Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books With X Setting – Top Ten Books Set During War/Conflict

Usually I don’t like when The Broke and The Bookish  give us topics about genres or settings but this week we have Top Ten Books With X Setting and I managed to think of a good one for a change. I have decided on books set during war or conflict. I have read quite a few books set during real conflicts around the world particularly the Second World War so there was enough to pick out 9 of the best. (I couldn’t decide between the other ones which I would put 10th and I wanted to stick with ones turned to fiction so didn’t include Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank)

WW2

    

Germany – Nazi – Hitler

  • Annexed by Sharon Doger
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Lithuania – Soviets – Stalin

  • Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

WW1

  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Other Conflicts

 

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Set during conflict in Afghanistan
  • Over A Thousand Hills I walk With You by Hannah Jansen – Set During the conflict in Rwanda

What Are Your Favourite Books Set During War/Conflict?

What Setting Did You Pick?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Beach Reads

The Broke and The Bookish have asked us this week for our Top Ten Beach Reads.This weeks topic is quite a hard one for me because I don’t really go to the beach that often and when I do reading isn’t something I so there. I’ve not quite managed 10 books but I have come up with a list of some books I think may but what people go for when reading on the beach.

  • Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire 
  • Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire 
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  • Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler 
  • Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell 
  • Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde 
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter 
  • An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green 
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 

What Are Your Favourite Beach Reads?

2012 End of Year Book Survey

I have been thinking about review my bookish year on my blog for the past month and came across this lovely survey created by The Perpetual Page-Turner that she has been creating for the past few years. With New Year almost here and this being my first year as I blogger I am going to use it to look back over my year and hopefully relive some great moments. I think overall it’s been a good year and that includes for my reading and blogging.

Best in Books 2012

1. Best Book Read in 2012? There was an option to put these books but genre but I think I do havea  favourite book of this year and that’s  Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I’m not sure why I loved this book because in theory its a girly love story but I just couldn’t put it down.

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t? I was so looking forward to reading Warm Bodies by Issac Marion this summer but sadly I  felt like it lacked energy.

3. Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2012? Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver The first book in this series was a bit disappointing so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the second book however it was written slightly differently and it was so much better. 

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012? Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson This book was recommended to me by a friend and since I’ve read it I have told everyone I know who loves reading about it. 

5. Best series you discovered in 2012? This question depends on if it is a new series that isn’t finished yet or a whole one you only read this year.  I think I’m going to say the Divergent series by Veronica Roth though as this was the first dystopian I picked up after The Hunger Games and it matched up to it for me.

6.Favourite new author you discovered in 2012? It’s hard to pick a favourite because some authors I read more books of that other’s but I am going to say Jamie McGuire and Patrick Ness

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? The Black Pear  by Allan Porter This free kindle book was just something that sounded a bit different and I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was totally different from everything else I have read else I had read and I really enjoyed it. 

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012? Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson This book has you questioning everyone and their motives in it the whole way through and the end will still surprise you. 

9. Book you read in 2012 that you are most likely to re-read next year? Slated by Teri Terry I feel I didn’t really understand the ending of this book so I am going to re-read it before the next book in the series comes out. 

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2012? Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

11. Most memorable character of a book you read in 2012? This is also a difficult question I don’t think I can narrow it down to one. Katniss from The Hunger Games of course is one but also Travis from Beautiful Disaster, Link from the Caster Chronicles and Harmony from Bumped.

12. Most beautifully written book you read in 2012? Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein I find this really hard to answer but I have gone for this book because it handled war and the reality of being a prisoner of war really well. 

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews This was the most intense book I have ever written and there was so many moments in it that till fill me with emotion. 

14. Book you can’t believe you waiting until 2012 to finally read? This one is quite easy to answer really there is The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I am finally able to say I have read Jane Austen and I can now count my self as a true book lover.

15. Favourite quote/passage from a book you read in 2012?

“In approved places, every story serves a purpose. But forbidden books are so much more. Some of them are webs; you can feel your way along their threads, but just barely, into strange and dark corners. Some of them are balloons bobbing up through the sky: totally self-contained, and unreachable, but beautiful to watch.
And some of them- the best ones- are doors.”

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver pg 152

16. Shortest & Longest books you read in 2012? Callum  by Malorie Blackman was shortest at only 66 pages and the longest was re-reading Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer at 756 pages.

17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to someone about? This in an interesting question, I think I will have to say Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews, it was full of scenes that had my heart pounding and my mind racing.

18. Favourite relationship from a book you read in 2012? I have two answers for this one, my favourite friendship was between Queenie and Maddie from Code Name Verity. My favourite romance however was between Link and Ridley from the Caster Chronicles because it was so dysfunctional yet you could tell they really felt something more for one another.

19. Favourite book from an author you read previously?  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer, I finally got around to reading it and I was surprised to find that I actually really enjoyed it. 

20. Best book you read based solely on a recommendation from someone else? The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Ever since I started blogging I have read continuous good reviews about this book so I got it out of the library to give it a shot and I had to agree with all the good comments I had read. 

Book Blogging/Reading Life 2012

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2012? The Broke and The Bookish is by far my favourite blog of this year because it allowed me to discover lots of other people who blog about books and brought people to my blog.

