T5T: Top 5 Villains That Are More Interesting Than The Hero

T5T: Top 5 Villains That Are More Interesting Than The Hero

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Tuesdays. I haven’t taken part in a while as the topics haven’t suited me the past few weeks but I’m so excited about this week’s topic!

If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Tuesday, it is a group here on WordPress now currently run by Shanah over at BionicBookWorm, where each week you are given a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category. This week’s topic is top 5 villains that are more interesting than the hero.

When I first read that this was going to be this week’s topic I was extremely happy so Thanks Shanah for picking such a great topic! I will admit I have a weakness for villains. They’re sassy, evil and always well dressed. What’s not to love? Let’s get started…

 

  1. Amy Dunne – Gone Girl

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Boss ass b*tch and #goals. Husband not behaving himself? Frame him for your murder. Genius.

 

  1. Count Olaf – A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Iconic. Visionary. He deserved at least a percentage of the Baudelaire fortune for all the effort he put into trying to kidnap/murder them.

 

  1. The Grinch – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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He stole Christmas and the show. 10/10 Villain. Way more interesting than Cindy Lou and her little who family.

 

  1. The White Witch – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Endless amounts of Turkish Delight. Badass wand thingy. Rides around in an awesome carriage with her minions all day. Slays.

Aslan? Besides the fact that he is a lion there is not much else going for him.

 

  1. Mr. Hyde – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Way more interesting than Dr Jekyll. If you overlook the whole murder/crazy side of him he is definitely a catch.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Please take everything I have written here with a pinch of salt as I obviously don’t condone murder (unless your Amy Dunne and then I say go ahead girl, you do you). Let me know your favourite Villains in the comments below!

 

The Mystery Blogger Awards

The Mystery Blogger Awards

Hi, lovelies! I would like to start by thanking the lovely Shaz @ Shaz Reads for nominating me and for providing such great questions!

The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award (Okoto Enigma @ Okoto Enigma’s Blog)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself and answer the questions given by the person who tagged you
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

 

3 facts about me:

I completed a tandem skydive and went on the worlds largest swing in Queenstown (New Zealand) early this year.

I am terrified of all insects (even ladybirds). I have had hypnotherapy twice to try and stop my fear but unfortunately, I’m still scared!

I was a Twilight fangirl in my early teens. I had lots of posters and merchandise and even a ‘Team Jacob’ T-shirt. I know, I’m sorry. I was young.

 

Shaz’s Questions:

  1. What’s your favourite and least favourite book-to-movie adaptation, and why?

I really had to think about this one and as cliché, as it is, my favourite book-to-movie adaptation has to be the Harry Potter saga and if I have to pick just one then it would be The Prisoner of Azkaban.

  1. Would you rather be a hero or villain for a day, and what would your superpower be?

Definitely a villain. Is it bad that I didn’t even have to think about this? I think I’d like my superpower to be invisibility as then I could sneak around undiscovered and get up to devious things.

  1. Would you rather spend the day with your favourite author to your favourite character?

This is such a difficult question! I would have to say character because I think that’s always a big dream for readers. My favourite character at the moment is Izzy from The Exact Opposite Okay by Laura Stevens and I’d love to spend the day with her as I think she’d be hilarious!

  1. What’s your favourite Disney movie?

Beauty and the Beast followed by Hercules as a VERY close second. I grew up with these films and I still love watching them even now. I loved Belle because she loved reading and when I was younger I desperately wanted to be her. Hercules has some of the best Disney songs and Meg is one of my favourite Disney characters of all time.

  1. What’s the first sentence from the book you’re currently reading?

‘I shouldn’t have come to this party.’ – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

My Questions:

  1. What is your favourite book series?
  2. Who is your ride-or-die author? (As in which author would you pick up the book of just because they wrote it?
  3. What is the most surprising (good or bad) book you’ve ever read?
  4. Do you like Hawaiian Pizza? (This is obviously the silly one)
  5. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which book would you choose?

 

I won’t link to my blog posts as I’m still a relatively new blogger so I’m still just getting started but do check out some of my other posts if you’re interested!

I tag anyone who wants to answer my questions! I had a lot of fun answering Shaz’s questions so thanks’ again for nominating me!

 

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you thought of my answers in the comments below! 

Top 10 Tuesday’s: Top 10 Books You’d Mash Together

Top 10 Tuesday’s: Top 10 Books You’d Mash Together

Hi, lovelies! Welcome to my first ever Top 10 Tuesday post!

This meme was originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now has a new home with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different book related topic each week and this week weeks topic is the top ten books you’d mash together.

I love this topic and I had a great time thinking about which books to pick so thanks Jana for such an interesting topic! Let’s get started…

 

  1. Harry Potter and Mean Girls

 

I know this isn’t two books, but this is the mash-up of my dreams. Just imagine it, Draco, Crabbe and Goyle as the plastics. Harry is definitely Kady and Draco Regina. Ron and Hermione are obviously Janice and Damien. I’m getting carried away with myself here, but you get the picture.

