Angsty Romances

Note: Top 5 Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey and is hosted by ThoughtsonTomes on the Goodreads Group.

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Hi Guys

This weeks topic is top 5 Angsty romances which I must admit to have a weak spot for. Sometimes you need a bit of relationship drama in your life (that isn’t your own.) Here are my top 5:

5. Cinder and Kai – I’m only on the third one, but boy do they have a lot of issues right now.

4. June and Day – They’re basically an awesome version of Romeo and Juliet.

3. Peeta and Katniss – Gale who?

2. Ron and Hermione – Honestly, why didn’t they just get together in Goblet of Fire?

1.Elizabeth and Mr Darcy – Name a more iconic angsty romance. I dare you.

Let me know if you’ve taken part this week!

Thanks for reading

Jess X


Book Tag: You’re Not Good Enough

Hi Guys!

I was stumped on what post to do today but luckily over the weekend A Daily Cloud came to my rescue as they tagged me in the You’re Not Good Enough book tag.

I’ve never seen this tag before but I kind of love it. Basically you put 30 names in a hat and pick two out for each question, then out of those two you have to pick on to answer the question. I actually used the ‘Wheel Decide’ online to pick my names (saves paper.)

1. You only have one more spot on your Spelling B team, who would you pick to complete your team?

Wolf (Lunar Chronicles) Patroclus (Song of Achilles)

2. Both characters want to kill you, which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?

Vin (Final Empire) – Ramsey (A Game of Thrones)

A. I have no chance against Vin. B. I would happily kill Ramsey. 

3. You’re on the bachelor/bachelorette an you’re down to these two characters, which one are you going to give your rose too?

Achilles (Song of Achilles)Elend (Final Empire)

I have a feeling Achilles wouldn’t be interested in me.

4. You’ve been chosen for the Hunger Games, who would most likely volunteer in your place?

The Darkling (The Grisha Series)Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)

Heathcliff is way too much of a wuss.

5. You’re stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?

Levena (Lunar Queen) – Bellatrix (Harry Potter)

I’m not too keen on the thought of cannibalism but I’m not sure I’d feel bad about eating either of these.

6. You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero (with your own tv show of course), who is your sidekick?

Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre) Amy (Gone Girl)

I have a feeling I wouldn’t be able to trust Amy. 

7. You’re a manager of an Avocado admiring company, who would you fire for lack of communication skills?

Paige (The Bone Season) – Joffrey (A Game of Thrones)

He never listens!

8. You’ve just finished a book in which your favourite character dies, which character is most likely to comfort you?

Jo (Little Women)Umbridge (Harry Potter)

Umbridge was probably the one to kill my favourite character.

9. Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?

President Snow (Hunger Games) Katniss (Hunger Games)

As much as I hate him, Katniss would never be popular.

10. The day has arrived; you’re finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?

Kai (Lunar Chronicles) – Ginny (Harry Potter)

As she once said ‘growing up with Fred and George, you learn you can do anything if you have enough nerve.’

11. You’ve just found an upcoming booktube star? Who would most likely be?

Voldemort (Harry Potter) Hermione (Harry Potter)

I can just imagine Hermione on booktube.

12. Sleepover time! Unfortunately you can only invite one person, who would you invite?

Peeta (Hunger Games) Luna (Harry Potter)

Sorry Peeta, I love you, but Luna would be a hoot as a party.

13. Bam, you’re pregnant. Who’s the father/mother?

Nikolai (Grisha Trilogy)Tyrion (Game of Thrones)

14. You’ve just written a super important text. Who would ‘see’ it, but not reply?

Harry Potter (Harry Potter) Nick (Gone Girl)

Harry is so clueless he probably wouldn’t even realise how frustrating this is.

15. You’ve just woken up and it’s time for breakfast. Your mum’s been replaced by..who?!

Charlie (Perks of Being A Wallflower)Cinder (Lunar Chronicles)

I don’t think I could handle finding a cyborg in my room. 

Thanks for tagging my A Daily Cloud!

I Tag!

Nikki from ‘The Night Is Dark and Full of Books’

Chanda from ‘Chanda Reads Books’

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Books I Feel Betrayed By

Note: Top 5 Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey and is hosted by ThoughtsonTomes on the Goodreads Group.

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Hi Guys!

When I feel betrayed by a book it’s for one of three reasons. 1) because I was expecting so much more from it 2) I finish reading it and think ‘I can’t believe I wasted so much time on that’ 3) It broke my heart and I wasn’t prepared. But I don’t necessarily dislike all of these books. 

5. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys – For the longest time I thought this was a cute YA contemporary. Nope, it definitely is not that.

4. Looking For Alaska by John Green – Same as above, why do authors love breaking hearts?

3.  Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith – That ending has me like,  whhhyyy?!?

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern – I just don’t understand the hype surrounding this book.

1.Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johanson – Some people might like the ending to this, me? I felt it was the ultimate betrayal.

Let me know if you’ve done this weeks Top 5 Wednesday!

