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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Female Characters

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Well, this is a day late but oh well. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a freebie, so I decided to do my favourite female characters, which is something I’ve been wanting to post about for a while now. Knowing me, a good half of these will be from TV shows rather than books. I’m only going to use one character each per book/show so we don’t get a bunch from the same thing. So here are my favourite female characters:

1. Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Katara is one of my favourite characters ever. I could go on for a while about how why I like her so much, but I love how she’s a mature, powerful waterbending master but still feels very much like a real girl.

Fanart by Laura Hollingsworth

2. Iko from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Iko is hilarious. I don’t think a character’s ever made me laugh as much as she has. I cried when Spoilers she ‘died’ in Cinder. Spoilers ended

Rarity being as fabulous as always

3. Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Yeah I’m sure anyone who knows me well was expecting My Little Pony to show up on this list. Although Fluttershy is my favourite pony, I do like Rarity best as a character. She’s utterly fabulous, and can be rather whiny at times, but she makes up for it by being hardworking, intelligent and generous. Unusually for a show aimed at small children, she even runs her own business, and is getting really good at it.

4. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables and it’s sequels by L M Montgomery.

The Anne Books were my favourite childhood series along with the Chronicles of Narnia, and the main reason was Anne Shirley herself. I think I’ve mentioned what I love about her before, but I especially love her quirky, poetic way of talking and wild imagination.

5. Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail

I love almost every character in Fairy Tail, but Erza’s one of my favourites. At first glance she seems like your stereotypical ‘strong female character’ who just kicks butt and that’s pretty much it, but she actually goes a lot deeper. She can be kind and gentle, and she can sometimes be completely ridiculous and go along with whatever silly antics the others are up to.

6. Jo March from Little Women and it’s sequels by Louisa May Alcott

Jo has always been my favourite of the March sisters. She’s funny and smart, and very independent and forward-thinking for her times.

7. Pearl from Steven Universe

Pearl is my favourite gem in this show. She’s graceful, intelligent, and organised to a fault, the last of which I can really relate to. I’m not sure why, but the Pearl-centric episodes are often the ones that make me cry. (I love it when fictional things make me cry)

Fan art by Viria

 8. Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson books and Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Ah, Annabeth. Unfortunately it’s difficult to put my thoughts on her into words and I’m running out of time, so let’s just say I love everything the rest of the fandom loves about her. (approximately)

9. Starfire from Teen Titans

Again, Starfire is another character who can kick butt but is also kind and gentle. (I like these kinds of characters, in case that wasn’t obvious) I love how she usually tries to take the peaceful route if she can, though.

annoyingly, this is the best picture I could find.

10. Ssilissa from The Larklight Trilogy by Philip Reeve

Ssilissa falls into the same category as Erza and Starfire, (I’m really running out of time on this post, so sorry for being rather brief in my description for the last few) but she also gives excellent advice when needed and happens to be the only female alchemist in the Solar System (at least for the first book and a bit)

So those are my ten favourite female characters. Who are your favourites?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From

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It’s been longer than I planned since I last posted, since we were down in Surrey and the internet connection was terrible. Anyway, this week’s theme is the authors I’ve read the most books from. Most of the authors on this list are children’s authors from decades or longer ago, so I feel my list will be rather different from most.

1. Enid Blyton – 50+ books

This woman’s basically the Queen of British children’s literature. She somehow managed to write over 800 books. Like, how is this even possible? I’ve read at least fifty of her books in my childhood, though probably more than that.

the last two books are missing, but this is a pretty impressive gift

remember this photo from the bookshelf tag?

2. Caroline Lawrence – 18 books

The Roman Mysteries is probably the longest series I’ve ever read. And I’ve read a lot of long series.

3. L Frank Baum – 16 books

I read every Oz related book this guy wrote. There’s a lot of them. They’re all great. 😀

4. John Flanagan – 16 books

I look up this guy and I get a bunch of pictures of some football player 😛 anyway, I read the entire Rangers Apprentice series and loved all of them, even if the finale felt more like an opening for a spin off series than a finale. I’ve also read the first four Brotherband books, which started good and got much better, and tried in vain to get hold of book five.

5. Anne Digby – 16 books

I read a lot of British boarding school books when I was younger, and the Trebizon books were the best ones. The characters were a lot more interesting, realistic and diverse than Enid Blyton’s. I never got to finish the series. (the last two or three books are annoyingly hard to find) It turns out she also wrote a lot of the filler/sequel novels for Enid Blyton (who had a tendency to miss out years and stop a series before it was really finished – although I’m still not sure those fillers were really necessary)

6. Roald Dahl – 15 books

These might just be the easiest books to find in the UK. The local library had almost all of them and those they didn’t have, we owned, so obviously I’ve read all of Dahl’s children’s books at least once.

