Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

July 28: Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds
Who doesn’t love books?! Today we’ll celebrate bookworms reading the books about the bookworms. If that isn’t an accurate representation of ‘Inception’ I don’t know what is!


1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)
Undoubtedly the book nerd of my generation, Hermione perfectly captures the classic bullied-at-school bookworm. She, like many kids both fictional and real, is the subject of abuse because she’s unafraid to be the person she is – that needs commending, rather than criticizing. I definitely feel as though Hermione (and Jo) has helped thousands of geeky kids navigate similar issues throughout their childhoods.

2. Matilda Wormwood (Matilda by Roald Dahl)
Matilda is probably the first bookworm I came across in literature – I love kids books where the heroine is as much of a nerd as the reader! She’s also incredibly badass which is a huge bonus, and eventually finds the happiness she deserves.

3. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas)
A teenage female assassin with a love of fashion and literature, Celaena is a Disney princess and action hero rolled into one. She is an immensely strong character, with high moral values (despite her career path) and she devours every novel she can get her hands on.

4. Anastasia Steele (Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James)
Ana is an English Literature major/graduate, who is particularly fond of British classics. The first gift Christian ever sends her is a first edition copy of Hardy’s ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, which to any bibliophile would be awesome.

5. Klaus Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket)
Klaus is the bookworm of his family, with an extraordinary capability to remember almost everything he’s ever read, which proves incredibly useful when attempting to evade the evil Count Olaf’s plans. He is the brains of the operation, whilst his older sister is the inventor and creator.

6. Cather Avery (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)
Cath is into fanfiction big time – something I don’t really get the attraction of. She loves the ‘Simon Snow’ books (which are basically a rip-off of the ‘Harry Potter’ novels) and dedicates much of her life to the fandom. Respect.

7. Tyrion Lannister (A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin)
As a son to a Lord, Tyrion is given a great deal of freedom, which he chooses to spend surrounded by books. As a result he is incredibly smart, cunning and witty, and is without question the intellectual in his family.

8. Alaska Young (Looking For Alaska by John Green)
Alaska, like me, is a self-confessed bibliophile, with books piled up on every available surface. “I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.” Amazing.

9. Charlie Scorsoni (The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)
Charlie is a loveable character, with a passion for books. I adore the fact that the last book he read instantly becomes his favourite.

10. Henry DeTamble (The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger)
Henry is a librarian, working in special collections (what book nerd wouldn’t love to work in a library, talking and sorting books all day?!) It’s a job that suits him as the library is a maze, so if he suddenly time-travels somewhere, he won’t be missed in the short-term.

Who thought I’d get children’s books and “erotica” on the same list? Just goes to show that book nerds are found in every genre.

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The Disney Song and Book Tag

Everyone knows I love a good book tag, and when I saw this at the end of June on A Million Books & Too Much Coffee, I knew it had to be my tag for July. Later this month I’m off to Disneyland Paris for the 3rd time, so it is the perfect time for this tag!


1. A Whole New World – What is your favourite newest series?
Until this year I had only read the first book of ‘The Twilight Saga’ by Stephenie Meyer (‘Twilight’) as I thought it was incredibly overrated, but something possessed me to pick up ‘New Moon’ and I loved it, and have since also read ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Breaking Dawn’ – it took me long enough.

2. Part Of Your World – What book world would you like to live in?
Despite loving the world of ‘Harry Potter’, I think I’d choose Enid Blyton’s ‘Magic Faraway Tree’ world, because everyday there would be a new adventure to be had in a different land, and that would never get old.

3. Let It Go – What book/series do you wish everyone would stop talking about?
‘The Mortal Instruments’ and ‘The Infernal Devices’ and whatever else is coming out by Cassandra Clare. I read ‘City of Bones’ recently, and whilst I didn’t hate it, I also didn’t see what the hype was all about. It’s also a huge series to commit to, what with all the spin offs.

4. When You Wish Upon A Star What book or series do you wish could have more of?
Definitely ‘Harry Potter’ by J.K. Rowling. I’d love a prequel series with the Marauders and a sequel series with the next generation. There’s bound to be another dark force at some point, so the world is most definitely still alive and kicking.

5. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious What is the largest book you have read?
‘A Clash of Kings’ by George R.R. Martin, which stands at a whopping 911 pages. It was torture to read – it literally took me months! I’m not sure whether I’ll continue on with the series after being thoroughly disappointed (I really enjoyed ‘A Game of Thrones’).

6. Hakuna Matata What book could you read over and over without a care in the world?
‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins. I recently re-read it and loved it as much as the first two times. It’s such a fast-paced, disturbing read, with excellent characters and development, making it one of my favourite books of all time.

7. A Spoonful Of Sugar What couple has the sweetest relationship?
Even though it’s all kinds of mucked up, I love the love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob in ‘The Twilight Saga’. They all love and/or respect each other in different ways, and it develops beautifully throughout the series.

8. You Got A Friend In Me – Who are the best “best friends?”
That’s got to be the Golden Trio, right?! Harry, Ron and Hermione in ‘Harry Potter’ have always got each others backs, and fight for what they believe to be good and true. They are fiercely loyal, and live or die together.

9. Zero To Hero – What character wasn’t expected to be a hero?
Neville Longbottom from ‘Harry Potter’! He has to be the most unexpectedly badass character in literature! His character development over the series was remarkable, changing from a frightened young boy to a loyal and courageous man.

10. You’ll Be in My Heart – What character death made you cry the most?
Technically not a “character”, but Marley from ‘Marley and Me’ by John Grogan – yes, I know it’s technically autobiographical, but I weeped. If we’re talking fiction, Noah from ‘The Notebook’ by Nicholas Sparks, closely followed by Henry from ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger.


I decided to pair the song tag with the book tag, which I first saw on Katytastic’s YouTube channel, with the final three as created by polandbananasbooks. More Disney, yay!

1. The Little Mermaid a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”
Peeta Mellark from ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins is completely out of his depth when he is chosen as the tribute from District 12. He’s battling against competitors trained to kill, and is resigned to his fate all the way through the novel.

2. Cinderella a character who goes through a major transformation
Feyre from “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas is human at the start of the novel, and [spoiler alert] ends up as a fae. She begins the novel as an innocent young girl, and she matures in many ways over the course of the novel.

3. Snow White a book with an eclectic cast of characters
‘A Game of Thrones’ by George R.R. Martin – this story is told from around a dozen perspectives, and you follow the journey of each individual character and how they intertwine with each other to form the larger story arc. It is an intricate world with some stand out characters, most notably Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen.

4. Sleeping Beauty a book that put you to sleep
‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ by Anthony Hope was the worst, most boring book I’ve ever read. Despite it being a short book, it took me weeks to get through – it was a struggle to read each and every chapter.

5. The Lion King a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
Henry DeTamble from ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger – when he is a young boy he is almost killed in a car accident, but miraculously time travels out of the car to safety. Whilst his life is spared by his first time travelling experience, his mother is killed in the car accident – doubly whammy!

6. Beauty and the Beast A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
‘A Game of Thrones’ by George R.R. Martin is a beast of a book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it – it definitely wasn’t “beautiful” as such, but it was a great read. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the sequel, which was an even bigger beast.

7. Aladdin a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
Robin Ellacott from the ‘Cormoran Strike’ novels by Robert Galbraith always wished for something bigger than a job sitting behind a desk, and fate had her end up working with a private detective. Robin is such a likeable character – she is genuinely perfect (I pray that Jo doesn’t change that in the upcoming third book) but no doubt something bad will happen to her as the series progresses, but as of yet she’s destined for big things.

8. Mulan a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
Tom Watson from ‘The Girl On The Train’ by Paula Hawkins is a creep posing as the perfect husband and father. That being said, I think he was written brilliantly, and there was always an air of mystery surrounding him.

9. Toy Storya book with characters you wish would come to life
Whilst I would prefer they didn’t come to life (because who wants Voldemort in the real world?!) I’d have to choose the world of ‘Harry Potter’ as created by J.K. Rowling – after all, who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts and be a wizard?!

10. Disney Descendants your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character
Bellatrix Lestrange from ‘Harry Potter’. I feel she is misunderstood somewhat – being in love with Voldemort whilst being married to someone else can’t be easy. She is strong and feisty, and in truth, if she was fighting for “good”, everyone would love her!