 

  1. Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I would love a Crazy Rich Asians spin-off with younger members of the families so like a YA romance type like To All the Boys I’ve Loved before. I imagine it going back to when Nick was younger and all the characters in the novel hung around to together as teenagers and Nick has some girl drama. Maybe Nick could be Lara Jean? Or Astrid! Again, you get the picture.

 

  1. Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All and My Name Is Ove

These two authors have such a similar approach to their writing. They both write crazy stories with quirky characters and storylines and I’d love nothing more than to see Hitman Anders meet Ove. I think that would be one interesting journey!

 

  1. I Am Pilgrim and Shantaram

Imagine Pilgrim going after Gregory. I know Shantaram is supposed to be the ‘real’ story of Gregory’s life in India after escaping from an Australian prison, but I would love a work of fiction where his crimes grow even bigger and Pilgrim is sent after him. Think of the drama!

 

  1. One of Us is Lying and The Perfectionists

I think this would be a crazy but brilliant mashup. They already are sort of similar but put them together and you’ve got one wild plotline!

 

  1. Boy Meets Boy and The Gender Games

I would love to see this LGBTQ and dystopian mashup! I think The Gender Games would be a good one as there would be a lot to be explored in the idea of ‘traditional relationships’ and breaking down those stigmas.

 

  1. The Exact Opposite of Okay and The Handmaids Tale

I would love to see Izzy O’Neil tackle Gilead. That is all.

 

  1. The Great Gatsby and any Agatha Christie novel

I’d love to see Gatsby but as a whodunnit from the perspective of each of the characters, so the novel would start with the crime and flashbacks in an interrogation room would reveal the story. I’ve given this way too much thought. Brb, just going to rewrite a classic.

 

  1. An abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns

My two least favourite John Green novels that I think if mashed together, would massively improve the storyline. (No offence John, I still love you!)

 

  1. The Rosie Project and Me Before You (or maybe Me After You because I love Will)

Imagine Louisa and Don together. I think it works. The End.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Let me know what book’s you’d mash together in the comments below! 

 

REVIEW: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

REVIEW: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

‘I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.

So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.’

 

To say I loved this book wouldn’t be the right words as its hard to love such a heart-breaking story but it was definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. The story was inspiring but devastating and I would recommend reading this with a pack of tissues at the ready.

I have only read a handful of historical fiction books on the Holocaust, but I have been to the Holocaust museum in Berlin, I have walked through the memorial and read the stories. I have seen films and read articles and yet every time I revisit this, I am horrified and shocked at what happened all over again. It will never be an easy thing to read about and that is important. It is essential that Morris made sure that this book was difficult to read in parts even though it was a love story because that is Lale and Gita’s truth.

In Morris’ own words after the novel was published:

‘Lale repeatedly told everyone he met how he wanted his story to be told and spread far and wide, so that a Holocaust would never happen again. Through his, and other testimonies, we would learn and live by the words he said to himself everyday — if you woke up in the morning, it is a good day. He would say to me: as long as you try to live the best life you can, you are a winner.’

Lale was an exceptional character and from the research I’ve done since reading the novel, he was also an exceptional man. This is the most heart-breaking yet beautiful love story I have ever read. How these two people could live through and survive the horror that was the Auschwitz’s, and still be able to have hope for a better future is awe-inspiring.

One thing that really stood out to me in this novel was how limited the mention of Hitler by name was. Morris makes sure that the focus is on Lale and Gita and their story. We all know who Hitler is and what he did, but this is not about him, it is about two people finding love in the most desolate and hopeless of places. It is a story of resilience, loss, life and death.

Morris has captured this true story beautifully and I think she has done Lale and Gita’s story justice. I think this is an important read and although it was difficult at times, it is inspirational. Please read this story. You will not regret it.

Thanks for reading! Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below! 

Reflections: My First 3 Weeks of Blogging

Reflections: My First 3 Weeks of Blogging

I thought I would do a little reflection post on my blogging journey so far. It’s has been short but definitely sweet.

I have wanted to start a blog for so long but always put it off as it seemed quite intimidating but I’m so glad I finally did it. Everyone always says to me I should write reviews as I read so many books so now I’m doing just that.

I have found it hard to keep on top of posting as I foolishly started this blog in the same week I started a new job, so I’ve been ridiculously busy! I think I’m just starting to get into the swing of things and hopefully my posting will become more regular as I learn more about blogging.

I’m really enjoying sharing my thoughts on books that I love and on finding out about books I could love from everyone else’s posts. (I think it’s safe to say my TBR list is growing very rapidly!) Thank you so much to everyone who has already read, liked or commented on my posts. I really appreciate it so much and I’ve felt very welcome in the blogging community.

If anyone has any further advice/tips then please share them with me! These 3  weeks have definitely been a learning curve for me and I’m so excited to keep growing and improving this blog.

Thanks for reading!

How long have you been blogging? What do you love about it? Let me know in the comments below!