Top Ten (?) Tuesday: Books I Can’t Actually Remember But For Some Reason Rated 5/5

Hello all! Today I’m finally joining in with Top Ten Tuesday (amemehostedbythebrokeandthebookish) and this week’s prompt is books that you knew you enjoyed but can’t actually remember! I went through my Goodreads, which I’ve had since October 2013, and here are the 5 books I have rated 5/5 in which I can’t actually remember what happens…

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  1. Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
    I think this is about OCD? And she sleeps with a guy and regrets it? And spinsters? But idk tbh.
  2. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
    ??????? I completely draw a blank on this one myself, but someone said to me the other day, “It’s the one where everyone is a superhero and they’re normal, right?” and I just replied, “Yup!” I think I need to reread this one!
  3. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
    I know that this has a skeleton and a girl, but that’s all I really know. Oh, and the girl’s uncle died. That’s about it.
  4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
    Okay so I think the only TOG book I’ve actually rated 5* is Crown of Midnight, but we’re using Throne of Glass. I knew a bit more of what happens in Throne of Glass because I think I reread it (?) or parts of it at least, but I never quite know what’s happening with this series. I don’t even know how many books there are/are going to be.
  5. Slated by Teri Terry
    I remember really enjoying this book but it was a couple of years later when I finished the trilogy, and I don’t actually remember what happened, much. But I’m glad I read them because it introduced me to Terry’s Book of Lies which was thoroughly enjoyable.

I could only find 5 books out of all the ones I’ve rated 5 stars that I can’t remember exactly what happens. I’m sure there are a lot more 4* ones, but to be honest, I couldn’t be bothered to go through my Goodreads list!

What’s on your list? Do you share any of the same with me?

Until the next time,

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Top Ten Characters I’d Name a Pet (or Child) After <3

IT’S ANOTHER BELATED TOP TEN TUESDAY!! (The meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish if ya didn’t know! <3) This week it is top ten characters I’d name a pet after. Or child. But, to be honest, I probably wouldn’t name my kids after a fictional character. I might give them the name of a fictional character, but I think names are very important and shape who you are, so I’d be careful about naming my own kids. I feel like animals already have a mind of their own, and they probably have two names: their animal name and human name. I’m not being crazy, but to be honest have you ever heard your cat/dog/horse/goldfish say to a stranger, “Yo! I’m Blueberry Pickle, nice to meet you!” No, and if they’re a cat they probably don’t care anyway.

THEREFORE, I bring you the Top Ten Names I Would Name My Pets! I’ve also put pictures of the type of animal I would call them. If that makes sense. English is hard. 😦

  1. Tessa (From The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare)
    Tessa is such a lovely name. I could definitely see a gorgeous tortoiseshell cat being called Tessa. We did once live with a very grumpy tortoiseshell cat called Tasha, so maybe that’s why I like this name for this type of animal. ❤ hqdefault
  2. Thalia (from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan)
    I’ve loved the name Thalia since I first read it. It was actually in the most recent book I read too, The Graces by Laure Eve. I think this name is suited to a black cat who takes nothing from no one and yet is very adorable and cuddly to those she loves (but, of course, doesn’t show this to anyone else). She’d be the cat the postman is scared of. blackcat-lilith
  3. Hermione (from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling)
    How could I do this list and not put Hermione on?! Hermione is such a lovely name, and probably one of a few I would actually name a child of mine. Hermione is obviously suited to a gorgeous, fluffy, brown cat who knows when it’s dinner time and silently judges you from across the room. fluffy-brown-cat-wallpaper
  4. Malory (from the Chestnut Hill series by Lauren Brooke)
    I devoured this books as a youngster, and Malory was always my favourite character. I wouldn’t name a child Malory, but I could imagine myself naming a sleek brown cat Malory. It also reminds me of Malory Towers by Enid Blyton, although the main character in this is called Darrell Rivers. Anyway. Yes. Havanna brown siamese in the garden
  5. Jem (from The Infernal Devices byCassandra Clare)
    I still can’t think or read the name “Jem” without screaming “JEM” and holding my hands to my chest whilst crying. I am actually tearing up writing this, jeesh. I think Jem would be a gorgeous name for a white or black and white cat, but in this case I am going to pick a spotted horse. 🙂 729a77b7699b1cd0424e67bdde83de1a
  6. Alina (from the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)
    I have only read the first book, Shadow and Bone, so no spoilers please, but this is such a lovely name. I might call one of my children (or characters, aka fictional children) this name (maybe even in my next novel… hmm.) but I think that this perfectly fits a sleek black and white cat who will happily groom herself, play with you, and then claw you and look only slightly sorry for it afterwards. 1113667401-m
  7. Aelin (from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas)
    Aelin is just such a lovely name. (A lot of these names sound the same, I have noticed. I seem to subconsciously have a name theme.) I think Aelin is the perfect name for a silver tabby cat. Preferably with a sassy personality, who looks up at you when you give them the cheap supermarket cat food like, “You’re giving me this? DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!” Silver tabby cat, Asphodel, 2 years old
  8. Remus/Sirius (from Harry Potter by JK Rowling)
    WELL OF COURSE I AM GOING TO PUT THESE BEAUTIES IN. (And yes, they totally count as one. Duh.)
    AND WHO ARE THESE GORGEOUS NAMES GOING TO BE FOR, YOU ASK?
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    Gorgeous labs, of course! Sirius is obviously black, and Remus chocolate. And, oh, since you asked so nicely I shall show you them with James too…
    yellow-black-and-chocolate-labrador-retrieversRecording their new album, of course.
    (And hey, I even found them with Peter!)
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    (Don’t even try and deny this is true.)
    Ahem. Back to the list.

