Series I Want to Read This Christmas | blogmas day 14

Whilst I want to tackle my TBR (oh, and unhaul a whole bunch of books), I want to take this Christmas to both revisit and discover some awesome book series. I have about four weeks of Christmas holidays, but I will be working on uni work and of course Christmas is always a busy time of the year anyway, but here’s what I’d like to read! 

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3 Days, 3 Quotes | day three

Make sure you check out day 1 and also day 2 of this challenge I’ve done two of my all-time favourite quotes. I was tagged to do this by Louise @ A Little Fool Reads.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

The quote that I’ve chosen for my final day of this challenge is from a series that changed my life, and this quote really reminds me why I keep on writing.

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable both of inflicting injury, and of remedying it.

– Albus Dumbledore, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by JK Rowling

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he may be problematic as fuck, but man… dumbledore’s got style 

I’m quite mediocre at a lot of things. I would say that the only thing that I’m truly good at is writing.

For a world that shits on writers a lot, we sure read a lot, talk a lot, and our whole lives revolve around words. I’ve watched readers of my work laugh and cry, and I think that that’s unbelievably magical, powerful, and comforting to someone who feels lost most of the time.

And I’ve also chosen a second quote for today, because it basically has the same sentiment –

…words have the power to change us.

– CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare

Indeed, they do.

I nominate…

This time, I would like to nominate YOU, the person reading this. Over the past three days, I’ve really bared my soul through these quotes, and considering the sentiment I’ve written about above, I would love for you to do the same. There’s a catch, though – if you decide to do this challenge after seeing me do it, I would love it if you posted your blogs in the comments so I can read which quotes you chose! They don’t have to be as pretentious as mine are!

I hope you enjoyed reading!

Hannah x

Book Review | City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #1)

city-of-bonesWhen fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

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Book Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Clockwork Princess is the final in The Infernal Devices trilogy, so there will probably be spoilers of books 1 and 2… and it also contains spoilers for Clockwork Princess because everything I want to talk about has spoilers! This has been a really anticipated read for me, and I was terrified about finishing the series (moving onto The Mortal Instruments soon though). It didn’t disappoint.

Although sometimes I can’t see the chemistry between Tessa and Will and Tessa and Jem, I loved them all together. Will and Jem were great, and I loved Will’s up and coming relationship with his sister Cecily (who I didn’t realise was 15 until she had already kissed Gabriel? HOW OLD IS GABRIEL?!). I have no character qualms. I am not ashamed to say I really liked the character of Woolsey Scott, even if he can be a bit scary (casually checked over my shoulder there). I really liked that Tessa felt badass and ohmygosh that thing with Jem? THAT WAS SO HEARTBREAKING! AND THEN THE EPILOGUE?! I JUST – YES.

*BREATHE*

I also have no plot qualms. The bit with Tessa and her angel was glorious and I loved how they both connected. The defeat of the Infernal Devices felt really quick, but then I realised there were still 100 pages and lots of angst still to go through. Although sometimes the book seemed solely focussed on the romances, I guess that’s a) kinda what life is like and b) they’re big parts to the plot so it makes sense. And also they’re super cute.

Basically: this book and this series were amazing. I’ll be doing a big, rambling discussion on my YouTube channel if you’d like to check that out in the future. I can’t wait to go and read The Mortal Instruments although Tessa, Jem and Will will always be my first loves. (And Charlotte, and Henry, and Sophie, and Cyril, and Gabriel, and Gideon, and-)


TITLE: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
GENRE: YA/steampunk/fantasy
PUBLISHER//YEAR OF PUBLICATION: Walker Books Ltd//2013
NUMBER OF PAGES: 567
ISBN: 9781406321340
GOODREADS
PERSONAL SOURCE: Bought in paperback
RATING: 5(00)/5!

Biannual Bibliothon Summer 2016!

Okay so technically the Biannual Bibliothon started on the 3rd July but I’m posting now because I was tired that day (yes, really).

The Biannual Bibliothon is a read-a-thon and booktube-a-thon hosted by seven gorgeous ladies over on their YouTube channel and Twitter. There are booktube challenges every day (booktube, if you’re curious, is the YouTube community… for BOOKS. So it’s obviously epic) as well as 7 reading challenges.  Continue reading “Biannual Bibliothon Summer 2016!”

Book Discussion: Gendered Books

bd; gendered booksOften, books are aimed at one gender or the other. For example, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is aimed primarily at girls, whereas Anthony Horowitz’s books are aimed primarily at boys. Now, I’m not saying that each sex can’t read each other’s books, but the question is, should we have gendered books, and even if the content is gendered should aspects like the cover and author’s name be gendered too?

To continue using the example above, Anna is a pink book whereas Horowitz’s are reds, greens and blues most of the time. This automatically genders the book in our society of today: no young boy would ordinarily, or stereotypically, be seeing reading a pink book. However, girls can, it seems, read any colour book and still keep in the stereotypes of society. For example, on my own bookshelves I have every colour of the rainbow (providing you’re going with the ROYGBIV version!). Whereas on my brother’s bookshelf, he probably has just ROGB. So… a much less wide collection.

Famously, Jo Rowling had to use a pseudonym when publishing the Harry Potter series, so she could “appeal to everyone”. Jo’s name is Joanne Rowling: she has no middle name, so the “K” is borrowed from a relative, and stands for Kathleen (or nothing in Jo’s case, I guess). But what does this tell us about how publishers think people’s minds work? They thought “JK Rowling” would sell better than “Jo Rowling” because then it could be debatable about the author’s own gender. Does that mean publishers think boys won’t read books written by authors like Cassandra Clare, Jodi Picoult or Lauren St John if they wrote the kind of stuff a boy would read?

Suzanne Collins is probably one of the biggest anomalies in the situations I’ve set up here: she clearly has a female name and her books come in a variety of colours, but both girls and boys read and enjoy them. Some of the editions of The Hunger Games are published in black, orange and blue (my collection); some are all black (my brother’s collection); and the newest ones out are pink, orange and green. And yet, both genders alike will probably read any of these, which then begs the question: is it the content which dictates what the different genders stereotypically read?

In the three female authors I named a paragraph ago, Cassandra Clare may appeal to both sexes (I’ve never read anything of hers, so I don’t know), Jodi Picoult is aimed at adult women and Lauren St John is aimed at teenagers – a gender is not specified. Clare writes about demons and angels, Picoult writes literary fiction about families and St John writes mainly about animals, such as horses or giraffes (uh, that’s two different series). But it’s interesting to discover that boys will probably read the former and girls the two latter… as well as the former. It seems that today’s society means girls are more likely to read anything open to them, but boys are sectioned off to read action/adventure, westerns or crime. It seems that if a boy settled down with a cosy romance, they’d be looked on as “weird”.

The final question of this post? Should books be gendered at all. Personally, I think that, as a lot of things in society, it can’t be helped. Most boys simply don’t want to read about horse riding or kissing. Some girls only want to read about these, whereas other girls are open to all. In some ways, it appears that girls are the more flexible ones: or perhaps have a wider degree of interest. Other times, it seems like publishers try to warp the book’s author, cover or blurb to appeal to one sex and not the other, securing an interest base.

Now it’s over to you, dear readers. How much do you think books are gendered in today’s society? Do you think they should be? Do you think it can be helped? What type of books do you/your parents/your brother and sister read and do you think they fit into these categories neatly, or can you find anomalies like Suzanne Collins? I’d love to hear from you!