2017, You’ve Flown By!

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017. I haven’t read as many books as I would’ve liked to this year, but I have read some great ones, and there’s still time to squeeze a few more in! Here are just a few that really wowed me this year…

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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I’ve read so many great books this year (and discovered Cassandra Clare’s incredible writing which I look forward to more of!) and hope to read a few more good ones before the year is out! Let me know what your best reads are of this year, feel free to link your lists in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Goodreads Challenge, I Will Beat You!

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR. I have had to change my Goodreads goal a few times this year, because I didn’t realise how little time I would have for reading, being in my final year of my degree. I have set it at 48 now, which I feel is just about achievable, and is less stressful for me! I might even manage 50, but we’ll see, I’ve read 42 so far, so only 6 more to go to reach my goal! These are the books I plan on cramming in to my 2017 read list…

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle (currently reading)

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Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (re-read)

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

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One of Us is Lying  by Karen McManus

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

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I probably won’t end up reading half of these books on my list, because I am such a mood reader, but I am looking at reading shorter books for a better chance of completing that Goodreads goal! If anyone has any recommendations for me, or want to link your Winter TBR, then go ahead, I’d love to know what you’re reading at the end of this year!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Thank You for the Literature

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Am Grateful For. As Thanksgiving fast approaches for America, it’s nice to take a moment and think back to the books I’ve read that I’m so glad are in my life…

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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I feel like this will appear on a lot of lists today! Everyone who has ever loved Harry Potter should be thankful for what it has given us. For me, it gives me somewhere to turn when I’m down, a magical place I can go in my mind escape reality. I’ve also learnt so much from so many of the characters, so many life lessons that I will carry with me for a long time!

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

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As most of you know by now, Ballet Shoes is a very special book for me. It’s the book that got me in to reading (I read before this, but I can’t remember what…) and taught me so much that I have lived by ever since.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I am so incredibly grateful for all of John Green’s books, but TFIOS in particular is really special to me. There are some moments that really touched me, and there are plenty of life lessons as well!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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A more recent book for me, but I can’t stop thinking about the story and the characters! I’m so grateful for having read this book because I feel like I learnt a lot about myself as a fangirl and book lover, as well as falling in love with a few of the characters.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Another book series I only read this year but completely changed my outlook on the fantasy genre. The relationships between the characters were amazing and I’m so thankful for Cassie Clare’s ingenious world building.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I’m so happy that I got round to reading this when I did. It was the first classic I read after starting my blog and I’m grateful for the fact that it opened me up to whole other world of classical literature.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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The Book Thief is such an incredible book! For 3 days I was consumed by the story of Liesel and her family and friends in wartime Germany, and it made me see the war in completely different way, and feel emotions I never I had in me. I am so grateful for this story!

That’s all for today! I’m extremely picky about the books I call ‘important’ to me, because, like a lot of us bookworms, they really have to speak to us to earn a special place in our hearts. Let me know what books you’re grateful for in the comments below, and feel free to link your Top Ten list so I can check it out!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Future Classics? Books the Next Generation Should Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books the Next Generation Should Read.  In an increasingly technologically demanding world, a lot of children are now turning to iPads and phones rather than books. I can allow an eReader if they are really attached to having a robot run life, but I think it’s important to teach the next generation to love books as much as we do, and to be engaged in literature. I think these books will do just that…

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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Of course this will continue to be one of the greatest book series of all time, even when we’re disappearing off the face of the earth! If you can get a future child to pick up Harry Potter, they will fall in love with reading for life!

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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Every young bookworm should read Matilda! It’s also a great book to encourage children to read instead of watching the TV, and how reading can be so much more beneficial for you!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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For the slightly older children of the upcoming generation, Fangirl is great to see what an affect a book or book series can have on you life.

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Another one that’s not for the young’ens, but Miss Peregrine’s will present them with such a magical and powerfully constructed world that (hopefully) they won’t want to leave!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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This might be a struggle to get through for some, because it is a classic, and by the time they’re reading it, I predict everything will be written in abbreviations and emojis anyway. This would be a great one to continue teaching in schools, because it would let them see how privileged they are to live in a society which now (pretty much) wholly accepts race and gender equality.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I stand by my opinion that John Green is one of the best YA writers in history and will continue to be in many years to come. TFIOS was my first Green book, and I do believe the lessons it teaches will be invaluable to the next generation of YA readers

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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This book will be particularly important to those in the future who unfortunately end up struggling with grief, and/or caring for a loved one in pain. It will show them that it is ok to want to have some time when you don’t have to think about what’s going through your head.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

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Ending on a slightly lighter note, Ballet Shoes was my favourite book as a child, and still remains so. While the story is an uplifting one that will fill young girls hearts with joy, it can also tell them it’s ok to not like the girly stuff, and you can do whatever you set your mind to. Beyond that, it shows them how important it is to help your family out, not necessarily if they are in times of financial worry, but just small good deeds that they will be grateful for.

