Ten Best Character Names

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 quite a fun one! It’s all about character names. Here are some of my favourites!

In no particular order:

  1. AriaPretty Little Liars- Sara Shepard- I may not have read the books (and don’t think I will) but I really like the name Aria.

  2. Veruca SaltCharlie and The Chocolate Factory– Roald Dahl- She’s a disgusting character, with quite a disgusting name. So fitting!

  3. Luna LovegoodHarry Potter– J.K. Rowling- I love alliterative names and Luna is one of my favourite Harry Potter characters.

  4. Atticus Finch To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee- Such a strong name for a wonderful character.

  5. Ebeneezer ScroogeA Christmas Carol– Charles Dickens- What a name!

  6. Philip Pirrip (Pip)- Great Expectations- Charles Dickens- Pip! Love that name. Alliterative full name too.

  7. LyraHis Dark Materials– Philip Pullman- I think it’s a really pretty name.

  8. Albus DumbledoreHarry Potter– J.K. Rowling- It’s just a legendary name, right?

  9. Coraline Coraline– Neil Gaiman- I really like the name Coraline!

  10. Matilda- Matilda– Roald Dahl- Every single time I hear the name Matilda I think of my favourite Roald Dahl book. 🙂

How about you? What are your favourite character names? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Shelfie By Shelfie #2

I decided to complete another one of my book shelves for Beth’s Shelfie by Shelfie book tag.

The idea of the tag is that you share a picture (‘shelfie’) of one of your shelves and then answer some questions about them.

1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

It’s a bit of a random one but it does have some reasoning behind it. My Harry Potter books and Fantastic Beasts are on this shelf. On this shelf are:

  • Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire
  • Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
  • The Tales of Beedle The Bard
  • Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them- Magical Movie Handbook

Then there’s some random ones

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Paradiso
  • Grimm Tales
  • Roald Dahl Whizzpopping Joke Book
  • Vegetarian recipes (!!!)

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

These books are pretty special but I’ll talk about the first 4 Harry Potter books. My mum bought the box set to read to my cousin when he was in hospital with a brain injury. She brought the books back with her when he was better and gave them to me. This started my Harry Potter love.

3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

Vegetarian recipes! Ha. I don’t even know why that’s there. I am a vegetarian and know quite a few good recipes now.

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

Ooh tough. I’d love to save Harry Potter, but I guess that’s easily replaceable. Most are. I do love my Hugo Cabret book though and don’t want to go lugging that around if I had to replace it. So I’d save that one because it’s a stunning read.

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

The first 4 Harry Potter books.

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I’m re-reading it soon as part of a Harry Potter re-read.

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

Also on the shelf are Roald Dahl postcards. I sent my current class a postcard to their home address before they started with me in September. The painting is from a child, that I taught during my first teaching placement (in Year 4- 8-9 years old) as a trainee teacher. After my 6 week placement, she handed me the painting as a leaving gift. She was so quiet and went under the radar, but I clearly made an impact. This painting means a lot to me!

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

That I like Harry Potter?

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

There’s so many that I’d like to tag, so I’d just say if you want to do it, please do and leave me a link if you do! 🙂

Top Ten Freebie- Ten Favourite Authors From My Childhood/Teens

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 a freebie which means we can make up our own topic! 🙂 I decided to name authors I used to absolutely love as a child/teen! I did a similar topic back in 2014, but I’ve added some other names this time around.  So here we go…

Roald Dahl

I absolutely adored Roald Dahl and I still love reading his books to my class now. He’s legendary in my opinion! My favourite book of his is Matilda. 

Janet & Allan Ahlberg

I used to love these two! 🙂 I still use their books now in class. My favourites were Funnybones and Happy Families.

Judy Blume

It would be pretty sad if you grew up in the ’90s and didn’t read Judy Blume! I can’t pick a favourite of hers!

R.L. Stine

I loved his Goosebumps series and some of the Point Horror that he wrote.

Ann M.Martin

I loved The Babysitters Club! They were so easy to read.

Francine Pascal

Sweet Valley High is another series that had my heart!

Terry Deary

I loved the Horrible Histories books when I was younger. I still use them now in class!

Jacqueline Wilson

I read a few of Jacqueline Wilson’s books before I thought I was too grown up for them. They were fabulous though and I wouldn’t mind reading them again for our kid-lit challenge.

Michelle Magorian

I adored Goodnight Mister Tom at school. So Michelle had to go on this list!

Carolyn Keene

I used to absolutely love the Nancy Drew books. I used to play it all the time!

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

 

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- Matilda

Matilda

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

Thoughts:

I have so much love for the book Matilda. It has to be one of my most favourite Roald Dahl books, if not my favourite. Argh. I just love it so much. I have reread it recently, because I read it to my first ever class. I do intend to read it to my current class too, after our current class book.

