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Top 5 Wednesday: Books For Your Hogwarts House

I used to be a Hufflepuff but last year I took the new Pottermore test and I got Ravenclaw. There was a lot of commotion surrounding that new test but to me, it was perfect. Hufflepuff is the person I used to be. I made decisions based on how it made me feel, I was extreeeeemely loyal. Now, I’m still those things but I’ve learned a lot, I have become wiser over the years. Not everyone deserves my loyalty. I’m smarter than I used to be. So I’ve decided that I’m a Huffleclaw, a Ravenpuff.

So I’m giving you books for both of them 😉

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The Princess Bride – William Goldman (buy)

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A story about adventure, loyalty, love and friendship.. It doesn’t get more Hufflepuff than this..

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (buy)

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Same. Friendship.. You get it..

Uprooted – Naomi Novik (buy)

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Let’s say I’d have to recommend this book in the HP world. I’d recommend it because it’s a different magic system from theirs. Earth magic, nature magic.. and I think they’d really like it.

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The Martian – Andy Weir (buy)

The Martian - Andy Weir

Figuring out the science in this book can be seen as a challenge, you don’t HAVE to understand ALL of it but it’s fun to try. Also, sarcasm… lots and lots of sarcasm.

Any book by Dan Brown (buy)

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I know that there are a lot of different opinions on these books but when I read Inferno, I really enjoyed myself. I put it on the list because of the details, the information and the history in these stories. I always feel like I learned something and had a good time.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Want to Read More From

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and is hosted by Samantha.

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This week we talk a little about the authors we want to read more from. I don’t really have favorite authors and I always look at their work one book at a time but there are some that I’d be more inclined to read more from.

Let’s go!

Naomi Novik

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I’ve read Uprooted and really liked it. I’m considering picking up the Temeraire series but I’m a bit reluctant because it’s already a big series. This is a good thing because it means once I start and love it, I can just keep reading and reading and reading but it’s also a bad thing because I’m reading at a slow pace right now so I just don’t have the time to take on a series like that.. I’d get no other reading done whatsoever…

Ernest Hemingway

Author Ernest Hemingway

I’ve only read The Old Man and The Sea (and loved it) but I had For Whom The Bell Tolls on my shelf, so I should read that one soon.

Jane Austen

Author Jane Austen

I read Pride and Prejudice a while ago and I want to something else by her but I’m not sure what exactly. Any recommendations?

Neil Gaiman

Author Neil Gaiman

American Gods is now a TV series but when I tried to read it, I could not get into it. It’s also a massive book so I need some real reading time if I ever want to get through it. I’ve loved Neverwhere and The Ocean at the end of the Lane and I have Trigger Warning sitting on my shelf, so it’s only a matter of time before I pick something else up by him.

Ian McEwan

Author Ian McEwan

If you’ve read my review for Nutshell yesterday, you’ll know that I have a soft spot for Ian McEwan. Although I don’t enjoy all of his work, I’m always in awe of his writing style. I’ll just have to find the stories that really appeal to me.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

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The Passage - Justin Cronin

The Passage – Justin Cronin

North America is unrecognizable, a wasteland. Forty million infected humans, known as virals, stalk the continent. In a fortified mountain compound in Southern California, a handful of human survivors—descendants of children evacuated from the city of Philadelphia in the last days of the epidemic—somehow carry on. It has been years since the citizens of First Colony have seen anyone from the outside world; as far as they know, they are the last people alive on the continent. But time is running out for them. The life-saving lights that protect the Colony are dimming as the batteries that power them lose their charge. Despair has taken hold; many have given up. Some, gripped by terrifying dreams, have resorted to taking their own lives.

Then, from out the wilderness, someone new appears, a teenage girl. Dirty, traumatized, dressed in rags and apparently unable to speak, she is befriended by a group of four young people—Peter, Alicia, Michael, and Sara—who attempt to unravel the mystery of her origins. A computer chip embedded in her neck reveals part of the story: Her name is Amy, and she is almost a hundred years old.

Wouldn’t this be great? You set out to find a cure for this virus that is terrorizing the world. There’s danger around every corner, Virals are hunting you down.
Wait.. maybe this would be too creepy for me…

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Uprooted – Naomi Novik

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

I see this as a linear storyline. You get the story as you go along. I chose this one for the atmosphere. It would be beauuuutiful!

Also, did you know that Warner Bros bought the rights and Ellen Degeneres is producing the movie?

