Mother Figures – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme. Check out the Goodreads group for more details. This week’s topic is favourite mother figures.

Trying to think of what to pick for this topic, I realised how under-represented good mother figures are. We get so many examples of father figures, but I struggled with thinking of strong mother figures.


5. Charlotte from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

This is a very popular and well loved series, but I feel like Charlotte is one of the characters that gets somewhat overlooked. She is so integral to the found family atmosphere that is such a huge part of why the series is so amazing. She’s the glue that holds all of them together and she is determined to look after them, she takes all this responsibility on herself even though she’s not much older than the rest of them. But she loves and protects them fiercely, like only a mother could. And I think she’s very underrated and she deserves some recognition.

4. Kara Resnik from The Themis Files

We don’t see a lot of her as a mother in the series, but what we do see in my opinion definitely qualifies her for this list. She’s so fierce, will do anything to protect her child and I just got so many feels reading this series, particularly the stuff that related to Kara’s story arc as a mother. I found it very compelling, I felt how visceral her need to look after he child was. And I did enjoy her as a character in general, but I think it was not until I saw her as a mother that I really loved her. I do have a review of the series if you want to hear more of my thoughts.

3. Alana from Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

This graphic novel series is sooooo good. I love their little family. I’ve only read 3 volumes so far, but they’re such a cute family and I love Alana so much. She’s badass and vulnerable at the same time and she will DESTROY anyone who threatens her family.

2. Abbess Glass from The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence

This has become one of my favourite series, I love everything about it. All the characters are great, but Abbess Glass is definitely one of my favourites. She’s this scheming… I wanna say Dumbledore-like character. She’s not really anything like Dumbledore except that she has the same kind of long sight that Dumbledore has and also the same kind of connection with Nona that Dumbledore has with Harry. She sees herself as a parental figure for all of the girls at the Convent and to some extent the whole world. She has this strong desire to protect as many people as possible, but is quite ruthless at the same time.

1. Essun from The Broken Earth Series by N. K. Jemisin

I love everything about this series. If you’ve not heard me rave about this series, check out my spoiler-free review and my spoilery rave. But specifically, the amount of mum feels I got from this book is unprecedented. I’m not really a maternal person. But this series man! And Essun and her single-minded desire to protect her children. It just gave me all the feels.

Characters I’d Cosplay – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Check out the Goodreads group for more information.

This is such a badass topic! Once again, these are in no particular order.


Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Specifically, I’m thinking of the anime version of him, when he kinda grows the feathers and wings, but is still more or less human shaped.

That would be an awesome cosplay. Not one I’m talented or wealthy enough to actually get, but that’s what imagination is for.

Anyone from Naomi Novik’s Fairy Tales

I don’t even know who to pick. One of the Staryk in Spinning Silver?

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I couldn’t find any nice art, but one of the tree people from Uprooted? Or if you want something more gruesome, one of the corrupted people?

Ugh, these stories are just full of things that would make for stunning cosplay if someone had the talent to make the costumes properly.

Fae/fair folk

This isn’t so much a specific character or even from a specific book, but fairies. So many different varieties to choose from and they’d all make for such cool cosplays.

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Either Tessa in a splendid Victorian ball gown, cause I love that aesthetic. Or maybe Cecily Herondale, cause I want some runes. I actually absolutely adore Tessa’s look on the cover of Clockwork Princess.

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Malchai from Monsters of Verity by V. E. Schwab

Finally, one that’s more creepy and more in keeping with Halloween, the Malchai from the Monsters of Verity series. They’re basically vampires… let’s be honest. But somehow I imagine them to be creepier than regular vampires.

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The Pride and Prejudice Book Tag

I was tagged by Angelica @ The Book Cover Girls to do this. Thank you Angelica! I love P&P. This should be fun.

How it works

  • Link back to Laura and Emma’s original posts so we can see all of your answers! (Just copy and paste these instructions)
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag a maximum of 10 people

While Mr. Bennet silently reads in the study, and Mrs. Bennet’s tales of woe can be heard from miles away, you spend a lovely afternoon in the garden with your dramatic and doting sisters. What is a favourite novel of yours that features a strong sibling relationship?

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Here I’m gonna go with Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series. I just love their relationship.

You and Mary have decided to walk to the bookshop in Meryton to search for the newest releases. Which book or books are you likely to purchase?

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I still haven’t got this, for some reason.

Netherfield Park has been let at last, and the owner, a Mr. Charles Bingley, hosts a magnificent ball at his new estate. What fictional ball gown would you wear?

