Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books To Read In Spring

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is the top ten books I want to read in Spring. I want to get through quite a few books that I already have on my shelves rather than buying new ones but there are some I need to get!

New Books

13530566

The Art of Wishing – Lindsay Ribar

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a novel about a genie. Vampires yes, werewolves yes. Genies? I’m fascinated!

13569308

Phantom – Laura DeLuca

This looks amazing. It comes out at the end of this month and I need to acquire a copy ASAP!

13515848

Broken – A.E. Rought

I want this one for similar reasons as Phantom. This is based on Frankenstein and looks amazing.

12139510

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

It seems that everyone is reading this one. I know it’s either going to be amazing or I’ll hate it. I think it’s the cyborg aspect that puts me off a bit but I need to try it.

Already On My TBR Shelf

spintered

Splintered – A.G. Howard

I now have a copy of this so I think it will be my next read! I love anything Wonderland and this has received a lot of good reviews!

 

2339585

 

The Understudy – David Nicholls

I loved One Day and Starter For Ten so this is next on my TBR list.

68345

The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe – Douglas Adams

I read A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy a few months ago and loved it. It’s definitely time to read the next in the series!

6794

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Another book that everyone seems to be reading! I’ve had this on my TBR shelf for a while and love the look of it.

7194802

What On Earth Evolved? 100 Species That Changed The World – Christopher Lloyd

I started this last year and it’s a fascinating read. I seem to pick it up every so often and then put it back again so I really want to finish it.

Something to Re-Read

204791

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

I’m desperate to read this again. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this book. It’s my favourite novel of all time and sometimes I just need to read it!

What are you reading this season?

 

Top Ten Tuesday – My Top Ten Favourite Characters in the Vampire Genre

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week they are looking at your top ten characters in whichever genre you choose! This has prompted a lot more variety as each blogger has chosen the genre they like best. I spent ages trying to decide which genre to choose and have decided on a quite specific one of Vampire novels. Now I know this probably comes under the fantasy genre but I wanted to be a bit more specific as I read a lot of fantasy. So here goes, my top ten favourite characters in the vampire genre (in no particular order)!

images (1)

1) Eric Northman – The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

Now this is the kind of vampire I like. Although I have included some Twilight characters on this list they don’t scream vampire to me. Eric is my favourite character in this series (I can’t stand Bill!). He is confident to the point of arrogance but man does he deserve to be! He’s also the only character who has ever been true to Sookie.

 

ALICE_CULLEN_NEW_MOON

2) Alice Cullen – Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

Although not the typical vampire type I love Alice. She’s so petite and fragile looking but is amazingly strong (physically and emotionally). I love the bond she has with Bella too, she is pretty much the total opposite to her and yet embraces her easily as a sister. Alice is without a doubt my favourite character in the Twilight series.

movie-vampire_diaries-damon-salvatore-leather-jacket

3) Damon Salvatore – The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

I love Damon for a similar reason as I love Eric. His brother (Stefan) is one of the most boring vampires I have ever come across. Damon is more like a traditional vampire, he embraces the evil parts of himself. This makes him a much stronger character in my opinion because he lives a similar life to Stefan but doesn’t ignore who he is. I’ve only read the first book in The Vampire Diaries series but I really hope Damon and Elena get together!

 

tumblr_lhe3p6wQV51qhbnuyo1_400
4) Count Dracula – Dracula by Bram Stoker

Of course Dracula had to be on this list. He has such pride in what he is and where he’s come from and is so charming. There is an anger there though which many vampires are missing in modern stories. He also inspired so many novels, tv programmes and films about vampires and he is the archetypal vampire character.

Marked
5) Erik Night – House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristin Cast

I have just finished the first novel in this series (Marked) and already really like this character. He’s only a developing vampire but I think there’s huge potential. He is attracted to the main character in the novel (Zoey) and is really sweet and kind about the characteristics that are making the “popular kids” hate her. I’m looking forward to seeing how his character develops throughout the series.

6) Neferet  – House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Again, my opinion on Neferet is only based on the first novel in this series. I love her character because she has such power about her. She’s really nice to Zoey as well and makes her feel welcome.

images (2)


7) Diana Bishop – Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I found Diana immediately like-able and related a lot to her. What I loved most about her is that unlike most female characters who fall in love with vampires (Bella Swann I’m looking at you!) she is a strong and powerful woman. She doesn’t come across as helplessly in love and she doesn’t let her vampire fight her battles.

