Netflix and Books Tag

So it is time for another tag while I wait for the basketball game since my country is playing at a ridonculous hour (who needs sleep right). And this tag is just up my alley. I absolutely adore TV shows (I watch way too many), and I obviously love books. Combine these two, and you have an amazing tag!

I was tagged to do this by the lovely Lois @ My Midnight Musing, and be sure to check out her blog! Now off to doing this amazing tag!

Rules

  • Choose a book or book series that best matches the prompt provided.
  • Feel free to change the TV show if you’d like it to reflect YOUR preferences!
  • A blank set of the prompts is located at the very bottom.
  • Link back to the creators, Christy @ Novel Ink and Lauren @ Bookmark Lit, and tag some friends to join in!

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Unlikable Character

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Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass series. Although I did like her at first, she has gotten to be way too special and way too self-absorbed. Plus, the infinite amount of people who are in love with her or are ready to die for her, does not do wonders for my liking of the character.

Vampire Diaries

Your ship sank or didn’t happen

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I am still traumatised by the sinking of my absolute favourite ship of Chaol and Celaena. They were wonderful, and the second book was really the peak point of the series. I miss the wonderful characters, their amazing relationship, and the times when I still likes Celaena’s character. Even now, I am still holding out hope for them to get together again, or have a broken heart forever (cry).

Friends

Best cast of characters/friendships

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The characters from The Lunar Chronicles were amazing, especially their friendships. I loved how all these characters interacted with each other.

Gossip Girl

Hate that you love or guilty pleasure

My two guilty pleasures authors: Cassandra Clare (her later works as TID or Lady Midnight is amazing and I love it so much, although it can get too guilty pleasury at times) and Colleen Hoover (anything written by this lady will be loved by me, despite recognising all the cliques and misogyny).

Grey’s Anatomy

All the feels

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In the Stillness is the kind of book that makes you feel so much. The characters were unlikable, and there was lots of misery. However, after years of reading it, it still remains one of my favourites, and definitely the kind of book with all the feels.

Supernatural

Favourite paranormal/fantasy

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This title definitely belongs to Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Before reading these books, I only saw fantasy as a silly guilty pleasure. These books completely changed my perception towards the genre and made me read so many incredible fantasy books later on. The story is just incredible.

Orange is the New Black

Couldn’t stop reading

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I was on holiday when I was reading The Thorn Birds and I remember trying to make up reasons why we should stay at home. I even started waking up at 8am (on a holiday!) before anyone else was awake, to be able to read more. This book was so good, that it was impossible for me not to read it all the time. If you have not read it yet, I definitely recommend you do as soon as you can.

Parks and Recreation

Made you laugh out loud

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This book is such a heart-warming and light story, with so many moments that moved me to tears from laughter. This is the book that makes you happy and laughing.

One Tree Hill

Favourite book boyfriend

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Rhysand. I have recently read the book, and the feels are still fresh. I mean, does any other character stand a chance? (Well maybe Jem from The Infernal Devices)

Breaking Bad

Favourite Villain

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A.I.D.A.N. was one hell of a creepy artificial intelligence. It was amazing to see someone (or something) that does not have a voice of reason like a person would. The brilliance that it was unaware of its villainy, and had the complex battle of evil and heroism.


I Tag

Caitlin @ Words and Other Beasts

Tammy @ a word about books

Martin @ a pretty wonderful book

Lair of Books

And anyone else who wants to do this tag

You don’t have to do this tag if short of time or do not want to


All Prompts:

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: unlikeable character(s)
Vampire Diaries: your ship sank or didn’t happen
Friends: best cast of characters/friendships
Gossip Girl: hate that you love or guilty pleasure
Doctor Who: long series you loved
Grey’s Anatomy: all the feels
How I Met Your Mother: bad ending
Supernatural: favorite paranormal/fantasy
Freaks & Geeks: left you wanting more
The OC: series that should have ended earlier
Girl Meets World: should have a spin-off
That 70’s Show: set in a different time period
Orange is the New Black: couldn’t stop reading
Parks and Recreation: made you laugh out loud
One Tree Hill: favorite book boyfriend
Breaking Bad: favorite villain
Modern Family: best family or parents

 

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Top Ten Tuesday Rewind: Top Ten Favourite Kick-Ass Heroines

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So another Tuesday has approached, and it is time for yet another Top Ten list. I am so excited to do this week’s picks, since it is a rewind Tuesday, and you get to choose any topic that you have missed.

