Mini Reviews: Miracles by C.S. Lewis; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins & Harry Potter

Sometimes, I don’t really have enough to say about a book to write a full review on it, but that doesn’t meant I don’t still want to talk about it. So here are some mini reviews for books I’ve read recently.



682778Rating: 5/5

Genre: Non-fiction, philosophy, christian

First published: 1947

Author: C.S. Lewis

Synopsis: “Do miracles really happen?” is a question that has dogged philosophers and researchers for centuries. In this moving and inspirational book, C.S. Lewis sets out with his characteristic warmth, lucidity and wit to demonstrate that miracles really are occurring all around us in our everyday lives. 

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C.S. Lewis is one of my favourite thinkers and writers of the 20th century. He has such a gift for explaining complex things very simply, very eloquently and very clearly. I’ve read several of his non-fiction books (and Narnia, of course) and I can honestly say they’re a joy to read. I would recommend his books to anyone who likes to be challenged to think. Whether or not you end up agreeing with him, he will make you think.

It’s very hard to review a non-fiction for me. Especially this type of non-fiction. Doesn’t have characters, or a plot, really. I don’t really know what to say about it besides that it’s good and you should read it.



Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: Dystopia, YA, sci-fi

First published: 2008-2010

Author: Suzanne Collins

Synopsis: Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.


I recently audiobooked these and the rating is for the audiobooks. I didn’t really enjoy the narration, which took away from my enjoyment of the story. Of course, I’ve read THG at least twice before and I love it, it’s one of my favourite series and definitely my favourite YA dystopia.

But the Audible narrator just really annoyed me. She made most, if not all the female characters sound like simpering morons and all the male characters sound like… I don’t even know how to describe it. She just sounded stupid and it annoyed me so much.

Also, she could not sing to save her life and she invented this stupid tune for The Hanging Tree song and it was just horribly off key.



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Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: fantasy, children’s,

First published: 1997-2007

Author: J.K. Rowling


I’ve also been listening to these on audio this year and I’ve been really enjoying them. I’ve been listening to the Stephen Fry narration and it’s really good. He does an amazing job of bringing the characters and magical world of Harry Potter to life.

The Grinch Book Tag

This tag was created by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and I think it’s great because it gives me the opportunity to rant about stuff, so I’m down.


1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out : Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill

 

For this I’m gonna go with  Red Queen  by Victoria Aveyard. I was okay with the first book. I enjoyed it. But then Glass Sword happened. And we all know how that went (if you don’t, then you can check out my rant about it).

2. Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone : Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hate it. I hate it so much (I have a rant about that as well) and so many people love it. I know there are people who hate it too, but it was even nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards… what? What? I just can’t. I’m sorry, but how even? That book is a waste of paper. Trees were killed for nothing printing that.

3. Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration : Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can’t pick a villain!)

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The guy from The Wrath and the Dawn. What’s his name? I can’t remember. The childhood friend. He was just in the way. He didn’t really do much in the book and when he did, he messed things up. Just stop it guy. Tariq? I think that was his name.

4. You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real: Name a book you were spoiled for

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Hmm… I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve really been spoiled for any books. At least not in any major way. Maybe Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince cause I knew about Dumbledore. But I can’t really think of anything else. I’ve been pretty good at avoiding spoilers.

5. It’s freezing outside: Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with

Any of the characters in the Inheritance series. I just could not get them at all. Also the girls from The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I enjoyed the story. And I even liked the characters, I just didn’t feel very connected to them. Same goes for the eponymous Sabriel by Garth Nix. I enjoyed the book and the characters were good, but they just didn’t click with me.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings : Name a couple you couldn’t stand

Scarlett and… whatever his name from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hated everything about that book, not least of all the romance.

All the relationships in Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Another waste of paper and one of the worst cases of insta-love and love polygons in the history of YA.

Chaol and Celaena from Throne of Glass. I just do not like that couple. I just don’t.

7. That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of : show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for a while, and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of

Oooh boy. I have so many. But I’m a book hoarder. To be fair, a lot of these I didn’t buy and they aren’t strictly speaking mine, so probably once I settle down somewhere for more than one year at a time and decide to move all my books from my parent’s house, I’ll leave some of those behind. But anyway, here are some books that I own and just don’t have any interest in reading (and I will focus on books that I own personally, whether I bought them for myself or received them, but I won’t mention the books that are technically my family’s books, but because I’m the only person in my family who consistently reads, they’re mine).