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Six of Crows/ Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Choose which character you want to be and get updates of what the other characters are doing while you do your part. Once again I image beautiful scenery and stunning graphics. I’d compare it to an Assassin’s Creed sort of thing.

The Martian - Andy Weir

The Martian – Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Find your way across the endless Martian plains or die of starvation. Use parts to build yourself a way off the planet. I’d play that game… 🙂

Neverwhere Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her–and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.

Several hours later, the girl is gone too. And by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won’t stop for him, his landlord rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

For this is the home of Door, the mysterious girl whom Richard rescued in the London Above. A personage of great power and nobility in this murky, candlelit realm, she is on a mission to discover the cause of her family’s slaughter, and in doing so preserve this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it. And with nowhere else to turn, Richard Mayhew must now join the Lady Door’s entourage in their determined–and possibly fatal–quest.

That last word.. ‘quest’ that’s exactly why this would make a great game. London Below would make a great world and just think about how amazing it would be if you could just walk around in London and go through a door which takes you to Neverwhere.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books to get you out of a reading slump

Reading slumps are the worst!! I’m in the middle of one right now. I guess I’m just looking for the right book to get things moving again.

If you’re in a reading slump, here are some books to help you out.

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  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

You need something sweeter than sweet? Read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This story made me smile so much my face hurt.

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  • High-Rise – J.G. Ballard

Want something thrilling? I read this book in a day. There’s no stopping once things start to go wrong.

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  • Fortunately, The Milk – Neil Gaiman

Just a short and funny story about how getting a bottle of milk can be a huge adventure. it only took me an hour or so to read. Sometimes just finishing something can give you that little boost you need to pick up the next book.

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  • Uprooted – Naomi Novik

A fairytale with a snarky female lead. I loved reading this book. It really takes you on a journey. I loved the end and I wanted more, more, more.

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  • Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

This book is 100% atmosphere and that’s what makes it so amazing. When I was reading this book, I could imagine myself walking around the circus.

 

Which book would you recommend to get me out of my current slump?

 

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Blogmas day 15: Review Uprooted – Naomi Novik

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“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

When I heard people talk about this book, the information they were giving was a bit misleading. I was as if this whole book was about a girl who is taken by a wizard to live with him in his castle and of course that’s where the story begins but from there it goes in a completely different direction. It was not at all what I expected but I ended up loving it.

This book has a good story line although some parts were very much hurried (especially the romance). The world is easy to imagine. You get enough detail to get the general idea and then you are given room to fill in the rest.

The magic feels natural (not like in Carry On where it felt forced to me) and I liked the possibilities. Most of all I liked the way magic works differently for some people. It’s almost like our education system (and why it’s failing), some kids learn differently than others and find it extremely difficult to adjust to what we find normal. I enjoyed that similarity, it was something that pulled me into the story even more.

So what actually happens in this story? Well, I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll be careful. Agnieszka lives is a little town, she’s the daughter of a woodcutter and she’s very good at getting her clothes dirty. Every ten years, the Dragon takes a girl of 17 years old away to his tower. Of course Agnieszka is one of the girls that are 17 at the moment a new girl has to be chosen but she’s not scared because everyone knows that he will take Kasia, Agnieszka’s best friend and also the most beautiful girl in the valley.

See, I’m doing it too!!!

Forget all that.
Not very far from the village where Agnieszka lives, there is a forest so dark and corrupted by evil that anything that goes in, comes out either completely wrong or not at all. By completely wrong, I mean a man would come out looking fine and then he would murder his family with a smile on his face, that kind of wrong.
The Dragon keeps the Wood back as much as he can because the evil inside is always trying to get its claws onto more land.

That’s the interesting part. That’s what I loved. The Wood.
It’s scary. It’s evil. And it’s a story splendidly crafted.

Agnieszka starts out as an insecure little girl and grows into something more. Not just strong but capable. She’s not like the rest and even though others look down on her, she kicks all of their asses.
Her end of the story is sublime.

And lastly, I liked how nobody in this story is invincible. Even the strongest get hurt sometimes and that’s fine. It makes the whole believable and it means you don’t know the outcome until the last moment.

I’m very happy that I read this book. I could have done with a better build up for the romance but that didn’t stand in the way of a great book.

If you love magic and fantasy, pick it up. I mean it, it’s seriously one of my favourite books of the year.

Love

Ellen

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