For those who are unaware what is Top Ten Tuesday, it is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, where every week, you get a new topic for your top ten list.

For this exciting Rewind Tuesday, I have chosen to do my top Ten Favourite Kick-Ass Heroines. Although, quite a number of books, especially YA genre, feature a female character as the main protagonist, I still think that they are usually not that appreciated. But strong, amazing, and layered female characters exist, and I am so excited to share my Top Ten.


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Penryn Young from Angelfall

She is smart, perceptive, capable in kicking some asses, and values family. She has her ups and downs, her weaknesses and strengths, but being responsible for her family has taught her some really magnificent leadership abilities, that not only she is strong, but she is respected.

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Yael from Wolf by Wolf

Yael is a superspy. She is able to shape-shift into other people, and infiltrate the most difficult operations. Her childhood was as tough as it gets: after experiencing the deaths of the loved ones and experiments at labour camps, she escaped it to grow up in the streets. Her unique ability plus combat training and learning different languages, has made her into the highest-class assassin. She becomes other people, and tries not to lose herself in the process. That is one hell of a heroine.

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Nyx Triskelion from Cruel Beauty

Her life has only one purpose – to kill the evil demon that has been terrorising her land. So she is filled with bitterness, but also ready to fight and save her people. I loved Nyx since she had many unlikable qualities, however she was witty and charming, and never afraid. One of the best heroines that I had pleasure reading about.

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Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Karou is an amazing heroine, an example of how every female character should be. She is rebellious, but loyal to the bone. She is unpredictable, and loves with all her heart. And she is a true warrior, but fights for peace. Overall, she is just amazing.

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Shahrzad from The Wrath and The Dawn

Shahrzad is just wonderful: a dedicated friend who risks her life in order to avenge her best friend. She has a warrior’s heart, always is ready for a battle of words, and is able to forgive. Plus, she possesses magic. Who does not love a character like her.

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Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles

Although she might not be my favourite character of the series, she sure was the heart of the story. Not only she was a young smart mechanic, a cyborg, and just generally a kick-ass princess, she also was able to get so many awesome characters together, and give a reason to fight for a better tomorrow. She truly is magnificent.

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Kady from Illuminae

In the midst of war and a virus and mass-murder, Kady still has time for boyfriend drama. She is a hacker, a strong and witty persona, and basically the reason why quite a number of people are alive. I absolutely loved her, and considering the format of the book, it is quite an achievement.

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Emma Carstairs from Lady Midnight

Emma is bold, and brave, and often too confident to the point of stupidity. I really loved seeing a heroine who is so obsessed with becoming the best and strongest warrior. I liked her passion, her drive, and her un-girly characteristics. And I cannot wait to see more of her story.

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Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series

She is a smart and insanely brave witch, who is totally my favourite female character ever. Harry and Ron would have died in book one if she was not a part of the team.

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Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind

Scarlett is utterly incredible. The struggles she had to face were insane, and every time, she came out stronger and better. I loved that she was spoiled and quite a b*tch, who married for money, betrayed lots of people, and was mean to quite a few. Yet her inner strength just blew me away, making her my favourite heroine of all time.


So these are my choices for this week’s topic. I really enjoyed making this list, and I hope you found some pleasure in reading my answers.

What do you think of my picks for favourite kick-ass heroines? What are your favourites? What topic did you choose to do this week? Feel free to leave your link in the comments, and I will check it out.

Have a great day!

The Harry Potter Book Tag

So Harry Potter is back! But when was it really gone though? Although I probably will not be reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child anytime soon, since the series ended just perfectly and I am afraid to ruin it, I absolutely love anything that has to do with Harry Potter. I am actually marathoning the films right now, so I am currently having many Harry Potter related feelings.

I was tagged by Caron @ Diminishing Thoughts, thank you very much for letting me to indulge in my Harry Potter love! It really looks like a tremendously fun tag, so hopefully you will enjoy reading my answers.

The only rule for this tag is that you cannot use Harry Potter books to answer any questions.


A Book You Found Interesting but Would Like to Rewrite

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It was such a great premise, I could not wait to read this book, I was convinced that I would absolutely love it. However, the poor execution of a great idea made this book just average, with silly teenagers’ actions and no deep emotions.

