Top Ten Best Mothers In Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Mother’s Day freebie. I decided to go with some of the best mother’s in literature…so here goes!

Marmee- Mrs March- Little Women- How can you not love her? She cares for her four girls so much and is just a wonderful human being ❤

Molly Weasley- Harry Potter– Adorable woman! I love her feisty spirit and devotion to her family.

Lily Potter- Harry Potter– We don’t read nearly enough about her, but from what we do see, we know that she and James loved Harry immensely.

Rosa Hubermann- The Book Thief– A fierce lady but definitely kind at heart.

Mother- The Railway Children- She cares for her children despite the madness going on with her husband.

Natalie Prior- Divergent– Another woman I adore. She tries to protect her children no matter what.

Rosaleen- The Secret Life of Bees– Rosaleen may not be Lily’s mother, in fact, she’s her maid, but she cares for Lily as if she was her own child.

Ma- Room– Ma does everything she can to protect Jack. She devises a plan for them to escape as she wants the best for Jack!

Marilla- Anne of Green Gables– She may not be mother to Anne by birth, but she’s a wonderful adopted mother despite a rocky start.

Romy’s mum- All The Rage– Romy’s mum and boyfriend are supportive throughout the story. I love reading about carers who are actually there for their children.

What did you pick for your Mother’s Day freebie this week? It may not be Mother’s Day in the U.K. but it’s never the wrong time to celebrate mothers!

Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Mini Review)

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How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Divergent
Insurgent
Allegiant

Synopsis:

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

Thoughts:

I am a fan of the Divergent series. I personally think that Four doesn’t overly add to much to the series, but it’s a nice add on if you’re a fan of Divergent. Four has several short novellas which document Four’s journey. The first story is a particular favourite of mine it explores Four’s transfer to Dauntless!

Like many other readers, I felt that Four’s point of view wasn’t particularly distinct in Allegiant. I couldn’t really distinguish between Tris and Four. I feel like in these novellas, Four’s voice is definitely better. Not all of the novellas are as good as each other, but it’s certainly interesting to see things from Four’s point of view.

I’d recommend this book to fans of the series, that are interested to see what life was like for Four before Tris. It doesn’t add much to the series, but it’s decent enough!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- for fans of the series!

This book may not add much to the series, but it’s a nice addition for Divergent fans!

Top Ten Characters I Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

toptentuesdayTop 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 the list is the Top Ten Characters that we wish would get their OWN book. This was quite a tricky list for me, but here is what I have come up with.

In no particular order… (Click on the book image for the Goodreads page!)

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Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter- What’s not to love about Luna? I’d definitely want to hear more from her side of the story, no matter how strange it may be!

Neville Longbottom– Harry Potter- I always wonder what the story would’ve been like from Neville’s point of view!

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Kenjii– Shatter Me trilogy- I absolutely love Kenjii and would love to know more about him.

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Cinna- The Hunger Games- Such a fabulous character!

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Tris’s mum- Divergent- I loved Tris’s mum. She’s an amazing, strong character.

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Wendy– Unearthly- I would have liked to have learnt more about Clara’s friend Wendy!

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Daniel– Mara Dyer- Mara’s brother Daniel was so protective over her! I’d love to know more about what’s going on in his head!

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Iko– The Lunar Chronicles- Yes, I’m totally putting her on my list. I loved Iko. I would love to see more from her!

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Toby– Geek Girl- Toby is a great character. I thought he was adorable!

Susannah- The Summer I Turned Pretty- Susannah may not be there in all of the books, but she’s definitely want brings the families together.

So who would you like to have a book of their own! Let me know in the comments or feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

 

My Summer Challenge: Did I complete it?

Chrissi’s Summer Challenge!

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I work in a school, so I have a glorious six weeks off in the summer. Today I’m back to school. Sad face. Oh well, I can’t complain too much as I have completed my Summer Challenge! On 18th June, I picked 10 books on the top of my to be read pile as part of Top Ten Tuesday. I then decided, that I would actually endeavour to read these books!  So here are my thoughts on my favourites and unfortunately one DNF (Did Not Finish).

If you click on the book image, it’ll take you to the book’s Goodreads profile. Easier to add to your TBR list that way! 😉 If you click on the title of the book, it’ll take you to my review (bar my DNF book).

10. Q- A Love Story- Evan Mandery

15729302Unfortunately this is the book that I didn’t finish. I recently read a review saying that you wouldn’t enjoy it if you weren’t into philosophy. Well, that doesn’t work for me. I studied philosophy at university and it is one of my biggest passions. For me, it was too slow and went off track. I’m sure others would enjoy it though which is why I decided to include it even though I don’t usually mention books that I DNF.

9. Grow Up– Ben Brooks

10830696There was nothing really wrong with this book, it just wasn’t as much my thing as the others on this list. It has extremely strong language and adult content so beware. I’d say 18+ only!

