Top Ten Tuesday: All About The Villains!


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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca

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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

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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!

WWW Wednesday #2

WWW Wednesday's is hosted by Should Be Reading. Click on the link to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Should Be Reading. Click on the link to get to her blog!

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

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


What are you currently reading?  I’m currently reading Geek Girl by Holly Smale. I’ll probably finish it today, it’s very quick and easy to read!

What have you recently finished reading? I recently finished Rebecca as part of a challenge to read more classics. I absolutely love this book. You can read my review HERE

What do you think you’ll read next? I’m going to read the next in the Waterstones 11 list, which is another novel from a debut author that shows much promise. I can’t wait to read this one!


Rebecca: Back To The Classics Challenge 2013


This is the second book I have read in the Back To The Classics challenge 2013. You can read more about the challenge HERE. Check out my review of the 19th Century Classic HERE.


Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers . . .

Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never gone out of print, Rebecca is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.


Unlike my last book in this challenge, I have read Rebecca before. I absolutely loved it so I decided to read it again for the 20th Century Classic option.

Rebecca is a novel that many avid readers feel like they should read. I agree with them. I think it’s a book that everyone that enjoys reading should at least attempt. Like the previous time I read Rebecca I thought it was a bit slow to start, but suddenly I was gripped by the book and didn’t want to put it down. Rebecca is a book that stays with you, long after you have finished.

The characters are fabulous it’s hard to pinpoint who I enjoyed more. If I had to pick I’d choose either Rebecca or the creepy Mrs Danvers. It may be weird to admit to liking such a creepy character but her obsession for Rebecca was fascinating. I think without such a strange character Rebecca wouldn’t have been such a good read. Mrs Danvers had such a strong attachment to Rebecca and seemed to make things difficult for the new Mrs de Maurier, because she simply didn’t match up to what she had known and loved. Maxim was a strange character to get on with. His moods often changed but I think it becomes clear towards the end of the book why he is the way he is.

Daphne Du Maurier’s writing is incredibly descriptive. We see the world through Mrs de Winters eyes and learn about the environment and the darker side of the story as she begins to develop and mature as a person. Mrs de Winter is incredibly immature and eager to please. She goes from being quite a weak (and sometimes annoying in her eager to please mode) character to growing up fast and developing a back bone.

I particularly enjoyed all of the plot twists in the story. The novel felt somewhat Gothic which is intriguing but it also felt like a mystery. It’s definitely a gripping story, making the reader think about how much a person can affect a families lives even when they are no longer around.

Rebecca is a story that I believe any avid reader could enjoy, no matter what genre they prefer. It’s incredibly easy to read, the writing is simple, but the plot is intriguing and complex. Yet, there’s enough drama to make you want to carry on reading even though there’s a lot going on. I loved it!

Reading next:
Geek Girl- Holly Smale