A First Book in a Series that Got You Hooked

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Before starting the series, I was a little sceptical since I always perceived TMI series as very average. But one day I just wanted something light and easy, and this series was nothing light, but a wonderful emotional roller-coaster, and Clockwork Angel started it all. Just a few pages in, and I was completely hooked, and could not put the books down until I was finished with the series.

A Book You Wish You Could Have Right Now

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I think that I put this book in all of my lists, but I really need this book right now! Accio Crooked Kingdom!

A Killer Book

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It is a killer book because:

a) Mass murder and stuff

b) It is just the best!

Go read it if you haven’t yet.

A Book You Found Confusing

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This one was just weird, and I was quite confused with the concept, and its execution.

Your Spirit Animal Book

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I just really love everything about this book, it has a perfect balance of action and character development, good and evil, romance and friendships, and I just really love it.

A Dark, Twisted Book:

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I realised that I haven’t read that many dark and twisted books. I sometimes read about sensitive dark subjects, but nothing too twisted. and that really surprised me, since I usually am into weird dark stuff. But I guess The Road would be a dark-ish twisted-ish book.

A Book That Surprised You in a Great Way, Reveals to be More Than It Is

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After reading the blurb, I really was not expecting much, but it surprised me in the best possible way. I don’t thing any book made me feel as much as this one did, and after years of reading it, it continues to be one of my absolute favourites.

I nominate the following people to indulge in this magical tag:

Rayne Adams

The Rebel Reader

Novelgossip

Bookish Afterthoughts

Words and other beasts

And any fellow Harry Potter lover that wishes to do this awesome tag!

No pressure to do this, but hopefully you will enjoy this tag as much as I did.

Have a great day!

 

This or That Book Tag

I was tagged by megxnmarie to do this amazing tag (thank you so much), and I finally found a little bit of time to do this! These questions are fun for book-lovers, and help to get to know the bloggers better, and I just really appreciate these kinds of tags!

So anyway, I present you the Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Tag 10 other people to do the tag and spread the love!

1. Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Both! I can read anywhere really, but if I really must choose one, I’ll go with reading in bed. I love waking up with a book, and reading just before going to sleep, so bed it is!

2. Male main character or female main character?

So, I do prefer when the main character is a female, especially when the story is written in 1st POV. However, I usually have more love for the male characters (and my inner feminist is really judging me right now). I really like the stories where there are a few main characters, both male and female, but I find female’s POV to be more relatable. Especially when it comes to understanding her love for a certain love interest haha!

3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Sweet! I am very boring with my food, I tend to pick my absolute favourites and just eat them and nothing else. Just give me Kinder chocolate and I will be happy!

4. Trilogies or Quartets?

It always depends on the quality of the books, and the author’s ability to present the story. But since I am a huge believer in less being better, I’ll go with trilogies. I have not read that many quartets though, I did not think that is a popular format.

5. First person point of view or third person point of view?

I cannot answer this one, everything depends on the quality of the book. If it is well-written, a point of view won’t matter at all. I just like them both, and it is impossible to choose.

6. Reading at night or reading in the morning?

Although I do like reading fist thing in the morning, I am a night owl, and I have to choose night time. I love when everybody goes to sleep, and I am the only person awake, because a book is so incredible that I found it impossible to go to bed.

7. Libraries or book stores?

I don’t even remember when was the last time that I checked out a fiction book out of the library. After University, I only see libraries as academic work spaces (so many torturous night spend there). So I have to go with book stores, I find going to them very therapeutic.

8. Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

Although I adore books that make me laugh, I just love to suffer. The book that makes me cry, instantly becomes the one that I will remember for a long time, and I absolutely love tragic stories. Ideally the books need to make me laugh at first, and then make me sob later on.

9. Black book covers or white book covers.

Black.

10. Character-driven or plot-driven stories?

Come on, it has to be a mixture of both! Without a plot, no matter how amazing the characters are, the book will become boring eventually. And what really makes you care about the book are the characters, you get attached to them more. I definitely love character-driven stories, but a good plot is a must!


This tag was so much fun! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers, because I really loved writing them!

And now I need to tag some people to do this amazing tag! I will be breaking some rules and tagging a bit less people, and you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.

I tag:

Lois @ My Midnight Musing

Melissa @ Rabid Reads

Melissa @ Book Nerd Momo

Georgiana Darcy

And anybody who wants to do this tag.

