To sequel or not to sequel? – Top Ten Tuesday

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 sequels. I decided to split the list up into sequels I would want and sequels that weren’t needed… in my opinion of course.

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath– Although I know this couldn’t happen, I’d be intrigued to know what happened next to Esther.

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher In The RyeJ.D. Salinger– I’m interested to see how Holden grew up.

Lord of the Flies

Lord Of The FliesWilliam Golding– Whilst I’d be nervous to read a sequel to one of my favourite books, I would definitely want to see what happened next.

I'll Meet You There

I’ll Meet You ThereHeather Demetrios– This was one of my favourite books, I’d be interested to follow Skylar again.

The Crimson Petal and the White

Crimson Petal and The WhiteMichel Faber– What happened to Sugar?

To not sequel

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Me Before YouJojo Moyes- I know this might be an unpopular opinion, but I was NOT a fan of the next two books. They were okay, but in my opinion unnecessary.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and The Chocolate FactoryRoald Dahl– This might be sacrilege to criticise the awesome Roald Dahl, but I didn’t think Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator was needed! It didn’t match to the first for me.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

Rebel BelleRachel Hawkins– I didn’t enjoy the start of Miss Mayhem at all.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The SelectionKiera Cass– Whilst I didn’t mind the sequels (although I didn’t love them and have only read until the third) I personally think that The Selection would have been better as a standalone book.

Matched (Matched, #1)

MatchedAlly Condie– This is another series that has been done so much. I think it would have been more powerful by itself.

What are your books that you’d love to have a sequel for? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The BFG

The BFG

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Matilda

Synopsis:

When Sophie is snatched from her orphanage bed by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), she fears she will be eaten. But instead the two join forces to vanquish the nine other far less gentle giants who threaten to consume earth’s children. 

Thoughts:

I bloomin’ love The BFG. Roald Dahl is one of my favourite writers. I absolutely loved him as a child and I still love his work as an adult. I read him to children in my class and they love him. I read this book on a train journey and I actually laughed out loud. Roald Dahl’s writing is so accessible to young children. His work is just as good in 2019 as it was back in the 90s when I first read it.

If you don’t know much about the story, then where have you been? It’s a classic! Sophie is snatched from the orphanage by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant). She’s terrified that she’s going to eaten but he couldn’t be further from a terrifying giant. He’s a lovable, sweet friend to her. The two of them join forces and work out a plan to save the children of the world from the other horrifying giants!

The BFG himself is one of my favourite characters. He’s adorable and oh so loveable. I love the words that he makes up! ❤ His lack of education is what makes him so endearing. I hated every moment when Sophie corrected him. Let him be, Sophie! He’s the sweetest. This book just warms my heart and I’m so glad I re-read it this year.

I adore Quentin Blake’s illustrations. His illustrations certainly add something to the story. They’re so timeless. Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake were a dream team.

I would highly recommend the older movie if you haven’t seen it too. I have such fond memories of it.

For Beth’s wonderful review, please check out her blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

Next up on Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit (March):
The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)- Rick Riordan

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!

This Week In Books #144

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Late to the party, I know, but I am loving this book! I need to find time to read it but I’ve had such a busy week so far!

THEN

Without Merit

Not my favourite Colleen Hoover book, but addictive all the same!

NEXT

The BFG

I’m a bit early to be starting this book as it is the kid lit choice for this month. However, I know my week will be full next week so I’m jumping ahead!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Looking Ahead- This Month’s TBR- February 2019

Welcome to my Looking Ahead post for February. In January, I managed to read all of the books on my TBR post. I enjoyed all but one of them! I was not a fan of the banned book- Stories You Can’t Unread.

Here are this month’s books! Thanks to Tina over at Reading Between The Pages for hosting! As ever, click on the book image, if you want to add it to your Goodreads TBR!

I'll Find You

Goodreads synopsis

Emily Jacobs, a nurse, is in hospital for a minor operation. When she wakes in the night, woozy with anaesthetic, she sees the doctor frantically trying to resuscitate the woman in the bed next to her. In the morning, she is told that she must have had a nightmare. The bed has been empty all along . . .

When Emily returns to work she discovers a bracelet that she believes belonged to the missing woman. Soon, she becomes convinced that her colleagues at the hospital are hiding a terrible secret. 

What if she’s wrong? What if her own troubled past has affected her more than she knows?

But what if she’s right? 

What else could they be capable of?

I’m a bit wary of this book, having heard mixed reviews, but I’m going to give it a go!

A Version of the Truth

Goodreads synopsis

We all see what we want to see…

2019: Julianne is preparing a family dinner when her son comes to her and says he’s found something on his iPad. Something so terrible, it will turn Julianne’s world into a nightmare and make her question everything about her marriage and what type of man her husband is or is pretending to be.

1990: Holly is a fresher student at Oxford University. Out of her depth and nervous about her surroundings, she falls into an uneasy friendship with a group of older students from the upper echelons of society and begins to develop feelings for one in particular. He’s confident, quiet, attractive and seems to like her too. But as the year progresses, her friends’ behaviour grows steadily more disconcerting and Holly begins to realise she might just be a disposable pawn in a very sinister game.

A devastating secret has simmered beneath the surface for over twenty-five years. Now it’s time to discover the truth. But what if you’re afraid of what you might find?