Anne7. L M Montgomery – 14

I loved the Anne of Green Gables books to pieces and own almost every book in the series. I also read some of Montgomery’s other books which were all good, especially The Story Girl and it’s sequel, The Golden Road. (those books are hilarious)

As someone with five brothers and sisters, I can relate to this.

8. Edith Nesbit – about 10 books

Her books can be a little odd at times, but are generally very enjoyable. She also has a very unique way of writing, kind of quirky and old fashioned, that I like.

9. Lemony Snicket – 10 books

I never finished A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I might give it another try some time now I’m old enough to fully enjoy the dark quirkiness and not feel like throwing the books because they’re so darn depressing.

10. Laura Ingalls Wilder – 9 books

We own almost the entire Little House on the Prairie series in hardback, and I love them so very much.

So, those are the authors I’ve read the most of. Which authors have you read the most of?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Last Ten Books I Bought/Received

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Wow, I haven’t done one of these since May! Anyway, this week’s theme was the last ten books that came into my possession, including ones from the library, but that would just end up being the last ten books I read so I’m going to do the last ten books that I bought/received instead. So, starting with the most recently bought: (this might not all be in exact order)

1. The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill (downloaded onto my kindle today because it’s free for a limited time)

2. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy (downloaded for free onto my kindle in early July 2015)

3. Heist Society by Ally Carter (bought from Carlisle Waterstones late May 2015)

4. The Princess Bride by William Goldman (also from Waterstones at the same time as Heist Society)

5. Urchin and the Heartstone by M I McAllister (received as a belated birthday present)

6. Fairest by Marissa Meyer (received for my birthday)

7. Double Crossed by Ally Carter (downloaded for free on my kindle recently-ish – I haven’t actually read it yet.)

8. Cress by Marissa Meyer (bought from Carlisle Waterstones on boxing day 2014)

9. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (received Christmas 2014)

10. Mastering Manga by Mark Crilley (received Christmas 2014)

Lastly, I just want to remind people that I’m holding a giveaway which ends Sunday night, so if you haven’t entered feel free to do so now. 🙂 What books did you buy recently?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Fictional Siblings

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As someone with five siblings, I love it when I come across realistic sibling relationships in books, tv shows, movies, etc. Since this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, I’ve decided to list my favourite fictional siblings.

dipper and mabel

1. Dipper and Mabel Pines from Gravity FallsThe Pines Twins have probably the most realistic sibling relationship I’ve ever come across (which is understandable since it’s based on the creator’s relationship with his twin sister). They tease each other and have arguments about completely pointless things, but they’re still very close and in the end, will do almost anything for each other. I could go on about this all day, but we have a list to finish.

2. Nani and Lilo Pelekai from Lilo & StitchI personally think Nani and Lilo are the best developed siblings in Disney. Even though they drive each other crazy, they’ll do almost anything to stay together.

It was surprisingly difficult to get a good picture of these two, so here have this instead.

3. Sokka and Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender I love these two. They’re very different and wind each other up a lot, but they’re also very much capable of working together and they’re (almost) always there to back each other up.

Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg

4. The March Sisters from Little Women I loved these books to pieces, and the March girls are fantastic. They’re all very different and I love all of them (Amy was annoying at first, but I grew to like her as she matured). They do all sorts of bonkers things together and fight and write plays and fail at housekeeping. Probably my favourite literary family ever.

another set of siblings that were hard to find pictures for

another set of siblings that were hard to find pictures for

5. Art and Myrtle Mumby from LarklightThese two are hilarious. They’re probably about as different as they can possibly be and get on each other’s nerves pretty much all the time. Despite their apparent dislike of each other, they do worry about each other and I think they’d rather be together than apart in the end. (however much they claim otherwise)

6. Katniss and Prim Everdeen from The Hunger GamesI’m sure I don’t have to say much about how much these two care about each other. I will mention how sweet just about every scene between these two was though.

7. The Baudelaires from A Series of Unfortunate Events I never finished this series, but the Baudelaires are amazing. They’re intelligent, unique and interesting. (In fact, I think it may well have been mostly them that kept me reading as long as I did)

8. Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic There are a lot of sibling and like-sibling relationships in this show, but I think Twilight and Shining Armor’s is my favourite. They clearly care for each other deeply and get along very well (although I somehow suspect that Twilight’s statement that they ‘never had a single fight’ is a bit of an exaggeration). I also love that according to the comics, Shining used to be a dorky nerd while Twilight was a socially awkward bookworm, since that’s basically the definition of my youger brother and me XD

I think this is actually a picture of their parents, but whatever.

