T5W: Least favourite in favourite series

Hello Guys!

It is time for another top 5 wednesday (created by gingereadslainey) and this weeks topic was a hard but interesting one. This week you have to pick your top 5 least favourite books in your favourite series. 

First it’s important to say that I did actually really enjoy all of these books, but out of the series they were the ones I enjoyed the least. So basically they’re my least favourite of my favourites… does that make sense? ūüėõ

I have ordered this in terms of which one I liked the least¬†as being number 1 (the picture isn’t in order though!)

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5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ~¬†I love all of the Harry Potter books so much but I feel like this one had the least character development and I’m still not over how the Hufflepuffs treated Harry, I am so ashamed of my house. ;P

4. Mockingjay ~¬†I actually don’t hate this one as much as others did. I actually really liked the ending but the pacing of this book was completely off.¬†

3. Clockwork Angel ~¬†I will be honest, I don’t really remember much about this book, all I know is that I gave this one three stars when I gave the other two 5 stars so there must have been a reason why I didn’t enjoy this as much as the others.¬†

2. Queen of Shadows ~ This ended up feeling like a whole new series to the first book. So much had changed and so much was added that I literally can find hardly any connection with this one and the first one. I was really disappointed by this book and I so do not ship Roweana. 

1 Champion ~ I liked this, until that end. Oh my god did I hate it. Not because it broke my heart, but because I thought it was stupid. Just, ugh.

So that is this weeks Top 5 Wednesday.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

March Book Haul

Hello Guys

I have bought 6 books since my last book haul and have also borrowed two from the library so I thought I should share them with you. 

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Library Books

Selected Works of Virginia Woolf:¬†I don’t plan on reading this entire book, basically I really wanted to read A Room of Ones Own and this was the only edition available in my library. I’m going to be reading this along with the Feminist Orchestra Book Club on goodreads which is hosted by Jean from Bookish Thoughts.¬†¬†I believe this is a essay centred around women in literature.

City of Thieves by David Benioff:  I have heard some pretty amazing things about this book, it is a humorous historical fiction novel set in a really dark period of world war 2 where Leningrad (now known as St Petersburg) was surrounded by German troops and the Leningrad people starved to death. This story centres around two men from this town who are given the mission to find 12 eggs.. in winter.. during a mass starvation. Sounds like things are going to get interesting. 

Bought

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr:¬†You don’t know how excited I was when I saw this in a charity shop for ¬£2. I have been wanting this book for the longest time but I’ve just never gotten round to buying it. This has always caught my eye when in WHSmith and it sounds so intriguing. This is another historical fiction set in WW2 and follows two people, one from France and one from Germany.¬†

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare:¬†Hasn’t basically everyone bought this book by now? I read this the minute I got my hands on it and while it definitely has it’s flaws (especially that ending) it was a really enjoyable read. I’ll tell you more of what I thought in my wrap up.¬†

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng:¬†I saw this in the works, which is a discounted book store in the UK, for ¬£2 and I remember seeing this book everywhere when it first came out and everyone who’s opinion I trust said that they were impressed by this book so I thought I would give it a go.¬†

Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov:¬†Okay I would admit to being a little hesitant to read this. It’s told from the point of view of a man who is sexually attracted to a 12 year old and even though I’m aware that literature shouldn’t be censored because it does make me feel a little uncomfortable. It’s intimidating to read a book based on such a taboo subject but that’s also why I’m interested in it.¬†

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol:¬†I have wanted a really pretty bind up of the alice in wonderland stories and I finally found this Alma Classics edition which I think is perfect. It has both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass plus some extra extracts of Lewis Carrols original manuscript.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: This is a classic that sounds right up my alley. Doomed love? Roller coaster of emotions? Sounds good to me. 

So those are the books I have bought. I’m hoping to get to a lot of these really soon so let me know what you think of them!

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

Weekend Reads #7

Hello Guys!