Hmmm… maybe Feyre’s Starfall dress? (image credit)

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Or Tessa’s Dress.

It is the Christmas Ball and Maria has asked you to join her at the piano. What music or song would you choose as an accompaniment to your current book?

Well, I just started reading The School for Good and Evil, but I’ve only read one chapter so far, so I don’t really know what song would fit it.

You’re helping Jane to take care of her younger cousins whilst staying with the Gardiners. Which fictional children would you include in your own family?

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It’s a sombre evening at Hunsford Parsonage, and after dinner, Mr. Collins stands by the fireplace and quotes from the Good Book, while the party tries not to yawn too obviously. What is a memorable quote from a novel that has always stuck with you?

There are many. In fact, I have a whole series of posts dedicated to quotes, because I am a quotes aficionado (you can check that out here). But I’ll go with the first line of what is probably my favourite non-fiction.

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear."
-C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

You’ve been invited to dine at Rosings Park by none other than the infamous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but the evening ends in disaster as the pompous Lady insults you and your family. Who’s your favourite fictional villain?

Hmm… this is hard. I tend to love a lot of villains. Sebastain Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments maybe? Oh… Light from Death Note. Or Johan Liebert from Monster. Also, I’ve recently read Illuminae and I really loved AIDAN.

As Lydia has gone down to Brighton with the Forsters, and Elizabeth is off on her jaunt to Derbyshire with the Gardiners, you also want to go away for a quick break. Which fictional location would be your perfect holiday destination?

Um… not many of the books I read, that’s for sure. People tend to die a lot in those places. I’m gonna go with Le Cirque des Reves from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I feel like from all the places, my life would be least threatened there and it would be so freaking awesome.

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You’re running to the fine horse chestnut tree on the green to relive some of your favourite childhood reading memories. What is one that you remember most fondly?

My grandfather used to have this giant collection of stories and fairytales. It was yellow and very old and every time I would go there, he would read to me from it for hours and hours. I know that’s not really me reading, but it’s a very fond memory. And I’ve read the book by myself as well. I’m pretty sure I now have the book at home (I stole it from him muahahah)

You’re on a tour at Pemberley and you come across Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy emerging from the pond, scandalously clad in only his wet underdrawers and shirt. You can’t help but swoon at the sight. Aside from Mr. Darcy, who is your favourite romantic interest?

Rhysand from ACOTAR, Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows, Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices and more recently, Elend Venture from the Mistborn series. There are others, of course, but these are my top ones.

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I tag all P&P lovers to do this!

OTP Book Tag

So, I was planning to do a review post today. But I just really didn’t feel like being thoughtful and critical and all that. So as I was watching some Booktube in procrastination, I came across this tag. I saw Sam from Thoughts on Tomes do it, and I believe the original creator is Kirstin @ Kirstin Reads. Even though people sometimes use OTPs from film and TV, I will only use book couples because otherwise, this will turn into a full blown dissertation on my ships.

Alright, here we go. Prepare for a lot of fangirling, ranting and so forth. This is going to be a long post. Grab some popcorn.


1. Pick an unpopular OTP that you ship

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Hmm… I’m not sure how unpopular this is because it’s the Harry Potter fandom. I don’t think there is any ship that is unpopular in the Harry Potter fandom, but Snape and Lily Potter. I love Snape and I wanted him to be happy. And I understand that it wasn’t going to be a good relationship and I absolutely think that Lily did the right thing getting away because it was toxic. Although, I personally feel like she made a  mistake giving up on him, not necessarily as a romantic interest, but as a friend. I strongly believe in not giving up on your friends. I will go to hell just to drag a friend out of there and I think that’s one of the most powerful kinds of love that is or should be the foundation of romantic relationships as well. And for all his faults, Snape had that loyalty, that unconditional love that cannot be explained by infatuation or attraction or fluffy romantic butterflies. That’s why some of my favourite OTPs are based on friendship.

I didn’t necessarily want them to be canon, but my heart still ships them together in a “What if” sort of way. And I also personally believe that, at least as far as we are shown, which might be biased because we only see Snape’s memories, but I don’t think James Potter was a good choice either. He was immature and an ass and we don’t see him growing out of that. So I really don’t care at all about that relationship.

Okay, that derailed. I feel very passionately about this. I have written longer essays than this on obscure, background Harry Potter stuff. But let’s move on now.