Inheritance by Christpher Paolini. I’m actually considering donating this, because it’s just taking up space and I’m never going to read it. Ever.

Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Curie. Again, 0 interest in this book. I won it in a giveaway that I don’t even know why I entered. Probably will end up giving that one away as well.

The Odyssey by Homer. I’ve had this for a couple of years and I just never feel like picking it up. I do want to read it eventually, so I’m going to keep it. But I just have no motivation to read it at the moment.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheri. I’ve read about half of Inferno and I just… can’t. It’s in verse and I can’t focus on it. I want to read them though. Just not now.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett. I’ve read about maybe a third of this book and it was just not what I was expecting it to be so I stopped. I want to read it eventually, cause it was good, but I really don’t feel motivated to at the moment.

I’m going to stop at 5, but there are plenty more.

8. Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer: Name a character death you still are mad about (warn people for spoilers! You can also use TV or movie deaths)

***SPOILERS FOR MISTBORN, SIX OF CROWS, HARRY POTTER, HUNGER GAMES, LORD OF SHADOWS***

I’m mad about a lot of deaths, okay? I’ll put headers for each book/series, so if you haven’t read it and don’t want spoilers, you can skip that paragraph.

MISTBORN

Kelsier. Why? Just why? I’m not over it, I get why he needed to die. But no. I’m so mad.

SIX OF CROWS

Matthias. That was so unnecessary and I am mad. I’m so mad. I can’t cope with it, I yelled at the book and i cried and I just don’t understand why.

HARRY POTTER

Hedwig and Dobby. It’s just not okay. Neither of them deserved to die and just why? A lot of people died in HP and most of them are tragic and heartbreaking but I can’t get over those two. They didn’t need to die.

HUNGER GAMES

My baby Finnick I am so mad. I can’t articulate how mad I am about that. I refuse. In my mind, he’s alive and happy with Annie they have tiny little children and a little fishing cabin.

Cinna. The best side character in YA literature. I can’t handle it. I am wounded.

LORD OF SHADOWS

I’m still mad about Livvy. I could not believe what I was reading. What is Ty going to do without her, I can’t even. My brain reuses to accept it. I feel like the next book will begin with Julian waking up from a nightmare and none of it is true.

Also, I can’t remember what book this was in, but I recently read it and it was this random rider on a horse and the rider did something stupid and the horse was like torn in half and it was so graphic. I suffered. I can’t for the life of me remember what book it was. But I know the MC was watching this scene unravel and I was so mad. Maybe it was Uprooted by Naomi Novik? I don’t know.

9. The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers: Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long

Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. That series just goes on and on. I don’t even know how many books there are to date, but way too many. At least 15 and with no intention of stopping anytime soon. That series is not that good. It doesn’t need that many books.

Also, I’m sorry but I’m starting to think Throne of Glass should come to an end. I feel like one more book and then that’s it. I kind of think that Tower of Dawn was a bit unnecessary. I mean, I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t say for sure. But I think I would have been happier to just get a conclusion instead of that one. Because Empire of Storms declined in quality compared to the others and I want it to end while it’s still good.

10. The Grinch : Name a main character you HATE (No villians again!)

Mare Barrow from Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I hate her so much, I want her to die and rid the world of her insufferable self-righteousness and self-importance.

Scarlett from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. She’s stupid and hypocritical and I’m just so done with her.

Snow from Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Ugh, another stupid, whiny and self-righteous one. I hate her.

These are the ones I really hate. I actually don’t often hate characters. Like, they may annoy me, but then I usually don’t care enough to really hate them. I’m just annoyed, but to mention a few: Lissa and Rose from Vampire Academy, Chaol from ToG, the girl (forgot her name) from The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

Autumn 2017 Wrap Up

Since I haven’t really been reading much, I’ll stick to doing seasonal wrap-ups. I’ve read 9 books since September and I haven’t got reviews for most of them because I am sooooo behind with my reviews.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phenix & Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Order of the Phoenix93124I’ve been making my way through the series as audiobooks this time and I’m quite enjoying them. Most books don’t work really well on audio for me, but these ones are really good. They’re narrated by Stephen Fry and he’s doing a very good job of bringing this beloved world to life. His kids must have had some great bedtime story experiences.

