T5T: Top 5 Books That Lived Up to The Hype

T5T: Top 5 Books That Lived Up to The Hype

Welcome back to another Top 5 Tuesday!

If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Tuesday, it is a group here on WordPress currently run by Shanah over at BionicBookWorm, that features a different book related topic each week.

This week’s topic is the top 5 books that didn’t live up to the hype, but I was struggling to come up with 5 so I’ve gone for the top 5 books that lived up to the hype instead (although this meant I had the opposite problem, only 5?!)

In an attempt to narrow down my list, I’ve decided to only focus on books that I’ve read within the last year.

 

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

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  1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

 

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  1. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

 

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  1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

 

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  1. The Power by Naomi Alderman

 

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Thanks for reading! What books do you think did/didn’t live up to the hype? Let me know in the comments below!

If you’re taking part in this week’s Top 5 Tuesday or if you’ve done a similar post in the past, then please leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll check it out.

T5T: Tropes I’d Like To See More Of

T5T: Tropes I’d Like To See More Of

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Tuesday! If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Tuesday, it is a group here on WordPress now currently run by Shanah over at BionicBookWorm, that features a different book related topic each week.

I didn’t take part in Top 5 Tuesday last week so I have decided to use last week’s topic for this post as it was a good one.

If you’re taking part in this week’s Top 5 Tuesday or if you’ve done a similar post in the past, then please leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll check it out.

 

Top 5 Tropes I’d Like To See More Of:

  1. Unlikely friendships/relationships

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Think of The Breakfast Club but in book form and you’ll understand what I mean. I am a sucker for the typical popular athlete falling for a bookworm Americanised trope that fills the pages of most popular YA novels. No matter how hard I try, I simply can’t deny the stupid grin on my face when the unlikely couple finally realise they are perfect for each other.

  1. Close-knit/Supportive Families

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Every other book I read seems to use the dysfunctional family format trope to surround their protagonist in tragedy so it’s always refreshing to read a book where family is not the root of the protagonists’ problems. My favourite example of this is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I mentioned this in my review of the second book in the series but the scenes with Lara Jean and her family are so pure and lovely.

  1. Strong Female Leads

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This is so easy to get wrong but when it’s done right, there’s nothing quite like it. My favourite examples of this are definitely Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins and Izzy O’Neill from The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven.

  1. The Fall of Society/ The World Inverted

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I am a big fan of dystopian fiction, so I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this trope. Whilst the premise is the same, each author uses it for an entirely different purpose which is always so interesting to see. Some of my favourite examples of this are The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood and The Power by Naomi Alderman.

  1. The Chosen One

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I love this trope even if I don’t always love the character that is the chosen one (I think we all know I’m talking about Frodo here). The only example needed for this one has to be the self-titled chosen one, Harry Potter!

Thanks for reading! What are some of your favourite tropes that you’d like to see more of? Let me know in the comments below!

T5T: Top 5 Fantasy Books

T5T: Top 5 Fantasy Books

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Tuesdays. If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Tuesday, it is a group here on WordPress that is currently run by Shanah over at BionicBookWorm. Each week you are given a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category. This week’s topic is the Top 5 Fantasy Books.

If you are also participating in Top 5 Tuesdays this week or you have previously done a post on a similar topic then please leave your link in the comments and I will check out your post!

 

  1. LOTR/The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

I know I’m cheating by combining these into one point, but it had to be done! Middle Earth will always be my favourite fantasy world. When you read either The Hobbit or any books from the LOTR trilogy, you are immediately immersed into Tolkien’s world which is one of the main reasons I love fantasy so much.

 

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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I picked up this book purely based on its cover and I’m so glad I did. Good fantasy novels with a strong female lead are like gold dust so I was so pleased when I read this story. Novik is a brilliant writer and storyteller and I can’t wait to read more of her work.

 

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus truly lives up to the hype. It is some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read, and the descriptions are exceptional. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it makes me sad that I can’t actually go to the night circus as it sounds so amazing.

 

  1. The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell

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This is actually a children’s book, but I read it when I was 22 and loved it. Bell creates such an interesting and unique world in The Crooked Sixpence and had me hooked from the first few chapters.

 

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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This series is incredibly imaginative and slightly creepy at the same time. I don’t know how these authors come up with these ideas, but I am so glad they do!

 

Thanks for reading! What are some of your favourite fantasy books? Let me know in the comments below!

T5T: Top 5 Characters I Want as A Best Friend

T5T: Top 5 Characters I Want as A Best Friend

Hello lovelies!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Tuesdays. If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Tuesday, it is a group here on WordPress that is currently run by Shanah over at BionicBookWorm. Each week you are given a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category.

This week’s topic is the Top 5 Characters I Want as A Best Friend. If you are also participating in Top 5 Tuesdays this week or you have previously done a post on a similar topic then please leave your link in the comments and I will check out your post!

  1. Izzy O’Neil from The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

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I promise that one day I will stop including TEOOO in all my posts but today is not that day. I love Izzy and as I said in my review of this brilliant book, she is the female protagonist of my dreams and one of my favourite characters ever.

  1. Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

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I think we can all agree that Sam would be the most loyal and supportive friend you would ever have. He would always have your back and follow you to the fiery pits of Mordor, no questions asked! We all know who the real MVP of LOTR is and it’s definitely not Frodo!

  1. Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

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I almost didn’t include Ron in this list as I thought it may be too much of an obvious of a choice, but I couldn’t resist, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s featured on a lot of other people’s list as well! Ron is that lovable and dopey friend that you can always count on to be there for you and to make you laugh (not to mention his family would treat you like one of their own and who wouldn’t want that!)

