Friday Finds

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Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by A Daily Rhythm 🙂

Here are just a few books I’ve added to my To Read list on Goodreads this week (I’ve added too many so will use a lot of them for next week’s post haha). Very interested in them and hope it won’t be long until I’m able to get a hold of them in some way or another! 😀

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle 

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Summary: Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.

Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

Why I want to read it: I think this would be a really entertaining and interesting read. It sounds compelling. I generally enjoy this kind of YA and also quite enjoy writing my own screenplays, so think I can relate to Quinn at least in that way :).

 

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 

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Summary: Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters. She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love. Or she could disappear.

Why I want to read it: It sounds intriguing, I enjoy fantasy/time travel type novels, it reminds me of Magonia which I quite enjoyed. So I’m generally just quite excited by this book 🙂

 

Isle of Winds (The Changeling Book 1) by James Fahy 

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Summary: Robin Fellows lives with his grandmother and lives what appears to be a rather ordinary life for a normal twelve year old boy.

But when Robin’s Gran dies, quite suddenly and a bit mysteriously, his world is turned upside down. A long lost relative comes out of the woodwork and whisks him away to a mysterious new home, Erlking Hall, a quiet estate in the solitary countryside of Lancashire. Suddenly Robin must adjust to his new reality. But reality is no longer what he thought it was…

Erlking has many secrets – as do his newly found Great-Aunt Irene and her servants. After a strange encounter on the train and meeting a cold, eerie man on the platform, Robin begins to notice odd happenings at Erlking. There is more than meets the eye to this old, rambling mansion. Little does he know that there is more than meets the eye to himself.

Robin is the world’s last Changeling. He is descended from a mystic race of Fae-people, whose homeland, the Netherworlde, is caught in the throes of a terrible civil war.

Not only this, but in this new world there is a magical force that has infiltrated the human realm. Before he can wrench power from the malevolent hands of the Netherworlde’s fearsome tyrant leader, Lady Eris, he must first search for the truth about himself and the ethereal Towers of Arcania.

Why I want to read it: Because it sounds EPIC! It’s Narnia and Harry Potter and in a world of it’s own I’m sure so why wouldn’t I like it? Also, it happens to be set in Lancashire, the county I’m living in 😛

 

The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran Book 1) by Nancy Farmer

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SummaryMatteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested with the DNA from El Patron, lord of a country called Opium. Can a boy who was bred to guarantee another’s survival find his own purpose in life? And can he ever be free?

Why I want to read it: This has only been on my radar until recently, and it’s regarded very highly as one of the best YA novels, so I don’t know why I’ve never even heard of it before. It sounds very, very compelling and I’d definitely love to read it and then read the sequel too :D.

 

That’s it for my Friday Finds this week. What are you looking forward to reading that you’ve recently added to your tbr? 🙂

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Unlikeable Characters

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An event hosted by Lainey over on goodreads  🙂

I’m a little late on this one due to a couple days of unexpected work in a Nursery here in England, but eh thought I would still make the post 😀 I had to think quite hard about this, it wasn’t an easy top 5 to come up with! Well, except for the first one, though I do think that’s a super obvious choice and not one that required much brain power.

 

1. Bella Swan from Twilight Saga by whatshername

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Snore. That’s about all I have to say on that.

 

2. Clay Jenson from Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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My boyfriend and I read this together as part of our nerdy little couple book club (haha), and while I did enjoy parts of the novel and thought it gave a good message, I found Clay very annoying and just couldn’t connect with him in any way. He didn’t really develop, seemed extremely self-involved and obnoxious and just didn’t respond to Hannah’s tape in ways that made sense to me. I don’t know, maybe he was meant to be that way to make Hannah the likeable main character, but whatever the case, he was just very unlikeable to me, a character I basically felt nothing for in all.

