Top Ten Places In Books That I’d Love To Visit

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 places mentioned in books that we’d love to visit! Some are fictional, some are real places I’d love to go to.

  1. Hogwarts– Are you a Harry Potter fan if you wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts?
  2. Furthermore– Tahereh Mafi- Another magical world? I’m down for that.
  3. Narnia– Can you tell I’m into magic at the moment? I think it would be fascinating to visit Narnia.
  4. The bookshop Belle visits– Yep, I’m making that a thing. I want to swing on the ladder! I’ve always wanted to be Belle.
  5. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory– Mmm. A place of pure imagination!

  1. San Francisco– Lola and The Boy Next Door made me want to go to San Francisco even more.
  2. Tuscany– Love & Gelato- I desperately want to see more of Italy.
  3. New York– There’s so many wonderful books set in New York. I’d love to visit one day.
  4. Paris– I’ve still only been to Disneyland…
  5. Miami– Mara Dyer- I realise most of these places are America… but I do really want to visit one day!

Where do you want to visit? Have you focused on real or fictional? Let me know!

Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love To Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love To Visit. I decided to go for some books that have places that I really would love to go to!

Paris- Anna and The French Kiss

I’ve been to Disney Land Paris but never proper Paris.

Indiana- The Start Of Me And You

This book made me want to visit Indiana!

San Francisco- Lola and The Boy Next Door

I’ve always wanted to go to San Francisco. Something about it really appeals to me.

New York City- Dash and Lily’s Book Of Dares

I love the look of New York.

Tuscany- Love & Gelato

Italy is just so beautiful. I’d love to see more of it.

Mississippi- The Help

I’m totally intrigued by Southern America

Miami- The Mara Dyer trilogy

🙂 Beautiful weather… it looks stunning too.

Some fictional settings I’d love to visit…

Hogwarts- Harry Potter

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory- Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Neverland- Peter Pan

Who wouldn’t want to visit these places?

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 Authors I’d Love To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet. I’m quite shy, so I don’t know if I’d have the guts to meet these authors if the opportunity was there… we’ll see! I realised that when I compiled this list that they were British and American authors. I do read more widely than that, but this is a Top Ten list after all. I can’t include ALL my favourites.

The British

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Malorie Blackman- author of so many amazing books- my favourite being Noughts and Crosses.

James Dawson- Queen of Teen. I love his books and have had the opportunity to meet him before but have always been too shy. His recent book, Under My Skin is great and for some fantastic non fiction- This Book Is Gay.

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Siobhan Curham- Siobhan is a very talented writer. I loved her recent non fiction book True Face, but Shipwrecked is pretty great too!

Emma Carroll is a fantastic writer. I loved The Girl Who Walked On Air.

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Last but by no means least for my British picks is Alison Rattle who I find it hard to find a favourite book that she’s written. Her latest… The Beloved is incredible.

The Americans

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Sarah J Maas is a fabulous writer. I may have only recently jumped on the Throne of Glass bandwagon but I’m glad that I did!

Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly trilogy is intriguing me so far! One more book to go. I love her writing! The second book A Darkness Strange and Lovely is my favourite.

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Heather Demetrios is fast becoming one of my favourite writers. I loved Something Real.

Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy blew me away!

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Michelle Hodkin’s Mara Dyer trilogy messed with my mind! But I loved it! My favourite instalment was the first which set up the trilogy so well.

Which authors would you love to meet? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

14 series that were on my radar… How did I do?

Series that I completed:

(Click on the book cover for my review, if I’ve read it already!)

-Mara Dyer-

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I have so much love for Michelle Hodkin’s writing. This series is seriously crazy, but yet still so readable. It’s messed with my mind, and I although the ending wasn’t exactly what I wanted I still absolutely adore this series.

-Shatter Me-

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I’ve absolutely been sucked into this world. Ignite Me was a decent ending to the series!

-Under The Never Sky-

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I haven’t loved this series as much as others I’ve read, but I was still intrigued enough to see how it all ends. Into The Still Blue was a solid ending!

-Chaos Walking-

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I can’t believe I managed to complete this beast of a series! Very pleased I did though. It was incredibly enjoyable. I ❤ Patrick Ness.

-Everneath-

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I started and finished this series in 2014! I loved it.

Series I got up to date with…

-The Lunar Chronicles-

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This series just gets better and better! I am SO looking forward to Fairest and Winter!

-The Selection-

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This series was supposed to be complete… but The Heir is coming out next…

Series incomplete:

-Matched-

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I read Matched, but I just could not get on with Crossed, so I stopped reading! Not bad out of a selection of so many series on my radar in 2014!

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I could not get into these books!

Series that I wanted to start and have done so!:

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Soon I shall publish the series on my radar for 2015. It’s been good to have this to look back on and remember the series that I wanted to start and complete!

The Retribution of Mara Dyer

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Synopsis:

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

Thoughts:

I have absolutely loved the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. When I got my hands on the final book in the trilogy, I knew I needed to prioritise it and read it as soon as I could! I was happy enough with the final book in the series, but I have to admit it wasn’t my favourite book in the series. I expected a massive ending and I was left a little unsatisfied. I also wanted some closure, but that didn’t really happen. I can understand why it ended the way it did though.

Of course, as most of the readers of this series can imagine, the book is full of crazy twists and turns as we come to expect from Michelle Hodkin’s writing. It picks up straight after The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

Mara goes through so many crazy things in this book. She’s quite to the different to the Mara that we think we know. I think this is as realistic as it can be. I know if anyone else had experienced everything that Mara has they would be changed. Mara really blurs the line between good and evil in this particular book, but I won’t say how or why, I’ll leave that for you to explore yourself. I loved the characters of Jamie, Stella and Daniel. It was interesting to read about Jamie, Stella and Mara’s abilities. I really like Daniel as a character, so I was pleased to see him return!

Noah wasn’t really around until towards the end of the story. I missed him, so I was so happy to see him appear again! The romance between Mara and Noah isn’t as focused on in this book, which will be good to hear for some, but for me I found it a little disappointing! I really enjoyed reading about their relationship and seeing it grow amidst the craziness.

I didn’t feel like The Retribution of Mara Dyer was a psychologically thrilling as the other two books in the series. It definitely has a different vibe. This isn’t a bad thing, but for me it is the reason that I didn’t give this book five stars. I missed the creepiness of the story. Some of the gaps in the plot were just glossed over and I didn’t think this gives the reader enough resolution.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I love this series. The ending wasn’t exactly like I wanted it to be, but it was intriguing and well written!

WWW Wednesday #99

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I am just over halfway through Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I hope to finish this book later today! I’m thoroughly enjoying it!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I am pleased to finish The Retribution of Mara Dyer. It wasn’t the 5 star read that I anticipated, but it was still a good end to the series!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Oh yes. It is time! I hope to begin the last book in the Chaos Walking trilogy tonight!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to answer the questions in the comments below or leave a link and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! 😀

 

WWW Wednesday #98

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

 

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I am over halfway through The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness. I’m really enjoying this series. It may be a chunky book, but it has captured my attention! I hope to finish it tonight, if I don’t have a lot of lessons to plan!

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It’s been a while since I read a Marian Keyes book, but I found this book to be enjoyable! I shall hopefully have a review up soon!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I am SO excited about this book. I hope it lives up to my expectations!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a comment or a link to your posts! Happy Reading 😀