That’s all for today everyone! Let me know in the comments what books you think will make it to be the classics of the next generation, and do you agree with any of mine?! Feel free to link your Top Ten Tuesday too so I can see what you’re writing about this week!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Trick or Treat! Happy Halloween 🎃

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Characters I Would Want To Go Trick or Treat-ing With. I’m too old for trick or treat-ing now, and I’m not much of a sweet lover (although don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate!), but that doesn’t stop me from fantasising going out with my favourite characters from literature…

The Golden Trio (Harry Potter)

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You can’t just go with one of them! Harry, Ron, and Hermione would be the perfect companions for Halloween (they are wizards, come on!), but I’m thinking about 1st year of Hogwarts, 11 year old trio, because they’re just adorable!

Clary and Jace (The Mortal Instruments)

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These two are so much fun, and at least I would know I had demon protection everywhere I went!

Cath and Levi (Fangirl)

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These two are so adorable together, and I would want to share Levi’s childish excitement at the idea of getting loads of sweets! I imagine him as a hyper Halloween puppy!

Albus and Scorpius (Cursed Child)

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MORE WIZARDS! You can’t have Halloween without them! I can’t think of a wizard who loves sweets more than Scorpius… (actually, Ron is a strong contender…)

The Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s)

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How much fun would this be! Walking around surrounded by children who have the best ‘costumes’ in town! No one knows how she’s floating, or how that dog is talking…

Newt Scamander (Fantastic Beasts)

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Can he bring his creatures along, can you imagine people’s faces when they see me next to that Graphorn?!

Margo Roth Spiegelman and Q (Paper Towns)

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She would just be so good at the tricks, I wouldn’t bother about getting any treats!

That’s all for today everyone! Let me know in the comments who you would go trick or treat-ing with, would you go with any from this bunch? Feel free to link your Top Ten Tuesday too so I can see what Halloween-y theme you chose!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Unique Book Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Unique Book Titles. Most books have fairly average titles, something you would expect to appear on the front cover. However, some books are more secretive, and don’t like to give anything away in their titles, and therefore have slightly different approaches when it comes to naming them. here’s just a few I found on my bookshelf.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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This is the first book that came to me when I thought of unique titles. When you read he book, you understand where the title comes from, but on it’s own, it’s quite wacky!

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

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I haven’t read this book, but it’s not the sort of title that you an grasp anything about the storyline from. It doesn’t really make that much sense out of context… I can’t wait to read it though, I’ve heard it’s one that would pull at my heartstrings a bit.

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

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I chose this one because it’s quite a contradictory title; days can’t be numbered and endless, can they?

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Why have I still not read this book? Another book with knife in the title… this is quite a strange title, and really doesn’t say much about the book at all, maybe I should read it and try and figure out what it means…

The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker

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A running club for the end of the world… this may be taken literally in the book, but the title itself is quite unique.

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

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Well, yes, actually, it is… but this title is quite unique in the way that it doesn’t really have anything to do with the immediate storyline of the book (I don’t think, I haven’t this one either… why have not read any of these books?!)

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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Again, yes, the sky is kind of everywhere, but the title stands out among other books because it doesn’t really say much about the story.

 

So that’s my collection of unique book titles! Have you read any of these? Can you tell if the titles have any relevance to the story? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Anything From The Trolley, Dears? … Fictional Foods I’d Love To Try

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Most Yummy Sounding Foods From Books. Even fictional characters have to eat, so I’ve compiled a list of foods I’ve come across in books that take my fancy (some of them might just be normal foods, but reading about them then has me craving them!)

Dauntless Cake (from the Divergent trilogy)

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This was the first thing that came to mind when this topic came up. I think there’s a lot of us out there who wouldn’t mind trying a bit of that cake, it sounds like it would be chocolatey and gooey and luscious…

And now I want cake…!

Cauldron Cakes (from the Harry Potter series)

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We don’t get much info on what these are like, but I imagine them to be soft, moist sponge cakes which come in a little cauldron that you can eat them out of, maybe you can get them filled with cream or jam… mmmmmm!

Chocolate Frogs (from the Harry Potter series)

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There are so many magical foods in Harry Potter I couldn’t choose just one! I’ve had a Chocolate Frog from the studio tour, but of course, that’s just not the same as the real thing! (P.S. I got Dumbledore!)

Pumpkin Pasties (from the Harry Potter series)

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Yeah, I really couldn’t decide what magical food I wanted to try! I’ve never tried pumpkin, but I love pasties, and I imagine them taste like butternut squash!

Yorkshire Pudding and Gravy (from Carry On)

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I’m currently reading this, and reading about their meal times has me craving all sorts of things, but no one can resist a good Yorkshire pud!

Dragon Carrot Risotto (from The Fault in Our Stars)

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Every time I read this or watch the film I absolutely crave risotto! I love this dish, but I have never tried dragon carrot (it looks purple?) It sounds absolutely delicious!

Turkish Delight (from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe)

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I think I’ve tried Turkish Delight before, and I didn’t reply enjoy it (and I don’t think I can actually eat it now) but it looks so visually appealing, so even if I know I don’t like it, I still want to eat it (does that make sense?)

Wonka Bars (from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory)

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We used to sell these in the UK when the Johnny Depp version of the film was released and they were so yummy, but Wonka bars are no more and I am back to my dreams.

That’s all for today’s post, I hope your mouths are all watering and i’ve made you sufficiently hungry enough to go and grab yourselves a snack! Next week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about Unique Book Titles if you want to pop back, or even join in the list making fun!

PS. I’ve tried to link most of the images to their recipes if you want to try making any of them!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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