Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week’s list is a back to school theme with Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table. I’ve had to really think about this topic as there are so many characters in books that I LOVE but I’m not sure I’d actually want to sit with them at lunch. You know the sorts…evil characters in literature that you love to hate, but you’d hate to actually know.

So in no particular order here are my choices:

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Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter- I know she might irritate some, but I really think I’d get on with her!

Sirius Black- Harry Potter- We’re pretending that I’d sit with a wide range of ages during lunch and that this was before the third book! ;) I think Sirius would be fascinating to talk to!

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Dean Holder- Losing Hope/Hopeless- I absolutely adored Dean. He’s such a thoughtful and considerate character.

Atticus Finch- To Kill A Mockingbird- Again, I’m forgetting about age of the characters here, and instead thinking what a fascinating conversation I could have with Atticus Finch!

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Rue- The Hunger Games- Aw, she’s just adorable!

Anna- Anna And The French Kiss- I think Anna is a great character, because she’s not perfect. She’s the kind of friend you’d want!

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Reagan and Lilah- Open Road Summer- I absolutely loved the friendship between Reagan and Lilah and wouldn’t mind being one of their gang!

Micah- The Art Of Lainey- Micah is an easy to adore character, confident within himself but in a funny way.

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Parker- Golden- Parker makes mistakes, but is an incredibly relatable character.

So who would you have on your lunch table? Feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by. Good luck for the school year if you’re back at school (whether working or attending) or have started back this week!

Mini-Review: The Opposite of Love

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Albert Whitman & Company

Synopsis:

Rose is the wild girl nobody really knows. Chase is haunted by his past. Both are self-proclaimed “disappointments,” attracted to each other enough to let down their defenses. When Rose’s strict, adoptive parents forbid the relationship, it only makes things more intense. But Chase can’t hide from his own personal demons, and Rose has secrets of her own. After they’re wrenched apart, a cryptic email arrives in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve, beginning a desperate pursuit and a look back over their tumultuous romance. Will they find each other before the night is over, or will they be torn apart forever?

Thoughts:

I thought that The Opposite of Love started really well, but unfortunately it didn’t continue to be as good as it started. Although I did finish this book, I haven’t rated it highly, but I do think some people will really enjoy these book. For me it didn’t have as much depth as I wanted from the story.

The story centres around Rose and Chase who are disappointment to their parents. Rose was supposed to be the perfect adopted daughter, but she’s rebelling against her adoptive parents. Chase tries not to be like his abusive father, but sometimes he fails. Rose and Chase find each other and find that they actually depend on one another.  

The Opposite of Love is a story about family and teenage love/lust. It’s about dealing with heartbreak and becoming strong enough to move forward.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me!- 2.5 stars

It’s Not Summer Without You

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How did I get it?:
It was a gift from my ex-colleagues!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Burn For Burn
Fire With Fire
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
The Summer I Turned Pretty

Synopsis:

Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach.

Thoughts:

I thought I’d squeeze this book in as I said goodbye to summer. I enjoyed The Summer I Turned Pretty, but I didn’t love It’s Not Summer Without You as much. I think it’s because it felt like it took a long time for the action to get going. When it did, the book was very much enjoyable and I fully intend to read the last book in the trilogy.

The book starts with Belly dreaming of Cousins Beach, where she used to spend each summer. After the death of Susannah, Belly’s mother’s best friend they don’t spend the summer at Cousins Beach. Everything is changing, and Belly doesn’t like it. Without Susannah, the glue that held the family and friends together, the summer just wouldn’t be the same.

Belly seems more grown up in this book, which I appreciated. I love that she still wants to keep in contact with Conrad and Jeremiah. She still has feelings for Conrad. I loved how Belly was always there for the boys, even when Conrad wasn’t being particularly nice to her. I could understand why Conrad wasn’t being the nicest. He was suffering after the loss of his mother. I loved Jeremiah. He seemed to be dealing with his grief in a strong way. He’s adorable.

Again, I was surprised at the deeper issues in this book. The cover suggests a lighter read, but it’s really not all light. It feels very real, the characters feel like people you know going through very tough times. They’re very well developed.

I really like Jenny Han’s writing. It’s straight-forward and simple and her characters are relatable.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Deeper than you’d expect, this is a good second book in a decent young adult contemporary series!

This Book Is Gay

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How did I get it?:
I received it from Hot Key Books in exchange for a honest review!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Hollow Pike
Cruel Summer
Say Her Name

Synopsis:

Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it’s like to grow up as LGBT. Including testimonials from people ‘across the spectrum’, this inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know – from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more. Spike Gerrell’s hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual text make this a must-have read.

Thoughts:

I bloody love James Dawson. I had to get that out there, but man the Queen of Teen is amazing. This Book is Gay really shows off James’ personality. As I was reading it, I felt like I was watching him talk (like I did at YALC). He really is a very witty man and a fantastic writer. This Book Is Gay is a piece of Non Fiction. If I’m honest, I quite often find non fiction reads quite dry and at times boring. This certainly wasn’t the case with this book. It made me laugh out loud and it made me appreciate what some people experience because they are LGBT.

It didn’t matter to me that I was reading this book as a heterosexual. I don’t think it matters whatever sexual preference you have and that’s a bloomin’ fantastic thing. I thought it was fascinating and a real eye opener. It’s incredibly informative without being preachy. I love the message that this book brings with it. It accepts everyone for who they really are.  I imagine that this book is going to be a massive support to those that are struggling with their identity- teenagers or adults. James’ writing makes you feel like you’re talking to a friend that’s giving you some well thought out and intelligent advice.