11. Hercules – a book that inspired you and made you a stronger human
Undoubtedly, the book that had the biggest impact on how I view the world is ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman, which is gut-wrenchingly beautiful and harrowing. The characters are developed and believable, and the plot itself is a masterpiece, and it certainly changed how I look at racism and prejudice in society.

12. Up – a book that at first given the title and cover you had no idea what it was about, but you ended up loving
‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins was an obscure title with an equally mysterious cover, but it ended up being one of my absolute favourite books of all time. I love dystopian reads, and this was unlike anything lese I had ever read.

13. Frozen – a pair of book siblings that you absolutely love
Fred and George Weasley from ‘Harry Potter’. I love their cheeky charm, honesty and care free attitude, and it killed me inside when they were forever separated. They lived life how they wanted, not how it was expected of them, and I think that is incredibly brave.

I’m so excited for Disneyland now!! Look out for a post soon!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

July 21Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters
This topic is very open, but hints include books “featur[ing] minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc”. I confess I am guilty of not having read as many books celebrating diversity and/or diverse characters as I would like – not for want of trying, I’m just obviously looking in the wrong places. Regardless, here are some of the books and characters that made an impact on me (the first eight) and two more which I intend to read in the near future.


1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Christopher Boone)
Christopher has autism, and this novel tells the story of his search for the killer of his neighbour’s dog. It is handled in a very delicate and innocent manner, and the reader is able to understand and appreciate how some autistic individuals see the world.

2. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (Persephone Hadley and Callum McGregor)
Sephy is black and Callum is white, and they live in a society where the races are at war with each other, yet somehow they still manage to believe in each other and fight for what is right. In this instance the novel celebrates the rights of individuals to be who they want to be, and be with who they want to be, despite external pressures.

3. The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig (Omegas)
Whilst the Omegas (those with physical or mental abnormalities) are not celebrated across the world, there is a sense of solidarity with each other. The Omegas stand up for each other and fight for their rights as human beings, against the oppression of the ruling Alphas.

4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Don Tillman)
Don is a character with suspected asperger’s syndrome, which is recognised by the reader, but not by the character himself. Don is an incredibly smart science genius, who puts his skills to the test when attempting to locate the biological father of his friend, and potential wife, Rosie.

5. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Cormoran Strike)
Whilst not technically celebrated in the novel, Cormoran is a war veteran who lost a leg in the Afghan war. He doesn’t let his disability inhibit his passion and keen eagle eye for detective work, and is often physically on the trail of a murderer.

6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Charlie Bucket)
Charlie is a child growing up in poverty, who by some good fortune ends up inheriting a chocolate factory. As a character he is tough and kind, and he doesn’t let his societal position affect him or the happiness of his family.

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Katniss Everdeen)
Despite growing up surrounded by poverty, Katniss learns the skills necessary to hunt to feed her family, ultimately keeping them alive. She is strong and tough thanks to her upbringing, which leads to her victory in The Hunger Games.

8. Holes by Louis Sachar (Detention Centre Youths)
The youths sent to the detention centre in the desert are from all walks of life, in terms of race and social class, but collectively they form a bond based on their experiences and shared courage. It also praises inner strength and persistence (I really must re-read this soon!)


9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Charlie Scorsoni)
Everyone and their mother cites this book as one of the most eye-opening, diverse reads – so I’ll be sure to work out what they mean at the next available opportunity. I remember the film being emotionally deep, so I’m expecting great things of the book.

10. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Alberti (Simon Spier)
Simon is not openly gay, but he must deal with his sexuality when he is blackmailed due to an email correspondence gone wrong. This sounds like such a real novel, especially in modern times when such things can so easily happen.

If you’ve read any great books on any of these themes, please feel free to link me down below – I’m always looking for recommendations!

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#22 Finding Greater Meaning in YA (#39)

This morning I had an hour and a half to kill, whilst waiting for my car to be serviced, so I sat down and finished reading ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ by Jesse Andrews – my 39th read of the 2015 Reading Challenge. Until now I was unsure which (if any) category the novel would fit into, but upon reflection I know, for me, it perfectly captures #22 A book that scares you, which will be explained following the spoiler free review.