2. Pick an OTP that you didn’t ship at first but do now

I don’t really know what to say for this. I usually either ship a couple or I don’t. Well, sometimes I’m just indifferent. But I don’t think I’ve ever not shipped a couple and then shipped them. Actually, I have just not from books, so for this question I will pick a TV couple and that is Willow and Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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I did not like Tara at first at all. And I was a hardcore Willow/Oz shipper and I wanted them to get back together and I just did not like this ship at all. But then Tara really grew on me. And especially after re-watching the show. I still don’t really like her as a character in season 4. But I do like her in later seasons. My favourite Willow OTP is still her and Oz, but her and Tara are my second. I really, really hate everyone else that Willow is ever with. I can’t… just no.

3. Pick your most hated NOTP

BUFFY AND RILEY! Okay, I said I’m not doing TV shows, but I needed that out there. My most hated book NOTP… there are different ways I could look at this. I could tell you just an OTP that I hate because I hate the book and the characters. Or I could tell you an OTP that that I just don’t like them together. I’m going to do both, because I can’t decide.

An OTP that I just hate because I hate the book and the characters is Mare and prince whatever his name is. Cal, Cat, Cam. I don’t even remember. I absolutely hate Mare with a passion, if you’ve read my review of Glass Sword, you know how much I hate that book and Mare in particular. I don’t really have a problem with Cal. I just don’t care about him because he’s so one-dimensional and tropey and boring that I just don’t care.

And one OTP that I just don’t ship them together is Celaena Sardothien and Chaol from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

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I never particularly liked Chaol. I don’t hate him, but he’s a little bit too boring and self-righteous for my taste. But I really did not like him with Celaena. I literally ship her with anyone else more than I ship her with Chaol. Anyone. I got a really sibling-y vibe from them for some reason and I don’t… that’s just wrong. I can’t ship that. It doesn’t work for me. And I really think that their relationship was completely ruined by them being together. I think there was potential for a good friendship there, but it was completely ruined and that kind of annoys me.

4. Pick an OTP that took waaaayyyy too long to get together

I don’t have any such OTP. I quite enjoy slow-burn romances. I hate, hate, hate insta love and I actually really like relationships where the two partners grow together, grow to know and love each other. So I don’t have an answer for this.

5. Pick your favourite non-canon OTP

I don’t know… maybe Ruby and Clancy from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I mean, not really. I like Clancy because he’s so clever and scheming. I don’t particularly care about Ruby though. I don’t know. I can’t think of any other answer though, so I’ll go with Ruby and Clancy.

6. Pick Your favourite BROTP

Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Forever. I just love them, they’re my babies. I love their friendship so much, I don’t even know how to explain my love for them, I just ugh! I love them. That scene in Clockwork Princess. If you’ve read the book, you know which one I’m talking about. When Will is on his way to… wherever he was going. It broke my heart. I cried so much just… I cried.

7. Pick an OTP you adored in the books but not as much in the movie or tv adaptation

Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

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I love Clace. I am a very hardcore Clace shipper, but I did not really feel the relationship in either of the adaptations. I did not like Jace at all in the film, even though I loved Lily Collins as Clary. And in the show… I’ve yet to see season 2 of it. But I had a lot of problems with the first season of the show and the relationship between Clary and Jace was one of them. I didn’t feel it at all.

8. Pick a popular OTP that no matter how hard you tried you just can’t ship it

Dorian and Sorscha or whatever her name is from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass. I can’t even find any nice fanart of them.

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I’m always picking the same series, but I just really didn’t like this relationship. I know a lot of people did and were really upset by what happened, but I just didn’t really care. I was even a bit relieved, because it just rubbed me the wrong way. It felt like that relationship was used as a crutch and I don’t like that kind of relationship. I like relationships where the two partners make each other better. And that just wasn’t it.

It wasn’t a good, healthy relationship. They had nothing in common. Her crush on him felt like a celebrity crush and I felt like he was only with her because he was broken and lost and needed a crutch. And I think that a lover is never a good crutch. At least, not a new lover. Like, getting into a new relationship as a crutch… I don’t like that. I don’t agree with it, I cannot get behind it no matter how much I try.

9. Pick your favourite LGBT+ OTP

Hmmm… I’m gonna go with Alucard and Rhy from the Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab.

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I love this series. I love all the characters. I just, I love them. Nothing more to say.

10. Pick your al time favourite OTP/s

I mean, there are so many! I would say maybe Feyre and Rhys. My babies.