5/5 stars of course.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

godsgraveAnother delightful book by Jay Kristoff. I can’t get enough of this series and I can’t get enough of Kristoff. I really need to read the next of his books while I wait for the next installment of this series to come out. I actually do have a review of this one, and I believe this is the only book in this list I have currently reviewed (I know, I’m very behind). You can check that review out here if you are interested. Also, look how beautiful that cover is!

5/5 stars

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

127455I kept putting this book off for ages, thinking that I wouldn’t enjoy it that much (I don’t even know why), but it quickly became one of my favourites ever. It’s so much fun to read and I love the characters so much. I’m currently reading the second book in the series and I can’t wait to finish it and finish the whole series (if it comes out anytime in my life time, that is). There are so many things that I’m super curious about and I can’t wait to learn about them.

5/5 stars

Miracles by C.S. Lewis

682778C.S. Lewis is one of my favourite authors ever. His non-fiction books are so poignant and lucid and well written, it’s just a joy to read them. Miracles is no exception, I honestly and wholeheartedly recommend C.S. Lewis to anyone who likes being challenged to think and be critical.

5/5 stars

 

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

27827627Another brilliant book. I seem to have only read amazing, 5 star books these past few months. Which is a good thing, because I didn’t get to read that many. So at least they were good. This book was so beautiful, it even made me cry at some point. It was just so lovely and magical and just all around good. I was a bit skeptical about it to be honest, but I loved it and I can’t wait to read more Naomi Novik.

5/5 stars

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

29847078This is probably my favourite Rick Riordan book that I’ve read so far. Norse mythology is even better than Greek mythology for many reasons, but one of them (and the one that was most distinctly felt in this book) is that it’s just so much weirder. And that gives so much more opportunity for the humour that, let’s be honest, is a huge part of why Rick Riordan’s books are so popular. This series is also a lot darker than Percy Jackson, which I really enjoyed as well.

55 stars

Duplicity by Sibel Hodge

30848589This book was awful. That 5 star streak was lovely, but it couldn’t last. I audiobooked this and I got it for free, so I’m not too bummed about it. But it was just so bad. It was one, giant ridiculous, predictable cliche. I either hated all the characters or just didn’t care about them, because they were bland, one dimensional. The plot was predictable and had some gaping chasms in it and the narration was mediocre at best and what’s sad is that it’s because it was an audiobook that it even got 1.5 stars. It just made it bearable.

1.5/5 stars

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

hunger gamesI audiobooked this one as well. I’ve been on an audio kick. Unfortunately, I’m not really loving the narration. I love The Hunger Games, so I can move past it and just enjoy the story, but the narrator is so annoying. She makes Katniss (and almost everyone else) sound like a simpering moron. I don’t know why, but I just hate her narration. So because of that, I’m only giving it 4 stars, even though the story deserves 5 and I have rated it 5 stars on my previous reads.

4/5 stars

How I choose Book Tag

I should really, really be catching up on my reviews. But I’m really, really not in the mood to write a review right now, so here I am with another book tag. I stole this (as I often do) from Thrice Read. If you don’t follow their blog, you really should, because it’s great! Anyway, let’s get to it.


Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

Rebel of the SandsRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I’m not sure why i bought it. I think it had something to do with it being set in a desert setting and being western-y and also very pretty. I did end up really enjoying this book though, so I have no regrets.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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This is the answer I usually give to this question, but Tangled by Emma Chase. I honestly have no idea why I read it at all. Because it’s not a genre that I generally enjoy and it didn’t even have a pretty cover. I remember finding it on Goodreads and I think I read a review that was really positive and I was really bored, so I was like… “Eh, might as well.” And I ended up really enjoying it.