My Goodreads Review
“‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’, as indicated by the title, follows three main characters: (Me) Greg, Earl and (the Dying Girl) Rachel. The three have an unlikely friendship – Greg and Earl come from different walks of life, but are united in their love of film-making, and Rachel is a classmate who is diagnosed with leukemia who just happens to enjoy watching their home movies – that’s it as far as similar interests go!
The novel is told in an unconventional format, which often jumps around between prose and film scripts. The characters are often unlikeable (or at least infuriating), but that is part of the charm. It’s a quirky read, but don’t expect it to change your perspective on young people dying, because it’s largely unemotional, although very amusing at times.”


Spoiler free section over, lets discuss the finer detials. The simple reason why this book scares me is the subject matter: cancer. No one likes to think or talk about kids dying unnecessarily, and that’s why I think YA is such an excellent genre, as it can address often taboo subjects from a wide range of perspectives. In ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’, the narrator is largely detached and unemotional about his friends imminent death (and life in general), but when the inevitable hits him he is distraught.

A lot of reviews (Goodreads in particular) cite this book as hilarious, and I for one agree with them in part, as the first half of the novel was witty, but the latter half felt very real – scarily so! It’s not like ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, which attempts to find a bigger meaning, instead this novel approaches the subject from the perspective that there is no bigger meaning – death is simply oblivion.

#22 A book that scares you – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (6/10)

Thirty-one down, nineteen to go. (Thirty-nine read)

N.B. Thanks to @MeAndEarlUK on Twitter for the book, which I won in a giveaway.

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#57 The Perks of Audiobooks (#38)

In the middle of the night, I finished my 38th book of the 2015 Reading Challenge, #57 An audiobook: ‘Life and Laughing’, written and performed by Michael McIntyre. It was one of the first (if not the first) audiobook I listened to in full (I usually begin by reading a book in print, and then purchase the audiobook for one reason or another). I bought ‘Life and Laughing’ in the Audible sale a few weeks back for bargain price – I had the hardcover, but I wasn’t especially bothered about reading it, primarily because there are so many more books that are higher up on my TBR, but the audiobook fitted the bill perfectly!

My Goodreads Review
“‘Life and Laughing’ is a memoir written by comedy star Michael McIntyre, which reflects on his life from birth to his rise to fame, and everything in between. It incorporates amusing anecdotes from Michael’s life, and how he discovered he wanted to be a comedian. As well as the humour, the autobiography also tells of dark times in Michael’s life, particularly with reference to the sudden death of his father.
This book is very funny – I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Michael himself, so I literally heard his opinions coming across – and everything from his generally poor attempt at academia to his horrific attempts at getting a girlfriend are addressed in a hilarious manner. I thoroughly recommend the audiobook as you feel the emotions Michael felt throughout his life.”


I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook (I’ve listened to many more on and off, whilst switching between printed versions), especially as it was the author who was performing it. I definitely think I’ll listen to some more autobiographies in the future!

#57 An audiobook – Life and Laughing by Michael McIntyre (7/10)

Thirty down, twenty to go. (Thirty-eight read)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Last Books That Came Into My Possession

July 14Top Ten Last Books That Came Into My Possession
I love this weeks TTT. I buy so many books (including Kindle books) that it’s great that I can incorporate my latest purchases into a post other than my Book Hauls (which don’t include digital purchases). I think I’ve recently bought a good selection of novels – trouble is, I don’t know where to begin when it comes to reading them.


1. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Despite not (yet) having read ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ – I know, I know – today is the release date of Harper Lee’s second novel, which I preordered on Amazon for £8.55, and it arrived today. Obviously I’m going to read Mockingbird first – I should probably do that soon so I don’t miss out on all the hype.

2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (Illustrated by MinaLima)
You might not be aware of MinaLima, but I guarantee you’ll have seen their work – they did the vast majority of the graphics for the ‘Harry Potter’ movies: The Quibbler, packaging for sweets etc. This is a beautiful hardcover, cloth-bound, signed, illustrated version of ‘Peter Pan’ that is absolutely stunning, which you can find here for £18.99 plus shipping.

3. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
On Sunday I went on a huge ten book Kindle book buying spree – six of them I already own in some form of paper, so I’ve only included the four I only own digitally in this list. This book was recommended to me by my friend Gabby, and it was a steal at £1.99 – although I think I’m going to need to be emotionally prepared going into it.

