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Top 5 Wednesday: Books as Event Themes

Today’s topic is Books we would like as event Themes.
I had a few in mind and just went mad on Pinterest 😉 so yeah, enjoy!

I chose books I’ve read and enjoyed, which also have a lot of atmosphere.

The Great Gatsby

Bookish events Great Gatsby

I love vintage looks so anything inspired by the 20s, like The Great Gatsby, is right up my street. It’s chique with minimal colors and it just looks so classy. (source)

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I think the best color scheme is black, gold and maybe some silver. Don’t forget to put a green lantern outside! (source)

Harry Potter

Bookish events Harry Potter

Ow my god. This is just one of a million pictures for a Harry Potter themed wedding and I am so in love. The dress, the location…. it’s amazing!!! (Other pictures here)

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Look at those chocolate frogs on the plates. So incredibly beautiful! (source)

The Night Circus

Bookish events Night Circus

Few books are more atmospheric than The Night Circus. Color scheme here is black and white with pops of red. (source)

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Circus vibes means popcorn, right? (source)

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Mmmmm candy… (source)

Pride and Prejudice

Bookish events Pride and Prejudice

Those flowers! I would LOVE to sit at that table. (source)

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Imagine every guest gets his or her silhouette on their chair. (source)

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Throwing this kind of party outside gives it a whole new dimension. (source)

Alice in Wonderland

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I love the chaotic, messy style of these Mad Hatter tea parties. (source)

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

Mmmmmm cookies!! (source)

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

Love this.. sooooo much. Isn’t that clever? (source)

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

If you want some extra inspiration, this is the place to look. What a great and beautiful set of pictures. (source)

I looked up Game of Thrones parties and they are hysterical!! There are so many funny ideas out there. But I haven’t read the books so I couldn’t add them to this list.

And there you have it. Five ideas for bookish events.

Which one is your favorite?

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Blogmas Day 5: Wintery Reads Recommendations

Looking out your window and not seeing any signs of winter yet? Want to find that snowy, cold and Christmassy feeling?
Or is it already freezing where you live and are you looking for an atmospherical novel to bury yourself under a mountain of blankets with?

Here are some books I would recommend for the colder months of the year.

  1. Burial Rites – Hannah Kent

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The setting for this book is the Icelandic winter of 1829. It is so rich in detail that it pulls you in entirely. This is the story of a woman who is charged with the murder of her lover. She can’t go to prison so she’s brought to a farm to work and live with the family there. As if that doesn’t sound interesting enough already, this is also based on historical facts.
Find my review here.

2. Winter’s Tale – Mark Helprin

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I have not actually finished this book (it’s huuuuuge) but the moment I started reading it, I loved it immediately. It’s funny, sad, romantic and very difficult to explain without giving to much away.
The story follows a thief, Peter Lake, who breaks in to a mansion to find a woman, Beverly Penn. She knows of course that he was going to steal from her but decides to forgive him. The two fall madly in love. But Beverly is very ill and it seems that her days are numbered.
This is only a fraction of the story. It has action (ganster Pearly Soames, who’s after Peter), fantasy (a white horse that saves Peter, that sometimes has wings) and magic.
If you are looking for a book you can disappear into for days, this might just be the one.

3. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

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I know, I know, everyone always puts this classic on their winter reads-list. Until I read it, I couldn’t understand why, but now I do. There is something so isolating about winter in this books (you can find it in Jane Eyre as well). Now you just take the car to visit your friends and family, back then you were pretty much confined to your home.
I think those dark and cold winter evenings/nights are the perfect time to catch up with some classics. Most of the time they are slow reads and now you have plenty of time to read them. Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea, find something delicious to eat and make yourself comfortable.

4. Life after Life – Kate Atkinson

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A baby girl dies at birth only to be born again under the same circumstances and live. Ursula Todd lives the most complicated life, every time she dies, she starts over and lives her life to another possible outcome. Sometimes it takes different possibilities to survive and then she keeps on living until death finds her again.
This book does not only take place during wintertime (it spans a whole life so that wouldn’t be possible) but some of the most beautiful chapters feature the snowy season.
To quote “Me” from last night’s Doctor Who season finale: “Some things can be sad and beautiful at the same time.” Well, this is one of those things.
If you want to know more about the book, you can find my review here.

5. The tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling

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Let’s be fair, it wouldn’t be a Christmassy list if it didn’t, in some way or form, have Harry Potter on it.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a little book of fables/fairy tales/myths which also tells you the origin story of the Deathly Hallows (The Three Brothers). It’s a good idea for reading in-between Christmas Parties and family visits because all the stories are pretty short.
Also, it brings back the HP memories without having to reread the whole series ;).

What are your favourite winter reads?

Love

Ellen

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Top 5 Wednesday: Most Frustrating Characters

On Wednesdays we make lists…

Here are my top 5 most frustrating characters, in order of frustratingness.

5) Callum and Sephy – Noughts and Crosses

I have a review up where I go into detail about why I don’t like these two characters, so I’ll keep it short. Sephy it a whiny, spoiled child and Callum ends up being a hypocrite.. I just didn’t like the book, it’s not that I hate it, I just can’t be bothered.

4) Cornelius Fudge – Harry Potter series

If he had accepted the fact that Voldemort was back when they first told him, maybe the damage would have been a lot less but noooooo Cornelius knows best. I’m not saying he was a bad minister, it wasn’t until after he convinced himself that Dumbledore was after his job, that he became bad at his job.

3) Bob Ewell – To kill a mockingbird

Spreading a rumor that your daughter has been raped, when it’s not true, is horrible. Then not owning up to the lie so that an innocent man is found guilty is sadistic. Seeing it as an accomplishment because the innocent man is black, that just shows you how stupid and ignorant the guy really is. Ugh, I hate him!