Thanks for reading

Jess X


I Love Spring Tag

Hi Guys

The weather this week has taken a beautiful turn this past week and now that the daffodils are out and sun is shining it’s time to welcome in Spring with a book tag.

How is Spring where you live?

The weathers weird, and no one really knows what to make of it. Some go around in jeans and a t-shirt, some are still wearing winter coats. But there are days where it looks like a picture perfect postcard for spring. Blue skies, warm breeze, daffodils, birds and bugs.

Most anticipated book release this spring?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (it doesn’t come out until April 6th here in the UK.)

Show us a book cover that reminds you of Spring:

I haven’t actually read this one yet but I hope to this Spring

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Where are you going to read this Spring?

My conservatory, which is so sunny and perfect for reading this time of year (unless I get distracted by the cute birds.)

A cover with a sun on it:

You should all read this book this Spring (or Summer.)

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Favourite Spring reads?

I like contemporaries and classics this time of year.

A book with many different colours on it:

Another great book for this time of year (although not my favourite Morgan Matson.)

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Who do you tag? – I have no idea who hasn’t done this as it’s such an old one, so anyone and everyone!

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Hi Guys

I just finished The Song of Achilles in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I thought I would share my thoughts with you today.

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Published: 20th Sep 2011 by Bloomsbury

Source: Bought

Pages: 352

Goodreads Avg. Rating: 4.26

My Rating: 69/100 (3 Stars)


This is a mythological romance following the Greek hero Achilles and the exiled prince Patroclus. We see as their friendship becomes more, and how the Trojan war tests their love.

I don’t know a lot about greek myths and have never read the Illiad, which this book is based on. But every time I read a retelling of them I always get the urge to learn more about the originals and read more retelling’s. This book is basically a response to questions surrounding the two characters relationship in the Illiad as some people believe Patroclus and Achilles, although described as close friends, may be more than that.

First off I’ll say that I loved the two main characters. From their earliest interactions they reminded me of Merlin and Arthur from the BBC TV show who’s friendship I adore. Their love for each other is so pure and strong and gives real life love much too high expectations.

The story telling was great. It didn’t waste a lot of time on small details and long explanations which made the book fly by which is exactly the type of book you want to be reading after finishing the tome that is Anna Karenina.

If you are looking for an epic love story with some masterfully written mythological twists, then you should probably read this book.

Thanks for reading

Jess X

T5W: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Favourites

Note: Top 5 Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey and is hosted by ThoughtsonTomes on the Goodreads Group.

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Hi Guys

For the past few weeks I have been doing Top Ten Tuesday but I have decided doing Top 5 Wednesday is a better choice for me, for two reasons.

1) Wednesday is a better posting day for me. I like posting three times a week if I can and I like doing that Monday, Wednesday and Friday and top 10 Tuesday has been messing that schedule up.

2) I really struggle picking ten books for each topic, so only picking 5 will make my life a lot easier. 

So with no further ado, let’s get into this weeks topic, which is favourite Sci-Fi and Fantasy books. I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi but I do love a good fantasy book. But at heart, I am definitely more of a contemporary girl.

5.  Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien – I did struggle with the second book and didn’t even finish the last one. But I can’t not mention it. It’s such an amazing world.

4. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – My favourite Brandon Sanderson (so far.) I love the magic system in this.

3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol – This is fantasy, right?

2.The Princess Bride by William Goldman – Honestly my favourite thing about this is that it’s a story within a story. I will use every possible opportunity to recommend this. So yeah, you should read this.

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – For me, no fantasy world will surpass the Wizarding World. 

Let me know if you take part in T5W

Thanks for reading

Jess X


Currently Reading #1

Hi Guys

I’ve got myself into a little bit of a pickle. I am currently in the middle of 5 books and the pile is growing. 

I would like to be the kind of person who only reads one book at a time. But I always have at least one half read book on my shelf waiting for me to finish. The problem is I am too easily distracted by other books and too willing to put it down thinking ‘I’ll get back to that later’ only to forget about it for months afterwards. 

Here’s the dream. By the end of this month I will have no more half-read books on my shelf and I can start April off with a clean slate. Here are the books I need to finish:

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: To be honest I really struggled with this book and Im still struggling two months on. I’ve got to try and get back into it but if I can’t I may DNF (which I really don’t want to do.)

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon: I bought this book the day it came out, it took me over a year to start it but I still haven’t finished it. I do like it, I like the characters and the world. But it’s very hard to follow.

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks: I only started this Saturday so it’s not too bad, but I got distracted by another book. Opps. I’ll finish it soon (she say’s, doubtfully.)

Goblet Of Fire by J.K.Rowling: I’m rereading the HP series (again.) I’m onto the fourth one. Can I finish them before the FBAWTFT (which I still haven’t seen) DVD comes out? 

The Martian by Andy Weir: Yeah I struggled with the science talk in this. I will give it another go soon though.

Do you have a problem with reading too many books at once?

Thanks for reading

Jess X