Top 5 Wednesday: Non-bookish Favourites

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Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Lainey and Samantha over on goodreads  🙂

The Topic This Week: Current Favorites that Aren’t Books
— Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from books and talk about some other things you’ve been obsessed with. These all don’t have to be in the same category. Mix it up! What TV shows have you been enjoying, makeup you’ve been wearing, food you’ve been eating, etc.??

I love this topic! So nice to get into the things that we love that aren’t books sometimes. What a great way for me to come back into t5w, as well! I haven’t done one of these posts in ages :).

 

1)

Shameless US 

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Sometimes I don’t really know how my family convinced me to start watching Shameless. I remember watching the first season of the UK one years ago and just not getting into it. But I can say that for once the US is doing something right with this show. The characters are great and the show just takes you from one extreme to the next and gets more and more ridiculous. Brilliantly funny, often sad and ridiculously entertaining :).

2)

Steamed Buns/Dumplings/Dim Sum 

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I am obsessed with all kinds of dim sum at the moment, Pork Buns (Char Siu Bao) being my favourite at the moment. Even though I’m not eating them, I spend a lot of time dreaming about them and looking at images to live vicariously through them until the next time I finally get to eat some more 😀 SO DELICIOUS!

3)

China/Travel 

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One reason why I’m currently obsessed with dim sum is because I’m going to China for two months in October!! So, so excited. My boyfriend and I have been planning this trip for a couple months already, though it’s all been over a year in the making. I’m also doing other travel before China, such as spending a week in Switzerland, and come December I’ll be back in my home country Australia for a little bit before carrying on with more travel, starting a return to Vietnam! 😀 😀 Travel makes me so happy and excited. Just want to see the world!

4)

Having a coffee machine at home! 

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I love having a coffee and cake at a cafe for a treat and I’ve spent a few years working in cafes and making coffees as well, but I’ve never had the pleasure of having a really, really good coffee machine at home. My boyfriend bought it for us for Christmas and it’s just so nice to make ourselves our own proper coffees with super foamy milk in the mornings or when we get home 😀

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I’ve always liked lillies but now I love them because my boyfriend buys them for me all the time and I love how they brighten up our little flat. My boyfriend has bought me sunflowers a lot, as well, after I told him they were my favourite. But, really, it’s a tie between these two lovely flowers. Shame I could never call my child Sunflower, really :P.

 

Well, that’s it for my current faves! What are yours? 🙂

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Top Five Wednesday: Books I’d Love to Re-Read

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Top 5 Wednesday is held hosted by mods Lainey and Samantha over on goodreads  🙂

The Topic this week:  Books I Want to Re-Read – Though it seems like we are all constantly chasing the next upcoming release, let’s take a trip down memory lane and talk about some books that we’d like to re-visit.

I’ve been so slack with t5w this month and haven’t been able to join in with one topic! I probably won’t participate in next week’s Villains t5w, but at least I can make a post this week, even if a day late!

So, first of all I want to say that each book I’ve chosen for this week’s Re-Reading topic are books I’ve never re-read before. Therefore, I couldn’t include books like Harry Potter, Watership Down and I’ll Give You The Sun, a select few favourites that I’ve read 3 or more times. Instead, I chose 5 books that I’ve always wanted to re-visit but have never had the chance to, on top of reading books from my neverending tbr. We’ve all been there! So, without further rambling, here are the books I’d love to re-read someday!

 

1)

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

by Ishmael Beah

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I know that I’ve already talked about this book a lot on my blog, and probably in similarly themed posts, but I can’t help mention it again. Ever since I read this back in high school, it’s always been in the back of my mind. It’s the saddest story I’ve ever read, and though I think it would mean being kind of cruel to myself, I want to read Ishmael’s story again because I think it’s an important story that needs to be relived. Not because it’s about anything good or happy, but because it’s about the horrible things that happen, that are real and that are ignored by those of us so fortunate and privileged. And I never want to forget that. This isn’t a book to escape into for entertainment and comfort. It’s a book about people who can never escape, or whose only escape is death.  It’s a book that tells you never to take your own life for granted.

