Five Fictional Worlds I’d Like To Visit

Today, I thought I’d discuss which fictional worlds I would visit, if given the opportunity (and a guarantee I’d get home safely!). Here are my top five. You’ll notice Narnia and Lyra’s Oxford are missing, amongst others. There are so many books I’d climb into, given the opportunity. These are the five I’d want to visit most.

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1. Hogwarts and Hogsmeade [Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling]

Because… Um… HONEYDUKES ANYONE?! Also Butterbeer. Just basically the food. I will arrive in the glorious world of Harry Potter and think of nothing but food. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!

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2.The Shire [The Middle Earth Universe by J.R.R.Tolkien]

Um… *shuffles feet* Food, yes? Feasts and parties and fireside stories? But mostly food. AND PRETTY COLOURED SMOKE RINGS THAT LOOK LIKE SHIPS AND DRAGONS AND OHMIGOSH THE AWESOMENESS!

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3. The Faraway Tree [Enchanted Forest by Enid Blyton]

The Land of Goodies? The Land of Spells? The Land of Do What You Want? Heck, even the Land of Topsy Turvy would be a ton of fun! Also… Googlebuns and the toffee they have. Any time Enid Blyton mentions a meal in her books I get hungry!

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4. Discworld [Discworld by Terry Pratchett]

Yes, I want to fly through space on the back of a giant turtle, make friends with the Luggage and the Librarian and throw a party with the Nac Mac Feegle!

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5. Nicholas Flamel’s World [Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott]

Magic and immortals! Having a scent and a colour to your aura that people can see and smell. (I would have a purple aura and smell like Cadbury’s, or maybe coffee. And mythical beings and creatures! Gateways that take you across the world in an hour or two!

If you could visit anywhere in fiction, where would you go? Cassandra Clare’s New York perhaps? Or Holly Black’s Spiderwick? Maybe even Eoin Colfer’s fairy realms?

What I Would Put In My Beach Bag

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Just to liven things up a bit, I am not going to mention any major bestsellers or anything I’ve talked about on the blog multiple times before. Let’s see if I can go an entire blog post without mentioning Natalie Whipple, or The Sea Sisters. Oh wait… Whoops!

 

Books I’ve Read:

This duology is perfect for a hot summer day with all the desert and sea scenes.

 

 

An Agatha Raisin novel set in Cyprus. It’s the sixth in the series and it is better to read the first five first.

Goodreads Description [Synopsis will spoil previous books in series]

 

 Anything Jennifer E Smith would be a great holiday read. I’ve read two books of her’s – this one’s my favourite.

 

Goodreads Description. My review here.

 

The cover is even more mouth-watering when you’re holding it in your hands. Warning: reading this book requires the consumption of large amounts of ice cream.

 

Books I Haven’t Read:

Anything with mermaids in it is a good book for the summer! I think this is still free for Kindle. I have a copy, so I will be reading this one soon.

Pirates are another good summer read! I’ve had this one on my shelf since the dawn of time. I should maybe read it. :p

 

A good old classic. Otters. Countryside. Rivers. Memories of childhood summers on my grandparents’ farm. What could go wrong? I actually nearly gave this one away, but thought better of it. *tucks it into beach bag*

 

I’m stalking the library for this one. I hope they order it in soon, otherwise I may have to make a nuisance of myself (again) and ask them to. Just LOOK at that cover. *strokes the pretty* (It should be noted that I have a thing about turtles.)

This looks amazing! And PERFECT for summer reading! People who work as the Disney characters in Disney World! (My inner six year old is screaming at me.)

 

What would you stuff in your beach bag? What would your dream beach-book bag look like? What would you pull out of mine?

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Ten Books I Didn’t Finish

As a writer myself, I often wonder about what makes people put a book down. I don’t often DNF a book myself – when I do it is usually just because it isn’t my thing. Not because the book is bad. Otherwise, I just put books down because it isn’t what I want to read at that time. I do this a lot with my library books until I find the right one for my mood and stick with it. So here are some books I’ve put down unfinished.

Ones I Will Go Back To

1. Good Omens and Nation by Terry Pratchett

The only reason I gave up on both of these is simply because I just wasn’t in the mood for them at the time. I have copies and I will read them at some point.