Have a good day!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Buy Right Now If Someone Gave Me a Gift Card

So it is Tuesday, time to post my top ten. And since I have been quite busy lately, and have missed a couple of weeks, I am excited to participate this week.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where you get a bookish topic every week, and get to post your top 10. It is a really fun thing to do every week, making the list and comparing it to other bloggers.

This week, we have an imaginary situation (every book lover’s dream actually), where you get a gift card and can buy any ten books that you desire.

So here I go with my most anticipated 10 book buys:

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So these are my picks this week. There are obviously more books that I really want to buy, but for now, I would be happy with these ones.

What books you would buy if you did not have to worry about the money? Do we share the same ideas? Let me know in the comments.

 

Pokemon Go Book Tag

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So I finally have a day off, and am able to get back to blogging. I have been seeing this tag going around, and since Pokemon Go is such a big thing now, I feel like I should participate as well. A big thanks to Lois @ My Midnight Musing and Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks for tagging me in this fun tag. Ok, so yesterday I started writing tis post, saying that I do not participate in this new phenomena, and now I have to change it. I finally succumbed to the pressure and started playing this game. And after weeks and weeks of laughing at the people who play it, I can say that it is so much FUN!!! So now I am excited to do this tag even more, now knowing certain Pokemon names.

The Pokemon Go book tag was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight and I think she has done a great job in balancing bloggers’ love for books with a current Pokemon Go craze. She made the tag insanely great for the Pokemon lovers, and still an entertaining topic for those who are not big fans.

So here I go, embracing the Pokemon Go craze.

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I guess reading was always a big part of my life, it was just something everybody in my family has shared, and although I only started reading more books quite recently, my love for reading was always there. So I the book that started it all would be Harry Potter, because it changed my life and rocked my world completely. I am really glad I got to grow up reading this incredible series.

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Gone With The Wind will always be a classic that I cherish and feel nothing but love towards. This book blew my mind and ripped my heart out, and after years of reading it, I still consider it to be in my top 3.

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The Selection series will not be added to my TBR list anytime soon. It just does not sound like my cup of tea at all, and considering all the attention that the books got, it feels like another Twilight accident. I do not want to judge the series merely from the opinions of others and my negative firs impression, but there are more books that I want to read, and this one will not be making the cut.

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So I think I will never get bored of forbidden love, especially when it is done well. Angelfall, and many other books, wonderfully develop forbidden romance, and hate to love transition, and I fall for these kinds of couples every single time. I just love to suffer through these characters who have to face so many challenges to be able to be together. The more suffering, the harder I will root for the couple.

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outlander-blue-cover-198x300I rarely have a problem with lengthy books, sometimes I even prefer them, it makes my life easier by not having to choose a new book every couple of days. But when I see quite a number of books in the series, I am always afraid that I eventually will get bored. I have heard so many great things about Outlander, but I just do not feel like committing for such a long time, especially since I do tend to binge-read the series.

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Way too many books kept me up all night. I sacrifice sleep all the time, so if I stay up pats 2am, that’s nothing memorable, it’s just how I roll. The last book I remember reading till very late is Rebel Belle. If I find enough time to read in the evening, and there is less than 40% of a book left, I find it impossible to go to sleep before finishing it.

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I admit, I have quite a few, some of them very frustrating since they feel like doomed. But, I don’t think any couple broke my heart as the one in The Infernal Devices series, especially in the last book of the series. I have cried so much, and since I am a huge fan of suffering, any couple that makes me cry so much will automatically become my favourite. So I have to go with Tessa and Jem.

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Shooting Scars by Karina Halle definitely is an action-packed fast-paced wild ride. It is the second book in the Sins & Needles series, and is the highest achievement in the series. The whole book kept me on the edge of my seat, so many crazy things have happened, and there was no time to relax. Plus, this book, as the whole series really, is hot.

pokemon-tag09-eeveeI am a huge believer in ending series, or anything really, at the right time, when reader is still craving more. So many things get ruined because spin-offs or new additions are appearing, and I am always disappointed when my favourite things just loose great quality. I still read and love Cassandra Clare’s work, and think that her other series are much much better than TMI, and I am beyond excited for Fantastic Beasts film, yet I always seem to appreciate a good ending, where there is some mystery still left unresolved.

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After reading the blurb for Cinder, I just knew that this wouldn’t be my cup of tea. Futuristic setting and cyborgs were just too weird, and I don’t even know how I picked this book up to begin with. I did want to read something that was not engaging and would allow me to go on with my dissertation. That was a mistake. This series was so engaging and entertaining, that I did not leave my house until I was finished with all the books, and had the least productive dissertation writing week.