9. Tide and Swanfeather (and Fingal) from The Mistmantle chronicles We don’t see all that much of the twins, but what little we do get is adorable and extremely well characterized. I decided to include Fingal here as well, since he acts more like an older brother than an uncle most of the time.

10. Pietro and Wanda Maximoff (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch) from Avengers: Age of Ultron Not going to say too much about these two because spoilers, but I loved how protective they were of each other.

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Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favourite Authors

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This week it’s my all time favourite authors, so without further ado:

1. C S Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia were what first got me into reading, so I have a lot to thank this guy for. 🙂

2. Marissa Meyer As I’ve said many times before, Marissa’s Lunar Chronicles are amazing. Definitely one of the best YA series I’ve ever read.

3. L M Montgomery Anne of Green Gables was another one of my favourite books as a child, (I read the whole series several times) and her other books are mostly good too.

4. Lauren Child. Lauren is one of the best children’s authors out there in my opinion, and I still enjoy reading her books. (Yep, a 16 year old still enjoys Charlie and Lola and Ruby Redfort. Deal with it)

5. John Flanagan Ranger’s Apprentice is amazing, and Brotherband is almost equally so. I love coming back to them over and over again.

6. Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie and the other books in the series are another old favourite.

7. Roald Dahl Yet another childhood favourite. I remember reading pretty much every one of his books at some point.

8. Rick Riordan. One of the authors I discovered more recently. The Percy Jackson books were very addictive.

9. M I McAllister The only reason she’s so far down this list is because I’ve only read the Mistmantle Chronicles and I have no idea how her other books measure up. Otherwise she’d be right up after Mr. Lewis (who gets automatic first place for introducing me to Fantasy)

10. L Frank Baum This man’s books are absolutely delightful. I always go back to the Oz books when I’m sad.

So, that’s it. Sorry if this post feels rushed, I have a lot of things to get done today. Who are your favourite authors?

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Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorite Books Since 2012

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Yes, it’s a day late. Again. I really need to get more organized. Anyway, this week I will be listing my absolute favorite books/series that I read for the first time in the last three years. I can’t usually remember exactly when I read a book unless it was recently, so I might accidentally cheat. Now, on to the list!

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. These books are so Amazing! If you haven’t read them, go and read them now.

2. Urchin and the Rage Tide by M I McAllister. The Mistmantle Chronicles is one of the best series I have ever read. This book was a fantastic close to the series. I wish there were more, but it’s probably for the best she stopped where she did or things might have gotten a little tedious (as super long series usually do)

3. Catch Your Death by Lauren Child. The fact that I read this book two and a half times in a row speaks for itself, I think. Best book in the series so far, in my opinion.

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. This series. Probably the most fun I’ve gotten out of a series in a while. 😀

5. The Oz Books by L. Frank Baum. This series makes me so happy. 🙂 It’s innocent, funny and really quite cleverly done. I don’t even mind the inconsistencies, since the reason for it is that he sometimes changed things so his readers would enjoy it more.

6. The Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K Paul. This was a lovely fantasy series. I read them super-duper fast, despite having to buy every single one to read them. The characters are fantastic, although the plot is somewhat forgettable. (maybe that’s just because I read them so fast though)

7. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. Another one I read several times in a row. This book was awesome! Although it seemed less like a series finale and more like the opening for a spin-off series, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

8. Jo’s Boys by Lousia May Alcott. (there weren’t any nice covers for this one) I’ve enjoyed pretty much any book by Louisa May Alcott, and this was a lovely conclusion to the Little Women series. I liked it about as much as the first one, and that’s saying a lot 🙂

9. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This series was amazing. Although the ending was too depressing in my opinion 😦

10. The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien. My dad read me this series before we watched the films together, and they were amazing. By the way, if you find it hard to get through reading them, I highly recommend listening to them instead. I find it’s much easier to get through that way.

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Movie Adaptions

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This is a day late, but there we are. This week is a freebie, so I decided to do my ten favourite book (and a few fairytales)-to-movie adaptions. Rarely is a film as good as the book it was based on, but sometimes they can do very well. It was pretty hard to put these in order, but I did eventually:

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001 – 2003)

This series is pretty flipping epic. 😀 I’m pretty sure most of us have seen this by now, so I won’t go into it much (also I can’t really sum them up XD) I’ll mention The Hobbit films (which I’ve left of the list for length reasons) here as well, although they weren’t quite as good.