4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Everyone keeps talking about Maggie Stiefvater, and when I saw this as a deal for 99p, I snapped it up. I believe this is a paranormal series, but other than that it is a book I want to go into totally blind with no expectations.

5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
This is Kat’s (over at Katytastic) favourite book series, so I figured it was about time I picked it up to see what all the fuss is about. Another steal at £1.49, I have absolutely no idea what it is about, and I’m going to keep it that way until I dive into it.

6. The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
I saw this on Facebook as a recommendation (having read and loved both ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘The Girl On The Train’) and picked it up in hardcover on Amazon for only £4.75. I believe it’s about twins, one of whom dies, but it is unclear which one. I think it’s going to be a great suspense filled thriller – which I love.

7. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
I saw this book in Waterstones last month on the 3 for 2 table and thought it looked intriguing but it was only when I saw it on Amazon’s 3 for £10 deal a week or two later that I snapped it up. It looks as though it’s going to be a heart-wrenching story.

8. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Despite never having watched anything with Amy Poehler in, or even knowing who she is (I should probably rectify that before reading this book) I’ve seen it countless times on booktube/bookstagram, and I’m looking forward to the comic value it promises – the fact it was on 3 for £10 helps too.

9. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern
I absolutely love Cecelia Ahern, and I owned all her books about ten years ago, but they’ve gone missing, so this was the final book I had to repurchase to complete the collection once more (again on the 3 for £10 offer). I can’t remember whether or not I read this when it first came out, but it’s next up on my Cecelia Ahern reading list.

10. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
I first saw this book on my friend Ella’s Goodreads as she read it (and the sequels) towards the 2015 Reading Challenge, and since then it has poppen up several times. I’ve heard comparisons with ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Divergent’, so of course I was going to check it out, and at £1.89 on Kindle, it was a no brainer.

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#24 Alpha and Omega (#37)

In the early hours of the morning I finished a book I’ve been listening to on Audible for about a month, and reading in hardback for a few more. Why it took me so long to read is beyond me, but that book was ‘The Fire Sermon’ by Francesca Haig.

One of the criteria for the 2015 Reading Challenge was #24 A book based entirely on its cover, and I wasn’t, and still am not, entirely sure what that means. Whether I was supposed to pick up a book based on nothing but its cover, or read a book and then see whether the cover did the plot justice, I do not know. Regardless, in a sense both of those criteria were fulfilled with ‘The Fire Sermon.’ Published in February this year, it is a debut novel that had received a small amount of hype. I went into the book knowing that it was a post-apocalyptic YA novel about twins, with a beautiful cover, but that was about it. Having now read the novel, I love the cover all the more.

My Goodreads Review
“‘The Fire Sermon’ by Francesca Haig is the first novel in a new trilogy, set in a post-apocalyptic world where everyone has a twin. These twins are known as Alphas and Omegas, the Alphas are strong and rule society, and the Omegas are deformed and ostracized, and evicted from the villages once they have been branded as children.
Cass and Zach are unable to be separated as it isn’t clear who is the Alpha and who is the Omega, since neither of them have any visible deformity. As such the twins grow up together, and neither are allowed to go to school or mix with the other villagers. When the twins are eventually split, Cass has to leave to move to an Omega settlement, where she hears of “The Island”, a safe refuge for Omegas to live.
The novel develops with Cass being captured and held in the keeping rooms, before she manages to escape along with love interest Kip. Together they travel in search of “The Island”, under the watchful gaze of “The Confessor” – it’s all very detailed.
The novel captured my attention from the first page. I loved the world building, with the descriptions of the before and the after, but I didn’t fall in love with any of the characters. I liked Alice, who was mysterious and felt real, but the majority felt underdeveloped. I didn’t buy into the love story, which felt contrived.
This book had a major plot twist, one that had me literally gasping – which I loved. It was wrapped up nicely for the second installment (I can’t stop thinking about who Cass and Zach’s mum’s twin is – and whether he’s going to prove important) but overall I simply didn’t think there was enough action, but it was a solid start to a series.”


I’m excited to read the second installment in this trilogy when it’s released in January 2016. The concept was very different to anything I’ve read before, and it has great promise – I just hope the character development improves.

#24 A book based entirely on its cover – The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig (6/10)

Thirty down, twenty to go. (Thirty-seven read)

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