 

3. Kristen Lattimer from None of the Above by I.W Gregorio

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I did quite enjoy this story about a girl who finds out she’s intersex. It’s an important story to tell and I thought the plot of it was well put together and sensitive to the realities that come along with being intersex, such as identity, gender and social issues. So, this is definitely a book worth reading. But, I just didn’t like Kristen. Sure, I emphasised with what she was going through in dealing with her new identity and everything else in her life, but I just couldn’t connect to her on a personal level. I found her incredibly childish and frustrating for a number of reasons that I can’t really get into without spoiling the plot…and she was a major whiner :P.

 

4. Scott Kilpatrick from Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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It’s sort of difficult to explain why I didn’t like Scott, really. Maybe it was because I liked Parker so much that Scott just seemed to be a bit of  a meh character. He’s a side character, too, and I felt like I didn’t get to know him very well in the book, as he wasn’t really in it all that much, except more towards the end of the novel. I could understand why he behaved the way he did, what with his and Parker’s history, sure. But, I don’t know, I just didn’t really care for him. He seemed kind of like a nothing character. Which is a shame, cause he could’ve been a really good character.

 

5. Cara Sweeney from Alienated by Melissa Landers

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Okay, so, it’s kind of easy to say that I didn’t really like Cara largely because I also didn’t really like this book haha. It had an okay concept and was a story that was entertaining enough at the time, but nothing wonderful.  I’m afraid, as you can see with a lot of the characters on this list, namely the female ones, that there are too many YA novels out there that have female leads I just don’t connect with – they always seem so… “plastic.” I guess that’s the only word I can think of. They seem like a blank page. I don’t know how that’s meant to be relatable, but it’s sure not working for me. Whatever it is that makes me all SNORE about these kinds of characters is what Cara is all about. Though, I can’t say that her co-main character Aelyx was any better!

 

Well that’s it from me 🙂 What are your Top 5 Unlikeable Characters?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Inspired Me To Want To Learn or Do Something

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And I’m back with one of my all-time favourite weekly posts Top Ten Tuesday, an event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is so brilliant and I’ve tried my best to do it justice with my little list :).

 

  1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky made me want to embrace more social activities, my own identity as a wallflower and the creation of mixed tapes (or CD’s, more realistically) for loved ones.

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2.    Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas made me want to learn more random facts about interesting things, watch more anime and  find a magical cure for someone like Ollie. 

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3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery made me want to plant a rose garden, practice drawing, never become a boring old adult and always remember to let my true feelings be seen. 

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4. Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling inspired me to write, find true friends, be brave and creative. 

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5. Watership Down by Richard Adams made me want to go on a long adventure and explore the countryside, living a simple life away from all the noise. 

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6. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley made me want to create something, to do more art – though it didn’t inspire me to go do anything illegal – to explore cities in search of secret graffiti spots. 

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7. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon made me want to write more, read more and go to Barcelona. 

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8. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson inspired me for many, many reasons but one of them was definitely to learn how to make sculptures or even to be able to paint as well as Noah. 

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9. The Tomorrow Series by James Marsden made me want to know more survival skills and defence techniques :P. 

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10.  Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones taught me about the powers of modernity, gave me the desire to travel to Japan and learn more about history.

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Back from major hiatus

Hello everyone!

I can’t believe it’s been 10 months since I last wrote a post on my blog. Where has the time gone!  I have been so insanely busy, mainly with finishing my Early Childhood Teaching Course and moving overseas, leaving my family and everything behind in Australia to start a life in England with the love of my life :). So, as you can imagine, it has been a pretty crazy almost-year, but nevertheless I feel terrible for neglecting my blog and definitely want to start back on with regular reviews, bookish posts and personal thoughts about the world, the wide scope of it and also my own little corner.

Right now I am sitting in my lovely new flat waiting for my boyfriend to get back from work. I have over a month of free time on my hands before I get regular work as a Teacher :D, but until then, I’m sure you’ll all be seeing a lot from me!

Hope you’ve all been well and enjoying reading the most amazing of books.

Watch this space 🙂

Jasmine xxx