took me so long to get through it, but I’m so glad I didn’t because this is now one of my absolute favourite series, it just took me a while to get used to the strangeness of Stiefvater’s world. I’m very thankful for the wonderful friendship of the Gangsey, one of my favourite friendship groups in YA.

7. Throne of Glass Series-Sarah J Maas

I literally picked the first two books up on a whim because of a 3 for 2 offer in Waterstones three years ago. I’m so glad I did because in that time, the world and characters have become amongst my favourites in the fantasy genre. I got to meet Sarah last year and it was so amazing, I’m so grateful that I got the chance to do that!

8. The Book Thief-Markus Zusak

Should you be thankful for having your soul ripped into a million pieces? I don’t know, but this book is one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking things I have ever read and I’m so thankful that I got the chance to read it.

9. My Sister’s Keeper-Jodi Picoult

Again, not necessarily sure I should be thankful for this one as it destroyed me, but this book was the gateway into one of my favourite author’s work, not only that, it’s a beautiful story that has sister relationships at the very heart of it, which is something that will always be important to me.

10. Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein

Yes this book crushed my soul and all that jazz, but I’ve never read a book that centred female friendship as much as this one and for that I am so grateful, we need more books with girls supporting girls at the centre.

I could honestly go on and on about all the books I’m thankful to have read, but I’m going to be good and stop at the usual ten this week, especially since I went so overboard last week! What books are you most thankful for? Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR, but since I don’t tend to sort out my Winter TBR until January, I’m going to swap with the New To Me Authors That I Read In 2017 topic from the beginning of January. I don’t think I’ll be posting during the rest of the week, as I’ll be working on my essay, but I will be back here again next Tuesday!

 

Top Ten Tuesday #133

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a good week, mine has been not so great, I am currently in essay hell and I swear after this week I will likely never want to see my University library ever again (okay that’s a little over-dramatic, but seriously, I’ve spent more time in the library in the last five days than I have in the entire 2 1/2 years I’ve been at University!). My NaNoWriMo project is still just about on track, despite the aforementioned essay hell, though I’ve hit a slight snag with the middle, so I’m going to attempt writing the end (which I know) and working backwards. This is the first time I’ve ever written out of chronological order, so wish me luck (and anyone who does this regularly, if you have any tips, then help a girl out!).

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children/Nieces/Nephews/Godchildren/Young People in my life to read. Since I’m pretty adamant that I don’t want kids in the future (not a kid person at all!), I’m going to go with Top Ten Books I’d Pass On To My Nieces/Nephews If I Had Any In The Future (I’m adding the if, since I don’t know if my sister will have kids in future or not). These will all be books that I, or my sister, currently own, that I would want to keep to pass down to nieces or nephews were I to have any.

  1. The Harry Potter Series-JK Rowling

There is no way these books wouldn’t be the top of my list. The copies we have actually belong to my sister, but I reckon she would agree with me in wanting to pass these books on to my hypothetical nieces/nephews. Our dad read them to us when we were little and I would love to keep up that tradition with my nieces/nephews were I to have any.

2. Heartland Series-Lauren Brooke

Horses have been such a big part of my life (and part of my sister’s too, though she hasn’t ridden in a while), so I would definitely want that love to be passed onto my nieces/nephews and this series was one of my favourites when I was a kid, so I would love to get to share that with my nieces/nephews.

3. Percy Jackson/HOO/TOA-Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan’s books have been a staple in my life since I was 14, and I would love for my nieces/nephews to have that too. I definitely aim to instill my love of fantasy in any nieces or nephews I may have, and I think Rick Riordan’s books will be a great place to start with that.

4. Skulduggery Pleasant-Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant is quite similar to Percy Jackson in terms of humour, so I reckon if my future nieces/nephews liked Percy Jackson they would love Skulduggery Pleasant too. Plus, there’s no way I would allow them not to have my favourite skeleton detective in their lives.

5. The Book Thief-Markus Zusak

The Book Thief is one of my absolute favourite books, so when my nieces/nephews were a little older, I would definitely give them this one, not only because it’s an amazing story, but because I would like to one day have a family member who I could talk history with without their eyes glazing over.