  9. Rhysand 
    (from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas)
    Rhysand is actually a lovely name, although I had been pronouncing it “Rice-sand” (and, subsequently, “Rice”) throughout the whole book until, after I finished, I looked up a pronunciation guide and found I had it wrong. Thankfully, a lot of my English friends had done the same thing… Anyhoo. Rhysand would be a great name for a Staffy, I think. Sadly, everyone thinks they’re evil, and although they’re very protective, they are also very loving and give great cuddles.

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  10. Silas (from Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce)
    Sisters Red will always remain one of my favourite books, and all of the characters have a place in my heart, but Silas is definitely the name for a gorgeous Husky. Of course. I mean, Sisters Red is about fenris (kind of like werewolves) anyway, so it’s really fitting too! I know Silas is for a grey dog, so it was a toss up between a Husky and another Staffy, but I think a Husky more fits the character, and a Staffy the name. Thoughts, if you’ve read the book? siberian_husky_015

So there you have it. This has been such a fun post to write! Feel free to link me to your TTT in the comments, and I’ll see y’all next time!

PS YOU WANT ANOTHER LABRADOR PICTURE?! SURE YOU DO!

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Can’t stop laughing, help. 

Top Ten Books That Mean A Lot To Me

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So this TTT is a “freebie” so this is the title I picked! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and you should definitely check them out!

These books are ones that liked and impacted on me in some way, so I’ll put the genres and ages after them, if you fancy a read.

  1. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. This is pretty much my all-time favourite book, and although my copy is falling apart it still needs a re-read! (Adventure, Historical fiction, 11+)
  2. Peter Pan by JM Barrie. – That is, the book adaptation, not the play, because that’s quite scary. Such a great book. Peter Pan In Scarlet? Not so much, I DNF that one. (adventure, fantasy, 9+)
  3. Kaimanawa Princess by Diane Haworth. This is a horsey, New Zealand book and as I have relatives who live over there, they send me an appropriate New Zealand-settinged book. I really enjoyed this one, and I’ve read it a few times. (Children’s fiction, adventure, horse fiction, 9+)
  4. Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton. This was the series that got me into reading. Love it. (Adventure, school-girl, historical fiction, 9+)
  5. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. This was the series that told me how I wanted to write, and gave me the inspiration to keep doing what I was doing because some day I would be this good, too. (Action, werewolf, fairytale retelling, fantasy, 13+)
  6. Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Got me back into writing after nearly a decade of break (that’s right, I started writing when I was 5 years old) and effectively changed my life. (Action, adventure, fantasy, 9/11+)
  7. The Odyssey by Homer. This might seem odd, but this has really made an impact on me: it’s changed what I’m studying at the moment, and it’s such great escapism. And I found my hero: Odysseus! (Epic poetry, adventure, 13+, simply for the language)
  8. The Lady in the Tower by Marie-Louise Jensen. The book that got me reading historical fiction, and the first “true love” story I read. (Historical fiction, 11+)
  9. Popular: A Memoir by Maya Van Houten. The book that made me realise I wasn’t alone. (Memoir, 11+)
  10. The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo. The book and author that continued my love of reading after Malory Towers and made me believe in happy endings. (Historical fiction, 9+)

So, there you have it. What’s yours?

