Top 10 5 Star Reads!

Hello Everyone!

Today I am coming to you with a list of my top 10 5 star reads on Goodreads.

Now these books are not any sort of order, they are just the books that have left the biggest impression on me. You guys may disagree with what I have chosen but they are my opinions. So lets get on with the list. In this I will list the book, give the synopsis from Goodreads, and then a brief note on why I chose the book.

1. The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Taylor has now become one of my favourite authors. This book was amazing, the character development was amazing. Honestly, after I finished reading the book, I almost when onto IMDB to look Evelyn up, she seemed that real. The story was gripping, heartbreaking and just amazing, if you haven’t read this yet, I highly recommend you do.

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

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An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

I read this book when I was on holidays in 2016. The story, the characters and the tension of the book was amazing. It was the perfect book to read by the pool.

3. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

This is one of my all time favourite books, I don’t even know how many times I have reread this book. I love it so much, because I identify with the main character Cath and her struggle with anxiety, and I class Levi as my perfect book boyfriend.

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem. Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.

I don’t think I have to explain this one.

5. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

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As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.

I loved the descriptions of Green Gables, and Anne is a fantastic character that I just fell in love with.

6. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

This is the best time travel romance, I have ever read. Honestly Jamie Fraser is just the perfect man. EVER.

7. Saga – Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. 

My boyfriend introduced me to this graphic novel series, and I am so glad he did. The story is amazing, the characters are captivating, and it will slowly break your heart.

8. Game Of Thrones – George RR Martin

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Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Also I don’t need to talk about this one.

9. Matilda – Roald Dahl

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Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings

This is my favourite book from my childhood. I always wanted to be able to do magic like Matilda when I was younger.

10. Shadow of The Fox – Julie Kagawa

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One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

This was literally like reading an Anime. It was fantastic. If you want a more detailed review of this book let me know, I have a lot of thoughts about it.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

 

I’m Back!! Christmas Book Haul and 2019 Reading Goals.

I’M BACK.

Hello Bookworms,

I hope you are all doing well, I’m so sorry I have been absent for so long, it started with an epic book slump followed by the busiest months of my life, which included changing my job twice within 2 months. So I felt like my brain was melting for a while, you guys ever feel like that?

So now I’m back and I hope to start posting more, for this post I’m going to show my Christmas book haul and then my reading goals for this year.

Christmas book haul!

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So there are all the books I got for Christmas, I’m super excited to read all of these, and hopefully do reviews for you. I have already finished Shadow of the Fox and I hope to get a review done and Posted on Saturday.

2019 Reading Goals

  • Goodreads Challenge is for 60 books (It’s lower than last years, because of the classics I want to read)
  • Read at least 1 classic a month
  • Read more Nonfiction
  • Read books I have already and go on a book buying ban from March to June.
  • Try to buddy read more books

So thats it for this post, what are some of your reading goals for this year?

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

 

 

September Wrap Up

Hello everybody.

Today I am going to be doing my wrap up for September. All together in September I read 11 books, which is insane. Most of them I really enjoyed, and a couple I didn’t.

Stats 

  • 8 physical books
  • 2 Kindle books
  • 1 audio/kindle book
  • 3971 pages read.

Goodreads

  • 4 – 5 star books
  • 5 – 4 star books
  • 2 – 1 Star books

Books I Read

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

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I have a review of this book, if you would like to check it out go here.

Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists, and thousands of men are named John Milton, an homage to the real Milton and a very confusing situation for the police. Amidst all this, Acheron Hades, Third Most Wanted Man In the World, steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and kills a minor character, who then disappears from every volume of the novel ever printed! But that’s just a prelude . . .

Hades’ real target is the beloved Jane Eyre, and it’s not long before he plucks her from the pages of Bronte’s novel. Enter Thursday Next. She’s the Special Operative’s renowned literary detective, and she drives a Porsche. With the help of her uncle Mycroft’s Prose Portal, Thursday enters the novel to rescue Jane Eyre from this heinous act of literary homicide. It’s tricky business, all these interlopers running about Thornfield, and deceptions run rampant as their paths cross with Jane, Rochester, and Miss Fairfax. Can Thursday save Jane Eyre and Bronte’s masterpiece? And what of the Crimean War? Will it ever end? And what about those annoying black holes that pop up now and again, sucking things into time-space voids . . . (Goodreads)

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

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I also have a review of this book. Click here. 

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing. (Goodreads)

Warcross by Marie Lu

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I also reviewed this book. Click here. 

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. (Goodreads)

Contagion by Erin Bowman

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Also reviewed this book. Click here.  

It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken. (Goodreads)

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

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Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding. Goodreads.

I really did not like this book, it was just a painful read, I almost DNFd it. I gave this book 1 Star. I didn’t like the characters and the only person who was interesting was the sea witch.

City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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I have also done a review for this book, Click here. 

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. (Goodreads)

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

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Also have reviewed this book. Click here, to see how much I didn’t like this book.

The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.(Goodreads)

The Other Side Of Lost by Jessi Kirby

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Girl Online meets Wild in this emotionally charged story of girl who takes to the wilderness to rediscover herself and escape the superficial persona she created on social media.

Mari Turner’s life is perfect. That is, at least to her thousands of followers who have helped her become an internet starlet. But when she breaks down and posts a video confessing she’s been living a lie—that she isn’t the happy, in-love, inspirational online personality she’s been trying so hard to portray—it goes viral and she receives major backlash. To get away from it all, she makes an impulsive decision: to hike the entire John Muir trail. Mari and her late cousin, Bri, were supposed to do it together, to celebrate their shared eighteenth birthday. But that was before Mari got so wrapped up in her online world that she shut anyone out who questioned its worth—like Bri.

With Bri’s boots and trail diary, a heart full of regret, and a group of strangers that she meets along the way, Mari tries to navigate the difficult terrain of the hike. But the true challenge lies within, as she searches for the way back to the girl she fears may be too lost to find: herself. Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book, I recommend this book, I loved that it looked at the bad side of social media and the need to disconnect sometimes. I gave this 4 stars.

Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

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In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. . 

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale? Goodreads

I love this series so much, I absolutely love Thomas so much, and how much he loves Audrey. I listened to this on Audio and read it on my Kindle. I gave this 4.5 Stars on Goodreads.

The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

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Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.” Goodreads

This was a reread for me, I still absolutely love this book, still 4 stars.

Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James

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I have a review for this already, Click here.

A magical adventure to delight the imagination. A curl-up-on-the-sofa debut from a uniquely talented author.

Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.

One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life.

With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face. Goodreads.

So there you have my wrap up for this month. I think it was success!

Lets Chat!

How many books have you got through this month? Did you enjoy the books you read? Is there any books you would recommend?

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

Hogwarts House Book Recommendations: Hufflepuff

Hello Witches, Wizards and Muggles.

Today I am going to be doing a post on book recommendations based on your Hogwarts house. I am going to do my Hufflepuff book recommendations. My last post was Ravenclaw, you can find it here.

The books I’m going to recommend will be, what I think a Hufflepuff will like or if I think the character in the book would be a Hufflepuff.

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You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal, these patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil. 

Hufflepuff Traits: hard work, patience, justice, and loyalty.

All the Synopsis will be from Goodreads.

Recommendations

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As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.

I chose this book, because Anne is such a loyal friend and is kind. She loves making up stories with her friends, and she always works really hard to better herself.

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Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

I chose this book because, I really think this book would win the heart of any Hufflepuff. The loyalty between Eleanor and Park is heart warming.

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Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

I chose this book because, the adorable Percy is so loyal to Monty, plus this book is so funny, and I think any Hufflepuff would appreciate it.

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The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

I chose this book because, Charlie is such an adorable character, I think he would be in Hufflepuff. Plus it shows him making friends and how they all help each other. Honestly I think Hufflepuffs would love this book.