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

This is pretty hard to do, since a) I have 2 bookshelves in 2 different places; b) I have way too many books for just the two bookshelves and therefore, they’re double stacked like nothing else and c) I know where all my books are on the shelves. So instead, to make it more random, I’m gonna go to my Goodreads owned books shelf, set it on random and get the first book on there.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I won this book in a giveaway and I discovered it when entering that giveaway.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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The Bat by Jo Nesbo. A friend of mine recommended it to me and I bought it, but I haven’t read it yet.

Pick a book up that you discovered through booktube/bookstagram/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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Oh man, there are so many for this one! Um… Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff and absolutely fucking YES! You can read my review of it, if you are interested.

Find a book on your shelves with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

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Temeraire by Naomi Novik. This is another one that i heard of through booktube. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s about dragons in Napoleon’s time so… as far as I’m concerned, that’s all you need to know really.

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

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The Hunger Games, believe it or not. I wasn’t much into YA at the time, so I only found out about it when the first film came out. I watched the film and I thought it was meh, but decided to read the books. It’s interesting, because I liked the first film a lot more after reading the books than before, which is unusual.

Think of your all-time favorite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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This one’s hard. There are so many! Well, The Lord of the Rings definitely has to be on this list. I’ve read them 3 times, the first time I was maybe 12? I’m not sure. I picked them up because I loved the films.

The ACTOAR series by Sarah J. Mass should probably also be on here. I picked it up when the first book came out (well, a bit later that year) because I’d read ToG and I loved it and I wanted to see what else Sarah had in store. Also, Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite stories, so when I heard it was a retelling… I just had to.

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A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis. Someone had lent it to my mum a few years back and of course I wanted to read it because it was a book and it was C.S. Lewis. And I read it twice in two days.

I could continue this list, really but I’ll stop here for the sake of brevity.

The Valentines Day Book Tag

Yeah, I know Valentine’s Day is gone. But honestly, if you were expecting me to do this on time, you don’t know me very well. I actually have a couple of tags and a couple of reviews backed up that I just haven’t found the time to do. Soon, hopefully.

Anyway, I was tagged to to this by Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek. Thank you so much Heather for tagging me. You can check out her blog, it’s cool. And now, onto the tag!


1.) Stand Alone Book You Love

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I’ve read a few great stand-alones, but the most recent and the first to come to mind is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I have a full review of this beautiful little book, if you want to read more of my thoughts on it.

2.) Dystopian Book You Love

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Even after all this time (and many, many dystopians under my belt), I think The Hunger games is still my favourite. This is the series that really got me into YA literature and it will always be special to me. Plus, it’s awesome!

3.) A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this series is SO underrated and it deserves to be talked about more. Go read Artemis Fowl!

4.) Favorite Book Couple

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Feyre and Rhys.

Art by Charlie Bowater

5.) Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Read Yet

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There’s a long list of those. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken is on example. Or The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve read Cinder, but not the rest of them. And many others, really. There are a lot of popular books that I haven’t read yet. So many books, so little timeeeeee!

6.) A Book With Red on the Cover

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I loved this book so much! Keep an eye out for my review which should (hopefully) come up soon. It was brilliant. I can’t wait for the next one!

7.) A Book With Pink on the Cover

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The German (original) edition of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I’m currently (slowly) making my way through it. I don’t know why the cover is pink and not red, but there you have it.

8.) You were given a box of chocolate what fictional boyfriend/ or girlfriend would given them to you.

RHYYSSSS! Or Kaz Brecker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Rhys by taratjah and Kaz by Coralie Jubénot

9.) You are Single on Valentines Day. What Book would you read? What TV show would you watch? What Movie would you watch?

Well, to be honest I’m not that fussed about Valentine’s Day. Like… if you have a SO, then sure that’s great. Celebrate Valentine’s Day. But if you don’t, then it’s just another day really. It’s not special to me in any way. So I have no answer for this question. I would read whatever my current read is and watch whatever I felt like. For example, this Tuesday, I watched Life of Brian with my friend (Monty Python is everything).

10.) You are in the Book Store. All of a Sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What New Release will you love?

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Oh boy. This sort of implies I’m aware of recent releases. Although, I was in Waterstones a couple weeks back and I saw this gorgeous hardcover of Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I nearly bought it, but there was also a gorgeous hardcover of Nevernight and I’d heard more about that one, so I ended up buying it in the end. Still, I’ve read some amazing reviews of Caraval as well, so if I found it again, I would definitely buy it.

