Top Ten Tuesday: Disappointing Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would

I am going to have to go with books I loved less than I thought I would because I wouldn’t start reading a book if I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it, so a lot harder to think of books then that a love more than I thought. Here is my list of ten books I was a little disappointed with:

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The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman

I loved Northern Lights; I loved The Subtle Knife and while I enjoyed the third book, it did get a bit bogged down in the theological debate for me.

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The Dark Tower VII by Stephen King

This is an epic seven book series which I loved, then I got to the warning one chapter from the end of the final book. My gut instinct was to stop reading as warned but my dad urged me on…I should have stopped!

~ 3 ~

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Being set in the roaring twenties, I thought this was a dead set for me loving but I found the characters just too unlikable to love it.

~ 4 ~

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J K Rowling

Don’t get me wrong I adore this series, however when I first read this book I was really annoyed with how moody and whiney Harry is.

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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

After being blown away by The Time Traveler’s Wife, I had very high expectations for this one…which was perhaps its downfall.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Controversial choice I know! I loved the gothic setting and the beautiful writing, but sadly I found Jane’s self-deprecating behaviour really annoying.

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Similar to His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, I loved The Hunger Games, I loved Catching Fire and while I enjoyed the final book in this trilogy, it lost the impetus and structure of the previous books.

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The Shack by William Paul Young

This book started so well for me then I reached the big reveal…and most frustrating of all is I can’t tell you why I was disappointed because that would ruin the surprise for you!

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman

This book suffered from not living up to the film for me which I watched first, where was Captain Shakespeare?!

~ 10 ~

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

I loved the magical and more adult Oz that Maguire created but I found the story a bit too political for me.

What books disappointed you? Also, please link in the comments if you have taken part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic too.

New Books: February 2017

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Hello my fellow bookworms, here are the goodies I have added to my Kindle and bookshelf recently:

Seven Stages by Geoffrey Trease

The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle

This month, my acquisitions started slowly with me making just two requests to Netgalley. First, for Geoffrey Trease’s history Seven Stages which I couldn’t resist as I love all things to do with performing and the theatre. Then having loved Elizabeth Fremantle’s Sisters of Treason, I just have to give her newer novel The Girl in the Glass Tower a go.

The Lady of the Rivers

The White Queen

The Red Queen

The Kingmaker’s Daughter

by Philippa Gregory

Then I managed to triple my acquisitions with one single trip to The Works where I found all of Philippa Gregory’s Cousins’ War series, which I have long wanted to read, in the 3 for £5 deal. To complete the deal I also got my dad copies of Zom-B Baby by Darren Shan and Mr Murder by Dean Koontz.

Do you fancy any of these? What new books did you got this month?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Literary Couples

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

All About Romance Tropes/Types

I am not a huge romance fan as a genre in its own right, but there are a fair few romances I have enjoyed within other genres. So here are my top ten favourite literary couples (listed alphabetically):

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Bathsheba and Gabriel
Far From the Madding Crowd

I had to pick poor Gabriel who faithfully loves Bathsheba through out this harrowing tale and finally she wises up.

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Daenerys and Drogo
A Song of Ice and Fire

In this bloody, fantasy epic these two show that even in an arranged marriage real affection can grow.

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Eowyn and Faramir
The Lord of the Rings

I could have picked another more well known couple from this epic, however I have particular soft spot for these two and their overlooked romance.

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Emma and Knightly
Emma

I had so many couples from Austen’s wonderful books to choose from – I went for these two as it is so funny and sweet when they finally realise they have loved each other all along!

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Dracula and Mina
Dracula

How could I not choose these two when their love has outlasted hundreds of years and even death?!

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Katniss and Peeta
The Hunger Games

While I am not all that keen on the love triangle in this series – I am of the firm belief it should always have been these two together.

~ 7 ~

Lupin and Tonks
Harry Potter

There are also many couples I could have picked from this long series, however I have a soft spot for these two as they had to overcome a lot to get together and then it all has such a bittersweet ending.

~ 8 ~

Roland and Susan
The Dark Tower

A young, innocent love affair that has heart breaking and lasting consequences. Roland would never have been the same without her.

~ 9 ~

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet

No literary couples list would be complete without Shakespeare’s infamous and ill-fated star-crossed lovers of Verona.

~ 10 ~

Tris and Four
Divergent

Refreshingly this young adult series doesn’t have a love triangle and these two are sweet together, even when they disagree.

Who are your favourite literary couples? Also, please link your post in the comments if you have taken part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic too.

Top Ten Tuesday: Less Love Triangles Please!

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them

I would like less love triangles in books please! Don’t get me wrong there are some great literary love triangles, such as: Rebecca, Max and the new Mrs De Winter in Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, also Aragorn, Arwen and Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. However for me there are now too many love triangles particularly in modern, young adult fiction, including:

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I read and enjoyed all of the six books in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Due to the typical love triangle between Clary, her best friend Simon and newcomer Jace though, I made a slow start to this series. Fortunately the relationships do develop which meant I got to know and like the characters better, so this series is just about forgiven.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I have to admit I love this trilogy however I am still left with the niggling question of whether the love triangle between Katniss, her best friend Gale and fellow tribute Peeta is really needed? Especially when I think there is no competition…it is Peeta all the way for me 😀

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New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

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Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

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Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Things started so well for me in the Twilight and even New Moon was passable, but from Eclipse onwards the twisting and complicated love triangle between Bella, her best friend Jacob and the mysterious Edward all became too much for me.