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

I chose this book because, the adorable, Oreo loving Simon is the definition of a  Hufflepuff,  It even shows this in the movie! He is such an awesome character, I just want him as my best friend.

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Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended. 

I chose this book because, Leah is Simons best friend and he turns up in this book. I think a Hufflepuff would enjoy this book, because it shows the loyalty between friends, but saying that, I think Leah herself would be in Slytherin. CONTROVERSIAL!

So there you have my Hufflepuff recommendations, next up will be Gryffindor.

What other books do you think speak Hufflepuff?

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms

 

Hogwarts House Book Recommendations: Ravenclaw

Hello Witches, Wizards and Muggles.

Today I am going to be doing a post on book recommendations based on your Hogwarts house.

I’m so excited to do this!!

This post is going to be Ravenclaw recommendations!! My HOUSE!!! House Pride! WOOOO!

Anyway the books I’m going to recommend will be, what I think a Ravenclaw will like or if I think the character in the book would be a Ravenclaw.

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, If you’ve a Ready Mind, Where those of wit and learning will always find their kind. 

Ravenclaw Traits: Intelligence. Wit. Wisdom. Creativity. Originality. Individuality. Acceptance.

All the Synopsis will be from Goodreads.

Recommendations 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The reason I chose The Hate U Give is because, I think that Starr would be a Ravenclaw, she has some traits of a Gryffindor, but altogether I think she would be a Ravenclaw. Also I think Ravenclaws would like this because of the message and the way the book makes you think.

Strange the Dreamer By Laini Taylor

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

The reason I chose this book is because, Lazlo is such a Ravenclaw its unreal, with his love of studying!! I love him so much, he is such an adorable man.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

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‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’ Thus memorably begins Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the world’s most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice–Austen’s own ‘darling child’–tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.

I chose Pride and Prejudice because, I think a Ravenclaw would really appreciate the subtle wit that Jane Austen had, and added into this book.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day.

I chose Matilda because, of her love of reading and learning, she would defiantly be in Ravenclaw if she went to Hogwarts, plus she can do magic so you know that is a plus.

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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From the moment Dr John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the bloody violence and frightening ingenuity of the criminal mind.

In A Study in Scarlet , Holmes and Watson’s first mystery, the pair are summoned to a south London house where they find a dead man whose contorted face is a twisted mask of horror. The body is unmarked by violence but on the wall a mysterious word has been written in blood.

The police are baffled by the crime and its circumstances. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brilliantly logical mind to the problem he uncovers a tragic tale of love and deadly revenge . . .

I chose this because, Sherlock Homes is a total Ravenclaw, he is so intelligent, witty and he is an complete original, there isn’t anyone like Sherlock.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I chose Fangirl because, Cath for one, is writing a Fanfiction about a book series which is basically Harry Potter. She would totally be in Ravenclaw.

So there you have my Ravenclaw recommendations, what other books do you think scream Ravenclaw?

Next Recommendation post is going to be Hufflepuff.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms

 

I Spy Book Challenge: Book Tag

I found this tag on youtube from Booksandlala. I yet again wasn’t tagged, but I fancied doing it.

The Challenge.

Find a book that contains (Either on cover or in title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within 5 miniutes.

Food

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Transportation

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fford

Weapon

Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

Animal

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

Number

One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Something that You Read

The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Body of Water

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

Product of Fire

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Royalty

Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

Architecture

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Clothing Item

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Family Member

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland

Time of Day

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Music

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Paranormal Being

City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

Occupation

Forensics by Val Mcdermid

Season

Anne Of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Colour

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

Celestial Body

The Muse by Jessie Burton

Something That Grows

Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

If you fancy trying this tag, then consider yourself tagged.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms

 

 

Victober 2018 Has Been Announced!

In October, an amazing readathon is going to happen. VICTOBER!!