2. Ever After (1998)

I’ve included a couple of fairytale adaptions since they were just too awesome to leave off. Ever After is a wonderful Cinderella adaption, telling the story in  a more ‘realistic’ manner. Oh, and it’s so delightfully swoony. :3 And funny. And the COSTUMES flails uselessly. Anyway…

3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

I can’t believe it’s been almost a decade since I went to see this in the cinema! This film actually started a deep love of Narnia, and books in general, in me. 🙂 It may well be the film I’ve watched second most out of any film. (the one I’ve seen most being Help I’m a Fish, which we watched every day for about a month for some absurd reason) The other two films so far were good as well, but the first is still my favourite. 🙂

4. Mirror Mirror (2012)

I’m sure you can guess which fairytale this is an adaption of. The visuals for this film are absolutely sumptuous, and the film itself is fantastic as well.

5. How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

They changed the story a lot from the books (which I didn’t read till after the film), but I personally like the film better. The books are good, but the film is amazing.

6. Little Women (1994)

This film is every bit as sweet as the book itself (which is another of my favourites). I also think the casting was excellent. 🙂

7. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

I’ve seen two different adaptions of P&P (the other being the 1995 BBC version), and I think I like this one better. For one thing it isn’t as long, XD. Also I just like the feel of it more. My sister and I can watch this over and over. She says Mr. Darcy is adorable in this version (probably not the word I would have used, but there we are)

8. Anne of Green Gables (1985)

I’ve loved and obsessed over the Anne books, and this adaption is great. The sequel is good too, although the third one was far too little like the books for my liking.

9. The Hunger Games (2012)

Umm yeah. It’s pretty much exactly like the book, so that’s always fun.

10. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Another one I watched before reading the books, and I’m glad I did. I abandoned the book series about eight books in. It’s just too depressing for me. I think this fitted the slightly dark quirkiness of the books, but it keeps a sense of optimism throughout.

So, those are my favourite book-movie adaptions. Which adaptions did you enjoy?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I read in 2014

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, and this time it’s the Top Ten books I read in 2014. It was hard to put these into order, but I did it! I’ve only included books I read for the first time this year. As usual the cover image will link to the book’s Goodreads page.

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This was the first dystopian I read, as well as being the first YA I read, and I must say I couldn’t have found a better entrance. (as far as I know anyway) Very, very awesome book.

2. Urchin and the Rage Tide by M I McAllister. I love this series to pieces, and this was pretty much the best ending it could possibly have. Although it’s sad to have to leave Mistmantle behind, it did have to end eventually and this was an excellent final chapter. *bittersweet sigh*

3. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Books two and three of the same series come in at about the same place, but I think this one’s still my favourite so far. I’ve already made my feelings concerning this series quite clear. If you weren’t around then go over here.

4. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. As a series finale, this could have done better. But as a book, I think it’s awesome. So much so that I actually read it two and a half times in a row.

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This was every bit as awesome as I expected, and I had pretty high expectations.

6. DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul. This whole series was awesome, (the characters are the best) and I think this was my favourite. For one thing it introduces Regidor, Toopka and Bardon, all of which I love. The series is a must for lovers of Christian Fantasy.

7. Brotherband: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan. The best part of this book was the Rangers Apprentice references. Not to say that the book itself isn’t amazing, which it is. Best of the series I’ve read so far.

8. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

9. Emma by Jane Austen. This was the… second Austen I read I think. The first being Pride and Prejudice. Not sure which one of her books to try next. Any suggestions?

10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. This series is really quite a commendable fantasy. I still like the first one best. The others have a little too much politics for me to handle. Still good though.

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2014

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This week’s Top Ten is about authors I read for the first time in 2014. This time the images will link to the relevant author page on goodreads/author website rather than a book. The books in brackets after the name are ones I’ve read. (I can’t be bothered to list all their books XD)

1. Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles). So, so addicted to the Lunar Chronicles at the moment (I need Scarlet! Hopefully I’ll get it for Christmas :D)

2. Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson books) Almost equally obsessed with Percy Jackson.

3. Cornelia Funke (InkHeart trilogy) Inkheart is just awesome.

4. Donita K. Paul (Dragon Keeper Chronicles)

5. Christopher Paolini (Inheritance Cycle)

6. Pseudonymous Bosch (The Name of This Book is Secret and it’s sequels) This is seriously the only author image I could get for this guy. He’s very secretive XD

7. Bethany Canaan (What Thou Need’st) Bethany only has one novella out at the moment, What Thou Need’st, which you can get hold of for $1.99 here. It’s good 😀 Please do check her out, I know she’ll appreciate it a lot. 🙂 (For those of you wondering, I know her off another site)

8. Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) Okay, so technically Suzanne shouldn’t be on this list since I’ve only read about three chapters of The Hunger Games as yet (and that was actually the preview on Amazon). But those three chapters are awesome enough for her to make it here anyway.

9. Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre) again, I haven’t actually finished Jane Eyre, but I’m running out of authors so there we go.

10. Micheal Buckley (The Fairytale Detectives)

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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.

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