If you don’t know the story of Matilda (where have you been?) it’s about a exceptionally gifted girl. Her parents think she’s the most irritating child ever. Matilda is desperate to go to school and learn. She doesn’t expect to be facing an awful headmistress who takes an immediate disliking to her. The Trunchbull is an awful headmistress. She thrives on punishing and hurting children. Matilda wants to teach her a lesson once and for all.

I remember having such fond memories of reading Matilda when I was younger. I can’t even recall how many times I reread it. Going back to it, even after reading it fairly recently was such a lovely, heart-warming experience for me. This book just fills me with joy even though there are bloomin’ terrible characters. I love to hate Mr and Mrs Wormwood and the evil Miss Trunchbull.

I was struck by how things are a little different in the film. Mrs Wormwood in the book is rather a curvy lady but she isn’t as much in the film. There’s also more play on Matilda’s powers, which I can imagine does make the film that little bit more magical. It is just as dark though. I hated the way Matilda was spoken to. Evil parents! I thought that Miss Honey’s back story was much more fleshed out and upsetting in the book. I can’t believe Roald Dahl got away with writing such dark stuff for children, but it certainly didn’t do me any harm.

I really do believe there is no writer like Roald Dahl. His books make me so happy. I would love to reread more in the future as part of this feature!

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

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

Next up in Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge (March):
The Girl Of Ink And Stars- Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Ten Books That I Could Re-Read Forever

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 we could re-read. As I was thinking of this list, I found it funny how many are children’s books/middle grade stories. It just shows how awesome they really are!

Harry Potter- J.K Rowling

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

I could cheat and totally use the 7 books for this list and only think of 3 more! I absolutely adored this series and I’ll always have a place in my heart for it!

Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

I could reread this book every year and not get bored. I’m reading it for the kid-lit feature that I do with my sister, Beth, this month and I’m super excited.

George’s Marvellous Medicine- Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine

always read this book to my class. It’s another annual read!

The Witches- Roald Dahl

The Witches

I have reread this book several times and I’m sure I will again.

The BFG- Roald Dahl

The BFG

Likewise with the other Roald Dahl books, I’m sure I’ll read this again sometime soon.

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Love this classic. I can imagine I’ll read it again (and again!)

Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom

A gorgeous book.

Lord Of The Flies- William Golding

Lord of the Flies

I’ve read this more than once that’s for sure.

P.S. I Love You- Cecelia Ahern

PS, I Love You

Adorable book. I still love it!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I haven’t reread it yet, but I know I will.

How about you? What can you re-read over and over again? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

This Week In Books #99

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!

Twilight (Twilight, #1) Replica (Replica, #1) Matilda

NOWTwilightStephenie Meyer– I am currently re-reading Twilight as it is going to be this month’s Banned Book. The discussion I have with my sister, Beth, will be out on Monday!

THENReplicaLauren Oliver– It took me a while to get into this book, but I ended up really liking it!

NEXTMatildaRoald Dahl– I am revisiting an old favourite for the Beth and Chrissi do kid-lit challenge this month. I can’t wait to read this book again.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Looking Ahead- This Month’s TBR List (February 2018)

This month I’m trying something new! A monthly TBR. I usually have an idea of what I’m going to be reading in the month but have never really posted about it. Last month I saw this meme on Tina’s blog over at Reading Between The Pages. I decided to give it a go!

So here is my cautious TBR for February. Book images go to Goodreads, incase you want to add it to your TBR!

The Marriage Pact- Michelle Richmond

The Marriage Pact: For fans of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

Goodreads Synopsis

Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice’s prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.

The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact, and most of its rules make sense: Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. . . .

Never mention The Pact to anyone.

Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples–and then one of them breaks the rules. The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life, and The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule. For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.

I’m looking forward to this one! I shall be ‘Talking About’ it with my sister, Beth.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies- John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies

Goodreads Synopsis

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?

Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.

Here’s another book that I’ll be reading with Beth! We read about 2 books a month for our feature ‘Talking About’ where we ask each other questions about the book. I have loved John Boyne’s work for quite some time, so I’m quietly confident that I’ll like this one!

Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

Goodreads Synopsis

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

This is the Kid-Lit book I’ll be reading in February. Another regular feature on my blog is Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit where we read children’s books. I absolutely love Matilda it’s a childhood favourite of mine.

Twilight- Stephenie Meyer

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

Goodreads Synopsis

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

It has been years since I reread this book. It should be an interesting one. Once again, it’s for a feature with Beth. This time Banned Books!

There’s Someone Inside Your House- Stephanie Perkins

There's Someone Inside Your House

Goodreads Synopsis

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

I’m intrigued by this book. I’m used to Stephanie Perkins writing YA contemporary.

Have you read any of these books? What did you make of them? Let me know!