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Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

TTT - hyped up booksI haven’t done one of these in ages it seems, so here we go! {Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish}

  1. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.
    I know, I know, shoot me. (Or, y’know, don’t.) I’m planning on reading it this summer, though, so I guess that counts?
  2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
    I hear this talked about a lot, but although I’ve thought about it, I still have yet to read it.
  3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver (and, actually, anything by Lauren Oliver).
    This one’s talked about a lot, too, but I’ve never picked it up or, for that matter, even seen it anywhere.
  4. Narnia by CS Lewis.
    Some people grew up with Lions and Witches and Wardrobes. I grew up with Roald Dahl, and, as a result, never got around to these books. (This summer, I swear.)
  5. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
    Got the first one… never opened it. Oops?
  6. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.
    I saw this in the library a couple of weeks ago, actually, but didn’t pick it up. Just… never really fancied it, to be honest.
  7. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.
    This one is everywhere on Instagram, honest. But I’ve never fancied it, particularly. The title seems a bit odd to me for YA novel – how many boys have you “loved”?!
  8. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.
    I actually wanted to read this one and I think it’s on my TBR, but I’ve never actually started it.
  9. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
    I love historical fiction, so obviously this is perfect for me, but, although I think this is also on my TBR, I’ve never picked it up. Again.
  10. Paper Towns by John Green. 
    Okay so I have this book and it is on my TBR but after the flop of An Abundance of Katherines I’m not quite sure. Especially as I read the first page and put it back.

So, there’s mine! What’s yours?

Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, and I try to do them whenever I a) remember and b) get around to it. This week’s is top ten books on my summer TBR list – for those who don’t know, TBR means ‘to be read’. I’ve already bought 4 to read this summer, so I’ll put a couple of those on here, but others… well, let’s find out, eh? (It’ll be finding out for me, too, because I never know what I’m going to put on these until I make the actual lists.)

  1. Long Journey to Deep Canon by TT Flynn.
    I bought this book along with 2 other Westerns for 50p each at a shop a while back, intending to read them this summer… so of course they had to be read!
  2. Heartside Bay: The New Girl by Cathy Cole.
    Like the book above, I also bought this for 50p and though it’d be a fun, chick-lit read on a beach somewhere. I don’t know where, yet, but THERE WILL BE A BEACH. (Even if it’s just a pot of sand in my back garden, I think that counts.)
  3. Harry Potter by JK Rowling.
    I don’t really know if this counts, as I have of course read it before, but I’m planning on re-reading it, so yay! More Hogwarts for me! (And more sorrow come September. Although I’m planning to go on my college’s Harry Potter trip so, y’know. HARRY POTTER *WHOO*. (*Ahem*))
  4. Narnia by CS Lewis.
    These books were missed out from my childhood, so I’m planning on catching up this summer. Yes, I have them and yes I cannot wait to read them. (Also, I’m planning on using them in a project I’m doing for college, so, y’know, I kinda have to read them…)
  5. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein.
    I’ve read The Hobbit, but not LoTR. So, I probably should, eh? Perhaps I’ll take them on my plane journey to America? I guess we’ll find out. But, like Narnia, I’m planning on using LoTR in a project, so I kinda need to read them too.
  6. Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods by Rick Riordan.
    I can’t believe this is on my shelf and I haven’t read it yet.
  7. The first 3 in the Dark Touch novels series by Amy Meredith.
    Why only the first 3 (there’s 4)? Well, they’re the only 3 I have… These have been on my shelf for ages and they’re quite small, so I think I can read them fairly quickly. (Actually, y’know, maybe I’ll start one tonight… Hmm, yes. That sounds good.)
  8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
    When I did Top Ten Classics I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read YetLittle Women was number 8 on the list. I’ve downloaded it onto my Kindle and I think it’s time I read it. And although there was originally a sentence here about Emma Watson in a film adaptation of it, I am saddened to discover that this is not true. 😦 Still. Books.
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
    At my old school, some people studied this book. I didn’t, but I still would like to read it, and over the summer I would have enough time and energy to actually get onto it. (Also on Top Ten Classics I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read Yet: number 1)
  10. Paper Towns by John Green.
    I thought I should probably put some sort of YA realistic fiction in and as the film is coming out and I have this book but have yet to read it, this was the perfect candidate. Roll on.

So there you have it: my Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR list. (I should probably keep this handy.) What’s yours? 

Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Historical Fiction

So I was honestly going to do this on Tuesday, but I was babysitting and my laptop died and then I went out to see The Imitation Game last night (it’s great, watch it) so yeah now I’m finally getting around to it!