I tag you, yes YOU to do this. Because our love for books is equal all year round, so who cares if Valentine’s Day has passed, right?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Villains in Books

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Villains in Books

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top 10 villains in books.


Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

tumblr_inline_mm3lpfndj51qz4rgpOne of my favourite villains in YA literature! I just loved Sebastian, he was such a good villain. He’s actually one of my favourite characters in the series just because he was such a compelling villain. What he did, he did out of a righteous belief that what he was doing was right and ultimately, he did everything out of a twisted, mangled and broken love that he had for his family. He wasn’t able to love anymore, but he still tried and the result was monstrous.

Johan Liebert from Monster by Naoki Urasawa

johan1One of my all time favourite villains. I loved the question he brought up of whether stripping someone of their identity can change who they are. Was Johan born a monster, or was he made into one? And I think that is part of the drive behind his actions. His sense that he does not exist gives him the liberty to do anything because a man who does not exist cannot be held accountable.

King Leck from the Graceling Series by Kristin Cashore

tumblr_mvra1nsvyv1qmke06o1_500You may have noticed, I am very fascinated with really screwed up psychopaths and King Leck fist that profile to the letter. I’m a little bit annoyed that we didn’t get more information about him and how his mind worked and what sort of messed up crap he did.

President Snow from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

cjedi2rgI’ve always liked him. I though he was a very classy villain who knew exactly what he was and he totally owned it. He didn’t necessarily take pleasure in killing, rather it was a cold and calculated means to an end. He also had a way of seeing the world for what it was. When he was defeated, he just accepted it, and he was perhaps glad to go to his death because he knew that another villain would rise in his stead.

Artemis Fowl from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

738eba3305195d34397b0d4a3190780aOne of my all time favourite characters! the reason he’s so far down this list is that… well he’s not really a villain. He’s more of an antihero. I suppose you could say he’s a villain in the first book though, so I’m okay with adding him on this list because I will take any and every opportunity to talk about this series. I love it!

 

Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

ootp076Another one who is in my opinion not so much a villain as he is an antihero. But I love antiheroes. And Snape is one of my favourite HP characters and he always has been. I admired his loyalty and I loved his moral ambiguity. I think moral ambiguity makes for really interesting characters and Snape fascinated me from the first book until the last. He is still to this day one of my favourite characters.

 

Lord Sauron from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

sauron-005I had to include him because LotR is one of the stories of my childhood and I still love the epic battle of Middle Earth. I still get excited when Isildur cuts of the ring finger and when Frodo escapes the Shire and every single victory against Sauron, big or small. I will always love this story.

 

Professor Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

SherlockSherlock Holmes has been one of my heroes since I was a little girl and of course, his greatest enemy had to be on this list. And of course I used the Andrew Scott version because I love BBC’s Sherlock and this seemed like a really fitting occasion for a little not to the show. Also… I want the next season, please.

 

The villain from The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin

schwarzschild radiusI don’t know his name, I don’t think it’s even mentioned in the book. But he’s a great, messed up, terrifying villain. This book traumatised me. Honestly, I was so paranoid after reading it. Also horrified and kid of disgusted. So, as villains go, I’d say this one did his job pretty well.

 

Clancy from the Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken

51glg9yppil-_sy344_bo1204203200_I like him. I think he’s a good villain and I kind of want him to hang around for a while to make life difficult for our dear characters. He’s a devious little schemer and he just makes the story that much more interesting. Even though you want to punch him in the face from time to time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday – Characters I would not like to be

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts on Tomes – and you can find more details about it on the Goodreads group. This week’s topic is “Characters you would not like to trade places with”. I don’t participate in this meme very often, but this week’s topic was really cool.

1. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

tumblr_mrhqyeqnhe1r9i187o1_1280Her life just sucks. It’s great to read about, but yeah, no thank you. I’d rather not live in fear and poverty. And this applies to pretty much all characters in dystopia, but I choose her because The Hunger Games is what started this whole dystopia trend.

 

 

2. Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

File:Tamlin.jpgLittle bitch gonna get what’s coming to him. And I would not want to be in his pretty little shoes when that happens. Sorry Tam, but you screwed up big time. But his life sucked even before he screwed up. Which is all the more reason for me not wanting to be him.