I am very intrigued by this one!

Day of the Accident

Goodreads synopsis

They say you killed…But What If They’re Wrong?

Sixty seconds after she wakes from a coma, Maggie’s world is torn apart

The police tell her that her daughter Elspeth is dead. That she drowned when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river. Maggie remembers nothing.

When Maggie begs to see her husband Sean, the police tell her that he has disappeared. He was last seen on the day of her daughter’s funeral.

What really happened that day at the river?
Where is Maggie’s husband?
And why can’t she shake the suspicion that somewhere, somehow, her daughter is still alive? 

I’m really looking forward to this book after enjoying the author’s writing before!

Northern Lights (His Dark Materials, #1)

Goodreads synopsis

When Lyra’s friend Roger disappears, she and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. 

The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies – and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about.

Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her – something with consequences which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights…

This is our banned book for the month. BANNED? I’m confused. Look out for the banned book feature on the last Monday of the month. 🙂

The BFG

Goodreads synopsis

When Sophie is snatched from her orphanage bed by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), she fears she will be eaten. But instead the two join forces to vanquish the nine other far less gentle giants who threaten to consume earth’s children.

I can’t wait to read this book for the kid-lit feature with Beth!

What are you reading this month? Let me know!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The 2019 books are revealed!

2019 brings yet another year of Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit, which has been a fun feature on our blog! As usual, Beth and I have picked 6 books each.

Here are the choices…my choices are in purple, Beth’s in red!

JANUARY – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret- Judy Blume

FEBRUARY- The BFG -Roald Dahl

MARCH – The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)- Rick Riordan

APRIL- Demon Dentist- David Walliams

MAY – The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree #1)- Enid Blyton

JUNE- What Katy Did- Susan Coolidge

JULY – The Dreamsnatcher (Dreamsnatcher #1) Abi Elphinstone

AUGUST- The Royal Rabbits of London- Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore

SEPTEMBER – I Capture The Castle- Dodie Smith

OCTOBER- Just So- Rudyard Kipling

NOVEMBER – The Worst Witch- Jill Murphy

DECEMBER- The Christmasaurus- Tom Fletcher

Have you read any of this books? Can you spot a favourite in there? Let us know!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid Lit 2018- The Round Up

So, in the style of the “Talking About…” reviews we normally do, we thought we’d answer a quick few questions about our year in Kid-Lit blogging.

JANUARY – The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader -C.S. Lewis

FEBRUARY- Matilda-Roald Dahl

MARCH – The Girl Of Ink And Stars- Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

APRIL- Ratburger- David Walliams

MAY – The Wide Window (A Series Of Unfortunate Events #3)-Lemony Snicket

JUNE- The Face On The Milk Carton-Caroline B. Cooney

JULY – Murder Most Unladylike- Robin Stevens

AUGUST- The Creakers- Tom Fletcher

SEPTEMBER – Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing -Judy Blume

OCTOBER- Nightbirds on Nantucket  (The Wolves Chronicles #3)- Joan Aiken

NOVEMBER – Number The Stars- Lois Lowry

DECEMBER- Time Travelling With A Hamster- Ross Welford

1) What was your favourite Kid-Lit book of 2018 and why?

BETH: This is such an easy one for me! It would be Matilda by Roald Dahl. It was a childhood favourite of mine and each time I re-read it I fall more and more in love with it. Sorry other kid-lit authors on this list – it was always going to be a no-brainer with the king that is Roald Dahl.

CHRISSI: It has to be the legendary Matilda. It’s a wonderful story that is one of my all time favourites. I don’t think many will ever beat it. I found out recently that my 6 year old nephew loves Matilda which is amazing!

2) What was your least favourite Kid-Lit book of 2018 and why?

BETH: This is so tough but I would have to pick something that might be controversial – The Girl Of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. It was so gorgeously written but unfortunately I just didn’t connect with it as much as I was hoping to.

CHRISSI: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. I wasn’t the biggest fan of it, if I’m honest. I don’t recall reading this one as a child and I wouldn’t be surprised if I started it and gave up! Young Chrissi had no problems DNF-ing books.

3) What was the Kid-Lit book of 2018 that surprised you the most?

BETH: Perhaps The Face On The Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney? I was eagerly anticipating this book as both Chrissi and I were huge Cooney fans back when she wrote Point Horror. However, I believe we were both a bit disappointed with this particular offering and unfortunately, it surprised us in a bad way. 😦

CHRISSI: I have to agree with Beth. I had such high expectations for The Face On The Milk Carton but I really did find it to be a quite unremarkable read which was a shame.

4) Have you been inspired to read any other books from a Kid-Lit author of 2018?

BETH: Most definitely, from Tom Fletcher. I was really excited to read something from him as I had heard such great things about his children’s books. The Creakers was everything I had anticipated and who knows, perhaps there will be something else on our Kid-Lit list for 2019 from him?

CHRISSI: Ooh yes. I want to read more from Tom Fletcher and David Walliams for sure. I’m loving that young children (and young at heart adults!) have so many wonderful authors out there to explore.

For anyone who reads these posts, thank you so much for your continued support, we love doing this challenge and hope to continue it indefinitely. Coming on January 2nd – the big reveal for Kid-Lit 2019! Which titles made it this year? And which titles are we going to have to do er…. another year?!