2) Lydia Bennet – Pride and Prejudice

She’s so silly and naive, that’s what makes her annoying. She thinks that she’s so smart, running off like that but really she just wants the attention. Even after everything is said and done, she still doesn’t get what was really going on.

1) Belle Swan – Twilight series

I have said it before and I will say it again, she annoyed the [insert nasty word] out of me. Is there any character in fiction that’s more annoying than her? Well, not for me anyway. I remember loving the first book but the three after that were just her whining about absolutely everything.

Which characters annoy you the most?
Let me know, below.

Love

Ellen

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#T5W: characters you hate

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey @ gingerreadslainey on Youtube.

Here are my top 5 characters that I absolutely despise.
My number one I knew straight away, the others required a bit of reflection but once the names started coming, I couldn’t believe I didn’t think of them sooner.

I’m not sure if you’ll agree with all five, so I put in a little explenation as to way I hate them so much.

Here we go:
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5) Tom Buchanan (The Great Gatsby)
He thinks it’s perfectly normal to have an affair. He’s also a racist and ugh I hate him. And can I remind you that he’s the reason Myrtle gets run over, so he’s the reason for everything.. Just saying.

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4) Dexter (One Day)
First he’s rich and then he’s not. He’s a drunk and he ruins Emma’s life. Although I was happy when everything finally fell into place, I was still so annoyed by him. Seriously, get a grip and stop drinking!!

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3) Lydia Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
I hope she lives out her life in misery. Not only does she run off with the guy her sister has a crush on, she never realises the amount of trouble she has caused. All she wants is to be the center of attention, aaaaaall the time.

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2) Bella Swan (Twilight)
Sorry about that. I enjoyed the first book but in my opinion it just got worse and worse until I nearly threw the last book out the window. Bella is a spineless, whiny little girl. Oh, poor me.. I have to carry the weight of the whole world on my shoulders.. Oh please save me..
She depressed me, annoyed me and I’m glad the hype is over…

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1) Umbridge (Harry Potter)
The mother of horrible characters. Who doesn’t hate Dolores Umbridge? She knows exactly what she’s doing and she’s so clever about it. Always finding new ways to reach her goals. She has an answer for everything (most of the time those answers have something to do with the Ministry) and it’s like she wants nothing more than to see everyone in pain.

I hope I didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings.. Also sorry if I went on a rant ;).
If you want to do the T5Ws you can!
You’ll find all the information here.

Let me know which characters you love to hate!

See you soon!
Love

Ellen

P.S. You can find all the images and the websites they belong to on my Pinterest.

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T5W: Top 5 quotes

How can it be Thursday already? I don’t understand but before I even noticed the week has almost gone.. I’ve been so busy, I really have to take a moment to breathe, sit down and read a bit..

In this post another topic from top 5 Wednesday because I just couldn’t help myself. I love a good quote.
So here are five of my favourites.

1)
“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I love this quote! I really liked the relationship between Darcy and Elisabeth, how it grew slowly but surely. And when they finally confessed their love to each other, I couldn’t help but smile..

This is also what it was like for me. I had known my husband for quite a while before we started dating. I can’t possibly remember when I started loving him, I only remember that I did.. well do..

2)
“There is an arch supported by four vast columns. Etched over hundreds and hundreds of yards of stone, furlongs of stone, there are names:
“Who are these, these? The men who died in this battle?”
“No. The lost, the ones they did not find. The others are in the cemeteries.”
“These are just the … the unfound.” When she could speak again. “From the whole war?”
The man shook his head. “Just these fields.”
Elizabeth sat on the steps. “No one told me. My God no one told me,”
― Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

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This arch is called The Menin Gate in Ypres. It’s a very impressive monument. I go there from time to time because I feel like these names deserve my attention.
When I went there for the first time, I stayed until they played The Last Post in the evening. They play it every evening under the gate and they have done so every evening since 1928 only interrupted by the Second World War.
It was so tragic and everyone was so respectful. I will remember it forever.

I have read a lot of book about the wars but Birdsong touched me in a way others didn’t. It doesn’t mask the horror, it tells you exactly what’s going on.

3)
“It was amazing to me then, and still is, that so many people who wander into bookshops don’t really know what they’re after–they only want to look around and hope to see a book that will strike their fancy. And then, being bright enough not to trust the publisher’s blurb, they will ask the book clerk the three questions: (1) What is it about? (2) Have you read it? (3) Was it any good?”
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Yup, this is exactly how it works 🙂 and I treasure the conversations I have had with people who really love books, while I was working at the bookshop. These where the best moments, when I could recommend them books and they recommended others to me.
And when they came back a week later and told me how much they loved it, they would ask me the 4th question: What else do you have for me? And I would walk around grinning like a fool for the rest of the day.

4)
“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. “I’m okay” we say. “I’m alright”. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can’t get it off. That’s when you realize that sometimes it isn’t even an answer–it’s a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Doesn’t need a lot of explaining, I think. I have often found myself saying “I’m fine” when I’m really not and it’s like I’m trying to convince myself more than I’m trying to convince others..

5)
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Or

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Or

“Maybe ‘okay’ will be our ‘always”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

*crawls into a corner and sobs quietly*

There you go, five (more or less) of my favourite quotes.. I have a lot of quotes I like so maybe I should make this a thing? When I come across a really good one, I’ll post it. If it doesn’t spoil the story of course..

You can find the topics of Top 5 Wednesday on this goodreads page:
https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday

If you want to give your top 5, just go ahead and share them with us.
Leave a link in the comments..

That’s all for now..
Have a nice day/afternoon/evening depending on where you live and when you read this ;).

Love

Ellen