Top Ten Favourite Villains

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s prompt is all about villains. We could talk about the best, worst, most lovable etc. I decided to talk about my favourite villains. Those that I love to hate!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles- Marissa Meyer

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

I feel Fairest made me understand Queen Levana more, but I still love to hate her!

President Snow- The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

President Snow just irritates me! But I love that.

Dolores Umbridge, Lucius Malfoy and Voldemort- Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I think I dislike Dolores even more than Voldemort, but all three of these characters are pretty bad! (But awesome villains!)

The Darkling- The Grisha Trilogy- Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

I love The Darkling’s character. Such a great villain!

The Grand High Witch- The Witches- Roald Dahl

The Witches

This is one of my favourite Roald Dahl books. I love to hate The Grand High Witch!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

The worst headteacher ever! Love to hate Miss Trunchbull.

Amy- Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

The characters in this book are so messed up!

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca

Mrs Danvers is incredible creepy!

Who are your favourite villains? Do we share any? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Ten Of The Longest Books I’ve Read!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week it’s all about the longest books we’ve read. I used Goodreads to find this out. Good old Goodreads! So here are mine…

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Gone With The Wind- Margaret Mitchell- 1,037 pages

Gone with the Wind

This took me a while to get through but I got there in the end!

Shantaram- Gregory David Roberts- 933 pages

Shantaram

This took me a while to get through as well. I do remember enjoying it, but it was quite heavy-going.

The Crimson Petal And The White- Michel Faber- 901 pages

The Crimson Petal and the White

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and really didn’t expect to!

Into The Wilderness- Sara Donati- 876 pages

Into the Wilderness (Wilderness, #1)

A wonderful story!

Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix- J.K. Rowling- 870 pages

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

It didn’t feel like this book was as long as it is! I whizzed through it.

Outlander- Diana Gabaldan- 850 pages

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

I haven’t seen the show but I certainly enjoyed the books!

Winter- Marissa Meyer- 824 pages

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

I love this series. I didn’t want it to end but Winter was a wonderful ending.

The Summer Garden- Paullina Simons- 776 pages

The Summer Garden (The Bronze Horseman, #3)

I love this trilogy! Again, when a book is good it doesn’t feel like a long read!

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows- J.K. Rowling- 759 pages

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Another book that I whizzed through! Although some parts of it irked me, on the whole I loved the ending!

Breaking Dawn- Stephenie Meyer-756 pages

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

Yes, I read the Twilight books. I thought they were okay at the time but looking back… they’re not the best books in the world!

Tell me about the longest books you’ve read! Feel free to leave me a link and I’ll stop by!

 

 

Ten Books That Surprised Me

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about the books that surprised us, be it in a good or bad way!

The Good

The Host- Marissa Meyer

The Host (The Host, #1)

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Twilight so I didn’t expect to like The Host as much as I did.

The Giver- Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I didn’t expect this book to be a 5 star! It totally was.

The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

I thought this book wouldn’t be for me, but I was captivated.

Lord Of The Flies- William Golding

Lord of the Flies

I didn’t like most of the books that I had to read at school so I didn’t expect to like this one.

As I Descended- Robin Talley

As I Descended

I was NOT a fan of What We Left Behind so again, wasn’t expecting to like this one as much as I did.

The Not So Good

The Fault In Our Stars- John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

I always feel bad for not liking John Green, but I just didn’t ‘get’ this book. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, I did. I just wasn’t blown away.

Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

This book was very slow in places.

The Girls- Emma Cline

The Girls

A bit strange! I don’t usually mind strange.

Dumplin’- Julie Murphy

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

I wanted to like it more than I did.

Follow Me Back- Nicci Cloke

Follow Me Back

Great premise, but it didn’t work for me.

How about you? Let me know which books have surprised you! Feel free to leave a link to your list and I’ll stop by!

Heartless

Heartless

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Thoughts:

I am a big fan of the Lunar Chronicles series, so I was super excited when I heard that Marissa Meyer was bringing out a book that centred around Alice In Wonderland. I love a reimagining. Then reviews started to come out and I was feeling a little anxious about reading it! They were so mixed. So, I stepped back from the hype for a while and decided to read it when the hype died down.

Heartless is inspired by the Queen of Hearts made famous by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland. It centres around Catherine, who is the daughter of a Marquess. She is expected to marry well and live the life of a lady. Catherine is a dreamer and wants to own a bakery and create delicious recipes for the people of Hearts. Catherine has been dreaming about a man and finds herself meeting him… he’s the new court Joker, Jest. Catherine is completely drawn to him even though he’s not what her family want more for her. Catherine is being courted by the King. He wants to marry her. Her family don’t give Catherine a choice. She must marry the king or lose her place in the family.

I liked so many things about this book, especially the characters. I really enjoyed Catherine as a character and loved that she wanted to do her own thing. I also loved reading the descriptions about the yummy goodness that she was baking. I adored her friendship with her maid Mary Ann and I was rooting for them to open their bakery together. I also really liked the character of Jest. I thought he was fabulous, although I didn’t really get on board with their romance. It was a little too instalove for my liking. I thought Cheshire was amazing too. The setting was fantastic and I could picture it easily in my mind.

I do think that this book suffered from being a little slow paced. I wanted a bit more action, much like the Lunar Chronicles. It being a standalone, I expected it to be incredibly action packed but it wasn’t. I was disappointed by the instalove too. Cath and Jest instantly connected and were infatuated and I couldn’t really understand why!

I’m glad that I gave this book a go! It didn’t blow me away but it was still a decent read.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

This book is a good example of why you shouldn’t let mixed review sway you!

This Week In Books #72

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Dark Places Heartless The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)

NOW Dark PlacesGillian Flynn– I’m hoping to get stuck into this book today when I’ve finished some planning for school!

THENHeartlessMarissa Meyer– I finally read this book and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! I hope to get out a review tomorrow.

NEXTThe Reptile Room- Lemony Snicket– This is the kid-lit choice for July! 🙂 My review will be out at the weekend!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

 

This Week In Books #71

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Damage The Graces (The Graces, #1) Heartless

NOWDamageEve Ainsworth– I decided to read this book before Heartless which was on my post last week. I decided to do this because it’s a short read that I hear is so powerful and I was in the mood for that!

THENThe GracesLaure Eve– I really enjoyed this book which centres around obsession and witchcraft!

NEXTHeartlessMarissa Meyer– I MUST read this book next. It’s got to happen!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

This Week In Books #70

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Heap House (Iremonger, #1) Spontaneous Heartless

NOW– Heap House- Edward Carey– I’m just about to start this book which has had me intrigued for years. I’m loving the front cover and I’m guessing it’ll be a unique little book!

THEN– Spontaneous- Aaron Starmer– This book is about teenagers that keep spontaneously combusting. It’s a unique YA read!

NEXT– Heartless- Marissa Meyer- It is finally time for me to get around to reading this book! I’ve heard mixed things, so I’m not going in with too high expectations.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading!