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!

Advertisements

Top Ten Reasons Why Harry Potter Is Awesome

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about fandoms! I’ve decided to talk about ten reasons why I believe Harry Potter is awesome. I could have mentioned so much more…

  1. It’s a fantastic story. There’s no denying that the series is incredibly popular and I believe it’s for good reason. The story gripped me from the start and it’s continuing to grip children and adult alike.

  2. It appeals to both males and females. Not many books can do that!

  3. Its characters. The characters are so diverse. There’s got to be a character than any person could somewhat identify with. The characters are well developed especially through the course of the series.

  4. Strong female leads. Got to love Hermione. She’s intelligent and kick ass at the same time!

  5. I love that there are little clues that you start to piece together as the series continues.

  6. There’s something different to find every single time you read it!

  7. The story tells us that having magic doesn’t solve everything. People still come to harm and Harry’s parents themselves didn’t survive, despite being good wizards.

  8. It’s so British- I love that an amazing series has come straight out of Britain! It makes me proud.

  9. Movies- they may not be as perfect as we’d want them to be, but I think they’re pretty close!

  10. Love- I adore that love is the most powerful tool of all ❤ What a lovely message!

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Bookish Characters (and author!) that I’d Name A Pet After

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all naming things with a literary name. It could be an animal, a child etc. etc. I decided to go for pet names and it was surprisingly fun!

Scout and Atticus – To Kill A Mockingbird

Love that book and adore the characters. They’d be cute pet names!

Manchee- The Knife of Never Letting Go

I think it’s too much to want a Manchee that talks, but I ADORE the name.

Snape, Luna, Minerva, Sirius – Harry Potter

Such awesome characters. A pet would be worthy to have those names!

Jojo- After one of my favourite authors Jojo Moyes!

A cute animal name, don’t you think?

Scarlett- Gone With The Wind

Not a massive fan of the book, but I love the name. Would be cute for a dog or a cat.

Pippi- Pippi Longstocking

I think this would be a cute name for any animal. 😀 Now I want another pet to name!

What have you done for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: All About The Villains!

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about the villains! I loved putting this list together. I love a bookish villain!

Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge- Harry Potter

Image result for voldemort Image result for dolores umbridge

Voldemort has to be one of the ultimate villains in children’s literature. He’s so evil, I love to hate him. Dolores Umbridge also drove me mad but I loved it. J.K. Rowling sure knows how to write a villain!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda

Image result for miss trunchbull Image result for miss trunchbull quentin blake

I used to be terrified of Miss Trunchbull when I was younger. She scared my class too, but they loved it at the same time.

The Grand High Witch- The Witches

Image result for the grand high witch Image result for the grand high witch

The Grand High Witch is such a fantastic character. I really wanted to read this book to my last class but I think it would have scared them.

Amy- Gone Girl

Image result for amy gone girl

Amy is a messed up character. She freaked me but I LOVED it.

The White Witch- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Image result for the white witch narnia

Ooh, The White Witch was evil and powerful. Loved to read about her.

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca

Image result for mrs danvers in rebecca

I found Mrs Danvers to be so creepy. She got under my skin.

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles

Love Queen Levana. I felt like Fairest helped to get to know the character more. I think she’s a fantastic villain.

President Snow- The Hunger Games

Image result for president snow

You have to have a great villain in a series like The Hunger Games. I think President Snow was a perfect villain.

Ty- Stolen

Ty got under my skin because he was so awful yet somehow you ended up feeling sorry for him? How does that work!?

Who are your favourite villains? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child -Spoiler Free-

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Thoughts:

This review is certainly a tricky one to write because on the one hand I absolutely loved being back in Harry Potter world, I loved the nostalgia, I loved some of the story line, but on the other hand I was a little dissatisified with this book. I think it was always going to be hard to live up to its predecessors. I’m still happy I read it and I would certainly recommend it to Harry Potter fans. I’m just not as content after reading it as I hoped I would be. I won’t reveal what happens in the play- no-one likes a spoiler, but it is brilliant to be in that world once more.

This book is so easy to fly through. I have to admit to quite liking the play format. It made it incredibly easy to read although I didn’t find it as gripping as following the other Harry Potter stories. It also doesn’t read as a continuation of that tale, so I wouldn’t recommend going into this book thinking that it’s Harry Potter 8. I liked being introduced to the offspring of those characters that we know so well and there were some really intriguing moments. I feel like some of the characters didn’t really ring true to those characters that we came to love over the years. Some moments were quite confusing too.

Overall, this was a really mixed reading experience for me. I enjoyed some parts, I was confused by others. I don’t think it’s perfect, but it’s nostalgic and a decent addition to a Harry Potter fan’s bookcase!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars!

A nostalgic, but not perfect read!

Ten Characters I Love To Hate

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. I got really stuck with the prompt today, so I decided to put my own spin on it and write about ten characters I love to hate!

Bella SwanTwilight– I can’t help but enjoy complaining about Bella. She’s just so dull and moany. I don’t think I ever identified with her when reading Twilight. I don’t think I ever will like her!

Dolores UmbridgeHarry Potter-Ooh, she’s a bad one. I loved hating Umbridge. She made my skin crawl.

VoldemortHarry Potter– He truly is one of my favourite villains. I adore hating him.

Lucius MalfoyHarry Potter– Lucius is a great character to hate. He’s smarmy and irritating.

President SnowThe Hunger Games– As you might have guessed by now, I do love to hate a villain and in The Hunger Games it was President Snow who I loved to hate.

Estella HavishamGreat Expectations– Miss Havisham is a pretty good character to hate as well, but I loved to hare Estella more. Her attitude towards men was despicable and I hated the way she treated Pip!

Amy Dunne Gone Girl– I’m always surprised how strongly I hate Amy. She is one of the best written characters in a thriller. It’s weirdly fun yet equally creepy to be her mind or at least try and understand her.

Amy MarchLittle Women– Amy always irritates me. She’s so selfish. Yet I don’t mind reading about her selfishness.

Daniel CleaverBridget Jones’ Diary– He’s a player. He’s horrible. However he’s fun to read about and I can’t help but love to hate him!

Holden CaulfieldThe Catcher In The Rye-I definitely have a love/hate relationship with Holden Caulfield. I find him insufferable, but at the same time love him for it!

Who made your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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!)

lunaNeville-Longbottom-harry-potter-vs-twilight-17260332-379-437

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!

13455782

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

cinna

Cinna- The Hunger Games- Such a fabulous character!

13335037

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

unearthly

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

8591107

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!

cinder

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

cover23743-medium

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!