6. Matilda-Roald Dahl

Matilda was a childhood favourite of mine and Roald Dahl was another staple of my childhood, so I would love my nieces/nephews to be able to grow up with that as well.

7. Blind Beauty-KM Peyton

Another one of my childhood favourites that I would love to pass on my nieces/nephews and another step on their hopeful future horse obsession. I would hope that this lovely story might lead onto Black Beauty when they were a little older, and KM Peyton’s other horse related books.

8. The Faraway Tree Books-Enid Blyton

Yet another set of childhood favourites that I would love my nieces/nephews to read. This series introduced me to the wonders of fantasy and I would love my nieces/nephews to become as obsessed with fantasy books as I am.

9. Noughts and Crosses-Malorie Blackman

I’d like to hope that one day this story won’t be as politically relevant as it is today, but that’s just wishful thinking, racism has always been a thing and probably always will be. When my nieces and nephews are older and looking for their first introduction to YA, this will be one of the first books I give them, it’s a beautiful, poignant, important story that I would love for them to read.

10. Ballet Shoes-Noel Streatfeild

Another one of my favourites as a kid, I would definitely love my nieces or nephews (because boys can read books about girls too darn it), to read this one, it’s such a lovely story about family and growing up and finding your way in the world.

11. Shades of Magic Trilogy-VE Schwab

When my nieces/nephews are a little older, I will be shoving VE Schwab’s books into their hands, because they need to be exposed to the wonderful things that come from the brain of VE Schwab and become as addicted to her books as I am.

12. The Hunger Games Trilogy-Suzanne Collins

This is a series that both my sister and I really loved, so it would be great to be able to share that love with my future nieces and nephews if I were to have any. This would be a great introduction to YA for them, I think.

13. Unwind Dystology-Neal Shusterman

Another one of my personal favourites that I would love to pass down to my nieces/nephews when they were teens. I mean it’s better for them to learn sooner rather than later that my nieces/nephews learn that their aunt is into weird, creepy books no? But in all seriousness, this is one of the most unique dystopian series I’ve ever read and if I’m going to get my nieces/nephews into dystopia, I may as well start them with the best!

14. The Raven Cycle-Maggie Stiefvater

Another of my favourite fantasy series that I would love to be able to share with my nieces/nephews, I want to be able to introduce them to Maggie Stiefvater’s weird, wonderful world of dead welsh kings and psychics and magic and one of my favourite friendship groups in YA.

15. Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein

I’d love my nieces/nephews to read this, both to get them into history but also to show examples of great female friendship as it’s so important to show girls getting along and supporting each other, and I would like both nieces or nephews to aspire to having friendships as wonderful as Maddie and Julie’s.

16. Charlotte’s Web-EB White

This was one of my favourite books when I was a kid, so I would love to get to pass it down to my nieces/nephews and see if they love it as much as I did.

17. My Sister’s Keeper-Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors and I would love to be able to share that with my nieces/nephews when they were old enough to read her books and since this one is my favourite, it would be the one I would start with.

18. Anything by Sophie McKenzie

I’m not picking a specific books but I gobbled up Sophie McKenzie’s books when I was a teen and I would love to be able to share the love and pass them onto my future nieces/nephews.

19. Dangerous Girls-Abigail Haas

Because everyone, including my hypothetical nieces/nephews need to have their minds blown by this book. I will not stop until it has happened.

20. Cross My Heart-Carmen Reid

This is another one of my favourite historical fiction YAs and I would love to be able to share it with my future nieces/nephews, it’s such an underrated but incredibly brilliant book and I’d like them to know about lesser known parts of WWII as well as the stuff that everyone knows about.

So there we go, the books I would pass onto my hypothetical nieces/nephews! I know I got a bit overexcited, but let’s face it, I will be passing every book I can onto my future nieces/nephews if I have them, the love of reading in the Elliott family is not going to die with me! Have you read any of these books? What books would you pass onto to your children/nieces/nephews/godchildren? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For, for Thanksgiving week in the US. Now it’s not Thanksgiving week in the UK as we don’t do Thanksgiving, but I like the idea of the topic, so I’ll still be doing it, it will be a great chance to give my favourite books some love! I am going to be in the midst of essay hell for the foreseeable future, so I probably won’t be posting at all for the rest of this week. I still need to write my review of House of Ash at some point, but I don’t know when that will be!

