Tag Tuesday: Badass fictional females

Top 5 Tuesday

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday theme is “Top 5 bad ass females.” Bad ass is a word that I would never use, and doesn’t really seem to be used in the UK so I’ve listed 5 literary females that are strong and can fight their own corner. Who are your favourite bad ass ladies?

  • Dolores Claiborne – The definition of a b*tch. I think it’s my favourite Stephen King book because she is so feisty and totally aware of it.
  • Katniss Everdeen – Katniss is the first girl that springs to mind at the phrase bad ass. I loved her in THG, she is such a strong fighter and I love her protectiveness over her sister.
  • Lydia Flinch – Underwood and Flinch is my favourite vampire story and if you’ve never checked out this podcast you should! Lydia started off as an embittered sister before her plans change things for the worst!
  • Bellatrix Lestrange – I’m not sure if Bellatrix is a “bad ass” but I do think she’s too cruel not to be included on a list with bad in the title.
  • Ginny Weasley – I love book!Ginny. She is often described as feisty and fierce by Harry and that’s the reason why he and so many of the book fans love her.

Top Ten Tuesday:

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is the 10 most recent additions to my TBR. I have some books I’m really excited to get to on my TBR – let me know if you’ve read any of these and want to recommend them!

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Tag Tuesday: Books that made great movies

Top Five Tuesday

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday theme was books I’d like to see made into movies. However, looking through my Goodreads list I find a lot of the books I’ve read or are on my TBR already are movies – so instead I’m writing about 5 movies I love that are based on great books.

Brokeback Mountain (Based on a short story in Annie Proulx’s ‘Close Range’ collection.)

I think this film is one of the best adaptations I’ve ever seen – Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal really did the characters of Ennis and Jack justice, with great support from Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams. You just have to watch this film to realise it’s not just a “gay cowboy” story.

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One Day (David Nicholls)

Another great film starring Anne Hathaway (and her cringe-worthy Yorkshire accent!) I think this is the perfect film for 20-somethings especially because it shows how life has its ups and downs, and Dexter is eventually able to pick himself back up and continue on.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)

I really wish I had found this book while I was in my teens, it’s another great book about friendship with interesting MH representation. I like the Chbosky directed the film so we were as close to his idea as it was possible to get in a different medium. Also (sorry Americans!) I love Emma Watson and her cute accent in this film.

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And then there were none (Agatha Christie)

Not strictly a movie, but I loved the adaptation the BBC did a couple of years ago. I’ve watched every Christie adaptation the BBC have done since but ATTWN is still my favourite, it’s such a classic mystery.

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (John Boyne)

I can’t say I enjoyed this movie, but The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was a very faithful adaptation of the book. It’s a story I think should be taught in every high school in the UK – we are taught so much about the World Wars in history and this offers an interesting alternative view.

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Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “10 books I meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to.” Let me know if you’ve read any of these books so I know which to read next!

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Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books on my Halloween TBR

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme was a Halloween inspired freebie, so I’ve decided to show you 10 books on my TBR that are horror/Halloween inspired. Let me know if you’ve read any of them!

Coraline – Neil Gaiman

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The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty

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Geek Love – Katherine Dunn

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Ghost Story – Peter Straub

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Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist

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It – Stephen King

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

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My best friend’s exorcism – Grady Hendrix

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Pet Semetary – Stephen King

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The Ruins – Scott Smith

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Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish places I want to visit

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is Bookshops and libraries I would like to visit. I love beautiful bookshops in particular, so here are some bookish places I really want to visit.

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The Open Book, Wigtown, Scotland. This is an Air B&B that you can rent for a week or two, and allows you to run the bookshop on the lower floor in exactly the way you want to. I’d love to have the chance to run a bookshop for a short time and it’s in such a beautiful Scottish town by the sea.

Gay’s the Word, London. This is the UK’s only specific LGBT bookshop, and as I really enjoy LGBT fiction, I’d love to go here.

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Flourish and Blotts. Of course, one of the bookshops I would kill to visit is Flourish and Blotts (from the HP series). Could there be anywhere more magical than a bookshop with flying, biting, invisible books?

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Barter Books, Alnwick, Northumberland. This is a beautiful old book shop in the North East on the Scottish borders, and it’s housed in what was once Alnwick train station. I’ve been here once before, but it definitely warrants a revisit.Image result for barter books

Libraries

Belle’s library in the Beast’s castle. Is there any 90’s girl that wouldn’t want to live in this library? It has enough books for several lifetimes, and look at those beautiful spiral staircases.

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The library from Matilda. Roald Dahl was one of my favourite writers as a kid, and she loved going to the library and reading all the books she could. Who wouldn’t want to go and watch a 4-year-old Matilda read Dickens and Shakespeare.