Jasper_Hale_Promo

8) Jasper Hale – Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

It is probably no coincidence that the other vampire I love from the Twilight series is Alice’s partner, Jasper. There is a vulnerability in Jasper as he tries his best to lead a “vegetarian” lifestyle. I like that about him because it shows amazing self control and belief. His troubled past is also much more interesting than that of his other glittering siblings.

images (3)

9) Pam Ravenscroft – The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

If you’ve only ever seen the TV programme of True Blood then you need to read the books ASAP! Pam is just one of the characters that is a lot different on TV than she is portrayed in the books. What I love about her is loyalty and her sense of humour. She’s also the person who kept Eric grounded for 160 years.

Tom-Waits
10) R.M. Renfield – Dracula by Bram Stoker

Renfield is held in a lunatic asylum in this novel as he is under the influence of Count Dracula. I’ve always found him deeply interesting and remember reading the novel waiting for him to come up again. Towards the end of the story he manages to fight against the mind control that Dracula is using on him and helps to save Mina’s life, giving up his own in the process. An extremely strong character who helps to drive the story along.

Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? Leave your link in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Romances

Image

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme held over at The Broke and the Bookish.   This week’s theme is top ten romances. As a huge fan of romance in novels this was a great one for me!

Image

1) Cathy and Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights

I apologise for the obvious choice but it’s obvious for a reason! Cathy and Heathcliff are the first couple that come into my head when I think of top romances. It is a love and passion that overpowers all and some of the best quotes come from this novel.

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Image

2) Severus Snape and Lily Potter – Harry Potter Series

The ultimate romance of the Harry Potter series. Everyone had an opinion on whether Severus Snape was “evil” or not and it turned out to be a love story all along. Another example of how love can overcome anything.

“After all this time?” – Dumbledore

“Always” – Snape

Image

3) Sookie and Eric – True Blood Series

I’ve wanted these two to be together since the very beginning. It’s no secret how much I hate Bill and Quinn! Eric was always true to Sookie and they are perfect together.

“We could go back to your house. I can stay with you always. We can know each other’s bodies in every way, night after night. I could love you. I could work. You would not be poor. I would help you.”

Image

4) Ron and Hermione – Harry Potter Series

We all rooted for them from the beginning. Did anybody every truly believe that Hermione would end up with Harry?

“There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.”

Jane-Eyre-Proposal-scene-romantic-movie-moments-1621427-1024-576

5) Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester

Another love conquers all example. Jane and Mr Rochester are also an example of how much can be forgiven for the person that you love. Jane deserves somebody who treats her like the truly beautiful woman she is and Mr Rochester needs a second chance at love. Another beautiful love story from the Bronte sisters.

““I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.””

10778669

6) Yul and Sylvie – Stonewylde series

This was one of the best books I read last year and I love the relationship between Sylvie and Yul.

the-night-circus-uk

7) Celia and Marco – The Night Circus

A couple that show that trying to make two people fight will not overcome their love for each other. A beautiful relationship that overcomes the worst hardships.

“I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.”

time-trav-wife-221

8) Henry and Clare – The Time Traveller’s Wife

These two have an amazing relationship that survives the fact that Henry keeps disappearing and then appearing again in different parts of Clare’s life. An enchanting love story.

“I place my hands over her ears and tip her head back, and kiss her, and try to put my heart into hers, for safekeeping, in case I lose it again.”

shiver

9) Grace and Sam – Shiver

This was the book I gripped on to when I wanted more Twilight style stories. It’s much better though. Grace and Sam have to overcome the winters where Sam becomes a wolf for the season. That’s hard enough but then there is the threat that he’ll never turn back to human again. They’re such a sweet couple.

“His lips tasted cool and sharp, peppermint, winter, but his hands, soft on the back of my neck, promised long days and summer and forever.”

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

10) Jacob and Marlena – Water for Elephants

I think circuses are excellent locations for a romance story. This one is extra special because we find out what happened after the story ended.

“When two people are meant to be together, they will be together. It’s fate.”

 

Which are your favourite romances?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish (http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.co.uk). This week’s theme is the top ten most frustrating characters ever. A few characters immediately came to mind but I haven’t got ten!

Bella Swan – Twilight

kristen-stewart-as-bella-swan-in-twilight2

I know you all thought of this character as soon as you read the title of this blog post. I did too.

Let me own up though, I am a twilight fan – I love the books and the films (but the books are better).

However, Bella is the most annoying character I can think of. Not only that but she is a terrible role model for teenage girls too! She can’t live without her boyfriend and actually spends a year basically in mourning because he leaves. Now I’m all for true love but she needs to get a grip!

