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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Winter TBR

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So, this week’s list is of the top ten books I’m planning on reading this Winter. Not sure there are ten but we’ll see. As usual if you click on the book cover it’ll link you to the goodreads page for the book. So:

1. Feel the Fear by Lauren Child. Like I said last week, I’ve been with this series since the beginning and I can’t wait to read this one. 😀

2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I promise this list will not be made entirely of my sequels list from last time. I really need to read this book though. As soon as possible.

3. Cress by Marissa Meyer. I’d like to read this one as soon as possible after reading Scarlet. That’s pretty much all I have to say concerning this book.

4. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (wow that’s a long title.) See I told you this wasn’t all going to be from my sequels list. My best friend has been begging me and begging me to read this series and for some reason I kept putting it off. But I finally read The Lighting Thief the other day and I loved it. I already said how much I love fairytales, and I’m just as obsessed with Greek Mythology. This series is just epic. Wait a sec, I’ve raved about this long enough. Let’s just say I really want to read this book. Moving on…

5. Any book by Melanie Dickerson (excluding The Healer’s Apprentice cause I’m squeamish). This is what’s going on my Christmas wishlist so this is what I’m putting here. The only reason I chose The Captive Maiden to represent this is because I adore the cover. (seriously, Look at that dress!) Like I already said I love fairy tales. And fairy tale retellings are awesome.

6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve been eyeing this one cautiously for some time now, and recently my sister watched in school for English class. She loved it, and now she refuses to give me a moment’s peace until I’ve either watched the film or read the book. So there we go. (not that I mind. I would’ve read it anyway :))

7. Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan. The casts of Brotherband and Rangers Apprentice team up and go to Arrida. (note: I spelled this wrong last time. sorry.) Awesomeness ensues. That’s basically what this book looks like it’s going to be. I am excited. 😀 😀 😀

8. The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye. So this was mentioned by various people over at the NaNoWriMo website and it sounded interesting, so I’m giving it a go. I could only get hold of it on CD though.

9. Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve. Um yeah. What can I say. I actually have no idea where the plot’s supposed to be heading for this book, but whatever.

10. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke.

Well, I did reach 10 after all. So yeah. Oh by the way, I finished the first draft of Dark of War. It’s insanely short though. And the plot is waaaaay to straight forward. But there we are. It shall be edited! In January.

Oh yeah, and if you want to join in with Top Ten Tuesdays you can click on the image up top and it’ll take you there.

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Random Fridays: Books that Disappointed

So, this is a day late, but there we go. Random Fridays is hosted by Awkwordly Emma, if you would like to join in you can find info on how to take part by clicking on the image above. This week’s topic is about books I found disappointing. So here we go, in no particular order:

1. The Children of Hurin by J R R Tolkien. This is kind of a bittersweet book for me. I actually adored reading this book. The language flows beautifully and I was interested the whole way through. The reason I list it as being disappointing is… well, it’s very depressing. Without spoiling, a lot of things go wrong. Very wrong. So yeah. But I’d still recommend it to Tolkien fans.

2. The Fairytale Detectives by Michael Buckley. First I should explain that I’m a massive fairy tale fan. I’m also obsessed with details. When I found out about this book I went ‘woohoo fairy tales! Infinite awesome!’ But… I’m probably overly detail obsessed, but so many of the fairytale ‘facts’ were incorrect. Apparently the later books are better in that respect, but they don’t have them at the library so I don’t know if I can be bothered really. The writing itself was pretty good, so if you’re not as obsessed as I am over minor details I’d recommend it.

3. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant. A friend of mine was raving about this book a while ago, so I read it. I have to say it was absolutely terrifying (for me anyway), which was good seeing as it was supposed to be. But it wasn’t anything I’m likely to re read. Also there was one scene with like twenty f-bombs which was rather unnecessary and not very pleasant. But it was okay as a book.

So… That’s it that I can think of. Only three books, which I guess is a good thing. Umm… I think that’s it. Be back on Tuesday. 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get

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So, it’s Tuesday again! This time it’s the Top Ten Sequels I can’t wait to get. There aren’t actually that many sequels I do want to get just now, but these are the ones I do. If you want more info on the book, click on the cover image and it should link you to the relevant goodreads page. So, here we go:

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I read Cinder the other day (which was my first YA I do believe. Yes I first read a YA when I was sixteen :P) and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.

2. Feel the Fear by Lauren Child. I’ve been with the Ruby Redfort series ever since Look into My Eyes came out waaay back in… 2010 I think. Can’t wait for the next installment 😀 (wow I’m gonna be eighteen by the time this series ends.)

3. Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan. Another series I’ve been with since pretty much the beginning. I’m so excited for this one We’re going to see Evanlyn again!! (probably) And go to Arridi! *jumps up and down in excitement* Evanlyn, by the way, is from John Flanagan’s other series, Rangers Apprentice, which is set in the same world as Brotherband. (that’s a very epic series. You should go and read it now if you haven’t already) Anyway, moving on…

4. Cress by Marissa Meyer. Yes, I haven’t actually read Scarlet yet but I’m still looking forwards to this one. Especially since Rapunzel is one of my favourite fairy tales. 😀

5. Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George. After reading Tuesdays at the Castle, which turned out way better than I thought it would, Wednesdays is likely to be another fun read.

6. Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve. Honestly I have no idea where the plot is headed for this book, but I’m looking forwards to reading it all the same.

7. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle. I have no idea how I’m going to get my hands on a copy of this and the rest of the books, but I will eventually. I Loved Wrinkle in Time and Wind in the Door and I NEED MORE. Annoyingly this book is rather rare in the UK 😦

8. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke. Honestly I’m scared to read this book. I read Inkheart about four months ago and loved it, and I do want to know what happens next. But… Unfortunately I know (thanks to some idiot screaming about it on the web) that my favourite character is going to die. So… I’m scared. But I did just order it from the library, so it will be read.

So, not quite ten, but there we are. If you would like to participate in Top Ten Tuesdays, you can click on the Top Ten Tuesdays sign and it’ll take you to the page with info on how to take part. And I’ll be back here on Friday! (hopefully) Bye 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I wish could get their own book

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So, this is a new thing I’ll be doing round here. It’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish and you can find out more here. This week’s theme is characters I wish could get their own book, so here are my top ten characters I wish could get their own book (surprise surprise XD) So here we go:

1. Bradley Baker from the Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child.

Not sure this guy counts since he’s actually dead in the Ruby Redforts, but I would love to read a book about his previous adventures that are constantly being referred to. He sounds like he was a really cool guy. 😀

2. Almondflower from The Mistmantle Chronicles by M. I. McAllister.

This is basically my cheating choice since what I really want is a sequel series about Urchin’s kids, but since they don’t even exist yet at the end of the series I chose the youngest character, Almondflower, instead.

3. Brother Fir from The Mistmantle Chronicles by M. I. McAllister (can you tell I really want another Mistmantle book?)

Judging by several statements in Urchin and the Raven War, this guy had a pretty epic backstory. If I couldn’t have a sequel for Mistmantle, a prequel about Brother Fir would be nice. (preferably with cameos from kid Crispin, Padra, and so on.)

Brother Fir.

Brother Fir.

4. Josie Brooke from Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott

I really want to know how Josie’s theatrical career went after Jo’s Boys, and I think it could make a great book. Also she’s one of my favorite characters from the Little Women series and I want to spend more time with her.

5. Reepicheep from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

This awesome mouse evidently had all sorts of adventures before we meet him in Prince Caspian, and I’d love to read about them.

reepicheep, probably the most awesome mouse I have ever read.

Reepicheep, probably the most awesome mouse I have ever read.

6. Mrs. Emily Mumby from the Larklight trilogy by Philip Reeve

Any of the more eventful of her previous existences is sure to make an interesting story.

7. Regidor from The Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul

Another great character I want to spend more time with. I’m also interested to see what adventures he and Gilda got up to after DragonLight.

8. Ssilissa from the Larklight trilogy by Philip Reeve

Of all the characters from this trilogy, Ssilissa is the one who’s adventures after Mothstorm I’m most interested in. I’m not begging for a Larklight sequel, but if there was one, her story would be the one I’d be most excited for.

9. Angela the Herbalist from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Again, not a book I’d be desperate for, but I would be interested in her adventures before or after we meet her in Eragon.

10. Polychrome from the Oz series by Frank L. Baum

I love everyone in the original Oz books (except Button Bright. He just annoys me), but Polychrome is the only one of my favourites who didn’t get a book that revolved around her. If someone wrote a book about her now though, I wouldn’t read it, since I’m too much in love with the world of the original Oz books to stand reading an Oz book by anyone other than Baum.

Polychrome the Rainbow's Daughter

Polychrome the Rainbow’s Daughter

So that’s my Top Ten! Hopefully I didn’t do too badly for my first one. If you would like to join in on Top Ten Tuesday check out the link at the beginning.

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