2)

More Than This

by Patrick Ness

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I read this years ago whenever it came out (okay I just checked and  it was only 2013, but feels like longer!) and have wanted to re-read it again ever since. It’s odd, it’s one of those books that I read during University and really enjoyed, but because I was studying like mad during the time, my mind was often elsewhere even when I was reading a good book back then, so there are parts of this story I’ve completely forgotten. I think because I can only vaguely remember what happened in this book, it would be a great one to re-read as it would almost be like reading it for the first time again :P.

3)

The Handmaid’s Tale

by Margaret Atwood

 

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What an astounding book! I can’t even begin to explain how this book made me feel back when I read it a few years ago. I feel like this book demands multiple readings as it’s one that needs to be digested again and again to fully understand and appreciate it. It’s so powerful and rich and harrowing. I definitely need to re-read this!

4)

The Road

by Cormac McCarthy

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Technically I have re-read this already, but that was for the mere purpose of writing an essay on it during university. I’d love to re-read this book again without studying it. I have so many books like that that I’ve really enjoyed, but because I’ve studied them relentlessly, I’ve never wanted to re-read them again (other books like Pride and Prejudice come to mind!) I think this is the only book I read during Uni that I’d actually love to re-read today, some three years later. It’s such a brilliant and fascinating book, and I think if I read it again today, there would be things I’d discover in it that I didn’t before.

5)

Attachments

by Rainbow Rowell

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While it’s not my favourite Rainbow Rowell book, I really enjoyed this when I read it a couple years ago. I thought it was a funny, smart and romantic story. It’s one I’d love to sit back down with, or cuddle up with under a doona (duvet), during a cold weekend or something like that. It’s just one of those really enjoyable, easy reads and I’d love to experience this lovely story again :).

And that’s it! What do you think of my choices? What books are you hoping to re-read?

 

 

Top Five Wednesday: Inaccurate Book Covers

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Top 5 Wednesday is held hosted by mods Lainey and Samantha over on goodreads  🙂

The Topic this week: Inaccurate Book Covers (Those books that have nothing to do with the story, or the cover model doesn’t look anything like the actual main character, or it’s a really cheesy cover for a great read!)

Great to be back doing a t5w after I didn’t do mine last week :).

I always think covers are so important and even though I shouldn’t, sometimes it’s very easy to judge a book by it’s cover (CLICHE ALERT). I can’t deny that I often choose a book because I like the cover. However, there are a few books I can think of where I haven’t really liked the cover for a number of reasons but have gone on to read the book and really enjoyed it, sometimes way more than I expected. So, here are the five books I chose that have covers that confuddled me.

1)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Urgh. I really, really dislike this cover and I always have. No matter how much I’ve loved reading Anna numerous times, I don’t like the cover at all. As I own the hardcover, I’ve always taken the jacket off when I’ve read it haha. I’m just not a fan of these fake, prissy, badly modelled, cheesy covers. Not for me. The Lola cover is just as bad!

2)

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith 

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It’s a horrible shade of green, the text is boring and the only other thing it features is two weird lines that vaguely represent grasshopper antennas and the outline of a lady’s privates, or at least that’s what it looks like to me. It’s a shame because this is actually a really enjoyable book! I’m pretty glad I wasn’t put off enough by this bleugh cover and read it, but really, it needs a new cover!

3)

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

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Alright, so this is the only Picoult book I’ve read and I do remember really enjoying it when I read it, probably about 10 or so years ago now. I’ve never liked the cover, I don’t think there’s ever been a Picoult book cover I’ve seen and thought, ooo that looks good! I find this look of a book cover incredibly boring. And with this one, I just don’t think it connects to what the book is about.

4)

Joel and Cat Set The Story Straight by Nick Earls and Rebecca Sparrow

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This is a book I really enjoyed reading in high school. I remember borrowing it from the school library, even though I wasn’t very keen on the cover. It’s just one of those badly designed covers that just don’t look good. Though it might be okay if the speech bubble with the weird text at the top just disappeared forever.

