Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I’d Name A Child After

October 18: Top Ten Characters I’d Name A Child After
Whilst I could, in theory, name any future children after my favourite book characters, I think Hermione, Clarke and Katniss might be ridiculed a bit too much, hence my list is ten names I would actually consider using.


1. Lily (after Lily Potter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling)
Lily has been top of my list for years. Lily Potter showcases the true meaning of love, by giving her life to protect her only child.

2. Esme (after Esme Cullen in Twilight by Stephenie Meyer)
I love this as a middle name; I think it’s beautiful. As a character, Esme is loving, unassuming and fiercely loyal.

3. Rosie (after Rosie Dunne in Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern)
Rosie is a really cute name for a kid. Where Rainbows End‘s Rosie is bold, resourceful and incredibly smart and hardworking.

4. Sophie (after Sophie May in Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher)
Sophie is a beautiful and classic name. Whilst the character was damaged, she was brave and true to herself.

5. Alex(andra) (after Alex Rider in Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz)
I love Alex/Alexis/Alexa/Alexandra for a girl. All characters named Alex seem to be strong and brave.

6. Jack (after Jack Reacher in Killing Floor by Lee Child)
Is there a stronger name than Jack? Reacher is smart, brave (sometimes recklessly so) and always does the right thing by others.

7. Noah (after Noah Calhoun in The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks)
I adore this name and I have done for years. The Notebook‘s Noah is incredibly romantic, loyal and well intentioned.

8. Ethan (after Ethan Kavanagh in Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James)
Whilst I’m not thrilled at the Fifty Shades association, I do love this name, and the character is smart and relatively straightforward (for this series).

9. Lucien (after Lucien in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas)
I really like all variants of Luke, and Lucien is no different. In ACOTAR, he’s witty, charming and absolutely loyal.

10. Jacob (after Jacob Black in Twilight by Stephenie Meyer)
One of my favourite boy’s names, it also happens to be the name of one of my favourite literary characters of all time. Jake is strong, caring and devoted to those he loves.

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My Harry Potter Life Book Tag

Today we have something a little bit different, having seen it on Twist In The Taile‘s blog. This tag requires you to pick four books (I chose the four sitting next to me at the time of writing this post, both for convenience and randomness), which dictate your wizarding life. My four are: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (MBY), The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins (TGOTT), Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner (MP) and Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes (DC).

1. Your wand
Open book 1 at a random page. The first noun you see will be what your wand is made of
Ear (MBY) – hopefully not George’s missing one

2. Your pet
Does book 2 have animals? One of those animals will now be your pet. If the book doesn’t have any animals, then I’m sorry but you’re petless
No pet (TGOTT) – nothing is mentioned to my knowledge

3. Your Hogwarts House
Open book 3 at a random page. Whatever House you think the first character you see belongs to is your House
Manon (MP) possesses character traits that could well belong to a number of houses, but as a smart police detective, I’d place her in Ravenclaw.

4. Make your Golden Trio complete
Open book 4 at a random page. The first two names will be your best friends and complete your squad. If there’s only one name at said page, open another random page
Sam and Charlie (DC) – both are deeply troubled young men (indeed Charlie commits a mass murder). Sam proves his strength in dealing with Charlie’s massacre, and he is incredibly loyal.

5. Your Head of House
Open book 1 at a random page. The first name you’ll see will be your Head of House
Will Traynor (MBY) – I love Will. He’s so smart and holds strong beliefs, although he is quite self-absorbed.

6. Your ‘Draco Malfoy’
Naturally you’ll need your arch nemesis/school rival. Open book 2 at a random page, the first name you’ll see will be your enemy
Tom (TGOTT) – without spoiling the plot, I do find Tom to be a creepy individual

7. Your Patronus
Open book 3 at a random page. The first living creature you’ll see will be your Patronus
Sniffer dog (MP) – I love dogs, and actually have a cocker spaniel, so this is perfect

8. Will you win the House Cup?
How many pages does book 4 have? That’s how many points you’ll House have at the end of the school year. If the book has more than 400 pages it will have won the Cup, congrats!
222 (DC) – oh well, it’s not all about winning

That was fun!!

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ by Piper Kerman [Book Review]

Today I finished my 38th book of the year and the 2016 Reading Challenge: Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman. I’m obsessed with the TV show and when I heard the it was based off a memoir, I knew I had to read it.

Title: Orange Is the New Black
Author: Piper Kerman
Released: 2010
Pages: 344
Category: #54 A book that features a crime other than a murder
Rating: 7/10

“Do you have to find the evil in yourself in order to truly recognize it in the world?”

Orange Is the New Black is a memoir written by real-life prisoner Piper Kerman. Convicted of a drug offence many years previously, the book follows Piper’s journey from learning that her past has caught up with her, to her release from prison.

This is a detailed account of the US prison system, its flaws, and the true stories of the women that inhabit them. The characters, or rather people, who find themselves incarcerated or working within the establishment proved to be incredibly interesting individuals, and Kerman described their situations beautifully and with pure heart.


I listened to the audiobook, and it was fantastic! The narrator was first class and the entire memoir was both thought-provoking and entertaining. Until reading this book, I had never really considered the immense issue that is the US prison system: they incarcerate 25% of the world’s prisoners, (despite only making up 5% of the world’s population), which equates to more than 2.3 million people imprisoned. The statistics in this book are simply staggering, and Kerman does an excellent job of highlighting the problems associated with the system, whilst simultaneously addressing the need for reform.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read Because Of Bookstagram

October 11: Top Ten Books I Read Because Of Bookstagram
The vast majority of books I see on my Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and blog feeds are YA books – primarily because I follow YA authors, publishers and fellow enthusiasts – hence this list is made up almost entirely of the genre.