Ones I’ll Never Go Back To

2.Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold by Terry Brooks

This was my fourth Terry Brooks novel and I just don’t get on with his writing style.

3. Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks

I gave up on this one because it felt way too similar to another of his books that I’d read. The plotline was too similar and it frustrated me.

4. Earthfall by Mark Walden

This just really wasn’t my thing at all.

5. Stray by Rachel Vincent

Way too violent for me.

6. Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz

Too creepy for me. But if you like creepy books, I recommend this one.

7. Ragwitch by Garth Nix

Another really creepy one.

8. Metawars: Fight for the Future by Jeff Norton

This isn’t really my type of thing, but there was a scene very early on that was really icky and that’s what made me put the book down.

9. The Letter by Maria Duffy

I hated the characters in this book and just couldn’t connect with the book as a whole.

Ones I Might Go Back To

10. The Stranger by Max Frei

This looked like an AWESOME fantasy world but the writing style is so weird and confusing it hurt my head.

I’m curious… What makes you put down a book? Are you a mood reader like me? Do you have pet peeves that will automatically make you abandon a book? 

(Sorry if some of these are your favourites; I haven’t put them up here because I think they’re badly written, with the exception of one or two, but just because they aren’t for me. )

Emoji Book Tag

I discovered this via the video on Bookables’ channel. I don’t know who the original creator was, sorry!

The idea is to pick emojis (any emojis – you choose). I’ve picked ten, but again, that’s just me. Then you describe what that emoji represents to you and match that with a book. I have chosen to only select books I’ve read

 

 

1. To me this is a silly, cheesey, cheeky face.

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 So we need a silly, cheesey, cheeky book!

The Camelot Code by Mari Mancusi. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars. See my review here. It made my Favourites shelf too.

 

 2. This lil guy is getting the blues

 

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 A book that gave me the blues. (I don’t mean a book that was bad, I mean a book that made me sad.)

“A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent” by Marie Brennan (yes, it’s fiction). I gave this 5 out of 5 stars and it made my Favourites shelf. The second book in the trilogy was out last month.

 

 

 3. Crying Emoji!!

 

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 I think this one’s obvious – a book that made me cry.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova. This one got a 4 out of 5 and made my Favourites.

 

 4. Mouthless lil guy/gal.

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 A book that left me speechless. (I could do this two ways, I guess. Hmmm, I’ll go for speechless in a good way.)

The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke. 5 out of 5. Favourite. 🙂

 5.  A meh face.

 

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 A book that made go, “Meh,” when I’d finished it.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. 3 out of 5. (Sorry Grisha fans! I loved the magic system but the book fell flat for me otherwise.)

 

6. Blinded by love.

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 A book I loved so much I skipped over its faults.

 

 7. The Scream

 

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 Le Horror!

(A book that made me gasp with the sheer drama and shock of it all.)

 

 

 8. The “I’m So Not Impressed” Face

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 A book that just… didn’t do it for me.

9. Professorial Emoji

 

 

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 A book that made me feel all smart.

The Disgrace of Kitty Grey by Mary Hooper. 4 out of 5 stars. Favourite. 😉 I learnt so much from this book.

 

 

 10. Dog Emoji!

 

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A canine book character I want to meet!

13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison. 4 out of 5 stars. Favourite. I really don’t know why I took to the dog in this so much, but I read this trilogy in May and I still think about Oberon; the lil cutie.

 

 

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A – Z Bookish Tag

I first stumbled across this on YouTube in vlog format, uploaded by Emily from Oh Magic Hour.  It was originally created by Jamie from the Perpetual Page Turner in blog format. She updated it recently with this vlog. The blog post gives instructions on how to use Goodreads to find which author you’ve read the most from (under A) and the longest book you’ve read (under L).

Author you’ve read the most books from:

I didn’t need to use Goodreads for this, but I double-checked anyway – Terry Pratchett 🙂

Best Sequel Ever:

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J. R.R . Tolkien – this is my favourite of the LOTR books.

Currently Reading:

The Vampire’s Wolf by Jenna Kernan

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Pure by Julianna Baggott

Drink of Choice While Reading:

If it’s hot weather, fruit juice (my favourite is cranberry and raspberry), iced tea (peach!), water, or something fizzy (I like Sprite, 7up and Dr Pepper, but my favourite is Pepsi).

