Ten Books With Characters Who are Assassins – Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “Top 10 Characters Who ________”.

I haven’t participated in this meme for ages and it’s Wednesday. But whatever. I love books about assassins!


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I mean, this one was probably really obvious! I love this series, I love Sarah’s books. I’ve always had a vague fascination with assassins, but this series put fuel on that fire big time and I just cannot get enough! I don’t know what that says about me.

I think I only have a review of Empire of Storms, so unfortunately, if you’re new to the series, I don’t have a review for you, but it’s a good series.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This has become another one of my favourite series. Not only is it about assassins, it’s about a school of assassins! It’s so funny and so well written in my opinion and I loved everything about it. The second book came out earlier this month and I can’t wait to read it! I really need to find some time to read, cause I’ve been reading almost nothing lately.

I have a review of Nevernight, if you’d like to know more.

Graceling by Kristin Kashore

gracelingAnother really cool book about an assassin. It’s a cool series, really but only the first one is really about the assassin. I found this to be a rather unique book among YA novels. I know a lot of people find the book and the series in general, a bit slow, but I really loved it.

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This is an underrated series in my opinion. Nobody talks about it and it’s so cool and unique in a way. It’s a duology and it brings together two of the coolest things: assassins and pirates. Why would you not want to read this?

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

poison studyNow, with this one, the main character is not exactly an assassin. She’s a food taster. However, the love interest is the poison master and while it’s not explored that much, it’s implied that he’s therefore also the court assassin. So I’m counting it because it’s a cool series and also slightly underrated.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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This book was a bit slow to begin, but I did enjoy it and I think it has promise as a series. I’ve only read the first book so far, but I do plan to continue with the series. I don’t have a review of it yet, because I’m super behind, but hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The only reason this series is so far down the list is because it doesn’t really focus on assassins. It’s basically about a heist, so still criminals. And one of the main characters is an assassin. It’s just that the book doesn’t really focus on that. But it is an amazing series and if you’ve not read it, what are you doing with your life, go read it!

I have reviews for both books in the series, if you’re interested (SoC; CK)

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

cruel beautyThis is a book that a lot of people have issues with. It’s a strange book, a bit confusing. I really enjoyed it though. I actually liked the mindfuck element to it and all the impossible and paradoxical things that happened. And while it’s not so much focused on assassins, the main character does set out on an assassination mission in the beginning of the book, so it counts.

I also have a review of this if you are interested.

Shadow Kin by M. J. Smith

shadow kinThis isn’t the best series ever, to be honest. It’s not bad, it’s just not that great either. But the main character is an assassin and she’s a really interesting assassin in my opinion. She has the unique ability of becoming shadow and I thought that was really cool and is probably the main reason I’m including this on here. This is an adult series and it focuses a bit too much on sex in my opinion, but if you overlook that, it’s not a bad book.

Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep

6611038Again, not the best series out there. It’s a really long series and I’ve read maybe 4 or 5 books of it. It’s not bad, but it’s not great. They’re really quick to read and the magic system is interesting and there’s a lot of assassin stuff going on, so the books are entertaining. I just wouldn’t say it’s very high quality literature. This is also an adult series.

Ten Unique Books – Top 10 Tuesday

Ten Unique Books – Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is 10 unique books you’ve read.

It’s not Tuesday, it’s Thursday, let’s move on. I think it’s become clear by now that it’s an event when I actually make a top 10 Tuesday post on a Tuesday.


The Graceling Series by Kristin Kashore

This companion series was so unique to me because for one, I believe it was the first companion series I had read. And the thing that links these three novels together is the villain, which I thought was really cool. Also, the relationships in this series are quite unique within the YA genre and I loved that aspect of it. It’s an amazing series that I feel does not get the hype it deserves.

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

I found this duology to be unique because generally in YA, the main characters are always so physically beautiful. And to have a main character who was not flawless, for a change, was really refreshing and quite unique at least within the YA genre. It also had some pretty cool mythology. Another really underrated series, in my opinion.

The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

I feel like hardly a post goes by when I don’t talk about this series. I honestly love it so much and it’s so, freaking underrated (this is turning into an underrated books post). The blend of magic and technology and the spin it puts on fairies and just celtic folklore is amazing. The characters are quite unique, the titular character, Artemis, is one of my favourite characters ever. It’s just a great series guys. Read it.

Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley

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This is not a book that I enjoyed that much. You can read my full review on it for my thoughts and opinions. But it was definitely unique. I have to give it that. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that had me kinda cringing from its… uniqueness, but also kinda curious to see what the actual hell. So yeah, it definitely has a place on this list.

Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix

I’ve only read the first book in this series. I recently read it, and I enjoyed it. I should have a review of it soon. I thought it was pretty unique because it’s not every day you read a book with a necromancer as the protagonist. It has a cool mythology that reminds me a bit of Dante’s Inferno and a bit of the Greek mythology of the Underworld. It’s cool. It’s unique. At least I’ve not read anything quite like it before.

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

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This story is told through letters from Screwtape, a senior demon, to his nephew to guide him in his attempt to lead his assigned human into temptation and eventually to hell. I thought it was very unique and I loved this book. I don’t think I’ve ever read a C. S. Lewis book I have not loved, to be honest. This is satire and I love satire. And it’s really good satire.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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I can’t really say why I think this is unique because spoilers. I mean, it’s been forever since the books came out, the movies are all out as well (though I don’t know whether they changed the ending or not, cause I haven’t watched the last ones), but I still don’t like outright spoiling things, particularly that this is such a major thing. Most of you probably know what I’m talking about.

The series in itself was not particularly unique. It stands out among YA dystopian as one of the better ones, but other than that… it’s not so unique. Except for the ending of this book. That’s not really something you see very often in YA. I don’t think I have ever seen it in any other book. So, it deserves a place on this list.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

This series has a pretty cool and unique take on dragons. I’ve only read the first book so far and I really enjoyed it. Particularly the dragons and how they work. I thought they were really cool and unique. I also enjoyed the very political nature of the plot. I know a lot of books have political plots, but this one stands out in my mind for some reason.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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I loved this book so much. I read it… easily 8 years ago and I still remember it so vividly. I think this was the first novel I ever finished in one day. I could not stop reading. So well written, so unique in its idea and construct and just… gah! This book is a masterpiece. And if you’ve not read it, you’re missing out.

The Tunnels Series by Rodrick Gordon and Brian Williams

I used to be obsessed with this series. I’m sad that I never finished it and that I’ve forgotten so much about it, that I would have to reread it in order to continue, which I doubt will happen. I think there are 6 books in the series. At the time I read it, there were 4 out and I’ve read those, but then I had to wait and I just never continued with it.

This series takes place mostly underground where an entire civilization lives. And it’s so cool, it’s quite dark and mysterious and kind of conspiracy theory-esque. It’s awesome and has a really unique plot and characters as well, and just the whole underground civilization is really cool and I’ve not seen anything quite like it.

A Noob’s Guide to High Fantasy

High fantasy books can be pretty scary. They’re usually massive and part of some massive series with an intricate world that is different from the real world. I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t like fantasy and I always ask… have you really tried? Are you sure you’re not just intimidated by it? Fantasy is not a genre you can just dive into. You have to ease your way into fantasy.

I think one of the most important things is not to jump right into high fantasy. If you’ve never read fantasy before. Or you’ve read like… Matilda when you were in elementary school, but nothing really beyond that, then the books that I’m about to talk about are not for you. Not yet. If that’s you, then go and read my other post A Noob’s Guide to Fantasy.

If however, you have read at least some of the books on that list, you’ve learnt how to swim in the shallows of fantasy and you kind of want to go off into deeper water, but you’re a little bit scared and you’re not really sure where to begin, then this post is for you. Grab some popcorn and allow me to ease you into the world of high fantasy.

In the interest of not making this post too long, I will not be talking about what the books are about, I’ll just leave a link to the Goodreads page so you can check them out for yourself.

The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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This is probably the best series to get you into high fantasy. Particularly if you’re really apprehensive about reading a book that takes place in a different world. This is perfect. It’s classed as a middle grade series, but it is really good. It’s really clever and witty and quite dark for middle grade, I would say it reads a lot more like YA.

It’s an amazing series, really underrated in my opinion. It’s super fast paced, it’s not too long, the world is not that complex. It’s very similar to just… the real world but with a medieval setting. As far as I can remember, there isn’t any magic in it and if there is, it’s really not prominent. So it’s perfect for people who aren’t used to high fantasy and are perhaps a bit apprehensive about it. Although it’s also amazing for senior high fantasy consumers, like myself. It’s just a great series.