Basically its a readathon where you just read Victorian literature, there are also 5 challenges. It is being hosted by 4 booktubers, they are:

Lucy from Lucythereader 

Ange from Beyond the pages

Kate from Kate Howe 

Katie from Books and Things

There is also a Goodreads group that you can join. Goodreads

For the readathon you just have to read Victorian novels, you don’t have to do the challenges if you don’t want to. The hosts each picked a challenge, and there is a general challenge. The challenges are:

  1. Lucy’s challenge: Read a Victorian book written by a woman anonymously or under a pseudonym.
  2. Ange’s challenge: Read a book by one of the hosts’ favourite Victorian authors (Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell or Thomas Hardy)
  3. Kate’s challenge: Read a Victorian book with a proper noun (i.e. a place name or person’s name) in the title.
  4. Katie’s challenge: Read a book from the first ten years of the Victorian period and/or a book from the last ten years of the Victorian period (i.e. 1837-1847 or 1891-1901)
  5. General challenge: Read a Victorian book and watch a screen adaptation of it.

They are also doing a read along with the book, Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell.

This is my TBR for Victober.

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The book for each challenge

Lucy’s Challenge

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Ange’s Challenge

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

 

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Kate’s Challenge

Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

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Katie’s Challenge

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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General Challenge

I may cheat and just use Wuthering Heights, only to see Tom Hardy, but I might also read Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.

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I’m so looking forward to this readathon, I might not finish all of the challenges, because there are some other books that I want to read in October. So we shall see what happens.

I really hope some of you guys decide to take part, even if you just read one Victorian novel.

Happy reading guys!

Thanks Bookworms

August Book Haul

Today I am going to show you the books that I have bought in August. All of the synopsis will be from Goodreads. 

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Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

In the spirit of trying more middle grade I picked this up.

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There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.

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This is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous as breath can only be collected one unit at a time.

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Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. 

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. 

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

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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.

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‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’ Thus memorably begins Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the world’s most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice–Austen’s own ‘darling child’–tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.

This is my second, copy of this book.

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It was only an accident — but it would change their lives forever. Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But some secrets don’t stay buried, and someone has learned the truth. Someone bent on revenge. This summer, the horror is only beginning….

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Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students?

Kit walks the dark halls and feels a penetrating chill. What terror waits around the next corner?

If you guys have read any of these books let me know.

Thanks Bookworms

Peter Pan: Children’s Classic, from book to films.

“Think of the happiest things
It’s the same as having wings”

I have recently started reading the children’s classic Peter Pan. I love Peter Pan, I love the fantastical element, I love the story and I love the characters.

How did it begin?

My love for Peter Pan started when I was young and I watched Peter Pan the Disney movie.

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I loved this film so much, I loved the story and how if you went to Neverland you never had to grow up. I think every child wishes that, all I wanted to do was go to Neverland and be part of the lost boys (I was a tomboy), or if that didn’t work out then become a fairy and be friends with Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell is my favourite character in the story because:

1. I want to be a fairy.

2. I love her sassiness.

The other thing I loved were the songs, you tell me one person, when they have to follow someone, who doesn’t sing I’m Following the Leader, at least in their head.

The other film which made me fall in love with this classic tale was Hook.

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I loved this take of the story, and Robin Williams as Peter was AMAZING. This is still one of my favourite childhood films, whenever I watch this, it always puts a massive smile on my face.

The Book

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With my love of Peter Pan and reading, it should come as a surprise to you, that I have never read the Book. ( I know, I should hang my head in shame)

So I started reading this for a readathon I am currently in the middle of, which you will see a wrap up of in a week or so. I am half way through the book and I can’t believe how dark it is. Peter Pan is not a nice character, he is such a spoilt brat, Disney has lulled me into a false sense of security. The Films are completely different from the story, but in some ways I’m glad about this, I love to read dark fairytale stories.

I’m just glad I am getting round to reading more children classics, I’ve been thinking about doing a post on the best children’s classics, this book will definitely end up on the list.

Thanks bookworms.