So as you can see this weekend I plan on devoting my time to this beauty. I have been reading this since Sunday and so far I’m only about 150 pages in, but now it is getting really good and, luckily for me, the 2011 movie is on BBC2 soon so I can watch that straight after I’ve finished the book!

So far I’m enjoying Jane Eyre a lot more than I thought I would. The story it self is really interesting and I find myself completely invested in the words, even if Charlotte Bronte does use some words I’ve never heard of before, but hey, that’s what google is for.¬†

Thanks for reading, enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

Jess xxx

Hamilton Book Tag

Hello Guys!

Lets be honest, who isn’t obsessed with Hamilton at the moment. I have recently ¬†finished the entire soundtrack (which broke me heart more than once) so I thought I would combine one of my new favourite things with my all time favourite thing and do the Hamilton book tag.

I love tags but I honestly have no idea who in the book blogger world has listened to Hamilton so I won’t be tagging anyone. But if you’ve done this tag/are going to do this tag, let me know!

  • Just to warn you, there are Mockingjay, Harry Potter and The Fault in Our Stars spoilers in here. Mentions of character deaths.¬†

So with no further ado, here are the questions and my answers.

The Room Where It Happens | A book world you would put yourself into

I would definitely want to be a hobbit living in the Shire. All they do all day is eat and water flowers. It seems such a peaceful and lazy life. But obviously the wizarding world is my ultimate dream.


 

The Schuyler Sisters | An underrated female character

She probably doesn’t really count as being underrated seeing as she’s in Harry Potter, and really nothing about Harry Potter is underrated. But I feel when someone thinks of a great female HP character they think of Hermione, but I just love Luna Lovegood. If you think about it if it wasn’t for her, nobody would have even considered looking for the diadem. Her talent of thinking outside of the box helped end Voldemort, and I just love her quirkiness.¬†


 

My Shot |¬†A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

Celeana from Throne of Glass. That woman does not let anything get in her way, she is ruthless and determined. When are eyes are on the goal, she goes for it. 


 

Stay Alive | A character you wish was still alive

!!MOCKINGJAY AND HARRY POTTER SPOILERS!! –— It kills me that Sirius and Finnick died. They were two of my favourite characters and I feel like both would have had such amazing lives after their wars if they had lived.


 

Burn |¬†Most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

One acronym. TFIOS.


 

You’ll Be Back |¬†Sassiest villain

Ooo there soo many choices. Can I go for something that isn’t book related? Is that allowed? If so, definitely Hades from Disney’s Hercules. The sass that dude has! But hey, suppose you have to have to be when you’re around dead people all the time.


 

The Reynalds Pamphlet |¬†A book with a twist you didn’t see coming

Just finished Lady Midnight. I swear I predicted nothing. Like I had no clue until it was spelt out for me.


 

Non-Stop | A series you marathoned

I don’t really like marathoning series but I remember reading all of the Harry Potter books back to back when I was 12 and when I finished them I just kept on rereading them until I discovered twilight and the hunger games.¬†


 

Satisfied | Favourite book with multiple point of views 

I sometimes have an issue with multiple points of view because it can sometimes take me a while to get into it, and also I don’t like it when they take away time from the main plot line (cough*Manon*cough) but one of my favourite books ever, Wonder by R.J Palacio, was written in multiple perspectives and it was actually the reason I loved it so much. It really added to the story and I loved hearing their thoughts and own personal struggles.¬†


 

Who lives, Who dies, Who tells your story | A book/series you think will be remembered throughout history

Without a shadow of a doubt Harry Potter. This book has already made history and will continue making history long after I’m gone. I’m sure these books will be remembered for a long long time.¬†


Thanks for reading, go listen to Hamilton

Jess xxx

 

Weekend Reads: #6

Hello Guys, 

It may come to no surprise that I will be spending the majority of my weekend devouring Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I was only able to get a copy today (at WHSmith for half price) so I haven’t actually started it yet, but I am very excited to read more about Emma as I remember really enjoying her character in City of Heavenly Fire.¬†

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Anybody else reading this? What do you think so far? No spoilers! ūüėõ

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend

Jess xxx

Top 5 Wednesday ~ Time Travel (TBR)

Hello Guys!