5) 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 

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I might be a small minority here, but I never liked this cover. When it was revealed, I remember so many people being so excited but I was not impressed. I don’t like the outlines of the faces and how they’ve been coloured in with weird marker looking stuff, I don’t like the Carry On title or how it’s on top of that weird black blob of a castle. The only thing I do like is how Rowell’s name is set out. Otherwise, this cover doesn’t show how good the story inside is in any way. It could’ve been so much better!

What do you think of my tw5? Do you agree or disagree with any of them? 🙂

 

Top Five Wednesday: Gateway Books

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Top 5 Wednesday is held hosted by mods Lainey and Samantha over on goodreads  🙂

This week’s topic: Gateway Books to Your Favourite Genre
What books do you think are good to introduce people to your favorite genre? If you have more than one favorite genre, feel free to split it up to cover both.

 

I don’t really have one favourite genre (or I do, but I’ve already mentioned most of my beloved YA books)  so I decided to split my tw5 into 5 separate genres so I could chose a Gateway Book for each 🙂 I tried to choose books that wouldn’t be obvious choices, which is why I haven’t included Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings in here. I love them and they’re ultimate gateway books, no one can dispute that! But I wanted to go with some books that I’ve read that also really made me love different genres.

 

1)

Fantasy

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I only just read Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series in the last year, but it’s really inspired me to want to read more fantasy books! And there are loads I want to read, as I’ve never been a massive Fantasy reader in the past (unless it was YA, but so over that sub-plot of YA now EXCEPT FOR CLASSIC FAVOURITES LIKE HP AND NARNIA). So I definitely see this series as a Gateway book into this genre for me.  I’m almost certain no other Fantasy novel will ever shine as much as this one, but I definitely want to read more :).

 

2)

Young Adult Contemporary

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This is one of the first YA Contemporary novels I read in High School and it definitely made me fall in love with the genre. I found a lot of Dessen’s books a bit stale after I read Just Listen (which I read shortly after The Truth About Forever), she definitely inspired me to discover loads of amazing YA contemporaries that are favourites of mine. Sure, some YA Contemporaries are a bit cliche and predictable, etc. But there really are some treasures out there :).

 

3)

Science Fiction

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Maybe The Handmaid’s Tale is a little bit of an odd choice for Science Fiction, as it’s also largely a Woman’s Fiction, but still. This a marvelous, harrowing dystopian tale, and I adore it. Atwood inspired me to read more Adult fiction as well as delve a little more into Sci-Fi books… though I haven’t done as much reading in those fields as I’d like to!

4)

Literary Classic

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Throughout High School and University, I really enjoyed reading piles of Literary Classics. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was the first 19th Century novel I ever read back when I was 16 or so for my Literature subject, and I loved it more than I ever expected to. Just thinking about it makes me want to re-read it and explore other Literary Classics I haven’t been able to yet!

5)

LGBT

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I remember the librarian at my High School really embarrassed me once because she told me she’d noticed I was interested in LGBT books. It was all hush, hush, like it was a big dirty secret or something. Anyhow, I happen to love reading LGBT, but mainly just because I love any romance/high school/coming-of-age story and wanted to read allll of them, no matter what the sexuality of the characters was! 😛

So, that’s it from me for this week’s tw5! Have you read any of these? What books/genre did you pick? 🙂

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I Wouldn’t Want To Trade Places With

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Top 5 Wednesday is held hosted by mods Lainey and Samantha over on goodreads  🙂

Topic this week: Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With. 

 

1)

Katniss Everdeen

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I wouldn’t want to trade places with because it would be scary and dangerous and way too much pressure and Panem is not the ideal place to be in any sense! Definitely the one of the fictional places I’d never want to find myself in. Also, I still maintain that it would be quite unfortunate to be called Katniss.

2)

Harry Potter

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No matter how much I’d love to be best friends with Ron and Hermione and go to Hogwarts, I’d never want to trade places with Harry. It would be exhausting, I’d hate to be so universally famous and all the pressure would drive me insane. I just wouldn’t be able to cope.