I love that there are diagrams, pictures and quite graphic language and detail. It just adds to a wonderful reading experience. It’s open and honest. This book deserves to be read widely and receive many accolades.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic honest read about what it’s like to be LGBT in a world that is geared towards heterosexuality.

Stacking The Shelves #84

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodread’s page!

Bought:

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I’ve been in London and Bath for a long weekend and… I may have bought some books? Look out for a post on the reading spa that I experienced- it was amazing and I fully intend to write a post about it ASAP. I’m not going to go through every single book here to comment on, as it would take SO long. I am really looking forward to reading I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak, The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman (it’ll be my first Neil Gaiman) and Dreams and Shadows by C.Robert Cargill also looks amazing! So much to look forward to!

So what have you added to your collection this week? Feel free to link me to your haul and I’ll stop by!

Books in Colour

This survey was inspired by the lovely Kayla’s feature Saturated Reads. Kayla’s feature is about how she connects emotions with colours. On her feature, she will pick a book and describe what colours that she associates with the book or characters. It’s so interesting. I’ve read books about synaesthesia and it fascinates me. I personally think colours represent a feeling, so I decided to pick an emotion I felt when I thought about a colour and then tried to fit it with a book or character! Please feel free to join in with this little survey!

  • Look at the colours and see if you can fit the emotions (either mine or your own) with a book or a character!

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Red- passion/anger- A book/character that displays a lot of passion

The first book that came to mind when I read the description was Divergent by Veronica Roth. A lot of the characters are determined and ambitious. You can also feel the passion and anger within the story. You can’t deny that the first book is completely action packed!

Orange- optimism- A book/character that you believe demonstrates optimism or your favourite optimistic character

Wonder by R.J Palacio is one of the most optimistic books that I’ve read. Our main character Augustus may face some challenges in his life, but he doesn’t let it hold him back. I was impatient with some of humanity whilst reading this book. The way that some act! Urgh. I also really liked that this book showed the adults in Augustus’ life as supportive. All too often in literature adults are missing. This book gave me hope despite the fact it did feature some awful, cowardly human beings!

Yellow- cheerfulness/happiness- A book/character that makes you feel happy

Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. Chick-lit reads are just so easy to read! Comfort reading for me, for sure!

Green – growth. A character that grows so much throughout the book

A book that I’ve read recently which displayed an enormous amount of growth was Stronger Than You Know by Jolene Parry. The main character develops so much and begins to overcome a lot of demons within the story.

Blue- peace. A book/character that takes you away from everything else going on around you.

Something Real by Heather Demetrios. Whilst it isn’t a ‘peaceful’ story, I was completely immersed in the story and nothing else around me mattered!

Purple- creativity. A book that stands out to you as a really creative, unusual read.

That has to be Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs mainly because of the vintage photographs.

Pink- romantic. A book that you loved the romance or that you yourself are totally in love with!

For me, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. Urgh, that relationship <3

Black- the mysterious, deep and the unknown. A book/character that completely messed with your head. 

I have two for this one. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas because that book completely screwed up my head! It’s brilliant. I also am completely blown away by the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin so far. I can’t work out what’s real and it’s frustrating but so good!

Comparing ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson

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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night?
Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn?
Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger?
Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping?
Wait…what

Click on the image to get to Luna's blog!Thoughts before you started reading Since You’ve Been Gone?

CHRISSI: I was completely the other way around to Luna. I loved Second Chance Summer, but couldn’t really get on with Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I was excited to see whether I enjoyed this book as much as Second Chance Summer.

LUNA: Having read both Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour (loved it) and Second Chance Summer (mixed feelings) I knew I’d get lost in Morgan Matson’s storytelling but I just wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the characters in this story.

What did you think of Emily?

CHRISSI: I thought she was a likeable character who you could really see grow throughout the book. It was lovely to see her come out of her shell and become more confident.

LUNA: Initially Emily comes across as a little bland because all of her descriptions were in comparison to Sloane (which is the point) but I loved how much character development there is in this book. You really get to go on a journey with Emily.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: I really loved when Emily was completing items from Sloane’s list. There was a really nice element of humour in the story, which I wasn’t expecting.

LUNA: Honestly the whole book. Morgan Matson has this way of just pulling you into a story from the beginning. There’s a good mix of humour and sincerity in the character’s feelings, not just Emily’s. I also really like the playlists.

Worst bit?:

CHRISSI: There were a couple of really cheesy conversations which made me cringe, but didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story!

LUNA: While I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it and I wasn’t happy with the conclusion- Emily and Frank’s relationship is predictable.

Favourite character / moment?

CHRISSI: There was never a character that I didn’t like! Morgan Matson really does write some beautiful characters.

LUNA: A lot of the tasks on the list made me smile but I think the one I liked best was the “hug a Jamie’ because it was when Emily really committed herself to doing them. Another part in the story I really thought worked was when Collins and Emily had their ‘honesty hat’ conversation.

I think Collins might actually have been my favourite character, he just was- you know what I mean?

Was Since You’ve Been Gone what you expected?

CHRISSI: Yes. I wasn’t sure whether this was going to make me feel as much as Second Chance Summer. It did, but in very different ways. I think Second Chance Summer had more of an emotional impact on me, but Since You’ve Been Gone still made me feel warm and fuzzy.

LUNA: Yes and I liked Emily so now I’m back on the Morgan Matson bandwagon, though Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour  is still my favourite. :)

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Of course!

LUNA: Absolutely!