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The Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder

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This is another excellent series to ease you into high fantasy. This one does have a magic system, but it doesn’t thrust you right into it, I think it only really becomes part of the story towards the end of the first book. It’s really easy to get into, it’s really fast paced. Maria V. Snyder has a great writing style, I really enjoyed this series. I think most of her novels take place in the same world and I think there are 2 or 3 series known as The Chronicles of Ixia. I’ve only read I think 7 of them, but to begin with, I would recommend the first 6 books, which follow the same characters, because I believe the next ones focus more on other characters.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Another pretty light one, as far as fantasy goes. It has a slightly more complex world than the previous two. It takes place in a desert, Roman-like society and it has some elements of magic and mythology that are a little bit more prominent that in the previous books I mentioned, but it’s still not too dense, you don’t get thrust into it, it’s really not difficult to understand and get into.

I’ve only read the first book so far, but I really enjoyed it and I think it’s a good series for beginners. It’s not too long, it’s not too complicated, and it has a really cool setting and some nice mythology to it. I also have a spoiler-free review of this, if you’re interested to read that.

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The Assassin’s Curse series by Cassandra Rose Clarke

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If you like pirates and assassins, this book is it. This is a duology, the books are quite short and while there is quite a heavy element of magic and mythology, it’s not dense or difficult to understand. I really enjoyed this series, it’s got quite unique characters as far as the YA genre goes. And I think it’s perfect if you’ve maybe read one of the previous books I talked about in this post and are ready for the next step. It’s a bit more complex a fantasy world, but it’s not too bad.

The Graceling Series by Kristin Kashore

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This one is a bit more complex. This is the graduation series of this guide to high fantasy. If you’ve read this, you’ll probably be ready to take on some of the more hardcore fantasy series. The world is more complex, the magic system is more complex and the books are longer, closer to your standard high-fantasy book, around 500 pages. It’s not that fast paced. Some people find it slow, I personally really loved the series and I think the fact that it isn’t very fast paced, is good for people who are not as used to high-fantasy. Because it gives you time to digest the world and how the magic works and so on.

This is a companion series. They can either be read in chronological order, or publication order. I recommend publication order, so start with Graceling, then Fire, then Bitterblue. 

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So, yeah these 5 books/series I think are a very good way to get into high fantasy. I hope this list helps someone get into high fantasy, because it’s an amazing genre and there are so many good stories that people may be missing out on because they’re intimidated by the genre. Let me know if this did help you, or if you’re already a veteran fantasy reader, what books would you recommend for noobs? Also, for fellow veterans, because I’m always on the lookout for some good fantasy recs.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burn, Rewrite or Reread Book Tag

I wanted to do a book tag today because I love doing book tags, so I was looking for a cool one to do and I saw this one over at Thrice Read and I decided to do this. So here it goes.

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books.(You can use the ‘Random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf.)

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.

-Repeat until you’ve completed three four rounds.


Round one

 

Burn: The Captive by L.J Smith. I didn’t really like this book. Or this series, in fact. It’s actually part of my latest addition to my “Series I won’t finish” list.

Rewrite: The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s not that I think this needs rewriting, it’s just that I would rather reread the other one.

Reread: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I used to love Jules Verne’s books and it’s been forever since I last read or reread one of them. So I would like to reread this.

Round two:

 

Burn: The Fall of Five by Pirracus Lore. I don’t care much about this book or this series. It’s another one of those series I won’t be finishing.

Rewrite: The Seventh Dwarf by Eoin Colfer. I would rewrite this to be longer because Much Diggums. I want more of this gross kleptomaniac. I just… please. Actually, I want more in the Aretmis Fowl series. Please.

Reread: This was obviously going to be Order of the Phoenix. Not only is this a HP book, but it’s my second favourite HP book. Of course I want to reread it.

Round three:

 

Burn: Slither by Joseph Delaney. It seems I consistently get one book in a series I don’t care about very much so it’s so easy to pick the burns. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy this book. It’s actually one of my favourites in the series. I just don’t care about the series that much.

RewriteBitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I would just rewrite this to include more details about King Leck and his rule. Because he may have been a crazy, delusional sadist, but he was hella interesting.

Reread:  Paper Towns by John Green. I loved this book, I loved the mystery and the themes and the black Santas and all.

Round four:

 

Burn: Adrift in the Pacific: Two Years Holiday by Jules Verne. Sorry, Jules. I love you and all, but you can’t compare to time travel and parallel universes and certainly not to my Queen.

Rewrite: The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor. I would rewrite this to be less confusing. I am still confused about when and where exactly this takes place. And if it’s in a parallel universe, why is it relevant to the series and how does it work?

Reread: It was obviously going to be Queen of Shadows. This book was just awesome and why wouldn’t I want to reread it?

 

I did an extra round because I enjoyed doing it so much. I’m going to tag my 5 newest followers to do this because thank you for following me and let’s get to know each other. If  you’ve already done this and don’t want to do it again or simply don’t like this kind of posts, that’s fine! But if you do decide to do it, leave a link to your post in the comments below.

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Book Recommendations Based on the Seven Deadly Sins

I don’t know about you guys, but I love darker characters and I’m a total sucker for an antihero or a really good villain. So I decided to try and recommend books based on the seven deadly sins.

1. Lust

22828394For this one I have to go with The Schwarzschild Radius by Gistavo Florentin. This is a very brutal and pretty graphic book that centers predominantly on lust and human perversion. This one comes with a warning label though. If you’re easily triggered by violence and sexual abuse or if you simply don’t have a very strong stomach, best sit this one out.

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2. Gluttony

lion-witch-wardrobeThe Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. A lot of bad things happen in this one because of someone’s gluttony. The Chronicles of Narnia were a big part of my childhood and this one was one of my favourite ones. In case you haven’t read the other ones,  they don’t necessarily need to e read in order to make sense. So if you’re on the line about reading them, I recommend giving this one a try and then deciding.

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3. Greed

51isww2rpol-_sy344_bo1204203200_There are literally hundreds of books with characters that are driven by greed, but I choose Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is the book I’m currently reading and it’s AWESOME! Seriously, if you haven’t read it, what are you doing?

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4. Sloth

picture-of-dorian-grayIt has been surprisingly difficult for me to come up with a good recommendation for this. The first thing that sprang to mind was Mycroft Holmes from the Sherlock Holmes books. He is a very minor character in the stories, but he is the most notoriously lazy character I have ever come across. But if you want a book with a lazy main character, I recommend The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Dorian is a lot of things, but he is also a lazy little bum.

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5. Wrath

throne_of_glass_ukThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Celaena, the main character has a lot of anger inside of her. And she’s a totally badass assassin too. So you should check this series out if you haven’t already.

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6. Envy

fire_coverFire by Kristic Cashore. There’s a lot of fear and envy that lead to hatred in this book. While this is the second companion published in the Graceling series, it can be read as a standalone. Reading Graceling first might shed a tiny bit of light a couple of things, but it’s really not necessary to read it before.

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7. Pride

snoteartemis_fowl_first_edition_coverDeath Note by Tsugumi Ohba. Light Yagami pretty much takes the cake for hubris. If you’re not really into anime/manga though, I also recommend the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. It’s a series I love and Artemis has more pride per square inch than he has square inches.

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The Scavenger Hunt Book Tag

I saw this one The Jouska Blog and thought it was a fun tag, so I’m going to do it. I’m assuming the books must be books I own, so let’s see how it goes.

Find:

1. A Book with the letter ‘Z’ in the Title or Author’s name:

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is a beautiful book that everyone should read. I have also reviewed it, so you can read more of my thoughts on it here if you want.

2. A Classic:

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1984 by George Orwell. Is this considered a classic? I’d say it is. I own a lot of classics, but this is the one I’m currently reading, so I figured I’d use this one. As far as I can tell from what I’ve read, this is another one of those books that all book lovers should probably read.

3. The oldest book on your shelf:

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Oh boy. I had a look through my shelves and the oldest I could find was a bind-up of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It was printed in 1956. I don’t know if I have any books older than that, because I only looked at a few books, but yeah… I have a lot of old books. This isn’t what my edition looks like, but whatever, couldn’t find a picture of that and I can’t be bothered to take one.

4. A book with a key on the cover:

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Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I just spent half an hour trying to find a book with a key on the cover and I totally forgot about Bitterblue. Just as I was beginning to despair. What’s the point of owning a gazillion books if you can’t even complete a scavenger hunt!

5. Something on your shelf that isn’t a book

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This Legolas action figure.

6. A book with an animal on the cover:\

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Dragons are animals, right?

7. A book with a girl on the cover:

Take your pick. Apparently, there are a lot of books with girls on the cover.

8. A non-YA book

Once again, take your pick.

9. A book with stars on the cover:

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What do you mean it’s a compass? It’s a star. you need glasses.

10. A book with golden letters

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By far the prettiest golden-lettered book I own.

 

I tag all the people to do this. In fact, I challenge you all to do it. See if you can find everything (even if you don’t want to make a post) and let me know in the comments.

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday – Books That Made Me Want to Do or Learn Something

Top 10 Tuesday – Books That Made Me Want to Do or Learn Something

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books that have made you want to learn or do something.