 

 

3. Mare Barrow from the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

red queenIf I ever act like such a spoiled, entitled, insufferable brat, please shoot me. I would rather die than know I am anything like her. She is honestly the worst character ever. If I were any of the other characters in that  series, I would just put on a rubber suit and send her gift-wrapped to the queen. Because I would rather be ruled by a mind-controlling maniac, than have to deal with her.

 

4. Any ASOIAF character

asoiafSeriously… on average, the life span of a ASOIAF character is like half a book. And during that time, they get raped, lose their whole family, their puppy, their home and possibly a body part. Except maybe Daenerys. She has dragons. I think that compensates for all the suck in her life.

 

5. Louisa Clark from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

et00035678I think it’s pretty obvious why I wouldn’t want to be her. She looks happy in that picture, but don’t be fooled. You wouldn’t want to be her. Even if she got to kiss Sam Claflin.

 

 

 

I don’t think there are many characters in the books I read that I would want to trade place with. Their lives bring me enough pain when I read about them, I can’t imagine how it would be to live them. But these are just 5 characters I really *really* wouldn’t want to be. Let me know what characters you would hate to trade places with in the comments below.

 

Bookish Mid-Autumn Festival Tag

This tag was created by Tinka @ The Crazy Reader. I thought it was really cool and I decided to do it. This tag was inspired by a traditional Chinese festival. Tinka explains it better in her post.


1. Family reunion: Name a book with family goals

250px-weasleysThe Weasleys are the first who jump to mind. Most of the books I read don’t really have families in them because that would just make for far too happy MC. But the Weasleys were a big, loud, obnoxious family who ultimately had each other’s backs and I could really feel the family spirit. So I will go with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets because that’s when we first see them as a family.

2. Full moon: Name a book with a werewolf

TMIThe Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. There is more than one werewolf in it. You can take your pick. Now that I think of it, I think it’s the only series I love that has a werewolf in it.

 

3. Mooncake: Name a type of food in a book that you wish was real

harry-potter-1I hate answering with the same thing twice in the same tag, but anything in the HP series. I always get hungry reading them. I mean look at that picture! I want me some butterbeer and some candy that makes me roar like a lion and chocolate frogs, and every flavour beans and all of it. Also, a house elf to make the food for me please.

4. Rabbit: Name your favourite creature in a book

91qh6txtoal9d932ee70c2df735c120627b89c491b7Hmm, I really like the Pegasi in the Percy Jackson books. Or the great eagles from The Lord of the Rings. I like creatures that can fly and that are big enough to ride because I want to fly. Come to think of it, I also always thought the Nazgul were really cool in the LotR films.

 

5. Chang E.: A character that makes a significant change to the plot

cinnaI’m going with Cinna from The Hunger Games. He wasn’t a very prominent character. He wasn’t even in the books that much. But he basically jump-started the revolution. Without him, there would not be any girl on fire. He’s awesome and he deserves more recognition.

6. Lanterns: Name a book you like reading about

lotr deluxeI like reading about Tolkien’s work. I’ve barely read anything of his. Like, I’ve read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and about a third of The Silmarillion.  But I have spent countless hours on Wikipedia reading about him and Middle Earth and his work.

7. Autumn: Name a good autumn read

Six of CrowsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I’m not sure why, but I just feel like it’s a good book to read in autumn. I mean, it’s an awesome book to read at any time of the year, but it feels sort of autumny. Also, I have a review of it, if you want to check it out!

8. Festival: Name your favourite festival in a book

acotargathering-of-shadows_ukcoverCalanmai from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Because that’s when we first meet Rhys. Although a close second is the Essen Tasch from A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. That was really cool. Look how the covers match! That is a satisfying coincidence.

 

 

I will tag 3 of my followers at random. If you decide to do this, leave a link to your post in the comments below!

M @ A Blog of One’s Own

Sam @ One Bookish Girl

Mara @ Once Upon A Bind

 

The Birthstone Book Tag

The Birthstone Book Tag

I saw this a while ago on booktube and recently I saw ChicNerdReads do it and I loved it both times, so I’m going to do it as well.