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2012? This is really hard to answer as I am still not totally sure what makes a good post but I think my review of Flowers in the Attic is good because I had so much emotion still in me from reading it when I wrote it. 

3. Best discussion you had on your blog? I didn’t have many discussions on my blog, just comments that I replied to. hopefully next year I can change that. 

4. Most thought provoking review or discussion you read on someone else blog? Jacket Musings: Gemma Malley by Words and Pieces I really liked this post cause it brought about the fact that books are judged by their covers.

5. Best event you participated in? This year I went back to the Edinburgh International Book Festival for this first time in years and I had a great time. 

6. Best moment of book blogging 2012? Because this is my first year of blogging my favourite part has been getting comments, every one I get excites me still. 

7. Most popular post this year on your blog? I have picked the post for most popular based on comments so with 10 comments by top post was Top Ten Tuesday – Freebie – Top Ten Classics I Want To Read.

8. Post you wished got a little more love? I think this one has to be my movie review of Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 because the film really surprised me and filled me with excitement I really want to know what other people thought of the film.

9. Best bookish discovery? The Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish as it has really helped me fill my blog and improve my reviews. 

10. Did you complete and reading challenges/goals that you had set yourself at the beginning of this year? My only challenge this year was the Goodread’s 2012 Reading Challenge. I had set myself the goal of 75 books and I am currently on book 84.

Looking Ahead

1. One book you didn’t get round to read in 2012 but will be your number 1 priority in 2013? This year I discovered dystopian and picked up Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I haven’t read it yet but I got it as a Christmas present and can’t wait to get started on it.

2. Book you are most anticipating in 2013? Angel Fever by L.A. Weatherly is due out at sometime next year though the date keeps getting moved. I can’t wait to see how this series will end. 

3. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging 2013? I have a few challenges for next year but I think what I really want to do is read more classics, I think I will aim for at least 6 as this allows me to do some of the other bookish challenges I have signed up for. 

I hope everyone has a great New Year and enjoys a bookish 2013!

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite New To Me Authors Of 2012

This week our topic from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Favourite New To Me Authors of the year. I hadn’t realised how many new authors I have picked up this year till I started planning this post but it turned out to be more than I expected and to my surprise more than ten. So here are the ten in no particular order I have put as my favourites.

1. Teri Terry Author of Slated

2. Jamie McGuire Author of Beautiful Disaster

3. Patrick Ness Author of The New Word

4. Cat Patrick Author of Revived

5. SJ Watson Author of Before I Go To Sleep

6. Veronica Roth Author of Divergent  and Insurgent

7. Alan Porter Author of The Black Pear 

8. Suzanne Collins Author of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mocking Jay 

9. Elizabeth Wein Author of Code Name Verity

10. Lauren Oliver Author of Delirium  and Pandemonium

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Kick-Ass Heroines

This great meme by The Broke and The Bookish gives us topics each week to make list of some of our top ten books and book related things. This week its our Top Ten Favourite Kick-Ass Heroines.

1. Macey MacHenry from The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter

I think Macey is judges a bit at the start of this series but she definatly proves her worth as a great spy.

2. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This is going to be a popular pick this week but who doesn’t think she is a hero!

3. Rachel from Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie

Rachel puts everyone before herself in some mad situations I would love to think I had her stregnth

4. Lauren from Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie

Sophie McKenzie likes to put her characters through a lot so they always seem heroic

5. Harmony from Bumped by Megan McCafferty

It takes a lot to make the decisions Harmony has to make in this series and particularly when you realise maybe you are wrong.

6. Roxy from Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail

Roxy’s Baby is the first book I read where I felt the main character was a heroine, maybe not by fighting wars but by being mentally strong.

7. V for Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler

It’s difficult for anyone when someone in your family is loved so much but V in the end is the one that is a true friend.

8. & 9. Maddie and Queenie from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

These two characters I think show how during the war women showed that actually we can more than just be housewives. 

10. Jade Leigh from Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

Jade’s world becomes a nightmare but she learns from that, we could all take something from her. 

Code Name Verity

I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team

I picked up this book at the Edinburgh International Book festival. To be honest part of the attraction was the pretty front cover but I also enjoy books about the second world war and this seemed like it could be an interesting new take on it.

The book is in two parts. Queenie has been captured by the Germans during a mission in France and after being tortured has agreed to write down her story and share what she knows about the British war effort. On any bit of paper she is given she tells the story of her friend Maddie, a pilot and the one who flew her to France. In telling her story she also includes bits of information that may be useful for the Germans. Her relationship with her captor however is what I would describe as almost flirty and she likes to wind up the woman that watches over her and translates her story.

However she only has a few weeks till her story will be told and her fate after that is not a pleasant one.

In the second part of the book we discover something that we believed to be true through the rest of the book isn’t that way. Queenie’s fate might be about to change.

This book isn’t about action although the characters are part of the war effort and some action does come later on. The story is really about friendship. How two girls become the best of friends when they work together and how much they mean to one another during the hardest times of their lives. The characters are well developed and you learn about their lives from a young age. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book but I enjoyed it. I think that if you like books to be full of action and fast paced then I don’t think this is the book for you. However if you like to read about nice characters and their relationships in a historic and interesting setting I think you will enjoy this book.