5 Unfinished Series.

My reading habits often throw me into deep water. As a fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction reader, the vast majority of my books are series and I can’t always binge read them in one go. I’m always swapping and changing them around, or throwing the odd standalone in the mix to shake things up a bit. However, it means I don’t always finish a full series. I will have every intention of finishing it, but I just don’t do it.

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5 TBR Benchwarmers aka “Why have I not read these yet?”

So we all have a TBR that’s getting out of hand. We wouldn’t be us otherwise. Even though I have cut mine down a lot, especially with the help of Lia’s Down the TBR Hole (who is now over at Sunflowers and Wonder), I still do have a lot of unread books on my bookshelf and I am very aware of this.

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T5W – Forgettable Books

Hello!

Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday, the weekly posts documenting books and book-related goodness based on a particular topic.

I say weekly but in truth, it is a while since I have done any Top 5 Wednesday posts. I don’t know what exactly happened to make me forget about it but it just slipped under the radar. Anyway, I want to get back into doing these on a regular basis so let’s get off to a good start!

This week’s topic is “Forgettable Books” and Sam from Thoughts on Tomes (YT) describes this simply as the books we don’t remember even if we loved or hated them at the time. In truth, this could be a lot of books. Unless I re-read a book, I do really struggle to remember everything about it and even then, I’ll forget something. It is something I am working on and hope to eventually conquer.

Anyway, I am positive I’ll be able to remember some titles for this post so let’s get started!

5. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.

Image result for the house at rivertonThe only thing I can remember about this novel is that I was reading it on the plane to America for a school history trip in 2007. It was also one of the first Adult novels I read. Whilst I can’t remember any of the characters or the story, I know I liked it because I’ve continued to read similar Adult historical fiction novels, and I have all of Kate Morton’s other books on my shelf! I even made sure I purchased her newest release (The Lake House) when it came out in 2015.

The only remedy for this forgetfulness is to re-read the book and soon. I just hope I still like it!

 

4. Residue by Laury Falter

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Not going to lie, the few aspects I remember about this book and series and are the Romeo and Juliet style love story, witchcraft, and the main characters from Laury Falter’s Guardians series cameo in the final book.

I know I found this series whilst scouring the kindle store and really loved it. I was in a YA paranormal kick at the time so that could have been part of it! In fact, I remember binge-reading it when I had a few rare moments to spare during my final year of university. Now is the first time I’ve thought about it for a while, and as the books are still on my Kindle, I wonder if I’ll ever get around to re-reading it.

3. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen

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The fact that I can’t remember anything about this book says more about my reading habits when it comes to Tess Gerritsen books and not the content as a whole. I find all her plots so enthralling (apart from The Mephisto Club and Ice Cold) that I’m swept away by the pace and I don’t retain many details. This is bad considering how much I like Tess Gerritsen as an author. However, I am only one book away from this in my re-read of the entire series so hopefully, I’ll be able to remind myself of this plot very soon.

 

4. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

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This book is at the opposite end of the spectrum to Die Again. I know I read this in its entirety but I was so bored that I didn’t get anything from it. I’m actually glad I don’t remember what happened because the last thing I want to do is revisit something so dull and lifeless.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Eldest by Christopher Paolini

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To be honest, I could pick any book from The Inheritance Cycle but I do remember little bits from both Eragon and Inheritance. When it comes to the likes of Eldest and Brisingr, I remember nothing. I know I found it very complex and dense, and I couldn’t quite take in the world so that probably explains a lot of the forgetfulness. I have intended on re-reading the whole series for a while now but compared to the other book on this list, it is not a major priority

 

 


And that is that. I actually found this particular topic harder than I thought. It took me a while to look at all the books on my shelf and on Goodreads that I was struggling to remember. Maybe my memory is not as bad as I deem it to be. Quelle surprise!

What are some of your forgettable books?

Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!
xx

 

 

 

Books Not Set in the Western World

Hello!

Welcome back to T5W!

Today’s topic is books not set in or inspired by the Western World and I think this is a really good topic because it is forcing us to look at our shelves and see how diversely we are reading in terms of foreign countries and stories.

I think I have managed to scrape together 5, so without further ado, let’s get started.

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Books Without Romance

Hello!

This is my first T5W for a while and I’m glad that there are some good topics coming up that I can hopefully contribute to.

Today’s topic is one of them and it is books without romance. This is one topic that I am rather vocal on because I think it is important to have books that don’t always deal with romance, or just have it as a secondary plot device. I personally get annoyed with the constant number of books, particularly YA Contemporaries, that have romance at the heart of the story (no pun intended) so to find all these books is fabulous.

Anyway, I will quit the rambling and get on with it.