1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I adored this book: it had been on my radar since publication, with fellow Instagrammers taking stunning photographs of the beautiful cover, but I only recently read it as it was one of the Zoella Book Club picks.

2. Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
This contemporary was all over my social media accounts, with bloggers and YouTubers promoting the debut novel. I loved the premise and read it quickly.

3. Legend by Marie Lu
I saw comparisons to The Hunger Games on Instagram, and received the trilogy for my birthday.

4. George by Alex Gino
I’m pretty sure I heard about this book through a recommendation on Goodreads, as a few people I follow rated it highly.

5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This book was all over social media last year: it has a striking cover and the novel itself is fabulous, so it’s easy to understand why.

6. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
I heard about this on Goodreads a couple of months before its release. I pre-ordered it and subsequently devoured it.

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
These fairytale retellings with a difference were, and still are, everywhere on Instagram, thanks to the beautiful covers.

8. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
A number of BookTubers I follow rated this book highly as a Christmas read: the fact I read it in the summer made little difference to my enjoyment.

9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
This novel was all over my Instagram feed, with it’s beautifully colourful cover. I ended up winning a copy in a giveaway.

10. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson’s books are frequently photographed, and this novel was no different. It received excellent reviews on other social media platforms, which ultimately led to me picking it up.

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‘Dear Charlie’ by N.D. Gomes [Book Review]

I’m currently sunning it up (or rather shading it up) on holiday in Crete. It is absolutely beautiful, and I’m thoroughly enjoying lounging about, swimming, eating and reading. Today I finished my first book I received at YALC, Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes for the 2016 Reading Challenge.

Title: Dear Charlie
Author: N.D. Gomes
Released: 2016
Pages: 222
Category: #53 An advanced reader copy
Rating: 6/10

“We can’t change the past. We can only learn from it.”

Set in the UK in the 1990s, Dear Charlie is a school shooting story with a difference: set post-event, it follows the younger brother of the shooter, Sam, coming to terms with the actions of his brother. Sam and his parents are cast out of the community, bullied and blamed for Charlie’s operation. The novel follows Sam moving to a new school, navigating the oppression of other students, teachers and psychiatrists, before finally finding himself.

Ultimately, this novel deals with the difficult and important theme of gun violence (which seems to be – sadly – constantly prevalent in the USA) and its effects: death, psychological damage, and the grieving and healing process. It’s an (important) emotional rollercoaster of a read.


This was a very interesting read, and I felt emotionally connected with the main character, Sam. The situation is different from anything I’ve read to date, in terms of focusing on the after effects of the massacre, rather than the plot itself. Unfortunately, the plot is slow moving, since it is completely character driven, but this does allow the reader great insight into Sam’s psyche.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite Fictional Villains

October 4: Top Ten Favourite Fictional Villains
How do you define favourite when it comes to villains? Whatever the definition, the ultimate villain will not make it onto this list: Dolores Umbridge, you’re just a bitch. Instead, the ten I chose are ten that I admire or understand in some way.


1. Bellatrix LestrangeHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
I understand Bellatrix’s motivations and she’s incredibly driven. She’s smart and fearless, and I just can’t help but appreciate her passion.

2. Coriolanus SnowThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Although Snow is crafty and deceitful, his ambition is second to none. I love how sneaky and well spoken he is.

3. The White WitchThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Power-hungry and murderous, the White Witch is basically a kidnapper with magic: terrifying.

4. Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Mike TeaveeCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
These children are amongst the most despicable, greedy, self-possessed kids in literature. They are quite frankly, vile.

5. AroNew Moon by Stephenie Meyer
I love Aro! He’s self-absorbed, yet completely intent on keeping the secret of his kind from humans.

6. Cersei LannisterA Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
It’s undeniable that Cersei is a schemer: she’s incredibly smart, but as a woman in a man’s world, she is often overlooked, which only adds to her power.

7. Amy DunneGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Amazing Amy. Where to begin. She’s psychotic, damaged beyond belief, yet compelling and remarkable.

8. Count OlafA Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Olaf is an evil mastermind, who dedicates his time to killing the Baudelaire orphans, in order to steal their fortune.

9. AmaranthaA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Whilst Amarantha’s development is minimal, she’s an authoritive and heartless individual, intent on causing pain to those who disagree with her.

10. SatanParadise Lost by John Milton
Satan is the character everyone probably should hate, but secretly loves. He may be the reason for the fall of man, but he is eloquent, intelligent and undeniably brave.

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Reading Wrap-Up: September 2016

Amazingly, September was the best reading month I’ve had for years: I read an astonishing (for me) ten books, three of which counted towards the 2016 Reading Challenge. Whilst I don’t presume that my miraculous capability for digesting literature is going to continue indefinitely, I’m certainly going to enjoy it while it lasts!

September 2016 statistics
Total books read: 10
Total pages read: 3,172
Favourite book: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (8/10)


#25 A book that takes place during summer Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (8/10)
#31 A book of poetryOne by Sarah Crossan (8/10)
#33 A classic from the 20th century
Matilda by Roald Dahl (6/10)
#46 A book by your favourite author – Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling (7/10)
#47 An eBook – Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling (5/10)
#48 A companion book – Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling (5/10)
#49 A sequelDay 21 by Kass Morgan (8/10)
#50 A book for schoolParadise Lost by John Milton (3/10)
#51 A debut novelCherry by Lindsey Rosin (6/10)
#52 A book that took you more than six months to readHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (7/10)

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