Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters You’d Want With You On A Deserted Island

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So I’m on a deserted island… And I can pick ten book characters to have with me… I think my number one is obvious.

1. Katniss Everdeen! Her ability to survive is just amazing. She is absolutely determined to LIVE no matter what. I need me some of that. Plus, her food know-how would be essential. How else am I going to survive on berries and roots? Knowing me, I’d pick the most lethal thing going in a wood full of harmless things.

[Katniss is from The Hunger Games]

2.  Frost. Ain’t nobody gonna mess with us with Frost in camp! Seriously, she’s possessed by a wolf and she’s a whizz at axe-wielding. She often wields said axe while possessed by said wolf. WATCH. OUT.

[Frost is from Frostfire (which can be read as a standalone)]

3. Alexia Tarrabotti. Because I’d need someone to talk to for hours on end and also because she is is really smart. If anyone can get us off the island, it’s Alexia.

[Alexia is from The Parasol Protectorate]

4.  Hermione Granger. For the same reasons as Alexia. Conversation and the smarts.

[Hermione is from the Harry Potter series]

5.  Cinder. We’d need someone with a good head for technical things. And all the computerisation in her brain would come in handy.

[Cinder is from the Lunar Chronicles]

6. Rose Hathaway. Because another person who knows how to fight and survive can’t hurt, right?

[Rose is from Vampire Academy]

7. Lissa Dragomir. Because of her healing, and her use of compulsion to smooth arguments over…

[Lissa is from Vampire Academy]

8. Isabella Trent. I’d want Isabella around because of her knowledge of nature, as well as for someone to chat with.

[Isabella is from A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent]

9. Tris Prior. Because Dauntless. And I’m sure she’d know how to have fun whilst we’re stranded.

[Tris is from Divergent]

10.  Clary Fray. I love Clary because even when the world throws massive issues at her, she just rises to meet it. Nothing fazes her; she just deals with it.

[Clary is from The Mortal Instruments]

Who is in your bookish desert island dream team?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR


This week’s theme is the top ten books on your To Be Read list for this summer. I am, as usual, cheating. :p Where I plan on devouring an entire series over the next few months, I’ve listed them as one item. So here we go, no particular order, and the links go to Goodreads (to the series’ page) so you can see what the series is about 🙂 . I’ve split it into two sections though: Blockbusters and Other.


The Hunger Games #2 and #3 by Suzanne Collins

Divergent #1, #2, and #3 by Veronica Roth

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2 and #3 by Laini Taylor

Mortal Instruments #6 by Cassandra Clare

The Lunar Chronicles #2, #3 (and also #2.5 on Wattpad) by Marissa Meyer


13 Treasures #0.5 by Michelle Harrison

Magician’s #3 by Lev Grossman

(Click on the word Magician’s above to see the first two books, and the #3 to see the third one)

Deep Blue Sea by Tasmina Perry

Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

So what have you got lined up for the summer? Or winter, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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This week’s theme is the top ten books you’ve read so far this year, and while ten popped out at me pretty easily, another ten in my book log caught my eye as well. I’ve been really lucky with my books this year – I have read a lot of good stuff.  I’ve read 92 since New Year’s Day. So choosing just ten that really shone was a toughie. But here they are, with some mild cheating. *cough*

I made a half-hearted attempt at putting these in some kind of order, but it hurt too much. Let’s just say I love all these books, and as I read widely, I don’t like to compare Green-lit with fantasy, or dystopia with MG fantasy. So that’s my excuse for not picking a winner. Yeah. That works. *runs away*

Starting with the “typical” ones:

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

I am betting that this will be on A LOT of lists today, especially with the recent movie release. I almost feel bad for being such a fan of this, but it just wasn’t at all what I was expecting and it genuinely did blow me away. I always said I’d never read it because of the cancer stuff, but I did in the end, and I am so glad I did. I loved it for the characters. The characters minus their cancer. Just, who they were without the medical label.

Looking For Alaska by John Green

I know, I know, but this one means a lot to me because of reasons. It was my first John Green as well. Even TFIOS didn’t top this one for me. Except on this list. Because it’s physically second, but not actually second. I feel better now.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

This is book 3 in the Mortal Instruments series. I haven’t read book 6 yet (please no spoilers!), and this one is still my favourite. I read the prequel trilogy last year which is why none of those are on this list, as I love Infernal Devices  more than I love TMI.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I just read this a week or two ago, and saw the film for the first time on Sunday. It grew on me, a lot, after I finished it. This book means a lot to me, and I need to bug the library for the rest of the trilogy.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

WHY did I take till June 2014 to read this? WHY? I also read one of the four novellas and have two others to read.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This book means so much to me and I find myself reluctant to read the next book in the set, because I don’t want it to end. But that’s the good thing about books, right? THEY NEVER REALLY END! You can time travel to the beginning of the story and start all over again! And the poor characters you’re reading about are forced to live in an endless loop of repetition. *evil laugh*

And now, the semi-typical ones (if you follow my blog, you’ll have seen me blathering about these books before, because I just do not shut up about them; hence semi-typical – they’re typical for me!):

Transparent (and its sequel Blindsided) by Natalie Whipple

If anyone knows if there will be more in this series, please tell me!