 

Since these two are part of the same duology, I am putting them together. There is no need for romance in this epic story and it shows. There might be a little something in Our Dark Duet but it is nothing compared to the brilliance and action-packed plot that VE Schwab has crafted.

And if there wasn’t enough VE Schwab on this blog already at the moment, here’s another one of her books that I think is also predominantly romance free:

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This was the first book of hers that I ever read and it got me hooked onto her writing and aptitude for storytelling. The dual perspective is one of the best I’ve read and even though none of the characters are far from perfect, I love them all.

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This is one contemporary I talked quite a lot about when I first started this blog, and even now it is still one of my favourites. I have a link here to an old post if you want details but no romance is needed for a YA like this. What it does have is a great family relationship and a subject matter that I’ve not really seen in YA fiction.

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This is another one of those books that doesn’t need a romance because it is dealing with a much harder-hitting subject matter than a lot of other YA fiction novels. You can read my review of it here, but suffice to say it has two wonderful main characters and a lot of mixed emotions.


And that is that.

What books would you suggest?


Thanks for reading and have a good day!
xx

 

Top 5 Audiobooks

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If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I usually do top 5 posts on a Wednesday for T5W but the June topics are not to my liking so I’m avoiding them. Instead, I’m scheduling other posts although I do still want to do a couple top 5 posts. With my Disney blog, I originally started off doing those on a Friday so that’s what I’m going to do, especially if I miss any of the Wednesday posts for whatever reason.

Anyway, I’ll quit rambling.

In line with my audiobook discussion post a couple of days ago, this top 5 post will share the same topic. I’m pretty certain I’ve not done this post before so without further ado, I’ll get to it….


The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, narrated by Stephen Fry and Martin Freeman.

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As actors both are fantastic, but pair them with this book and series and you’ve got a match made in heaven. They sound great, they encapsulate the power of the writing in their narrations, and it’s really enjoyable to listen to. I wish Stephen Fry had narrated more than the first book but still…..

All Creatures Great and Small, narrated by Christopher Timothy:

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What I love about this in particular is that Christopher Timothy portrayed James Herriot in the BBC serial. To me it was a natural progression for him to narrate the books and get the feel that they’re all connected. He reads with such fluency and smoothness that it makes for a really enjoyable listen, and it is easy to get lost in the stories. This one and the other books in the series are probably the audiobooks I listen to the most so they are certainly well loved.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, narrated by Ashley Clements

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Again a book I mention a lot so I’m not going to delve too much into it but I adore the audiobook as much as I love the YouTube series and the novelisation itself. Like with ACG&S, it seemed perfectly natural for Ashley Clements to reprise her role and yet again narrate her own story. She helps to bring the book to life and she does so brilliantly.

Harry Potter, narrated by Stephen Fry

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Stephen Fry is one of Britain’s most popular actors and presenters so to have him narrate one of our most important book series of the last two decades is another match made in heaven. He is brilliant and I enjoy listening to his narration. They’re not books I listen to often but they’re enjoyable and whenever I do turn them on, I instantly fall back into the Wizarding World.

Pride and Prejudice, narrated by Joanna David

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I have listened to other narrations (Emilia Fox, Rosamund Pike, Karen Savage) but this one is my favourite. I like the fluidity of Joanna David’s narration and I find it easy to fall into the story considering she also portrayed Mrs Gardiner in the 1995 BBC adaptation. It’s also the first one I ever listed to so I’ve got a sentimental attachment to that particular narration. The one downside however to her particular P&P audiobook is that it is abridged. Despite the fact I have had it on CD for at least 10 years, I’ve only just discovered this. It doesn’t really bother me but I do prefer those audiobooks that are unabridged.


And that is that!

What are your favourite audiobooks?


Thanks for reading and have a good day!
xx

T5W – Favourite Minor Characters

Hello!

Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday. If you want any information on the Goodreads group, then you can go here but basically it is a weekly meme whereby we pick 5 books or book-related things in relation to a particular topic that week.

This week we have favourite minor characters!
Although I’m not sure if a few of mine are a little more major than they are minor – depends on your point of view, I suppose. 😀

Anyway, I’m going to try and keep it to one character per book, series, and even chronicles just to widen the choice a little.

So without further ado let’s get started:

1# Ty Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices (Cassandra Clare)

I fell completely in love with his character in Lady Midnight because he is just one of the sweetest and honest characters I’ve had the pleasure of reading. He tells things as it is and that it is a great quality to have, even if it can be a little unnerving. What draws me to him is that he is invested in the Shadowhunter world but like Henry Branwell he wants to do things a little differently. In fact if Henry Branwell was a 21st Century Shadowhunter and not stuck in Victorian London, then I bet these two would have a great rapport and understand each other rather well. Anyway, he is a character I want to protect with all my heart, though since he is one of the most innocent of characters, I have a horrible feeling Cassie Clare won’t make that possible.