Top Ten Tuesday #132

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Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week, I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo, it’s going pretty well so far, seven days in and I’ve got over 12k, so I’m pretty happy with that. Any one else out there doing NaNo this year? Let me know about your projects in the comments, I want to know all! Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders, we’re allowed to choose what they would make great leaders of, and one of the suggestions they gave was a book club, which I thought would be a pretty cool topic for today, so I’m running with it. These are my Top Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders of A Book Club:

  1. Hermione Granger-Harry Potter-JK Rowling

I mean duh? Hermione would be the perfect choice to lead a book club, or a library group or basically anything related to books. Sure she might be a bit bossy, but a book group lead by Hermione is bound to be well run and hopefully a lot of fun!

2. Annabeth Chase-Percy Jackson-Rick Riordan

Annabeth is dyslexic but she still loves to read even though she struggles with it, so I think she’d be perfect to lead a book group full of more reluctant readers/other readers with dyslexia as she’d be able to understand their struggles and help make reading fun for them.

3. Aelin Galathynius (Celaena Sardothien)-Throne of Glass-Sarah J Maas

Sure, Aelin might be busy assassining and/or queening most of the time, but she loves to read and would be able to put the fear of death into members of the group who didn’t read the book, so I figure she’d be a perfect, if slightly dangerous, choice to lead a book group.

4. Matilda Wormwood-Matilda-Roald Dahl

Sure, Matilda’s only five, but given that she can read Hemingway and Dickens, and would probably be able to read circles around most adult readers, I reckon she could quite easily lead a book group!

5. Liesel Meminger-The Book Thief-Markus Zusak

She might have less than legal ways of acquiring her books, but given how good Liesel was at calming the people in the bomb shelters with her stories, I think Liesel would be great at leading a group of readers.

6. Jess Brightwell-The Great Library Series-Rachel Caine

Okay, so more than likely Jess would lead the bookworms in a rebellion to steal all the books back from The Great Library, but I think he would be a great leader of a book group, his love for books is one of his most endearing traits and it might be nice for him to have a group where he can talk about his smuggled books (let’s face it, Jess’ book group would probably eventually turn into a gang of book smugglers).

7. Klaus Baudelaire-A Series of Unfortunate Events-Lemony Snicket

Because seriously. the kid’s life is so miserable, he deserves some joy and happiness and since he loves reading and takes much of a leadership role (alongside his sister) throughout the books, I reckon he would be perfect to lead a book club and it might give him a little happiness in his otherwise not particularly enjoyable life (if he can fit it in between running away from Count Olaf and all that).

8. Delilah-Between The Lines and Off The Page-Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Okay, I can’t remember exactly what her last name was because it has been so long since I read this book, but from what I do remember, Delilah loves books more than she loves people and I think that makes her perfect to lead a group of fellow bookworms!

9. Belle-Beauty and The Beast-Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villenueve

Okay, so I’ve never read the original fairytale, I’m more going off the Disney film here, but Belle would be perfect to run a book club, she loves to read and given that her village are all a bit scornful of her favourite hobby (A WOMAN? READING? SHOCKER!), I reckon that she would love to run a book club and be surrounded by people who actually appreciate and share her love of reading.

10. Artemis Fowl-Artemis Fowl-Eoin Colfer

Okay, so a book club with Artemis at the helm would be kind of a nightmare because he loves to prove that he’s smarter than everyone else but I think that’s the exact reason why he’d want to run a book club, I mean what better outlet for an arrogant genius who constantly wants to prove he’s the smartest person in the room?

So there you go, characters who I think would make great leaders of a book club! Do you agree with my choices? Is there anyone else you would add? Who are your favourite bookworm characters? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to read, but since I am pretty adamant that I don’t want to have kids in the future, I’m going to to change it to Top Ten Books I Want My Future Nieces/Nephews (if I have any) to read. I recently finished one of my Netgalley reads, House of Ash, so I’m going to try to get that up as soon as possible, if I have time between NaNoWriMo’ing and of course actual university work!