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Some other ships I absolutely love are Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

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Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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Art by Taratjah

To name a few. I could go on and on naming OTPs and showing you pretty fanart, but this post is long enough as it is, so I will stop here.


Feel free to do this tag if you want to. Let me know some of your ships, let me know if you agree or disagree with some of the things I said.

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 You Would Buy if Someone Handed You a Fully Loaded Giftcard

Top 10 Tuesday – Books You Would Buy if Someone Handed You a Fully Loaded Giftcard

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books you’d buy right this second if someone handed you a fully loaded gift card. I mean, I would obviously buy all the books, but if I could only buy 10, I would robably buy a bunch of collector’s editions, because those are freaking expensive.

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling

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I don’t even think this needs an explanation. I just want it. Now. A signed copy, if possible. I am so excited to get my hands on it and read it, I can’t even tell you.

2. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien Collector’s Edition

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I’m sure there’s more than one and I’m not sure which I’d buy, but I want a special collector’s edition of this.

3. Middle Earth Puzzle Collection

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I went to the bookstore the other day and saw this and I’ve been lusting over it ever since. But it was so freaking expensive. It was so beautiful, it had one of those leather bindings and I love riddles and puzzles and it was so awesome, I want it!

4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay

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This is so pretty and I wants it!

5. Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones Collector’s Edition

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Have you seen this? It comes with maps and everything. I want it so badly!

6. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare New Cover Collection

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I feel kind of bad re-buying books just because there are new covers, so I probably wouldn’t really do it with my own money. But if someone handed me a giftcard, I’d totally go for it. Look how cool the spines are! In fact, I’d probably go ahead and buy the new covers for The Mortal Instruments as well.

7. Custom Leather Bound Harry Potter Series

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They are so gorgeous and I want them. The person who made them is so talented and deserves to make money from them! You can find the artist who makes them on Etsy.

8. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Collector’s Edition

9781435158108_p0_v1_s118x184This gorgeous edition of Sherlock Holmes. I already have the complete collection in hardback. But mine’s in 4 volumes and it’s not nearly as pretty as this!

9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S Lewis Barnes & Noble Collector’s Edition

94bd5cc2131c9327abb4fde4515225cbThis series was a huge part of my childhood and this collector’s edition is so beautiful! I still have my original box-set of it and I love it, but I would love to also have this edition.

10. Complete Jane Austen Box Set

912hcdg76olThis box set is so pretty! And I love Pride and Prejudice, so that just makes me want all of Jane Austen’s books, even though I haven’t read any of the  others.

And then, if there was still any money on the gift card (that would be one hell of a gift card!), I’d just go nuts with my Amazon Wishlist.

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).

Top 10 Tuesday -Ten books that take place outside the US

Top 10 Tuesday -Ten books that take place outside the US

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Books that take place outside the US. If you want to see my answers to last week’s topic, click here.

I read a lot of high-fantasy so nearly every book I read happens somewhere other than the US. But for this post, I will limit myself to books that actually happen in this world, just not in the US.

1. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

inferanalThis takes place in London and occasionally other parts of the UK. It’s also one of my favourite series ever.

 

 

2. The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

artemis_fowl_first_edition_coverThis is an amazing series that is severely underrated in my opinion. It takes place pretty much all over the world, but the main character is Irish, so every book  takes place in Ireland at least some of the time. But really, there’s a lot of travelling involved in the series and it takes place everywhere from the Arctic Circle to the bottom of the ocean, it’s awesome!

 

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

me-before-you-book-coverI love this book so much. It broke my heart. Maybe broke me a little too. It takes place in the UK and there is some travelling involved to some exotic beaches. Definitely reccomend it, especially if you like contemporary. But really, if you’re a human being with a heart (even if it’s Grinch-sized like mine), this book will probably going to move you. Read my review of it here.

 

6. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor

ukdsbhcMoving on from books that make you cry, this is a beautifully written fantasy series that takes place in Prague. Some of the time. Also in some other places of the world and sometimes in another world altogether. But it’s really beautiful and the setting always feels so magical. Lovers of fantasy will probably enjoy this very much.

 

 

6. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

25876872-_uy200_This is a really funny book that takes place in the UK and in the past and in some other places (like a jungle full of dinosaurs). I really loved it, it was so funny, but it was also dark. It’s an adult series, I think. Or NA at the very least. I’ve only read this book in the series, but I do intend to read the rest of it eventually, because it was great.

