T5W: Books For All Ages

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

I feel a bit mixed about this months topic but today’s is really interesting! As a (mainly) YA blog, it’s actually nice to talk about some of the books I loved as a kid, and that made me read in the first place. Without some of these books, this blog probably wouldn’t even exist!

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Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal they are swiftly confiscated by his grisley aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
An incredible adventure is about to begin!

The first book that came to mind (as I’m sure it did many others) is of course Harry Potter. I’m still deep in the world of Hogwarts and I have to say these books are definitely ageless!

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Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out on to the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug’s left eye. He was only pretending to be asleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance…
Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…

One of my recent reads is The Hobbit and although it might not be suitable for all children now, it’s definitely one that could be read by adults too.

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Jo, Bessie and Fanny move to the country and find an Enchanted Wood right on their doorstep. In the magic Faraway Tree live the magical characters that soon become their new friends – Moon-Face, Silky the fairy, and Saucepan Man. Together they visit the strange lands (the Roundabout Land, the Land of Ice and Snow, Toyland and the Land of Take What You Want) atop the tree and have the most exciting adventures – and narrow escapes.

One of the books I remember from my childhood is this one! I read loads of Enid Blyton books (including the Wishing Chair series) and enjoyed them so much as a kid.

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Adrian Mole’s first love, Pandora, has left him; a neighbor, Mr. Lucas, appears to be seducing his mother (and what does that mean for his father?); the BBC refuses to publish his poetry; and his dog swallowed the tree off the Christmas cake. “Why” indeed.

I decided the best thing would be to ask my parents about this subject, and my dad came up with this book! I’ve read a couple of these books and I have to agree.

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Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!
But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

This is another one that I remember from my childhood and I’m sure I’d enjoy Roald Dahl’s stories if I decided to reread them now!

So those are my suggestions for books absolutely everyone can enjoy.

Which books do you think are great for all ages?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Books I Didn’t Get To in 2017

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

There’s quite a large number of books I didn’t get to last year and would like to prioritise this year, so it’s going to be hard to choose just 5!

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Yep, I still haven’t read these books. And I keep meaning to every single year…so maybe this year will be the year. I guess I’m just daunted by them. Once I start the series, I’ll have to complete the 7 books before I move onto anything else and it’s a big commitment!

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The issue I have with these is that I read The Raven Boys over a year ago, and I honestly can’t remember anything that happened in them. So I still haven’t carried on and finished the series, even though I have the full set!

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I have the same issue with this book, as I don’t really remember what happened in Six of Crows! I definitely want to continue with this series, but I’ll have to read a wrap-up of the plot first if I can.

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This series has now been sat on my shelf since Christmas 2016, so I think it’s about time I finally read them.

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My friend Elise has been asking me to read these books for ages, and I keep promising her I will! She gave me the first book for my birthday back in October, so I must start these soon.

So those are just a few of the books I want to read this year and tick off my TBR! What are some of yours?

-Beth

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T5W: Characters on the Naughty List

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Readers – I’m back! I’ve now officially broken up for college and it’s Christmas break! I’m going to be celebrating with a series of posts starting tomorrow, but for today, here’s 5 characters I think deserve to be on the naughty list!

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It’s safe to say I really didn’t like this book, or Johanna. I found this book vulgar for no reason, and I found Johanna the same. I don’t have my review on this blog, but I definitely remember not liking this!

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Of course Hannah had to make it into this list. She’s so melodramatic, and it got on my nerves. I know she had a hard time, I know I’m supposed to feel sorry for her. But I still finished this book struggling to like her, and you can find out more if you read my review!

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I don’t think Margo has many fans, to be honest. I haven’t read many reviews of this book where the reader actually liked her. I have to say I didn’t mind her at the time I read this book, but I completely understand why people dislike her now!

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Oh my. Another one I really didn’t like, and mainly because of a main character! Dexter was just so annoying, and played a massive role in why I disliked this one so much.

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Spontaneous probably wins the title of ‘Biggest Disappointment’ for me. To top that off, Mara is one of the most sarcastic narrators I’ve ever come across, and it just didn’t work for me.

So that’s my top 5 characters that should be on the naughty list! What are yours?

-Beth

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T5W: Bookish Things I’m a Grinch About

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It’s December and I writing live to you from the very best of places – a bookshop cafe! I’ve just come into Waterstones to finish some work and blog and drink the most delicious honeycomb hot chocolate I’ve ever had. And also the first honeycomb hot chocolate I’ve ever had, but oh well.

