Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Was Forced To Read

This topic of our Top Ten Books I Was Forced To Read from The Broke and The Bookish  is a really interesting one. There can’t be many reasons why you were forced to read a book so my list is made up of the ones we had to read for school that I enjoyed. I don’t have a list of 10 but these are the books I was surprised by at both primary and secondary school.

     

  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Witch Child by Celia Rees

What Books Were You Forced To Read But Ended Up Enjoying?

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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?

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Beginnings/Endings in Books

We have another great topic from The Broke and The Bookish this week asking our Top Ten Favourite Beginnings/Endings In Books. I felt this could be interpreted in two ways as in books you often have the end of the plot before the last page and both could have counted but I’ve decided to go for the last page. Instead of just doing ten endings though I am doing 5 of each because I couldn’t think about one with out the other. Unlike the endings thought my favourite beginnings are defined by the initial statements rather than whole pages.

Beginnings

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling – This has to go at the top of my list because it isn’t the first page that I love but the whole first chapter. I think it’s my favourite start to any book every and is the exception to my list. 

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Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green – Who doesn’t love a book beginning about picking your nose?

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Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian – This book ended up on my list because my friend said she hated the start of it because it begins with the word ‘Yes’ but to me that makes it totally engaging.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I’m sure this one will be very popular today but I would be lying to myself if I did say I loved it.

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Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell – The first paragraph of this book is so good because its is just full of the beauty of being young and free.

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Rapture by Lauren Kate – Some people have complained the ending of this book was  a little soppy but for me it was the perfect solution to the problem and the last pages encompasses the personalitites of the characters and the theme of the whole series.

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Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian – This in another book with a perfect ending as both characters finally have what they always wanted but more importantly needed.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling – I’m not sure what exactly about this one I like I think its a mixture of it all, Harry giving his money to the twins and asking them to give Ron a gift, his interactions with Molly and Hermione and the wisdom of Hagrid.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by JK Rowling –  The ending to this book is so good because after being so dark its so comical, being threatened by Madeye would be terrifying.

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling – The last paragraph of this book is beautiful because it shows that the very reason Harry is able to defeat Voldemort, because he has friendship and love that give him hope. 

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What Are Your Favourite Book Beginnings and Endings?

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Desert Island

This weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Desert Island. This is both a really good and bad topic and there are some great books I would love to take but how to cut them down to only ten!. Here are my choices.

1. The Cay by Theodore Taylor This book is about getting stranded on an island so it would be helpful as well as a good read.

Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curacao. War has always been a game to him, and he’s eager to glimpse it firsthand — until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed.When Phillip comes to, he is on a small raft in the middle of the sea. Besides Stew Cat, his only companion is an old West Indian, Timothy. Phillip remembers his mother’s warning about black people: “They are different, and they live differently.”

2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling I know there are 7 so this is a little be of a cheat answer by a bit of magic to get away from it all would be great.

Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The mainstory arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aims are to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.

3. The Owl and The Pussy Cat by Edward Lear This is my favourite book from when I was little and I would love to have it with me.

Edward Lear’s nonsense poem about two unlikely sweethearts–an elegant owl and a beautiful cat

4. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire My favourite book of 2012 and maybe ever…

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer I just love this books

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

6. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma An amazing book to pass a day

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

7. Holes by Louis Sachar Another good books that may be useful

Camp Greenlake is a place for bad boys, where the belief is: “if you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy.” When Stanley Yelnats, accused and found guilty of a crime he did not commit, is sent to Camp Greenlake he really doesn’t think it can be so bad. Stanley and his family try to pretend that he is just going away to camp like the rich kids do, and he promises to write to them every day. But the harsh realities of the camp, and the evil Warden with her lizard-venom impregnated fingernails with her own reasons for making the boys in her charge dig so many holes, sometimes make dying seem like a great idea. When Stanley leaves the camp to go in search of his friend Zero, their journey towards freedom becomes a battle with hunger, thirst and heat in the shadow of Big Thumb–a mountain so entwined in Stanley’s own family history that he knows if they can reach it they will somehow find salvation.

8. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian Yet another childhood favourite I would love to have to pass time

The gruff and surly Mr Thomas Oakley is less than pleased when he is landed with a scrawny little city boy as a guest, but because it is compulsory that each villager takes in an evacuee he reluctantly agrees. It soon becomes obvious to Mister Tom that young Willie Beech is hiding something, and as the pair begin to form an unlikely bond and Willie grows in stature and in confidence he begins to forget the past. But when he has to return to war-torn London to face his mother again he retreats into his shy and awkward ways once more.

9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank To remind me to have hope and it could be much worse

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

10. Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking Another cheat but I enjoy this trilogy 

Seventeen-year-old Wendy Everly has always been different, but she never thought she was more than human. However, when she’s thrown into a world unlike any she’s ever imagined, Wendy must uncover her heritage, tap into her powers, and fight against those who want to use her gifts for evil. Enter a world of magic, mystery, and romance in Amanda Hocking’s bestselling young adult series that takes readers to Trylle, a world as beautiful as it is deadly. Torn between worlds, Wendy must decide who she really is and what she wants, between love and duty, in a struggle for her very survival.

The Booker Award!

This post is a little late but on Friday I was nominated for The Booker Award by Alice at Aliceinreaderland.

I love the tag line of this award, ‘for those who refuse to live in the real world’. I think it reading definitely allows us to explore far more worlds. Thank you to Alice for nominating me for this award 🙂

Now comes my part in the process. The requirements of the award are to post up a list of;

  • your 5 favourite books
  • what you are currently reading
  • and 5 blogs you would like to nominate for the award

So for my top 5 books

  1. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

  2. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  3. Fordidden by Tabitha Suzuma

  4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

  5. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Currently Reading

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected – and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn’t by Lena – and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and most days he’s too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn’t just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.

My 5 Nominations 

Should Be Reading

The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh

The Cheap Reader 

The Picture Book Review

The Bookshelf Of Emily J

What would you’re answers be?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten All Time Favourite Characters in Books

I haven’t really been keep up well with Top Ten Tuesday. I was last for a couple of posts and then totally missed a couple but I decided that for last weeks, which was Tips for Book Bloggers, I would just read the other posts to get some idea’s as I haven’t been doing it very long. 

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten All Time Favourite Characters in Books. It was actually a very difficult one to pick as I have read so many books, so they are in no particular order;

1. ‘Freak’ Fred  from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer. This book was really good because she has already taken a character out of a book to make a new one. I particularly like the character of Fred as he wasn’t part of the violent world that was surrounding them. He used his skill to keep himself to himself and watch what was going on around him. He knew things weren’t right and he could see the Bree had a quite nature like him and wanted to help her. I would love to find out what happened to him.

2. Zach from The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. What I liked about Zach was that you couldn’t work him out. Sometimes I was convinced by his affection for Cammi but there was always the secrets he was keeping. Even through the latest book there was till questions over whose side he is really on and it make thing interesting. I do think that I want them to be together in the end though, just like Ron and Hermione. 

3. Mr Crepsley from The Darren Shan Saga and The Saga of Larten Crepsley by Darren Shan. When you first meet Mr Crepsley in The Darren Shan Saga you don’t know if he is a good character of not. He seems to be nasty and it is obvious he doesn’t approve of what he is doing. However as you continue through the books you grow to love the character as a wise man that has the ability to be more powerful than he is but wants to do things on his own terms. I really respect that about him, as well as his loyalty to the clan and in the end even Darren. I think the new series just about him has made me appreciate his life more, particularly him as a child and how he came to be the man at that entered Darren’s life.

4. Zero (Hector Zeroni) from Holes by Louis Sachar. In both the book and the film Zero is such a lovable character. He is treated with such disrespect being called stupid but he is just misunderstood. When Stanley takes the time to get to know him you realise that all he really wants is to have his mum again and  if someone just gave him the time he could really be someone great. Together the two make both their lives better and Zero gets to be with his mum again

5. Cinna from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Cinna is the one character from the capital that seems to still treat people like equals. He sees something in Katniss that the others don’t and brings it out in her even just through clothes. I love that he embraces her pin and makes her brand, even leaving outfits for her. He is my favourite characters in the book because of his humanity in what is such a messed up society. 