She also spends the whole four books just constantly moaning. I swear she is never happy.

 

imagesQuinn – True Blood Series

Quinn appears in the 5th True Blood book and has become a constant character. I can’t quite pin down what it is about him that I find so hugely annoying. He is over the top confident and comes across as very big headed and yet he is extremely boring! He also tries to pry Sookie away from Eric which I’m never going to be happy with. Back off Quinn and leave it to the vampires.

Bill – True Blood Series

Bill starts off as Sookie’s vampire in the first True Blood book. Sure he’s charming but as soon as other (more interesting) vampires were introduced I went right off him. Then we find out that he went after Sookie just because he was told to and nearly got her killed in the process. Seriously guys, back off and let Sookie be with Eric like she should be!

bronteemetext96wuthr10

Catherine Earnshaw – Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is my favourite book and I love all of the characters. However there is a frustrating streak to the main character, Cathy. She was in love with Heathcliff and yet she married Edgar Linton basically because he was rich. I couldn’t help but think she loved all the attention!

Linton Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights

Linton was Heathcliff’s son and was always a sickly, weak child. I just spent the whole book wishing he’d fight back against his father and just stop complaining and making everything about himself!

Roliet-romeo-and-juliet-32040829-400-300

 

Romeo and Juliet

Both equally as frustrating, in a similar way to Bella Swan! Where do I start? Maybe Juliet should have come up with a better plan than than just hoping that she’d wake up before Romeo got there? It’s all just slightly over dramatic!

Dolores_Umbridge

 

 

Dolores Umbridge – Harry Potter

The hated character of all Harry Potter fans! She was a cotton pink coloured toad who was condescending and just plain horrible to everyone she met.

 

 

 

Which literary characters do you find annoying? Do they make you hate the book or, like me, do they make the story more interesting?

Top Ten Tuesday – Settings I’d Love to See in Books

Image

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme run by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Settings You’d Like To See (http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/top-ten-settings-jana-would-like-to-see.html). I only have five of these which probably means I need to expand my horizons a bit!

Image

1) Old Villages

By this I mean Stonewylde style villages. I love that period of time and the characters being that close to nature.

Image

2) Hidden Worlds

I love the idea of the book being set in the real world but with a hidden world inside it. This worked really well with JK Rowling’s wizard world.

Image

3) Totally made up worlds

There is something amazing about fantasy novels where the world is entirely new. It’s something you can emerge yourself in.

Image

4) France

Particularly little french villages like in Chocolat or Amelie. I’ve never been there but I love reading about the country.

Image

5) Circus/Carnivals

I read two amazing books set in a circus last year – Water For Elephants and The Night Circus. They both had a magical atmosphere and were really gripping.

What are your favourite settings? Do you have any recommendations for me?

Top Ten Tuesdays – Reading Goals for 2013

Image

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish (http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/paulas-top-ten-reading-goals-for-2013.html). This week’s theme is reading goals for 2013.

My goals are:

  1. Read 50 Books – any type, any genre! Last year I pledged the same on goodreads but didn’t do too well so this is my second attempt.
  2. Read more non fiction – I have a lot of non fiction on my book shelves. It’s mostly animal/science related stuff which I have a lot of interest in from my Zoology degree. I don’t know why I don’t read it more often.
  3. Read more poetry – I write a lot of poetry but have to confess that I don’t read it very often!
  4. Sort out discworld – by “sort out” I mean figure out which ones I have read and haven’t read, which ones I own and which ones I need. Then try and catch up a bit!
  5. Read 10 books that I’ve owned for more than a year – I have a lot of books and yet I always read my newer ones first! I want to clear some of my “to read” shelf.
  6. Read more Stephen King – I have loads of Stephen King books and keep buying more!
  7. Don’t waste time on books I don’t like – I always persevere with books and then get in a rut. If I don’t like it I’m going to put it down and start a new one.

 

 

I also have some writing goals:

  1. Actually start my story – I love planning but I need to start writing at some point!
  2. Read more books on writing – This goes with the non fiction goal above but I’ve got so many of these it’s getting silly when I never read them!
  3. Enter writing competitions – I’m at that point where I’m finally a bit more confident with my writing and I’m going to start letting other people read it. Scary but good!

And those are my 10 book related goals! I’m going to try and keep up with Top Ten Tuesdays because they’re quite fun (that’s another goal…) so check back in a week for another one. Also if you want to join in check out http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.co.uk/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html.