If it’s cold weather, black coffee is my favourite hot drink, but I also like sweet tea (with milk, but strong), and hot chocolate (the Wispa one!).

E-reader or Physical Book:

I will always, always, ALWAYS prefer a physical book (preference for paperback), but I am the proud owner of a Kindle now (I’ve had it for a fortnight, maybe less), and I like that too. I haven’t wanted an e-reader before now. But I caved, and yes, I like my Kindle. 🙂

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

I hadn’t worked out my sexuality then and dated boys. I was at the bottom of the pile in the social pecking order and so were the boys I dated. Except they were usually in the year above, so I probably would have done a Ginny and dated:

Neville Longbottom.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

 

Hidden Gem Book:

 

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Reading this book:

This is the book that got me into the contemporary YA stuff. The heart-wrenching “feels” type of books. It opened the door to so much for me. This book will always matter to me.

Just Finished:

My review will be up on Friday.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Horror; most crime (I’m partial to the Agatha Raisin series though); adult “romance”; romance in general; most thrillers; most non-fiction; most sci-fi; psychological thrillers/horror…

Longest Book You’ve Read:

It would be one of the Harry Potters, so to be more interesting, after my Harry fix, the longest book I’ve read is this one:

I gave it 5 stars and added it to my Favourites shelf (on Goodreads).

Major book hangover because of:

This grew on me so much after I’d finished it. I can’t stop thinking about it and I read it a month ago.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Two tall, thin ones. Some of my big reference books are on a different unit though and I have a stool for my library books.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

I don’t have this exact book – I have a hardback containing three Wishing Chair books and a hardback containing three Faraway Tree books, plus the fourth Faraway Tree, which is a rare illustrated paperback. It’s the hardback Faraway Tree I’m going to give as my answer to this. Again, I’m skipping the Harry Potters and The Hobbit here, because they’re obvious choices for me.

Preferred Place To Read:

On my settee, or in bed. If my dreams came true I’d read in the garden on nice days, or even better by the sea or a lake.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

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Reading Regret:

My biggest reading regret is that I will NEVER be able to read even 10% of all the things I want to read, or haven’t heard of yet that are totally me, or that haven’t been written yet that are totally me.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(where all books are out in the series):

1. Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

2. Fated by Alyson Noel

3. Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

5. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

7. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

I think you’ve noticed by now… The Hobbit, Harry Potter and Ketchup Clouds. #sooriginal

If you want my top three recent reads off the top of my head: The Hunger Games, Cinder and The Fault In Our Stars. Again with the oh-so-original answers, Melanie!

Slightly more original answers… Transparent by Natalie Whipple, Looking for Alaska, and The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke. (It’s more commonly known as Swimming at Night).

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

 

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Worst Bookish Habit:

Stuffing books in my handbag to take to the laundrette with me? Does that count? I crack spines but only because I can’t read the book comfortably without doing that. (I try especially hard not to crack spines of borrowed books.)  I’m also guilty of taking the covers off library books while I read them. Either for general comfort or because I want to see the cover art on a hardback. And sometimes because the library’s plastic stuff has been ripped or cracked and it’s cutting into my hand.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Your latest book purchase:

I haven’t bought a book in a very long time. (I’d like to, but can’t). Hence… FREE KINDLE BOOKS WIN! And this is the last one of those I nabbed.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY too late):

I wanted to read this in one go as it is set over the course of one night and I wanted to go on this journey with Clay in the same time frame as he did.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tag and that it has given you some insight into my reading habits! I tag… YOU! (Leave me links, please) 🙂

Making Up For Monday: Five Books On The Reading List If You Were The Teacher

 

 

“This week’s question: If you were a high school English teacher, what five books would you put on your reading list?”

Ooooh, this is a brilliant topic! I don’t know that I can restrain myself to just five!

I would want people to read for pleasure, primarily, and I don’t like how the education system forces books on people and makes them hate reading. The classics that are read in schools are definitely not for everyone. A lot of young adults would probably find them dull and boring, and associate them with schoolwork. And then associate all of those things with reading. 😦 So inspiring a love of books and showing that they have  the freedom to choose and explore their own reading tastes and identities would be my approach to this one. I hope the books I would suggest as places to start, would achieve this, as well as other things.