6. Neville Long Bottom in Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Out of all the characters in the books Neville is the one of ones that has no bad moments. He is a clumsy new wizard in the first book but develops into being great at something he loves and will make his parents proud. My favourite thing about him however is his courage and although he often comes across as weak and pathetic he isn’t. In book one he stands up to his friends and in book seven he fights for Harry, if courage and loyalty aren’t worth loving nothing is.

7. Dobby from Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Dobby brings something different to the series and I am really pleased that he became such an important part to the story after book two. I think he was developed very well from a pest to Harry to having his own life in Hogwarts and in the end saving Harry and his friends. It was interesting to have a totally non-human character that you could love so much and he definitely enhanced the story.

8. Alice Tully from Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy. During the book Alice is a character that you want to not like but can’t help feel sorry for. Her story is one of tragedy for no just her but those involved and you can’t help thinking that you shouldn’t be feeling that she deserves more. However she is a well written character and it allows you to look at the situation from a different perspective and realise that everyone should be allowed the chance to be free and a good person.

9. Bella Swan from The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. In the books, particularly the first one, I found that I could relate very well to Bella. She was just a normal clumsy girl and I think the great thing about reading her is that everyone can see themselves in her. It was easy to get caught up in her emotions and wanting to find out the things she did and a good character is what makes a good book.

10. Mister Tom from Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian . At first Tom seems like a typical old man, grumpy and uninterested, but when you learn his story it is easy to understand what mad him that way. I love however that despite of this situation he finds it in himself to deal with this new problem in his life and I think that in the end it allows him to deal with all the issues he has been having. He need someone to help him get motivate and when he opens up and embraces having William you feel so pleased that he can finally move on with his life and fill his home with happiness and love again.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Quickly Save If My House Was Going To Be Abducted By Aliens

Yesterday I came across a website that provides suggestions for list of ‘Top Ten Books’ in a variety of situations. It looks quite amusing so I am going to give it a go. Although I do worry I may forget about it, or put the same books every week. I’ll try not to. 

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books I’d Quickly Save If My House Was Going To Be Abducted By Aliens (or any other natural disaster…you get the drift. ) I know it is now Wednesday but I didn’t have time to finish it yesterday.
I found this really difficult because I love all my books and I wouldn’t know which were more important than the others. However after a lot of thinking, and seeing what others have picked I have managed to narrow it down to ten, so here we go;

1. Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter I bought this book on holiday from a very small popular book shop and I have never seen it again so I would like to save as it. Plus it is a really enjoyable and interesting story.

2. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman This book really gets to me as it is a emotional book that grabs your attention and emotions and carries you right to the end. I think it tells a lot of truth about how we lived and in some way stay live and I think it is an important book to save.

3. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian This was one of the first novels I ever read and helped to start my book obsession. I also got it from my friend and consider it worth saving. 

4. Pippy Longstoking  by Astrid Lindgren, Richard Kennedy and Edna Hurup My mum bought me this book when I was a little girl and I haven’t even it finished it yet. I would save it because I want to finish it but also it means a lot to me as my parents said I looked like her when I use to wear my hair in pig tails. 

5. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma My reason for saving this one is similar to Noughts & Crosses. I read this book before it was actually released which I love and I really really enjoy reading it. 

6. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank This is a really good book, it tells us about life in a truthful way and makes us realise that we really can’t complain. 

7. The Green Mile by Stephen King I haven’t finished this book, and I love the film so I would save it so I could finally finish it. 

8. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer This book started off my obsession with series books, but it is also my most read book as all my friends read my copy so I would save it for its because of that as well as being a good book. 

9. Journey to the Edge of the World by Billy Connolly My boyfriend bought me this book Christmas just passed as I had looked at it every time I seen it and I really like Billy Connolly. 

10. my Kindle It may be cheating but my kindle is really important to me, it helps me save money cause I love to buy books and there are a lot of interesting ones on there you can’t find in shops. I would have to save this cause I have put a lot of time and money into it that I don’t want to lose. 

I am still not convinced that I am happy with my list but it will have to do for now.