This weeks top 5 Wednesday (hosted and created by GingerReadsLainey) topic is books that feature time travel. I’m have only read two books that feature time travel, The Time Travellers Wife (which is obvious) and Prisoner of Azkaban. So, instead of showing you the time travel books I have read, I thought I’d show you the time travel books I want to read.¬†

Order: 1 is what I am most excited to read and 5 is the one I’m least excited out of all of them to read.

Time Travel Books TBR:

1: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon ~ I have heard non-stop amazing things about this and the tv show adaption. I believe it’s about a women who is somehow hurled back in time to 1700 Scotland. Sounds like a nightmare, I’m interested.¬†

2: Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ~This is a much loved young adult book that is being turned into a movie by none other than Tim Burton who is a pretty amazing film maker. I’m not sure how time travel plays a part in this but I know it’s about a bunch of orphaned children with strange powers.¬†

3: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells ~ This is a classic time travel novel and is so short I can’t believe I haven’t read it already.¬†

4: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North ~ I believe this is about a man where every time he dies he is sent back to where he started with all the memories of the lives he has lived. Sounds interested and complicated. 

5: 11/22/63 by Stephen King ~ I really want to read a Stephen King book but I’m not very good with horror and this is one of his non-horror novels so I definitely want to read this some time. I believe this is about a man who wants to change something so he goes back in time to do so… maybe, I’m not to sure.

So those are the time travel books I want to read. Honestly none of these are a priority, I don’t think time travel is really my thing, especially since I found the Time Travellers Wife so confusing. But I think I will give these a go sometime.¬†

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

 

 

Books I Started But Have Not Finished

There are two reasons why I sometimes struggle finishing the books I start, the first it that I have this problem when I finish a book and will then struggle for days to decide ¬†what to read next. This has caused me to pick up a book, read a few chapters of it and then put it back down in favour of another because it didn’t feel like the right time to read it or I felt like reading something else.

The second is that I am not the type of reader who will push through a book I am not enjoying in hope that it will get better. I just think life’s too short to read mediocre books, also,¬†I have too many other amazing books that I want to read.¬†

These books are split into two sections. The first half are because of the first reason and I therefore do actually want to read them at some point, it just wasn’t the right time to when I first picked it up. The second half are because of the second reason and therefore are books I am very hesitant/have no intention of finishing. ¬†

Books I Will Finish

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte ~ I plan to finish this very very soon. 

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher ~¬†I borrowed this from the library originally but ended up liking it so much I bought it (second hand) and paused reading it. Almost 2 years later and I still haven’t continued.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ~¬†I’ve borrowed this from the library and started it but actually didn’t find myself enjoying it. This might be because I don’t really like video games so I’m going to wait until the movie comes out and maybe read it then.

Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard¬†Flanagan¬†~¬†I have no idea why I stopped. I’ll fix this soon though.¬†

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ~ I found this really boring but I do want to finish it.

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken ~¬†I stopped reading this because I wasn’t enjoying it but I am still interested in finding out what happens.¬†

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith ~ I think I just really wanted to read something else so I put it down and then never went back to it. But hopefully soon! 

Books I’m Hesitant On FinishingIMG_2326

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green ~ I started this and just could not get into it. The characters just seemed too similar to all of Greens other characters. 

The Book Of Lost Things by John Connolly ~ I was so disappointed by this honestly. 

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan ~¬†I’m really not sure how I feel about his writing.¬†

The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman ~¬†It turns out, I really don’t like ghosts, even in childrens books.¬†

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey ~ This was really boring. 

It’s not Summer Without You by Jenny Han ~¬†I did not enjoy the first book, and this one was worse.¬†

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell ~¬†I have a love/hate relationship with this author. Everyone loves her books and while I enjoyed half of fangirl (I didn’t like the fanfiction parts) and sort of liked Eleanor and Park, I could not get through this one.¬†

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx