Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Character Names

Another great topic this week from The Broke and The Bookish, our Top Ten Character Names. For me the best names are the interesting ones that you don’t actually hear much anywhere else or are well picked out nicknames. Animal names you will all see are favourites of mine too.

  • Alaska from Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Mr Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis
  • Reepcheep from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis
  • Luna from Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  • Rhine from Wither by Lauren Destefano
  • Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Pantoufle from Chocolate by Joanne Harris
  • Evanna from The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan
  • Montmorency from Montmorency by Eleanor Updale
  • Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl

What Are Your Favourite Character Names?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Best Bookish Memories

 The Broke and The Bookish have given us another really good topic this week, out Top Ten Best Bookish Memories. This is  a really interesting topic because there are certainly a few things to consider. I’m including writing courses, festivals, visits and cinema trips in my list too because for me they are still bookish.

  • Arvon Writing Course at Moniack Mhor – When I was in my first year of high I went for a 4 day writing course in a cottage in the middle of nowhere and spent the week writing with teen author Catherine MacPhail and poet Gerry Cambridge. It was great fun and learnt a lot about writing but it also rekindled my love for reading. 
  • Dad reading to me when I was little – I have really fond memories of my dad reading to me when I was very young. My favourite was The Owl and The Pussycat which he knew off by heart and made some great voices to go along with it.
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival – I have been going to this for quite a few years now and I love it. We started going as school trips with the English department and got to see authors such as Catherine MacPahil, Elizabeth Laird, Catherine Forde and Kevin Brooks. However since then I have continued to go with my friends to see Darren Shan and LA Weatherly. It’s so cool to actually see the authors and talk to them about their books as well as getting your them signed.
  • Getting Breaking Dawn – It looks really sad when you see that but this was the first series of books I ever completed. I was the first one of my friends to read them and so I had to wait on each book getting published so as I loved the books I couldn’t wait to find out how it all ended. I don’t think I’ll ever forget this one coming because he pre-ordered it and it came the day I was going to the Edinburgh book festival and I had to start it and then leave it while I went out, it was torture. However once I got back home I stayed up all night to read it.
  • Going to see the Twilight Movie (Twice) – This sounds just as sad as the last one but my friends and I were pretty excited about the film coming out. (It was before I realised how awful book movies are). It came out on the last day of school before Christmas so we all went after lunch and took our copies of the book with us. We all agreed that it wasn’t nearly as good as the book but that didn’t stop us going straight back in to see it again after. It’s an afternoon I wont forget.
  • Fife Book Festival –  A few years ago Fife had it’s on book festival and as members of the library book club I got to take part. It was a really fun afternoon where we dressed up as characters from books to go on a wee parade, listen to authors talk about their books and meet some cool animals. It’s not really bookish but one of the best bits was getting a free shot of the Aquaballs as we were staff.
  • Anne Frank House – Going to see the Anne Frank House was really something memorable. Reading her diary is really powerful but it was hard for me to really imagine the space they had. I found it really interesting going to see the building and I read an information book about it before I went so I really got to just imagine how small it must have been for them.
  • Seeing Now is Good – I know that in most cases they books are better than the films, and of course the book Before I Die is still better than the film but I did find this a very good film. I thought they stuck to the story really well and it brought about the same emotions for me, which my poor boyfriend had to deal with as I totally broke down in tears at the end of it.
  • Seeing Great Expectation’s performed at Adam Smith Theatre – This one is a bit cheeky because it isn’t really the re-telling of Great Expectations that makes it memorable. It was a school trip we went on and for me it’s a good memory as it was the first time I really paid attention to the boy I am now dating.
  • Loosing my copy of The BFG – This isn’t a happy memory but it is something that sticks very much in my mind. When I was about 7 we went on holiday and I left my copy of The BFG on top of the pull out bunks in our hotel room. When we went back before we left however it had gone. We have still no idea what happened to it, if it fell down somewhere or the cleaners took it but mum had to buy me a new one on the way home. I’ll always remember it.

It’s weird thinking about all these things again, but it makes me smile. 🙂

What Are Your Best Bookish Memories?

Happy Christmas – Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Freebie – Top Ten Bookish Gifts – Top Ten Christmas Movies

Merry Christmas !!! Hope You are having a great day and have been given lots of books from Santa 🙂

As it is Christmas today, this weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books Freebie as I am sure there will be lots of people who wont be posting today because they are having lots of fun. I must admit I probably wont be on my blog today but thanks to the power of scheduling I actually wrote this post over a month ago.

In keeping with the theme of they day my list today is my Top Ten Bookish Gifts. These my 10 favourite book/ book related gifts I have received, and one I am hoping Santa may bring this year.

1. M.Edge Reading Light 

This light is designed to go along with my kindle cover but it also make a great general reading light. There is a slit in my cover for the light to slip in by there is also a bit on it so you can add it to the cover of a paper back too making it good for any kind of reading. The other great thing about it that there is three different strengths of light so it is totally versatile. 

2. Dictionary

This is possibly my favourite bookish gift ever. I have been given a dictionary as a gift twice in my life and both of them I have loved. I have always had issues spelling so it is very useful for that but I also love it because I love words. I’m not sure why but it is interesting how so many words exist and when you are reading a book and come across new words I know I have my dictionary handy to look them up. 

3. Kindle

 There is much debate among book lovers over e-readers but because I was going camping for three week I really needed a more convenient way to be able to read. I do love my kindle because it saves me so much space and weight when travelling but also money as the books are cheaper and you get some interesting free reads. 

4. M.Edge Kindle Cover 

After I got my kindle I was desperate for a cover for it because it felt wrong not being able to hold it like a real book. This is a really sturdy cover but still looks stylish.

5. Roald Dhal Treasury 

I have had this book for a long time and have lost the dust cover for it but I love it. It is full of extracts from his books, some of his shorter stories and information about him and his illustrator. It is a lovely gift for someone who loves his work and is still available today. 

6. Am I Bovvered The Catherine Tate Show Scripts 

The Catherine Tate Show was one of my favourites when I was a young teenager and I went through a phase of quoting the more well known catchphrases. 

7. Italian Key Phrases Bookmark 

This was a gift given to me before I went to Italy for the first time. It’s full of really useful phrases and with the magnet on it meant that I could put it in the book I was reading there and not loose it.

8. The Jane Austen Complete Collection

I have still never read any of these books but I love having them all because I do want to read them eventually.

9. The Chronicles of Narnia 

Santa brought me this collection last year after I put it on my list. The films are always shown at Christmas and I really wanted something to read the had a Christmas feel too it. I am only two stories in but hopefully this Christmas I’ll get a bit further. 

10. Personal Library Kit 

This is the one that is on my list for this year. I am always loaning books to my friends who then take them off to uni and would be great to be able to keep track of them.

As a little extra I am also putting up my Top Ten Favourite Christmas Movies. If I am honest I usually watch films around Christmas rather than read. I haven’t read many Christmas themed books so it is Christmas films that really get me in the spirit. For are change, here are my favourites IN ORDER!

1. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

This will always be my favourite Christmas film, I love Mara Wilson’s character, she is so clever for her age but still so young and full of hope. I also think Richard Attenborough makes the best Santa.

2. The Santa Clause

This play on words make this film a great watch, I love the idea that it really is a clause.

3. Fred Clause

Being the brother of Santa must be really hard work and this film shows that in a comic way.

4. Santa Who

Imagine the chaos if Santa really did loose his memory?

5. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

I’m not sure if this really counts as a Christmas movie but it is also played around Christmas time and so it always puts me in the Christmas spirit. I think because it is also about having a little faith in something magical that makes so many happy.

6. Mary Poppins

I know this isn’t a Christmas film at all but this is also one that is played around Christmas. It’s another one with a little bit or magic to it.