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The Pepys Library, Cambridge. The Pepys Library is home to Samuel Pepys diary, which may be one of the most important diaries in British history. The diary was written at the time of the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London, and I think it would be fascinating to see the original.

Hogwarts Library. I really hope Madame Pince wouldn’t throw me out while I browse the Restricted Section and eat chocolate while reading her books. I would love the chance to read all the books available in Hogwarts library.

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Bodleian Library, Oxford. The Bodleian Library is one of Oxford University’s libraries, and was the filming location for the Hogwarts hospital wing and the Hogwarts library. If I can’t visit the actual Hogwarts library, I want to at least visit this.

The British Library, London. I have been to the British Library once before and it’s so great that it had to go on this list. When I was there they had some interesting exhibitions and recently had a history of Magic, Harry Potter-style exhibition. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in London.

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d love to meet

For some reason when I planned my blog for this I read the topic as authors I’d like to read so I had my 10 all planned out. I’m writing this at 11pm on Monday and I’ve just realised it’s who I’d like to meet… Hopefully I will get a chance to say who I’d like to read more of, but for now here are the authors I’d like to meet (Click here for the upcoming topics).

Jen Campbell

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Favourite book: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

Diane Chamberlain

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Favourite book: Pretending to Dance

Agatha Christie

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Favourite book: And then there were none

John Green

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Favourite book: I’m not really a fangirl of his books but I do love his youtube channel.

Stephen King

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Favourite book: Dolores Claiborne

Celeste Ng

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Favourite book: Everything I Never Told You

Sarah Rayner

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Favourite book: Another night, another day

J.K. Rowling

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Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Alex Sanchez

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Favourite book: Rainbow Boys

Jacqueline Wilson

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Favourite book: Love Lessons

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I still need to read

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday theme is Books by my favourite authors that I still haven’t read. There are so many books out there that if I was to read the entire back catalogue of some of these authors I wouldn’t have time to discover anything new, but these are some books I do want to make time to read.

Stephen King

I really enjoy reading Stephen King, although I haven’t read many of his novels. Two I’m particularly wanting to read are It and The Green Mile. It is a scary length though and I’ve heard mixed reviews so I’m a bit wary, but I recently got The Green Mile at a charity shop so when I’m through my current TBR I may get to it.

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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is another author I really enjoy but haven’t read enough of. The Murder of Roger Akroyd is supposed to be one of the best and most read so I’d definitely like to read it.

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Robert Galbraith

It only came out last week, but I really want to read the next instalment of the Cormoran Strike series, Lethal White. I think I’ll have to wait until the paperback version though because it’s quite expensive!

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Becky Albertalli

Another sequel I need to get round to reading is Leah on the Offbeat. I really enjoyed Simon… and I’m looking forward to reading about Leah, who I quite liked in the original.Image result for leah on the offbeat

Celeste Ng

I read Everything I Never Told You earlier this year, and I really want to read Little Fires Everywhere. I really enjoy Ng’s style and character descriptions.

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David Crystal

I studied Linguistics at uni and I really enjoy David Crystal’s pop linguistics books. I have Spell It Out on my TBR and I think I will end up reading it for Non-Fiction November.

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Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain is one of my favourite authors yet I haven’t read her two most recent novels The Dream Daughter and The Stolen Marriage. I’m very jealous of those people who managed to get ARCs from her.

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David Nicholls

One Day is one of my favourite romance novels so when I saw Us in a charity shop I had to get it.

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Have you read any of these? What did you think?

 

Top 10 Tuesday: Hidden Gems

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday has the theme of “Hidden Gems”, which are books we feel deserve more recognition. On my list there are some quite old novels (I tend not to read new releases until the hype dies down!) but these are some recommendations of books that I don’t hear talked about much.

Another Night, Another Day – Sarah Rayner

I really enjoy Sarah Rayner’s fiction and this is my favourite book by her. It’s about a group of people who meet in a mental health group and the stories of how they got to the position they are in with their MH.

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Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan

I think this is the first LGBT novel I remember reading, and it’s so insta love and utopian that you will either love this book or hate it. But if you like cute stories that make you smile but don’t have to be particularly realistic then definitely check this out

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Brokeback Mountain – Annie Proulx

A lot of people have seen this film, but I think the short story is definitely worth reading. The prose is so well written and it’s so heartbreaking that it’s a shame so many people skipped on this novella.

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Diane Chamberlain books

I’m cheating a little bit here by going with a whole author, but Diane Chamberlain is someone I wish more people had read, at least in the UK where she doesn’t seem to be very well known. She writes books set in North Carolina, and is often compared to Jodi Picoult as she writes contemporary family dramas. If you’re a fan of Picoult, I suggest you check out Diane Chamberlain.