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

lord_of_the_rings_book_cover_by_mrstingyjr-d5vwgctThis one seems to crop up in almost every list or tag I do. It’s because I grew up with it and it’s inspired a lot of my likes and passions. One of the things that it has made me want to do and that I have accomplished to some degree is to become a really good archer, like Legolas. I still have a little work to do before I reach his skill, but I’m a pretty good archer.

2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

inferanalAnother one that I use often for my replies, but it’s one of my favourite series. And it has inspired, or perhaps rekindled a passion for the classics and for learning quotes because Will Herondale. These are things I’ve always loved, but I had neglected for a long time before reading the series.

3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

throne_of_glass_ukThis book has inspired me to start writing. I had had a story in my mind for years and years and I never really felt like writing it until I read Throne of Glass. After dashing through the series in a few days, I had a huge book hangover and I could not find anything that would take the edge off. And then I remembered the story that had been in my brain for so long and I realized that my main character was close to Celaena’s badassness so I wrote myself 50,000 words of ToG hangover cure in a few weeks.

4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

the-complete-sherlock-holmes-sherlock-holmes-booksI’ve always been a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and I was really inspired by the books and the films and also the BBC show – basically every encounter I had with the character of Sherlock Holmes has inspired me to be aware of my surroundings, to pay attention, to observe. There have been times when I would do it obsessively, but even just in general, I have always worked to be a good observer and I owe that to Sherlock Holmes.

5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

ukdsbhcThis book has made me want to visit Prague. I mean, I’ve always wanted to see as many places as I could and I’ve always thought Prague would be a great city to visit, but after reading this, I REALLY want to go.

6. The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin

22828394It’s a bit weird, because this has literally nothing to do with the book, but I just really wanted to know what the Schwarzschild radius is, so this book was the reason I spent hours reading about black holes and spheres and radii.

7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

immortalinstruments6booksThis series has made me want to brush up on my Latin. Because Jace could ‘speak’ it and I remembered that I really liked Latin in school. This series has also made me want to learn how to use throwing knives and start martial arts again. It’s pretty obvious why, I should think.

8. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

13486632I’ve had an itch for looking up things about World War II and just the general global political occurrences of the 20th century ever since I started reading this book.

9. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

13188729I’ve always loved ciphers and logic puzzles. Reading Bitterblue sort of rekindled that love and made me want to learn more about ciphers, become better at decrypting them and just generally improving my logical thinking skills.

10. Neanderthal Seeks Human by Patty Reid

17673307It’ll probably sound ridiculous, but I’ve really wanted to know what makes stain-resistant carpets stain-resistant ever since reading this book. I was a little bit upset that the question was posed, but never answered in the book, so I had to look into it myself (something known as Triexta – a corn-derived polymer – is as far as I could tell the best stain-resistant carpet fiber out there).

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I saw this tag on this blog and I thought it was cool, so I’m going to do it. I’ve read 46 books this year so far, according to my Goodreads challenge (which I am desperately behind on, it’s been a pretty slow reading year for me). So let’s see what books will make it onto this list.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2016

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For this, I have to say A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve read quite a few good books this year, some of them very thought-provoking or very emotional, but I just can’t not give it to ACOMAF. I just enjoyed this book so much. I didn’t read it, so much as absorbed it and as soon as I finished it, I flipped right back to the beginning and started reading it again. I adored it! I have not yet had time to review it properly and talk about all the things I loved about it, but you can read my Goodreads review here.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016

13188729I’m going to say Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. This isn’t so much a sequel as it is a companion novel, but I’m going to say that this is a series of companions, so it’s a sequel. I really loved the entire Graceling series. I loved the characters, I loved the themes broached and of all of them, I think Bitterblue was my favourite. It’s not a very fast paced book, but it dealt with topics such as mental illness, with anxiety, with trauma. It was full of mystery and I really love books where I have to try and puzzle things out. This is another one I haven’t done a proper review of, but I’ve written a pretty comprehensive Goodreads review which you can check out here

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

23299513This is a difficult question. There are quite a few. But I think the one I want to read most is The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine. I’ve been meaning to buy this and read it pretty much since it came out in February, but for some reason, I just haven’t. That happens to me sometimes. I want to read a book so badly, but instead I keep buying and reading other books for no reason that I can discern. And I don’t just want to read it. I want to own it. I mean, look at that gorgeous cover! Hopefully, I’ll get to this one soon!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

empire-of-thrones-ukMy answer for this one is another Sarah J. Maas book. I love Sarah so much (and I’m going to meet her this fall!!!). My most anticipated release for the second half of the year is Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. Queen of Shadows blew my mind. I loved it so much, it was so amazing. Things didn’t turn out quite as I expected them, but it was one of those rare occasions when I didn’t mind because what did happen was awesome. So I’m really pumped to see how the story continues. I have a video review of Queen of Shadows if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts. 