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A Darker Shade final for Irene

I have been seeing this series everywhere, so many people love it, and I cannot wait to read them as well. Since I really loved Vicious, I am sure I will like this series. I just really need to find enough time to read these books, because it definitely sounds like something I would find incredible, and I really do love Schwab’s writing style.

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I think this picture sais it all.

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I don’t know any unreleased debuts that I am truly excited, but I am definitely excited to read some of the debuts that have been released this year. The Serpent King is one of the books that I really need to get my hands on. Why don’t I have a superpower to stop time?

pokemon-tag11-lure-moduleColleen Hoover. I haven’t been reading that much contemporary romance, and I find her tropes to be quite clique, filled with annoying endings. But every time this lad has a new release, I just have to read it instantly. There is just something about her writing that makes me overlook the negative, and feel so much about the positive.

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Crooked Kingdom is one of the most anticipated releases, and I have been waiting way too long. I absolutely loved Six of Crows, and I cannot wait to be reunited with the six amazing characters.

So this was fun! Pokemon Go tag is unexpectedly as awesome as the actual game!

I tag:

Books, Vertigo and Tea

Rayne Adams

Gretchen @ Chicnerdreads

Tammy @ a word about books

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Unlikable Characters

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Hey, so it is top 5 Wednesday time. Although it has been hard to find time for blogging lately, I decided to squeeze this meme in my busy schedule. It is just so satisfying expressing your dislikes. And this week’s topic is the most unlikeable characters, the characters that the readers are actually supposed to like.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Laney, where you get a new topic every Wednesday, and get to choose 5 books for the topic. You can join the Goodreads group if you wish to take part in this meme.

Oh I have so many characters that I have issues with, but I’ll try to limit them to one per book. So here it goes:

1. Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass series.

Where do I even begin, it just makes me so angry. She is ruining a really complex and incredibly rich book series, that at times I just feel too exhausted to continue with the books. I liked her in the first and the second book, but by the third one, I just had enough. She is too damn special. A badass assassin, a queen, she is smart, and beautiful, and feminine, and strong, and loves music, and food, and books, and every single male cannot even talk to her without falling in love. Enough is enough, her and Rowan is ruining the series as a whole. I found myself trying not to skim the pages about her and Rowan in Queen of Shadows. Give her some flaws to make her actually relatable.

2. Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments series.

She is annoying, promiscuous, childish, whiny, a know-it-all, and most of all, too special. I really cannot connect to the characters that are that special. But I don’t even care enough about her to rant too much, the whole series is lacking on character development.

3. Four from Divergent series.

I just do not get his character at all. Did I miss some part in the book, where his character is developed to a likeable human being, or was his whole purpose to do completely nothing?

4. Levin from Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina is the classic that really gets me worked up. I loved reading Anna’s story. But this monster of a book features the most boring and indecisive whiny character that is Levin, and I had to suffer through his story for HOURS, getting angry at his story, and at Leo Tolstoy for having to include himself in a dramatic Russian society relations story, and making the book so boring at times.  

5. Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster

I just had to mention my least favourite character in my least favourite book. He is everything what is bad about certain male behaviour. He is a psychopath who would lock a female in a cage and swallow the key if he could. Especially since he is painted as a romantic hero, the character just makes me so angry with his stalker-like behaviour. The female in the book is not much better as well, representing the stupid innocent delusional the guy-will-change-because-he-loves-me and he-is-abusive-because-of-love, type. But if I have to choose just one character, I have to go with the male abuser.

So these are my choices. There are definitely more characters, but some are either too similar or too obvious. Like Gale from the Hunger Games is a kind of character like Four, with no charisma or purpose. Or Bella Swan and Anastasia Steele or whatever her surname is, and all the other weak female idiots. And of course, Christian Grey and the whole lot of his type of characters.

Ok, rant over. I feel much better now, calmer, relaxed. It is like therapy, only free. It is good to let your negative emptions out.

So do you agree or disagree with my picks? And what are the characters that you just cannot stand? Let me know.

 

Liebster Award

Thank you Martin @ Aprettywonderfulbook for nominating me for this award, it really seems like a unique and fun way to get to know each blogger a little bit better.

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For those unfamiliar with this award, Liebster is a German word that means sweet, favourite and dearest.