So basically, each question is inspired by one of the birthstones for each month.

January (Garnet): Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies – Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of

22828394chasthkwgaaloxdSo many good candidates for this one. I’m tempted to go with Ramsay Bolton from A Song of Ice and Fire by G. R. R. Martin. Such a sadistic psycho. But another one on the same level with him is the guy from The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin. That book freaked me out. You can check out my review of it here.

February (Amethyst): Purple is associated with royalty – Name a book with regal qualities. You can base this off the characters or choose the king of all books

kralica_na_senkite_hrmQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Because there are so many regal characters in that series and in this book in particular, Aelin really was a queen.

March (Aquamarine): Washed out – Name a “wishy-washy” character, a character who is not strong or a follower

2128918Peter Pettigrew from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. He was definitely a follower and quite the coward.

April (Diamond): A Diamond in the rough – Name a book that you loved but is not well known

artemis_fowl_first_edition_coverThe Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. I wouldn’t say it’s not well known, because I know it has quite a following, but I haven’t seen anyone talk about it on booktube or or book blogs and I just wish there was more hype for it because I adored it!

May (Emerald): Said to balance energy – Name two characters that balance each other well

ksdw_fdz5de6e747856c5ef94bff1a01ea495155Jace And Alec from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Jace is reckless and bold and cocky, while Alec is cautious and subdued. They balance each other very well, Jace bringing Alec out of his comfort zone a bit and Alec tempering Jace’s recklessness.

June (Pearl): Associated with loyalty – Name a character that is loyal to the end

f3e44aa13286353ed8cb7955cb3db7a7There are a lot of loyal characters, but I think I have to give this one to Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I don’t imagine Harry was easy to have as a friend, and yet Ron stuck with him throughout, despite the difficulties that they faced both within their friendship and from outside. I always think of him when someone says ‘loyalty’.

July (Ruby): Blood red – Name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry

acomaf-cover-3A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this book! But at the end when that thing happens and that someone does that one thing, before the awesome thing that happens right at the end. I was so angry. I remember I was outside reading and I started yelling at the book and stomping my feet. Thankfully, it was late evening, so no one was around to witness my hysteria.

August (Peridot): Pale green (it pales in comparison to other gems) – name a supporting character who you liked better than the main character

117541_600I think I could make a list. But I’m going to go with Cinna from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Just because I think he’s my favourite character in the series and he wasn’t even in the books that much. Most of the supporting characters I like better than the main ones (which would be such a long list) are present throughout all or most of the book.series. But Cinna wasn’t and I still adore him.

September (Sapphire): Blue like the ocean which is calming – Name a book that had a calming effect on you

148891The Bible. That’s what I read when I’m anxious or scared or sad or angry and it always makes me feel better. I always find a verse that inspires or strengthens or calms me.

October (Opal – my month!): Iridescence – Name a book that is iridescent, this can be a book with a beautiful cover (shiny? lots of colour?) or you can base it off a character (quirky? colourful?)

ukdsbhcDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This book is iridescent from every point of view. The cover is gorgeous and it shimmers when it catches the light as certain angels. At least the version that I have. There are plenty of colourful characters, both literally and figuratively (Karou’s blue hair? Brimstone and the other monsters?). And on top of that, the writing itself is iridescent. Honestly, if I had to attribute a colour-related adjective to the writing it would be iridescent. So many shades, so mesmerizing!

November (Topaz): Associated with resilience – Name a book with a character that rises to the top in a time of adversity

the-ascendance-trilogy-the-false-prince-35473004-935-475This is like every YA book ever. But I’m going to go with a book series that I haven’t seen much of around the booktube/book blog community. The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I really loved this series and Sage is nothing if not resilient.

December (Blue Zircon): Associated with friendship – Name a book with a friendship you want to be a part of

clockwork-angelThe Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Will and Jem’s friendship is my favourite friendship that I’ve come across in literature, I think. It’s just beautiful. And I don’t know that I would want to be part of their friendship (I feel I would ruin it), I would love to just be around them and watch it.

I tag everyone to do this because I think this is such an awesome tag and I want to read more replies to it. So if you want to do it, please go ahead and comment a link to it so I can read it!