1.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is the most surprising book I’ve read in a long time. I didn’t think I would like it; didn’t think it was my thing. I tried it and was completely blown away. It’s now a favourite of mine and I still can’t believe how much I liked it. I would hope this book would show students that trying new things can and does pay off. Also that books can surprise you and are worth the effort.

2.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I’d suggest this one because it shows you that it’s ok to be broken. It also demonstrates how strong a person is capable of being. It shows you that books can have tears, laughter, friendship and love, as well as action and danger. It shows you that you are capable of fighting for what you believe in and not letting people walk all over you.

3.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska explores the idea that people are not always what you expect. Everyone is fighting a war; some of those wars have a bigger impact on the person they’re held within than others. Someone with a smile on their face might be broken inside. It teaches you to be careful, kind and considerate. You just never know what someone is going through and what effect on them you might have. People are fragile; be gentle.

4.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

So if I had to pick one book that was my number one favourite it would be this one. (Although I’d try by any means necessary to get out of choosing just one favourite!) I’d suggest The Hobbit to a student in the hope of inspiring a love of epic fantasy, but I would also hope that they learn something from this one too. The Hobbit, to me, is a story of the underdog. The guy who doesn’t plan on making a big splash, but is thrown in at the deep end anyway and finds that he fits there perfectly. It’s a story of the “little guy” realising that he is just as valuable and just as capable as the “big guys”.

5.

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

This one, I would suggest because it is haunting and beautiful. I would want this book to show students that books can be art; that books can be heart-wrenching. Ultimately, books can be powerful; books can change you. Books are worth reading.

So as you can see, a mix of genres, purposefully – I would encourage exploration and the art of trying a little bit of everything until you find you. How do you know if you like contemporary fiction if you don’t read a bit of it? How do you know epic fantasy bores you if you’ve never read it? I’ve surprised myself with what I like and dislike over the last year or so. I’ve explored all kinds of genres, authors, series’… In trying lots of things and seeing what I think and feel about it, I’m finding pieces of myself.

Which books would you recommend to high school students? How do you feel about what’s currently offered to them at school? Which books did you have to read? Did you like them?

The Chocolate Book Tag

I got this from: Laura Plus Books 🙂

 

Dark Chocolate

A book that covers a dark topic.

There is something incredibly dark and haunting about this book. You can feel the damage in Katniss, even before the Games begin.

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White Chocolate

Your favourite light hearted / humorous read.

This one is a light, funny middle grade read. It’s daft and silly in a good way, and the illustrations are brilliant!

Milk Chocolate

A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read.
Everyone is talking about this one. I’ve seen rave reviews and not-so-good reviews in pretty equal numbers. I saw that the libray had it on order, so jumped in and reserved it. Not knowing what everyone’s on about is driving me nuts! I’ll be reading this one ASAP.
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Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while reading.

I loved the romance in this one. I’m not usually a fan of romance, but Rainbow Rowell’s couples are always so sweet and quirky.

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Name a book that surprised you lately.
When I started the Camelot Code, I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I soon found myself having a lot of fun with it. It surprised me by how enjoyable it was and how much I liked it. (My review.)
Snickers
A book that you are going nuts about.
This is an absolutely amazing book. If you haven’t seen me tweeting about it, it’s currently free for Kindle and Kindle App here or you can read a free sample of it here (Kindle or Kindle App again though). It’s a personal favourite of mine and means the world to me.
Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows
What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

The first Harry Potter novel will always be a comfort read for me. It reminds me of childhood, that time when you’re safe from the knowledge of the big bad world outside. I’ve read it so many times that there isn’t anything in it that will surprise, frighten or upset me, and it’s set in a world I’ve found home in.

Box of Chocolates
What series have you read that you feel has a little something for everyone?

 

This series has steampunk, paranormal, fantasy, science, Victoriana, romance and travel. Oh plus adventure, lots of action, and some mythology/history. AND an LGBT character. There’s got to be something for everyone in that lot, right?
What’s in your chocolate selection?
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Please leave me a link if you take me up on this tag, or if you’ve already done it. I’d love to read them!
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