Anyway, on to the bookish chat and this topic is so interesting. It’s time to find out what I’m a Grinch about – or just simply things I don’t like in the bookish world.

Books That Draaaag

I’m not against books that are 600, 700, even 800 pages long. Not that I often read them quite that long, but I still think it can work. Unless the author drags the book into many more pages than it should be. After all, there are only so many thoughts and experiences a character can have, and sometimes they just….run empty.

Books That Have People on the Covers

Ugh, this is such a pet hate for me. I just think that unless they’re done extremely well, covers with people on can look so tacky and cheap.

Mental Illness Cured by Relationships

Those books with characters who suffer from a mental illness, meet ‘the one’, and then are suddenly and magically cured. I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t work like that.

The Whole of Thirteen Reasons Why

My personal worst-book-ever. Let’s hope I don’t offend anyone, but I simply couldn’t write about my bookish pet hates without including a whole part dedicated to this book.

Series with Different Sized Editions

Arghhhh, this annoys me so much! You buy six books from a series, and then order the next one online. It turns up and it’s a completely different size. You then have this awkward book organising session where you try and stack them in all different ways and they never look right.

So I might not be a Grinch about Christmas, but I can find many bookish things to moan about! What are your bookish pet hates?

-Beth

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T5W: Authors You’d Want To Write Like

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi readers! How are we all? I’m busy as always, especially as it’s now the run-up to Christmas, but I’m happy to say I’ve just finished Christmas shopping! It’s Christmas tree time this weekend and I’m so excited.

Onto today’s subject, there are so many authors I’d love to write like! I’m forever saying ‘I wish I could write like this author’ in my reviews, and I’m sure I’ll have no trouble finding 5 I love.

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As I’m sure you’ll see throughout this post, I love poetic writing, and Nicola Yoon does such a good job of it. I adore her concepts for both The Sun is Also a Star and Everything, Everything.

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Continuing with the poetry theme, I still marvel over Rupi Kaur’s beautiful, raw writing.

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I really admire how Nina LaCour brought so much of her character into the story with Everything Leads To You, and I’m so impressed with her writing style.

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Another poetic read, I’ll Give You the Sun includes some of the most beautiful quotes I’ve read in YA.

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And finishing on another poetic one, if you love Jandy Nelson I’m sure you’d also adore Emery Lord’s work.

Thanks for reading! Which authors would you love to write like?

-Beth

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T5W: Books Outside of the Western World

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Ah! This is so interesting but I just know it’s going to be so hard to find books that fall under this. Even books set outside of the Western World still have elements of it…so instead I’m going to try and talk about those that hardly mention it, or aren’t directly linked. I’ll try and include some contemporaries!

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Tokyo, Japan

Of course Tokyo is still very Western, but this book definitely includes something different with it’s setting!

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Tokyo and rural Japan

Another book set in Japan, and one I absolutely adore. Although this book does have aspects of the Western World, I love how much is different – and how this book showcases rural Japan and not just Tokyo!

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A small fantasy island

This is a fantasy novel but it is in no way inspired by the Western or Modern World! I loved that about this book and world.

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Space!

I guess this book isn’t set in the world at all – because this book is awesome and set in space. I’m not a big sci-fi reader, but I honestly adored this one!

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The Wrath and the Dawn is a beautiful novel set in the Middle East. I adored it and the cultural references really helped the story!

Which books did you find for this topic?

-Beth

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T5W: Books That Don’t Include Romance

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

This is such a hard topic – basically every book in YA includes some form of romance! I managed to find a few that don’t have romance as the main focus, but all tend to include it in some way or another. I eventually managed to find a few, but even some of these still include tiny parts of romance!

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This book focuses very much on overcoming grief, therefore (if I remember rightly) there is no romance in this one!

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Again, this book has a very primary focus on a specific subject. Differently to above, this book focuses on crime, but I really enjoyed it.

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As this fantasy is aimed at pre-teen, I don’t remember there being any romance in this novel. I still enjoyed it though!

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I would say there is romance in this series, but it’s definitely not part of the story.

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There would be the chance for romance in this novel, but it’s not really explored and I’m glad about that. It’s one of the few YA books out there that doesn’t focus on romance!

-Beth

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