Banned Books 2019…REVEALED

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Here are 2019’s books that Beth and I will be reading for our Banned Books feature that has been running since July 2014!

JANUARY: Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread Chuck Palahniuk
FEBRUARY: Northern Lights/The Golden Compass Philip Pullman
MARCH: Uncle Bobby’s WeddingSarah S. Brannen
APRIL: We All Fall Down- Robert Cormier
MAY: Crazy LadyJane Leslie Conley
JUNE: Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun CultureMichael A. Bellesiles
JULY: In The Night Kitchen- Maurice Sendak
AUGUST: Whale TalkChris Crutcher
SEPTEMBER: The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
OCTOBER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain
NOVEMBER: To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee
DECEMBER: Revolutionary Voices- edited by Amy Sonnie

I am looking forward to reading these books and exploring/discussing the reasons why they’re challenged! Here’s to another year of Banned Books!

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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!

Ten Bookish Worlds That I’d Never Want To Live In

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 Top Ten list is all about bookish worlds that we’d really hate to live in! This is a fun one!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

The Program (The Program, #1)

The Program Suzanne Young– Suicide being an epidemic is not a nice world at all.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The Selection seriesKiera Cass- I just hate every single thing about this world!

Matched (Matched, #1)

Matched- Ally Condie– This one is just a no no for me. I hate the idea of being matched with someone else and having to live with them forever! What if you hate each other?! I couldn’t cope.

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

The Chemical Gardens trilogyLauren DeStefano– This again is a very scary world. People not living past their twenties? People can’t live to see the children they have to pop out for Science!

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)

Not A Drop To DrinkMindy McGinnis– This terrifies me. A world where there’s no water? Wah.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

PanemThe Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins– No. Just no. The amount of fighting? Worst nightmare.

Unwind (Unwind, #1)

UnwindNeal Shusterman– The idea of harvesting body organs and decisions about that being made my parents… I would NOT want to experience that, thank you very much!

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

DeliriumLauren Oliver– The idea of being inoculated against love really makes me sad.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent Veronica Roth– I don’t like the idea of this world either. It scares me!

1984

1984George Orwell– I haven’t read this book (I know, I know. I’m reading it this year!) but I definitely don’t like the sound of it.

Which worlds would you really not like to live in? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Tuesday: All About The Villains!

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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!

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations That I Don’t Actually Mind

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten book to movie adaptations. I don’t actually watch a lot of book to movie adaptations. I tend to think the book is better, but here are ten I don’t mind!

A Little Princess- A little different to the book, but good nonetheless! I adored this movie as a child.

Little Women- One of my favourite classics. I think Winona Ryder was a perfect Jo March!

Harry Potter- I don’t think the adaptations are flawless, but they’re so good!

Divergent- I enjoyed Divergent and was hoping I’d like the adaptation. I was pleased with it. Again, not flawless, but decent, in my opinion anyway!

The Hunger Games– An adaptation done very well indeed.

One Day- I know that not everyone likes this adaptation but I was pleasantly surprised by it.

The Help- I was nervous with this one as it’s one of my favourite books, but it’s so faithful to the wonderful book.

Gone Girl– Rosamund Pike was so well cast!

Marley and Me– This one got me good. I can’t help but cry to it!

A Walk To Remember– I know a lot of people roll their eyes at Nicholas Sparks, but I really enjoyed A Walk To Remember. Such a touching book and movie.

What have you added to your list? Are you as cautious of adaptations as I am? Feel free to leave a link to your blog and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Favourite Heroines From Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten Favourite Heroines From Books. I have completed a list similar to this before with strong female leads, but I’ve added some new additions since then. So here is my revised list in no particular order…

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

Jo March- Little Women –

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

She doesn’t conform to the ‘usual’ female roles. One of my favourite characters in literature!

Katniss- The Hunger Games-

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Strong in every possible way!

Tris- Divergent-

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Definitely her own person. Very headstrong.

Matilda- Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda

She faces awful parents and a terrible headteacher. I love the little bookworm that is Matilda!

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny- The Help

The Help

I absolutely love these ladies from The Help. I especially admire Skeeter for trying to make a difference.

Juliette- Shatter Me trilogy

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Juliette’s strength as a person grows so much throughout the series!

*New additions*

Celaena Sardothien- Throne Of Glass-

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

She’s a kick ass book loving character!

June- Legend-

Legend (Legend, #1)

A fiesty and intelligent character!

Poppy Sinclair- Dead Jealous/Dead Silent-

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)

Likeable and real!

Rowan- Me Since You

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A heroine in different ways to others in this list. Strong despite terrible things happening to her.

Who are your favourites? Feel free to leave a link to your posts!

Top Ten Books About Friendship

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Books About Friendship. It’s been fun to look over books that I’ve read thinking about friendships.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

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Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s StoneJ.K Rowling– I feel like the whole Harry Potter series is full of good friendships. It’s a series that immediately came to mind when I thought about books about friendship. Harry, Ron and Hermione have a brilliant friendship. Then there are characters like Luna, Neville etc. that also are great friends. Friendship and love are key themes in the series.

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Wonder- R.J Palacio– I will always include this book in a Top Ten list whenever I can. I think it’s a gorgeous book. So well written and with a great message too. I think this is an important book to explore friendships. Not everyone is nice to those with differences and Wonder shows how wonderful (!) children and adults can be, but also how nasty some individuals are.

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Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein– I think this is an absolutely beautiful book! Verity and Maddie had such a great friendship. I think Elizabeth Wein writes about their friendship so wonderfully. The characters are really fleshed out and she makes your heart break for them.

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The HelpKathryn StockettThe Help is one of my favourite books of all time. There are some beautiful friendships involved in this story. I love how the characters were fighting together to try and make a difference and show people what life is really like for a black maid in th1 1960’s. There are some incredibly powerful and vivid scenes.

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The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins– This is another series that has some powerful friendships. The one I like in particular is Katniss and Rue. I just with their friendship could’ve been for longer! Adorable.

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Twenty Boy SummerSarah Ockler– This book is a perfect Summer read. I really feel like the friendships are incredibly memorable.

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The BFGRoald Dahl– My reasons for picking this one is plain and simple. Sophie and the BFG have the cutest friendship.

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This Song Will Save Your LifeLeila Sales- This cute contemporary starts with Elise having no friends, but in time, finding some brilliant friends who help bring her out of her shell and find out what she loves.

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The Knife of Never Letting GoPatrick Ness– The friendship I love in this particular book is between man and dog. Aw.

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Pivot PointKasie West– I absolutely adore this book from Kasie West. I love the friendship between Addie and Laila. It felt real and very relatable.

What books did you or would you choose this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link in the comments section below and I’ll stop by!