2# Eliza from The Bone Season (Samantha Shannon)

I didn’t really pay much attention to her in The Bone Season or The Mime Order, but I recently finished reading The Song Rising and she really stood out as one of my favourite characters. I’m not entirely convinced that she is now a minor character as her role has grown somewhat but I really like her and her belief in Paige to help bring down Scion rule. I gasped a little when I didn’t know what had happened to her near the end of Song Rising but luckily I didn’t feel the need to scream at Samantha Shannon for harming her.

3# Georgiana Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.  (Jane Austen)

Compared to a lot of the characters from this book, she is relatively minor. What I love is that she is the complete opposite of Lydia so when we get to the part of the book where she and Elizabeth meet, there is a natural chemistry and understanding between them. You can see her as being the quieter younger sister that Elizabeth craves because she knows that they can help and learn from each other without having conflicting forces between them. Georgiana is also relatively shy, mainly due to her protective upbringing and that is something I can relate to.

4# Seth from The Twilight Saga (Stephenie Meyer)

One reason why used to go back to these books a lot was due to the great cast of minor characters. I really liked them and Seth was certainly one of my favourites. Coming in properly during Eclipse, he shows himself to be someone who prides himself on standing up for his own beliefs and not following the crowd. In Breaking Dawn he makes the right decisions for him, and even if it goes against the other wolves, he knows that he has forged his own path. That is something I commend because it shows that he knows his own mind and he is not influenced by the prejudice of everyone else.

5# Eliza Jones from Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Laini Taylor)

Only appearing in this final book of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, I am definitely calling her a minor character, even if her role was a relatively significant one. Whilst the lack of knowledge into how she connected to the story was infuriating, she became a rather interesting character to follow. I liked that she was going through a similar experience to Karou in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, knowing that she was connected to something otherworldly but not truly convinced. I just wish she could have played a bigger role in the series.

And that is that.

Wow, I really struggled with today’s topic. I’ll post this and sods law being as it is, millions of other minor characters will come flooding back into my mind.

Gah.

Anyway, who are some of your favourite minor characters?


Thanks for reading and have a good day!
xx

 

T5W – Summer Reads

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday, the Goodreads group that showcases our five favourite books or book related things for that week.

As we are now in spring and slowly moving into summer, it is time to start sharing some of those books we save for this time of year. I weirdly find myself wanting to read more adult historical fiction and contemporary books when it comes to summer and so hopefully these 5 books are some that I will get round to reading or re-reading this season.

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(Though this is obviously YA and not adult)

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All of these books have been sat on my shelf for ages, unloved, so summer is the perfect time to give them the attention they should wholeheartedly deserve.

What books do you want to read during the summer?


Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!
xx

T5W – Authors I Want to Read More Of

Hello!

Welcome back to the first Top 5 Wednesday in a while! If you want any info into the group then you can look here, but this week’s topic is authors we want to read more from.

I am going to try to keep this to five because there are many authors that fit this description:

Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus) – one book from her is not enough. I need more of her beautiful writing and vivid descriptions!

Benjamin Alire Saenz (Ari and Dante) – Although I have a copy of his newest book Inexplicable Logic of my Life on my kindle, I have still not read it. However I want more of his books because they are filled with great characters, friendship, and important values.

Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy) – Similarly to Erin Morgenstern she needs to write more books. Her mix of the supernatural and history was done intellectually and brilliant, and I want more!

Sally Green (Half Bad Trilogy) – I know she has another series on the way but I cannot wait for it. And as she is a local author for me, I want to support anything she writes!

Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender) – For the third time, another author who needs to write more books for me to read. She is a co-author for A Tyranny of Petticoats which is on my TBR but I want a single book from her too.

And that is that!

Thanks for reading and have a good day!
xx

 

 

 

T5W – Top TBR Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reads

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Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday! If you want a link to the group, you can go here.

Today’s topic is the top science-fiction/fantasy books on our TBR.

This is actually quite brilliant for me because my current TBR does look very sci-fi/fantasy at the moment. However it might lean far more towards fantasy.

Let’s get started shall we?

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Both of these two are on my April TBR and I am going to get to either one of them once I’ve finished reading Strange the Dreamer.

These next three have been shoved up my TBR because I have been very lazy in getting to them.

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And that is that. I am determined to read as many of these as soon as possible. Luckily enough I have a couple of them on my kindle so that means I have good reading material for my London birthday trip next week.

Anyway.

Thank you for checking out this week’s topic!

Have a good day!
xx