 

 

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

13486632This is a dark humor book that takes place in Sweden and around the world, everywhere from China, to Iran to Spain. If you enjoy Nordic humor, you’re going to enjoy this. I’m about halfway through it at the moment and I’m really enjoying it.

 

 

8. The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

2016-07-01-23-57-27.jpgThis takes lace in the future, in a place called New Beijing. I’m assuming New Beijing is geographically related to the old Beijing, so it takes place in China. At least the first book does. The other ones, I’m not sure exactly because I haven’t read them yet, but I think some might even happen on the Moon.

 

9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

23403402-_uy200_This one happens in London. Sometimes, it’s even our London. I really, really love this series. It’s one of my newest finds and I am a little bit obsessed with it at the moment. I wish I could get the third one already. But yeah, definitely not the US. The US doesn’t even exist in most of the worlds this takes place in. You can read my review of it here and also my review of its sequel here.

10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

7126Finally, I thought I’d finish off with a classic. This is one of my favourite classics and it takes place in France and Italy and sometimes more exotic places, and obviously, Monte Cristo. It’s a story about revenge and love and badassery.

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!

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve never done it before, but I figured I’d give it a try.

Today I thought I’d talk about my top 10 favourite book couples. I’m not the biggest fan of the romance, it has to be a really good or if there’s more than just the romance going on in the book, then I don’t particularly care. But if it is a good one, I’m a total sucker. So let’s see what I come up with.

**SPOILER ALERT I’m going to try not to spoil anything, but because of the nature of this post sometimes, that may not be possible.

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

b95adf173fbf6fb68148f17212ed78dbThis is probably my favourite romance novel. I don’t know why this book is so beloved, I can’t quite put my finger on why I love it so much. But I am low-key obsessed with Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy is so friggin hot and I just love their relationship. I love it.

Lou and Will from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

et00035678I’ve talked about this book so much recently. It’s such an amazing love story and I really loved this book. It’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming and it definitely deserves a place on this list. I love both Will and Lou and I loved their love story. I also just watched the film today and I am currently a mess.

Rhys and Feyre from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Fanart by http://taratjah.tumblr.com/

This couple is everything. I absolutely adored them and I was so happy about hwo their story played out. I loved how it grew to be what it was, how it became something greater than the sum of its parts. They’re probably one of my favourite fictional couples and they deserve each other. This list is in no particular order, by the way. I know it says top 10, but I’m just typing them up as I think of them.

 

Hazel Grace and Augustus Water from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

faultcoverI loved this book so much. Again, like Me Before You, it was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I loved Augustus Waters and I loved Hazel Grace and I loved their relationship. It was cute, but it was also genuine and powerful and real. It was beautiful.

Drew and Kate from Tangled by Emma Chase

71owghguhjlThis book really surprised me with how much I liked it, which is why it’s on this list. It was funny and honest and sexy and I just couldn’t help but like Drew and Kate and their relationship.

Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

clockwork_angel_1I was team Wessa from the start. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jem, but Will is my baby, I just love him and Tessa is awesome and she deserves someone as awesome as Will and Will deserves someone as awesome as Tessa.

Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices/The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

616nnvhj-hlYeah, I know what I just said. But they’re in my top 10 favourite as well. I can’t help it. They’re just too awesome together and Jem is a beautiful sweetheart and he deserves Tessa and Tessa deserves a beautiful sweetheart and I love them almost as much as I love Will and Tessa. This series honestly ruined my heart with its beautiful love and if this wasn’t a post about romantic couples, my next one would be Will and Jem. Don’t even get me started on their bromance.

Holly Short and Artemis Fowl from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

6214061-256-k101891Maybe this is a little bit strange because it’s a middle grade series and Holly and Artemis were never really a couple. But they would just be such a kickass couple. He’s super smart, but also kind of an idiot and she’s just a total badass and they just complement each other so nicely. I totally ship Holly and Artemis.

Sydney Carton and Lucie Manette from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

1953I just ship them, okay? Again, I know they were never really a couple, but in my brain they were. So I’m putting them on this list.

Magnus and Alec from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

magnus-teammalec-alec-malec-favim-com-4245164Magnus is a giant bagful of glitter and Alec is a fluffy ball of cuddles and we all know that if you get glitter onto something fluffy, you won’t get it off so you might as well just admit it’s fabulous and move on with your day.

 

 

That is it for my top 10 favourite couples. There is a lot of Cassandra Clare in this post. What can I say, she just has the best couples.