  1. Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Leviathan

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He is extravagant, hilarious, such a diva and has a ridiculously big heart and a lot of love for his friends. He’s a brilliant character and I actually feel sad I don’t have a real Tiny Cooper in my life!

To quote from the book itself:

‘Tiny Cooper is not the world’s gayest person, and he is not the world’s largest person, but I believe he may be the world’s largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world’s gayest person who is really, really large.’

  1. Bridget Jones from Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

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I feel like this one is quite self-explanatory. Every friendship group needs a Bridget!

So, there you have it, the top 5 characters I’d want as a best friend. In real life I am actually such a girl’s girl so I’m not sure why the major of this list consists of boys. I honestly found it hard to pick as there were some other great options which I’m going to list anyway even though its kind of cheating:

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, Sasha Cade from The Last Wish of Sasha Cade, Peeta Mellark from the Hunger Games, Elsa from My Grandmother Asked me to Tell you She’s sorry, Merry & Pippin from Lord of the Rings, Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing, Dickon from The Secret Garden & Winnie the Pooh from well, you know what he’s from!

Thanks for reading! Which characters would you want to be best friends with? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 LGBTQ Books

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 LGBTQ Books

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Tuesday! 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 LGBTQ Books but I have decided to slightly change this and instead, this will be a post about the top 5 LGBTQ books that I really want to read!  I have so many LGBTQ books on my TBR that I still haven’t gotten around to reading so I am hoping that this post will inspire me to pick some of these up.

If you are also participating in Top 5 Tuesdays this week or you have previously done a post on a great LGBTQ book, then please leave your link in the comments and I will check out your post!

Let’s get started…

 

  1. Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green

 

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“Poor Noah Grimes! His father disappeared years ago, his mother’s Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran is no longer herself. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is…Well, it’s pure HELL. Why can’t Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone – maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely – he’d be seen in a different light? But Noah’s plans are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party. That’s when things go from bad to utter chaos.”

 

  1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

 

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“When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship–one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self–even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.”

 

  1. They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera

 

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“On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.”

 

  1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

 

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“Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.”

 

 

  1. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

 

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“Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.”

 

Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these? What are some of you’re favourite LGBTQ reads? Let me know in the comments below!

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!

 

Top 5 Tuesdays: Top 5 Books I Want to Re-Read

Top 5 Tuesdays: Top 5 Books I Want to Re-Read

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 they give you a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Books I want to Re-read.

It took me less than 2 minutes to decide on my top 5. I tried to pick books that have had a big impact on me or are beautifully written or just amazing stories. I have already read some of these more than once and I would happily do so again.

I’m excited to share my top 5 and to read all of yours so please leave a link in the comments if you are also participating. Let’s get started!

 

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

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Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.’

What better way to kick of this list than with a classic? I think this book probably divides opinion, but I am a huge fan. I love the Bronte sisters and their work. I have been to visit their family home in Howarth, Yorkshire at least 5 times. As an English Literature graduate, I have had to study this book more than once and that can sometimes ruin a book for me if I have to dissect and analyse it but with Wuthering Heights, this made me love it more. I feel like I was able to fully appreciate how brilliant and powerful this book is and how engaging Emily was as a writer. I have read this book more than once I and don’t doubt that I will read it again in the future.

 

Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler

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‘Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.’

This book just resonated with me. It was different from anything I had read before because it wasn’t a typical YA love story with dramatic break-ups and make-ups, you already know that the couple have broken up from the title, so you know what to expect. What Handler does is take you on the journey of ‘why’. We see when and how this relationship died. It was a one of the most realistic portrayals of a relationship that I have ever read in a YA books. There was no fairy tale romance get together, but an honest account of a breakup and heartache. I thought it was beautiful and I loved the illustrations by Maira Kalman that went along with it. I have already re-read this book once, but I would love to read it again!

 

The Hobbit – J R. R. Tolkien

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‘Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey `there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…’

This is an obvious but vital choice. I adore Tolkien’s writing. There is nothing better than escaping into the world of a fantasy novel and The Hobbit is my favourite go-to for this. This book is so magical and powerful that it draws me in every time. I love all of the characters and the sheer volume of characters that weave in and out of the story. The songs are a delightful addition to the story and I genuinely find myself singing them inside my head as I read (to my own made up tune obviously!) This book is just brilliant, and I am so glad it was written.

 

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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‘Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever…’

I don’t dare admit how many times I have already re-read this book (and the others in the series) but I would gladly read it again. This book was pivotal for me age 13-17. I absolutely adored The Hunger Games and I was definitely what you would class as a ‘fan-girl’. My love for twilight had started to disappear, my Team Jacob posters went away and then my brother suggested I read this book that our grandma got him for Christmas and just like that, my world is changed. I devoured the first book in one night and then had an agonising wait for the second one (and then the third) during which I re-read the series religiously. I don’t know what it was that I loved so much about it, potentially the captivating story or Collins’s writing. I’m still not sure but this book will always be one of my favourites so thanks to my big brother for suggesting I read it.

 

The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey

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‘Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land, each is filled with wonder, but also foreboding: is she what she seems, and can they find room in their hearts for her?’

This is one of the most beautiful and magical books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I think this is the perfect book for re-reading as it has so much to offer and I think you could take away something different each time. I don’t have the words to describe how precious and perfect this story is, so I will leave it at this, read this book. Read it slowly, take in each sentence and description and picture each scene or snowflake. It is most definitely worth it.

 

 

Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these books? What books are on your re-read list? Let me know in the comments below!