8. Beauty Queens– Libba Bray

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7. Why We Broke Up– Daniel Handler

10798418I think this is such a beautifully illustrated book. I didn’t really know much about it when I picked it up, but it was a pleasure to read! Not the most amazing story ever, but definitely likeable and very readable.

6. Attachments– Rainbow Rowell

8909152I found this book incredibly easy to read. I finished it on a train journey. It wasn’t quite Eleanor & Park for me, but it was still a decent read.

5. Under The Never Sky– Veronica Rossi

11594257I loved this book and I’m looking forward to checking out the sequel. This was one of the first of the books I read and I really expected it to be placed higher, but no.. I read much awesomeness.

4. The Beautiful and The Cursed– Page Morgan

15989598This is the last book I read out of the 10 I picked. I didn’t quite save the best until last, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.

3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer– Michelle Hodkin

8591107I completely fell in love with this book. I was so confused about what was going on, but that just added to the awesome. Oh yes.

2. Boundless– Cynthia Hand

13049981Argh! I wasn’t sure I was going to like Boundless that much since I wasn’t overly keen on Hallowed. I still like Hallowed, but it didn’t quite match up to Unearthly for me. I need not have feared, I really enjoyed Boundless. A great end to the series. (If you’re on the same ‘Team’ as me..)

1. Divergent– Veronica Roth

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Have you read any on my list?  If so, what were your favourites?

Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the brilliant The Broke and The Bookish. They come up with a list weekly, for us to complete. This week’s list is Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters. This took a lot of thinking but I’ve finally come up with 10. I’m so intrigued to see what other bloggers come up with this week!

In no particular order here are my top ten most memorable secondary characters!

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RueThe Hunger Games–  I thought Rue was adorable. She was small, young and underestimated. She survived for a lot longer than people had expected. I also loved her friendship with Katniss.

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CinnaThe Hunger Games- Cinna was Katniss Everdeen’s stylist. I thought he was a fabulous character.

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SadieTwenties Girl- I love a bit of chick-lit every now and again and Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors of that genre. In this book Sadie is a spirit, the great-aunt of the protagonist. Sadie was such a great character.

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SuzeConfessions of A Shopaholic/The Secret Dreamworld of A Shopaholic- Suze is the best friend of the protagonist. She’s a brilliant character. I’d like her to be my friend!

The next two characters are from Harry Potter.

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Luna Lovegood and Neville LongbottomHarry Potter series– I really loved this characters. Especially Luna. She’s just so quirky!

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Kenji Kishimoto- Shatter Me and Unravel Me -A great secondary character.

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Tris’s MumDivergent- I absolutely loved Tris’s mum. Such a wonderful character.

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WendyUnearthly- I really liked Clara’s friend Wendy. It was a shame there wasn’t much of her in Boundless!

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Daniel- The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer- I really liked Mara’s older brother Daniel. I loved how protective he was!

What are your ten most memorable secondary characters? Feel free to leave me your link so I can check out what you picked!

Divergent

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

She turns to face the future in a world that’s falling apart.

For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs.

Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead….

A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to reading Divergent. It’s another book that has been so hyped, but for some reason I wasn’t worried that I wouldn’t like it. Dystopian is my thing. So I was pretty confident to begin this series. I’m so glad that my confidence wasn’t destroyed. My instinct was right. I absolutely loved Divergent!

Divergent’s plot is easy to follow. In the future the population is split into five factions which are based on personalities and life choices. Until the child is 16, they live in their parents’ faction. They then go through a process to chose their own faction. A lot of the time, they choose the same faction that their parents picked, but not always. Our protagonist Beatrice is part of the Abnegation, this faction values selflessness over everything else. Beatrice feels like she doesn’t belong, but feels guilty about picking another faction. Beatrice is assessed and the results show that she has the qualities for three different factions. Beatrice has to decide whether to stay with her parents or choose a different faction. A decision that could completely tear her away from her family and everything that she’s ever known.

I was completely engrossed right from the start and I just kept on reading. The book does follow Beatrice’s journey, but we also learn about other factions as well. The plot is so well put together. It flows so well and is fast-paced so the reader really never has time to get bored!

I absolutely adored Beatrice as a protagonist. She’s such a strong, female lead. The character develops beautifully throughout the book. I was rooting for her throughout. I also really liked the character of Four.

Veronica Roth is an incredibly talented writer. Divergent has everything for me. Great characters, good dialogue, action and a fast-paced, interesting plot. Divergent also has a little bit of romance. The romance is subtle and doesn’t overtake the plot. I truly think that there is something in Divergent for everyone.

I can’t believe that this book was Veronica Roth’s debut novel. It really is an outstanding read and I can’t wait to read Insurgent. I have a feeling I’ll be reading it soon and putting in a pre-order for Allegiant. I just love this series!

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

Reading next:
Why We Broke Up- Daniel Handler