The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers, it helps to discover new blogs and to build a sense of community in the blogging world.

The Rules

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.

3. Nominate 11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award.

4. Let the bloggers know you nominated them.

5. Give them 11 questions of your own.

Martin’s Questions

  1. If you could live in any fictional town, which would it be?

With books, I usually like to read them, but rarely want to BE a part of the action, since the books that I like the most are quite tragic. Well, with one exception, what is Harry Potter. I would want to live anywhere in that Universe. I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter to arrive!

2. Which fictional character would you most like to meet?

Oh, there are so many! Probably Captain Carswell Thorne and Cress from the Lunar Chronicles. These characters were delightful! And Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Raffe from Angelfall to ask if they could fly me around. That would be quite incredible!

3. Which book would you like to see made into a movie, and who would play the main characters?

Again, so so many. But I am currently obsessed with ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas, and I would love to see it becoming a motion picture. so my cast would be:

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Margot Robbie (exactly as she is in Tarzan) as Fayre

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Alexander Skarsgård as Tamlin (is it obvious that I have recently watched Tarzan?)

Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson as Lucien

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Henry Cavill as Rhysand

4. Do you have any ‘must buy’ authors or do you always check the synopsis before buying?

I try to avoid synopses before reading a book, I just like to know what it is about in one sentence. There are certain authors that I trust completely, for example, Colleen Hoover. Although I do not read that many romances, and find hers to be quite clique, somehow, that lady just rocks my world with every book she writes.

5. If you eat out, do you always order a trusty favourite or do you spend ages looking through the menu?

It is quite a tough question. It really depends on the place I eat at. I tend to go for the new things when I am in a place that has plenty of choices to offer me. But if I end up at the restaurant that I know will not have that many meat-free dishes, I will go for my usual choice. Especially if I go with a good friend, and can talk for aces before even looking at the menu.

6. If you could be a character in a book, which genre would you want it to be in?

Fantasy/Romance. Not too intense or deadly though, but I’d love to deal with some apocalypse stuff, and meet a wonderful angel on the way haha.

7. Which country have you always wanted to visit but not had the chance?

There aren’t that many countries that I would not want to visit. But I guess USA is a must for me. Especially New York and all the Broadway musicals there!

8. Have you been sorted on Pottermore, and if so, which house are you in? And are you happy with your house?

Of course I have, and I am Hufflepuff! I am really happy with it, it is such an underrated house! They just want to bring ore joy into the world.

9. When is your favourite time to read? During the day or at night in bed?

Any time of the day is a perfect time to read. But I guess I do appreciate my morning reads or the evening reads in bed a bit more.

10. Do you have any books that you have more than one copy of?

I do have a few copies of the classics, and I have a couple of Harry Potter books in different languages. But I usually don’t tend to keep more than one, I’d rather give it as a gift or to the library.

11. Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?

Oh yes. I go to charity stores for books way too often, and end up buying books based on the covers.

My Questions

  1. If you could read only one book for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
  2. Which character would you like to slap in the face?
  3. If you could change an ending of one book, which one would it be, and what would you change?
  4. If you could make one series of a book into a standalone, which series would you choose.
  5. Which Film/TV Show/Musical have you watched the most times?
  6. Your favourite book OTP?
  7. Which fictional team/gang/group of friends would you like to be a part of?
  8. What is your favourite secondary character in a book?
  9. What is your favourite city that you have ever visited?
  10. If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose?
  11. What is the most shameful book that you have read and loved it?

 

So this was fun! I thought I would only answer the questions since I am really busy these days, but I decided to sacrifice my sleep instead.

I know it is quite hard to get recognition when you decide to start a blog, and this award really helps to become apart of the blogging community. Therefore, I will try to nominate some newbies as well as some people who have been blogging for a bit now. So here goes my nominations:

megxnmarie

readbyroe

readingsimone

Book Fox

thelibrarylizard

chocolateandwafflesblog

fangirlalert_07

Melissa @ BookNerdMomo

anareyhs

LairOfBooks

Booksvertigoandtea

And, of course, anybody who feels like doing this tag! If you want to do it, just do it, and if you do not – do not! Just enjoy your book blogging community and know that you are doing a great job!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside of the US

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week you get a topic for your top ten list.