 

3)

Clary Fray

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Again, as much as I’d love a best friend like Simon, I wouldn’t want to trade places with Clary because I just couldn’t deal with a boyfriend like Jace no matter how hot he was and because I simply just wouldn’t want to be Clary. Sorry, she’s just nowhere on my top list of female characters, let alone book characters. Also, Clary isn’t a good name. Sorry.

4)

Frodo Baggins

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Much like with Harry and Katniss,  I wouldn’t want to trade places with Frodo because he has so much pressure on his tiny little shoulders! Like the others, he carries it so well, but with devastating consequences. I just couldn’t take on the same burdens he does.

 

5)

Blue Sargent

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I wouldn’t want to trade places with Blue because, although it’d probably be a lot of fun to hang out at Fox’s Way and with the Raven Boys, I don’t fancy killing my one true love with my lips. Definitely want to keep mine alive, thank you.

And that’s my top 5 this week! What do you think?

Top Five Wednesday: Books I’d Love to Watch as a TV Series

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Top 5 Wednesday is held hosted by mods Lainey and Samantha over on goodreads  🙂

This week’s topic: Books You Want to See as TV Shows. 

Such a great topic this week! There are SO MANY books I’d love to see as TV series, including those that have already been made into movies. I ended up choosing 5 that I thought would actually work as TV series. There are so, so many that I just think wouldn’t quite work, as much as I’d still watch them if they were ever turned into a TV series.

Alrighty, let’s do this 😀

 

1)

Harry Potter

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Yes, yes. I love the Harry Potter movies a lot, however that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t watch a HP tv series. More Harry Potter?! Why the hell not. And you know what, a Harry Potter anime, for example, would seriously be one of the best things in the world. Two of my favourite things combined!

2)

Anna, Lola & Isla

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I think Anna, Lola & Isla would make an amazing three series season! They’d work so well as a TV show and it would definitely be a show that I’d binge and fangirl over like there’s no tomorrow.

3)

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Simon is such a great character and I’d love to see him represent the LGBT community in a TV series (or movie, for that matter). I think it’d be a wonderful series! Probably just one of a one series variety, but still 🙂 Would be awesome!

4)

1984

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I think 1984 would be a wonderful sci-fi TV series. There’s so much you could do with this book as a series!!

5)

The Tomorrow Series

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 I know they made the first film and it was fairly enjoyable. I’m disappointed they never made more! I love this series so much and I’d love to see it re-done from the beginning as an epic TV series. Oh my, that would be brilliant! 😀

 

Well, that’s it. What do you think of my choices? Do you have any books you’d like to see as a TV series? 🙂

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I’d Want as Family

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Top 5 Wednesday is held hosted by mods Lainey and Samantha over on goodreads  🙂

This week’s topic: Characters you’d want as Family! 

Love this topic, so so good!  I pretty much chose family members either that I don’t have or can have more of. Couldn’t do younger siblings or grandparents or parents or partners, for example, as mine are irreplaceable. So here we go!!

 

1)

Uncle Rubeus Hagrid

I love Hagrid. I think he’s so adorable and hilarious and just think he’d be a wonderful Uncle that you’d be able to have a good laugh with and who’d care about you an awful lot.

2)

Older Brother Eddie Dean

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Eddie was my favourite character in The Dark Tower. Even though there were some questionable things about his character, I think he’s so funny and brilliant and loyal/protective to his family, so I think he’d make a pretty great older brother.

3)

Older Sister Ellie Linton

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The Tomorrow Series is so, so good and I’ve always loved Ellie Linton, the main character. I love that she and I both love to write. She’s such a strong and inspirational character, someone to look up to, so I think she’d be a great older sister for me.

4)

Daughter Matilda

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Because who wouldn’t want a daughter who loves to read and is as clever, magical and adorable as Matilda? 🙂

 

5)

Pet Dog Manchee

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Dogs are such an important part of a family to me and I love Manchee from Chaos Walking so much, so just had to chose him to join my fictional family! 😀

And there we have it!

Who would you chose for your book family?