Top Ten Tuesday #131

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week, I got back to Uni after reading week on Sunday and it’s back to work, I have a presentation in History this Friday that I’m so not looking forward to and then I have essays to start on. No rest for the wicked! Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is a Halloween themed freebie, but I’m kind of interpreting it in the loosest sense of the word and talking about October New Releases That You Could Read This Halloween, not all of which will be scary. So here we go, books you could curl up with this Halloween (for ease, as I’m a UK blogger, I’m only including books that are available right now, through Waterstones/via UK Amazon as some books with a October release date in the US, aren’t released here yet):

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic (Collector’s Edition)-Releases TODAY!-VE Schwab

If, like me, you love VE Schwab and everything she writes, then you could pick up the new Collector’s Edition of A Darker Shade of Magic today. It’s a truly beautiful edition with lots of lovely additional content. I’m slightly annoyed because Royal Mail decided to deliver my copy when I was in class yesterday, so I’m having to wait until tomorrow to get it, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

2. Forest of A Thousand Lanterns-Released 10th October-Julie C. Dao

This East Asian Evil Queen retelling, sounds like a perfect Halloween read. The cover is gorgeous, and it’s a diverse fantasy, so don’t sleep on this one guys!

3. Wild Beauty-Released 3rd October-Anna-Marie McLemore

As Dia De Los Muertos is coming up, it seems like the perfect time to read this Latinx ownvoices fantasy. I’ve yet to read it, but I’ve heard amazing things about both the writing and the representation in this book, so if you love magical realism, this would be a great book to curl up with this Halloween.

4. The Last Namsara-Released 12th October-Kristen Ciccarelli

DRAGONS PEOPLE. DRAGONS. I honestly don’t know what else to say as a reason to read this book because dragons are totally enough for me. I cannot wait to read this one (I’m hoping that my suspicions about the contents of the November FairyLoot box are right) because more YA fantasy should have dragons.

5. Beasts Made of Night-Released 25th October-Tochi Onyebuchi

I am so bad because I have an e-ARC of this from Netgalley which I have yet to read (my essays really put me back on my Netgalley reading). I’m really excited for it though, as it sounds amazing, a Nigerian influenced fantasy where sins are conjured in the form of sin beasts and the main character is a sin eater, someone whose job it is to slay the sin beasts. I’m so excited to get cracking on this one!

6. The Ship of The Dead (Magnus Chase #3)-Released 3rd October-Rick Riordan

If like me, you haven’t managed to get around to the third and final installment of the Magnus Chase trilogy and you’re looking for something more fun to read this Halloween, then I would definitely recommend going on a quest with Magnus and his friends to prevent Ragnarok.

7. The Hanging Girl-Released 19th October-Eileen Cook

This is another of my Netgalley e-ARCs that I’ve been sleeping on due to essay hell in the last two weeks before mid semester break, I will definitely be getting to it in the next two weeks though, before it expires! It’s a murder mystery, so that’s pretty much perfect for Halloween.

8. All The Crooked Saints-Released 10th October-Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater’s writing always has a very spooky feel, so if you are a Stiefvater fan then this could be the perfect book to curl up with tonight, although be warned that Latinx reviewers have said that the rep is not very good, so that’s always something to take into consideration before reading.

9. A Shiver of Snow and Sky-Released 5th October-Lisa Lueddecke

If you’re done with the spooky season and want to move onto something with a more wintery feel, then this one would be perfect for you. I’m really excited to read this one as I’ve been following Lisa on Twitter for ages and it will be so great to finally read her debut!

10. The Book of Dust-Released 19th October-Phillip Pullman

If you’re a Phillip Pullman fan, this Halloween might be the best time to catch up on his latest release!

So that’s it, my choices for the October releases that you could read this Halloween. I actually haven’t read any of these except for A Darker Shade of Magic (I usually try to go with all books I’ve read, but that wasn’t going to work this week), so those of you who have read them, what should I read first? Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Has anyone got any fun plans for Halloween? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders, of what we can choose, so you’ll have to wait until next week to see what I choose! I’ve just finished Neal Shusterman’s Scythe so I should have a review of that up this week, plus my latest #RockMyTBR update so stay tuned for those!