  1. The Lady in the Tower – Marie Louise Jensen. One of the first historical fiction books I ever read.
  2. Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson. In my top 5 all time favourite book list! Maia and Finn are just fantastic.
  3. The Wreck of the Zanzibar – Michael Morpurgo. One of my favourite Morpurgo books (see a trend here?) – it’s even signed! It’s told in a diary.
  4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Read for my book club, it’s an epistolary novel and details post-WWII London and Guernsey. Fantastic characters and great all round book.
  5. Raven Queen –  Pauline Francis. This one is about Lady Jane Grey, or, as you may know her, the Nine-Day Queen. Her tragic story is made even more so by a character called Ned. I bawled.
  6. True History of the Kelly Gang  – Peter Carey. Whilst my other English Lit and Lang friends may disagree, I think that True History is a great book. Told in the style of Ned Kelly (so, no punctuation really) from his Jerilderie Letter, Carey really brings Ned and his gang alive.
  7. The Book Thief  – Markus Zusak. One of the most famous WWII novels out there after the release of the film (and indeed before), The Book Thief will hopefully make you both smile and cry. Just enjoy it.
  8. Bracelet of Bones – Kevin Crossley-Holland. Whilst not my favourite book, definitely a good one for Norse history and myths.
  9. Atonement – Ian McEwan. Just read the review. That’s all I have to say. (Oh, and then, of course, read the book.)
  10. A Brighter Fear – Kerry Drewery. Only recent history (from 2003 to be exact), A Brighter Fear is still a testimony to the recent events in Iraq and Afghanistan. Definitely not made rosy. it’s an interesting and at times heartbreaking read.

I absolutely adore historical fiction, and so should you! Even contemporary novels, such as The Great Gatsby or Black Beauty are amazingly awesome and definitely worth a read.

Extra book: Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys. Read it. Cry. Talk to me. Cry again. 😀 

PS: all hyperlinks are to book reviews on my other blog 🙂

Top Ten Favourite Books From The Past 3 Years

I keep missing Tuesday, so I’m doing this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish) on Wednesday. Yeah.

So this week is top ten favourite books from the past 3 years. Now, the question is: can I remember back to 3 years ago?! Gosh, I was in year 10. How crazy.

  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This was actually the most recent book I read, but I really really enjoyed it and would definitely read it again.
  2. Sisters Red. I’ve spoken about this book so many times. It’s fantastic.
  3. Between Shades of Grey. Such a heart wrenching book.
  4. The Book Thief. See above. Also, completely and utterly different to anything else I have ever read!
  5. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek. I really need to re-read this, I think!
  6. Polly Wants to Be a Writer. This book changed my life.
  7. White Fang. I stole this from an English classroom at my old school and honestly forgot to give it back. Really great, though!
  8. Have a Little Faith. Hilarious, and especially helpful during exam time!
  9. Atonement. This book broke me.
  10. Looking for Alaska. Like so many others, this book also deserves a re-read.

So there you have it! I haven’t read as many books as I thought I had over the past three years, which is rather disappointing to be honest. Adding to the fact I only joined GoodReads in October 2013, well…

I’ll try and be on time next week!

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romance

Like The Broke and The Bookish, I am going to split my list into 5 likes and 5 dislikes. Let’s go on…

Likes:

  1. Humour. adore humour, but especially when it comes to romance, and especially sarcasm or slapstick humour!
  2. Cutesy stuff. Okay, I might write and often read about blood, death and gore, but if a guy gets her a flower – even a half-dead, mangled flower – I aww and my insides turn to jelly.
  3. Historical romance. The Girl in the Tower? Despite the age gap, he was such a knight in shining armour! And historical romances like in Raven Queen can be so bittersweet they bring a tear to my eye and a huge thump to my heart.
  4. Fighting through hard times. Something else I love; when everything goes wrong, you can still rely on the love!
  5. Ending in marriage. Yes, cliché, but adorable and, for once, a happy ending!

Dislikes: 

  1. Unrealistic love. Especially ‘boom we met and now we’re in love’ type of love.
  2. Characters I don’t like being together, especially when they stay together. Unless I’m sure they’ll break up! *cough*film!Charles Xavier/Moira McTaggert*cough*
  3. Too sidelined or too big in a novel when it’s a side plot. Whilst you want to make sure readers get their fill of love, they don’t want to be smothered in it!
  4. When a love interest saves the girl somehow, and suddenly he’s her hero. Come on, at least do it the other way around for a change! (Can I just point out, Jackson Pearce does this exceptionally.)
  5. Unnecessary love triangles. Can’t we just let them be in love?

So there you are, my late Top Ten Tuesday! Thanks to Gemma and Jenny for helping, even though they’re not going to see this probably!