This week, we focus on the books that are set outside the US. I have noticed that quite a few books that I tend to read are based in the US, and I do enjoy this setting immensely, since it is a foreign country to me. However, I also love stumbling upon a book that is set outside the stated, especially in places that are completely unfamiliar to me. And the wanderlust soul in me loves to experience new cultures, therefore, transporting yourself to a new place through a book, is wonderful.

So here are my top 10 books set outside USA:

1. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

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Set in Australia

2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

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Set in Germany

3. The Wraith & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Set in Khorasan, a place that would be somewhere in Iraq and Afghanistan

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Set in Prague, Czech Republic

5. And the Moutains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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Set in Kabul, Afghanistan; Paris, France; Tinos, Greece

6. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

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Set in Paris, France

7. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

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Set in Ireland

8. Someone To Run With by David Grossman

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Set in Israel

9. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Set in London, England

10. Vain by Fisher Amelie

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Set in Uganda and Cape Town, South Africa

So these are my choices for the books that are set outside the US. I was trying to use as many locations as I could, because there are quite a few really great books that I have read set in England or Australia, but their spots in the list have been filled by other ones.

Have you read these books? Tell me what you think of there reads, and recommend me more great books that are set outside the US.

 

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Thank you Chicnerdreads for tagging me, it is always fun to reflect on your reading achievements once in a while. I cannot believe it’s July already, but I am quite proud of my book numbers this year. I believe I have not read as many books in any 6 month period as in the last half the year, and considering my busy schedule, I am happy I managed to squeeze in more reading this year.

So anyway, I’ll start with the list:

Best Book You’ve Read In 2016

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Well probably. I don’t feel like I should single out just one book, because I have read quite a few really great ones, but I guess this out objectively and subjectively. Plus, it was a genre that is out of my comfort zone, therefore I name it my favourite of the year so far.

Best Sequel You’ve Read In 2016

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas definitely tops the list. Compared to Throne of Glass, it was an immense improvement of the series. I just felt so many emotions while reading this one, it completely blew my mind.

New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I need to read more of Schwab’s work ASAP.

Most Anticipated Release For the Second Half of the Year

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. There are quite a few books that I cannot wait to get my hands on, but this one really tops the list.

Biggest Disappointment

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Never Never: Part Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. I really loved the first two parts of Never Never. They were mysterious and engaging and confusing in the best way. But after reading the resolve of all the actions, I could not believe how lazy and clique the ending was.

Biggest Surprise

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I have no idea how I have decided to pick up this book, but I was convinced that I wouldn’t like it. When I read about Cinder being a cyborg, living in a futuristic world, it just seemed like not my cup of tea. But I was completely blown away by the well-crafted storyline and the writing. The whole series was entertainment at its best, and I got completely sucked in that world.

Favourite New Author

There are so many new great authors that I have discovered this year, but I will go with Marissa Meyer. Since I have read the whole of The Lunar Chronicles by her, and not one book disappointed me, I can honestly say that her ability to crate such a rich story world and entertain the reader to the bone, blew me away.

Newest Fictional Crush

Ok, so I was trying to name only one thing in each category, but I cannot in this one. I guess it will have to be a tie between Raffe from Anngelfall, Chaol from Thorne of Glass series, and Captain Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles.

Newest Favourite Character

Cress from The Lunar Chronicles and Jem from The Infernal Devices. But there are too many.

Book That Made You Cry

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. The Infernal Devices series came as a complete surprise to me. I never got the appeal to The Mortal Instruments series, I only managed to read those books because I was not aware of how easy it is to get any book you want now. I was prepared for something silly, but fun, and this series just blew me away. I don’t remember when was the last time that I have cried as much as I have while reading Clockwork Princess.

Book That Made You Happy

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Simon vs. Te Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. It was such a light-hearted and fun read, that I thing my face started to hurt from all the smiling.

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

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So I have not read the book, but I absolutely adored the movie, and found newly born love for Matt Damon. So it counts.

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year

Since my blog is very recent, I just love all the posts that I have done recently. It is very refreshing to write and love it.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

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The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh.

What Book Do You Need To Read By the End Of the Year

Way too many. But I’ll go with:

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is definitely a must read for me.

So this was fun. It is definitely useful to reflect, because when it comes to deciding on your favourite books of the year, it proves to be a difficult task.

For this fun task, I tag (you don’t have to do this tag if you don’t want to):

areaderswhimsy

novelacious

aubreyleaman

caronbull

rabidwhite

And anybody else who wants to do this tag.