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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: 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.

So that’s it for my list. If you would like to join in on Top Ten Tuesdays, just click the picture at the top. Who are some of your favourite fictional siblings?

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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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