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer

I actually enjoyed and much preferred this science fiction drama to Meyer’s Twilight Saga, yet couldn’t help be a little annoyed that the only other book I have read by her has another complicated love triangle in it! Fortunately there is a big twist to this one so I can just about forgive it.

What’s your opinion on love triangles? Also, please link in the comments if you have taken part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic too.

Goodbye January, Hello February 2017

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Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? The weather has taken a very cold turn here in the UK, but I managed to resist the urge to stay in and hibernate. Instead I have been kept very busy with submitting my assignment for module one of the Pathways to Ministry course and then starting module two. Plus I have enjoyed a school trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester; several meetings for upcoming opportunities at church; and celebrating my birthday! Phew with all that going I am surprised I still managed to read:

Fiction: 1          Non-Fiction: 3

At the beginning of the month I finished reading Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott; a collection of whimsical tales full of magic, fairies, love, morals and life lessons.

Alongside this one fiction, I also read three non-fictions. First, Christian non-fiction 90 Days Through the New Testament by Ron Rhodes which helpfully guides the reader through the New Testament in chronological order. Next, I read the short and concise history of Richard Nixon from Mark Black’s A Very Brief History series*, that ticked-off ‘a title with a ‘x’ in it’ for the What’s a Name 2017 challenge. Then my January read for my church’s book club was inspiring Christian non-fiction If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg. My full thoughts on the latter two are still to be posted.

Pick of the Month: If You Want to Walk on Water

So altogether I’ve read four books which is a pretty good start to this new year, although I am surprised that it is so non-fiction heavy. Also throughout the month I’ve been reading A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and I started reading The Shack by William Paul Young (the February book for my church’s book club).

In February, I am looking forward to my book club meeting and a variety of nights out including a trip to the theatre to see an adaptation of Frankenstein.

What did you do and read in January? What are your plans for February?

Adaptations: January 2017

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Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I’ve watched during January:

Sherlock (Series 4)
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The long-awaited 4th series of this amazing BBC production which gives a modern twist to the Sherlock Holmes works of Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) return for three more thrilling and deadly mysteries, that are going to shake their worlds to the very core. I think this is perhaps the best of series of them all!

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The Last Dragonslayer (2016)
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On Christmas day, Sky1 aired this magical family romp through an alternative England where magic is real but slowly running out and only young Jennifer Strange can fix it; based on Jasper Fforde’s fantasy novel. A fun watch with an all-star cast, including: Ricky Tomlinson, Nina Wadia and Pauline Collins.

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Risen (2016)
Read     Film     Television

Biblical drama which follows Clavius, a Roman Tribune (Joseph Fiennes) as he hunts for the body of Yeshua, a crucified Jewish teacher, to quell dangerous rumours that he has risen from the dead. Along the way he is to face trials, failures and startling truths. A powerful and refreshing take on the story of Jesus Christ, his disciples and the Resurrection.

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Alongside these three new-to-me adaptations, I have also enjoyed re-watches of two of The Hunger Games  films and two of The Hobbit films. So altogether that’s an impressive seven adaptations watched this month.

As for non-adaptations, I binge watched recordings of Channel 4’s gripping, science-fiction drama Humans (Series 2) and the tense ‘Manson Murders’ inspired Aquarius (Series 2), starring the brilliant David Duchovny. I also went to the cinema to see Kate Beckinsale in her iconic vampire role in Underworld: Blood Wars (2016).

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

New Books: January 2017

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Hello my fellow bookworms, my number of acquisitions has gone up a fair bit over December and January, however we have had Christmas and this month it was my birthday. If you can’t treat yourself then, when can you?! Here’s what I’ve added to my Kindle and bookshelf this month:

Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory

First, I got the chance to rummage through the January sale in one of my favourite shops The Works, where I found a hardback copy of this for just £1 and also a beautiful prayer journal.

The Shack by William Paul Young

Next, I ordered a copy of this international best-seller from the Book Depository via Amazon, which is the February read for my church’s book club. So excited about this one!

The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller

I also accepted a review copy, from the author, of this fantasy novel that I had seen featured in a cover reveal on Lynn’s Book Blog. It has a gorgeous cover and I love a good dragon story. Then I was very lucky to receive these goodies for my birthday:

Angels by Lee Faber

Plant Based Cookbook by Trish Sebben-Krupka

and audiobooks:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by J K Rowling and read by Stephen Fry

I received the book about Angels from my brother, the cookbook from my best friend, the Harry Potter audiobooks from my dad and I also received an Amazon voucher – I am so pleased with all of these!

Do you fancy any of these? What new books did you get this month?