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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey, but is now hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes.  You can find out more on the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic is Unlikeable Characters and I have to be honest.. I had a hard time thinking of these answers but here we go anyway. Let me know if you agree!

Kaz Brekker – Six of Crows

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To say that Kaz isn’t a very nice person, is putting it lightly. He’s ruthless and will do anything to succeed. I don’t think a lot of readers actually dislike him though, neither do I. He’s a great character.

Feyre – A Court of …

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I did not like her at first. When the first book opens, she’s introduced as a strong girl who takes care of her family. Later on, she let’s a certain High Lord talk her down to almost nothing. He makes her so small and I was so annoyed with her. Yes, Under The Mountain happened and she’s traumatised but it’s only in the second half of the second book and the beginning of the third book that I actually started liking her.

Daisy Buchanan – The Great Gatsby

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I think the reason I was still willing to give her a chance was because Gatsby loves her and that’s kinda what the whole book revolves around. But the truth is that Daisy is selfish and annoying.

Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter series

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Because yes, he’s a bully. Yes, he’s rude and snobbish. Yes, he made all the wrong choices. But I love him as a character. I loved the snark and I loved how his storyline was so unpredictable. What more can I say? He’s my fave.

Doctor Laing – High-Rise

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He stands by and watches as everything goes wrong and does nothing to stop it. I didn’t really like his character as a person but he was the perfect set of eyes to tell the story through.

 

Are any of your favorites on my list?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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Mmmmmm cookies!! (source)

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

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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 17: Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite historical books

I LOVE reading historical novels! It’s like traveling trough time without having to leave the comfort of your couch or bed (or where-ever you like to read).

Since I’m very bad at choosing “favourites”, I decided you choose five books that I love and put them in chronological order..

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1) Burial Rites – Hannah Kent

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This story is set in Iceland in 1829. A woman is charged with murder and since there are no prisons in Iceland, she is sent to work on a farm in the valley where she grew up until the day of her execution.
I love this book because it really gives you that feeling of being there at that time. Also, it’s based on real events. Very, very nice book! Read the full review here.

2) Life after life – Kate Atkinson

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This book starts in 1910, so that’s where I’m putting it on my chronological list. This is the story of a girl that is reborn every time she dies. So at first she’s born with the naval cord around her neck and she dies so she’s born again and everything goes well so she lives. Do you understand? If you don’t, just go with it because it’s an amazing book. One of the best I’ve read in 2014. Full review here.

3) The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

great gatsbyThe roaring twenties, just after the First World War, this book is about a wealthy man who throws parties all the time but he doesn’t just throw them because he likes them, no no, he’s hoping that the girl who lives on the other side of the water will notice them. This is a beautifully tragic story about wanting something so bad that you would do anything to get it. I have never done a review! Shame on me!! I’ll write one in the next couple of days.

4) To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

To kill a mockingbirdSet in the 1930’s this book tells you a story of childhood innocence and racism. I’m so glad that I read this book because it made me understand how easily we turn our backs on things that happen. The fact that racism is still something people struggle with every day, has been in the news with the recent events in the US and it’s pains me that it’s so difficult for some people to understand that racist ideas are not okay. We are all people and we all deserve the same treatment. Anyone who thinks differently is a) an idiot b) wrong. Why can’t everyone just be nice to each other? Haven’t written a review for this one either. I know what to do in the weeks to come.

5) The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

Boy in the striped pyjamasAnd last but not least, a World War II book. This one is about a young boy who has to move because the Fury decided that his father has to go and work somewhere else. Of course you, the reader, know that the Fury is Hitler, and that the father’s new job is to oversee the death camp ‘Auschwitz’. The little boy doesn’t understand all of these things, he’s just mad that he has to leave their beautiful house in Berlin and all of his friends behind. He gets even angrier because he sees all those people play together on the other side of the fence, they even get to wear their pyjamas all day long. Also no review yet, I’ll fix it, don’t worry.

 

That’s it, some of my favourite historical books.

What are your favourites? Let me know!
Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (@gingerreadslainey) and you can do them too if you want. There’s a new topic every week, you can find them here.

See you tomorrow!

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 books for new readers

I discovered the #T5W (Top 5 Wednesday) Family on Twitter a little while ago. It’s such a great idea! Every Wednesday they decide on a topic and everyone who’s interested can post a video on YouTube where they discuss the Top 5 of the week.

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Yesterday the topic was books you would recommend to new readers. So I stood in front of my bookshelf and picked out five books I would recommend for totally different reasons, just to keep it interesting.

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1) Room – Emma Donoghue
Jack is five.
He lives in a single, locked room with his Ma.

Why? The story is told by Jack so the language isn’t complicated but there’s a lot of meaning behind the words. As the reader you understand what’s going on before he even notices that something’s wrong.
I love this book and still can’t believe it didn’t win the Man Booker Prize in 2010.. So unfair! If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it!

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2) The Land of Decoration – Grace McCleen
Judith and her father don’t have much — their house is full of dusty relics, reminders of the mother she’s never known. But Judith sees the world with the clear Eyes of Faith, and where others might see rubbish, Judith sees possibility. Bullied at school, she finds solace in making a model of the Promised Land — little people made from pipe cleaners, a sliver of moon, luminous stars and a mirror sea — a world of wonder that Judith calls The Land of Decoration. Perhaps, she thinks, if she makes it snow indoors (using shaving foam and cotton wool and cellophane) there will be no school on Monday…

Why? The moment I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. I couldn’t believe my luck when I was sent a uncorrected proof copy. It’s such an amazing read, so funny and beautiful.. I read it in a little more than a day.
I just want to say that I’m not a religious person (and I still enjoyed this book) because religion as a topic seems to be something that scares people.. Religion is just one of the topics but it plays a big role in the way the story unfolds. I don’t want to say TOO much because I don’t want to spoil it for you but I really, really, really liked this book. It’s not difficult to read but just like Room, it has a lot of hidden meaning. Do me a favour and give it a chance, okay? Okay!

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3) The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Day and night Jay Gatsby’s mansion on West Egg buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby – young, handsome, fabulously rich – always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, although no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret longing that can never be fulfilled.

Why? There is a reason so many people have to read this in school. Fortunately I was able to read it when I felt like it and wow! that’s something else! It’s a short book, only 172 pages, but you have to pay attention.. Still I think it’s a great classic to start with. Either this or To Kill a Mockingbird.. The choice is yours 😉

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4) Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
You have never heard the name Harry Potter? Where are you from? Mars?

Why? This is where my love for books and reading originated. The books grow with the reader, or at least they grew with me. The plot became more complicated, more serious (or Sirius). I honestly don’t know who I would be without this series. It may sound stupid but I’m willing to take that risk because I mean it.. If you have doubts about reading these books, I will write down the reasons why everyone should read it and then I’ll post them here. In the meantime just take my word for it…
Btw.. Yes one of my cats decided to chew on the cover and yes I cried when I found out…

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5) The Bookthief – Markus Zusak
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something, she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

Why? This book… Why am I even trying? There are no words to describe this book… I have recommended it to probably a hundred people and every single one of them loved it. It has a lot of personal meaning too which makes it even more difficult to explain why I love this book so much.

If you’re lazy, you can just watch the film now because it was recently adapted.. But I can’t help but saying “read the book” really, you won’t regret it..

And there you go.. Five wonderful books, some very well-known, others not so well-known. Five books I have devoured, five books I will definately read again one day.

I hope you found it interesting..
If you want to see a full review of one of the books mentioned, let me know and I’ll write one for you ;).

See you all soon!
Thanks for reading!

Love
Ellen.