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

Here’s my review, in case I haven’t fangirled about this one enough yet. 🙂

And now we come to the not typical (I think), books. I mean look at all those bestsellers that everyone and their mother is raving about! I am such a sheep… Although, in my defence, a belated sheep. A lot of these books are from ages ago. I’m just getting to all the mega sellers of the last bazillion years. I haven’t even read Divergent yet BUT that isn’t my fault. I would have read it by now if the library had more than three copies and the whole entire world hadn’t requested it before me.

The Magician’s Apprentice by Trudi Canavan

So I know Trudi Canavan is a major author, but this isn’t one of her newer books. It’s a prequel to the Black Magician trilogy. It’s a massive book with awesome worldbuilding and characters I adored. Perfect!

Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke

So my copy was called The Sea Sisters, but that isn’t listed on Goodreads. But I loved this one. I thought it was predictable in places, but I totally didn’t get the ending until I was reading it. It’s part character growth and relationships, part mystery and part emotional issues. There’s also romance and lots of travelling.

If you’re still reading, thanks for staying with me through all my boringly typical best books 🙂 Any books you’ve also loved? Did you hate any of these? What’s on your top ten? Plan on reading any of my top ten soon? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Fallen In Love With This Year


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was free choice.

I have branched out a lot with my reading, so far this year, and in no particular order, here are my top ten new (to me) authors:

1. John Green – I never thought I would like any of his stuff. I started reading his books after I branched out into more “issues” based YA. (Sorry, I don’t know what else to call them; I don’t want to say contemporary because that tends to mean romance, and that’s not what I mean).  In case you’re wondering, I’ve now read all five of John Green’s books. My favourite was Looking for Alaska, closely followed by The Fault In Our Stars. Paper Towns was ok but it naffed me off a lot. I didn’t enjoy An Abundance of Katherines. I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson, but it took a few chapters to hook me.

2. Rainbow Rowell – I caught the buzz from the book blogging community when everyone was reviewing Fangirl. When I was browsing the new teen books in my local library, Fangirl was there, so I picked it up and I was HOOKED. It was a really special experience for me. Rainbow Rowell really GETS being different and incredibly anxious. I very recently read Attachments and enjoyed that too, although not as much as Fangirl.

3. Natalie Whipple – I came across Transparent while browsing the library’s ebook service and since they also had a paperback, I put in a request for it. It is amazing! The concept, the writing, the characters… Just, yes! I have the sequel to read, which I’m sure is going to be awesome, and I sincerely hope there are novellas. Many, many novellas.

4. Ally Carter – Like, why did it take me so long to find Gallagher Girls and Heist Society? WHY? I started with Heist Society, but it was those awesome butt-kicking Gallagher Girls that really won my heart.

5. Tamsyn Murray – Her series about ghosts and the people that can see them is not the best written series in the world, BUT the characters are really, really well-done and very likeable. The books are great for a lighter read, and I just found out last weekend that there is a novella available via Kindle. (If you don’t have a Kindle you can download the free Kindle app and read Kindle books on your phone).

6. Django Wexler – I reviewed Forbidden Library recently, because everyone was talking about it and it was still available on Netgalley at the time, and I AM SO BLOWN AWAY BY THIS BOOK! I have to read more about this world!! Seriously!

7. Jennifer Armentrout – Yes, yes, I know. I have only just finished my first Jennifer Armentrout book. It was Obsidian and I will post a review next week. The library I use is Armentrout-poor. They have the first three Lux books in ebook only. That’s it. Like, what?? Hopefully they will rectify this mistake soon!

8. Laini Taylor – Go me, late to the Karou party!

9. Jennifer E Smith – Get me reading contemporary romance! I do not normally read in this genre, but I was intrigued by The Geography of You and Me. I devoured that and then pounced on The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I didn’t enjoy that one as much though. I love the covers and the titles are quirky too. The writing style is awesome and the characters always wonderful to read about.  Again, my library only has one Jennifer E Smith book (Statistical Probability).  😦

10. Michelle Harrison – I love her 13 Treasures series; it’s very well done. I thought it was oh-so predictable at one stage, but it turned out not to be. And man, I love Tanya and Oberon. I want me an Oberon!

Other authors I have discovered this year are: Lucy Clarke, Alyson Noel, Brandon Sanderson and Jay Asher. There are others, but those stick out most. Those are authors who I will actively seek out more books from.

Who have you discovered this year? Have you read anything by any of these authors? What did you think? Are any of these authors or their books especially close to your heart?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Friendships


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

1. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter: Macey/Liz/Bex/Cammie – this sisterhood is incredible. The girls are so loyal to each other and forgive so easily. They have each other’s backs all the time. It’s beautiful.

2. The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling: Harry/Ron/Hermione – how could I not have these guys and gals on my list? Harry Potter revolves around its friendship themes.

3. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare: Clary/Simon – a really profound and touching friendship.

4. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare: Will/Jem – this bond really touched me. It was miles deeper than Alec/Jace. Will and Jem really gave me the sense of what parabatai really means. I just don’t get that with Alec/Jace.

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Rudy/Liesel – this friendship is perfect. Light and all about laughter and playful insults, BUT that lightness is only the surface of what is actually a really deep relationship.

6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: Karou/Zusana – I love how Zusana stands by Karou despite all the weirdness and Karou working out who and what she is. Zuzana doesn’t turn her back on Karou at all. That’s true friendship.

7. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: Jennifer/Beth – I love these two women and the bond they share.

8. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green: Issac/Augustus/Hazel – I adore the unwavering support and loyalty between everyone in this trio.

9. The Dream Merchant by Isobel Hoving: Joshua/Theresa – a friendship I’ve loved since I was fairly young.

10. The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler: Alice/Issac – I love the connection they make and how unique it is.


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Covers I’d Frame As Art

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(Clicking the images takes you to the Goodreads description, although I can’t figure out how to make it open in a new tab, so you will have to do that yourselves. Sorry!)

1. The first cover(s) I’d frame as art would be the entire Harry Potter set. The editions I started on when I was eight or so.  I’d have them all up in a line across the wall of my writing room (when I actually have  one). J.K.Rowling is my absolute hero. She inspires me and I cant express in words how big a part of my life Harry Potter is/was/will be. It was them that led me to the love of fantasy reading, and it is J.K.Rowling who forever inspires me with my own writing.

2. The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien. Another book that helped shape me as a reader from a young age. The Hobbit will always have a special place in my heart. Here’s the cover I’d frame:

3.  Ingo by Helen Dunmore. I haven’t read this yet, but I am obsessed with mermaids and this cover is one of the prettiest watery/mermaidy covers I’ve seen.

4. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith. I was so drawn to this cover. I think it’s really beautiful. I can’t get enough of it.  It’s captivating. It’s something I’ve read and reviewed and it means a lot to me.

5. Another book I haven’t actually read, but love the cover of, Nil by Lynne Matson. I’d want to remove all the text except the actual title if I framed this one though.

6.  This is a fairly simple cover and I have no idea why I’m so fascinated with it. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

7. Alice in Wonderland is another of my all-time favourites; and probably my favourite children’s classic.

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8. This book means a lot to me too. Tessa Gray is such an important character to me. The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I’d take all the text out of this one though.

9. I love the model on this book, and the ravens in the background. Another inspiring one for my writing room I think! Fated by Alyson Noel. (And yes, I like the yellow one better, even though purple is my favourite colour. ) I’d take the text out again though.

10. Another book that means a great deal to me. Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher. I would keep this one exactly as it is.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who I Genuinely Want As Friends

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is Ten Characters Who… (You fill in your own ending to that). I chose to do characters I genuinely feel a particularly deep connection to and would love it if they were real and friends of mine. Super-cheesey, but I like it. 🙂

So, in no particular order:

1. Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare: I love her voracious reading habit and her desire to discuss books with others. I also love how she’s quite quiet but is actually very strong. I just love that combination. Strong characters who aren’t loud and who don’t immediately come across as “kick-butt”.

2. Cammie Morgan from the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter: I just love Cammie! She’s sweet and I get this odd urge to protect her, because although she’s a kick-butt spy, she is very emotionally vulnerable. Maybe it’s just me, but I get the impression she’s affected by things a lot more than she lets on.

3. Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare: I was always drawn to Isabelle, and I didn’t really work out why until the third book. She’s another “seemingly kick-butt but actually very affected by things” kinda gal. (I’m a sucker for that, in case you hadn’t already noticed. :p )

4. Hazel Lancaster from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green: I can’t put into words how selfless Hazel is. And it wasn’t something that hit me straight away. It took the ending of the book for me to realise how selfless she is and how genuine she is in that. It just really made me love her. A lot.

5. Tanya Fairchild from the 13 Treasures series by Michelle Harrison: Tanya hit me as being different from your average teenage female protagonist. I can’t explain why, she just seemed different. I love the bond she had with her dog Oberon too.

6. Alexia Tarabotti from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger: I love Alexia! She’s so refreshing and totally doesn’t fit the stiffness of her era. I love how much she loves food and isn’t afraid of that – most ladies in her era would be horrified. I like women who like food!

7. Angua von Uberwald from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett: Another “different character”. She’s a woman in a “man’s” profession and she completely holds her own.

8 and 9. Alex Rider and Jack Starbright from the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz: Alex ,because I am getting seriously worried about him having just finished book eight. I have this need to take him under my wing and look after him. And Jack just because I love Jack and she has so much to deal with, with Alex and MI6 and all.

10. Sophie Newman from the Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott: I love this girl. She’s basically pushed into all these massive things and given a ton of responsibility, and nobody even stopped to ask her what she wanted with her life. And yet, she stays true to herself and she doesn’t become bitter or anything. Also, her brother is a moron and irritates the heck out of me, so I figured she could use some decent companionship.