Biggest disappointment

eragon_book_cover eldest_book_coverI’ve read a few disappointing books this year. Thankfully, not as many as awesome ones. But I think the biggest disappointments were the first two books in the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. I’ve wanted to read that series for YEARS. I’m not sure why I didn’t until now, but I’ve given up on trying to understand my reading habits. So I was really disappointed by how little I liked them. I didn’t really like the characters, I didn’t like the writing. The story itself is not half bad. It’s pretty much a Tolkien ripoff, but that’s what I was expecting so I didn’t mind that much. But overall, I didn’t like them and I’m not sure that I will continue with the series. You can check out my Goodreads reviews on Eragon and Eldest

Biggest surprise

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For this one, I definitely have to go with Tangled by Emma Chase. This is an adult contemporary romance. It’s like three genres that I don’t read that much in one book. I’m not even sure why I picked it up, I don’t even like the cover. But I did and I surprisingly really enjoyed it. It was funny, it was sexy and I really liked the characters (mainly Drew). So this was definitely the biggest surprise for me. You can check out my review of it here.

Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

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This one goes to Jojo Moyes. I’d never read anything of hers before reading Me Before You, but I really loved it. I loved the characters, I loved the no-nonsense way in which it was written. It wasn’t one of those cliched, happily-ever-after love stories. I loved that it was a bold novel,  it dealt with difficult topics and themes and I always love that in a book. So now, I’m really curious to read some more of her books. 

Newest fictional crush

I kind of developed a crush on Will Traynor from Me Before You. 635899377487267342-mby-trl-88662He’s a cutie and I mean… Sam Claflin. Enough said. But really, I like his character a lot. He’s witty and sarcastic and clever and cultured. He’s someone who’s had a lot of experiences in his life and I genuinely think that he’d be a person I would really like if I met him.

Newest favorite character

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RHYSAND! Rhys, Rhys, Rhysand! This was a complete no-brainer. Let’s be honest, the only reason Will got the last one was because I read Me Before You after ACOMAF. So technically, Rhys isn’t my *newest* fictional crush. But it’s just as well, because otherwise, my answer would have been Rhysand for two questions and that’s not cool. I absolutely love Rhys. He’s right up there with Will Herondale on my top favourite male characters ever. I guess I have a type: dark-haired, blue-eyed smartasses. 

Book that made you cry

me-before-you-book-coverI don’t cry that often when reading or watching films. I’m heartless like that. But I cried, despite my best efforts, while reading Me Before You. It occurs to me, this is the third answer in which this book has come up. I really loved it, guys. I really loved it. Yeah, it definitely made me cry. I knew it would be heartbreaking from the start, so I was prepared and I didn’t cry as much as I might have otherwise, but even with preparation, it still wrung tears out of me. You can check out my review of it here

Book that made you happy

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This is actually very difficult to answer. Hmmm, I’m gonna go with Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I’d really been looking forward to this book and I was fortunate enough to be able to meet Cassie and get it signed. I also met Dominic Sherwood at the book signing and got a picture with him, so there’s a lot of excitement and happiness associated with this book even though the book itself did not necessarily make me happy (it made me suffer, like all Cassandra Clare books). See my review of it here.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

51tgsgjianl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. Look at that gorgeous cover! I really love the covers for The Darkest Minds books. I love how they look, I love how the feel. And I really love the paperbacks of it. They’re bigger paperbacks and they’re really… hefty. I don’t know how to describe it. But I really love how they feel in my hands. I love the texture of the pages and the covers. And I love how Never Fade looks alongside The Darkest Minds. I can’t wait to get In the Afterlight and the novella bind-up! You can check out my review of it here.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Oh boy! So many. I will limit myself to 4 books to keep it realistic (it should have become apparent by now that I have really weird reading habits) and to reduce the size of this post. But I absolutely want to read these 4 by the end of the year. I just have to!

So that’s it for this tag. It took me ridiculously long to put together this post, but I had a lot of fun doing it. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it up. I don’t know who to tag, so I tag everyone who read it and wants to do it.