Elsewhere – Gabrielle Zevin

In Elsewhere a 15 year old girl dies and finds herself in Elsewhere, where she will age backwards until she is a baby and is born again. It’s a really beautiful novel about grief seen from the eyes of the person who has died.

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Man’s World – Rupert Smith

This is one of my favourite novels I’ve read this year. It’s about a gay man in present time and his experiences in the stereotypical gay world of clubbing, drugs and one night stands. There is a parallel story (which was the part I loved) about a gay man in the 1950’s trying to keep his sexuality a secret while doing national service.

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The Orphan Choir – Sophie Hannah

This is one of the lowest rated books on my Goodreads Read list and I think a lot of the reviewers expected this to be a ghost story, but I think going into it as a slower psychological thriller it’s more enjoyable. It’s about a woman who moves to the countryside then starts hearing a ghostly choir of children. I really like this as a quick read at Halloween time.

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Sketchcop: Drawing a Line Against Crime – Michael W. Streed

If you like true crime, you should check out this non-fiction about a police officer in USA who sketches suspects based on witness testimonies.

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The Brightest Star in the Sky – Marian Keyes

This is a “chick lit” novel about the groups of people living in one particular block of flats and their lives. This has a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads but I personally really enjoy this book’s choppy style.

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The Girl in the Letter – Emily Gunnis

I got an Arc from Netgalley of this over the summer, and I’d highly recommend it if you like more recent historical novels. It’s set between the 1950’s in a home for unmarried mothers and the present day where a journalist is reading letters from one of the mothers in the home whose baby has just been adopted against her will.

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Have you read any of these novels or authors? I’m looking forward to hearing other people’s hidden gems and why they are worth reading.

 

Top 10 Tuesday: Back to School

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is themed around “Back to School”, so I’m going to list the top 10 non-fiction books I’m looking forward to reading.

A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today

Kate Bornstein

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Cinderland – Amy Jo Burns

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Common Ground – Rob Cowen

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Fire Shut Up in My Bones – Charles M. Blow

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic – Alison Bechdel

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Harry Potter and the Art of Spying – Lynn M. Boughey

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Harry Potter and the Millennials – Anthony Gierzynski

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Holding the Man – Timothy Conigrave

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Last Man Off: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Antarctic Seas – Matt Lewis

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Maggie & Me – Damian Barr

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Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them! I need more non-fiction recommendations, so if you know any that are similar let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Character Names

So, this week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is Best Character Names. I decided to look at ten of the most creative Harry Potter names. JK Rowling is so creative with her names in the Harry Potter series, so it’s a bit difficult to choose my top 10!

  1. Argus Filch

Argus was a giant with 100 eyes in Greek mythology. He served as a watchman – very fitting for the caretaker.

Filch means to steal in British English, often in a sneaky way.

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2. Bellatrix Lestrange

As part of the Black family, Bellatrix is named after a star. Bellatrix is known as the amazon star. The amazons were warrior women in Greek mythology. Lestrange is a play on words for l’etrange, which means the strange one in French.

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3. Caractacus Burke

Burke is the surname of an infamous serial killer, William Burke. He murdered people in the 1820’s and sold their bodies to doctors for medical research. I think it’s perfect for the owner of the shop on Knockturn Alley that sells items like the Hand of Glory.

4. Dolores Umbridge

In Latin “Dolor” means pain, sadness, grief, and resentment (very fitting for this abusive ‘teacher’) and umbridge is a play on words on “umbrage” meaning to take offence. She does take offence frequently, particularly to ‘half-breeds’.

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5. Fenrir Greyback

Fenrir is a wolf monster in Greek mythology, and Greyback is another monster in Greek mythology.

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6. Fleur Delacour

Jo has said before that Fleur Delacour is a play on the French “fleur de la cour” meaning flower of the court. Given that she’s meant to be beautiful, it seems quite fitting.

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7. Merope Gaunt

Merope is named after a star in the cluster Pleiades. The star was named for a nymph daughter in Greek mythology who married a mortal and had a son with him. The myth says she’s the dullest star in the constellation because she feels ashamed for marrying a mortal. Interesting for Merope Gaunt who married a muggle and had a child with him, despite the wishes of her prejudiced family.

Gaunt means lean and haggard, particularly because of hunger and suffering. I feel like this describes how she looks in the pensieve chapters.

8. Pomona Sprout

Pomona Sprout, teacher of Herbology,  is named for the Royal goddess of fruit trees and gardens. Sprout means to grow, but are also those yuk green things Brits eat at Christmas.

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9. Regulus Black

Regulus is Latin for the little king. He is also named after the brightest star in the Leo constellation, which is interesting because despite not being in the Gryffindor lion house, he is extremely brave.

10. Xenophilius Lovegood

Xeno = strange and phile = love. As Luna’s eccentric father he definitely has a love for odd things, like the Deathly Hallows and crumple-horned snorkacks.

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