7. The Greatest Store In The World (1999 BBC Film)

I can remember seeing this for the first time on CBBC and thinking it was actually quite scary. The men that are trying to rob the store still freak me out. But it shows how all parents will do anything to give their kids some sort of magic at Christmas and it will also remind me of being a kid at Christmas.

8. Elf

This is just a really fun feel good film and after my Religion teacher went on about it for a whole year it will always remind me of her.

9. Jack Frost (1998)

When we were little we use to all watch this together at Christmas time. Although I like other films now to put my in the mood for Christmas I feel it is tradition still to watch this.

10. The Santa Clause 2

As is often the case with sequels this film isn’t as good as the first but is till a good film and make me feel Christmasy.

Hope Everyone is Having A Great Day. Happy Holidays.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

The Broke and The Bookish each week provide us with a topic to blog a list of top ten of various things. With Christmas just around the corner this week it is our Top Ten Books we wouldn’t mind Santa bringing. Although I have a huge to-read list the books on my Christmas list are a bit different because they include more non-fiction reading and books that I had when I was little and really want a copy of again.

Fiction

1. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

2. Saving June by Hannah Harrington

3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Childhood Favourites

4. Roald Dhal collection

Biographies 

5. Life & Laughing by Michael McIntyre

6. Small Man In A Book by Rob Brydon

Film & TV

7. Harry Potter Film Wizardry by Warner Brothers

 

8. The 100 Most Pointless Things In The World by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman

9. QI. The Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd

History

10. How Girl Guides Won The War by Janie Hampton

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books/Authors I’m Thankful For

This week the lovely people of at The Broke and The Bookish have given us the topic of Top Ten Books/Authors I’m Thankful For. This wasn’t the easiest of topics I think. Mostly because I didn’t want to repeat all my favourite books that I have posted about so much already. So I have decided just to go for authors that I think have influenced my reading in various ways.

The Author that got me into reading

1. Roald Dahl. Although I have memories of reading before this it is his books that I remember being the first books that I really read on my own. We read them a lot at school and they were so good I always wanted to read them myself. 

Author Of My Pre-Teen Years

2. Michael Morpurgo Like Roald Dhal Michael Morpurgo was another author my teachers introduced me too and I got addicted to. I read quite a few of his books and I think enjoyed them all. 

Author Of My Early Teen Years

3. Catherine MacPahil Once I got to High school I moved on to Catherine MacPhail books. In my first year I went on a writing course with her and that was me hooked. I looked how her books seemed so much more grown up to me and they were always an interesting topic as well as a good read.

 Author Of  My First Adult Novels

4. Jodi Picoult I picked up my first Jodi Picoult book because one of the main characters had the same name as me and luckily for me it was also an amazing book. After this I felt more able to start reading adult books so that’s why she is on my list. 

 Authors That Got Me Into Reading Series 

5. Stephenie Meyer The Twilight series was the first series of books that I ever finished and my reading habbits have been totally changed ever since. 

6. Darren Shan I read his vampire series along side the Twilight series as I had to wait on Twilight books coming out while I think this series was finished or just about to be. I feel Darren Shan plays just as important a part for me becoming a series lover.

 Authors That Changed The Style Of Books I Read

7. Eleanor Updale I read her Montmorency series about a criminal who becomes a gentlemen to hide his crimes when I was just starting high school and it was the first time I had read anything like this. I tended to read more girly books and ones set in the present so this was a total change. 

8. Sophie McKenzie Once I got a bit older I started reading Sophie McKenzie. I read two of her series, one starting with Girl, Missing and the other Blood Ties and I was surprised to find that even though it was more action I really enjoyed it. I think she opened up my mind to more action based books and possibly the start of my love for dystopian. 

Authors Whose Writing Makes Me Think 

9. Malorie Blackman When I read her Noughts & Crosses series my mind was totally blown. I think it was the first time a book had made me really look at our society and I love her for that.

10. Tabitha Suzuma Although I have only read two of her books so far there are more on my to be read list because the topics of her work are always controversial. I love that she picks such interesting topics that really make you think about a variety of different things in life.